Rugby team has to pull out
Not enough players to contest this season
A ‘‘gutted’’ Central Otago premier rugby team is vowing to come back strong next year after it was forced to pull out of the competition this season.
Clyde-Earnscleugh Rugby Club spokesman Tim Cadogen said the premier team was short of front row forwards so had no choice but to withdraw last-minute from the Central Otago club competition.
‘‘We almost had it but then there was an injury and another guy could only get a certain amount of time off work . . . while we were really close up to the end, when it came to crunch-time we didn’t have the players.’’
The committee called ameeting with its players last Tuesday and told them of the decision to pull out of the competition, he said.
‘‘It is absolutely gutting. ClydeEarnscleugh has always had a passionate and large group of supporters. The community will lose a focal point this winter.’’
The team was understandably disappointed, he said.
‘‘They wanted to desperately play . . . but we will be back so much stronger next year. We have got a longer preparation time . . . and the nasty medicine of not being able to have a team this year will hopefully drive people to do something and get players in.’’
He was not sure whether the shortage of players was symptomatic of country rugby clubs struggling to attract players, however he noted Otago Country champion Lawrence did not have a team in this year’s competition because of insufficient numbers.
Decisive: The club rugby season has kicked off with Maniototo defeating Alexandra 32-0 in their first defence of the White Horse Cup. Tries to LOlsson, NLove, QSmith 2, MLake and C Hore. JWilde managed 1 conversion.