Superleague canned for 2018 after only half the needed players register

NO MORE: Mac Reith-Snare was a member of the Suzuki Strikers in Superleague 2018. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.
NO MORE: Mac Reith-Snare was a member of the Suzuki Strikers in Superleague 2018. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.

Orange Superleague will not going ahead in season 2018 after organisers were only able to attract half the amount of players needed to support the full roster of ten teams. 

The carnival-style tournament, which ran over three weekends with a Twenty20 style vibe and a draft, had five men’s teams and five women’s for a total of about 120 players in 2017.

This season, that number has fallen off a cliff, with organiser Darren Davis saying only 35 men and 26 women had put their name forward for the tournament. 

“We’re not sure what’s happened to be honest,” Davis said.

“There hasn’t been any feedback … we’re not sure if it’s moving to a new payment system or if it’s that [previous organiser] Scott Baker stepped away with work commitments and people thought Scott was the only one that could hold it together but we’re clutching at straws.

“It’s very frustrating.” 

Entries were open to players all over the state, but no more than a handful took up the offer to register. 

He said the committee was looking at different ways to replace Superleague, with ideas including an indoor hockey tournament, but nothing was set in stone. 

“We’ve already brought all the shirts so we need to look at doing something to get that money back,” he said. 

“We’ll look at changing it next year, maybe make it a pre-season competition or something.” 

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