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Crossfields have reneged on today's fixture

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We have just been informed that Crossfields have pulled out of today's fixture at Coventry Bears.

This late withdrawal will cause us major problems.

We have a TV crew coming to showcase the game, a race night organised for after the game.

We had arranged for bar staff to be laid on by our landlords and we will still have to pay for them and the use of the ground. It's not only the costs which will be considerable but the damage caused to the reputation of the league and our own profile will have a major knock on effect.

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Not good enough, obviously.

 

I would, however, suggest to the NCL that Bank Holidays on which a major RL event is taking place are not an ideal time for fixtures. Still, I guess all the other games are on.

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dont teams get kicked out of the ncl for failing to show?

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dont teams get kicked out of the ncl for failing to show?

 

They can do but it's not a certainty. The club will have to grovel a bit and may have to be re-elected. I'm sure somebody will be along in a minute with the rules. It doesn't help Coventry very much.

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We obviously dont have the full story from Crosfields as of yet, but the vast majority of teams playing amateur RL in any age group will be fulfilling their fixtures this weekend.

 

All teams have an obligation to make matches happen, most do everything in their limited power to make them happen, and it's vital at the grassroots level of the sport.

 

So for us this is immensely disappointing.

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We have just been informed that Crossfields have pulled out of today's fixture at Coventry Bears.

This late withdrawal will cause us major problems.

We have a TV crew coming to showcase the game, a race night organised for after the game.

We had arranged for bar staff to be laid on by our landlords and we will still have to pay for them and the use of the ground. It's not only the costs which will be considerable but the damage caused to the reputation of the league and our own profile will have a major knock on effect.

That's disgraceful. What excuse did Crossfields give.

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They did not contact us directly. We were informed by David Lowe.

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What excuse was given when they said they wasn't coming?

 

They were probably frightend of getting beat :ph34r:

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Crosfields have been a great club for many years with a long and proud history. I take no satisfaction in seeing them in their current situation, but great clubs like Millom, Saddleworth Rangers and Shaw Cross have all come back from very lean periods in recent years and I hope Crosfields can bounce back as well. Got to feel for Coventry as they seem to be doing everything right and in some aspects they appear to be way ahead of some of the more traditional clubs. You can't make players turn up and there seems to be a distinct lack of loyalty these days, compared to when I first got involved in the game. I'm not saying that is what happened in this case, because I don't know, but it is true in a lot of cases.

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That is the second year on the bounce that Crosfields haven't fulfilled a fixture. At this stage of the season as well it doesn't bode well for the rest of the year. Can see some serious repercussions on the horizon.

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That is the second year on the bounce that Crosfields haven't fulfilled a fixture. At this stage of the season as well it doesn't bode well for the rest of the year. Can see some serious repercussions on the horizon.

 

 

In Doncaster the first week in September (Ledger week) was traditionally the week when all the mines (10) would close for a weeks holiday, is there a similar tradition in the Crossfields area ?

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I sympathise with Coventry after all the effort they put in to make Saturday a big occasion and it be thwarted on the day. But lets not all start to hammer Crossfields, I feel sure that at least 80% of clubs have struggled at some stage of a season. The simple fact of the matter is that you cant make people play if they have other commitments or simply do not wish to play. I know of several clubs who have played this season without full squads. I don't think this will be the last time this happens this season and nobody wants this to happen but unfortunately players these days put other things before rugby.

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I sympathise with Coventry after all the effort they put in to make Saturday a big occasion and it be thwarted on the day. But lets not all start to hammer Crossfields, I feel sure that at least 80% of clubs have struggled at some stage of a season. The simple fact of the matter is that you cant make people play if they have other commitments or simply do not wish to play. I know of several clubs who have played this season without full squads. I don't think this will be the last time this happens this season and nobody wants this to happen but unfortunately players these days put other things before rugby.

They have a 2nd team and u18s don't they?

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They have a 2nd team and u18s don't they?

I forgot 2nd and U18's don't do other commitments during bank holiday weekends.

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Magic Weekend, Warrington v St Helens.

 

The BARLA National Finals have occupied this Bank holiday weekend for a decade or so now, but I believe that I'm correct in saying that BARLA put their Fylde National Cup Finals back to Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th June, to avoid clashing with the Magic Weekend.

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I forgot 2nd and U18's don't do other commitments during bank holiday weekends.

So every single player had a commitment??

No one else gave the game up as it was on the fixtures at the start of the season, I understand Woolston v Blackbrook was moved to Friday night to accommodate magic weekend, but I guess forward planning is common sense.

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And some people need to remember this is a amateur sport, played and administered by people pursuing their hobby.

So every single player had a commitment??
No one else gave the game up as it was on the fixtures at the start of the season, I understand Woolston v Blackbrook was moved to Friday night to accommodate magic weekend, but I guess forward planning is common sense.

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And some people need to remember this is a amateur sport, played and administered by people pursuing their hobby.

Totally agree, just asking the question

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And some people need to remember this is a amateur sport, played and administered by people pursuing their hobby.

And a team of amateurs were deprived of a game and had to pay for things that they got no return on not forgetting the poor image of the NCL this creates. I agree that players have other commitments but please don't tell me players at the club were good to go until two minutes before the game was due to kick off when a full club of players suddenly had "other commitments".

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I have sympathy with any secretary who has to make that dreaded call, "We are not coming" 

 

I'm not going to say much at this stage but I will be keeping an eye on reports of teams travelling light, making their team up at the expense of their 2nds/U 18's, having to play 2nds mid-week so 1st can be guaranteed numbers on the week-end and obviously the reasons why.

Totally agree, just asking the question

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And a team of amateurs were deprived of a game and had to pay for things that they got no return on not forgetting the poor image of the NCL this creates. I agree that players have other commitments but please don't tell me players at the club were good to go until two minutes before the game was due to kick off when a full club of players suddenly had "other commitments".

Good on Coventry for putting on these added functions on their match day (Did Crossfields ask for the added functions?) Have you ever been a secretary of a club?

 

I have and you tend to wait till the last minute before you make that dreaded call simply because you will have lads and committee members running around trying to rustle up a team.

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