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joe elliot

Cumbrian League

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I really like the idea of the Cumbria league as long as it governed correctly and rules strictly enforced. As for the referee's I have had far worse travelling in the north west counties than what's round this area, you got to remember we see the local referees more often than most.

There would still be the National cup, Cumbria cup and Barton Townley to enter if teams wanted to.

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Across the county there are alot of good referees that would officiate in this league that currently go further afield to do so, so dont believe that would be an issue being honest!

I think its time that some more information was released to clubs as RFL funding for example would be a big persuasive factor!

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From what i can gather Barrow Island are in favour of it which i suppose means they are 100%.

The North West Mens League is going to be weakend alot next year so i can't see many home games happening again for the Barrow teams. The top division will be effected the same as the lower ones were this year.

I dont know whats been said at the other clubs.

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I don't know how far the train station is from Barrow Island and Walney clubs, but would it not make more sense to utilise the train service as the Maryport and Glasson grounds are adjacent to the station, likewise Flimby, Cockermouth could use Maryport and Distington could use Harrington, Workington or Whitehaven?

It costs £12 for a return journey to Barrow from Maryport!

It would stop clubs having to travel down the coast road

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Anyone know what Dalton, Walney and Pioneers are doing. I can understand why Hindpool are staying put on a playing front, although you may benefit from playing better teams, I cant understand why Ulverston would stay. You only have to look at the lack of home games both teams played this year. The financials alone make the cumbrian league a more attractive venture.

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Playing strength and quality of opposition never even came in to it. Lads just dont want to go up the coast and felt that the NWML deserved another season. Last year was poor but it was never going to be perfect coming straight off the back of a winter season.

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Traveling up the coast road is a nightmare, I know our clubs are wanting to travel to Barrow via the M6 or might go on the train, I can understand Ulverston wanting to give the NWC another go, but equally can't help thinking there is a missed opportunity to create a strong Cumbrian league.

I personally think if it gets off the ground it will take 2-3 seasons to establish itself, will have to wait and see what comes out of the meeting tonight

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Would the league go ahead with only Barrow Island and Walney Central or are more Barrow sides needed?

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I was talking to one of the CARL management on Saturday and he said the league could still go ahead with two Barrow sides, but they would like Dalton in as well and can't understand why they want to stay in a league where teams won't travel? he also said that funding had been agreed, but didn't know how much.

He did say that nothing could move forward until the CARL clubs confirm what time of year they want to play.

Pretty sure it will be discussed tonight, so I'll ask my mate to ring me when he gets back from the meeting with the main bits and I can post them on here

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If there was 5 teams then it works because it keeps teams playing their majority of games locally. With only say 2 teams from furness and 8 from the west coast then the league doesnt look as attractive. I would say the minimum would be 4 teams from barrow area for it to work. It has to offer something different to what the North West Counties is offering, just top make up for the coast road.

If 5 teams decided to take the plunge then everybody wins, as clubs coffers finally look healthy, players get a good game every week with something to genuinely to play for. Not just getting by.

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Anyone know what Dalton, Walney and Pioneers are doing. I can understand why Hindpool are staying put on a playing front, although you may benefit from playing better teams, I cant understand why Ulverston would stay. You only have to look at the lack of home games both teams played this year. The financials alone make the cumbrian league a more attractive venture.

Pioneers are staying NWML.

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Prity easy vote from ulv not many people want Cumbria league it's a good idea in theory imo but can't see it happening and gota give nwml more than one year and looks like we are In a good league .... Plus there is a rumour barrow island are only gna do one season of the Cumbria league then go to national conference .... Dnt no how true this is....

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Great news on Walney! Lets hope it gets off the ground its going to be interesting to see what develops as to the funding thats on offer and who from!!!!

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I spoke to the commitee last night and Barrow Island are in it for the long haul, nobodys interested in going into the conference. The travelling is the big turn off especially with the lads. They are definantly going in the Cumbrian League.

Nothing is going to change in the North West mens Leagues as there is no extra penalties for not travelling. The season itself should be a little better as teams will have had an off season, but weaker teams dont travel so i can only see teams getting marginally more home games.

The top division has lost its better clubs so the overall competition is weakened, the whole structure is weakened so i cant see it getting much better.

If there were 4 teams joined the Cumbrian League everyone would of benefited everyone in terms of players and finance.

Name one club that is in a better position now than they were 10 years ago.

Apart from Hindpool

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Well no one nos what either league is gona be like... Decision has been made to stick with nwml hope both leagues go well all we want to do is play rugby. I've heard there's £5000 to spilt between the league for buses....

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Well no one nos what either league is gona be like... Decision has been made to stick with nwml hope both leagues go well all we want to do is play rugby. I've heard there's £5000 to spilt between the league for buses....

Have you heard where the source of the money is?

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i heard off a millom player that they were interested in joining a cumbria league, The players are getting sick of the travelling he says. would be very competitive if all the cumbrian teams are in 1 league IMO.

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What about two clubs sharing a bus as all the venues in each area are not too distant apart? That would cut the travelling costs down even if it was just to get the league started.

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