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Kingstone Press Championships clubs agree play-off formats

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PRESS RELEASE

Kingstone Press Championship clubs agree play-off formula

(Please note this replaces earlier version sent in error)

The Kingstone Press Championship clubs have elected to stick with a ‘traditional’ play-off system when the top eight clubs at the end of the regular season step up the race for the 2013 title.

The play-offs kick-off over the weekend of September 5-8 and climax with the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final on Sunday September 29.

At a meeting at Leigh Sports Village this week, the clubs agreed to a formula which will see the play-offs work as follows:

Week 1

Qualifying play-offs

1st-placed club v 4th-placed club (winner advances to Week 3, loser home in Week 2)

2nd-placed club v 3rd-placed club (winner advances to Week 3, loser home in Week 2)

Elimination play-offs

5th-placed club v 8th-placed club (winner away in Week 2, loser eliminated)

6th-placed club v 7th-placed club (winner away in Week 2, loser eliminated)

Week 2

Preliminary semi-finals

Highest ranked Qualifying play-off losing club (1st, 2nd, 3rdor 4th) v Lowest-ranked Elimination play-off winning club (5th, 6th, 7th or 8th) (winner away in Week 3, loser eliminated)

Lowest ranked Qualifying play-off losing club (1st, 2nd, 3rdor 4th) v Highest-ranked Elimination play-off winning club (5th, 6th, 7th or 8th) (winner away in Week 3, loser eliminated)

Week 3

Qualifying semi-final 1

Highest-ranked Qualifying play-off winning club v Lowest-ranked Preliminary semi-final winning club (Winner to Grand Final, loser eliminated)

Qualifying semi-final 2

Lowest-ranked Qualifying play-off winning club v Highest-ranked Preliminary semi-final winning club (Winner to Grand Final, loser eliminated)

Week 4

Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final

Winner Qualifying semi-final 1 v Winner Qualifying semi-final 2

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “The Championships clubs had a full debate on all aspects of their competitions and calendar.

“It was a very productive day which considered many issues, including that of the introduction of a ‘ClubCall’ system to the play-offs.

“Ultimately, whilst the consensus was that “ClubCall” has worked well in Super League, the clubs were keen for the newly-expanded Championships to develop its own feel and sense of identity.

“This was a theme which resonated throughout the day . The clubs developed several ideas which really demonstrated their sense of pride in their competitions and season: 2013 should benefit from plenty of innovation as a result.”

The clubs ratified the five-team play-off formula that will be introduced in Kingstone Press Championship One, which will feature the teams finishing in positions two to six with the club that finishes the regular season in first place being promoted as champions.

The Kingstone Press Championship One play-off structure will work as follows:

Week 1

3rd-placed club v 4th-placed club (Match A)

5th-placed club v 6th-placed club (Match B )

(2nd-placed club have a bye to Week 2)

Week 2

2nd-placed team v Winner Match A (winner to Play-off final, loser at home in Week 3) (Match C)

Losing team Match A v Winning team match B (loser eliminated) (Match D)

Week 3

Losing team Match C v Winner Match D (winner to Play-off final, loser eliminated) (Match E)

Week 4

Kingstone Press Championship One play-off final: Winner Match C v Winner Match E.

The meeting also gave a positive reception to representatives from the competition’s new title sponsors Kingstone Press Cider, who gave a commitment to working with the clubs on joint initiatives throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The clubs received an update on options for the venues for the 2013 Northern Rail Cup final or Championships Finals Day, a decision on which will be made in the next few weeks.

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“the clubs were keen for the newly-expanded Championships to continue to forge its own feel and sense of identity. “This was a theme which resonated throughout the day . The clubs developed several ideas which really demonstrated their sense of pride in their competitions and season: 2013 will benefit from plenty of innovation as a result.”

Yeah, whatever Ralph.

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Press Release: Kingstone Press Championships clubs agree play-off formats

“Ultimately, whilst the consensus was that 'ClubCall' has worked well in Super League

You are joking!?!!?! I must be living on a different planet.

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To avoid (any more) confusion, my opening post has now been amended to include the second press release issued by the RFL on this subject, which (hopefully) now contains the accurate details of how the play-offs will work, instead of the original press release which didn't make sense.

(Bangs head against wall)

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What's "traditional" about something we've had for just over ten minutes ?

Club call - waste of space. The choice is always the lowest placed club anyway. :dry:

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What's "traditional" about something we've had for just over ten minutes ?

Club call - waste of space. The choice is always the lowest placed club anyway. :dry:

+1

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Just needs one thing at the end:

Champions promoted to SL

Until we get that it will be meaningless to most fans

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How can you say "Clubcall" has worked well with coaches coming out and saying " They dont believe in Clubcall and want nothing to do with it!" like Tony Smith has or what Brian Mcdermott said "Its a ridiculous format". Once again the RFL seem to show they have no idea what many in the game think or want.

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“the clubs were keen for the newly-expanded Championships to continue to forge its own feel and sense of identity. “This was a theme which resonated throughout the day . The clubs developed several ideas which really demonstrated their sense of pride in their competitions and season: 2013 will benefit from plenty of innovation as a result.”

Yeah, whatever Ralph.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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“..... The clubs developed several ideas which really demonstrated their sense of pride in their competitions and season: 2013 will benefit from plenty of innovation as a result.....

So the 'rules' will change as we go along?

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So all the Clubs agree to it and a couple of people who contribute nothing to the game don't.

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A small, vociferous, unrepresentative selection of fans, no doubt expressing sincerely held views, wherever their motivations and personal agendas and prejudices, yet again choose to denigrate the actions of the RFL and it's leaders.. Is it any wonder that the number of active posters on this forum seems to be in decline? Any casual visitor to this forum must be astonished at the constant carping, sniping and criticism.

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A small, vociferous, unrepresentative selection of fans, no doubt expressing sincerely held views, wherever their motivations and personal agendas and prejudices, yet again choose to denigrate the actions of the RFL and it's leaders.. Is it any wonder that the number of active posters on this forum seems to be in decline? Any casual visitor to this forum must be astonished at the constant carping, sniping and criticism.

Hey, there'a only a similar amount of people who agree with you - and as far as I know, all opinions are welcome

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If we're to have a four week play-off series, I much prefer the Champ 1 five team version.

One team drops out each week - I can get my head around that.

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Lets ignore the unanimous decision of the Clubs and go with the minority.

Unanimous, was it ?

The press release says "The clubs developed several ideas ......."

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Hey, there'a only a similar amount of people who agree with you - and as far as I know, all opinions are welcome

as I said, sincerely-held views. Maybe run a poll? In my sincerely-held opinion, this hard core of naysayers are driving people away from here.. Though clearly I can't actually (and would not presume to do so, either) speak for them, It seems to me people like Padge, Riversiderontour etc who used to post regularly, no longer respond to the miseryguts posts.

Over 20,000 people paid to watch Wigan and Warrington last night. probably 200,000 or more watched on Sky and no doubt thousands more listened on the radio/internet. They can't all hate SuperLeague/RFL. Woods/Rimmer/Hetherington/Stobart/licencing/P & R/playoffs/club call/Sky/Eddie/Stevo/NFL/10 metres/uncontested scums/ etc etc.

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Over 20,000 people paid to watch Wigan and Warrington last night. probably 200,000 or more watched on Sky and no doubt thousands more listened on the radio/internet. They can't all hate SuperLeague/RFL. Woods/Rimmer/Hetherington/Stobart/licencing/P & R/playoffs/club call/Sky/Eddie/Stevo/NFL/10 metres/uncontested scums/ etc etc.

To say that $uperleague supporters don't hate $uperleague misses the point somewhat. :rolleyes:

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To say that $uperleague supporters don't hate $uperleague misses the point somewhat. :rolleyes:

they are rugby league fans too

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as I said, sincerely-held views. Maybe run a poll? In my sincerely-held opinion, this hard core of naysayers are driving people away from here.. Though clearly I can't actually (and would not presume to do so, either) speak for them, It seems to me people like Padge, Riversiderontour etc who used to post regularly, no longer respond to the miseryguts posts.

Over 20,000 people paid to watch Wigan and Warrington last night. probably 200,000 or more watched on Sky and no doubt thousands more listened on the radio/internet. They can't all hate SuperLeague/RFL. Woods/Rimmer/Hetherington/Stobart/licencing/P & R/playoffs/club call/Sky/Eddie/Stevo/NFL/10 metres/uncontested scums/ etc etc.

Blahblahblah. I know people who used to post on here and got fed up of being talked down etc. Certain people on here dont like it if you post your views as they live in cloud cuckoo land and believe everything is great. If you post anything they dont like you are labelled as half empty and your views are ignored or classed as being anti RFL Anti Rugby League etc. I know a number of posters who stopped posting because of the anti Australian element on here. There are various reasons people have stopped. So shove your arrogant holier than though attitude where the sun dont shine :-)

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Blahblahblah. I know people who used to post on here and got fed up of being talked down etc. Certain people on here dont like it if you post your views as they live in cloud cuckoo land and believe everything is great. If you post anything they dont like you are labelled as half empty and your views are ignored or classed as being anti RFL Anti Rugby League etc. I know a number of posters who stopped posting because of the anti Australian element on here. There are various reasons people have stopped. So shove your arrogant holier than though attitude where the sun dont shine :-)

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn! I don't think the anti-aussie thing is that bad, more like banter although the "can't stand the nrl" brigade perplex me. Tbh I think people leave any forum for a whole set of reasons, turnover is natural.

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as I said, sincerely-held views. Maybe run a poll? In my sincerely-held opinion, this hard core of naysayers are driving people away from here.. Though clearly I can't actually (and would not presume to do so, either) speak for them, It seems to me people like Padge, Riversiderontour etc who used to post regularly, no longer respond to the miseryguts posts.

Over 20,000 people paid to watch Wigan and Warrington last night. probably 200,000 or more watched on Sky and no doubt thousands more listened on the radio/internet. They can't all hate SuperLeague/RFL. Woods/Rimmer/Hetherington/Stobart/licencing/P & R/playoffs/club call/Sky/Eddie/Stevo/NFL/10 metres/uncontested scums/ etc etc.

Perhaps fans of Wigan, Wire etc wouldnt even be on here if they were stuck in NL1.

I got shut of sky sports last year in protest at the lack of P&R. I'll bet there are thousands of angry fans like me out there

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Perhaps fans of Wigan, Wire etc wouldnt even be on here if they were stuck in NL1.

I got shut of sky sports last year in protest at the lack of P&R. I'll bet there are thousands of angry fans like me out there

ive never had sky. That reason is but one of the reasons why. Murdoch can bug ger off!

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Blahblahblah. I know people who used to post on here and got fed up of being talked down etc. Certain people on here dont like it if you post your views as they live in cloud cuckoo land and believe everything is great. If you post anything they dont like you are labelled as half empty and your views are ignored or classed as being anti RFL Anti Rugby League etc. I know a number of posters who stopped posting because of the anti Australian element on here. There are various reasons people have stopped. So shove your arrogant holier than though attitude where the sun dont shine :-)

Great post,to the point and hit the nail on the head

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