League Notes: Rugby Football League To Investigate Castleford-Widnes Match
The Rugby Football League is to "investigate after fans ran onto the pitch following Castleford's Challenge Cup semi-final win over Widnes." Police and stewards "had to intervene to stop spectators from the Widnes section at the Leigh Sports Village" (BBC, 8/11). ... The possible scrapping of the U20 National Youth Competiton would "impact heavily on the ability of clubs to convince New Zealand schoolboy rugby union stars" to switch codes. While some within the game "believe the Holden Cup is too expensive and does not provide the best development pathway to the NRL, the profile of the competition has been a valuable recruitment tool" for luring young rugby union players to the Warriors and Australian-based clubs (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/11). ... Cricket participation numbers in South Australia have "skyrocketed to almost 100,000 on the back of Australia's spectacular Ashes success." National Cricket Census figures released on Monday showed 95,541 South Australians "play the sport making it the most played game in the state." The numbers represent 12% growth in the past year and 33% growth in the past four years, "with school and women’s cricket driving the boom" (SUNDAY MAIL, 8/11). ... The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has "struck a deal that will see the return of the National Sports Lottery, which ceased operation three years ago" (PHNOM PENH POST, 8/11). ... Japan's Central and Pacific leagues agreed on Monday to switch to an 18-game interleague format from the Nippon Professional Baseball league's '15 season. The representatives for the 12 teams adopted the change from 24 games to 18 as the "Pacific League clubs gave in to the Central League demands for a shorter interleague season" (KYODO, 8/11).