A MERGED competition involving the Wallerawang Landscaping Cup and Woodbridge Cup - it may not happen for season 2022, but it could be part of the rugby league future.
The Mid West league's president Dallas Booth revealed that while talks are still very much in the infancy stage, the union of the two competitions is something which has been proposed.
Booth thinks that taking it any further than just a proposal will hinge on the success of the new Western Premiership, a conference-style competition which will involve Group 10 and Group 11 first grade teams.
The inaugural edition of the Western Premiership will be played in 2022 and at this stage the Wallerawang Landscaping Cup and Woodbridge Cup will remain as separate competitions.
"There has been talk of doing a similar thing with us and Woodbridge, the same sort of thing Group 10 and Group 11 premier league are doing, but that's still in the very early stages of discussion," Booth revealed.
"Whether or not that happens next year remains to be seen, I guess what they'll need to do is get premier league sorted first.
"It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks and few months, I can't see it being effected too much for next year."
While the Mid West and Woodbridge Cup are standalone competitions, there have been links between the two in seasons past.
In 2020 when the Woodbridge Cup did not go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cargo Blue Heelers joined the Wallerawang Landscaping Cup to ensure its first grade and league tag sides could still compete.
A season earlier representative teams from the Mid West and Woodbridge squared off.
This season the Mid West competition featured six clubs - Oberon, CSU, Orange Warriors, Portland, Lithgow Bears and Kandos. The Woodbridge Cup premiership was bigger with nine combatants in Manildra, Canowindra, Trundle, Molong, Eugowra, Peak Hill, Cargo, Grenfell and Condobolin.
Whether or not a merger takes place remains to be seen, but one thing Booth does expect in 2022 is an improved Mid West showing from Oberon.
After winning the 2020 grand final, a less experienced Tigers outfit placed fourth this season. Booth coached both those teams and while he will now stand down from that role, will remain involved with Oberon.
"It was probably a rebuilding year that was good," he said.
"Several of the guys that were coming off the bench for us the year before all ran on this year and played a lot more minutes, learned a lot more and got a lot more experience, which puts us in better stead for the next several years."
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