Group 19: Guyra Super Spuds are back after missing 2016

THE BOSS: Dan Vidler will coach the Guyra Super Spuds this year.
THE BOSS: Dan Vidler will coach the Guyra Super Spuds this year.

The Guyra Super Spuds have a competition to play in and, after two weeks of pre-season training, are “cautiously optimistic” about their chances this season. 

The Spuds will enter a men’s team and a women’s league tag team in Group 19’s second division competition this year and club secretary Mick Shiner said there has already been plenty of enthusiasm for the return of rugby league to the town. 

“We have been training for a fortnight. The girls look great. They had 14 come on the first night so that was sensational,” he said. “They have held those numbers. They have had three training sessions. 

“We had 14 training on Tuesday night with the men which is really good. There is a bit of a mixture of some old faces and some younger blokes which is nice.”

The club struggled financially and have a hole to climb out of but the new committee have already been working on plans to put their money woes behind them. 

Coaches have been appointed, with Dan Vidler taking on the task of leading the men’s side, former Spud Graham Smith at the helm of the league tag and Mal Gaukroger coordinating the coaching roles. 

“We are really happy. We just have about got our sponsors organised,” Shiner said. 

Shiner expects 20 to 25 players in the men’s squad with their first hit out against Armidale Rams in a trial on February 23. “All things being equal, it is going to be a good year,” he said.