Group 19 rugby league: Barry Grob reappointed Glen Innes Magpies president at crisis meeting

The Magpies will be around next season after a crisis meeting resulted in a new committee being formed.

GAME ON: The Magpies teetered for a while - giving their supporters heart palpitations - but they have survived.

GAME ON: The Magpies teetered for a while - giving their supporters heart palpitations - but they have survived.

We should have a strong team, and we’re ready to go next year.

Andrew Grob

Barry Grob, who was expected to stand down as president, renominted for the position and was elected unopposed and unanimously at Sunday’s crisis meeting at the Glen Innes and District Services Club

Prior to the meeting, Grob had bemoaned the fact that a new committee was not formed at the Magpies’ annual general meeting.

He had labelled the development as “very disappointing”, especially given “all the hard work done” to re-enter Group 19 after the club missed the 2016 season.

Grob’s son and fellow club committee member, Andrew, said the committee was “virtually the same” as last season.

He said: “At this stage we’re going around again.

“We’ve got a few players, from what Dad told me, who’ve approached the club wanting to play for us next year.

“We should have a strong team, and we’re ready to go next year.”

Andrew played down the seriousness of the crisis meeting, saying “everything fell into place” as expected.

He said: “Like a lot of country towns, I suppose, you have to call a crisis meeting before people sit up and listen.

“We knew we’d get a committee again. It was just whether Dad would stand.”

Andrew anticipates the Magpies will operated better next season after overcoming the teething problems associated with the 2017 relaunch.

“It’s got to be smoother,” he said. “Everyone sort of knows their roles now.

“Everyone has got 12 months’ experience – all these little things it takes in the running of a club.”

Andrew, a long-term Magpies first-grade winger, also revealed that he has retired after being sidelined for most of last season following a shoulder reconstruction.

“I’d love to keep playing but the body can’t do it anymore,” he said.