Bulldogs meet to discuss club's future
Rugby League: Chinchilla's team problems resurfaced at Surat last weekend, ending in predictable defeat and fuelling concern over the senior club's future.
Perplexed Bulldogs officials were forced to forfeit the Reserve Grade fixture when just 15 players travelled for the clash with Wallumbilla/Surat - an oft-repeated happening that has blighted the premiers'' season.
If the day started badly for Chinchilla, worse was to follow when Matt Edwards and Garrad Brewer suffered game-ending injuries in the the A grade clash won 46-6 by the Red Bulls.
It was the Bulldogs sixth defeat in nine appearances.
Representative commitments for a number of Chinchilla's Under-18 team at the 47th Battalion carnival at Murgon meant that the side's clash with Wallumbilla/Surat had to be scrapped.
The Chinchilla committee responded to events at Surat by scheduling a special meeting of all players, past and present and others currently registered, at Bulldog Park at 6.30pm today (Thursday, Jume 4) to discuss the senior club's future.
Club members and supporters are invited.
Lee Irwin, a past Bulldogs president, stressed the importance of the gathering.
"If Chinchilla is unable to field a Reserve grade side for the rest of this season it will make it difficult for the A grade team to continue to field teams,” he said.
"The Reserve grade is a vital part of our club. If you take them out of the equation it must affect club depth.
"The A grade suffers when they have injuries and players unavailable due to work commitments. If the senior grades have some players, but not enough to field full teams, then it deprives them of the opportunity to play football at Bulldog Park.
"We need a commitment from all registered players to help their teammates and allow us to finish the season.”
In Sunday's game, the Bulldogs started well in both halves but fatigue inevitably took its toll because of the lack of bench players/substitutes.
Edwards was taken from the field early in the second half after suffering a suspected head knock while Brewer's day ended with a knee injury.
Tommy Dodd, Chinchilla's player-coach, scored his side's only try, indicating he has made a full recovery from a fractured arm.
With Brewer and Ash Mitchell he was among the Bulldogs' best.
St George's impressive A grade form in 2019 (apart from a heavy loss to Roma Cities) continued in overcoming Mitchell, away, 34-28.
The Magpies ground out a 28-18 win in Reserve grade.
Chinchilla's Under-18s and Reserve grade are drawn to meet Taroom/Wandoan at Bulldog Park on Saturday.
The U18 game will start at 12.50pm, the Reserve grade at 2pm.