After a players meeting on Wednesday evening, a decision was taken that due
to a shortage of players TECH would reluctantly have to withdraw from the league
this year. Although all of the squad wanted to continue playing in
Durham/Northumberland 2 they realised that if any more games had to be postponed
there were not enough free week ends left in the season to fit them in again.
Another important factor recognised by everyone at the club was that being forced to postpone games late on Saturdays was causing difficulties for other clubs and meaning players were left kicking their heels. Whilst this was never intentionally done, everyone was conscious of how frustrating this is for players, clubs and supporters alike, not least for those at TECH.
Having made the decision to withdraw from Durham/N'Land 2 everyone at TECH agreed that they still wanted to continue to play rugby at the club this year with the intention of regrouping and applying to rejoin the league system as soon as possible. Hopefully the fact that they are playing non-league rugby and are therefore not bound by some of the constraints it brings, i.e. number of front row players, replacements etc. will make it easier for them to turn out on a regular basis. It is hoped also that the fact that players do not have to be registered to play will attract some of the many around the town not getting a game at their own club or even not playing at all for whatever reason to turn out at Grayfields.
This is a difficult time for TECH and for rugby in general as, despite some optimism there are far less adult players turning out locally & nationally than in the past. Nevertheless it is important that rugby continues to be played and players make use of the excellent facilities they have at Grayfields. Having been in existence since 1953 those at the club have no intention of seeing the playing of rugby stop, changes in structure etc may have to be considered but in one form or another rugby will continue to be played.