Sys­tem needed to en­sure enough play­ers

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

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!

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