Tweed Koalas keep it in reserve

SOUTH Tweed Koalas will compete in the Bycroft Cup reserve grade after players committed to the club for the 2010 season.

At an emergency meeting on Tuesday night, 25 players committed to playing this weekend and for the rest of the season.

The senior club was set to fold had the meeting not achieved a positive outcome.

South Tweed president Lloyd Alexander had issued the dire warning about the club's circumstances earlier this week and he was heartened by the “staggering” response.

“Players that were going to make last year their final season have enthusiastically pulled their boots back on to make sure South Tweed get through this rough time,” he said.

The immediate crisis has been averted, but Alexander said the club still needed more players.

He was sure the reserve grade side could still be successful with 16 rounds left in the competition.

“There is still a strong chance that if the team plays to their potential, they could quite easily be a strong force in the finals,” Alexander said.

“There are six players in our reserve grade side this year that regularly played in our first grade side last year.

Yesterday the Tweed Daily News reported the circumstances of a game this year where the Koalas turned up with only 10 players.

It was incorrectly described as a reserve grade clash. The game was an under-19 match.

Alexander said the side took the field despite the lack of numbers but when one boy broke his ankle four minutes before full-time, the game was ended.

That was the last time the club fielded an under-19 side.

The club had teams in all three divisions of the Bycroft Cup in 2010 but this year will field only a reserve grade team.

Alexander hoped 2011 could be a rebuilding year and the Koalas will return to A grade in 2012.

Players looking for a game with South Tweed this year can contact the club on 07 5523 3571 or be at training on Tuesday or Thursday nights at 6.30pm.

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