Dunghutti fail to show up
PRESSURE is building for the troubled Dunghutti club to be suspended from the remainder of the 2009 Group 2 season after Saturday's latest debacle at Rex Hardaker Oval.
The Broncos had to forfeit their first-grade clash with Sawtell moments before kick-off, with only eight uninjured players remaining to participate, when a minimum of nine players is mandatory.
Chief administrator Jim Anderson said the Group 2 board would levy an immediate fine on the Kempsey-based club.
“Without giving 48 hours notice the fine is $200 per forfeited grade but that's hardly going to make up for the expenses the Sawtell club are facing to put on the event,” he said. “I don't doubt the other clubs will have something to say about the situation in the next few days.”
Concerns the club would not fulfil their total commitments hung over the afternoon when just 11 players arrived to participate in the under-18 game.
After suffering a heavy defeat, all the youngsters were asked to back up for reserve grade and eventually, 15 players fronted for another hammering by the Panthers.
With fatigue and injuries taking their toll, just eight fit players remained for the main fixture, forcing referee Vasco Baston no option but to abandon the game.
Players from both teams then took part in a tribute to late life member Larry Hart with the last Broncos standing receiving warm applause from the crowd as they left the field.
But there were angry scenes in the visitor's dressing shed when the announcement was made with disapproval expressed about club office-bearers and coaches not attending the game.
It was suggested a group of senior players decided to boycott the trip to Toormina after unpaid match payments were promised to the team but had not been delivered.
Many of the players in attendance urged their fellows to attend a meeting at training on Tuesday night to ask “who got the money and where did it go”.