A week of highs and lows for Lower Clarence Magpies
WHAT a week it has been for all Magpie supporters.
How sad is it that the Lower Clarence will not be fielding a senior team in the NRRRL competition this year?
The Under 18s will be flying the flag for Lower and they are our future. Any change in the "culture" of the club must start with them.
We do have the support of the CRL who do not want to see a situation whereby an age team like ours (and a good one at that) cannot get a game and so go off and play some other code. They may be able to bring some pressure to bear on the NRRRL, which says that you must have a first grade side and one other to participate.
There needs to be some flexibility as there is no point turning your back on a club like ours even though there would be sides in the north happy not to have to travel so far south.
Someone needs to remind them that it is the same distance from Yamba to Cudgen as it is from the border to Maclean.
It's quite apparent that Lower Clarence is paying the price for not being as financially viable as other clubs in the area.
Committees past and present have worked very hard to pay off debts associated with the premiership year of 2009. That indeed took a few years and in that time there wasn't the money to spend on players who were always looking after themselves.
As our club president said, there isn't the same loyalty anymore and players are happy to turn their backs on the club while they line their pockets. The shame of it is that all this is happening while we have a good set of numbers coming through our junior ranks. We also secured the services of an outstanding coach and player who would really have made a difference.
The future could be rosy. We just have to hang in there in what will be a tough year.