South Premier

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South Premier
Current season or competition:
2013 South Premier season
Sport Rugby league football
Formerly known as Rugby League Conference South Premier Division
Instituted 2012
Country  England
Champions South London Chargers (2013)
Related competition London League, London & South East Men's League

The South Premier, also known as the London Premier, is a division in rugby league's tier 4. It was the highest level of amateur rugby league in the South of England until the creation in 2013 of Conference League South. It was first contested in 2005 as the South Premier division of the Rugby League Conference but is currently a standalone league run by London Rugby League.

Many of the clubs run juniors in the London Junior League.

History[edit]

The Rugby League Conference was born in 1997 as the Southern Conference.

The Premier Division was set up in 2005 for teams who had achieved a certain playing standard and where able to travel further afield to find stronger opposition. The new Premier Divisions included the North Premier, the South Premier, the Central Premier and the Welsh Premier.

Prior to the 2005 season National League Three side South London Storm announced that they were joining the South Premier; the other founder members came from the Conference regional divisions.

After the 2006 season with other teams withdrawing from National League Three, St Albans Centurions also decided to join the Premier South.

In 2012 it became a standalone league and St Albans Centurions returned to playing nationally in National Conference League division three

Community game pyramid[edit]

Above the London Premier is the Conference League South and the National Conference League. Below is the London, South East and East Entrance League.

2013 Structure[edit]

Club Founded Location RLC Honours
Eastern Rhinos 1992 Colchester, Essex Eastern Division: 1999, 2001
Elmbridge Eagles 1985 Elmbridge, Surrey RLC London & South Division: 2005, 2011
RLC Regional: 2011
Hammersmith Hills Hoists 2008 Hammersmith, London
Hemel Stags A 1981 Hemel Hempstead
London Skolars A 1995 Wood Green, Haringey Harry Jepson Trophy: 1997
Eastern Division: 1997
RLC Challenge Cup: 2004
South West London Chargers 2013 Clapham Common

Teams play each other on a home-and-away basis. Each Premier division then has its own play-off series to determine the champion with the five divisional winners entering the national play-offs. The winner of the national play-offs is awarded the Harry Jepson Trophy.

  • NB: West London Sharks & South London Storm merged to form South West London Chargers

Past League Standings[edit]

Teams 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Hullcolours.svg Bedford Tigers x x x x 6th x x x x
Canterbury colours.svg Eastern Rhinos 3rd 2nd 5th 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th
Canberra colours.svg Elmbridge Eagles 2 x 5th 6th 7th 9th x x 5th 6th
Balmain colours.svg Essex Eels x DNF x x x x x x x
Parramatta colours.svg Greenwich Admirals 6th x x x x x x x x
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Hainault Bulldogs x x x x 8th 6th DNF x x
Hammersmith Hills Hoists x x x x x 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Hemel Stags A x x x x x x x x 5th
Canberra colours.svg Kent Ravens x x 7th DNF x x x x x
Western Suburbs colours.svg London Skolars A 3 4th 4th 3rd 6th 7th 8th 5th5 1st 3rd
Brisbane colours.svg Luton Vipers 5th DNF x x x x x x x
Canterbury colours.svg Portsmouth Navy Seahawks x x x 5th 5th 7th x x x
Parramatta colours.svg St Albans Centurions x x 1st 4th 3rd 1st 2nd x x
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg South London Storm 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 5th 6th 4th x
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg South West London Chargers4 x x x x x x x x 2nd
Brisbane colours.svg West London Sharks 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th DNF x
  • 1 competed as Ipswich Rhinos between 2005 and 2009
  • 2 competed as Kingston Warriors between 2005 and 2007 and Elmbridge in 2008.
  • 3 competed as Haringey Hornets in 2006
  • 4 a merger of South London Storm and West London Sharks
  • 5 midseason replacements for Hainault Bulldogs

Key[edit]

DNF Did not complete the season
x Did not participate
Divisional winner
Qualified for divisional play-off
Finished bottom

Grand Finals[edit]

Year Winner Defeated Score Venue
2005 South London Storm West London Sharks 24–8 Storm Park
2006 South London Storm Ipswich Rhinos 52–10 Storm Park
2007 St Albans Centurions South London Storm 18–10 Twickenham Stoop
2008 West London Sharks South London Storm 24–20 Grasshoppers RFC
2009 West London Sharks South London Storm 26–16 Storm Park
2010 St Albans Centurions West London Sharks 54–4 Cotlandswick
2011 Hammersmith Hills Hoists St Albans Centurions 18-16 Hemel Hempstead
2012 Hammersmith Hills Hoists Eastern Rhinos 46-8
2013 South West London Chargers Hammersmith Hills Hoists 20-10

Titles[edit]

  • Hammersmith Hill Hoists: 2
  • South London Storm: 2
  • St Albans Centurions: 2
  • West London Sharks: 2
  • South West London Chargers: 1

London Cup[edit]

  • 2013: South West London Chargers

National Play-offs[edit]

Year Team Opponent Result Game Venue
2005 South London Storm Bridgend Blue Bulls 18–34 National Semi-final Cheltenham
2006 South London Storm Bridgend Blue Bulls 32–12 National Semi-final Hemel
2006 South London Storm East Lancs Lions 30–0 Grand Final Coventry
2007 St Albans Centurions Bridgend Blue Bulls 42–16 National Semi-final
2007 St Albans Centurions Coventry Bears 28–20 Grand Final
2008 West London Sharks Valley Cougars 32–30 National Semi-final
2008 West London Sharks Nottingham Outlaws 8–28 Grand Final Derby

See also[edit]

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