Lower Clarence's dark cloud has silver lining
RUGBY LEAGUE: In what is good news for the Lower Clarence Magpies club their under-18 side will hit the field this season in the NRRRL competition.
The Magpies side have found a back door into the competition by linking up with returning club Tweed Coast Raiders.
The Raiders were ready to register teams in both First and Reserve Grade but lacked the numbers in their junior ranks to field an Under-18s side.
This is where the Magpies players will slot in to play under the Tweed Coast club banner.
But the Magpies will keep their club colours and name for the season despite playing for a different club.
Magpies club president Darrin Heron was ecstatic with the news and believes it will give the club a better chance to return to the fold next season.
"I am happy for our U18s side," Heron said. "They are raring to go, they just want to play football.
"We put this decision to the boys in the side. We weren't going to tell them what they were doing, we wanted them to make the decision. And they just want to play footy.
"These boys put so much focus in to their pre-season work they deserve to take the field and I am grateful to see it happen."
Unfortunately for rugby league fans in the Lower Clarence there will still be no games at the Maclean Showground or the Angourie Sports Oval with Under-18 home games to be played at the home of the Tweed Coast Raiders in Cabarita.
"This is rubber stamped and everything," Heron said. "It still has to go to a board meeting but that is just for a final tick of approval."
Magpies Under-18 player Jacob Cameron-Clarke gave a passionate speech at a recent club meeting about the off-field dramas that have plagued the club of late.
"I just want to play footy," Cameron-Clarke said. "I cannot understand how some guys could leave their mates and their town to go and chase a few extra dollars."