WHILE in favour of the concept, some club officials believe there should be a change to the format for the promotion/relegation game in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League.
This matter was raised in last week's Inside Sport column, where it was suggested the teams involved in the match play a three-game series to determine the club to go into the premier league.
At the moment the match is played on premier league grand final day.
This means the incumbent club hasn't had a match in a month while the challenger goes into the clash fresh from playing in the finals series in either a northern or southern domestic competition.
Two promotion/relegation matches have been played with the challenger winning both times, although last year Wingham prevailed following a penalty shoot out, relegating Port Saints to the northern league.
Port will challenge Tuncurry-Forster for a spot in the 2014 premier league on September 21. Tuncurry-Forster's last game was on August 24.
Long serving Old Bar official Noel Lanagan believes a three game series is 'a bit extreme,' but agrees the layoff for the incumbent side is too long.
He stressed that these are his thoughts and not that of his club.
"This was discussed between the clubs at the last premier league meeting and all agreed it was not fair on the team running last to have to wait four weeks to play this game,'' he said
"Having said that there was no agreement reached on the format. There was also some discussion about a two year period being granted for the side coming in to allow them time to build up.''
Lanagan said he would like to see just the one match played the week straight after the final round and played at the home ground of the team that finishes last.
"This would mean a possible one week break in the local competition from where the team comes from, either north or south.
"However I believe this could be accounted for when the draw is done at the start of the year,'' he said.
"There is too much emphasis placed on the team already in premier league to have to make concessions and prove themselves, it should be the other way around. I also believe that the game should be played over 90 minutes and the team applying to get into PL should have to beat the other team in that time.
"In the case of a draw I'm of the opinion that the incumbent team stays in premier league.
"I'm not in favour of extra time or penalty shoot outs to determine the outcome of this game.''
Taree coach Josh Ferris agrees the match should be played the week after the premier league has finished. While believing a three game series would be too long, he thinks two matches would be possible, worked on the same manner of the Champions Trophy.
"I don't know how the logistics would work, it may mean a break in the local competition,'' he said.
"If two games were played one could be on the Saturday and the other on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.''
He questions why the league has to play the promotion/relegation game on grand final day, believing it may just be a way of getting more spectators to the day.
"We saw the game last year between Wingham and Port Saints and it was atrocious,'' he said.
"As it stands it's too hard to get the players in the team that finishes last to train for that extra month. It's hard enough to get them to train at the best of times, let alone for a game that's a month away.''
Meanwhile Taree are through to the premier league minor semi-final after thrashing Camden Haven 5-1 in the elimination match. The Wildcats will now meet Macleay Valley in the minor semi on Saturday, with Wallis Lake tackling Port United in the major semi.