The Winter Leagues are now reaching the halfway stage, with most teams having played almost all of their first half fixtures. Here is a quick update on the latest position in each division.
Men's Premier: Northern 1 are neck-and-neck with reigning champions Tynemouth 1, with both teams having 113 points and only one defeat from 7 matches. Westoe 1 have slipped out of the reckoning after three defeats, but Newcastle University 1B could put pressure back on the leaders with victories in their remaining first-half fixtures against Northern 1 (2nd December) and Northumberland 1 (16th December). Northern 2 and Tynemouth 2 remain adrift at the bottom but one of these teams will collect their first win of the season in their head-to-head clash on 7th December.
Division 1: Northumberland 2 are clear at the top with 7 straight wins but Benwell Hill (who suffered their first defeat at the hands of Newbiggin 1) could close on Northumberland in their top-of-the-table clash on 2nd December. Primrose 1 in third are waiting for any slip-ups. Tynemouth 3 and Northern 3 foot the table below Westoe 2.
Division 2: Four teams are vying for top spot at halfway - Primrose 2, Northumberland 3, Boldon 1 and Hexham 1. Primrose and Boldon play each other on 29th November, and Hexham have the three bottom teams still to play so look to be the strongest contenders at this stage. At the other end, once again it's the Tynemouth and Northern teams who are adrift.
Division 3: Sunderland 3 remain unbeaten but have dropped points and Consett 1 lead the table with Eldon 2 also looking strong. Sunderland still have both these teams to play before halfway with David Lloyd Sunderland in a good position should any of these teams falter. In a familiar pattern, Tynemouth 5 foot the table with Westoe 3 hoping to close the gap on Newbiggin 2 with a victory over Tynemouth on 11th December.
Division 4: Boldon 2 lead the table ahead of Northern 5 and Boldon 3 but the table is difficult to interpret as a number of teams have several matches in hand at this point. Eldon 3, Ashington and Sunderland 4 are the most likely to be battling it out at the bottom.
Division 5: Northern Juniors look the most likely to hold top spot at halfway, followed by Newcastle University 3 and Tynemouth Social. 2nd-bottom Alnwick make their long-distance journey to bottom team Consett 3 on 9th December in their battle to avoid the wooden spoon.
Ladies League: Northern Ladies 1 lead the table with 7 straight wins but have a tricky final fixture on 30th November at rivals Northumberland Ladies, with Newcastle University Ladies looking to move into second place at halfway. The top 5 teams stay in Division 1 for the second half, and Tynemouth Ladies 1 should be safe once they have played their matches in hand, so 5th spot looks as if it will be a three-way fight between Northern Ladies 2 and Northumbria University Ladies (who play each other on 30th November in their final match of the half) and Tynemouth Ladies 2, who still have three matches remaining including two against the bottom two teams. Only one of these three teams will stay up, consigning the other two to join Northern Ladies 3 and Primrose Ladies in Division 2 for the second half.