Men's touch comp in danger
WHILE Whitsunday Touch Association looks to host the semi-finals of their summer competition next week, there are grave fears over the future of the competition in years to come.
A lack of men’s teams in the competition means that the next competition, set to start at the end of July, may not get off the ground.
President Mark Beale said he was hopeful to get more teams but the harsh reality was that they may not.
"We only have three men’s teams now and it looks like we won’t be having another men’s competition for next season," he said.
"It looks like we, the men’s teams, will be finding some female players and will be trying to enter into the mixed comp."
Beale said this would result in a total restructure of the competition to ensure the sport was offered to dedicated participants in some capacity.
"We will be changing the playing configuration from three male and three female to four male and two females on the field at any one time," he said.
"This should allow the competition to grow as there are usually more males than females that play on a regular basis."
Beale said the association was looking for both whole teams and individuals to register and form as many teams as possible to keep the competition alive.
He said team fees were $650 per season which worked out to be about $3 per player, per game.
All interested players should contact Mark Beale on 0404 498 790.