New Northern Summer Rugby League Conference Launched
Representatives from North East and North Yorkshire Rugby League clubs went to Rugby Football League headquarters at Red Hall in Leeds this week to officially launch a new summer competition. The Northern Rugby League Summer Conference will feature five teams in an organised competition with a further four sides competing in a series of friendly games. The competition kicks off on Saturday, May 6 with a Nines tournament at Teesside while the league programme starts the following week on May 13. The five teams in the league, Bridlington Bulls, Gateshead Panthers, Teesside Steelers, West Craven Warriors and Wetherby Bulldogs will play each other three times. The top two sides will then meet in a Grand Final play-off on Saturday, September 9. Four other teams, Durham Tigers, Newcastle Lions, Scarborough Sovereigns and Sunderland City will play regular friendly fixtures against each other and the five league sides. League Administrator, Mick Hogan, commented: "All the clubs are very excited about the forthcoming season. "Moving to summer gives all the teams access to new players, better facilities and provides conditions that are suited to more open, expansive rugby. All nine clubs are laying down firm foundations for entry to the Rugby League Conference for 2001 and this summer should prove an excellent learning curve for all." In a further boost to the fledging competition, former Great Britain international and BBC commentator, Ray French, has agreed to be the League's Honorary President to the 2000 season. For further information contact Mick Hogan on 07808 572989 or the RFL's John Huxley on 0113 237 5014. Pictures are available from Varley Picture Agency Telephone: 0113 246 7828 Opening weekend's fixtures - Saturday May 13: Wetherby Bulldogs v West Craven Warriors Teesside Steelers v Bridlington Bulls Issued by the Media and Marketing Department of the Rugby Football League, Red Hall, Red Hall Lane, Leeds LS17 8NB. Telephone: 0113 237 5014 (direct line), 0113 232 3838 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail).