David Butt Memorial Trophy

DAVID BUTT MEMORIAL TROPHY 

Welcome to the inaugural playing of the ‘David Butt Memorial Trophy’ – David was the chair of the DRFU before his untimely death during the recent season. 

The competition attempts to give extra fixtures with minimal travelling to the level nine and 10 clubs season and provide an incentive at the beginning of the season to play.

The competition will finish before the start of the RFU leagues in November and should ensure clubs are fully prepared for their division. 

We are fortunate that the DRFU have agreed to provide the sponsorship for this first season ONLY to help ensure the competition gets under way. 

-                     each club that plays ALL six group games will receive £100 in kit vouchers (Kitworld Ltd) when the pools are completed

-                     a trophy will be purchased along with medals for the final teams

-                     the final will be held at a neutral venue 

SEMI-FINALS – October, 15, 2016 

The draw has taken place by Treve Mitchell (DRU chair) and has resulted in:- 

GROUP EAST v GROUP NORTH        

GROUP SOUTH v GROUP WEST 

FINAL – OCTOBER 23  

It will be played at BARNSTAPLE RFC – David Butt’s home club (kick-off 2.30pm), with a sit down meal for both teams, officials and family of David Butt after the match at 5pm.

PLAYING CONDITIONS 

PLAYERS

-      must be registered as a member of the club

-      must not have played for a higher league club (L 5/6/7/8) during the current season

-      can only play for one club in the competition 

GROUP GAMES

-                     each game will last 80 minutes with no extra time

-                     there will be 4 points for a win – 2 points each for a draw

-                     1 bonus point for 4 or more tries

-                     1 bonus point for losing by 7 or less points

-                     If game is abandoned after 60 minutes – score stands unless there is a discipline matter to be pursued

-                     If abandoned before 60 minutes a replay unless there are discipline matters 

GROUP POINTS

-                     If clubs are equal at the end of Group stage – points differential will determine status

-                     If still equal – results between clubs will determine

-                     If still equal – most tries and then toss of a coin 

SEMI - FINAL

-                     If a draw after 80 minutes then 10 minutes each way extra time

-                     if still a draw – then the following will apply – MOST TRIES – MOST CONVERSIONS – AWAY SIDE 

FINAL

-                     If still a draw after extra time – TROPHY SHARED 

 

REFEREES

-                     to be appointed by the appropriate Referee Society (Devon / Plymouth)

-                     T3 to be appointed for the semi-finals / final 

REPLACEMENTS

-                     each team can have up to 5 replacements of which 2 should be available to play in the front row

-                     up to 10 inter-changes are allowed 

COLOURS

-                     if there is a clash then the AWAY side will change 

RESULTS

-                     the result of the games should be with the Organiser TERRY FRIEND either by telephone (01752 898759) or preferably EMAIL (trf@fclnet.com ) – within 24 hours

Once all the results are in they will be posted HERE.

DISPUTES

         All objections regarding alleged breaches of the regulations must reach the competitions administrator not later than five days after the end of the match in question and must be in writing from the secretary/chairman accompanied by an administration fee of £50 made payable to the Devon Rugby Football Union Ltd. This fee will be returned if the objection is upheld.

Unfortunately, Ilfracombe have withdrawn from the competition, so Group A will only have three teams.

St Columba/Torpoint have withdrawn from Group D.