With the upcoming season just around the corner, we thought we'd give you a little update about what's been happening.
First off - trial dates have now been set. Jump over to our 2017 season page to find out more.
The NWC Competition sub-Committee met on Saturday and we have confirmed the dates and format for the 2017 season. We are currently reviewing the rules, so they will be sent out soon, but in the interest in assisting with your planning for the 2017 season we can confirm the dates and format now
- The first game of the season will be on Saturday 22nd April
- No game on Queens Birthday (as usual)
- Round 1 will finish on the 10th June (and therefore the Championship Round will start the week after on 17th June)
- We will still have a split round during the School holidays (15th & 22nd July) due to national tournaments being held at the ASB Sports Centre on each weekend. So as is usually the case, teams will play on only one of these dates (not both)
- The Championship Round will finish on 5th August, and therefore the 3-week finals go from the 12th to 26th August
The are several changes to the structure of the competition from what we had this year, so here are the basics:
- No Senior Grading Day – teams will initially be based on the finishing places from 2016. As is done with the Collegiate grades, the Senior grades are ‘open’ and places are subject to negotiation, so we may shift teams we deem to be in the wrong grade (both up or down).
- No Challenge Round. This means that there is only the one opportunity for Promotion/Relegation during the season (after Round 1). Promotion/Relegation will still happen in between seasons (so the 2017 Grand Final winners of each grade will be promoted for 2018, and vice-versa for the loser of the 7th/8th Playoff)
- There will be a 3-week finals (Quarters, semis and Final/Playoff). The format for this will be the same as used for the Challenge Round
Hope everyone has been having a great off season. We can't wait to see you all again soon, as well as meet new faces to the club!