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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 May 2018 at 16:10
As I understand it from twitter and posts lesewhere:
 
There was an issue them being asked to play 5 games in 3 weeks to complete by the original date.
Consett did not complete their games until the following week and drew level  by beating Durham in the midweek game.
Durham could have played on April 28th, but had players missing on May 5th.
I believe they offered an alternative date - but were told it had to be on that date,
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Welshwonder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2018 at 19:33
Originally posted by carlos fandango carlos fandango wrote:

How can you not raise a team for a playoff?
The issue would appear that there was lack of trained front row forwards for the game vs Scarborough, hence the walkover; question would be why couldn't Durham City play on the alternative date offered of May 12th, Driffield were permitted to play on that date due to a wedding party taking place and a marquee erected on the pitch on 5th May, all very odd.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thelazy8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2018 at 19:51
Originally posted by Welshwonder Welshwonder wrote:

Originally posted by carlos fandango carlos fandango wrote:

How can you not raise a team for a playoff?
The issue would appear that there was lack of trained front row forwards for the game vs Scarborough, hence the walkover; question would be why couldn't Durham City play on the alternative date offered of May 12th, Driffield were permitted to play on that date due to a wedding party taking place and a marquee erected on the pitch on 5th May, all very odd.

Could it be related to some of them being on tour. It looks like they are in Sri Lanka where tragic news broke today about one of their players died and another is in hospital after suffering breathing difficulties after returning from a night out yesterday. Shocking news.
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An explanation from the Northumberland/Durham Rugby forum


http://dnrugby.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=qou5bt8vddtgbjvhcgg3r568g3&topic=2138.0



Consett's bonus point win against Gateshead on Saturday placed us joint first in the league based on league points scored, number of bonus points, number of games won and almost identical points scored; we were pipped at the post for the league title by the points against and therefore a poorer points difference, putting us at second place, and thus in a play-off for promotion to North 1 East.

Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club finished second in the Yorkshire 1 league and therefore we were scheduled to play each other for the promotion position.

Despite having played 5 games in 2 weeks in a (successful) bid to complete our fixtures ahead of the scheduled play-off date of 28 April, we were at the mercy of Consett completing their fixtures too; unfortunately their final (league deciding) game did not take place until 28 April. On Monday we received an email informing us that the play-off was to be played on bank holiday weekend, Saturday 5 May. Unfortunately, our boys, having been told by the RFU that we were to ensure completion of our games by the schediuled play-off date of 28 April, had made their personal plans on that basis. We now find that we are unable to field a team on 5 May, particularly a front row with substitute as health and safetly requirements dictate.

Despite us having offered alternative dates later in the month, the RFU Northern Competitions committee have insisted that the game must be played on the next available Saturday, ie 5 May, and therefore, given our position, the game cannot be played. The following weekend both we and Scarborough are hosting a County game and Scarborough are also playing in the Yorkshire Shield final. Our request for the game to take place the following weekend has been declined which means that Scarborough will gain automatic promotion and we will remain in DN1 for another year. We are disappointed in the stance taken by the RFU in what has been an exceptional end to the season; please be assured we have taken every step possible to raise our concerns at the highest level but the decision still stands.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hopping Mad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2018 at 21:30
The RFU North Competition Committee’s approach has often this season caused clubs issues.

Inconsistent application of their own rules leading to some clubs getting favourable treatment whilst others threatened with the consequences of not doing things by their stated rules.

They need to remember their role is to support their member clubs, not dictate policy a d then only when they want to.

Under the rules could City have not loaned in a front row player or two? It’s generally only positions where can take action post registration deadlines.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Count Ford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2018 at 22:15
Given the terrible weather suffered by many clubs and the late playoff being due to another club being unable to get their fixtures sorted out it seems completely draconian for the RFU North to insist on this course of action.

If they want to be such sticklers for regulation why hadn't they demanded that Consett complete all their games by the 28th April? 

I can actually see more and more why the lower level Lancashire teams have had enough and decided to form their own leagues!

Although i'm sure Durham are too busy dealing with the terrible events in Sri Lanka to give any of this much more thought.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2018 at 00:34
Consett played 7,11,14,19,21 and 28th April.
The fixture on the 28th was against Gateshead -who were playing on 25th against Ponteland.

Now it might  have made sense to swap the Gateshead fixtures as Ponteland fixture only affected relegation and not a play-off place. 

Of course had Ponteland had had the extra recovery and Gateshead the fatigue, Ponteland might have won and stayed up - rather than losing by 4.

I do wonder what would have happened if Durham had hosted the match and declared the pitch unfit?

But as others have said - the tragic events in Sri Lanka are more important.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends left behind and the player still in hospital.

Info about Clem's Pirates XV and their fundraising, here and here 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carlos fandango Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2018 at 16:42
The Independent is reporting that both players are now dead in Sri Lanka.

Terrible tragedy for their families and my condolences to all who knew them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote backrowb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2018 at 17:16
I have such fantastic memories of tours and some of the daft and rather wild things we got up to, and yet it always ended well. Tragic is an often overused word, but this is a tradgedy.My heart goes out to all involved.
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The fixtures are out

http://rfulondon.com/18fix/l1s.pdf


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kentish Odd balls Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2018 at 09:45
I hear that Combe have kept the majority of their squad but the recently retired Forsyth becoming forwards coach and ex TJs/Canterbury/TWells etc back Charlie Harding becoming backs coach. 

Apart from that. Seems quite quiet! Medway must be thinking that this is their year coming up. They've picked up a couple from recently relegated Maidstone to supplement their solid squad. 

I hear that Camberley are wanting to push on but must be somewhat of an unknown quantity? I'm sure the usual suspects will be near the top in the shape of Chichester and Havant. Maybe this is the year for Totts to push on from their mid-table finishes? 

I fear for Sevenoaks, Dartfordians and Hove this year. 

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Originally posted by Kentish Odd balls Kentish Odd balls wrote:

I hear that Combe have kept the majority of their squad but the recently retired Forsyth becoming forwards coach and ex TJs/Canterbury/TWells etc back Charlie Harding becoming backs coach. 

Apart from that. Seems quite quiet! Medway must be thinking that this is their year coming up. They've picked up a couple from recently relegated Maidstone to supplement their solid squad. 

I hear that Camberley are wanting to push on but must be somewhat of an unknown quantity? I'm sure the usual suspects will be near the top in the shape of Chichester and Havant. Maybe this is the year for Totts to push on from their mid-table finishes? 

I fear for Sevenoaks, Dartfordians and Hove this year. 


Ex player as forwards coach. If he knew what to do wouldn't he have done it last season ? Last seasons head coach & backs coach gone as the Combe coaching merry go round continues.   

Why the gloom for Sevenoaks, Darfordians & Hove ?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gareth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2018 at 23:36
Havant are getting a new 4 g pitch which is a shame as i loved watching the mud battles, so they are my Tip for the season, not heard much about new players there  though.

The newcomers coming up will have a tough time but if they have good depth then who knows i think it will be tighter this year again.. One or 2 losses that should of been W will make the difference.
Sevenoaks solid at home bit wobbly away.

Totts i'd like to think they will be up there but i don't see it. ! Robbie will not be playing as much this season either.Missing 2 or 3 big locks to be able to compete in this division.We do have  more depth as a club just not in the right places at the moment.Lets call it a rebuilding process.That said if it's dry & sunny we will be a match for most teams.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cannon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2018 at 11:20
For what it’s worth next season in L1S, I think the strong hitters will be Westcombe Park who nearly saved themselves last season from relegation and Havant & Medway.


Park as their continued player recruitment activity rumours carry on and their aspirations are to bounce straight back up. Havant the forever bridesmaids must be looking for play off this season and will be scrapping with Medway whom I suspect will raise the bar higher after losing out last season.


For those fighting the drop I’d see newbies Hove and Camberley there with Thurrock again scrapping to prop up the table.

Thurrock found it hard last year and unless they have made serious changes will be left wanting. I know nothing about Dartfordians and hence why I predicted Hove, as well as Camberley who despite a good end to last season I don’t believe are as good as we’re expecting because they walked a very average league.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gareth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2018 at 17:14
Well if Camberley are expecting an easy ride they are going to be in for a shock.

Big step up from LS2  but quite a few teams have done it fairly well in the last few seasons.

I did not choose Westcombe Park as i have never seen them but if they are no better then Sidcup,guildford T Wells, Sutton & E then they may have a surprise in store.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pistacio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 2018 at 08:09
I'll be very interested to see how Southend fair in London 1N. We've had clubs who have played in the nationals pass through before. 
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Southend have recruited a number of players some of whom are returning to Warners Bridge, the vast majority are from the local area, I have listed below he names of those I could find with an asterisk next to the players name denoting those returning to the club:
Fraser Banks.           Bishops Stortford
Ross Stalley.             Harlow
Miles Pitcher.            Chelmsford
Harry Branch*.          Westcliff
Rory Inwood.             Saracens Academy
Will Cooper.               Chelmsford
Darryl Ox *.               Old Cooperians
Samson Hampson.    Worthing Raiders
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Looking at level 6, I think South West 1 East looks to be really interesting this season. On paper, Newbury Blues will be favourites after winning 13 games in SW Prem last year, but much will depend if they can keep their squad together, especially with a new Head Coach. In most other seasons, Banbury would have been Champs, and then came up against a very strong Exeter Uni side in the playoff, so they’ll be keen to go one better, I’m sure. Aside from them, Oxford Quins have made some strong signings, have experience of winning SW 1, and also have a AGP on the way, so they’ll be up there, and then there is high scoring Chippenham, who can beat anyone on their day.
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Camberley will not struggle at this level. Be prepared for them to take some teams apart if they go in with that attitude!
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