South Coast club Gerringong face sanction after shunning women rugby league players

No Australian-born players: George Burgess. Photo: Daniel MunozParramatta legend Mick Cronin has found himself at the centre of a brouhaha over women’s rugby league in his home town of Gerringong.  A report emerged over the weekend on the website the81stminute南京夜网 that the local team, the Lions, refused to field women’s teams. Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn told Set of Six: “It seems to be true. Group Seven is really big on women’s tag and women’s football but Gerringong Lions don’t want women’s teams. It’s discriminatory. We’ll get onto it, we’ll do something about it. Very surprising.” Cronin commented: “I just coach the team, I am not on the committee. There are women on our committee so to say I don’t want women playing football is ridiculous. Hockey is very big in the town, so is netball. I don’t even know if they would have the numbers for an Oztag team.” Cronin was also unsure it was within the CRL’s jurisdiction to force a club to field a team in a particular competition. 2. No comment
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How many times can you remember players openly commenting about the selection of representative teams in which they are an incumbent. I’ve been writing about rugby league since 1986 and I’m struggling to think of another example outside of the past fortnight, when England fullback Zak Hardaker and prop George Burgess have each expressed their opposition to Wayne Bennett picking Australian-born players.

“I think it’s wrong when some Australian players think they can walk into the team if they are eligible,” Burgess said over the weekend. Former Great Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe is another to express his opposition. How long before we can describe this as a rebellion? 3. Young Warrior on the rise

He was spared the hype by two things – his inclusion was a secret and his team was flogged. But young Warrior Ata Hingano (full name Mafoa’aeata Hingano) is one of the most hotly tipped youngsters in the game. The 19-year-old is seen as Shaun Johnson’s long-term halves partner.

“Definitely not the ideal debut that I wanted,” Hingano told the club’s website after a 34-6 loss to North Queensland at 1300SMILES Stadium. “I was still trying to find my feet on the field … just under the pump a lot. It’s all for [my family], all the sacrifices they made. It’s good to get out there and show them all the sacrifices paid off.” 4. The law is an …

NRL people can rarely agree on an issue but the need for an overhaul of the disciplinary system seems to have taken on almost universal acceptance. After his side’s 26-6 loss to Gold Coast on Saturday, Newcastle coach Nathan Brown was asked whether two-try rival Ryan James – controversially cleared over a collision which broke James Tedesco’s jaw – should even have been playing.

“The judiciary, the whole system that’s in place … It’s for the coaches and the CEOs and the people that run the game to have a big conversation about at the end of the year,” Brown said. “I’d be surprised if there wasn’t some sort of overhaul of what’s going on at the moment. They’ve made life too hard for themselves with some of these grade ones and how they charge people, I’m sure we can come up with a better system.”

Season over: James Tedesco. Photo: Brendon Thorne5. Capital disgrace

For the record, Set of Six thinks the fact the capital of Australia cannot host a preliminary final is ludicrous. The facilities in Canberra are good enough for World Cups, Asian Cups etc but not for rugby league? Thanks to the infiltration of Queenslanders at League Central, the NRL is not as NSW-centric as it once was. But there doesn’t seem to be enough people at headquarters fighting for the likes of Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong which continue to be treated with disdain. What, exactly, does the N in NRL stand for?

Good enough facilities: Semi Radradra scores at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Jay Cronan6. Thrice bitten

Why did the Cowboys lose three consecutive games? “I don’t want to say so,” back-rower Gavin Cooper told the ABC, “but we might have looked too far in front and those games came and bit us on the a–e.” Gavin’s brother Dustin had a less illustrious weekend; he was ruled out of the Boston 13s before kick-off of the USARL Northern Conference final against Philadelphia Fight. Some took that team’s nickname literally. Former Penrith player Liam Georgetown, now of Boston, was sent off for punching in a game the Philly side won 33-24 in overtime.

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