Sharks in need of support
“There was only 15-20 at training last Tuesday and they are the same players week in and week out - we signed up 110-115 players, where are they all?” Cobb said.
“What I can put it down to is that a lot of players, they got no commitment and no heart; their heart isn’t in the right place.”
Pitt blames cited a lack of sponsorship as another reason why the Sharks’ future is on the line.
“Local businesses are not giving us the support, we are seriously considering going to big major companies and sourcing our funding through them,” Pitt said.
“It’s time to start acting like a community and getting behind us, we are one of the oldest, if not one of the first sporting associations of this community.”
Cobb has also pointed a finger at the Cairns District Rugby League (CDRL) for not stepping in and helping the club in its time of need.
“It goes in cycles and it’s a shame it’s our club this year, it’s the not-so-rich clubs, the poor clubs that suffer because we got no money to throw out to the players,” Cobb said.
“If they (CDRL) are serious about this competition and worry about us getting a full team on the field, why can’t they help? They got 30-35 Northern Pride players in their squad and most of those play for fancier clubs, why can’t the CDRL step in and say go help Mossman - it would come up a better competition that way.”
CDRL administrator Pat Bailey told the Gazette Northern Pride players go back to the clubs they came from.
“Mossman hasn’t produced that sort of player as yet, Pride players are allocated to the clubs that produced them, we do have junior players in an Under 16s and 18s development squad for the Pride,” Bailey said.
Bailey denied claims the CDRL would force the Sharks to fold after the recent forfeit and lack of numbers.
“Our aim is to help keep them afloat and let people in that area play the greatest game on the world, rugby league, we are trying to solve their problems and not close them,” she said.
“However they can’t blame everybody else for their own mistakes.
“They got a bye this weekend, they need to regroup and play the last two games and show people that they are fair dinkum enough to go ahead in 2012.”
Pitt is optimistic about the team despite the crisis the Sharks are facing.
“I know the ability is here and it is just a matter if everybody can turn up, if the 110 players that have signed up this year turn up and have a go for the club,” Pitt said.
“We will try to finish the season on a positive note so that we can look toward resurrecting the club next year.”
The Sharks have a bye this weekend, a home game the following weekend against Innisfail, and the final game of the 2011 season will be against the Kangaroos at Pride Oval.