Maheno confirm Citizens Shield team

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Newly appointed Maheno Rugby Club president Andrew Fisher has confirmed the green and blacks will field a premier-grade side in this year’s Citizens Shield competition.

The club had considered withdrawing from the premier grade because of a lack of players, but recruitment efforts were upped to ensure a Maheno side would vie for the Citizens Shield.

“We’ll definitely have a premier grade team,” said Maheno Club president Andrew Fisher.

“We’re looking at about 21 local players and we’ll be propped up by a couple of imports.”

Maheno had just eight confirmed premier grade players in November because of the retirement of senior stalwarts and a lack of interest from younger players, but Fisher said an all-round club effort had proved successful.

“It was a team effort; some guys contacted other guys they knew. It would have been a shame if we didn’t have a team, for me especially in my first year as club president, so it was a good team effort,” the 29-year-old said.

Maheno finished this year’s round-robin campaign with three wins and 12 losses to finish in fifth place and outside of the playoffs.

By James Ford