Reigning premiers Noosa struggle through tough season
RUGBY LEAGUE: Noosa coach Ron Greensill is confident the reigning premiers will field a team against Caloundra at Golden Beach on Saturday after forfeiting their previous match.
The Pirates have faded dramatically since winning Sunshine Coast's division one title last season.
They've won one match from 18 rounds of this year's expanded eight-team competition to languish in last place.
Their season of woe went from bad to worse last weekend, when they couldn't muster the necessary men to take on the Snakes.
"Our numbers of A-graders are pretty thin anyway and we've had a couple of injuries and a couple of guys that were unavailable and we just didn't have enough to go down to Caboolture," Greensill said.
Their squad is vastly changed this campaign.
"Out of last year's grand final 17, I think we've got two left out of that." he said.
"Guys have moved on and a couple stopped playing and a lot of different things. It has been a bit of a battle this year."
But he's confident they will be able to play on Saturday.
"We've got a team ready to go this weekend, so that's good.
"We just want to put a team on the field and be competitive.
"We've got three games left (this season). We'd like to jag a win."
Greensill said the Pirates will look to recruit some players during the off-season.
While the Pirates have struggled to get results, some of their younger brigade have gained valuable experience.
"Not having as many (regular) A-graders has given a lot of opportunities to under-18s to play A-grade." he said.
They have been competitive in some games but have not been able to win, with Greensill suggesting fatigue has played a factor for his under-strength and under-manned side during the course of the campaign.