Central North Rugby - Notice Board
Central North and New England Joint Venture delayed.
Central North and New England zones have mutually agreed to ‘suspend’ the Joint Venture integrated competition for 2018.
The Joint Venture is still very much supported by all clubs across both zones and the door remains open to take advantage of any opportunity for the Zones to come together in other areas including women’s rugby for instance.
New England has an established 4 club competition for women’s 7’s with Tamworth Magpies likely to add another team to this number.
Central North has also shown an increase in the number of clubs likely or possibly to have teams – Inverell, Scone and Pirates may be joined by women’s teams from Gunnedah and Barraba.
This provides the opportunity for both zones to come together to conduct a strong women’s competition.
Both zones in the meantime will conduct separate domestic competitions for their senior teams.
Central North will be settling its draw and arrangements at its pre season meeting at Barraba this coming Sunday. The 9 clubs will contest on a 2 round home and away arrangement with a 4 team finals series.
Included will be competition for its fledgling 3rd grade teams as well as support for the women’s teams.
New England intends to circulate a draw to the Clubs this week, which will include Tenterfield and Tamworth for the first time. The New England Competition will have 5 First Grade Teams, 6 Second Grade Teams, Seven 3rd Grade Teams and at this stage, at least 5 women’s Teams.
Both zones have a responsibility to work individually and jointly where ever possible to grow and strengthen rugby in the northern inland area and will continue to actively work together to introduce an integrated completion in 2019.
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