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After strength in numbers

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June 22, 2017

After Rushworth was only able to field a senior side against Avenel last week, the Tigers will have all three football teams filled against Stanhope on Saturday.

Rushworth will field all sides during this week’s Kyabram District Football League matches, after being unable to last round.

The Tigers were forced to forfeit its reserves and thirds matches against Avenel, but club president Peta Williams said the teams would be filled against Stanhope on Saturday.

‘‘We’re working really hard this week to get teams. We’ve had a few injuries, but now that players are recovering from those injuries, players are coming back and able to step back into the seniors and then into the twos,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ll definitely have thirds, seconds and seniors, this time of the year during the mid-season, niggles and also coming in to the holiday season too (means numbers dwindle), but we’ll definitely have three teams against Stanhope.’’

The Tigers are on the hunt for more volunteers to help out at the club as the middle of the season also results in the number of helpers dropping off.

While the stalwarts are a regular fixture at home-and-away matches, Williams said the regular volunteers needed assistance.

‘‘It’s always the same people that we’re calling on because you know they’re not going to say no, but it’s sort of getting the transition of the new generation of younger players who run onto the ground for two hours (to understand that) there’s a lot of work that goes on off the field,’’ she said.

‘‘I think it’s the general struggle mid season of clubs across the board and some people aren’t willing to help out because they haven’t got a vested interest in the club.

‘‘We’re okay at the moment, but eventually the older ones you talk about want to move on or get too tired and just want to go and watch the footy so the next generation needs to step up.’’

There are a host of volunteer positions the club relies on, ranging from on-field roles such as goal and boundary umpires as well as water carriers.

But trainers and those to man the canteen are just as important and Williams said she hoped newcomers to the town would consider being involved at the club.

Rushworth club president Peta Williams said volunteers would be welcomed, even if only able to help a couple of times a year. Those interested can phone Williams on 0418232722.

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