Dave Young leaps in the lineout for the Water Rats in A-grade earlier this season.
Dave Young leaps in the lineout for the Water Rats in A-grade earlier this season.

Water Rats denied

TOOWOOMBA City Bears president Hugh Rose is not happy with the way the Warwick Water Rats have been treated by Downs Rugby Limited.

Last week, the Warwick club was denied the opportunity to just field a team in B grade after it withdrew from A grade after a horror run of injuries.

A letter from the Downs senior sub-committee stated Warwick could not continue in the competition in any grade if it did not field an A-grade side.

Rose, who played 13 Tests for the Wallabies between 1967 and 1970, said the Warwick club needed help.

“They don’t want a decision like that,” Rose said.

“In hindsight, perhaps they shouldn’t have committed to A grade but I thought there were ways to accommodate them.

“I am not happy with how Warwick was treated and hope Downs Rugby Limited will do something about it.”

Rose travelled to Warwick in the past week to a council meeting at The Scots PGC College and called in to see Warwick president Justin Wynn.

“Justin says the players and supporters are frustrated (by the decision),” Rose said.

“Warwick needs an opportunity to develop the game, we want blokes playing rugby.”

Rose and Wynn were both talking to players of their respective players last night in an effort to arrange a game between Bears and Warwick on Saturday. The two clubs were originally scheduled to meet in A and B grade this weekend.

Water Rats junior co-ordinator Ian Wallis said he was hoping Warwick would be allowed to play B grade in seniors.

“The under-17 and U15 Warwick teams are not getting enough competition on the Downs at present and may have to look further afield but the juniors (U12 and younger) are getting a game (on the Downs) each week,” Wallis said.

Last week, Downs Rugby Limited president Pat Brown said the senior sub committee decision would be reviewed at a meeting on Friday night.

Warwick players asked to attend training at 6pm tomorrow at Risdon Oval.



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