IN ACTION: Noosa players tackle a Caloundra player during a game last year.
IN ACTION: Noosa players tackle a Caloundra player during a game last year. Che Chapman

League officials confident Pirates will get through season

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby League Sunshine Coast officials are optimistic Noosa's division one side will see the season through despite forfeiting their match last weekend.

The Pirates abandoned a round eight clash against Caloundra at Tewantin because it could not field a competitive team.

Injuries, work and personal commitments cut a swathe through their roster, in scenes reminiscent of last year when the team ultimately dropped out of the competition mid-season.

But RLSC CEO James Ward said that's not likely to happen this campaign.

"We're confident Noosa will be much better placed this week and moving forward," he said.

Ward said the association would be patient with the Pirates, in the midst of their rebuilding phase.

"All the clubs knew from the beginning (of the season) it would be difficult for Noosa, that it wasn't going to be an easy ride," he said.

"It was always going to be a battle and there were going to be times during the year where this may happen, where they may not have the strength of playing depth to field a division one side here and there.

"That was accepted by the clubs and they were happy to work with Noosa and any hurdles along the way. It was preferable to do that than to begin the season with a five-team comp.

"If that means the odd hiccup so be it, we get on with it and help them move towards where they need to be in the years ahead."

Ward said it was nothing new for a club to struggle for player numbers and explained that this year's division one premiership has been "very good".

"The quality of games I've seen, in the main, has been an improvement on where it's been in recent years."

Maroochydore hosts Caboolture on Saturday (6pm). On Sunday, Nambour hosts Caloundra (3pm) and Noosa hosts Kawana (3pm).

Noosa coach Ron Greentree told the Daily earlier this week that he was "pretty sure" he would have enough players to be competitive against the Dolphins and for the rest of the season.

He said the Pirates, who have been a threat at times and are fifth on the ladder, can beat any of the other teams "on our day".


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