Banta bid farewell to MSFL
With less than a month until the start of the new MSFL season, Heath Banta have withdrawn from the league, leaving it with 50 teams.
Ben Nathan, manager of the Division Three team, informed league chairman David Wolff of his decision this week.
Nathan said: “Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that we are not going to be able to field a team for the season.
“It was felt that before fixtures were planned and further costs incurred it was best to wrap it up now.
“The majority of the squad are now on the wrong side of 30 and are married with young kids.
“Thus the commitment to play every Sunday for 30 weeks of the year just isn’t there anymore.”
With star players including Ollie Joseph and Stefan Simons now looking for new teams, the club has folded after several seasons despite a recent merger between FC Heath and Rapid Banta.
Nathan said: “There is no fun in scraping to get 11 every week. No consistency can be built that affects performances and results.
“Thus I feel we have no choice but to fold and call an end to the era that was Banta.
“ I t w a s great working with, p l a y i n g and managing all at the club and I hope t o d o s o again inthe future.”
Exit: Heath Banta