Player influx on the cards

NORTH Coast Football clubs will need all hands on deck tomorrow as they prepare for another influx of players on the final registration day.

It could be a case of many players missing out, as the deadline for player registrations and team entries approaches.

While some late registrations can still be received until the end of June, clubs must nominate which teams they will enter by Monday. That makes this weekend’s final day of registrations crucial.

North Coast operations manager Bob Harris is preparing for a busy day.

“This is a most difficult time of the year for our clubs, as it often requires a fair bit of crystal ball gazing,” he said.

“Clubs can’t register a team without actually having enough players at the time of nomination.

"This means that some of our clubs are forced to make an educated guess as to how many players they can recruit.

"Sadly, many players leave it up to the last minute to register and this makes it very difficult for our clubs.”

With more than 250 teams expected to be entered for the 2011

season, Harris said North Coast was determined to ensure teams were not withdrawn due to lack of players after they had been entered, because this postponed the development of the draw.

This season North Coast administration will be using a new Football Management Software system, which requires all club information, field allocations, kick-off times, team names and game durations being entered before the draw can be compiled.

It is estimated work will continue on the draw for most of March, so February 28 has been declared the cut-off date for entries.

There are many exciting competitions open to players who register with any one of 23 local North Coast clubs.

The showcase events are the First Division for men and women and the State Youth League for junior representative players.

All clubs are also eligible to enter their top team in the Northern New South Wales Solo Cup, which is a knockout tournament involving teams from Newcastle to the Queensland border and out to Tamworth.

This tournament starts at BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour on March 26.

Junior players up to 17 years of age do not have to player in the senior competition now that a colts (17 years) competition has been made available.

Many juniors who might be eligible to play in the senior ranks (from 15 upwards) would prefer to remain in juniors until they turn 18.

A competition will be provided for them, as long as there are enough teams nominated.

Apart from those divisions mentioned, there are competitions available to all, whether they be six-year-olds learning the game from scratch or over 35s lathering themselves in liniment.

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