North-south clash considered

Jackson Witts is one of three Taree players in the Football Mid North Coast Southern side to meet Newcastle this month. FMNC is will consider playing a north-south game annually.
Jackson Witts is one of three Taree players in the Football Mid North Coast Southern side to meet Newcastle this month. FMNC is will consider playing a north-south game annually.

FOOTBALL Mid North Coast will consider playing a north/south representative match annually – perhaps starting this year.

A FMNC north/south selection will again play the Newcastle Jets in a trial game in Port Macquarie on Tuesday July 17.

The two sides will have a half each against the Jets.

This was the format successfully used for the 2017 match.

Taree’s Rod Bartley will coach the southern team, selected from the Taree, Tuncurry-Forster, Wallis Lake and Camden Haven clubs.

FMNC chairman Mike Parsons believes a north/south game could be played annually without disrupting the competition.

He said the proposal has been discussed at board level.

“We’d play the game mid-week, probably using the Zone Field at Taree,’’ he said.

“I think it could become a highlight of the season and a bit of bragging rights for the winning side. It would also give our players the chance to play representative football.’’