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The fixtures for next season are currently being developed. 

 

As a result of the clubs meeting and the overwhelming support for the proposals developed by Terry Burwell.

 

We have taken into account the requests of clubs in the London leagues for their second XVs to have meaningful fixtures.

 

Havant 2 have moved to the Zoo league for the next season and St Jacques have moved to Sussex as airfare costs became prohibitive.

 

In preparation for the season after next 2018/19, there has been some realignment. 

 

Solent 1 will consist of the following clubs.

Andover 2

Basingstoke 2

Eastleigh 2

Gosport and Fareham 2

Portsmouth 2

Tottonians 2

Trojans 2

Winchester 2

This will provide 14 games between September and January.

 

Between February and April there will be two mini leagues of 4 teams each providing another 6 fixtures involving the top four and the bottom four.   The likelihood is that the top three (maybe four) will move to the top Hampshire league for the season 2018/19.   The remainder will move to the second Hampshire tier.  We cannot give anymore clarification at the is time as we do not know how many sides go up/ go down for the London leagues and  Havant 2 have the option of returning to Hampshire.   This is assuming that all games get played.  Sides that default any of these fixtures are likely to be dropped to a lower league.

 

Therefore it is anticipated that 3 current Hampshire one sides are likely to be relegated, again dependant on ups and downs of the London leagues.  This could become 4 if three sides drop from SW 3.

 

I intend to publish Solent 1 fixtures this weekend.   The remainder by 2nd July.

 

VETS Cup.                                                                    

In May I requested via Hampshire RFU confirmation of the number of sides clubs were going to run next season. I also asked if there was any appetite for the vets cup.  I have received interest from 6 clubs so far.  It is anticipated that the first round will be held on the 14th October 2017.  I do not intend to have any Solent 1, 2 or 3 fixtures on that weekend so hopefully this will encourage maximum participation.  This also provides a break as requested at the clubs meeting.   If you are interested in entering a club in the VETS cup then please contact Jeff Highcock directly at jeff.highcock@sky.com.  Deadline for entry will be 1st August the draw will be made on the 8th August  2nd round games  is likely to be on 2ndDecember 2017.

 

Hampshire Cup, Plate and Bowl.  If you would like to enter these competitions please send your requests to Jeff at the address above.

 

Regards

Geoff Paice

Solent merit table coordinator

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