Hammers benched by injuries
MOUNTING injuries prevented the Gympie Hammers rugby union side from taking to the field against Maroochydore at the weekend.
The game was due to be played away and Hammers coach David Crowley was keen for his side to atone for a 71-10 slaughter a week earlier against Caboolture.
Crowley said a forfeit was decided upon earlier in the week.
“We just didn’t have the numbers, even drawing upon reserve grade,” he said. “It was a combination of injuries and work commitments.”
The game against third-placed Maroochydore was to be the Gympie side’s second last of the season.
The Hammers will now put the finishing touches on a trying season this weekend with a final round match up against minor premiers Noosa. That is, of course, if the side can muster up enough troops.
“Hopefully we can play this weekend,” Crowley said.
There is controversy over where the game will be played, with the official draw indicating the match will take place in Noosa.
Crowley said the Gympie club had lodged an appeal with the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Association.
“The draw has us playing Noosa away twice this season, which we don’t think is very fair,” he said.
Noosa has organised a sponsors’ day for the match and will be reluctant for last-minute switch in venues. A decision on the appeal is expected before tomorrow.