In all Sixteen teams registered for the 2016/17 season. The team we’ve lost is Cookham Social so we wish all their players the best and hope that those who want to continue playing will find new teams to play for.
As a result, the President’s/Tony Blay Memorial competition will be at a different venue for the 2016/17 season, however it will still be a limited entry competition to provide a contrast to the main Pairs competition. At this stage I can’t confirm any venues until I have agreed dates with them.
When we split from one league into two the conditions for splitting were defined in rule 2.2 of the Constitution where it says that ‘If there are 16 or less teams registered the Winter League will be operated as a single division.’
Accordingly, we will be switching back to single division format for 2016/17 https://aucasinosonline.com/. This will make for a longer season, however a schedule based around twin eight-team divisions would be just too short (there would be 14 league fixtures to play compared to the 18 of last season). In contrast, a single league will give 30 fixtures to play without any Byes.
The twin division schedules have contained a fair bit of padding (eg dates for postponed games and gaps at the end of the season before the summer season launches). By tightening those up I am expecting to still have a schedule that runs September-June but without the tailing off of activity after March/April.