Low numbers no side for club

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Although it was a division 2 finalist last year, Mataura Rugby Club is unable to field a senior side this year.

A lack of numbers at training due to work, family and other commitments has meant the club is unable to retain the side.

Mataura Rugby Club president Darren Matahiki said the side had been averaging six to seven players for each training.

“[It] was not an easy decision for the club to make .. but it was in the best interest of the club as a whole,” Matahiki said.

to players who would move to other clubs.

They would be welcomed back to the club if it was able to field a team again in coming seasons.

It was the first year since 2012 the club had been unable to field a team to compete in any of the Southland Wide division 1, 2 and 3 competitions.

Under the posts… Mataura rugby second five eighth Heath Roberts scores between the uprights in Saturday’s semifinal win.

“As a rugby club, we hope the Mataura community will continue to stand behind us and support our president’s grade team, [which] .. has done well in the past.”

Club vice-president Jo Brand said the club had had its junior registration day on Saturday and good numbers had attended.

“It was a great morning. We had lots of parents attending and it all ran really efficiently,” Brand said.

Jackie Harmer has taken over the role of junior rugby convener this year from Kelly Henderson.

The club was just one of many that were important in the community, Brand said.

“We have a proud history at the club and we will continue to add to that in the future.”

Clubs throughout New Zealand were facing modern issues, she said.

It was about people having “the time to commit to a club”.

“It is a modern issue where people are working longer hours and with this there needs to be a modern solution.”

The Pirates Rugby Club in Dunedin announced last week it was also unable to field a premier side this season.