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Join the ECRU Leagues debate

DSC01576 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

 Post by Eastern Counties Rugby Union


2 responses to “Join the ECRU Leagues debate

  1. Shane Manning 22 September 2014 at 10:30 am

    I think eastern counties would be better off after the first round finishes(once everyone has played each other once ) that for EC 2 the top for 3 teams from each group(south,north,east)plus the best team in points that has come 4th should play in a separate EC 2 after Xmas,the winner gets promoted. The middle teams make up another two league’s ie teams that came 4,56, in each group make a league and 7,8,9 in group make league,that way u will have a far even league. A bit more traveling after Xmas compared to the current set up but teams who don’t have to travel far are still pulling out of games at the moment any how,just an idea,works in NZ .


  2. Simon 23 September 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Distance doesn’t seem to be a problem at the moment. Haverhill travelled down to Colchester fine. Alot of the problems have come from clubs being stupid and saying they have more teams than they can actually sustainably run. Or in the case of Stowmarket – at least 15 players have buggered off since last season. I did have my doubts about the changes and they are seemingly correct. Colchester’s 2nds for example are effectively at least London 2 or 3 standard. Because they have a 1st team of around 40 players. Is that a good practice for any club? No. Because if you try and rotate then you disrupt the team. So players who are 1st XV quality lose hope and either stop playing or move to a club out of the area who can give them 1st XV rugby.

    We have 2 big clubs at the moment in Suffolk that seem to be sucking the life out of the others. Another ‘high level’ one that is being run in an unsustainable fashion – without a proper youth section and just 2 teams in the adult section, and numerous small ones that are struggling. The solution is not these leagues.

    Lets move away from Merit Leagues or being in the national league structure and put the 2XVs in a reserve league for the 1st XVs league, and any 3rds and 4ths get put into some form of localised League/Cup competition.


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