North Coast Football closer to scheduling resolution
NORTH Coast Football's scheduling debacle is a step closer to being finalised.
NCF has come under fire from clubs and officials for a perceived disorganisation this season with match details not released until 48 hours before kick off.
They have sought to rectify the problems, most of which revolved around club nominations and withdrawals, and have released half of the Club Coffs Premier League schedule.
But lower grades are still working on a week-to-week basis.
In what is a positive sign for the competition and its participants, NCF met with clubs earlier this week to sort out a competition structure for the rest of the season.
South Services Gunners president Shanon Tough said the Clubs Coffs Women's Premier League competition may be expanding to allow the clubs to play each other three times each.
"Instead of having a 14-round competition plus four 'no points' games they might be adding three games to the season," Tough said.
"The only problem is a few midweek games but we may be able to get them as our bye rounds because we're the only team in Grafton.
"It's win-win for us."
The other two Women's Premier League games may slot into a long weekend, with double headers for the Coffs Harbour-based teams also floated.
Tough said the meetings also covered the lower grades, with 2nd Division North set to stay a five-team competition.
He said the proposal was to add two extra games to the season, some of which may be midweek games, to give players the best value.
"Playing Grafton City on a Tuesday instead of training works better for us than playing a few games worth no points," Tough said.
"It wouldn't be worth risking players if there's no points up for grabs.
"Instead of playing a 12-game season with three byes we're stepping up to a 20-round comp where we play everyone four times.
"There's a lot more value for money."
South Services Sirens host Woolgoolga Wildcats at Rushforth Park today at 3pm.
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