Management backs duos application
The National Conference League Management Committee has recommended both Blackbrook and Woolston Rovers for admission to the 2013 season.
Both clubs were given the backing following last night’s committee meeting and must now wait for next Monday’s AGM where the existing clubs will vote on their inclusion.
If accepted both sides would start life in the new 12-team Division 3 and play their first games on the opening day of the competition on Saturday March 2.
“Blackbrook and Woolston Rovers have demonstrated they have what it takes to be part of the National Conference League,” said Trevor Hunt, NCL Chairman.
“Blackbrook have been a driving force in the North West Counties League, whilst Woolston have amalgamated with the hugely successful Warrington Wizards to ensure they meet the league criteria with regard to open age and youth set-ups.
“Both have demonstrated a desire and drive to be part of the NCL and both have been members before where they performed with distinction.
“They both can be terrific additions to what will be a very competitive new division, however, it is up to the 48 existing member clubs to accept them.
“But whatever the vote the NCL is already primed to build on the considerable success of last season and make 2013 yet another outstanding year for Rugby League.”
The inclusion of the duo would take the total of new teams for the coming season to nine following the acceptance of Coventry Bears, Hindley, Kells, Peterlee Pumas, Pilkington Recs, Underbank Rangers and Wigan St Cuthberts – who along with Crosfields, Featherstone Lions and Heworth – form the new third division.
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