This season, the competition has been remodelled, with a modified handicapping method being tried. 


The Handicap Cup Qualification Round (w/c 7 November) will involve all teams, seeded 1 to 36, based on league positions (from the top of division 1 to the bottom of division 3) at the time the draw is made. The matches will consist of 1 v 19 / 2 v 20 / 3 v 21 / 4 v 22 / 5 v 23 / 6 v 24 / 7 v 25 / 8 v 26 / 9 v 27 / 10 v 28 / 11 v 29 / 12 v 30 / 13 v 31 / 14 v 32 / 15 v 33 / 16 v 34 / 17 v 35 / 18 v 36. A draw will be performed to determine home and away for each fixture. The lesser ranked team will receive 193.5 points (18 league positions x 10.75) handicap in ALL matches – except see below.


The draw for this round will be based on the league tables after the w/c 24 October round of matches.


Next, the Handicap Cup Preliminary Round (w/c 28 November) will involve 4 of the winning teams from above drawn at random, except that a maximum 28 league position differential will be allowed. The handicap for the lower ranked team will be 10.75 per league position. Similarly, the Handicap ‘Plate’Preliminary Round will involve 4 of the losing teams from above drawn at random. The 4 losing teams from this round are eliminated. All the remaining teams from the qualification round – winners and losers – have byes. 


This leaves 16 winning teams and 16 losing teams to progress to the Handicap Cup First Round  and Handicap ‘Plate’ First Round (w/c 23 January), matches to be drawn at random, except with a maximum 28 league position differential, and a handicap for the lower ranked team of 10.75 points per league position.


Note that matches will be re-drawn as necessary in the event of venue clashes, and that handicaps may be adjusted as considered appropriate by the competition organisers, whose decision is final.




1.        Qualification to play is to be registered with a team in the league.

2.        Reserve players are allowed, but must comply with the regulations as at Rule 26 

3.                        Matches to be played over 9 sets of singles – there is NO DOUBLES – each set will be of 4 games, played to the normal 11 up or deuce finish.

4.        Matches and team handicaps will be confirmed prior to each round of the competition.

5.                        The winner is the team which scores the highest total points from    the sum of the points scored in all the games plus the team handicap. In the event of a tie - the away team is deemed the winner.

6.       Matches are to be played during the weeks designated on the home team's usual match night.

7.        Within 3 days, the WINNING TEAM to inform the Results Secretary of the match result.

8.        In the event of any issues, contact Steve Carnaby.

9.        If the results do not arrive on time, or in the event of a dispute, the Executive Committee will determine the outcome.


The draw for the preliminary round is as follows:-

Handicap Cup

Poolstock Pirates  398   v  Wigan Blades  381.25

LSG Crusaders  338  v  Wigan Phoenix   346


Handicap Plate

Standish C  338  v  Wigan Wanderers  353.25

LSG Dragons  397 v  Rainford Strike  379


The draws for the first round are as follows:-


Wigan Riverside     v  Wigan Fusion  conceded

Wigan Phoenix   451    v  LSG Saints  389

Poolstock Pirates  395    v  Wigan Ralfs  388

Wigan Piethons  396   v  Standish D  333

Heinz 57 Club  483   v  Wigan Eagles  400 

LSG Slayers 328   v  Standish B  347

Hindley St Peter's  339    v  Rainford Surge  358

LSG Scouts  369    v  Rainford Storm  398



Wigan Chasers 431   v  Wigan Wolves  349

Warrington Jets      v  Scousers  conceded

Wigan Wanderers     v  Rainford Saints  conceded

LSG Dragons  336   v  Rainford Smash 339

Wigan Royals  399    v  LSG Raiders  465

Rainford Spin  350   v  Standish A  391

Rainford Smile  386   v  Wigan Gordon  389 

LSG Knights  306    v  LSG Titans  383


Matches to be played in week commencing 23 January 2017


Second round matches


Heinz 57 Club 381  v   Rainford Surge  357

Wigan Riverside  256   v   Rainford Storm  373

Poolstock Pirates 367   v   Wigan Piethons  353

Wigan Phoenix   375   v   Standish B  392



Wigan Chasers  416   v   Warrington Jets  357

LSG Raiders  444  v   Rainford Smash  336

Wigan Gordon  463   v   Wigan Wanderers  382

LSG Titans  364   v   Standish A  394


Semi Finals


Heinz 57 Club  356     v  Standish B  334

Rainford Storm  378  v    Poolstock Pirates  356



LSG Raiders  445   v  Standish A  396

Wigan Chasers  384  v  Wigan Gordon  324


Cup Final

Rainford Storm 386  v  Heinz 57 Club  406



Plate Final

Wigan Chasers 391   v  LSG Raiders  351









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