One of the most coveted trophies in club rugby will be up for grabs with the Carlton Cup league starting this weekend.
Johanna de Vos reports that the launch of the 2013 Carlton Club Rugby League took place Tuesday evening at Loftus Versfeld.
This was the first time ever such an event took place. The well-known rugby promoter Willem Strauss initiated it, and the president of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union Louis Nel and the new CEO dr. Eugene Hare got the ball rolling.
All the eight Carlton clubs' top-brass and management were invited.
They are UP-Tuks, Pretoria Police, Centurion, Harlequins, Naka Bulls, Oostelike Eagles, TUT and Silver Valke.
With some new coaches and players they are all looking forward to a new season in Pretoria starting this coming Saturday.
This year the Carlton League will be played over a single round at the clubs.
The club that finishes first on the log will then receive the lovely Lucas Strachan Shield.
Semi-finals are sceduled for Saturday the 8th June, and the finals a week later on the 15th June, probably at Loftus Versfeld.
The winner here takes the coveted Carlton Cup home.
Promotion/Relegation games will be played after the Predator Competition has ended.
Each club must again field 5 teams - First, Second, Third. u.21 and u.19. All five these games will take place on one single day, and not be spread over a few days like in the past. Clubs will set the times for their games.
The Carlton and Predator Competitions will not tolerate clubs whose teams withdraw or don't turn up. They will either be fined or league points deducted or both.
After the Carlton Cup the teams will join the Lions, Valke and Leopards in the tougher Predator Competition.
According to the final standings on the Carlton log Bulls (read Carlton) 1 (first) and 2 (second teams) will participate in Predator 1. Bulls 3 (third) and 4 (fourth teams) in Predator 2. Predator 1 and Predator 2 start 20 July 2013.
Fixtures for 20 APRIL SATURDAY 4pm (16h00)
Naka Bulls vs Centurion (Naka Bulls)
Harlequins vs TUT (Groenkloof)
Oostelike Eagles vs Tuks (Tuks Groenkloof Rugby Field NKP)
Police vs Silver Valke (Police College)
The rest of the fixtures:
SATURDAY, 27 APRIL 2013
Centurion vs Tuks
Silver Valke vs Oostelike Eagles
TUT vs Naka Bulls
Harlequin vs Police
SATURDAY, 04 MAY 2013
Tuks vs Silver Valke
Centurion vs TUT
Oostelike Eagles vs Harlequin
Naka Bulls vs Police
SATURDAY, 11 MAY 2013
TUT vs Tuks
Harlequin vs Silver Valke
Police vs Centurion
Naka Bulls vs Oostelike Eagles
SATURDAY, 18 MAY 2013
Tuks vs Harlequin
TUT vs Police
Silver Valke vs Naka Bulls
Centurion vs Oostelike Eagles
SATURDAY, 25 MAY 2013
Police vs Tuks
Naka Bulls vs Harlequin
Oostelike Eagles vs TUT
Centurion vs Silver Valke
SATURDAY, 1 JUNE 2013
Tuks vs Naka Bulls
Police vs Oostelike Eagles
Harlequin vs Centurion
Silver Valke vs TUT
SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2013. Carlton Semi-Final
1 vs 4 en 3 vs 4.
SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2013. Carlton Final