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Tribute Western Counties North

Tribute Western Counties North
Current season or competition:
2018–19 Tribute Western Counties North
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987; 31 years ago (1987)
Number of teams 14
Country England
Holders Coney Hill (4th title) (2017–18 promoted to Tribute South West 1 West)
Most titles Coney Hill (4 titles)
Website Western Counties North

Tribute Western Counties North is an English, level seven, rugby union league for clubs based in the south-west of England; mainly Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset. The champions are promoted to Tribute South West 1 West and the runner-up plays the second team in Tribute Western Counties West, with the winning team gaining promotion. The number of teams relegated depends on feedback following promotion and relegation in the leagues above, but is usually two or three to Gloucester Premier and Tribute Somerset Premier.

Format

The champions are promoted to South West 1 West and the second-placed team plays the runner-up from Western Counties West with the winner also promoted. The teams finishing in last two or three places are relegated to the Gloucester Premier or Somerset Premier. The season runs from September to April and comprises twenty-six rounds of matches, with each club playing each of its rivals, home and away. The results of the matches contribute points to the league as follows:

  • 4 points are awarded for a win
  • 2 points are awarded for a draw
  • 0 points are awarded for a loss, however
  • 1 losing (bonus) point is awarded to a team that loses a match by 7 points or fewer
  • 1 additional (bonus) point is awarded to a team scoring 4 tries or more in a match.

2018–19

Participating teams

2017–18

The season starts on 2 September and the final league matches are due to be completed by 21 April 2018, with the promotion play-off the following week.

Participating teams

2016–17

Participating teams

Team Ground Town/City Previous season
Avon Ashley Lane Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire 11th
Avonmouth Old Boys Barracks Lane Shirehampton, Bristol relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (13th)
Bristol Saracens Bakewell Memorial Ground Cribbs Causeway, Bristol promoted from Gloucester Premier (champions)
Cheltenham Newlands Park Sports & Social Venue Southam, Cheltenham 8th
Chew Valley Chew Lane Chew Magna, Somerset 3rd
Chosen Hill Former Pupils Brookfield Road Churchdown, Gloucestershire 9th
Cirencester The Whiteway Cirencester, Wiltshire promoted from Gloucester Premier (via play-off)
Coney Hill Metz Hill Gloucester relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (14th)
Keynsham Bristol Road Keynsham, Somerset
Old Bristolians Memorial Playing Fields Failand, Somerset 4th
Stroud Fromehall Park Stroud, Gloucestershire 5th
Wells Charter Way Wells, Somerset relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (12th)
Whitehall Foundry Lane Whitehall, Bristol 7th
Yatton The Park Yatton, Somerset promoted from Tribute Somerset Premier (champions)

League table

2016–17 Tribute Western Counties North League Table[1]
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Keynsham (P) 26 23 0 3 718 316 402 15 1 109
2 Chew Valley 26 22 0 4 822 493 329 18 0 106
3 Chosen Hill Former Pupils 26 19 0 7 728 423 305 15 5 96
4 Avonmouth Old Boys 26 18 0 8 718 472 246 12 4 88
5 Stroud 26 15 0 11 846 534 312 15 4 79
6 Old Bristolians 26 15 0 11 621 499 122 11 6 77
7 Bristol Saracens 26 13 0 13 596 592 4 10 5 67
8 Yatton 26 12 0 14 784 734 50 13 5 61
9 Wells 26 11 0 15 442 687 −245 10 3 57
10 Cheltenham 26 10 0 16 588 806 −218 11 4 55
11 Coney Hill 26 12 0 14 547 558 −11 8 7 53
12 Cirencester 26 6 0 20 356 817 −461 4 5 33
13 Whitehall 26 3 0 23 433 923 −490 7 6 25
14 Avon 26 3 0 23 439 784 −345 3 7 22
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 24 May 2017

Promotion play-off

Each season, the runners-up in Western Counties North and Western Counties West, participate in a play-off for promotion to South West 1 West. The team with the best playing record, in this case Chew Valley, host the match and they lost to their opponents Cullompton 12 – 29.

Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
Chew Valley 26 22 0 4 822 493 329 18 0 106
Cullompton (P) 26 22 0 4 659 311 348 11 2 101
29 April 2017
15:00
Chew Valley 12 – 29 Cullompton
Chew Lane

2015–16

The 2015–16 Tribute Western Counties North consists of fourteen teams; six from Somerset, four from Gloucestershire, three from Bristol and one from Wiltshire. The season started on 5 September 2015 and is finishes on 30 April 2016.

Participating teams and location

Nine of the fourteen teams participated in last season's competition. The 2014–15 champions Coney Hill and runners up Newent (who won their playoff game) were promoted to Tribute South West 1 West while Bristol Saracens and North Bristol were relegated to the Gloucester Premier and Stothert & Pitt to the Tribute Somerset Premier.

Tribute Western Counties North is located in England
Avon
Avon
Bristol
Bristol
Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea
Cheltenham
Cheltenham
Chew Valley
Chew Valley
C.H.F.P.
C.H.F.P.
Matson
Matson
Stroud
Stroud
Wellington
Wellington
Bristol area teamsBarton Hill Bristol Harlequins Gordano Keynsham Whitehall
Bristol area teamsBarton Hill
Bristol Harlequins
Gordano
Keynsham
Whitehall
Locations of the 2015-16 Tribute Western Counties North teams
2015-16 Bristol & surrounding area Tribute Western Counties North teams
Barton Hill
Barton Hill
Bristol Harlequins
Bristol Harlequins
Gordano
Gordano
Keynsham
Keynsham
Whitehall
Whitehall
2015-16 Bristol & surrounding area Tribute Western Counties North teams
Team Ground Capacity Town/Village Previous season
Avon Ashley Lane Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire 5th
Barton Hill Duncombe Road Speedwell, Bristol 10th
Bristol Harlequins Broomhill Road Brislington, Bristol 3rd
Burnham-on-Sea BASC Ground Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset 11th
Cheltenham Newlands Park Sports & Social Venue Southam, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 9th
Chew Valley Chew Lane Chew Magna, Somerset 4th
Chosen Hill Former Pupils Brookfield Road Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 6th
Gordano Caswell Lane Portbury, Somerset promoted from Tribute Somerset Premier (champions)
Keynsham Bristol Road Keynsham, Somerset 8th
Matson Redwell Road Gloucester, Gloucestershire relegated from Tribute South West 1 West (12th)
Old Bristolians Memorial Playing Fields Failand, Somerset 7th
Stroud Fromehall Park Stroud, Gloucestershire promoted from Gloucester Premier (champions)
Wellington Athletic Ground Wellington, Somerset level transfer from Tribute Western Counties West
Whitehall Foundry Lane Whitehall, Bristol promoted from Gloucester Premier (play-off)

Participating teams 2014–15

Participating teams 2013–14

Participating teams 2012–13

Participating teams 2011–12

Participating teams 2010–11

  • Barton Hill
  • Berry Hill
  • Bristol Harlequins
  • Cirencester
  • Drybrook
  • Gordon League
  • Keynsham
  • Matson
  • North Bristol
  • Old Centralians
  • Stroud
  • St Mary's Old Boys (SW)
  • Thornbury
  • Yatton

Participating teams 2009–10

Western Counties North honours

In the first season of the English rugby union league pyramid, sponsored by Courage, there was ten, tier seven leagues. The Western Counties League was for teams based in the south-west of England from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucester and Somerset. Each team played one match against each of the other teams with the winning team awarded two points, and there was one point for each team in a drawn match.[2] This system prevailed for five seasons, and in 1992–93 the number of teams increased from eleven to thirteen. The following season Western Counties League was renamed Courage South West 2 League, and three seasons later in 1996–97 a major reorganisation occurred with South West 2 being split into two regional leagues:[3]

  1. Courage Western Counties North consisted of sixteen teams based in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset, and each team continued to play the others once
  2. Courage Western Counties West consisted of eleven teams based in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, and each team played the other twice.

Western Counties

Western Counties honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams League name
1987–88[4] 11 Matson Gordon League Avon & Somerset Police, Sidmouth Courage Western Counties
1988–89[5] 11 Gordon League Avonmouth Old Boys Devonport Services, Crediton Courage Western Counties
1989–90[5] 11 Penryn Avonmouth Old Boys Cirencester, Devon & Cornwall Police Courage Western Counties
1990–91 11 Coombe Down Avonmouth Old Boys Truro Courage Western Counties
1991–92[6] 11 Clevedon Bridgwater & Albion, Old Culverhaysians Newquay Hornets Courage Western Counties
1992–93[7] 13 Gloucester Old Boys Launceston Plymouth Civil Service, Devon and Cornwall Police Courage Western Counties

South West 2

South West 2 honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams League name
1993–94[8] 13 Old Patesians Tiverton Wiveliscombe South West Division 2
1994–95[9] 13 Matson Bridgwater & Albion Marlow Courage South West Division 2
1995–96[6] 11 Launceston Stroud No relegation South West Division 2

Western Counties North

The league system was re-organised for 1996–97 season with South-West Division 2 being replaced with two divisions; Western Counties North and Western Counties West.

Western Counties North honours
Season No of teams Champions Runners–up Relegated teams League name
1996–97[3] 16 Keynsham St Mary's Old Boys Chard Courage Western Counties North
1997–98[10] 17 St Mary's Old Boys Cleve Old Culverhays Western Counties North
1998–99[11] 17 Hornets Coney Hill Avonmouth Old Boys Western Counties North
1999–00[12] 17 Coney Hill Cheltenham North Multiple teams[a 1] Western Counties North
2000–01[13] 12 Cleve Taunton Barton Hill, Cirencester, Spartans Western Counties North
2001–02[14] 12 Clevedon St Mary's Old Boys North Bristol, Chew Valley Western Counties North
2002–03[15] 12 Coney Hill Thornbury Cheltenham North, Old Redcliffians Western Counties North
2003–04[16] 12 Gordon League Spartans Gordano, Old Richians, Barton Hill Western Counties North
2004–05[17] 12 Taunton Thornbury Matson, Nailsea & Backwell, Drybrook Western Counties North
2005–06[18] 12 Cheltenham North Walcot Old Redcliffians, Whitehall, Avonmouth Old Boys Western Counties North
2006–07[19] 12 Yatton Barton Hill Keynsham, North Bristol, Gloucester Old Boys Western Counties North
2007–08[20] 12 Avonmouth Old Boys Old Redcliffians Spartans, Pershore, Bristol Harlequins Tribute Western Counties North
2008–09[21] 12 Hartpury College Chosen Hill Former Pupils No relegation[a 2] Tribute Western Counties North
2009–10[22] 14 Old Redcliffians Thornbury Widden Old Boys, Southmead, Hornets Tribute Western Counties North
2010–11[23] 14 Berry Hill Thornbury Drybrook, St Mary's Old Boys Tribute Western Counties North
2011–12[24] 14 Chard Old Centralians Stroud, Gordon League, Whitehall Tribute Western Counties North
2012–13[25] 14 Hornets Wells Yatton, Keynsham Tribute Western Counties North
2013–14[26] 14 Drybrook Matson Oldfield Old Boys, Berry Hill, Cirencester, Midsomer Norton Tribute Western Counties North
2014–15[27] 14 Coney Hill Newent Stothert & Pitt, North Bristol, Bristol Saracens Tribute Western Counties North
2015–16[28] 14 Matson Keynsham Barton Hill, Gordano, Bristol Harlequins Tribute Western Counties North
2016–17[29] 14 Keynsham Chew Valley Avon, Whitehall, Cirencester Tribute Western Counties North
2017–18[30] 14 Coney Hill Chew Valley Oldfield Old Boys, Yatton, Bristol Saracens Tribute Western Counties North
2018–19 14
Green background are the promotion places.

Promotion play-offs

Since the 2000-01 season there has been a one-off promotion playoff game played between the league runners-up of Western Counties North and Western Counties West for the third and final promotion place to South West 1 West, with the team with the superior league record getting home advantage in the tie. As of the end of the 2017-18 season the northern sides have been the more successful with ten victories to the west's eight while the home team has won thirteen times compared to the away teams five.

Western Counties (north v west) promotion play-off results
Season Home Team Score Away Team Venue Attendance
2000-01[31] Taunton Titans (N) 24-16 Withycombe (W) Hyde Park, Taunton, Somerset
2001-02[32] St Mary's Old Boys (N) 43-7 Penryn (W) Trench Lane, Almondsbury, Bristol
2002-03[33] Thornbury (N) 12-5 Withycombe (W) Cooper's Farm, Thornbury, Gloucestershire
2003-04[34] Spartans (N) 18-7 Torquay Athletic (W) Lansdown Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
2004-05[35] St Ives (W) 27-5 Thornbury (N) Alexandra Road, St Ives, Cornwall
2005-06[36] Newton Abbot (W) 24-12 Walcot (N) Rackerhayes, Newton Abbot, Devon
2006-07[37] Hayle (W) 11-27 Barton Hill (N) Memorial Park, Hayle, Cornwall
2007-08[38][39] Sidmouth (W) 23-20 Old Redcliffians (N) Blackmore Field, Sidmouth, Devon
2008-09[40][41] Chosen Hill Former Pupils (N) 33-25 Ivybridge (W) Brookfield Road, Churchdown, Gloucester
2009-10[42][43] Wadebridge Camels (W) 25-21 Thornbury (N) Molesworth Field, Wadebridge, Cornwall
2010-11[44][45] Thornbury (N) 54-7 Kingsbridge (W) Cooper's Farm, Thornbury, Gloucestershire
2011-12[46][47] Old Centralians (N) 39-7 Torquay Athletic (W) Saintbridge Sports Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
2012-13[48][49] Wells (N) 20-27 Bideford (W) Charter Way, Wells, Somerset 400
2013-14[50][51] Teignmouth (W) 10-35 Matson (N) Bitton Park Sports Ground, Teignmouth, Devon
2014-15[52][53] Newent (N) 28-26 Kingsbridge (W) Recreation Ground, Newent, Gloucestershire
2015-16[54] Kingsbridge (W) 16-10 Keynsham (N) High House, Kingsbridge, Devon
2016–17[55] Chew Valley (N) 12-29 Cullompton (W) Chew Lane, Chew Magna, Somerset 700
2017-18[56] Chew Valley (N) 12-22 Devonport Services (W) Chew Lane, Chew Magna, Somerset
2018-19
Green backgrounds represent promoted teams. WCN stands for Western Counties North while WCW stands for Western Counties West.

Number of league titles

Sponsorship

The Western Counties League and South West 2 were part of the Courage Clubs Championship and was sponsored by Courage Brewery from the first season, 1987–88 to season 1996–97.[57] The league was unsponsored until season 2007–08 when St Austell Brewery sponsored South-west based leagues under the Tribute Ale label.

Notes

  1. ^ Oldfield Old Boys, Drybrook, Bristol Harlequins, St Bernadettes Old Boys, Wiveliscombe and Thornbury were the relegated sides this season. The reason for so many relegations was because the league would be reduced from 17 to 12 teams for the 2000-01 season.
  2. ^ There was no relegation this year as the league changed from 12 to 14 teams for the 2009-10 season due to restructuring of the league system by the RFU.
  3. ^ Two of Matson's title wins were back when the league was known as Western Counties and then South West 2.
  4. ^ One of Clevedon's title wins was when the league was known as South West 2.
  5. ^ One of Gordon League's title wins was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  6. ^ Coombe Down's title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  7. ^ Gloucester Old Boys title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.
  8. ^ Launceston's title win was when the league was known as South West 2.
  9. ^ Old Patesians title win was when the league was known as South West 2.
  10. ^ Penryn's title win was when the league was known as Western Counties.

See also

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