Les Horstman, front centre, with members of the Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks and family before last night’s training session.
Les Horstman, front centre, with members of the Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks and family before last night’s training session. Adam Wratten

'Save our Sharkies'

IT'S an SOS to "Save our Sharkies".

The future of one of the Rockhampton region's long-established rugby league clubs is under threat.

Outgoing Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks president Tony Wust is urging people to "get involved" as the club struggles to form an executive committee.

Only three people attended the club's recent annual meeting with no one there prepared to take on an executive position.

This week Wust contacted The Bulletin hoping to generate community interest ahead of an annual meeting this Sunday.

Wust fears the prospect of Fitzroy Gracemere Rugby League Club taking part in the 2012 competition "at this moment in time is virtually impossible" unless club supporters stand up.

It has been a hard year for the club with the 2011 A-grade side bottom in the four-team Rockhampton competition.

During the season some players backed up on a regular basis to make sure the club met its obligations.

But while things haven't been going so well for the Sharks, many players have returned to the club and started training for the upcoming season under the direction of Les Horstman.

Last night there were plenty of players who turned up at the club's Saleyards Park.

Wust said without an executive committee the club could not operate. Those who volunteered their time last year were reluctant to do so again without support.

"Last year our reserve grade won the premiership and the players are keen to continue with their commitments to the team," Wust said. Horstman was the coach who led the reserve grade to glory.

He's got the reserve grade job again, with the club yet to finalise an A-grade coach.

Horstman said he was confident the club would be competitive on the playing front with the bulk of the reserve grade keen to step up to A-grade and the arrival of several new players.