Coastal Premier League (CPL) today released details of the revised second half of the season where the competition will split into north and south conferences.
The competition was due to conclude in mid-October with ten teams between Taree, and the Coffs Harbour are competing against each other over 18 rounds of competition. The NSW Government last week announced inter-regional sports competition is suspended for a minimum of six weeks. In response, CPL split the competition into two conferences – a northern conference involving teams from the Coffs Harbour area and a southern conference involving teams from Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Taree. Teams will play within their conferences for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Declaration of the Premiership winner
Up until last Saturday, nine matches had been played in CPL, meaning all teams had played each other once. Coffs City United was on top of the first and reserve grade ladders after Saturday’s matches and was declared Premier of the inaugural season in both divisions. The trophies for both will be presented to Coffs City at its next home match, which is on Saturday afternoon. A video interview with United’s coach, Glen Williams, is here: Link. The final tables for this part of the season are here:
CPL north conference
The CPL Northern Conference involves six teams: Boambee, Coffs City United, Coffs Coast Tigers, Northern Storm, Sawtell and North Coast. The Reserve Grade competition will have five teams.
The North Coast side is the North Coast Football Under 16’s National Premier League Youth side. It is participating in first grade as a development opportunity and to ensure there are no byes for the other five teams. With the NSW Government COVID-safety changes, the NPL side’s involvement in the northern NSW competition was suspended.
The competition commences on 29 August 2020 and runs for ten rounds over seven weeks (including three mid-week rounds). From this, a Premier (as in Premiership winner) will result.
A grand final will be held on Saturday, 17 October 2020 where the first-placed team plays the second-placed team. The winner of the Grand Final is declared the champion.
The First-Grade draw for the first round on Saturday, 29 August 2020, is:
- Boambee v Coast Tigers
- Northern Storm v North Coast
- Coffs City United v Sawtell
The full draw is published here: Link
CPL south conference
The CPL Northern Conference involves five teams: Kempsey Saints, Macleay Valley Rangers, Port Saints, Port United and Taree Wildcats.
The competition commences on 29 August 2020, and further details will be released this week by Football Mid-North Coast.
The draw for the first round is:
- Taree v Port Saints – Taree Zone Field
- Macleay Valley Rangers v Port United – Optus Park (Dangar Street)
- Bye – Kempsey Saints
Conduct of competition
The NSW Government has stipulated that only essential people should attend football matches. This means attendance at matches is limited to players, match officials and necessary volunteers. The children of these people are permitted to attend where minding responsibilities necessitate. Recreational or leisure spectators are not allowed.
Comments attributable to
- South: Bruce Potter, General Manager, Football Mid-North Coast
- North: Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football
“The season started with new rivalries and will end with some old rivalries.
“The clubs enjoyed travelling and playing against new opponents in the first half of the season.
“They’re looking forward to continuing and getting in a full season of matches.
“Despite its difficulties, things have worked out well this year, and we’re looking forward to getting the two regions back together in one competition in 2021.