Rebels to hold crisis talks
By TONY WHITE
THE South Grafton Rebels are in serious danger of imploding.
A lack of senior players is likely to force a major decision by the Rebels' committee tomorrow week. On Saturday the club was only able to field 13 players, some arguably below first grade standard, in an official Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League trial match at McKittrick Park.
The Rebels were smashed 64-nil by Lower Clarence Magpies, although the club's strength, its juniors, scored a terrific 38-8 win over the Magpie youngsters.
Rebels president Janita Cooper admitted some big decisions had to be made regarding the troubled club's immediate future.
"We only had 13 senior players turn up," Cooper said. "A decision will have to be made after our next trial match on Saturday against Grafton whether we field a senior team.
"What situation the club is left in after that will be determined at a meeting next Tuesday. The juniors are the ones holding the club together. I can't speak highly enough of them, but if there are any senior Rebels out there, they need to come play and support us otherwise we will be faced with a very big decision."
Whatever transpires in the ensuing week, the Rebels at best will only field one senior team. First grade captain-coach Ray Mercy said the player crisis was 'a matter for the committee'.