Wide Bay clubs keen for combined underage competition
A PLAN to replace Fraser Coast and Bundaberg's youth competition has been widely accepted by local clubs.
Football Wide Bay admin officer Peter Guest proposed a new second-tier competition in early January.
The plan would see clubs from Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg field teams for a new competition in which the squads would be capped by a new points system.
The points system would see players allocated a point value based on their age.
The older the player, the more points they cost in a given team's cap.
The emphasis is on clubs to continue to produce junior talent, but will ensure there are enough players to produce viable competitions.
Guest said the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
"We've put the new competition in the nomination packs sent out to clubs,” Guest said.
"They've agreed to the points cap system.
"I'm looking forward to it. It's an opportunity for the clubs that aren't in the Wide Bay League to rebuild.”
Guest said the new tier could hend up with more teams than the Wide Bay League if clubs like Maryborough West, Granville, Tinana and Alloway are interested in the format.
That would make for a more difficult scheduling process, though Guest said it was a good problem to have.
"We would have to negotiate how home games worked out,” he said.
"The focus will certainly be on the younger players.”