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  1. No, it isn't true. It will only be regionalised if the NCL clubs want it to be. On the other hand though, and depending when the lockdown is lifted, we might have to play a fairly short season, regionalised, to get the clubs back on their feet again and then start again for the 2021 season. I'm sure no club would like to face an £800 journey for their first fixture of the truncated competition, and this is where a short regionalised spell may take place.
  2. 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.
  3. 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" ??
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. ….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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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%.
  9. What have they got in the way of youth & junior teams though?
  10. 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?
  11. If Stewart Prior voted yes, I guess it was a unanimous vote ??
  12. Ten NCL Clubs?? Don't think so Taxi....... There must be more than ten !!
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