System needed to ensure enough players
There has been a lot of positives in the past 12 months in rugby in the Tasman region – a lot of which I have highlighted in my previous columns.
Sadly there are occasionally things that crop up that are not as positive, and last week was a tough one at the Tasman Rugby Union office. Tasman Rugby has worked very hard to make the Bayleys Tasman Trophy a good robust competition which pits the best players in the Tasman region against each other for eleven weeks.
It’s definitely a body blow when Tasman Trophy games have to be deferred, which occurred this last weekend when the Nelson and Stoke clubs could not field teams against Central and Awatere respectively. The union explored every avenue available with these Nelson-based clubs to try and get them to front up and play but both clubs couldn’t muster the numbers required.
It’s hoped the games will be played at a later date in the season, which would be a good result and lessen the impact of these deferred games.
It’s important these games are still played for the validity of the competition, as it’s a competition we desperately need in our region for the development of our players.
I feel for Central and Awatere – both teams trained hard all week to play on the weekend, plus being home games the bar takings generated always comes in handy.
Awatere themselves were struggling a few weeks ago to muster a side to play a Nelson club but fronted up, found 15 players and played even though it meant coach Glen Blackmore was roaming on the right wing.
Let’s hope a positive will come out of these deferred games. I know at the union we are very keen to look at how we can help make this competition even better and make sure all clubs have systems in place to make sure their premier teams and their clubs have planned well enough not to run out of playing resources.
The Bayleys Tasman Trophy is entrenched in our club rugby calendar so let’s all make sure we make the most of it!