The Hibiscus Coast Raiders are in desperate need of more senior players to bolster their ranks.
The Premier team is able to name a 17-man squad for match days without too much trouble, but the Premier Reserve team, in contrast, is left scrambling to name a squad.
The Reserve team was only able to name 13 players for their Round 2 loss to the Te Atatu Roosters at Stanmore Bay.
Coach Bluey McLennan thanked the Reserve team for the effort they put in against the Roosters.
“Only 13 boys and they showed heaps of heart to come back in the second half,” he said.
The problem with numbers surfaced again in the lead up to the Round 3 away match against Ellerslie, with the club putting out a call for players on the Friday before the match.
The appeal fell on deaf ears. The club could not get the required numbers to field a Reserve team and lost the game against Ellerslie by default.
Bluey says the Reserves need more players, confirming that the club can get fined for not fielding a team.
According to the ARL Bylaws, a Premiership grade team that is unable to participate and fails to notify the ARL in writing, before 12 noon on the last working day prior to the fixture, will be fined $500 and any team failing to field a side on two consecutive occasions, or three in total, will be withdrawn from the competition.
Info: phone club manager Paul Davis, 021 085 18968 or turn up for training at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Stanmore Bay Reserve.