Buccaneers, Cossacks ready to play
THE Yamba Buccaneers and Iluka Cossacks are still awaiting their first chance to venture on to the paddock this season, with the rescheduled Village draw pushing the clubs’ kick-off date back several weeks.
At a meeting of Far North Coast Rugby Union officials in March the draw was severely shuffled.
A further meeting on April 5 confirmed the decision with all clubs, who were asked to approve or disapprove of the changes.
The board required a response from all Village clubs before the new draw was adopted.
Yamba’s first match was due to be played two weeks ago.
However, with the season shortened from 21 to 14 matches the players were left cooling their heels.
Despite the disruptions, Buccaneers president Peter Campbell said it was business as usual.
“Yamba was very happy to play a 21-match season,” Campbell said.
“But it’s the way things go and we look forward to starting later now.”
While no changes were made to the First, Second, Third or under-19 competition draws, the revised Village draw leaves Yamba to tackle Mullumbimby on April 30.
Iluka will meet Evans Head in the opening round on the same day.