Football Queensland’s move to shaft Magpies Crusaders United labelled a blow to regional sport
When Football Queensland announced “exciting” competition reforms this week, a family in Mackay was devastated.
- The new competition structure would see the only side outside of south-east Queensland relegated from the top state competition
- Teams are relegated from the NPL for poor performance, but Mackay is facing relegation because of its geography
- Magpies-Crusaders chairman Barry Jansen said the separation of south-east clubs from the rest of Queensland would alienate regional football clubs.
The reforms would make the top semi-professional league, the Queensland National Premier League, exclusive to the south-east shafting Mackay Magpies-Crusaders, the only team outside the south-east from the competition.