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And Then There Was One . . .

posted Mar 19, 2016, 6:02 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
There will be just one Saturday afternoon division in 2016 - not two as there have been for the last three years.

The decision to revert back to one division was made by league chairman Sean Round, fixture secretary Ric Hudson and general secretary Malcolm Fletcher following confirmation from St Georges that they would be pulling out.

Last year's Saturday Division A champions withdrew just before the March 14 deadline, following the likes of Newport, Wrockwardine Wood, Sir John Bayley and Donnington Wood B in pulling out of the eight-a-side action.
That leaves 10 teams competing, making two divisions of five simply unviable - even though Trench are Saturday newcomers this year..

"We were left with little choice but to go with one division on Saturdays. The majority of clubs left want it - and two divisions of five teams with just eight games is simply not a competition," said a league spokesman.

Prize money levels will be discussed at the league's April Executive meeting on the Tuesday the 5th.

And, given Shifnal's desire to see Saturday action revert back to two divisions in 2017, the league's Future Plans Sub Group will discuss changes to the structure during the year to come up with proposals to try and attract more teams.

Six-a-side matches, fixtures with singles and doubles matches and a different start time are just some of the Saturday options . . .