PREMIERSHIP winning Wingham Warriors coach John Bevitt said a knockout-style competition involving clubs from Football Mid North Coast's southern and northern competitions should be implemented.
Bevitt was commenting on an article that appeared in the Manning River Times on Wednesday, September 15 where FMNC chairman Mike Parsons said the zone hopes to start a Zone Premier League (ZPL) in 2022. This would be for clubs currently involved in the northern and southern leagues.
Here Mr Parsons also suggested a knockout competition was another idea under consideration.
"A knockout competition should go ahead regardless of the outcome of the Zone Premier League,'' Bevitt said.
"We have been pushing for North vs South end-of-season knockout competition for a number of years. We approached Camden Haven this year to try and make it happen after our competition was cut short.''
Wingham won this year's Southern League premiership, with Camden Haven the Northern League champions. He said any decision regarding a ZPL would be left to the playing group. FMC first proposed a ZPL for the 2020 season, however, despite promising early signs, the plan was dropped through a lack of nominations. Wingham was one of seven clubs that originally nominated, however, the delayed start of the season saw other clubs withdraw.
"The Wingham committee and coaching staff will have an input to the outcome although day's end our players is where our interest lies and their decision will determine the outcome,'' Bevitt said.
"In the past 18 years Wingham Warriors club has adopted its own football philosophy and created a club culture and playing style, using similar coaching techniques across all competitive teams.
"This has rewarded the club with success, but more importantly made our players realise there is no better feeling than making our club the best it can be and achieving goals where they started their grass roots football.
"Before this we were just a nursery for premier league clubs.
"We now have senior players coaching their own children so the culture progresses on. Our current 13s, 15s and 17s will take our club to higher levels, as they want this to happen at their club.''
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