Grafton City says no to its promotion

HAVING earned the right to play 1st Division football in 2009, Grafton City have shocked administrators by informing them they won't be playing in the top flight competition.

When team registrations were finalised with North Coast Football on Friday, Grafton City had nominated to play in the lower 3rd and 4th Divisions. The shock withdrawal means that Westlawn Tigers will now play in the 1st Division as well as the new Youth competition despite finishing last in 2008.

“They just haven't had the response from the community that they were hoping for,” North Coast Football administrator Bob Harris said yesterday.

“In Grafton it looks like a case of too many clubs in the area fighting for players.”

Coffs Coast teams will be largely unaffected by the change as the only difference for them will be that their one away game for the year in Grafton will now be played at Barnier Park rather than Grafton City's home ground at Rushforth Park.

While the change has minimal repercussions Harris said that this episode is a disappointing one for North Coast Football.

“It's a shame from the point of view of the competition as we brought in the promotion system,” he added. “It's a bit of a surprise when a team earns promotion up to 1st Division and then doesn't use it.”



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