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New Season's fixtures

Fixtures for the 2018-2019 season have been posted to the nominated league contact of every team taking part in the competition. They can also be downloaded here. The newsletter which accompanied them is available here.

Clubs now have a number of tasks

  • Confirm their nominated league contact - this must be done by 1st July 2018. Go here.
  • Decide if they want to move or reverse any fixtures. This must be done by mutual consent with your opponents. Both clubs need to complete the online form here. (Please note the instructions at the top of that page if you are reversing the venues of games.)
  • If playing in leagues of 12 or less decide if you want to apply for a free weekend. The form (and details of what you can apply for) is here. Every weekend between the start of the season and the end of April (except the two weeks at Christmas) is available for re-arranged matches - it is only a free weekend if you have successfully applied for it.

30 May 2018

Fixtures out this week

The fixtures for 2018-2019 will be posted to all clubs on Tuesday 29th May and be available on this website the following morning.

14 club leagues will start on Saturday 1st September with 12 club leagues beginning the following week.

Clubs will have four weeks after the publication of the fixtures to mutually agree any changes.

 

27 May 18

We are not being idle...

Following Sunday's meeting of the SW Competitions Committee work has now started on producing the fixtures for next season.

There will be 34 leagues in the South West in 2018-19 playing nearly 6,000 fixtures.

We plan to release the fixtures by the end of the month. Updates will be posted here on the website.

Alongside that this site will be updated in preparation for the new campaign. Already the Structured Season, which most leagues will follow, is available here.

16 May 18

South West Competitions Committee's longest serving chairman stands down

Nigel "Bert" Barber has stood down as chairman of the South West Competitions Committee after 15 years at the helm.

Work commitments away from rugby have prompted the decision but he will remain on the committee as the League Secretary for South West Premier - the SW's top league.

He is replaced by Dave McAteer from Berkshire, who becomes only the fourth person to hold the job since the committee was founded in 1987.

Bert Barber and Dave McAteer

Denis Preece from Cornwall was elected the new deputy chairman

 

14 May 18

SW recognises Allan Townsend's nearly 30 years' service.

The South West Competitions Committee has presented long serving League Secretary Allan Townsend with an RFU watch to mark his retirement from League Administration.

Since 1989 he has helped run the English Clubs Championship in the South West. Initially he was responsible for the leagues in Gloucestershire before moving up through the ranks and in recent years has been in charge of South West Premier (formerly National Three South West). During that time it is estimated he has checked nearly 9,000 match cards.

Allan, who lives in Gloucester, rarely missed a competitions meeting in his time as a League Secretary and while wishing him a happy retirement, the SW will miss his wealth of experience gathered over the years.

Allan was presented with his watch by outgoing chairman Bert Barber.

​14 May 18

DRAFT 2018-2019 Structure

The provisional structure for the SW Leagues in 2018-2019 has been drawn up and can be found here

In accessing them please note the following:

1) We are still awaiting confirmation on level transfers at Level 7 and some final possible adjustments in Gloucestershire, Somerset & Berks, Bucks & Oxon.

2) The publishing of this document is for clubs' information and to allow any omissions to be pointed out - it is not intended to spark a debate about which league a club would like to be in.

Once the structure is confirmed work will commence on the fixtures with the intention of publishing them at the end of May.

10 May 18

No joy for the SW at RFU Vase day

Some of the warmest weather seen in early May was the backdrop for RFU Cup Finals day at Twickenham.  South Molton and Saltash flew the South West colours, bidding for success in the Junior and Senior Vases.

Kicking off at 11am South Molton were soon up against it in their Junior Vase Final tie with Old Otliensians and by half time were trailing 24-9.

However they went up through the gears in the second half to score two tries through Zak Stoneman and Daniel Smith to narrow the gap to 24-21 and send the tie into a tense final period.

Old Otliensians were not finished and, with South Molton having a second player yellow carded, finally sealed the game with their fifth try followed by a penalty with almost the last kick of the match to win 32-21.

Next on stage was the Senior Vase final between Saltash and Wath upon Dearne.  With the unseasonal bank holiday weather again forcing frequent drinks breaks it was a stop start affair.

Wath took an early three point lead but Saltash, runners up in the Tribute Cornwall/Devon League, soon overtuned the deficit with an unconverted try and a penalty.  Wath then dominated play to once again regain the advantage, leading 22-13 with ten minutes to go.

Saltash kept the pressure on and set up a grandstand finish putting the disappointment of a disallowed try behind them to cross the line again to narrow the gap to four points with two minutes to go but could not make a final crucial score with Wath winning 22-18 to avenge their defeat by Wells in the 2012 final.

06 May 18

 

Cornwall celebrates 10 years of Tribute

Clubs from all over Cornwall were at St Austell Brewery on Friday night (4th May) to mark ten years of the Tribute Ale presentation evenings and the teams' successes on the field throughout the 2017-18 season.

Tribute Western Counties West - St Ives

Tribute Cornwall One - Liskeard-Looe

Tribute Cornwall Two - Helston

In addition Redruth Albany picked up the You've Earned it Trophy.  Despite winning only one league game all season the side the team have solidered on - even bouncing back after their pitch was vandalised.

 

06 May 18

2018 Playoffs

The line up for this season's playoffs is now known.

Level 5:           Guernsey v Bournemouth

Level 6:           Exeter University v Banbury

Level 7:           Windsor v Marlborough

                        Chew Valley v Devonport Services

Level 8:           Wiveliscombe v Barton Hill

Level 9:           Topsham v Bodmin

The games will be played on 28th April 2018. Full details and a match card have been posted to all clubs involved.

The home club has been established in accordance with the regulations and should advise its referees’ society to ensure match officials are appointed. A reminder RFU Regulation 12.1.1(e)(i)………In a play-off match…..Match Officials CANNOT be appointed from the Constituent Body of which either Club is a member except at the discretion of the Divisional Organising Committee.

If, by mutual agreement, clubs wish to play on Sunday or Friday night please let the Admin Office know as soon as possible.

Full details of the regulations concerning playoffs – including how the home team is decided – can be found in the Regulations and Competitions Handbook 2017-2018.

 

As with an English Clubs Championship game the home team will be required to telephone the match result in to this office and both clubs will be required to complete a match card in the usual way.

Clubs which normally benefit from the facility to play up to two unregistered players in a League match are reminded they may NOT do so in this match.

REPLACEMENTS & SUBSTITUTES (play-offs)

NOT MORE THAN FOUR REPLACEMENTS

NOT LESS THAN FIVE FRONT ROW

MUST BE ABLE TO REPLACE ON FIRST AND SECOND OCCASION THEREAFTER ‘MAN-OFF’ REGULATIONS APPLY

 

Extra time is 13.6.5(a). 10 mins each way with the usual countbacks if still all square – tries, - then converted tries – then away team wins.

 

21 Apr 18

February Wadworth Team of the Month Awards

The inaugural Wadworth Team of the Month awards have been announced.

Corsham celebrate winning their Wadworth Team of the Month award

Berkshire

Tadley

Buckinghamshire

Phoenix

Dorset & Wilts

Corsham

Gloucestershire

Norton

Oxfordshire

Littlemore

All five clubs will receive a supply of Wadworth Ale to mark their achievement.

 

09 Apr 18

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