The Cobar Roosters have joined Castlereagh League for the 2018 season, which will see some long drives for their home games – upwards of four hours for local teams.
Cobar was accepted into the Castlereagh competition after a general meeting of clubs held at Gilgandra on Sunday.
In 2016, Cobar dropped out of Group 11 just two weeks out from the season kick-off. They spent the last two years in the Barwon Darling Cup, taking on the likes of Walgett, Bourke and Brewarrina.
Gulgong host the competition newcomers in the opening round of the 2018 Christie and Hood Castlereagh League season on April 14. The Terriers have to make the one of the longest trips to take on the Roosters, four hour 20 minute trip themselves in Round 10 on June 23. Dunedoo don’t have to make the journey (four hours, five minutes for the Swans and Swannettes) until the second last round on August 11.
Coolah face the longest drive at four hours and 36 minutes, according to Google Maps, while Trangie have the shortest trip of the group at two hours and 19 minutes.
The competition also welcomes back 2004 premiers Binnaway, taking it up to 10 ten clubs. The League Tag knockout tournament and Youth League rep trials will be held at Coonabarabran on March 24, before Gulgong holds the men’s knockout on April 7, one weekend out from the season proper.