Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Teams Struggle to Make Numbers

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Teams Struggle to Make Numbers

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Byline: Liam Butterworth RUGBY LEAGUE

WITH two matches remaining in the regular CQ Challenge Cup season, it's time to look at how the other grades are travelling.

Five Gladstone teams are entered in the competition, with Wallabys/ Valleys sitting the highest in third place.

Valleys' Mick Richards said the combined side had improved over the course of the season.

"We started a little slow, but we've started to get used to each other," he said.

"It took a bit, but the combinations are starting to pay off and we're playing good football."

Many of the other teams have been struggling for numbers.

Tannum Sands Seagulls co-coach Chris 'Butch' Bryson said the Seagulls had experienced a "pretty ordinary" season.

"We're neither here or there," he said. "We've played some good games away, but we don't have the cavalry to training."

Last year's grand final winners, the Seagulls, are languishing near the bottom this season.

"We've had up to 20 players retire so we've gone from winning locals last year to cellar dwellars in six months," Bryson said. …

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