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21 September 2014
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I returned from a weekend away and one of the first things I did was to have a look at the results from the Eastern Counties Leagues; not so much at who won and lost but the margins of victory and call-offs compared to the previous week. Then, there were eight call offs out of 33 scheduled games; this week there were six out of 38, three of them in Eastern Counties Three South where only one scheduled game took place. Three of the six are teams that called off on both weeks so you would think they will struggle for most of the season, particularly when injuries to those in higher teams start to mount up. However, it may be that they have players involved in harvesting and they can look forward to them returning in a few weeks.
There weren’t any scores of over 100 points this week and six teams scored 60 points or more, the same as last week, but there did seem to be more games where the result was quite close. Significantly, the three sides that conceded a century of points last week all had much more competitive matches this time and one of the century scoring teams lost. It is still early days but I feel that some of the worries raised last week have begun to dissipate a little bit.
My article about the first day of the Eastern Counties leagues provoked some debate on my blog (click here and scroll to the bottom to see comments) on my personal Facebook site, and on the Eastern Counties site where there were some posts that you can read by clicking the Post link at the end of this article. Debate is healthy and very useful for players, club officials and league administrators to see what opinions are being held by those taking part and I know that they read and take note of them. Please continue to post your views about the new League structure on this site and on the Eastern Counties Facebook page www.facebook.com/ecrurugby
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