Group 4 chairman Ray McCoy has described as "disappointing” this week’s dissolution of Gunnedah and Narrabri’s reserve-grade sides.
Gunnedah beat Narrabri in last season’s grand final.
McCoy said: “Whilst the withdrawals are disappointing, with only four rounds remaining [in the regular season], I’ve spoken to both Gunnedah and Narrabri clubs and the common factors are heavy injury tolls to their senior players and the ever-changing workplace landscape that is limiting the availability of a large number of players throughout the region – not just in rugby league – to play their desired sport.”
In a Facebook post on Thursday, McCoy said Gunnedah president David McCann had advised the group that the Bulldogs’ reserve-grade side had forfeited their match against North Tamworth on Saturday. As it was the side’s third straight forfeit, McCoy said, they were automatically ruled out for the rest of the season.
In a Facebook post on Friday, McCoy said Narrabri had withdrawn their reserve-grade side for the remainder of the season.
Teams due to play Gunnedah and Narrabri will win by forfeit, with for-and-against points awarded in line with Group 4 guidelines.