Mag­pies des­per­ate for com­mu­nity helpers

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT -

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.”

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

SUP­PORT: Mag­pies club stal­wart Bruce Howard has put out the call to get vol­un­teers.

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