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NNSWF: Biggest football season in history kicking off

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Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is anticipating one of the biggest seasons in its history when the 2024 NPL NNSW competitions kick off this weekend.

Twelve teams – Broadmeadow Magic, Adamstown Rosebud, Maitland FC, Valentine FC, Edgeworth FC, Weston Workers FC, Cooks Hill United, Newcastle Olympic, Lake Macquarie City FC, Lambton Jaffas, New Lambton FC and Charlestown Azzurri – will contest the men’s format in 2024, with eight sides – Charlestown Azzurri, Maitland FC, Broadmeadow Magic, New Lambton FC, Adamstown Rosebud JFC, Newcastle Olympic, Mid Coast FC and Warners Bay FC – featured in the women’s division.

But, for the first time, the NPL NNSW champions are slated to receive equal prizemoney.

The respective men’s and women’s premiers will pocket $10,000 while the grand final winners collect $4,000 each.

“It’s an exciting move,” NNSWF CEO Peter Haynes said.

“To be able to recognise the talent and contributions of the NPL Women’s NNSW competition on a level playing field with the men is fantastic.

“This is a positive step in continuing to grow female football throughout the northern NSW region.”

NNSWF general manager football operations Liam Bentley also praised a couple of changes this year.

“The return of promotion and relegation in the men’s will be a huge positive for football in our region,” he said.

“I’m excited to watch teams battle it out for the premiership on the back of one of our most competitive seasons in memory.

“We’ll also see clubs work hard to retain their position in the NPL Men’s NNSW competition.” 

In round one, Broadmeadow hosts Adamstown at Magic Park on Friday night (23 February) in NPL Men’s NNSW.

Then on Saturday 24 February, Maitland FC faces Valentine FC at Maitland No. 1 Sportsground, Edgeworth FC tackles Weston Workers FC at Jack McLaughlan Oval, Cooks Hill United plays Newcastle Olympic at No.2 Sportsground and Lake Macquarie City FC takes on Lambton Jaffas at Macquarie Field.  

A new-look New Lambton FC travels to Lisle Carr Oval to lock horns with Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday afternoon (25 February).

In NPL Women’s NNSW action, on Saturday, Charlestown Azzurri welcomes Maitland FC to Lisle Carr Oval, reigning premiers and champions Broadmeadow Magic go head-to-head with New Lambton FC at Magic Park and Adamstown Rosebud JFC heads into battle with Newcastle Olympic at the Lake Macquarie Football Facility. 

On Sunday, the football continues with Mid Coast FC venturing to John Street Oval for a showdown with Warners Bay FC.

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