Five clubs to contest this season's Lower North Coast Rugby premiership

Myall Coast defenders move in on Manning Ratz forward Sam Hartnett during a match at Taree Rugby Park. The Mud Crabs have withdrawn from this season's premiership.
Myall Coast defenders move in on Manning Ratz forward Sam Hartnett during a match at Taree Rugby Park. The Mud Crabs have withdrawn from this season's premiership.

MYALL Coast Mud Crabs have closed their doors for the season, in all likelihood, permanently, leaving five clubs competing for this year’s Lower Mid North Coast Rugby Union Kennards premiership. It has been coming for weeks.

Ian Felton took the Mud Crabs to a premiership in their first year, 2012, but at an astonishing meeting last year, without prior notice or discussion, a member of the club committee suddenly called for his resignation.       

 Authoritative and purposeful, and an effective coach as seen by the team’s grand final triumph, Felton stunned all by immediately standing down. It was the beginning of the end for the club.

It was a disgraceful episode with serious consequences for the Mud Crabs and the code. The immediate damaging effect is that every third week, one club will now have a bye.

Once again, however, it was a matter of several of the club’s regular players leaving the Myall Lakes to obtain employment.

MNC executive officer, Bob Wilson, said an extra round will be played by the five competing clubs with a new draw to be announced. Initially, the first round was to be played on April 7.