It's just not cricket and it's a farce
CRICKET: Grand finals don't come around too often, and wins even less so.
Gladstone were supposed to play Rockhampton on Sunday in the representative grand final but forfeited because of a lack of players.
Gladstone selector Carl Purdon and Gladstone Cricket Incorporated secretary Tracey Slatter were not happy.
"We had some blokes with legitimate reasons like injuries and work,” Purdon said.
"Guys like Chad Gilmour and Greg Purdon are injured, but we had some blokes who didn't give a reason.
"It was one big disaster and 100 per cent embarrassing.”
Purdon said Gladstone had no option but to pull the pin late last Friday, ahead of Sunday's scheduled decider.
Gladstone won three preliminary matches against Biloela, Emerald and Rockhampton to qualify for the weekend's game.
Purdon hopes the situation will not be repeated.
"The solution is that hopefully we will have some more people who are keen to play rep cricket,” he said.
The Glen all-rounder Sam Lowry was keen to wear the Gladstone colours for the final, but understood the predicament Purdon faced.
"It was pretty disappointing and we exhausted all resources,” he said. "There are a lot of shift-workers and Gladstone is an industrial town.
"Rocky are pretty lucky because a few of the blokes go to university, or are teachers, so are not really affected like we were.”
As for the option of picking juniors or players from the reserves competition, Lowry said the transition from that level to representative duties would have been difficult.
"It would have been hard to throw in a young bloke to face two of the quickest bowlers in Central Queensland, Joe McGahan and Ben Milne, because it would have shattered their confidence,” Lowry said.
Slatter hopes it's the only forfeit like this that has happened.
"As the GCI secretary, I'm quite embarrassed and disappointed that Gladstone was unable to field a team,” she said.
"Never in my 15 years of being Gladstone's secretary has this ever happened.
"It used to be an honour to be selected for representative cricket and it's quite obvious that players today don't feel that way anymore and basically gave the trophy to Rockhampton.”