Rugby Union grand final action at Wises Road between Maroochydore and Kawana. Maroochydore won 18-14.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Rugby Union grand final action at Wises Road between Maroochydore and Kawana. Maroochydore won 18-14. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

Plan to bring fans back to local footy

RUGBY LEAGUE: Traditional fans could be brought back to local footy if Sunday afternoon games were scheduled in 2017, at least one A-grade coach says.

Glen Irwin believes the cold weather on Saturday night's during winter could be keeping some fans away from the Caloundra RSL Division 1 Cup games, and is in favour of more Sunday (2pm) games.

"A lot of our traditional older supporters can't come at night because it's too cold,” he said.

"The NRL is on TV and they can stay and watch it without batting an eyelid. I would like to go back to a few Sunday afternoon games. A-grade could play at 2pm so the traditionalists can still watch local footy and then get home for the 4pm Channel 9 game.

"I think we've got to talk about it.”

Irwin said he wasn't in favour of playing every game on Sundays, with many players preferring the fixed Saturday night timeslot.

Rugby League Sunshine Coast president James Ward said he was more than open to Sunday afternoon football, and even Friday night games.

Ward said it was up to the clubs to negotiate and schedule game times and could understand why some might want to mix it up.

But he said the Saturday 6.30pm schedule was put in place for good reason.

"Saturdays were introduced because the players wanted certainty about what time they were playing each week,” he said.

Ward said discussions with clubs ahead of the make-up of the 2017 season would start shortly but he ruled out one club's return in 2017.

"Noosa's new executive has no intention to push back into Division 1 too early,” he said.

"They need to re-build and put some things in place. The usual suspects are solid as a rock.”


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