Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:30 AM
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:45 AM
Dogged by the inclement conditions over the last two seasons in which many fixtures fell foul to the weather, Cumbria have decided by ballot to trial the new set up for a year, with an open mind on making the move permanent.
Cumberland Amateur Rugby League were quick to point out that they are not adopting the RFL Four Seasons concept and made the clear point that their league would remain under the governance of BARLA.
The initiative - which was put forward by CARL fixture secretary Paul Williamson - will however differ from the RFL proposal for a summer season, as the CARL season will take a break during the months of July and August, which will allow respite for holidays.
BARLA will be meeting with CARL officials to discuss which way to move forward with the various BARLA competitions including the County Tri – Series and will be monitoring the trial closely.
John Pattinson the CARL secretary and BARLA Vice Chairman said, “This was a split vote with only 50% to change and 2 clubs not present at the meeting.”
”There were 3 options balloted on which split the vote with 2 voting to remain in their present season, 4 opted for a September to June (with a break in December, January and February) with 8 clubs preferring to trial the March to November option.”
John went on to say, “This is what CARL clubs want to try and BARLA have always said they would support any league who wants to try change.
CARL did not see any gain in the tier 4 RFL option and want to continue to operate their league and drive there own destination in the amateur game under the auspices of BARLA.”
Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:56 AM
I for one love watching amateur rugby league, and I personally think the standard of the game will improve if the clubs stick to summer rugby. The decision not to play in July and August will also cut out the (supposed) hottest months of the year.
Maybe we should ask some of the clubs to play their games prior to Town games in a bid to stir up local interest like we used to do with the Academy years ago?
One thing that may suffer due to the switch in seasons could be the West Cumbria U18's, as I can't see lads wanting to play Saturday and Sunday through the season, the pitches will be hard on some weeks and you wouldn't be physically able to play 2 matches in 2 days.
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