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almostatyke (IP Logged)
14 October, 2017 22:09
When I was 17, too old for the U16 league I joined the “Pen and Wig” pub football team in my hometown of Nuneaton. We struggled to put together a team many weeks and frequently resorted to “ringers”, i.e. friends with boots who fancied a game but were not actually signed-on to our team. We didn’t win anything but at least we got a full team out.
Today I witnessed an example of a similar but fully legal practice – and this time it was 4th tier rugby not pub football.
Once a year I have the pleasure of visiting Wharfedale as a guest of their Fixture Secretary. It was a Nation league Division Two North fixture against Blaydon, and both teams being in the bottom three of the division after 6 games, likely to be a bit of a relegation scrap. But surprisingly it wasn’t.
The Blaydon fly-half totally controlled the match, kicking into corners, scoring penalties at will, kicking conversions from the touch line and even a sublime 40m+ drop goal.
So how come we have 29 players on the pitch and one head-and-shoulders above all others? As anyone who has heard the words of the Blaydon Races , I knew the away team are based in the NE and immediately suspected (and made comment to my fellow spectators) that this was a guy on double-registration from the Artic Budgies. In fact I said that if he wasn’t, then I would personally phone up J-Lo to get him to sign the player up for us.
Blaydon were 24 – 0 up at half time and final score was 27 – 19 as a second-half ‘Dale comeback eventually faltered.
Back home some quick research revealed that the player was Joel Matovasi, indeed a Falcons player and who’s older brother is both a Falcons player and Fijian International.
So is this an excellent exercise in promoting a junior Falcons player to the superstar player I think he will become? Possibly. But what about Wharfedale supporters who want to see their team climb the table – losing at home to one of the only two teams below them is demoralising and the points “lost” today could be vital come the end of the season.
Surely a player of this class should be playing at no lower than the Championship?
IMHO the dual-registration system works brilliantly for the club making the “free” loan, but it can really screw up the competition that the player plays in.
I know this is a complex issue, but surely the rfu can rise above “ringers” and the practice well established in the North Warwickshire Football Division 4.

 
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JDH (IP Logged)
14 October, 2017 23:52
That's does seem unfair on wharfedale. Is he as big as his brother? Cos he is a big lad.
Ringers happen in all leagues though. When a team in the Yorkshire leagues get some cash they rocket through the leagues. Cas did it a few years back. Then the money ran out and they rocket back down.
He wants to be playing for us anyway not bloody Blaydon. Better for him and us!

 
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corporalcarrot (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 08:00
When you get this sort of thing its best to enjoy seeing a bit of quality above the norm yhou have paid to see. I followed Jersey up to Tynedale about 5 or 6 years ago and although the game was very one sided and Jersey eventually won by 60 odd points to nil I remember the outstanding player on the pitch actually played for Tynedale -a very young Joel Hodgson who is now playing brilliantly in the premiership. Where do you get the best Fish & Chips in Scarborough in January?



Don't kick it pick it up and GO FORWARD



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15/10/2017 08:02 by corporalcarrot.

 
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Mark_C (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 09:36
"Carnegie" have loaned a few players out to lower sides in their time, Almo. Probably not as talented.



Miserati - and Proud to be!

 
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leemingtyke (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 10:37
Quote:
corporalcarrot
Where do you get the best Fish & Chips in Scarborough in January?

Whitby :-)

 
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corporalcarrot (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 11:27
I know mate I went to Whitby nearly every year on WMC trips as a lad but the match in January is in Scarborough and I'll be hungry by the time I get there.



Don't kick it pick it up and GO FORWARD

 
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Mark_C (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 12:10
I go to this one when in Scarborough - food is usually pretty good.
[url=http://[www.tripadvisor.co.uk]]Molly's[/url]



Miserati - and Proud to be!

 
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Re: Ringers
corporalcarrot (IP Logged)
16 October, 2017 08:10
Thanks Mark I'll give that one a try. Pity your lads didn't choose the league fixture in April for the away day as the weather might be a bit more favourable a few months later in the year. Jersey had a B&I match in Wales postponed a few years ago due to snow and I expect they get a few drops of the white stuff in Scarborough at that time of year. I doubt whether there will be many travelling up from St Ouen's for this one but it may be the same for home fans anyway.



Don't kick it pick it up and GO FORWARD

 
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
16 October, 2017 09:52
CC, don't worry about the white stuff, in Yorkshire we just switch to an orange ball and play on.

 
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Re: Ringers
corporalcarrot (IP Logged)
16 October, 2017 17:30
Cheers Almo it never puts me off but match officials seem to look for reasons to cry off. I personally find that strapping a small bell to the orange ball also helps if you get a decent load of the white stuff.



Don't kick it pick it up and GO FORWARD


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