QRL shoots down top Sea Eagle
FORMER Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles chairman Peter Boyce has stood down at the request of Queensland Rugby League.
Charity-minded, long-standing Coast sporting administrator Ashley Robinson has been appointed as Boyce's replacement.
Sea Eagles chief executive Chris Flannery said the club had recently applied for a substantial funding package and been told it would be granted only on the condition that Boyce stepped down.
Flannery said he did not know the full reasoning behind the QRL's request for Boyce's removal, but the need to build stronger ties between the Sea Eagles and the Sunshine Coast Rugby League might have had something to do with it.
"Our relationship with the Sunshine Coast Rugby League probably hadn't been improving at the rate that they (the QRL) would have liked it to have been," he said.
"The QRL have taken a step in what they thought was the best way to help improve those relationships within the local league.
"It has been fairly strained over the last couple of years and they wanted to make a change and see that we were starting to rectify that, which we are.
"But Peter has always put the club's interests first and has complied with what they were asking."
Appointed chairman in 2009, Boyce has been a major sponsor of the club - a situation that will continue.
Boyce, who injected hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money into the club while in charge, said yesterday that he had previously told the board of his intention to stand down at the end of next year and invited Ashley Robinson to join the board as a way of mending the relationship between the Sea Eagles and SCRL.
"At the end of the day, I was happy to move, but if they had come and seen me and spoke about it I'd have been much happier," he said.
"I was pretty upset by that initially, but I also told them I wasn't married to the job.
"It's about what is best for the club and everyone who works so hard at the club, because they're the ones that keep the club kicking."
Robinson is a former president of SCRL, holding that position for seven years, and a life member of the organisation. He is also an administrative member of the SCRL and the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame, and manages the Alex surf club.
"My main priority is to get a close association with the local league," he said. "I'm very involved in the local community and thankful to have a club like Alex to support me."
QRL chief executive Robert Moore did not provide a direct comment on Boyce's departure from the Sea Eagles.
"The QRL has put an offer of assistance to the Sunshine Coast which is bound by confidentiality at this point of time," he said.