Hawks far from happy

Pilbara News - - News - Re­becca Par­ish

Hed­land Hawks rugby league side are yet to play a home game this sea­son, de­spite the last three games be­ing sched­uled in South Hed­land.

The de­ba­cle un­folded when the Bron­cos for­feited their game against the Hawks in early June.

A week later, the league was hit by a for­feit from the Kar­ratha Roost­ers.

Then new­est ar­rival to Pil­bara rugby league and last sea­son’s pre­miers, Kar­ratha Storm, for­feited their game against the Hawks, which are the lone Hed­land side, cit­ing num­bers as the is­sue.

The sit­u­a­tion has left Hed­land play­ers de­flated and the club pres­i­dent scratch­ing his head.

“They’re strug­gling in Kar­ratha as well,” pres­i­dent Luke Fit­tock said.

“There’s too many clubs and not enough play­ers and not enough peo­ple in the towns any more.”

In an un­ex­pected turn of events, the for­feits have left Port Hed­land Hawks on top of the league lad­der, de­spite Wick­ham Wasps win­ning the ma­jor­ity of the games.

Mr Fit­tock said it was strange the side was on top of the lad­der de­spite having only played and won one game.

“It looks like we’ll win the com­pe­ti­tion on de­fault,” he said.

Kar­ratha Bron­cos pres­i­dent Rick Howard said the prob­lem ap­peared to be one too many sides in Kar­ratha.

“All three sides in Kar­ratha are strug­gling and then to go and travel and get time off work, it just doesn’t hap­pen,” he said.

“Peo­ple need to sup­port the sport and sup­port the club.”

The lat­est news comes af­ter a shock­ing year for the PRL in 2015, in which the league lost 20 per cent of its play­ers, South Hed­land Cougars folded and reign­ing cham­pi­ons, the Roost­ers, for­feited half­way through the sea­son.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Storm and Kar­ratha Roost­ers line up.

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