Rumble Returns as ORL Chairman for 2018

Updated: December 4, 2017
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Des Rumble has been returned as Chairman of the Outback Rugby League (ORL) for a second term at last Sunday’s annual general meeting at Broken Hill Musicians Club.

He will be joined by a new advisory committee in season 2018 after ORL clubs voted to allow Country Rugby League (CRL) to change the constitution so one member from each ORL club can sit on the board.

The new approach is designed to give ORL clubs and representatives a greater voice in the running of the senior competition.

Broken Hill solicitor Eric Craney will also return to sit on the board for his second term.

Various other rule changes were decided upon at last Sunday’s general meeting following the AGM.

They include a mercy rule whereby matches will cease once a team holds a lead of 60 points or more and a law where a forfeit will be declared a 70-point win to the non-offending team.

Both changes now only need to be approved by CRL to come into the 2018 ORL competition.

Former ORL chairman Dave Gallagher will be taking on the role of league patron for season 2018.

The return of Rumble was a vote of confidence from the CRL after he used his brilliant communication and management skills to provide football for all clubs in 2017 despite a somewhat difficult year.

Rumble will lead the ORL again in 2018 but will be without the ever-efficient Lyndon Pace, who has decided to step down from his secretary-media-registrar role after three years of service.

Pace instigated a NAIDOC round at Menindee in July and also bought live-scoring to the ORL competition this year. Still young and with fresh ideas, Pace won’t be lost to the league as he takes on a role with the ORL judiciary.

Former judiciary chair Jim Hickey has returned to join Pace on the panel along with Craney and the likely additions of Darren (Ponch) Hall and Denis Watts.