CENTRAL Zone coach Andrew Kable was scathing in his comments after Northern Zone pulled out of Saturday’s rugby representative clashes.
Instead of a round robin format that would have seen the three teams play each other once – resulting in an afternoon of union action, just the single match was played between Central and Southern at Stuart Park.
And, it was a one-sided affair.
Central, boasting the majority of its players from the Port Macquarie Pirates and Hastings Valley Vikings, ran rampant on their southern rivals in a 55-0 thumping.
But, it was a bittersweet victory for the zone, not to mention the Port Macquarie Pirates, with the loss of big man Matt Mane to a broken leg.
Mane will be forced to have an operation to correct the break, which will put him out of action indefinitely.
Kable was happy with the win and excited at the prospects of the possibility of rejoining the Country Championships in the future but furious at the decision from his northern rivals.
“It really makes you question their commitment to see rugby union move forward in the area,” he said.
“From what I’m led to believe the coaches were all for it.
“However, it was the players who were just not committed.
“The game that we did play, we played outstanding rugby in periods.”
Kable said the likes of Geoff Lee (Pirates) and Alex Newmarch (Kempsey Cannonballs) deserved a special mention for their efforts during the game.
But, it was the future of the sport he was really excited about.
“The Mid-North Coast is currently formalising a head coach, coaching panel and an extended squad for the Country Championships in March next year,” Kable said.
“That has been the long term goal for a while.”
CENTRAL ZONE 55 (Tom Hirumatsu 2 (Kempsey), Dave Tunstead (Vikings), Joel Rabbidge (Pirates), Adam McCormack (Vikings), Sam McNeil (Pirates), Adam Brett (Kempsey), Dan Willoughby (Vikings), Lachie Tolman (Vikings) tries; McCormack 3, McNeil 1 conversions)