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Can You Be A Saturday Saviour?

posted Nov 12, 2018, 12:28 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
The first steps to save the League’s Saturday division have been taken.

Member clubs agreed at the November meeting to look at all options to try and keep the eight-a-side division on Saturday afternoons going – even if it means radical changes to the format and the time fixtures are played.

Just seven teams competed this year and three of those – Shifnal, Sir John Bayley and Trench - have now confirmed they are withdrawing ahead of the 2019 season, while the future of Bridgnorth’s team is in doubt.

That leaves just champions Sinclair, Allscott Heath and Charlton prepared to carry on, prompting league officials to launch a bid to try and save the Saturday action by asking clubs for ideas to generate more interest - and entries.

Moving matches to either earlier on later in the day, to avoid clashing with the South Staffs League, is one suggestion that will be looked at, as is a proposed change of format to four singles games and two doubles.

And Donnington Wood, who withdrew just before start of the 2018 season, are pushing for the division to be played on Sundays with an early afternoon start time.

“We will look into every idea and make every effort to keep the division going, but there has to be a cut-off number – either six or eight teams– below which it is simply not worth running,” said general secretary Malcolm Fletcher. 

IDEAS PUT FORWARD TO DATE . . .

From Phil Craggs of Allscott Heath:

"Could you change the format to maybe 2 doubles and four singles games allowing any player from the team to go in the doubles. Play 4 singles first then when they come off the 2 doubles games, maybe double points for the doubles matches.

"This would allow clubs with plenty of availability to play 8 players and clubs struggling could play with only 4 players. Just an idea.

"Allscott will definitely field one side if we can keep the league running." 

From Angela Gaut of Wrockwardine Wood:

"I don’t really know the answer but maybe the start time could be moved to 10am or 7pm to avoid clashing with the South Staffs League.

"And I also think that Mid Shropshire matches being played at 2pm makes a mess of the whole day if you have other things to do. Morning or evening would give you much more time to possibly jiggle things around. This is not a proposition just a couple of ideas . . . "

 
WHAT DO YOU THINK . . . contacted the general secretary with your ideas.
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