The reason that the Yorkshire Mens League is not has sucessful has the N W Mens league is simple the Yorkshire League where most of the teams are coming from was in decline and had been for a few years. Most of the other teams in Yorkshire are playing in the Pennine League which is a well run league, the problem the Pennine League will have will be in years to come when the young players start to filter into the open-age sections of the clubs these players will have not played in the winter and they will not be keen to do so. The Yorkshire Mens League will then prosper but it will not be a over night thing. Our club is loving the new era with good numbers at training and increased bar taking.
Thats ######, about half of our players started playing rugby league in the summer and when given a vote they voted to go to the Pennine, they stated a few reasons why which included after 8 years their other halves where putting pressure on them to do the family thing in the sunshine, and IMO the NW has been more successful in turning to summer because you only have to look where the main admin for the RFL summer game live.
Stating that kids once getting to the open age level will only want to play summer is also poo, all BARLA have to do is restructure and sit and wait, I expect that in the next 3 to 5 years the NCL will have fallen out with the RFL and the rest of the amateur game in the heartlands will have settled down while in the south the game will still be running a short season to cater for rugby union players.
I'd also say Scarborough and ourselves have had the most stable squads in Yorkshire for a long time most of the rest have been one season wonders or struggled for numbers.
Edited by Marauder, 10 April 2012 - 10:25 PM.