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#21 tim2

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:50 PM

Did Coventry & other NCL 3 sides not participate in the KO Cups this year?


No, they weren't invited into the NCL Cup and weren't eligible for the Tier 4 cup. In reality they are probably closer in standard to the top Tier 4 sides from the regional leagues than the tier 4 southern sides are..
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:55 PM

No, they weren't invited into the NCL Cup and weren't eligible for the Tier 4 cup. In reality they are probably closer in standard to the top Tier 4 sides from the regional leagues than the tier 4 southern sides are..

Yeah though they're also a similar standard to at least division 2 of the NCL with the top 3 or 4 division 1 comparable (looking at Dewsbury Celtic as the guide). Hopefully next year they'll have a less anomalous format. If that means more northern teams in the Community Shield then so be it.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:10 PM

Apparently Bamber Bridge are now playing Distington this saturday!!
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

Yeah though they're also a similar standard to at least division 2 of the NCL with the top 3 or 4 division 1 comparable (looking at Dewsbury Celtic as the guide). Hopefully next year they'll have a less anomalous format. If that means more northern teams in the Community Shield then so be it.


I was rather looking forward to seeing how the likes of Coventry and Hemel would have gone up against against some of the stronger established northern clubs in the CS. Now you both may well by-pass it if both your CC1 aspirations are realised. In 2013 may well see Bristol and St Albans give it a go?

This transitional season a bit chaotic for the community game but it was I think expected especially for the south & midlands with four clubs bidding for semi-pro basis straight away and leaving other newly arrived NCL 3 a bit in limbo. But may be thats unavoidable as clubs develop at different speeds. The old RLSC structure needs re-assessing and a fresh focus for 2013?

Edited by audois, 02 August 2012 - 10:07 AM.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

I was rather looking forward to seeing how the likes of Coventry and Hemel would have gone up against against some of the stronger established northern clubs in the CS. Now you both may well by-pass it if both your CC1 aspirations are realised. In 2013 may well see Bristol and St Albans give it a go?

This transitional season a bit chaotic for the community game but it was I think expected especially for the south & midlands with four clubs bidding for semi-pro basis straight away and leaving other newly arrived NCL 3 a bit in limbo. But may be thats unavoidable as clubs develop at different speeds. The old RLSC structure needs re-assessing and a fresh focus for 2013?

The CS was never intended to have NCL3 clubs in, the latter should have played Conference Challenge Cup. As for Bristol and St Albans depends on league structure what cup they'll be in.

If Coventry and when Nottingham enter the NCL next year (or any other expansion clubs if any get in) they'll play in the cup there. If there's a Conference South (very unlikely given the lack of interest in London) then the clubs in it wouldn't play CS. The Midlands and South premiers have failed but this format of 2 tiny leagues is perhaps the least awful option. Bristol and St Albans may well be forced back into it giving 6 teams each unless they can be accomodated at tier 3 level? Will South Wales Hornets even be accomodated anywhere?

With 18 clubs applying for the NCL who knows there may well survive a NCL 4 based on this year's NCL3 but seems unlikely on the face of it that clubs from the North West would prefer it to their own tier 4 league.

As for 4 teams bidding for Championship 1 I think it's more a case of the RFL dreaming up a number to suit the Championship and then trying to make things fit to salvage Championship 1 rather than the other way round. Hemel are ready. Coventry I don't know. All Golds and Rebels are no better than the 1980s failed attempts IMO. If there was a smoother transition between Championship 1 and the NCL then would be much easier.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:49 PM

The CS was never intended to have NCL3 clubs in, the latter should have played Conference Challenge Cup. As for Bristol and St Albans depends on league structure what cup they'll be in.

If Coventry and when Nottingham enter the NCL next year (or any other expansion clubs if any get in) they'll play in the cup there. If there's a Conference South (very unlikely given the lack of interest in London) then the clubs in it wouldn't play CS. The Midlands and South premiers have failed but this format of 2 tiny leagues is perhaps the least awful option. Bristol and St Albans may well be forced back into it giving 6 teams each unless they can be accomodated at tier 3 level? Will South Wales Hornets even be accomodated anywhere?

With 18 clubs applying for the NCL who knows there may well survive a NCL 4 based on this year's NCL3 but seems unlikely on the face of it that clubs from the North West would prefer it to their own tier 4 league.

As for 4 teams bidding for Championship 1 I think it's more a case of the RFL dreaming up a number to suit the Championship and then trying to make things fit to salvage Championship 1 rather than the other way round. Hemel are ready. Coventry I don't know. All Golds and Rebels are no better than the 1980s failed attempts IMO. If there was a smoother transition between Championship 1 and the NCL then would be much easier.


Thanks for that.

If your club don't make CC1 do you not feel Coventry & Nottingham have some obligation to a Conference South and try and pull the likes of Leicester, Northampton, Gloucester, Bristol, St Albans, Hammersmith, Eastern Rhinos et al up to your level.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for that.

If your club don't make CC1 do you not feel Coventry & Nottingham have some obligation to a Conference South and try and pull the likes of Leicester, Northampton, Gloucester, Bristol, St Albans, Hammersmith, Eastern Rhinos et al up to your level.

Not really. Even with us Conference South probably would struggle to get 10 teams and the standard would be too low with the same amount of travelling.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:41 PM

Think that's a bit harsh - although we all agree notts / cov are playing a higher league right now they're not light years apart - I personally think hhh etc are at a decent level whilst the Rhonos taught us a lesson earlier this year and we've applied to come up

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

Think that's a bit harsh - although we all agree notts / cov are playing a higher league right now they're not light years apart - I personally think hhh etc are at a decent level whilst the Rhonos taught us a lesson earlier this year and we've applied to come up

Perhaps but there still would be a shortage of teams and the London clubs probably won't get behind it. I still think it would be to the detriment of our club to enter an experimental league that might not get us off the ground. HHH are a good side on the pitch that could hopefully be brought on side to such a league.

If Nottingham and the London clubs were behind it then I think it could work for us but it's more likely we'd end up in a midlands premier plus a couple of others. Which more or less would be the demise of the club and a mass exodus to Nottingham.

The RFL have been trying to create a Converence South type league since 2006 and getting nowhere and all the reports would suggest this time will be no different. You and Leicester are a reasonable standard but would be a joke if we had to play weaker teams. We also don't really fancy an 8 team short season league as would likely be the case.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

Think that's a bit harsh - although we all agree notts / cov are playing a higher league right now they're not light years apart - I personally think hhh etc are at a decent level whilst the Rhonos taught us a lesson earlier this year and we've applied to come up

Actually when you say you've applied is that only for a southern division or would you play nationally? Guess if Bristol can still be accomodated nationally they could probably tag you and maybe Leicester onto the current premier south as it's not too far.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:53 PM

Found out the results so far:

Round 1:
Bedford Tigers 24-28 Leicester Storm
Birmingham Bulldogs 0-60 Hammersmith Hillshoists
Eastern Rhinos 40-20 Northampton Demons
Elmbridge Eagles 36-18 Coventry Bears A
Gloucestershire Warriors 28-35 Somerset Vikings
Peterlee Pumas 28-56 Jarrow Vikings
Bank Quay Bulls 24-0 Latchford Albion
Ince Rose Bridge A 58-16 Bank Quay Bulls A
Waterhead A 12-52 Bamber Bridge
West Hull Lions 44-4 Milford Marlins A
Ovenden A 16-42 Skirlaugh Bulls
Bradford Dudley Hill A 16-26 Walton Warriors
Fryston Warriors 82-6 Cutsyke Warriors
Distington ? Hindley

Round 2:
Bamber Bridge 12-28 Distington
Kells 54-16 Jarrow Vikings
West Hull Lions 32-38 Leigh East A
Walton Warriors 24-0 Bank Quay Bulls
Skirlaugh Bulls 24-0 Ince Rose Bridge A
Fryston Warriors 24-0 Leicester Storm
Somerset Vikings 8-38 Elmbridge Eagles
Hammersmith Hillshoists ? Eastern Rhinos

Quarter finals:
Leigh East A 38-30 Walton Warriors
Distington 16-39 Kells
Skirlaugh Bulls 6-28 Fryston Warriors
Elmbridge Eagles 24-34 Hammersmith Hillshoists

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:15 PM

Yorkshire qualifiers
Stanningley A 22-16 East Leeds A
York Acorn A 32-20 Hull Dockers A
Milford Marlins A 50-18 York Lokomotive
Walton Warriors 38-10 Shaw Cross Sharks A
Holderness Vikings 24-46 Bradford Dudley Hill A
Stanningley A 22-36 Cutsyke Raiders
Skirlaugh Bulls 30-14 Oulton Raiders A

#33 bowes

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:06 PM

Semi final draw:
Kells Vs Leigh East A
Fryston Warriors Vs Hammersmith Hillshoists

#34 EdinburghExile

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:30 PM

Will be interesting to see how Hammersmith deal with the hard nuts at Fryston, could be a tasty one :)

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:43 PM

Will be interesting to see how Hammersmith deal with the hard nuts at Fryston, could be a tasty one :)

Will this game be played on a Sunday and Fryston eventhough being hardnuts can really play a bit.
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#36 LeeF

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 08:01 PM

Kells v Fryston for the final?

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:04 PM

Will this game be played on a Sunday and Fryston eventhough being hardnuts can really play a bit.


To be fair to them, I'm only going by how they get spoken about here.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:08 AM

To be fair to them, I'm only going by how they get spoken about here.

I've watched them 3 times this summer and thought they where fair but physical, the first time was in a local Derby against Cutsyke and for 40 minutes Cutsyke where the better side but never managed to pull away from them, the next 20 minutes was even and I think the score was pretty even, Cutsyke fell off the pace for the last 20 minutes and Fryston opened them up.

If Fryston have a full side out you will have to play for the full 80 at a decent pace, if not hope for a bad day for them, 50/50 calls and the rub of the green.
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:29 PM

Fryston 48-0 Hammersmith
Kells 42-10 Leigh East A

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:19 PM

When and where is the final being held?




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