The Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club has informed Rugby League Mackay & District of its intention to withdraw from the 2020 season.
The Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club has informed Rugby League Mackay & District of its intention to withdraw from the 2020 season.

No footy in Prossie: Juniors withdraw from season

PROSERPINE Whitsunday Junior Rugby League has followed the lead of its senior club and withdrawn from the 2020 season.

No Brahmans teams will play organised competitive rugby league this year.

PWJRL president Cameron Bennett said the vote to withdraw on Tuesday night was "almost unanimous", with just one person in an all-in club meeting of "about 25" wanting to play on.

"It wasn't a light decision to make. But it was one we thought was best for our club, our parents and our children," Bennett said.

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The club president said the guidelines outlined in the QRL Return to Play handbook were too restrictive for a country club like Proserpine to follow.

"If we travel to Mackay for football and can only have 100 people in a venue, then we have parents sitting in a car all day," Bennett said.

"And if the parents have multiple kids playing multiple games, then they have to sit in their cars in the carpark all day just so their kids can play.

"It's not practical."

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Bennett said the increased scrutiny on hygiene at training and on game days only added to the burden.

"If we exhaust our volunteers this year, we might not have them next year," he said. RUGBY League Mackay & District chairman Adam Wright, said he was disappointed but understanding of Proserpine's position.

"Cameron spoke to Jade (Johnson) our QRL operations manager straight away after the committee meting and let us know," Wright said.

"It's understandable. Each club has its own constraints they have to work within and they've made the decision they feel is best for them."

Wright reiterated he was still committed to getting a season up and running this year.

"We're full focused on bringing football back to Mackay this year and there are a lot of clubs that are also keen on that," he said.