REGGIES...2013

WITH WESTS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY WON'T BE FIELDING A RESERVE GRADE SIDE IN 2013 &, IN 2012, WEE WAA & MOREE BOTH STRUGGLING TO HONOUR COMMITMENTS IN THIS SECTOR OF THE COMP. WHAT WILL 2013 BRING FOR OUR REGGIES?

AS CURRENT PREMIERS THE BEARS WILL FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL TO DEFEND THE TITLE BUT THE PROBLEM , PARTICULARLY FOR THE 2 TAMWORTH CLUBS, IS THE CONSTANT ENCOURAGED DEFECTION OF PLAYERS FROM FIRST DIV. RESRVES TO SEC. DIV.

WE CAN NOT MATCH THE FINANCIAL "ENCOURAGEMENT" OFFERED BY SOME SEC. DIV. CLUBS TO PLAYERS...WITH 3/4 TEAMS TO REGISTER, INSURE, OUTFIT, TRANSPORT , COACH, ALONG WITH OUR GROUND MAINTENANCE COSTS ETC, THE OP. COSTS DON'T ALLOW THE LUXURY OF PROVIDING CASH ENCENTIVES FOR REGGIES...THERE IS JUST NO $s LEFT IN THE KITTY.

WITH 5 SEC. DIV. CLUBS DRAWING PLAYERS FROM TAMWORTH THE DWINDLING NUMBERS ARE FURTHER ERODED.

THE 2 FIRST DIV. CLUBS BRING YOUNG PLAYERS THROUGH FROM U/16 UP , AT FAIRLY SUBSTANSIAL COST, AND LOSE A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF THEM TO HIGHER EDUCATION PURSUITS ( UNI ETC) , HIGHER STANDARD COMPS./OPPORTUNITIES &, EVENTUALLY, A DISTURBING NUMBER TO SECOND DIV.

THERE ARE REASONS FOR THE MIGRATION, IN SOME CASES FINANCIAL BUT IN OTHERS IT IS TIME COMMITMENT & TRAVEL...WE UNDERSTAND THAT BUT IT DOES NOT ADDRESS OUR PROBLEMS.

WE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO DEVELOP YOUNG PLAYERS FOR OTHER CLUBS...IT IS VERY TIME CONSUMING & THE COST IS AN INCREASINGLY WORRYING BURDEN.

THE PROBLEMS NEED TO BE ADDRESSED...NOW....

BOTH COMPS HAVE THEIR PLACE BUT THE ERODING OF A FIRST DIV. COMP. TO EXPAND A SEC. DIV. COMP. IS A SITUATION THAT NEEDS A SOLUTION.

IMAGINE IF A LOWER TIER COMP. IN THE NRL HAD THIS SORT OF IMPACT ON THE NATIONAL FIRST TIER COMP.!!!!

GROUP & , SUSEQUENTLY , DIVISIONAL REP. FOOTY COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST IF SOMETHING IS NOT DONE...

These comments are the personal views of the Editor ONLY...




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