- Midlands Rugby League
Midlands Rugby League Sport Rugby league football Formerly known as Midlands Merit League, RL Merit League Inaugural season 2009 Chair Tim Fellows Number of teams 13 Country England Champions Leicester Storm A (2010) Website midlandsrugbyleague.co.uk Related competition Midlands Junior League
The 3vSport.com Midlands Rugby League is a summer rugby league tournament in the Midlands region of England. It is a feeder league to the Rugby League Conference and a successor league to the Midlands Merit League. Its season runs from April to August.
The Midlands Merit League was founded in late 2005 to support the growth of rugby league in non-heartland areas. The 2007 season saw the introduction of an informal under-15 league Midlands Junior League based on Merit League principles. In 2008 the junior competition featured under-14 and under-16 divisions.
The league was renamed RL Merit League (RLML) for the 2008 season due to its increased geographical spread with teams from the North of England taking part. 2009 saw the largest ever entry, with over 30 teams split into two Northern pools; "Yorkshire and Humber" and "North West" and the stand-alone Midlands Rugby League.
Rugby League Conference Pyramid
- RLC National
- RLC Midlands Premier
- RLC Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and RLC Midlands
- Midlands Rugby League
The Midlands Rugby League is the lowest level on the Rugby League Conference pyramid for clubs in the Midlands.
The anticipated line-up for 2011 is:
2011 Midlands Rugby League Coventry Dragons Coventry Warriors Dronfield Drifters Hope Valley Hawks Leamington Royals A Leicester Storm A NEW Ravens Nottingham Outlaws B Sleaford Spartans Telford Raiders A Wolverhampton RLFC
Participating teams by season
- 2009: Birmingham Bulldogs A, Burntwood Barbarians, Coventry Bears A, Leamington Royals, Leicester Phoenix A, Northampton Casuals A, North Derbyshire Chargers, Nottingham Outlaws, Redditch Ravens, Telford Raiders A, Wolverhampton Warlords, Wolverhampton Wizards
- For information prior to the split see: History of the RL Merit League
Teams joining the Rugby League Conference
- 2010: Birmingham Bulldogs A, Coventry Bears A, Leamington Royals, Redditch Ravens
- 2011: Bristol Sonics A, Northampton Demons A
The scoring system for 2010 for the Midlands Rugby League men's competition was as follows:
Win: 3 points
Draw: 2 points
Defeat not conceded: 1 point
Default on game within three days of fixture: 0 points, with 24-0 score-line awarded to the opposition.
The average number of points scored per game, rather than the total, determines positions in the league table. Teams who have played 6 or more games will be placed higher in the table than those who haven't. If the average is the same, total games played followed by points difference will determine the placings.
Inter-league games between members of the Midlands Rugby League and the London League or RL Merit League can be counted as competitive matches, whilst both leagues are in season. These fixtures will need to be confirmed a week in advance to be guaranteed inclusion as regular season games.
For the sake of completeness, previous Midlands competitions are included.
Midlands Merit League Championship
2006 South Humber Rabbitohs 42-18 Nottingham Outlaws Academy 2007 St Helens Wild Boars 46-22 German Exiles 2008 Moorends-Thorne Marauders ML 28-18 Wigan Riversiders
Midlands Merit League Shield
2007 East Riding RLC 32-26 Nottingham Outlaws Academy 2008 Nottingham Outlaws Academy 34-32 Sheffield Forgers
Midlands Rugby League
2009 Birmingham Bulldogs A 26-12 North Derbyshire Chargers 2010 Leicester Storm A 24-22 North Derbyshire Chargers 2011 Hope Valley Hawks 72-32 Sleaford Spartans
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