It has been drawn to the Match Organiser’s attention that, in response to a question from Mike Hardman at the last AGM, the Secretary and the Match Organiser both gave the opinion that the losing teams from the preliminary round of the KO would progress to the Plate. This off the cuff reply was wrong and the rules clearly state that the Plate will be contested by the losing teams from the first round proper. This is intended to avoid the byes which have spoilt the competition in the past.
The Match Organiser offers his apologies for the incorrect information provided. Members are free, of course, to bring proposals to the AGM if they wish.