Grafton Tigers' reserves in doubt but first grade flying
GRAFTON Tigers could withdraw their reserve grade side from the AFL North Coast season.
The club held a crisis meeting with players on Thursday night to address player availability and a lack of participation at training.
While that meeting was said to have had a positive outcome, the club will meet with AFL North Coast officials on Monday night to determine the reserve grade team's future.
Injuries, suspensions and player numbers have ravaged the team, which has forfeited today's game against Camden Haven.
Club president Rod Sheather said the reserve graders who train will push up to first grade.
"We'll see if the other teams will play 14-a-side and stuff like that, but we're meeting with officials to discuss what options we have," Sheather said.
"We're just trying to get a few more players to training. First grade are fine but reserve grade is struggling.
"Reserve grade is now more of a week-to-week thing for us."
The team's fortune is bittersweet for the club given how first grade have performed so far.
Sitting third after three games, the Tigers proved they could be a top contender for the first grade title with a 180-point win over North Coffs last week.
They have a chance to consolidate their place near the top in today's road trip to meet Camden Haven.
In the match of the round at Sawtell's Richardson Park, undefeated Sawtell/Tormina faces Coffs Swans.
Camden Haven Bombers v Grafton Tigers at Gladstone Oval, Gladstone.
Sawtell/Tormina Saints v Coffs Swans at Richardson Park, Sawtell.
Port Macquarie Magpies v North Coffs at Wayne Richards Park, Port Macquarie.