JUST when they thought their fortunes had turned for the better, Springsure Mountain Men have been dealt another blow with more injuries and a 42-14 canning by Clermont at the weekend.
“We are decimated,” Springsure coach Ben Sullivan said of his club’s increasingly dire predicament. “We’re running out of players.”
The alarm bells sounded as Springsure faced the prospect of possible forfeits and the hefty fines at the back end of the 2011 season. Unable to sign new players to the club due to the end of financial year ruling, Sullivan didn’t hold much hope for the weeks to follow.
“It’s something the Central Highlands (committee) has to look at,” he said. “We’re not the only ones, there are other teams who are in the same boat. But we’ll be struggling for the rest of the year.”
In Clermont, it seemed no matter which option the fledging Mountain Men took, it was riddled with misfortune.
“There is no doubt we were beaten by a better team,” Sullivan said. “We couldn’t get anything to stick – anything we did try seemed to go wrong.”
Liam Hoare, Jamie Priddle and Daniel Hawkins all ran over for tries for Springsure, while Dean Williams and Shannon Still tallied two a piece for Clermont.