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    Sponsored Social posts

    Prioritise the sponsors before the rest. They are looking at the hits and if all clubs do the same we are north of 100k per week. That will keep them happy and the League gets the continued investment, Won't happen otherwise. Lose the sponsorship and the clubs will get billed directly. Same with the shirt deal. About time some of our members looked at collective bargaining rather than individual deals. When that is recognised we will be the most powerful force in the whole game for requirement acquisitions .Far too much back scratching seems to be going on at the moment... Sorry to have to say it but even the NCL have to drag their members and this game into the 21st century......
  2. Further down the line does this also mean that the Worlds oldest knock out rugby competition will actually have to be giving a bye into the quarter finals ?
  3. There would have been 6 non member clubs this year - Toronto ,Toulouse Catalans are asked for a Bond whilst Belgrade Dublin and Edinburgh are not.. How can that be fair? The only answer can be that the RFL are terrified of outside success from those with half a chance. Great way to run a competition.
  4. This is pure discrimination . If true ,it lacks moral justification and the near universal condemnation is well made Of course the fear is of Toulouse ,.Catalans and/or Toronto making it to the semis and beyond ,( when the RFL should be starting to make a profit ). and not bringing significant support with them. Doubtless many more frenchmen would have travelled to London last year if the competition had been given a different structure with much more time to make travel / hotel arrangements.... but that's perhaps for another thread. It has nothing whatsoever to do with trying to justify inviting non RFL members on different terms. If that is the logic then can someone please explain why Belgrade Red Star .Dublin Longhorns or even Edinburgh Exiles - all clubs not in membership of the RFL but with their own independant governing bodies aligned to the RFEL have not been treated in the same way ? The concerns are understandable - the methods pursued an unmitigated disaster and being voiced at all levels (other than it seems the very top table......)
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    Barla cup 2019

    Not with the Management Marauder. A club can choose to put out any team of it's choice. The club in question I believe got stuffed by more than 70 points and certainly embarrassed themselves. The reality of all divisions of the NCL is that points difference can be vital - play off spots and relegation have turned on them. The club you refer to - it was a good few years ago- took more than half a season to get out of the mire whilst a few clubs at the top end felt they had been adversely affected by the points difference bloat caused by turning out a weakened side.. But it remains a club choice. The only rule they need to bear in mind is that no postponements for cup games will be allowed and that failing a league game will have severe consequencies.
  6. Bloated Mess? Unified Pyramid ? We are the only major amateur league still under it's own control. Everything below us is now run directly by the RFL. If regional leagues are a cause for concern then point your finger elsewhere. For years we have had a structure capable of looking after 56 clubs. We moved up to 50 this year because of concerns over some clubs in Division 2 ( not 3 ). Flexibility in management can be of importance.... We were a unified pyramid with the ' professionals ' in 1996 . They failed us. Since then we have looked after ourselves. If and when they knock on the door again we will of course listen.... But meanwhile Conference South is to be labelled Tier 4 by the RFL . So be it. The lads at Wigan RUFC last week in the first amateur cross code charity clash between them and St Pats would no doubt smile and say ok. A council member at that event at Douglas Valley told me the RFL were not prepared/ did not have accounts to present at the recent AGM. Bloated mess ? Give us a break......
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    I understand NCL have been told that subject to fixture clashes ( and they can be largely avoided ) and of course pitch fitness they will be using Batley Bulldogs main field. The Boys clubhouse is within that complex. Drighlington finally got the green light for their clubhouse on site - plans look impressive and funds in place - but yes some members have a walk to the field. Largely an historical issue ( ie Kells or Egremont whose clubhouse is the old railway station ) If a new applicant strongly ticks all the other boxes then a walk from your ' siege sociale ' to your field would not prove fatal. Parking, changing and especially crowd toilet facilities for both sexes on site though are considered important these days. One of a previous posters points about crowd footfall and generating income from a bar is more than valid. And if I get the drift of this thread all clubs should be aware that NCL remain open to approaches and are prepared to discuss on a confidential basis what is likely needed to achieve an approval before a formal application is made . And as always the final say belongs to the existing members....
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    New NCL Teams

    According to this forum's main website , the clubs preferred are Hensingham , Batley Boys and Heworth. Each need to secure 24 votes ( the process starts and indeed may conclude at next monday's full clubs meeting ) to secure entry. As do of course the two bottom placed outfits.
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    Latest addition arrived

    Truly excellent stuff Marauder Already looking at and sharing your costings with others. Definitely showing the way to those supposedly higher up the ladder.........
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    New NCL Teams

    NCL Chair had a good chat with them. They are a bit off the standards required of NCL - go to NCL appendices on rfl website- yes I know it's difficult- to see what I mean. RFL are supposed to be setting their own standards for the RFL managed Southern Conference which still aims at meeting Tier 4 tag. Not seen those as yet. Also talk of travel cost support- again no details but if more generous than current NCL arrangements would expect that to become a debate between friends.... Absolutely understand clubs seeking to keep options open, but still need to be honest with Organising Bodies as decisions have to be made on next year's structures.. Nottingham for instance? Long trips never a problem for NCL if the RFL covered the travel for those particularly affected by it . £50k extra would easily cover all of that but hey ho this is the RFL with a turnover of £20 million investing in it's future....
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    New NCL Teams

    Actually the rules say EVERY club needs to re-apply every year. The bottom two clubs need to be formally re-elected. The management recommend. I cannot remember the last time those two were not re-invited if that was their wish and they met the basic requirements of the competition. After all a league structure requires a bottom as well as a top! The NCL is structured to run up to 56 clubs. The management decide the format. All organisations of any kind need new blood to sustain and enthuse. NCL is no different. The immediate view is to expand just NCL 3 to 14,clubs but it has to be noted that some clubs especially in NCL 2 have had issues.They have been 'stress tested ' by the committee who I know are massively supportive of all of them and their futures are hopefully bright. Never the less an NCL 2 of 14 clubs has also been considered if only as an insurance backstop in the event of unwanted withdrawals. The ethos of the NCL has to be of an organisation welcoming of all clubs wishing to progress.....and the current batch of applicants are certainly in the progressive camp.
  12. I suggest people read the rules before pontificating. NCL clubs voted in 2016 27-20 against a then constitutional rule change proposed by Management to allow dual registration under very controlled circumstances.. The Constitution and operational rules were subsequently varied to allow a simple majority vote but there is no current appetite to re-visit the point. The RFL continue to push but the NCL is still an affiliate RFL member only for good reason..... Now check Terms and Conditions Players. They have been around for a long time and their status is clearly amateur. Tiers 1 -3 Operational Rules at C1 and especially C1.1.21 cover them. Google it (but good luck trying to find them on the cr** RFL website ! ) In short Super League are not allowed to have any. Championship and League 1 are but only for reserve sides ( max10 ). As soon as they are picked for first team they become pro. I am not aware of central funding being available for such reserves so any semi pro club going that route will find it tough. Take up is bound to be extremely limited On a more interesting note isn't the Featherstone reserve coach also the newly appointed Shaw Cross one? Now it's me scratting my head Marauder.....
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    Play in France

    NCL players have enjoyed Elite 1 stays before now . Tony Suffolk from St Pats a few years ago springs to mind.......Albi ? NCL top 2 divisions are certainly on a par with Elite 2. Our Premier Champions used to play theirs away before finances became a bit of a problem at both ends. Great experience , totally recommend it .. Any player feeling like a punt should definitely go for it