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Feversham Lens
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Nov 6, 2018, 8:29 AM

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It looks as though the NCL is facing its biggest turnover of clubs for several years, which sounds like good news for rugby league hoppers. Ten clubs have expressed an interest in joining the amateur game's flagship competition while up to five existing members could drop out, one of them owing to financial problems. Depending who you believe, Distington (Cumberland League), Hensingham (Cumberland League) and former NCL members Walney Island (North West League) are among the applicants. There's also talk of former NCL founder members Heworth (Yorkshire League) applying to rejoin. The York club boast some of the best facilities in amateur rugby league. League chairman Trevor Hunt is having discussions with the existing members who are struggling to continue at this level.



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Feversham Lens
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It looks as though the NCL is facing its biggest turnover of clubs for several years, which sounds like good news for rugby league hoppers. Ten clubs have expressed an interest in joining the amateur game's flagship competition while up to five existing members could drop out, one of them owing to financial problems. Depending who you believe, Distington (Cumberland League), Hensingham (Cumberland League) and former NCL members Walney Island (North West League) are among the applicants. There's also talk of former NCL founder members Heworth (Yorkshire League) applying to rejoin. The York club boast some of the best facilities in amateur rugby league. League chairman Trevor Hunt is having discussions with the existing members who are struggling to continue at this level.

The NCL will announce who's in and who's out at the end of November.



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Feversham Lens
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Nov 7, 2018, 4:45 PM

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Add Batley Boys (Yorkshire League) to the list of NCL 2019 applicants...



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Jim S
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Do we have a full list of the 10 interested clubs and who are the 5 wanting to leave?


Feversham Lens
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Nov 7, 2018, 5:15 PM

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Quite like to know myself, Jim!

I'll be surprised if Salford City Roosters (Eccles, as was) continue in the NCL next year. They had problems raising a matchday fifteen several times last season. Waterhead, too, have been struggling for a while. Perhaps something to do with rugby league's declining profile in Oldham.



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Nov 8, 2018, 5:46 PM

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Do we have a full list of the 10 interested clubs and who are the 5 wanting to leave?

It's been suggested (by somebody with a good source) there have been eight applicants for NCL 2019: Batley Boys, East Hull, Gloucester, Hensingham, Heworth, Nottingham Outlaws, Queensbury and Walney Central. East Hull, Heworth and Walney Central are former members. Gloucester, I presume, are Lionel Hurst's ex-All Golds. It's been reported Distington did apply but were turned down.



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Feversham Lens
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An insight into how applicants are sifted:

http://www.rugby-league.com/...embership-applicants



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Quite like to know myself, Jim!

I'll be surprised if Salford City Roosters (Eccles, as was) continue in the NCL next year. They had problems raising a matchday fifteen several times last season. Waterhead, too, have been struggling for a while. Perhaps something to do with rugby league's declining profile in Oldham.

It appears Salford City Roosters will be good to continue in 2019. They have a new coach in place and he is busy recruiting players. Heard it suggested two clubs pondering quitting the NCL are from divisions higher than Division Three. Interesting.



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Feversham Lens
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Looks as though Ince Rose Bridge, who finished third-bottom of Division One last season, are one of the clubs looking to quit the NCL.



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Feversham Lens
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Nov 21, 2018, 1:39 PM

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News from Nottingham Outlaws: they were one of six clubs - nine applied, originally - whose application to join the 2019 NCL was forwarded to the competition's management committee. Three clubs will be selected (via a vote of existing members) from those six, giving a total membership of 50 (56 is the NCL maximum). Outlaws say their application was rejected, on the grounds their junior teams do not play in an organised league structure. They will continue in the Premier Division of the Yorkshire League.



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Nov 21, 2018, 9:49 PM

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Well, we got there in the end!

The three clubs hoping to be voted in are Batley Boys, Hensingham and Heworth. Each require 24 votes at Monday's meeting of existing member clubs.

The six clubs whose applications were rejected are Cutsyke, Distington, East Hull, Gloucestershire All Golds, Nottingham Outlaws and Walney Central.

http://www.totalrl.com/...-more-teams-for-ncl/



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Nov 23, 2018, 4:52 PM

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Looks like Batley Boys have told the NCL they've arranged to play home games at Mount Pleasant, Batley RLFC. Mount Pleasant is very close to Batley Boys' clubhouse, unlike the club's usual pitch, which is alongside the A638 in Staincliffe, and a walk of five to 10 minutes. If true, that's disappointing (at least for groundhoppers).



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Feversham Lens
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Nov 26, 2018, 11:13 PM

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Batley Boys, Hensingham and Heworth have been voted in for 2019.

A Batley Boys tweet refers to an "incredible day".

Hensingham tweet: "Delighted to announce we have been accepted into the NCL, fully aware this is a massive challenge, but as a club we feel that this is the right time to move forward, big thanks to everyone who has been involved in the application."



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Feversham Lens
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Nov 27, 2018, 3:31 PM

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To wrap up the close-season comings and goings:

Waterhead Warriors and Salford City Roosters, the bottom two in 2018's Division Three, have been re-elected by member clubs.

It has been confirmed Batley Boys will play their NCL home games at Mount Pleasant (Batley Bulldogs RLFC).



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Feversham Lens
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Nov 29, 2018, 7:54 PM

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The reaction of founder members Heworth to their NCL return:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/...l-conference-league/



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The 2019 season's Third Division fixtures begin on February 23. Premier, First and Second Division games start on March 2.

A statement on the NCL website reads: The rationale for 14 teams in the Third Division is that experience has informed us that not all clubs in Division Three are able to complete the season for whatever reason. No club has started the campaign with that intention, but when the losses start to pile on, some clubs find it difficult to retain their players and they struggle to fulfil their fixtures.

When we had 12 teams in the competition, a couple of clubs falling by the wayside led to insufficient fixtures. However, since we have gone to 14 clubs, we have still lost a couple of clubs, but it has still meant we have been able to provide sufficient games, usually around 22, to make the competition fully viable.

Hopefully this season we don't lose anyone and the clubs enjoy their full 26 league games, and to accommodate this we need to start the campaign just one week earlier than the rest of the competition.

The March 2 start for the other three divisions will enable those clubs who are still in the Challenge Cup to at least have a league game that prepares them for their third round ties a week later, potentially against League 1 opposition.



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Feversham Lens
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Dec 20, 2018, 1:33 PM

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2019 fixtures will be confirmed at 2pm tomorrow (Dec 21).



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Ground/venue totals: Football 904; Rugby Union 265; Rugby League 214; Cricket 125; Speedway 53; Stock Cars 25; Grasstrack 15; Ice Hockey 15; Cycle Speedway 4; Greyhounds 2.


Jim S
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Full season's fixtures for all divisions now on the website.


Feversham Lens
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I see all three new clubs are away from home on the first day of the season. Cheers, fellas...



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