At this stage the structure of the Blowes Clothing Cup will not change in the second half of the 2017 season, however the issue is set to be raised at Central West Rugby Union’s mid-year meeting with the clubs later this month.
The Mudgee Wombats and Bathurst Bulldogs had both submitted proposals to Central West Rugby Union’s board calling for two five-team tiers to be formed for the remainder of the season, geared toward alleviating the gulf between the top and bottom sides.
There has been a number of lopsided results this season, with both the Dubbo Kangaroos and Orange Emus each scoring more than 100 points in the one weekend recently.
Reportedly a number of other Blowes Clothing Cup clubs had also expressed their support of the proposal or, at the very least, a discussion surrounding a change.
Central West’s board did discuss that correspondence on Monday night at its regular monthly board meeting – which was not, as originally reported, an extraordinary general meeting – however it was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that no decision was made, and no motion was made nor passed.
The board had never intended to do so at said meeting, nor considered the idea outside discussing those proposals that had been put forward.
Central West holds it annual mid-year meeting with clubs on Wednesday, June 28 in Molong, where the discussion is set to resume however by then the second half of the season will have commenced.
The two-tier discussion isn’t a new one in the region. Bulldogs has, as a club, floated the idea on more than one occasion in the past.
The season continues as per the schedule this weekend, with the Dubbo Rhinos having to face the giant test that is going to Orange to take on the undefeated, competition leading Emus.
At Dubbo on Saturday, the Kangaroos host the in-form Forbes Platypi in a top four battle.
The match is also the Kangaroos’ annual charity weekend with money raised going to the Clare’s Angels organisation.