Junior Wallabys in jeopardy with only half a team
THEY'RE just weeks into the rugby season but if the under-12 junior Wallabys don't find some more team-mates, it'll be over before they know it.
The under-12s are facing having to forfeit their place in the competition because they can only field enough players for half a team.
"I've only got eight of that age. We need, to be realistic, double that," coach Norman Horan said.
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"There have been times we were struggling for numbers, and missing two or three, but not like this, not half a team."
The coach of 10 years and PE teacher at Mount Larcom State School said there had been a drop in numbers across the whole competition.
"A lot of people have left rugby league across the board," he said.
"I'm going to try to get (this team) sorted but we're not off to a cracking start.
"Their success will rely on consistency. They've had a number of different coaches so I'd like to guarantee that I'd stay with the team for a minimum of three years."
If this team doesn't compete, it will have a long lasting effect.
"It carries through the club," he said. "It will forever be that there was no 2015 under-12 group.
"It also means that the lower grades don't have anyone to aspire to, and the higher grades don't have any back up."
It's a very serious and worrying prospect for under-8s Wallaby player Kyaan Sewell.
Mother Tamika Colborne said her son had loved every minute of his time with the club so far.
"This is his third year, and apart from two kids, the whole group has been committed since 2013,"she said.
"The under-8s are actually so large that there are two teams, black and orange."
Ms Colborne said the lack of players in the higher grades was a real shame.
"It's really sad because their forfeit means the kids miss out on the opportunity to play A grade," she said.
"That or we lose them to another club.
"I hope Kyaan has the chance to play when he gets to that level."
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