Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

MFC Accepted into Revamped Premier League

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

MFC Accepted into Revamped Premier League

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MURWILLUMBAH Football Club's dream of playing in the Gold Coast Soccer Premier League has become reality, with the news the club is of one of eight listed to compete in a revamped eight-team competition next year.

Also into the elite league are Broadbeach United, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Knights, Merrimac, Mudgeeraba, Palm Beach and Southport.

All clubs across GCS were invited to apply for admission to the Premier League and 14 clubs made submissions.

They had to address a certain number of criteria, which included facilities, development of juniors, geographic location and community involvement.

MFC captain-coach David Lonie said everyone at the club was over the moon about the decision, which was relayed to the club on Tuesday evening.

aIt has always been our aim to compete in Premier League and when we made our submission we were quietly confident we met the criteria and that we would get the nod,a Lonie said.

aThe senior side has been playing terrific football this season and I suppose that would have helped our cause as well.

aThis decision is wonderful news for Murwillumbah, not only for the football club but the entire district, because we will be fielding a quality team in a quality competition, which will appeal to players and fans alike.a

The club is competing in the second-tier first division this season and is perfectly placed to become minor premiers.

Murwillumbah Football Club is the odd one out in the make-up of next year's Premier League competition, with the other seven clubs currently competing in the top grade.

The remaining seven clubs playing at Premier League level this season have been relegated to the new second-tier Coastal League One competition, where they will be joined by another local first division outfit also going great guns this year, Tweed United. …

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