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East Men's and Women's League News


As we return to league action: We return to scheduled League action this weekend. We have our first promoted teams, congratulations all. We have our first relegated teams, sorry.
The forecast for tomorrow is pretty poor so can we ask all clubs to ensure they have pitch inspections well in advance of when away teams or appointed umpires (whoever lives furthest away) leave home. This is good practice that you should be following anyway.


Dates for the 2018-19 season: Following last nights League Management Committee meeting the following dates are proposed for next season, with the season starting 22nd September until 8th December, then the second half of the season running 12th January to 23rd March, with the 16th February acting as a slip date. We have also received a request from clubs with teams in small team divisions (Divisions of 10 teams or less) to have their season start on the first day of the season so that less games are exposed to bad weather in December. Traditionally we have started them later to allow clubs memberships to settle following summer sports/harvest/etc). If you have any views on either the proposed season dates or the proposal to bring the date for small team divisions forward please do let League Secretary or your respective League Managers know.


Transfer deadline looming: The transfer deadline for all players for the 2017-18 is looming. If you are thinking of moving clubs your transfer must be started on the East League transfer system by 31st January.


Umpire Jamie Keep passes away: Jamie Keep died on Wednesday 17th January at his home in Spain where he had moved with his wife a few years ago.
He was one of the East's very successful and most popular umpires in the late 70's, getting very close to an international call up. He will be missed by many umpires who worked with him over many years, as well as those whom he selected and coached in later years. There will also be many players both nationally and in the East, who will remember him as one of the fairest and most respected umpires they experienced. Funeral details will be posted when they are known.


Janet Goody - Funeral details: We were all saddened to hear the news of the passing of Janet Goody (a very long term League Manager for the EWL Women's Premier Division). Janets funeral will be held on Wednesday 24th January 11am at Colchester Crematorium. Refreshments at Colchester United Community Stadium. She will be sadly missed.

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Around the leagues 24-25 Feb.

EHL Conference

Mens East:  Playing Sunday.

Womens East: Sevenoaks beat Bedford 1-0 and lie third in the table but 6 points adrift of top. Cambs City beat Harleston 2-1, leaving both comfortably in mid-table. Bottom side Chelmsford lose 1-0 to fellow strugglers Southgate, and St Albans are just a point clear of the play off position after losing 0-5 to Wimbledon.

County Womens Leagues
Essex: Leaders Wapping beat Witham 10-0 while chasers Southend beat Thurrock 7-0. With just a point between them, their match next week will be crucial. Crostyx remain a distant third.
Five Counties: Slip matches today. Leaders Welwyn did not play, but are a point clear of Leighton Buzzard who beat Potters Bar 2-1.
Kent: New leaders Kings Alleyns beat Brom & Becks 3-1 and are a point clear of Bexleyheath, who did not play, but have a match in hand.
Norfolk: Norwich Dragons 3rds are now top by ten points after beating Broadland 4-0. Norwich City 3rds move into second after a 4-0 win over Dereham.
Suffolk: Leaders Harwich & Dovercourt beat IES 5-0 and are now eleven points clear and with a game in hand over Felixstowe, who did not play.

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