Lower Clarence Magpies
Lower Clarence Magpies

RUGBY LEAGUE: Magpies to hold crisis meeting on Sunday

UPDATE 5.30pm: NRRRL secretary Tanya Booth confirmed that there is a stipulation in place that the competition expects at least a first grade and under 18s side from each club, but said it is the Group's committee who has final decision.

"Ultimately the committee will make a decision on the matter," Booth said. "We have a meeting set down for Monday and this is expected to be discussed.

"We also have another club in the competition who have requested to play only two teams this season." 

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The other NRRRL club under scrutiny is believed to be Mullumbimby Giants who are requesting to only play in Reserve Grade and Under 18s this season.

"It would be a shame to see a great club like Lower Clarence who have come so far in recent years not able to take the field," Booth said. 

"The Group will do all it can to support the club but at the end of the day we have to be fair to all clubs in the competition." 

The Lower Clarence Magpies are expected to host their own club committee meeting on Sunday at the Maclean Bowling Club before attending the Group meeting on Monday night.

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Player numbers have hit crisis point at the Lower Clarence Magpies with the club not likely to take the field in any grade this season.

Only one year after the club's centenary season, officials are holding crisis talks about the lack of senior players committing to training.

Club officials have confirmed if there is not 20 players at first grade training tonight, the Magpies will call it quits on playing in 2016.

"It is really disappointing," Club president Darrin Heron said. "But these people aren't kids anymore. They are grown men and they can make their own minds up whether they are playing or not.

"Players will do what they want to do. You can bust your gut all you want but that does not mean anything. Sadly money plays a big part in country football now.

"If you haven't got money, you are pushing sh*t up hill."

While the Lower first grade stocks have dwindled the numbers in Under 18s have continued to prosper.

But under Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League bylaws clubs are expected to register at least two sides.

Heron admitted that if numbers did not improve at tonight's training session, the club would look at options to keep the Under 18s side together but play in a different jersey.

"This could definitely be crisis times for our club," Heron said. "It is about time we sent out an SOS signal for players to come help our club.

"When I played football we played for the love of the game and the love of your team but I think those days are well and truly gone."

NRRRL kicks off April 16.



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