Comp takes on a new look
FAR North Coast hockey will enter a new era this year with three independent competitions to be run with Tweed-Border and the Gold Coast.
The four FNC men's A-grade teams will start the season in an eight-week competition against four Gold Coast sides.
It will be the first time the format has been used and it will not include FNC A-grade women's teams.
There will then be a separate four-round competition with the Tweed-Border association.
The season will finish with two rounds between the four FNC sides, with semi-finals and grand final set down for September.
"It adds a bit of variety and means our guys won't be playing against the same teams over and over," FNC president Clint Mallett said.
"It's good to play different levels of competition to help maintain interest.
"It's never been done before but I'm sure it will work fine."
Mallett said the idea had been talked about at the end of last season.
The final decision was made at a FNC Hockey meeting last week.
"No clubs are against it and we'll review it at the end of the season," he said.
"I think we've done the best we can and I'm sure our four teams will be competitive."
The competition with the Gold Coast will be played over seven rounds with the final between the two highest point-scorers.
The team that finishes on top of the ladder will host the final.
Eight teams will also contest the Tweed-Border competition played over four rounds with the final in the fifth week.
Ballina, Coraki, East Lismore and Northern Star will battle it out with two competition rounds before the local finals.