Cutters hurt by abattoir closure

THE closure of the Killarney Abattoir has cut deeply into player numbers at the Killarney Cutters Rugby League Club.

Cutters president John Towells said he had lost four new signings in the past month who had moved to the town to work at the abattoirs.

“A few other players aren’t sure where they are going to work and haven’t committed to footy,” Towells said.

“Some players who are hoping to obtain new jobs are apprehensive about playing rugby league due to the risk of injuries.”

Numbers at Killarney dropped immediately when the workers at the abattoir were first stood down.

The Cutters have 12 players regularly at training and a list of 20 committed to playing in the 2010 season.

“We definitely need more players to be able to commit to field two teams in the Border Rugby League competition this season,” Towells said.

The Cutters had 48 players on the books last season and while he expects numbers to increase from the current 20, it is unlikely the club will maintain numbers compared to 2009.

On Saturday, the Border Rugby League kicks off with the annual round robin at Sullivan Oval, Stanthorpe.

The first game is at 2pm and each club has two games of 20-minute halves before the top two teams play in the grand final.

Darryl Watts is again club coach after steering his side to the A-grade grand final last season.

Killarney beat Tenterfield in the 2009 reserve-grade grand final.

Players keen for a game tomorrow or wanting to join the Cutters this season are asked to call Towells on 0419 785 900 or be at training on Tuesday at 6.30pm at Charlie Andrews Oval.



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