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  1. Duchy Premier withdrawal

    Nice to see such a sensible and considered response/explanation. From entry into Duchy Five to fourth place in Duchy Premier in seven (i think) seasons is a pretty damn good record - well done.
  2. I'm sorry to have to report that Launceston College Phoenix has withdrawn from the Duchy Premier Division. I guess the player roundabout has struck again to a degree but probably a combination of factors. This wont affect relegation as the fixtures have not commenced yet, so it will still be two going down. It may open the door for an additional promotion place from Division One of course.
  3. Duchy League Fixtures

    No ! i have no inside knowledge on when they will be published - imminently i guess.
  4. Duchy AGM

    League Officers and Management Committee President Brian Conyon MBE; Chairman Colin Burrell; Vice Chairman Paul Collings; Secretary & Registration Secretary Michael Newcombe; Treasurer Phil Edworthy; Fixture Secretary Dan Code. LMC – Hayley Budge (North Hill); Yvonne King (Southgate); Tracey Banfield (St Dennis); Martin Perrin (Mevagissey); John Le Masurier (St Stephen); Ian Trevenna (CCFA Rep) ; Will Kitto & Wayne Sellwood (Independents) Cup changes Reserve Teams Cup ‘retired’ – all reserve teams will enter the League Cup. This could potentially see two teams from the same club face each other but player eligibility rules already cover this. League Cup simis will be played on neutral grounds, not two legged. Sin Bins The Duchy Lge has been accepted onto the ‘sin bin’ trial. All competitive matches will be played under this trial. A 10 minute sin bin period will be issued for dissent offences only. The full details will be available in the near future. Award winners Sporting Trophies – Lostwithiel (Premier); Gerrans/St Mawes (Div One); Tregrehan Mills (Div Two); Calstock (Div Three); Dobwalls (Div Four); St Anns Chapel (Div Five). The top marked referee of the year (and also the top marked Level 7) – Alan Howells Secretary of the Year – John Grigg (St Newlyn East)
  5. Duchy AGM

    Constitution of the League for 2017/8 Premier Div (13 teams): Biscovey, Foxhole, Gerrans/St Mawes, LC Phoenix, Lostwithiel, North Petherwin, St Dennis, St Mawgan, St Stephen, Saltash Utd, Sticker, Torpoint Ath, Veryan. Div One (13); AFC Bodmin, Boscastle, Callington Town, Godolphin At, Grampound, Gunnislake, Holywell/Cubert, North Hill, Pelynt, Queens Rangers, St Dominick, St Merryn, St Newlyn East Div Two (13): Altarnun, Calstock, Gorran, Lanivet, Pensilva, St Breward, St Cleer, St Columb Maj, St Minver, Saltash Utd Res, Stoke Climsland, Tintagel, Tregrehan Mills Div Three (14); Delabole, Dobwalls, Grampound, High St, Foxhole Res, Lamerton Comm, Lanreath, Lifton, Mevagissey, Rame Pen, Roche, St Dennis Res, St Eval, St Stephen Res. Div Four (13): Boscastle Res, Liskeard, Looe, Lostwithiel Res, Polperro, North Petherwin Res, St Anns Chapel, St Kew, St Mawgan Res, Southgate, Tregony, Wadebridge, Week St Mary Season starts on August 12th and teams must start playing by Saturday August 26th 2017. More information to follow.
  6. Duchy League AGM preview

    Yes Richard, the Rules only allow for additional promotions. No system is perfect but I think that having a set fast procedure is better than having to debate the pros and cons of each team's case every agm - everyone knows where they stand, no favouritism etc. strong and stable government !!
  7. Trelawny AGM

    I think it is a fortunate team that can survive all season on just 16 registered players. I would have thought 21 is a more realistic figure, so that's 21 x 64 = 1344 !! I wish your league well for the new season whatever you decide and look forward to venturing west to catch a few Junior Cups games. Can our Duchy dominance continue ??
  8. Duchy League AGM preview

    I can't argue with that if the teams can agree. Fixtures can't be done until the ECPL are done, be a while yet I suspect.
  9. Duchy League AGM preview

    To be serious for a moment, I still believe that the Duchy League is a Saturday league, 2 to 3 o'clock kick offs, and that's the way most players want it. We usually get moans if we want kick offs at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock to get two games in on the same pitch. If enough people want an evening league or Saturday morning league then they should set one up. To get back to somewhere near the original topic, this is why i am concerned about the Torpoint situation, playing the bulk of their home games in the evenings seems to suit them but probably not the dozen other teams in the division. Yes it did used to be done, ok if you have large divisions but with 12 to 14 teams you can win one game and be in the semi-final. Then the League had to find 6 clubs willing to host the finals and very few people came to watch unless they were local derbies. 12 sets of 16 trophies had to be bought, which all the clubs paid for at the end of the day. All in all it didn't seem worthwhile.
  10. Duchy League AGM preview

    12 o'clock Football Focus, 3 o'clock football, 5 o'clock beer and nibbles - isn't that the rule ?
  11. Duchy League AGM preview

    The shortage of referees must also be considered. If we reduce to 5 divisions then even two new teams will mean about another 100 games to find referees for across the season. The East Cornwall League has effectively already taken two more referees each Saturday. Statistically, if we had 5 divisions of 13 teams then we would actually need less referees for a full Saturday programme than we did last season !
  12. Duchy League AGM preview

    This will depend on the actual proposals on the night of course, but if the Premier goes to 13 teams then three additional promotion places would be available and this would have a knock-on affect down through the divisions.
  13. The Duchy League’s AGM takes place this coming Monday (June 26th) 8.00 pm at St Dennis FC, Boscawen Park PL16 8DT. All continuing clubs most attend (£50 fine for non-attendance) and can send two delegates - only one can vote. Election of officers and management committee – as far as I am aware, all the officers are willing to continue and there is one vacancy on the LMC. Rule changes – along with the usual long list of relatively minor mandatory changes that the FA send out there are a few proposed by the LMC most noticeably the dropping of the Reserve Team Cup competition (reserve teams will enter the League Cup) and a move away from two legged semi-finals in the League Cup. (one hell of a task for the secretary next April to find 6 neutral venues that are available on convenient dates, have good facilities and are geographically suitable) Constitution of League – I think it is pretty widely accepted that the divisions have been too small of late and the LMC is most likely to propose that we drop a division leaving us with five divisions of 13 or 14 teams. Election of Clubs etc – St Minver (to ECPL) & Edgcumbe (players left for Millbrook ?) are out of the Premier Division. AFC Par (players joining Biscovey ?) & St Teath have withdrawn from Div 4. This leave 65 existing teams (ideal for 5 x 13) including the bottom two from Div 5 (Boscastle Reserves & St Anns Chapel) who need to re-apply as per Standard Code of Rules. To the best of my knowledge there will only be two new applicants. St Kew United - a Sunday team that has been interested in joining for some time but whose facilities needed a bit of work to reach the required entry standard. Torpoint Athletic (fourth team) playing at Horson Field – a little contentious this one considering their Duchy Premier side still has no pitch to play home games on a Saturday !!
  14. Is that east Cornwall I can see in the distance ?
  15. No longer a Referee Development Officer role at Cornwall FA

    There are precious few people in the local game that have dedicated such long hours over many, many years to their particular area of interest quite like Ray has done. I certainly didn't always agree with him but that's not the point - outstanding effort, thank you Ray.