We have published the list of fixtures for Minety 1st XV (the 2nd XV will be operating in a “Merit Table” – more information on that to follow) tentatively.
In essence, with the current situation progressing, no one can be sure when we will be given the “green light” to return to competitive rugby. At best, the earliest the league is suggesting the 26th September, but it could quite likely be December, January or even not at all this season.
To try and produce a fixture list with no guaranteed start date is quite a feat, but they have managed it like this.
The 12 teams in the league have been divided, roughly geographically, into 2 “conferences”. Teams in Minety’s “conference” are: Calne, Swindon II, Sutton Benger, Marlborough II and Royal Wootton Bassett II.
When the league is given the go ahead to start, it will begin with home and away fixtures against these teams.
If there is adequate time left after the first set of fixtures are complete then we compete either home or away against teams from the other “conference”. Those teams are: Chippenham II, Swindon II, Trowbridge II, Frome II, Warminster, Melksham and Westbury.
If, at the conclusion of these fixtures, there is still adequate time left, we will reverse the fixtures in the last section and the league will have been completed in full.
All clear? (Heading off to a darkened room for an hour or so!)