Rugby club in dire straits


THE Whitsunday Raiders Rugby Union Club is facing its toughest period in the club's history.

After five years at the helm, president Kon Flaherty is stepping down at the end of the 2010 season.

He has a clear message.

“If we don't get a committee then I recommend that the club folds,” he said.

“I'm hoping that someone will step up, at least in an interim role to take the club forward and hope for others to take over next year.

“But I have been waiting for a couple of years for that to happen.”

Over the past few years, Flaherty has gained little support from others within the rugby community and this was the catalyst in his recent decision to stand down.

“At the end of the day it came down to lack of support,” he said.

“Everyone has been falling around behind me and it's just too much for one man.

“It's just disappointing that people are in town but aren't stepping up to the plate.

“But everyone has their own lives and I understand that.”

As a result of his decision, Flaherty has urged anyone in the Whitsundays who is willing to assist the club in the future to attend the club's annual general meeting on Wednesday July 18 at Jubilee Tavern from 7pm.

“I'm just asking for any past and present people to come down and give their advice,” he said.

“This is really our last throw of the dice.”

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