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NNSWF to seek Standing Committee feedback on Premier Competition completion

July 7th, 2022

Northern NSW Football will host a joint meeting of its Premier Competitions Standing Committees next week to seek feedback on completing its 2022 Premier Competitions.

The NPL Men’s NNSW, NPL Women’s NNSW and HIT106.9 Northern League One competitions are running out of time to complete their regular seasons due to a backlog of rescheduled fixtures caused by consistent wet weather throughout the year.

The wet weather across the Hunter region over the last week could have a lasting impact on the remainder of the campaign as pitches struggle to deal with the volume of rain this season.

On top of the numerous actions already implemented throughout the season, NNSWF have been working on potential options for all levels of premier football. NNSWF will present these options at the online meeting on Wednesday 13 July and seek feedback from its clubs through their relevant standing committees to ascertain the best way forward to complete the season.

NNSWF General Manager Football Operations Liam Bentley said he was hopeful of a positive outcome.

“We understand the effect this weather is having on club volunteers and we are seeking to try and provide a bit more certainty and a forward notice of matches that won’t be played to assist with planning,” Bentley said.

“Obviously everyone across the Premier Competitions is frustrated by the wet weather this season, especially on the back of two seasons interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that frustration because we feel it to. At the end of the day we want football to be played safely.

“By meeting with our standing committees and exploring the on ground impacts of our potential options, we will be able to make the best decisions for Premier Football in our region and find the most suitable and realistic way forward out of these unprecedented times.”

NNSWF is also aware that the recent rain may have longer term impacts for pitches which may see them unusable for a number of weeks. As a result, clubs have been asked to provide feedback on their grounds to NNSWF for the remainder of the season.

A number of venues have already been washed out across the Premier Competitions this weekend. These include:

NPL Men’s NNSW Senior round 18
Macquarie Field – Lake Macquarie City v Cooks Hill United
Darling Street Oval – Newcastle Olympic v Lambton Jaffas
Magic Park – Broadmeadow Magic v Maitland FC (First grade and reserve grade matches postponed. Under-18s moved to Myer Park pending pitch inspection)

Lisle Carr Oval* – Charlestown Azzurri v Adamstown Rosebud (First grade on. Reserve grade postponed. Under-18s cancelled)

CB Complex* – Valentine FC v Weston Workers FC (Venue swap – all matches to be played at Rockwell Automation Park)

NPL Boys NNSW Youth round 18
Macquarie Field – Lake Macquarie City v Maitland FC
Rockwell Automation Park – Weston Workers FC v Mid Coast FC
Darling Street Oval – Newcastle Olympic v Charlestown Azzurri (Potential venue swap to Allen Davis Field being explored pending pitch inspection)

Cahill Oval* – Valentine FC v Cooks Hill United (Pending pitch inspection)
Magic Park* – Broadmeadow Magic v Adamstown Rosebud (Moved to Myer Park pending pitch inspection)

HIT106.9 Northern League One Senior round 15
Alder Park – New Lambton FC v Singleton Strikers
The Gardens – Wallsend FC v West Wallsend SFC
Turner Park – Cessnock City FC v Belmont Swansea United

Thornton Park* – Thornton FC v South Cardiff FC (Pending pitch inspection)

Lyall Peacock Field* – Toronto Awaba FC v Kahibah FC (First grade and reserve grade moved to Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Monday 11 July. Under-18s cancelled)

HIT106.9 Northern League One Youth rounds 12, 14
Alder Park – New Lambton FC v Cessnock City FC
Johnston Park – West Wallsend SFC v Cessnock City FC
Lyall Peacock Field – Toronto Awaba FC v Thornton FC
The Gardens – Wallsend FC v Thornton FC

Blacksmiths Oval* – Belmont Swansea United v Thornton FC (Pending pitch inspection)
Ulinga Oval* – South Cardiff FC v Kahibah FC (Pending pitch inspection)

Matches not listed are on at this stage.

There are no NPL Women’s NNSW competition matches this weekend due to the Women’s State Cup being played at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility from Friday to Sunday.

NNSWF will communicate the outcome of the standing committee meeting and its final decision on completing the season in due course.

Updated: 8/7/22 at 6.56pm
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