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Raiders face the axe

This season has been a struggle for the Whitsunday Raiders side due to a shortage of numbers turning up for training and game day. Whitsunday Raiders player Trent Elson with the ball in his hand at the Raiders sign-on day at the Whitsunday Sports Park earlier in the year.
This season has been a struggle for the Whitsunday Raiders side due to a shortage of numbers turning up for training and game day. Whitsunday Raiders player Trent Elson with the ball in his hand at the Raiders sign-on day at the Whitsunday Sports Park earlier in the year.

RUGBY UNION

THE Whitsunday Raiders are facing the axe from this year's Mackay District Rugby Union competition if they forfeit this weekend's match against Slate Point.

Mackay District Rugby Union has the power to dismiss the Raiders from this year's competition if they forfeit for a third time.

After forfeiting against Mackay City Redmen last weekend, the Raiders have used two of their three lifelines, but look likely of forfeiting this weekends clash with many team members still 50-50 about playing.

Raiders player and President Kon Flaherty is hoping his club are shown some sympathy.

“We're just hoping that they look at our situation and let us play for the rest of the year,” he said.

“But I don't have too much doubt. I think they'll keep us in.”

The local rugby union club have had a competitive first grade side in the Mackay District competition since 1985 and are determined that the can keep this tradition alive.

“Even if it's on a casual basis we just want to keep playing rugby,” Flaherty said.

“The problem is we have 30 players registered, 14 here at training tonight but only four can make it to the game.

“There's just a lack of numbers player wise and committee wise in the area and we see a turn over of 10 or so players each year, so it's difficult to be competitive.”

Slate Point have showed some compassion for the local side though as they have kindly moved their home game to Whitsunday Sports Park to help the Raiders try and muster more players for the vital clash.

The match is scheduled for a 6pm kick-off on Saturday night and the Raiders are hopeful of having enough players to avoid forfeiting.


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