Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mackney at Ready to Tackle Comp Problems

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mackney at Ready to Tackle Comp Problems

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Byline: Jamie Gallagher jamie.gallagher@tweednews.com.au

STEVE Mackney (pictured) is not the kind of general manager who goes into hiding when questions are asked of him and his organisation.

In yesterday's edition of the Tweed Daily News, Uki Pythons coach Joe Scholl questioned the viability of a seven-team Football Far North Coast First Division.

Scholl's concerns came after three southern clubs Richmond, Woodburn - both semi-finalists in 2009 - and Bryon Bay nominated themselves for second division duty.

"I'm shocked and I put the blame on the FFNC association for allowing competitive clubs to simply pick and choose where they play ... (because) they are more interested in silverware," Scholl said.

Mackney, now in his second term, was also contacted by this reporter yesterday and when questions were put to him, was more than willing to express his thoughts on the situation.

"It's easy to be critical, but harder to find solutions," he said.

"The problem is directly related to clubs that are prepared to nominate

"The concern that I have exists across all divisions and age groups outside of premier men and that is that clubs have an overwhelming desire to play down, rather than up.

"They come with all sorts of reasons why prospective teams can't play in certain divisions.

"The argument gets complicated though for the promotion-relegation first division because some of the clubs already have a Premier League side and so there is little incentive for them.

"It was the same last year when we almost had to collapse first division until I pulled some strings and got a 10-team comp up and running.

"This year there were only five teams initially so no hope of 10, and if there's not going to be 10 (each team plays each team twice, totalling 18 weeks) the only other number that works is seven (each team plays each three times, totalling 18 weeks). …

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