Roma Cities v Miles/Taroom/Wandoan. Reserve grade.
Roma Cities v Miles/Taroom/Wandoan. Reserve grade.

Senior footy still up in the air

THE future of the Roma and District Senior Rugby League seasion is still uncertain, after RDRL president Peter Flynn announced they are still assesseing what the 2020 season future holds.

The president said the committee is evaluating the government’s directives from over the weekend and advice from Queensland Rugby League.

Mr Flynn said the committee will meet next week to make a final decision.

The Roma and District Junior Rugby League will commence in Term 3, with training expected to start about July 10.

“There’s a few more factors the seniors have to consider compared to the juniors,” Mr Flynn said.

“The juniors can acquire more sponsorship compared to us, which can cover the costs of jerseys for example.

“They also have a lot more teams in the immediate area, so they don’t need to travel nearly as much as us.

“The kids can rely on mum and dad to take them to games whereas we organise buses and acquire other transport costs.”

Mr Flynn said in particular, the senior RDRL is looking at the number of patrons that would be allowed into the venues.

“At the moment, it’s 100 people and that’s not a workable number,” he said.

“We rely on income from the gates and canteen and it won’t be viable with 100 people to cover the cost of overheads like travel, purchase of jerseys, first-aid equipment and much more.”

He also questioned whether it is now too late in the year to restart the season.

“While we have been given permission to extend the season to the end of October, the problem with that is the heat factor,” he said.

“There are very few days under 30 degrees – last year we had three days over 40 degrees.

“It becomes difficult for the players out here in the country.

“So we have a few things to consider but we will provide confirmation next week.”

Flynn compliments the juniors in their ability in getting their season under way.