Diggers and Alloway fail to field teams in Wide Bay League
FOOTBALL: Too much travel and too many young players have been blamed for Diggers not fielding a team in Wide Bay League 2.
The draws for the Wide Bay League and WBL 2 were released yesterday and Diggers and Alloway are not involved.
For the third season in a row the sides will miss out on playing, instead opting to play in Bundaberg competitions.
Both sides will play in men's divisions 2 and 3.
"We're still pushing for it in the future but unfortunately we won't be there this year,” Diggers president Andrew Halpin said.
"We picked up a number of young players who are too young to play.
"Our side that would have played were in their late-20s or early-30s and most have families, which makes it difficult for them to travel away.”
Halpin said the club was strong despite not playing.
"Our numbers are still good,” he said.
"We're on track to have three competition age teams, which we haven't had for a while.”
WBL2 has nine teams this season including seven from the Fraser Coast.
Bundaberg's The Waves and Bargara are the only sides entered.
Bargara will face the United Warriors away from home on Saturday. The Waves have a bye.
The Wide Bay League also starts this week with defending premiers Brothers Aston Villa taking on Sunbury at Martens Oval at 7pm.
Bingera will play United Park Eagles at 5pm at the same venue and Bargara plays United Warriors in Hervey Bay at 6pm.
Doon Villa will play KSS Jets and The Waves have the bye.
To see the full draw head to http://bit.ly/2pa2kqU.