Raiders fielding combined team
FOR the first time in 17 years the Port Douglas Rugby Union Club has had to notify will not enter for the remainder of this year’s competition.
“The fact is we just don’t have the numbers to be competitive, but the club is still going to function with the view to rebuilding for next year.”
the specialist positions – front tow and halves – was proving especially difficult this year, he said. “So we’ve had to make the tough call.
“The sponsors and the membership have been notified and we’re encouraging our players to play with Wanderers this year – we have up to 10 players who can down to Cairns and play with them.
“They’re a good competitive side and gives our players the opportunity to keep playing rugby.”
He hoped there would be some more home games this year.
Mr Murday said the club would continue to make good use of its clubhouse at the PD Sports Complex.
“We’re doing refurbish“Covering ments to the clubhouse and we have plans to do the changerooms.”
He said the player list, in a transient demographic that Port Douglas has, is very dependent on job availability in the area.
“Hopefully next year there’ll be more construction on in the area,” he said.
The sugar mill’s adoption of a continuous production regimen also impacted on player availability as many of them had to work on the match days.
“They were usually available for only about one match in four,” Mr Murday said.
“Those players can’t commit to playing.
“Until then that had been a really good source of players for us.”