Magpies endangered as flock fails

Bellinger Valley–Dorrigo Magpies won the Group 2 sevens title at BCU International Stadium on February 11 but may not take to the field in the upcoming 2012 season due to a lack of players.
Bellinger Valley–Dorrigo Magpies won the Group 2 sevens title at BCU International Stadium on February 11 but may not take to the field in the upcoming 2012 season due to a lack of players. Trevor Veale

WHILE the picture may be clearer, the situation is still dire for rugby league club Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo after its committee held urgent crisis talks last night.

The Magpies are currently battling to fill required player numbers for the upcoming Group 2 season and are on the brink of collapse.

Although being in the strongest financial position the club has seen in its history, a lack of local players committing to play this season has seen the situation escalate.

Compounding Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo's problems is the side's six Kiwi imports desperate to find work after they were laid off by a local sawmill.

Club president Josh White was impressed with the strong turnout to last night's committee meeting but admitted the Magpies still had a long way to go.

"The committee meeting really demonstrated what a strong community the club is and we were able to discuss all of the major issues currently facing us," White said.

"Everyone has bandied together and today a number of committee members and myself will be out helping the Kiwi boys find jobs.

"We are desperate to keep the club alive.

"It would be a tragedy for such a great club, in such great shape off the field, to go down because blokes don't want to commit for the season."

White stated that he has been in constant contact with Group 2 chief administrator Jim Anderson and was buoyed by his support.

"Jim (Anderson) and I have spoken a number of times and he said he would do as much as he could to help us fight through this," he said.

"Jim is a Bello man and understands what the club means and wants to see us survive.

"We will continue working with Jim and Group 2 so we will be able to field a team come round one."

The club is appealing to players on the Coffs Coast to sing on and help ensure the Magpies can take part in this year's Group 2 competition.

Anyone interested should contact Magpies coach Brandon Costin on 0424 187 532.

Topics:  bellinger valley dorrigo group 2 rugby league

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