End of line in sight for supporters club

The end may be in sight for the Otago Rugby Supporters Club.

It will consider winding up at the end of the month at a special general meeting this coming Monday night.

The club has been struggling for numbers in recent years and president Irene Todd said closure was likely to be the outcome.

Having attracted 900 members at its peak in the 1990s, the club now just has about 50 members remaining.

''Financially it's not viable,'' Todd, who is also a life member, said.

''You're just banging your head against a brick wall, really.

''I've done it for long enough and I've really tried to keep it going since Carisbrook closed, but you just can't keep flogging a dead horse.''

Previously based in clubrooms on the terrace side of Carisbrook, the club had moved around in recent years, but currently operates out of the & Bar outside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Todd said the move from Carisbrook had been a factor in the drop off, although she felt other factors were also involved.

Those included the amount of televised rugby causing crowd numbers to drop.

The club had been set up for supporters of the Otago team to socialise and, in its day, was a big thing.

''It used to be swinging in the Carisbrook days, it certainly hasn't been since we left there.

''We're getting supporters that go into the stadium to watch the game, but don't even
call into the club, so it's a
bit disappointing.''

She said the club had tried various avenues of attracting new members, although none had worked.

''We've tried all different ways of media, we've been to the media, we've been Facebooking, but we're still not getting anywhere.

''We thought by Facebook we might get the younger ones, but that's not happening.''

The special general meeting will be held at the Mornington Bowling Club rooms at 7pm on October 16.


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