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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cannon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2019 at 12:21
Originally posted by Dad Dad wrote:

So just heard the Girls U15 &18 Cup's (u15 girls = u14/15 boys, U18girls = U16+Colts boys) has now been dropped from 6 areas to 4

So whilst grown men are complaining about travel on a saturday afternoon - 13 year old girls are deemed capable of playing in a competition where the SW Area will cover from NE bucks (Buckingham RFC & Bletchley have U15 girls) to Cornwall (although looking at last years cup Kingsbridge nr Plymouth furthest SW U15 team). 

Yes there are pools at the beginning of the competition but an area final at a neutral ground could require both teams travelling over 100 miles each way and these are sunday pm games with school the next day as Buckingham to Kingsbridge is min 214 miles by road 
Absolutely ridiculous, there are 2 options. Either increase the number of girls playing and hence more teams (sadly unlikely to happen), or make competitions smaller and having pre and post Xmas seasons and so more regional. I really believe this approach may save Merit Table rugby in our country too, social players are finding travel an issue.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2019 at 12:30
This change is apparently due to the rise in teams meaning 4 groups each with more pools makes more sense than 6 it was last year ( to avoid having to have 3 way semi's)

Girls rugby is growing hugely - 5 years ago there were county u15 teams playing with u13 players on dispensation to get enough for a squad of 20 - now there are county leagues in some counties - if anything the problem is many U18 teams are of a higher standard than local social ladies teams so there is less opportunity to step into a suitable level ladies team locally.

OA's listed further up put out 1st & 2nd Xv (just) U18 Girls teams season before last 

The cup games are all nearly a month apart over the season (to allow local leagues pre Xmas) - with county in Jan/Feb/Mar as well

Round 1 – 29th September

Round 2 – 10th November

Round 3 – 15th December

Regional Quarter Finals  – 12th January

Regional Semi-Finals – 16th February

Regional Final – 15th March

National Semi-Final – 5th April

Final – 3rd May




 


Edited by Dad - 26 Jun 2019 at 12:34
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