Magpies desperate for community helpers
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Lower Clarence Magpies club has been left in a state of limbo, after too few people took part in the club’s annual general meeting on Sunday.
All committee positions have been left vacant with the club set to hit the reset button with another attempt at the meeting this Sunday at 4pm at the bowling club.
It is understood former president Darrin Heron has decided not to stand again as he puts his focus back on spending time with family.
Heron, along with the support of a dedicated committee, resurrected the Magpies last season after the club spent the 2016 season off the fields.
But now it appears Heron’s efforts may have ultimately been for nothing, with the club struggling to find volunteers to join the committee for next season.
Club stalwart Bruce Howard, who was the only person to put his hand up for a role at the meeting, said it was a problem not specific to the Magpies but endemic within regional sport.
“It is the same old story that volunteers are hard to come by these days,” Howard said. “We all love our league and the Magpies but life goes in different directions sometimes.”
Club treasurer Craig Hughes has also suggested he would not re-stand but offered to stick with the club until it found its feet financially.
The Magpies’ problems do not extend to the field, with the club in the best position it has been for a number of years in terms of player recruitment.
Howard said the club was currently interviewing for the first grade coaching position with three applicants still in the running.
One of those applicants is incumbent coach Dan Randall while the other two remain a mystery with the club keeping its cards close to the chest.
The club also expects a return to the field for its Under-18 ranks with second rower Alex McMillan expected to lead the group in 2018.
“There are some great players coming through from the Under 16s ranks and our junior club (Clarence Coast Magpies) is as strong as ever,” Howard said.
“We have an obvious future that we are looking to build towards ... but if you don’t have volunteers you are buggered.”
SUPPORT: Magpies club stalwart Bruce Howard has put out the call to get volunteers.