SEASON 2020 – V3
We are writing to update you on the short to medium-term futures of the Coastal Premier League (CPL) and how they affect you.
Based on what we have seen this year, the long-term future for CPL is good. There will however be some short to medium term changes this year.
Today we announced that due to further New South Wales Government COVID-safety requirements, the competition would conclude early and then take a new form for the rest of the season.
The CPL at present involves ten teams from the Coffs Harbour area, Taree, Kempsey and Port Macquarie. The NSW Government on Monday announced that community sport could not occur between zones of major regional areas for the next six weeks, at a minimum. As a result, teams from the north can no longer play teams from the south, and vice versa.
As a result of the New South Wales Government changes:
- Six more matches will occur over the next week, and the team placed highest on the table after this will be Premier or Premiership winner of the inaugural Coastal Premier League.
- One match will occur tonight, Wednesday 19 August 2020, in Coffs Harbour; four matches will happen this Saturday in Coffs, Kempsey and Port Macquarie, and one match will occur next week in Kempsey.
- After these six matches, all teams will have played each other once in the CPL, enabling the declaration of a winner.
- Four teams, technically, are still in the running to win the inaugural competition: Port Saints, Coffs United, Boambee and Macleay Valley Rangers.
Your club will be in touch with details of these matches. The matches to be played are:
- Wednesday, 19 August 2020, Coffs Coast Tigers vs Macleay Valley Rangers
- Saturday, 22 August 2020, Northern Storm vs Coffs City United
- Saturday, 22 August 2020, Sawtell v Boambee
- Saturday, 22 August 2020, Port Saints vs Port United
- Saturday, 22 August 2020, Kempsey Saints vs Taree Wildcats
- TBA w/c 24 August 2020, Kempsey Saints vs Macleay Valley Rangers
After these matches have competed the north and south will split into two conferences for the remainder of the season. In the north, the five teams will play each other; in the south, the five teams will play each other, in respective competitions. At the end of each conference, the team placed highest on the ladder will be declared the Premier in their respective conference.
The new conference competitions will commence on Saturday, 29 August 2020, and conclude by Saturday, 17 October 2020. This schedule will allow for up to ten rounds of football. Further refinements to both conference competitions will be made in the next week. Draws will be released soon after.
Today’s announcement marks the third change to the inaugural season of the CPL. Despite the changes, participants will receive their full allotment of regular-season matches as designed before the COVID-19 pandemic became an issue.
It has been an incredible birth year for the CPL. Less than two months into the season, we’re now at version three of what we envisaged at the start of the season. It is unprecedented.
We are full of praise for clubs, players, coaches, managers and volunteers for sticking with the competition and working with us to keep things going this year.
The feedback received from clubs and players has been great. We hear you’re enjoying the inter-region competition and the higher standard of football week-in, week-out.
The good news is that we will have that high standard for the rest of the season, comply with government requirements and conduct football in a COVID-safe manner.
Just on COVID-safety compliance, you should have received an email today from Northern NSW Football on this matter. If you missed it, here it is Link.
Thanks again for your support. Ourselves and your clubs will be in touch when we refine the conference system over the next week.
We look forward to seeing you on the pitch. Thank you again for your support of football.
Bruce Potter, General Manager, Football Mid-North Coast
Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football