Zone Premier League to start next year

Peter Falla was player of the match in Wingham's win over Hallidays Point in this season's Southern League grand final. Wingham has expressed an interest in playing in the Zone Premier League in 2020.
Peter Falla was player of the match in Wingham's win over Hallidays Point in this season's Southern League grand final. Wingham has expressed an interest in playing in the Zone Premier League in 2020.

Football Mid North Coast will soon call for nominations for the Zone Premier League to kick off in 2020.

The premier league will be a one senior grade competition open to all clubs in the zone, including Gloucester.

FMNC chairman Mike Parsons said the board has signed off on criteria for the premier league and is in the process of contacting member clubs.

Mr Parsons expects former FMNC premier league clubs Taree Wildcats, Tuncurry-Tuncurry, Camden Haven and Wauchope to apply for a place in the zone competition. These clubs didn't nominate to play in the Coastal Premier League (CPL).

The CPL is a 10 club, two grade competition taking in five clubs from Football Mid North Coast and five from North Coast Football.

This will kick off in 2020.

Mr Parsons is confident up to 10 clubs would nominate for the zone premier league, with the other places taken by teams currently playing in the zone's southern and northern leagues.

Twelve teams contested the Southern League this year including Gloucester.

Seven sides played in the Northern League A-grade this year.

"Anecdotally, there doesn't appear to be any negative comments about the premier league in either the northern or southern sections of our zone,'' Mr Parsons said.

"And I know both Camden Haven and Wauchope have both expressed an interest.''

Meanwhile the Football Mid North Coast will offer clubs a zone-wide under 18 competition next year.

Mr Parsons said teams in the 18s would be able to field five over age players.

He explained this is a way for clubs to introduce younger players into grade football while also being an avenue for some older players to stay in the game.

Mr Parsons said the older players could act as mentors for the juniors.

The zone is currently contacting clubs with details about the competition.

Gloucester's under 16s were grand finalists in the Football Mid North Coast Southern League competition this year.