Gladstone Wolves quit League

JUST when it seemed all the issues around the 2010 Capricorn League had been resolved, organisers have been delivered a bombshell with the news Wolves of Gladstone will not take part.

While not setting the competition alight during the two years it has been a member of the Capricorn League, Wolves has been a solid side and came very close to getting into the Wesley Hall Cup final play-offs in 2009.

The club had given notice to the Central Queensland Zone that it may not be able to fulfil its obligations to the league and had given an undertaking to let organisers know of its decision by last Friday evening.

Citing a lack of player commitment, Wolves president Brian Niven confirmed the decision late yesterday.

Niven, a strong critic of the league is glad to see his club’s top team remain within the local region.

He said Wolves had lost players to other clubs because they had wanted to play locally.

“We had players pulling away from us because they didn’t want to travel," Niven said. “The boys and their families are quite happy to just leave it local."

But former Wolves Cap League player and club committee member Dan Fleming saw players leaving for just the opposite reason.

He said being in the league meant players on the side had the chance to test themselves. Without that opportunity, Fleming said it was likely players would switch clubs to have a crack at a higher calibre league.

“There’s quite a gap in the standard, a lot of players want to test themselves and play the best they can,” Fleming said.

“I’ll even have to consider my own position at Wolves.”

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