Communication from the Wessex Bowls League
URGENT – 2018-2019 WESSEX LEAGUE
I would be grateful if you could share the contents of this letter with your Club Committee and Members please.
On 21st February the League Secretary wrote out to all clubs informing them of the difficulty he was having with fitting all Wessex League fixtures in for the 2018-19 season.
This was caused by the following EIBA commitments:-
|7 October – Ur 25 Double Rink||11 November – Egham|
|14 October – Egham||18 November – U25 County|
|21 October – Top Club||25 November – Egham|
|28 October – Egham||9 December – Egham|
|4 November – Top Club||16 December – Top Club|
This gives one free weekend (2 December) in the eleven leading up to Christmas/New Year.
|6 January – Top Club||20 January – U25 Double Rink|
|13 January – Egham||10 February – U25 County|
On 26th February the League Secretary followed up by sending out the “Provisional” fixtures for 2018-19 and has been concerned about the number of negative comments coming back despite the earlier letter warning clubs of the problems being faced.
These comments have centred mainly on the number of games clubs face at the back end of the season as well as the distance having to travel week on week. Two clubs have even gone further and threatened to pull out of the League altogether. The League Executive stress that the issue has not been caused by the League but by the changes and Sunday commitments placed on clubs by the EIBA.
The League Executive has decided now to act to safeguard the future of our successful, long standing Wessex League and enacted its responsibility under Rule 22 of the League Rules.
“Clubs shall be organised into separate Regions on a geographical area basis. The composition of each Region shall be agreed by the League Executive and may be changed annually to ensure that as far as possible the number of Clubs in each Region is the same. All Clubs shall play the other Region members once in each season. All Clubs in the West region shall play other Region members twice in each season. “
The changes detailed below DO NOT affect Central or West Regions League games that remain as they are, as do the provisional fixtures sent out in February.
The changes detailed below WILL affect current Midland, East, Coastal and North Regions.
- The current Midland Region will be split into Two New Regions
- The current East Region will be split into Two New Regions
- The current Coastal Region will be split into Two New Regions
- The current North Region will be disbanded with clubs going either into the new Midland or East Regions.
- The Wild Card system will be WITHDRAWN as there will now be eight Region winners and eight Region Runners Up from the New Areas and Central and West.
- The new areas will have a maximum of six or seven clubs
- The make up of the areas has been decided by the distance and time travelled to play games. This calculation has been made using AA Route Planner and the details are attached for your information.
- The provisional fixtures for Midland, East, Coastal and North Regions are WITHDRAWN and will be replaced in the next few days with fixtures relating to the New Regions
- This new set up of Regions will be in place for 2018-19 and 2019-20 giving a two year trial
|MIDLAND REGION (6 clubs)
MERCIA REGION (6 Clubs)
|THAMES REGION (7 Clubs)
Oxford City & County
Oxford & District
|COTSWOLD REGION (7 Clubs)
|COASTAL REGION (6 Clubs)
|JURASSIC REGION (7 Clubs)
As previously said Central and West Regions remain unchanged.
The League Executive is aware these changes may not please all but in order for the league to survive we have been forced down this route, which is what we consider to be a workable compromise and one we hope that you will support. If each and every club checks their mileages then you will see how relatively fair the New Regions will be bearing taking account of those clubs on the extremity.
David Murley, League Chairman
Peter Stewart, League Secretary
Debroy Gregory, League Treasurer