Future of new Force in NDRL up in the air
THE newly formed Northern Force is facing a race against time to be ready for the new season.
The new club, formed by a merger of Agnes Water Marlins and the Miriam Vale Magpies, is struggling to get players for the 2017 Northern Districts Rugby League season.
They a boost of players before the Force's first game on March 4 against Gin Gin.
President Kym McIntosh said at least 10 more players were needed before the end of the week.
"We were very confident of getting a team together, but not as confident now,” McIntosh said.
The Force is hoping a blitz on traditional and social media about the new club's plight will encourage new players.
Force coach Mick O'Sullivan said they were confident of getting a squad despite only having a maximum of 10 players turn up to training sessions so far this year.
"A lot of the young fellas are finding it hard to get work, but we're hoping to get more numbers at training,” O'Sullivan said.
"I have had four phone calls yesterday and hopefully they will be at training on Thursday.”
McIntosh said with the club providing as much help as they can, including fuel allowances and other incentives, it was up to players to get involved.
"It's now up to the players if they want to join in what is a great family club,” she said.
"To me football is also a social thing and you get to the point where you can form friendships for life.”
A decision on the Northern Force's future will be made later this week.
Anyone who wants to play for the team can phone coach Mick O'Sullivan on 0432 505 398.