Women’s football recreational league is ready to launch

Llanfairfechan (stripes) and Connah’s Quay in action in the Kinmel Bay round-robin tournament. Picture: Barry Griffiths kinmelbayfc.com

It’s ready to go – a new competition set to become a major asset to the promotion of women’s football in North Wales.

The North Wales Ladies Recreational Football League kicks off in October and will comprise 12 teams – six in both Group West and Group East.

Group West will comprise: Bethesda Athletic, Eglwysbach Queen Bees, Llanfairfechan Town, Mochdre Lionesses, Penrhyn Bay Panthers, Trearddur Bay.

And Group East will be made up of: Connah’s Quay Nomads, Dragonhearts, Henllan Hurricanes, Kinmel Bay, Llysfaen Lionesses, Pentre Hawks.

Each team plays one another home and away on mutually-agreed dates through October, November, January, February, March, April and May.

The top two in each group will progress to a gold semi-final, third and fourth meet in a silver semi and fifth and sixth play out a bronze semi.

The highest-ranked team plays at home against the lower-placed opponent in the opposite group.

Organiser Craig Richards has devised the following fixture list…..

Group WEST

Fixture 1 October
Trearddur Bay v Mochdre
Bees v Llanfairfechan
Bethesda v Penrhyn Bay

Fixture 2 October/ November
Llanfairfechan v Trearddur Bay
Penrhyn Bay v Mochdre
Bethesda v Bees

Fixture 3 November
Trearddur Bay v Penrhyn Bay
Llanfairfechan v Bethesda
Mochdre v Bees

Fixture 4 January
Bethesda v Trearddur Bay
Bees v Penrhyn Bay
Mochdre v Llanfairfechan

Fixture 5 February
Trearddur Bay v Bees
Bethesda v Mochdre
Penrhyn Bay v Llanfairfechan

Fixture 6 March
Mochdre v Trearddur Bay
Llanfairfechan v Bees
Penrhyn Bay v Bethesda

Fixture 7 March
Trearddur Bay v Llanfairfechan
Mochdre v Penrhyn Bay
Bees v Bethesda

Fixture 8 April
Penrhyn Bay v Trearddur Bay
Bethesda v Llanfairfechan
Bees v Mochdre

Fixture 9 April
Trearddur Bay v Bethesda
Penrhyn Bay v Bees
Llanfairfechan v Mochdre

Fixture 10 May
Bees v Trearddur Bay
Mochdre v Bethesda
Llanfairfechan v Penrhyn Bay

Group EAST

Fixture 1 October
Pentre Hawks v DragonHearts
Henllan v Connah’s Quay Nomads
Kinmel Bay v Llysfaen

Fixture 2 October/November
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Pentre Hawks
Llysfaen v DragonHearts
Kinmel Bay v Henllan

Fixture 3 November
Pentre Hawks v Llysfaen
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Kinmel Bay
DragonHearts v Henllan

Fixture 4 January
Kinmel Bay v Pentre Hawks
Henllan v Llysfaen
DragonHearts v Connah’s Quay Nomads

Fixture 5 February
Pentre Hawks v Henllan
Kinmel Bay v DragonHearts
Llysfaen v Connah’s Quay Nomads

Fixture 6 March
DragonHearts v Pentre Hawks
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Henllan
Llysfaen v Kinmel Bay

Fixture 7 March
Pentre Hawks v Connah’s Quay Nomads
DragonHearts v Llysfaen
Henllan v Kinmel Bay

Fixture 8 April
Llysfaen v Pentre Hawks
Kinmel Bay v Connah’s Quay Nomads
Henllan v DragonHearts

Fixture 9 April
Pentre Hawks v Kinmel Bay
Llysfaen v Henllan
Connah’s Quay Nomads v DragonHearts

Fixture 10 May
Henllan v Pentre Hawks
DragonHearts v Kinmel Bay
Connah’s Quay Nomads v Llysfaen

Round-Robin Tournament

Tournament winners Kinmel Bay (light blue) in action. Picture: Barry Griffiths kinmelbayfc.com

As a taster for the new league, a round-robin tournament took place in Kinmel Bay on Sunday, September 22.
Nine teams played with over 80 ladies taking part in matches.
Every side managed a win and Kinmel Bay topped the end table which looked like this:
Kinmel Bay: Played 8 Won 4 Drew 4 Lost 0 Pts 16
Denbigh Town: P 8 W 4 D 3 L 1 Pts 15
Connah’s Quay: P 8 W 3 D 5 L 0 Pts 14
Dragonhearts: P 8 W 3 D 2 L 3 Pts 11
Mochdre: P 8 W 2 D 4 L 2 Pts 10
Eglwysbach: P 8 W 1 D 3 L 4 Pts 6
Llanfairfechan: P 8 W 1 D 2 L 5 Pts 5
Llysfaen: P 8 W 1 D 2 L 5 Pts 5

What Is Ladies Recreational Football ? The NWLRFL explains……

Recreational football is aimed at ladies with no prior experience, or for those who haven’t played for a while; for people who can’t commit because of work or family, having had children, or for those who find it hard because of injury, or have had time out from their sport.
Or for ladies who simply want to keep fit, to meet people and to have fun.
If you’ve wondered what it’s like to play having watched your own children, or listened to how your own grandchildren, nieces or aunties enjoy playing, or just coming back from Injury or just tempted to get back into football, then get involved.
We are trying to keep football inclusive with no preconceived ideas or expectations. Just turn up with a smile on your face and play.
We aim to keep people involved with playing 5,6,7,8 or 9 a side according to interest.

Basically the league is to keep it interesting. Teams love to train but for some the actual playing other teams and meeting people from other teams is all it is about. Being a social event not just a game of football.
The local clubs in the area all play each other a fair few times a season in friendlies anyway – it was just to give a reason to the friendlies.
In recent years the ladies recreational game has grown but officially there has been no league in North Wales so clubs have had to travel to Cheshire for matches.
This was due to lack of clubs .
Three clubs: Penrhyn Bay Panthers, Mochdre Lionesses and DragonHearts have all been taking part in games down that way.

Basically everyone is very busy these days so to give out a fixture to clubs every week is not achievable for most people, especially busy mums, aunties, daughters or even grandmothers in some cases.
So we are handing the power over to the clubs.
What will happen is a club will be given a fixtures list (one or 2 fixtures a month). This will say if the club are home or away; it is then up to them to come up with a date and time that both opponents can raise a team for.
The matches are flexible with roll on and off subs so the game does not have to stop.
The games must be played as 3 x 20 minutes on grass, but for financial reasons 3 x 15 minutes on the winter pitches so games fit into one hour of playing time. The home team pays the pitch fee and the league will make sure the fixtures are fair so everyone is paying roughly the same out on pitches .
Team size must be at least 6 a side but again it is up to the 2 teams. We all want as many players out there as possible but also to leave a team a sub in case of tiredness or injury ,
Teams may choose 6, 7, 8 or 9 a side on the day.
The home team must also supply the ref.

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