Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Scholl Directs Anger at Soccer Drop-Outs

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Scholl Directs Anger at Soccer Drop-Outs

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Byline: Jamie Gallagher

AN "absolutely flabbergasted" Joe Scholl launched into action last week to secure the future of football on the Tweed.

The Uki Pythons stalwart has called an urgent meeting with all heads of clubs in the region to address what he describes as a "farcical state of affairs".

Dejected by the continued collapse of Tweed teams and disheartened by the disregard of those north of Lismore, Scholl reached breaking point when Football Far North Coast released its season draw for 2010.

"I'm fair dinkum fed up," he said.

Just seven teams remain in the fragmented First Division, with those south of the border seemingly dictating when and where they will play their football.

Semi-finalists last year, both Richmond and Woodburn have withdrawn from the First Division competition, opting instead for Second Division.

There they will be joined by fellow First Division drop-outs Byron Bay, leaving just Uki, Burringbar, Lennox Head, South Lismore, Kyogle, Dunoon and District and Casino and District to battle it out for Premier League promotion.

Premier League, Second Division and Third Division will each field the traditional 10 teams while First Division, the stepping stone to top- flight football, will have just seven teams.

"I'm shocked and I put the blame on the FFNC association for allowing competitive clubs to simply pick and choose where they play," Scholl said.

"The focus should be on the top divisions down, and it's the lower divisions, if any, that should be under-staffed.

"Clubs should have a First Division side before they enter lower grades. You can't just jump into an easier comp and give teams a hiding.

"Certain committees are more interested in the silverware and a decider at Oakes Oval than helping the competition stay on track and viable. …

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