Yaralla coach issues club a deadline
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
YARALLA senior soccer coach Derek Scrivener has given the club two weeks to come up with a team.
Scrivener, who coached Yaralla in last year's Gladstone Soccer Federation first division premiership, said the club was struggling to attract enough players to make coaching worthwhile for him.
Yaralla is believed to be just one of three GSF clubs struggling for sufficient player numbers on its books alongside Gladstone United and Wolves.
With the Clinton, Central and BITS clubs competing in the Capricornia Soccer League drawing players from the remaining Gladstone outfits, it has left the others needing to attract numbers from a shrinking pool of players.
Scrivener hoped Yaralla would be able to field at least one men's team and a women's lineup in this year's GSF fixtures.
'It's just a case of waiting to see what happens,' Scrivener said this week.
'If we get the numbers, then I'll look forward to coaching this season. Hopefully we'll get some more guys looking to enjoy themselves and put in a good showing (in the premiership).'
Scrivener said the club had signed several new players but they were largely new to the game, making it imperative that the Reds attract more experienced personnel.
One of Yaralla's best players last season, Scrivener said much of his time was already taken up in areas outside of soccer, making it hard to justify setting time aside for training with only five or six players present.
'We've only had a few at training ... but we've had a few training sessions rained out too,' he said.
'Hopefully we can now get some more players to training.'
Scrivener also expressed a belief that not all Gladstone clubs would survive in the existing environment but hoped Yaralla would remain a viable operation.
Although the 2005 season would be just his third with the club, Scrivener said the Reds had a proud history and it would be a shame for them to fall by the wayside.
The club trains on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm at Yaralla Oval. For more information, phone Derek Scrivener 0414 915 269 or Jennifer Houlahan on 4979 3263.