Police may drop their beat
By ALVIN SALLAY
JUST when Hong Kong Rugby Football Union officials thought the headache of presenting a viable First Division competition had gone away, along came a new one - the apparent pull-out of the Police Wanderers.
Conflicting reports yesterday that the Wanderers had pulled out of the new 11-team First Division left Union officials virtually tearing their hair out in frustration at the eleventh-hour reversal.
'We have heard nothing official yet from them as to whether they intend to play in the First Division or not. But this new problem does not help us at all,' said Dave Roberts, chief executive officer of the HKRFU. 'The fixtures had just been completed and we thought at last everything was ready for the start of the league this Saturday, before this thing cropped up,' Roberts, at the end of his tether, added.
Wanderers are down to play Kowloon this Saturday.
Chairman of the Police Rugby Club, Jeff Richards said yesterday that it was still undecided what the Wanderers would do.
'We are discussing it at the moment. It will be up to the Union to decide,' said Richards, adding an air of vagueness.
It is known that the Wanderers were disillusioned after their 47-5 loss at the hands of Club Vandals last Saturday, leading to talk of pulling out of the First Division.
Police were asked to field two sides in this new-look First Division, although they had been given the option of choosing between splitting their sides or not.
'We left it up to them to decide what to do. We only told Club and Valley that they should split their sides,' Roberts explained.
Police have apparently taken the option of not fielding two equal sides, wanting to keep their current senior team intact rather than devalue both sides.