Raymond Terrace Magpies prepare for 2017 D-grade league season

UNITED: Coach Rob Benn (front centre) wants his players to enjoy the year and hopefully find some form while at it. Pictured are just some of the 27 players they've signed up to seniors for season 2017, kicking off April 30.
UNITED: Coach Rob Benn (front centre) wants his players to enjoy the year and hopefully find some form while at it. Pictured are just some of the 27 players they've signed up to seniors for season 2017, kicking off April 30.

Thought the Magpies wouldn’t field a seniors team in 2017?

Think again.

“It nearly didn’t happen,” Raymond Terrace Junior Rugby League president Jamie Douglas said.

“It was a bit of a struggle for a while there.”

Douglas said the rumour mill had been in overdrive and wanted to show the knockers his club had the numbers.

The team, he said, would compete in D-grade.

“After the 17s, we want our boys to have a team they can run on with,” Douglas said.

“It’s important to have that seniors team here.”

Alan Tarrant, a club faithful, has pulled many of the loose threads together in recent weeks.

“The rumour has been going around… we’ve not only got the numbers, I think we’ll surprise a few teams,” he said.

A core group of six players, including Harry Nott, mustered the numbers to field a team.

“It all just happened through a group [Facebook] chat and talking to people at the pub,” he said.