Moetaua in charge after Brady's exit

Former Southland District Rugby League president Teakura Moetaua has agreed to step back into the role, with Nick Brady having to move on from the position.

Brady took over from Moetaua last year but he has recently had to return to Auckland because of an illness in his family.

Southland District Rugby League called a special meeting on Sunday to discuss the situation and Moetaua put his hand up to again serve as SDRL president in the interim.

Each of the existing clubs - with the exception of the Cowboys - were represented at the meeting, as were some prospective new clubs for next season.

Bluff and Appleby Titans have signalled an interest in playing in the club league competition next year.

Moetaua said there also had been discussions about Riverton forming a team for the 2013 season as well.

Moetaua praised Brady for the volunteer hours he had put into the game during his time as president and he hoped SDRL could continue to grow the sport.

As well as Brady's work as SDRL president, he was also the major player in getting the Mataura Warriors club off the ground to play in this year's club competition.

Moetaua said league had made big strides with the improvement of the Southland Rams this year particularly after they had lost all of their games in 2011.

They were narrowly beaten 28-26 by Tasman in the South Island provincial championship final in Nelson on October 1.

Brady also had managed to attract a new sponsor for rugby league this year, Provincial Drainage Ltd, to help cover some of the association's ongoing costs.

Moetaua said Provincial Drainage Ltd owner David Reynolds attended Sunday's meeting.

Reynolds was keen to stay involved as a sponsor and also offered to help where he could with administration requirements.

"It's good to have someone, for us, with a bit of a business sense to make sure we're keeping on the right track," Moetaua said.

The Southland Times