South Tweed out after one match

SOUTH Tweed have been forced out of the Gold Coast Rugby League (GCRL) A Grade competition after just one match.

Club president John Morris yesterday had no choice but to succumb to the reality that South Tweed were unable to field a competitive top string outfit after the Bears were humbled 62-12 by Runaway Bay in their season-opener at the weekend.

Morris has tackled the player retention issue front on since the Bears switched from the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League to the GCRL competition at the close of the 2008 season.

But now the siren has sounded.

While Morris was yesterday unreachable, GCRL president Tom Marzella released a statement confirming the club's withdrawal from the A Grade competition.

“After much discussion with club delegates, the South Tweed RLFC committee and GCRL officials it has been decided that the league has no option but to produce another 2009 season draw,” Marzella said in the statement.

“There were various reasons for this happening, such as South Tweed's uncertain entry into the competition late last year, the issue of coaching staff and the constant rumours of problems.

"These have all resulted in many A Grade players moving on, which ultimately resulted in the current situation.”

Marzella said South Tweed would continue to field teams in the Reserve Grade and under-19 competitions this season.

He said it was expected the club would use the opportunity to recruit for and develop an A Grade team and coaching staff in time for the 2010 season.”

“Long term it will be beneficial for all concerned,” Marzella said.

“The committee of South Tweed are eager for this to happen and we ask all clubs to be aware of the situation and be supportive of South Tweed's efforts to secure their future in the GCRL competition beyond 2009.”

It is expected the revised draw will be completed by the weekend, with the emphasis on producing a balanced A Grade draw.

The reserve grade and under-19 draws will be adjusted to complement the host club on game days.

It is expected that the host club will feature in all three grades but their opponents may differ in the lower grades to allow for the inclusion of the South Tweed teams.

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