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SW marks retirement of two long serving League Secretaries

At its annual meeting in Taunton on 22nd May, the South West Competitions Committee paid tribute to two League Secretaries who are stepping down after giving a combined total of over 35 years service to the Division.

Clive Drake joined the committee in 2001 and played a large part in integrating lower XVs into the structure of the SW over many years - a move which is now being adopted by leagues across the country from next season.

David Stevens, who was first appointed in 2006, has looked after leagues in both the east and west of the Division in his time on the committee.

Both were presented with a newly designed SW Shield as a mark of appreciation.

(L-R) Dave McAteer (Chair), Clive Drake, David Stevens & Bert Barker (former Chair)

24 May 22

Cornwall Tribute end of season presentations - May 2022

After a gap of two seasons a Cornish tradition returned on Friday 13th May - the Tribute end of season presentations at the St Austell Brewery.

Around 70 people attended to celebrate the successes of the past season.

After thanking the brewery for their continued support of rugby in the South West Cornwall League Secretary Denis Preece and SW Co-ordinating Secretary Mike Gee presented awards to the Cornish clubs who had won their leagues.

Cornwall 2 - St Ives

Cornwall 1 - Bodmin

Cornwall/Devon - Pirates Amateurs

Western Counties West - Wadebridge Camels

There was also the annual "You've earned it trophy" which is presented to the club who has not necessarily won on the field but has soldiered on despite everything.  This year's winner is Camelford, who received the award from Regan Cross of the brewery.

15 May 22

Tribute Team of the Month - February 2022

Berkshire Thatcham
Buckinghamshire Phoenix
Cornwall Truro
Devon Newton Abbot
Dorset & Wilts Colerne
Gloucestershire Cotham Park
Oxfordshire Faringdon
Somerset Old Sulians

Faringdon celebrate their February award.

Tribute Team of the Month - January 2022

Berkshire Crowthorne
Buckinghamshire Bletchley
Cornwall Veor
Devon New Cross
Dorset & Wilts North Dorset
Gloucestershire Lydney II
Oxfordshire Banbury
Somerset Clevedon

Crowthorne receive their January award.

2022 Transfer Deadline

The Transfer Deadline this season is Friday 18th February 2022, therefore all registration paperwork must be received by the following dates:

• Friday 11th February for standard 7-day

• 12 noon Friday 18th February for expedited

This means that all registration papers are present and correct by those times as any incomplete applications may result in the player missing the Transfer Deadline.

Full details can be found in regulation 14,

25 Jan 22

Mike Thomas

The South West has been saddened to learn of the death of long serving League Secretary Mike Thomas.

He joined the Competitions Committee in 2004 and has looked after Tribute Western Counties North in recent seasons.

He was also a dedicated servant to Clevedon RFC and latterly its President.

SW Chairman Dave McAteer said “It is a sad day for the South West and we send our condolences to his wife Ruth and family.  We shall miss his presence at our meetings and his quiet advice given in his delightful Welsh accent.”

14 Jan 22

 

Tribute Team of the Month - December 2021

Berkshire Newbury
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
Cornwall Pirates Amateurs
Devon Cullompton
Dorset & Wilts Calne
Gloucestershire Thornbury
Oxfordshire Henley III
Somerset Somerton

Pirates Amateurs are presented with their Tribute Ale from SW Vice Chairman Denis Preece.

Tribute Team of the Month - November 2021

Berkshire Reading
Buckinghamshire Farnham Royal
Cornwall Bodmin
Devon Salcombe
Dorset & Wilts Pewsey Vale
Gloucestershire Ross on Wye
Oxfordshire Harwell
Somerset Nailsea & Backwell

Farnham Royal celebrate their award.

Postponed games - 18 December 2021

109 games were postponed in the South West on the 18th December.

All have now been re-arranged and details are now available of the new dates on the fixtures section of englandrugby.com.  Confirmation has also been sent to all clubs involved and should arrive before Christmas.

A special thanks to clubs - almost without exception postponements were reported in a timely fashion which made the task of re-arranging games much easier.

18 Dec 21

Tribute Team of the Month - October 2021

Berkshire Tadley
Buckinghamshire Drifters
Cornwall St Austell
Devon Exmouth
Dorset & Wilts Devizes
Gloucestershire Dursley
Oxfordshire Chinnor III
Somerset Chard

Dursley receive their October award from Gloucestershire Leagues Secretary Stuart Gilbraith

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