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  1. I believe that's the case Kev - though there are also the non-heartland leagues of course.
  2. Aren't they playing in the London League. Looking at the RFL site they are shown beating Newham on Saturday
  3. I still don't understand why they wouldn't fit into the South West League - if Cornwall were then why weren't the Sharks. If its personalities then some heads need to be knocked together!
  4. TBH it looked to me that Serbia just dropped the ball too much in Russia - just as Russia had in Spain. I'm inclined to praise Serbia for not making too big a deal of the visa problems. The Russian RL have struggled on through a lot of tough times and I don't begrudge them having something to celebrate.
  5. Celtic Rooster is the man when it comes to rugby league history. Great to see these tables
  6. You don't need to look at pictures to judge crowd sizes for RL. Plenty of stats out there if you dig for them. The Super League has done much better, the rest rather less well. There are exceptions in both camps. In general the figures steadily rose after the change to Summer until the last couple of years when they have held steady or slightly declined. To me it seems clear that the season is too long and that interest in the Super 8s is low when most of the issues have already been settled.
  7. Did Saltash finish third - I'm not sure about that. There were some 24-0s there or teams demoted for failing to pay all their fixtures. Someone on the scene can probably enlighten us. The last 2 scores on the rugby-league website (28 July) weren't league games they were the Grand and Plate Finals (as club twitter feeds confirm)
  8. Had some pictures on the RLEF twitter and a statement that the crowd was over 500. By the looks of it I would say that's right but 1000 might be pushing it. Over 500 would be excellent anyway and a great day for Czech RL
  9. Don't forget Wales Kev - they always took an interest in the competition when some others didn't
  10. They thanked gloucester all golds, somerset, swindon and reading for supporting their application.
  11. Hull League still operates its own site doesn't it - with the RFL site re-directing to it. I wouldn't be surprised if that pitchero table is the most up to date one available but I'm happy to be corrected.
  12. Rather more defaults than Marauder suggests - clubs have dropped out mid-season in most of the divisions and their defaults have then been removed from the lists. I take no pleasure in that fact but this is no time for complacancy in any of the amateur leagues
  13. Anyone who thinks a 'franchise' system works in this country just didn't pay attention over the last few years.
  14. Hope this helps - they are the last tables I saw each year. If anyone has definitive final tables I would love to see them 2015 Wales Bridgend Blue Bulls 8 8 0 0 423 214 16 AberValley Wolves (Caerphilly) 8 6 0 2 394 166 12 CardiffCity A 8 4 0 4 306 302 8 Cardiff City B 7 1 0 6 131 468 2 Gwendraeth V Raiders (Mynyddygarreg) 7 0 0 7 128 332 0 Newport Titans 1 0 0 1 46 76 0 Grand Final - Bridgend 33 AberValley 30 2016 Wales Conference South AberValley Wolves (Caerphilly) 7 6 0 1 206 122 12 Bridgend Blue Bulls 7 5 0 2 292 170 10 CardiffCity 8 3 1 4 252 214 7 West Wales Raiders 'A' 6 2 1 3 134 184 5 Blaenau Gwent Sharks (Tredegar) 6 0 0 6 88 282 0 Grand Final - Bridgend 54 AberValley 38
  15. It is clearly a good thing that a winter league should survive for those clubs which find the winter season suits them. Toll Bar and Moorends are teams that have tried Summer rugby and find that Winter rugby suits them much better. However, to extrapolate that into claims that everything was great in the last years of all-winter rugby or that the amateur game would boom if it returned to the winter season are nonsense. The job of the governing bodies should be to encourage teams to play rugby league in whatever ways are most suitable to them - jamming clubs into a one size suits all structure isn't working. The world has moved on and real participation rates are falling in all the main sports. Halting that is very difficult - encouraging it by forcing teams to play seasons they don't want is suicidal.
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