Rebels with a cause - survival
By TONY WHITE
SOUTH Grafton Rebels' president Janita Cooper said yesterday the club was all but resigned to having only one senior team and an Under-18s side for this year's Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
Five new senior players signed with the Rebels following Saturday's trials against Orara Valley Axemen at Jabor Park but there are still not sufficient numbers to field first and second grade teams.
"Overall the day was very positive," Cooper said.
"We had about 400 people there, including a lot of players watching, and it looks promising for the future.
"Hopefully it will create some interest from senior players.
"A lot will depend on who turns up at training this week but we're not sure if we can get two senior teams and the deadline for that. We'll definitely have one. If we get two, that will be a bonus.
"At the moment we're concentrating on fielding a senior first grade."
Two of the five players signed over the weekend are new to the area and three others are former junior players.
"They've all come here to support the club, which is great," Cooper said.
Orara won both the mixed senior and Under-18 trials on Saturday.
The Rebels' senior side was beaten 34-14.
Under-18 coach Dale Eamons said he was confident of a good season from the junior Rebels.
"We went down 14-12 but were unlucky to miss our two kicks at goal," Eamons said.
"It was a very hot day and the boys performed really well. the seniors were beaten but very competitive."
Eamons said Shane Cropper, Daniel Bligh, Dale Eamons junior and Dwayne Randall were the pick of the Under-18 Rebels.