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#1 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 09:13 AM

The majority of clubs in the Midlands region will be in full swing from this weekend, with the 7th Annual Midlands 9s tournament taking place at University of Coventry, with six sides involved ahead of the 10 team Premier League kicking off next weekend. This will be underpinned by seven teams in the Merit League (Division 2).

The season began at the beginning of March for the Coventry Bears in the National Conference League, whilst Nottingham Outlaws and Leicester Storm began their Conference League South seasons earlier in April.

 

A number of sides have already taken part in friendlies over the past couple of weeks, with the first "Nottinghamshire Derby" in many years taking place today between Outlaws A and Sherwood Wolf Hunt.

 

Despite negativity elsewhere on this forum about the state of the game, three new sides will come into existence this season with the Sherwood Wolf Hunt already having made their debut, the Lincolnshire based Boston Buccaneers and Buxton Bulls bringing the county of Derbyshire's RL Club's tally to three.

 

The game continues to put down roots at youth and junior level, with details of an Under 16s league and a festivals programme for juniors due to be announced soon, with the return of Midlands Origin and the opportunity of an overseas Youth Tour sure to promote Rugby League to a new audience.

 

 


 



#2 bowes

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:35 AM

Are Buxton in the midlands entry league or North west?



#3 TaxiEgg

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:55 AM

Negativity there are plenty of positives just depends if your bed fellows want to promote it ,

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:24 PM

Are Buxton in the midlands entry league or North west?

 

Their location means that they can play games in both patches.



#5 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:25 PM

Birmingham Bulldogs won the Midlands 9s today, putting another new name on the trophy!

 

Three out of three wins for the teams playing the Conference Leagues, with Cov, Nottm and Leics getting the wins.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:23 PM

There is no negativity it's great you say more people are playing, what I state is after 30 years of trying we now have 10 clubs in a league and 7 teams in the entry league playing May to August you would have hoped more if the game was really going to take off, and all only played the majority in the summer, that is one new team every 2 years in the best conditions in an area where RU has had its greatest decline in participation

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Sherwood Wolf Hunt already having made their debut, the Lincolnshire based Boston Buccaneers and Buxton Bulls bringing the county of Derbyshire's RL Club's tally to three.

A county like Derbyshire with 3 teams?

Last week East Hull and Wigan St Cuthberts conference teams finished and Leigh East and Saddleworth struggled to put out A teams, and that's just for starters

There is room for expansion in every area but need to get it right as we cannot have one coming in while three drop off

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:33 PM

There is no negativity it's great you say more people are playing, what I state is after 30 years of trying we now have 10 clubs in a league and 7 teams in the entry league playing May to August you would have hoped more if the game was really going to take off, and all only played the majority in the summer, that is one new team every 2 years in the best conditions in an area where RU has had its greatest decline in participation

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Sherwood Wolf Hunt already having made their debut, the Lincolnshire based Boston Buccaneers and Buxton Bulls bringing the county of Derbyshire's RL Club's tally to three.

A county like Derbyshire with 3 teams?

Last week East Hull and Wigan St Cuthberts conference teams finished and Leigh East and Saddleworth struggled to put out A teams, and that's just for starters

There is room for expansion in every area but need to get it right as we cannot have one coming in while three drop off

 

Why would Derbyshire have loads of teams? Rugby Union isn't even all that strong and only Derby RU are really playing at any kind of standard. The game started here about 30 years ago - grew a bit under BARLA but basically it died on its backside in the 90s with no junior development and no help from BARLA.

 

Without the RLC it would have died completely.

 

At the Chargers we now have Open Age, U16, U15, U13 and primary RL. The U15 are the second squad to have played in the Yorkshire League from March - October. We have had 3 players go on to play semi pro (Sheffield Eagles, one in France and one in Australia) and its only a matter of time before we create a SL player. Numerous players have been on scholarship and academy squads. What more are we expected to do? Despite the doom and gloom, we just get on with doing what we need to do to grow.

 

3 Midlands teams are playing full seasons at a decent standard and soon there will be a semi-pro side in the region, followed by perhaps a second. Things aren't perfect but compared to 10 years ago when I started to get involved the difference is dramatic (not that I'm claiming any credit for the growth)


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#8 Northern Sol

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:22 PM

From what little I know of Midlands RL, Tim2 probably should claim quite a bit of the credit.



#9 mmp

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 06:56 AM

Their location means that they can play games in both patches.

 

fixtures in place with Bury RL after having had matches the last two summers


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#10 northamptoncougar

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:51 PM

Watt happens after the 16s for the juniors?

#11 bowes

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:14 PM

There was an U18 league but it was horrific with hardly any games going ahead. Plus lots of players were doubling up at A team level.

Coventry Bears have under 19s and midlands rugby league have a U20 side.

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:52 AM

Watt happens after the 16s for the juniors?


We had a very good U16 side playing in the Yorkshire League. At U17 we have had to fold it as we lost players to academies, work and general "prefer to drink and chase girls but not necessarily in that order". The ones who were younger will play U16s, some of the U17s have gone to play for Fev Lions U17s and the others will be joining the Open Age squad.
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Posted 10 May 2014 - 12:22 PM

If lads are going to academies because they're genuinely good enough to have a career in pro rugby then good luck to them. But there's always a feeling that some clubs only run academies to keep up appearances and most players are there to make up the numbers.

The problem is, if you're lifting four or five players from an age group it can completely destabilise the team and do tremendous long term damage.

The clubs in question would be better served by supporting the grassroots, rather than sucking them dry.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:06 PM

The under 16s midlands league was down to 4 teams last year because of the academy and a withdrawal of development officer funding. In my opinion the Coventry Bears U19 academy is a promising development that should be eventually backed up by an east midlands U19. Though there's also midlands U20 in the Championship academy

#15 Pottsy

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:56 PM

I wasn't referring specifically to the Midlands Academy, Bowes.




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