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  1. I think you could say that they don't pay minimal amounts to the community clubs, to be honest. It will eventually kill the open-age amateur game, and community clubs will (sooner than we think!) just run up to Under 15s.
  2. Glad they didn't get in then!! Batley Boys managed to get in by telling the league all their games would be at the Stadium! All clubs are on probation for the first year in the NCL - perhaps they'll get the "curly finger"
  3. I can't imagine West Hull folding at all. I would have thought that they would be in a position to raise that sort of money (if they really had to!) by just pulling together with all their teams. I hope it's not true anyway.
  4. Roosters didn’t have any touch judges at Hensingham and Gateshead, and I think there was only one (but not sure) at Millom. One of the home games only saw one TJ too. Perhaps the system should get a big shake up and TJs should be told that if they continually refuse to travel to any areas their advancement may be affected. Some of these TJs turn down Cumbria and then turn up in the NWML as a referee - where they get paid more. It really doesn’t sit well when you pay between £600-700 for a team to travel to some opponents, only to learn when you get there that the referee is on his own!
  5. ….after all expenses are deducted. If you get a bad draw with vert few species, you could end up with a negative amount once costs for all sorts (doctors, stewards, etc etc) are deducted.
  6. The three clubs recommended by the Management were voted on last week at an NCL Club meeting. All three were approved by the majority of the clubs present - and all three of the new clubs will play in Division 3. So the Premier, 1st and 2nd divisions will have 12 teams, and division 3 will have 14.
  7. Thanks for the information. The only thing I could say is that the team that represented England were from the Colleges so, as usual, we never seem to play the Australian "Schoolboys" on a level playing field. I have no doubt that the lads who represented us gave 100%.
  8. What have they got in the way of youth & junior teams though?
  9. I'm sure some of the division 3 clubs wouldn't be happy with being regionalised as you suggest! Are you assuming that clubs in the third division are also struggling financially?
  10. Can anybody recommend a good insurance company that offers sensible cover for players. Ideally, I'm looking for all cover, i.e. off work through injury, hospitalisation etc, etc, and not just broken bones? Many thanks
  11. According to the Discipline Sheet, Egremont didn't attend for a personal hearing. Why didn't they offer the video of the game to the discipline group so that the Mayfield players' alleged misconduct could be looked at? That surely would have helped them?
  12. If Stewart Prior voted yes, I guess it was a unanimous vote ??
  13. Very sad to hear that Stanley Rangers have pulled out of the NCL. I hope they can re-group over the next few seasons and get back to being one of the great clubs again. The open age game is teetering on the brink just now - with the exception of a few clubs who are doing well. There's something broken and I don't honestly know how, and if, it can be repaired. Clubs travelling away with 11 and 12 players, 6 or 7 people at training sessions, clubs struggling financially. Summer rugby for open age hasn't been successful. Fewer spectators, more expensive coach travel, lower bar takings. How is it all going to end?
  14. Very, very sad indeed. They're a great club with excellent facilities that committee stalwarts have worked for years to achieve. Other clubs are in a similar situation though, and it's only pride and determination that makes them carry on. Some players don't want to commit to the game - if they want a game, they'll turn up and if they don't fancy a game, they won't. Sadly, I don't think Blackbrook will be the only one to drop out of the NCL (fantastic though that league is!) this coming season.
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