Rules of the North West Leagues.

“””Ladies/Gentlemen ,

Throughout the history of our Leagues we have had issues regarding Rule 13. The object of Rule 13 is to reduce the opportunity for sides to strengthen their lower sides in the event of their most senior side not having a fixture commitment. In all cases the most senior side must play at the expense of a Clubs lower sides.

The object of the Rule, is to prevent team loading, we feel this must be a correct instruction. Clearly this can cause an adverse problem because a Club may not have players of sufficient quality to take on what inevitably would be a stronger opposition in a League above. But the main object of the Rule must remain to prevent team loading. In the case of a Club not having players of sufficient ability they must concede.

We have reacted to this Rule strictly over the years of the Leagues.

We understand there might be some concern from particular Clubs regarding the imposition of this Rule. Clearly we can’t make changes at this stage but could we ask for ideas in a consultative way, as to how we might modify this Rule if Clubs feel this is necessary. It will then allow us to discuss these concerns at our AGM where all our Rules are added to, or amended by the Clubs themselves. “””


Latest Match Reports

The Cottopn Traders Championship Rossendale 2nd XV 15 pts v 33 pts Vale of Lune 2nd XV

After losing earlier to the Rossendale XV earlier in the season the Vale XV wanted to come out with a victory over at their Marl Pitts ground

Unfortunately due to the Vale XV unable to play a complete front row the game proceeded with uncontested scrummaging !!

Some great pictures sent by Rossendales Paul Kilshaw


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Sale Sharks Div. 4 North Vale of Lune 4th XV 19 pts v 25 pts Fylde 4th XV

A great game played on the vast expanses of Vale of Lunes Powderhouse Lane ground !!!!

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The Cotton Traders Championship Vale of Lune 2nd XV 7 pts v 22 pts Lymm 2nd XV

A great Championship battle at Vales Powderhouse Lane Ground. Conditions not amenable to open Rugby but the Lymm side used these difficulties to their advantage to take over top place in the table from the Vale of Lune 2nd XV.

Pictures by Vale's Chief photographer Mr. Tony North !!!!

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County Couriers Services Division 2 North Vale of Lune 3rd XV 0 pts v Leigh 2nd XV 86 pts

Some great pictures from the above fixture at Powderhouse Lane from Vale's,


Chief Photographer Mr. Tony North.

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The Cotton Traders Championship Rossendale 2nd XV 26 pts v 25 pts Vale of Lune 2nd XV

A rousing game at Marl Pitts, Vale bringing a remarkable record to Rossendale but to lose in the last minute of the game to a physical Rossendale XV. Rossendale produced a strong XV reversing a loss at Powderhouse Lane earlier in the season.

Referee Mike Hayward refereed a difficult game with patience, towards both sides. Actually it was a great game !!!

Some descriptive pictures taken by Steve Hyams and thanks to him for taking the time to send over for publication.


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