Monarchs want play-off system to remain

John Campbell and Alex Harkess celebrate of the Monarchs celebrate their treble

John Campbell and Alex Harkess celebrate of the Monarchs celebrate their treble

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John Campbell is aiming to retain the Premier League play-off system.

Campbell, who has been at the helm of the Monarchs for 30 years and has led them to four championship crowns during his tenure, feels the play-off system generates excitement among supporters, citing Monarchs’ thrilling one-point win on aggregate over Somerset Rebels last month which clinched a historic trophy treble, and is against binning them.

He voted for their introduction and said: “After the nailbiting Grand Final against Somerset and the crowd we attracted to Armadale for the second leg, why would you want to throw that all away?

If the 42.05 points limit, which governs all sides for team building, is kept, then Monarchs, who are over the limit, will have to ditch some members of their title winning squad.

“Apart from Derek Sneddon who announced his retirement, everybody who rode for us this year have indicated they want to return,” said Campbell. “But we are determined to track a competitive side in a bid to 
retain all our trophies in 2015.”

One thing promoters will look at is running major finals deep into October, and the two extra fixtures all teams had to race to pacify those sides who didn’t make the play-off group stages looks odds-on to be dropped.