Raiders field­ing com­bined team

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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.”

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