NorthernMaori wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:23 am
I think that may be the case Flumpty. Always difficult for Cumbrian teams and you get the feeling that as much as the RFU would prefer to handle the clubs as a collective, assessing and discussing with clubs on a more time consuming individual basis may be required. All sorts of mess going on in the NW anyway with the relative success of the Lancashire breakaway leagues.
On Sale 1861, I don't see why the team should have been allowed to enter Level 3 despite the Club's ambitions. The leagues, quite rightly IMO, work on a meritocracy and those that have earned the right to be higher up are rightly placed there. Out of curiosity, if 1861 had been placed at Level 3 then who do they believe should have been knocked down to Level 4?
I hope they succeed as a team, but this will only be proven over time and no club/team should be given a helping hand by the RFU just because they have some notable associations.
I read the bit about Sale1861 wanting/anticipating/expecting to go straignt in at Level 3 as well and it just didn't seem "right". Other teams/clubs have earned their places on merit and it will feel all the better for Sale 1861 once they (hopefully) earn the right to be playing at the level that they want to be playing at.
Looking at 1861's division, there are quite a few Ladies teams that I don't recognise, so maybe the Northern Division has had a complete rehash. I've not managed to find Kendal's Division details/fixtures for next season, but I hope that it goes well for them.
I hear what you are saying about the Lancs breakaway League, it'll be interesting how that pans out in the future. In the meantime, up here in deepest, darkest Cumbria (there don't be Dragons here, honest) we'll just have to to what we've always done - head down and get on with it.