The famous black and white Bellingen strip will remain prominent in Group 2 for at least one more season.
The famous black and white Bellingen strip will remain prominent in Group 2 for at least one more season. Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Magpies off Group's endangered list

THE Magpies will take to the air after all.

Thirty players answered the call and fronted training at 'the graveyard' last night which will allow Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo to participate in the 2012 Group 2 Rugby League's first and reserve grade premierships.

The club will arrive at Verge Street Stadium in West Kempsey on Sunday for the formidable task of tackling the highly-rated Macleay Valley Mustangs.

But president Josh White agrees the club isn't out of danger yet and only sustained commitment by players will ensure long term stability.

"Nothing better than going into a season with one training run under your belt," he said, tongue firmly in cheek.

"These blokes will have to put their bodies on the line from the start and keep doing it every week to make sure we stay alive."

Frustrated by the continuing decline of league in the bush, the outspoken White has made his displeasure known this week in official circles, prompting East Coast Dolphins Regional Manager, Kevin Hill, to visit Bellingen yesterday to discuss the problems of the Magpies and work on some solutions.

"I appreciate Kevin coming to see me but it should never have got to this level of decline before somebody decided to see what could be done," White added.



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