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By iBozz
#422
The club are pleased to announce that the 1861 Ladies team have been granted league entry by the RFU for the upcoming season. The team has the backing of both Sale FC Rugby and Sale Sharks and over the past 12 months has grown in both stature and size and will be playing National Challenge 1 North West. read more here.

Results so far, and forthcoming fixtures, can be found here.

TheSale FC subscribable calendar has been updated with these fixtures, all to be played at 1:00pm on Sundays, and I have assumed that home games will be at Heywood Road. Quite where the away games will be played will require a little bit of research, but I'm on the case!
By Flumpty
#423
I was looking forward to watching Sale 1861 at Kendals ground, but it looks like Kendal are now playing in the North East Division.
The Senior Men were turfed out to the NE by the RFU for 2019/2020, I wonder if the Ladies were tarred with the same brush ?
By NorthernMaori
#433
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.
By Flumpty
#436
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.
By NorthernMaori
#451
Who knows really. The lower regional leagues don't appear to be online yet and the RFU have decided to restructure/rebuild their website so no community club leagues or fixtures are visible via that route
By Flumpty
#452
NorthernMaori wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:43 am
Who knows really. The lower regional leagues don't appear to be online yet and the RFU have decided to restructure/rebuild their website so no community club leagues or fixtures are visible via that route
Maybe more victims of the budget cuts at RFU, to pay for the new stuff at Twickenham :angry:
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By MikeGC
#453
Flumpty wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:15 am
NorthernMaori wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:43 am
Who knows really. The lower regional leagues don't appear to be online yet and the RFU have decided to restructure/rebuild their website so no community club leagues or fixtures are visible via that route
Maybe more victims of the budget cuts at RFU, to pay for the new stuff at Twickenham :angry:
...or paying for an all expenses 5 star trip to Paris and Rome for the blazerati for this season's 6N :no:
By Flumpty
#455
MikeGC wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:35 am
Flumpty wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:15 am
NorthernMaori wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:43 am
Who knows really. The lower regional leagues don't appear to be online yet and the RFU have decided to restructure/rebuild their website so no community club leagues or fixtures are visible via that route
Maybe more victims of the budget cuts at RFU, to pay for the new stuff at Twickenham :angry:
...or paying for an all expenses 5 star trip to Paris and Rome for the blazerati for this season's 6N :no:
.... whils slashing the travelling allowance for Clubs and making community coaches redundant
By Flumpty
#599
I'm happy to say that it looks like I'm wrong - things have been rearranged with the Ladies Leagues in the North West and now understand that Kendal playing will be playing in the NE, rather than the NW next season - but it was arranged amicably, without any underhand shennanigans, so Happy Days.
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