South Tweed forced to drop A-grade

A LACK of numbers has caused the South Tweed Koalas to withdraw their A-grade side from the Bycroft Cup.

Former coach Mick Sullivan said the Koalas had intended to scrape together a side but a decision handed down by Gold Coast Rugby League meant South Tweed would only field reserves and under-19s for this season.

“They decided if we didn’t have enough numbers to field three teams, A-grade, reserves and under-19s, then it would be best to drop the a-grade,” Sullivan said. “We probably could have scraped together an A-grade side but the process was handed over.”

Sullivan said it was obvious from pre-season training that the team was going to be difficult to field.

“A lot of the boys are working in Queensland and I guess when they looked around at training and only saw half the team it was difficult for the boys who were there to keep focused and committed,” Sullivan said.

Despite the lack in first grade numbers, Sullivan believes the reserves and under-19s will be very competitive teams.

“Our reserve grade will be very strong and should do very well,” Sullivan said.

“I won’t lie to you; the under- 19s is a very hard age group to keep motivated and focused. But if we can get through the next month we could gain some players from teams with excess.

“In the meantime it doesn’t leave us in a great position, but the side we put on the field will definitely still be competitive.”

Sullivan said he had full intentions of maintaining an integral role at the South Tweed club.

“I will definitely remain in the club in some capacity,” he said.

“I want to help out with the reserves and I’ve going to focus on trying to rebuild an A-grade side for next year.”

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