Woolgoolga AFL ?no show? in 2006
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
DESPITE a massive effort from the club's committee over the past few months to ensure it didn't happen, Woolgoolga's AFL team has been forced in to recess for the 2006 season.
A last ditch bid to secure enough players to continue the Blues long tradition of involvement in the North Coast AFL competition has been in vain and club stalwart Dave Dodsworth has been left to lament an upcoming winter without football in the town.
"It's not a bit disappointing, it's very disappointing," he said.
"After months of trying there seems to be a lack of interest and there's really not much you can do about it.
"There's just been a sense of apathy among the players this year that's put the club in limbo. Three weeks out from the season and there's no-one at training, what choice does the committee have?"
Dodsworth refuses to give up on the club and is already looking to 2007 for the club's re-birth.
"Hopefully for next year we can organise to get a good coach and a few recruits from somewhere."
The club has won 11 premierships and played in 17 of the first 18 grand finals the competition held but while the older players may miss their involvement with the Blues in 2006 League President Jim Woodlock was most disappointed for the junior players in the area.
"With everything good that's happened with the club recently like Evan Duryea being chosen in the State team and four juniors making the Northern Heat squad, now they don't have a club to go to," he said.
"After the year the league had last year which was the best we ever had, it's a bit of a downer."