Kurri Kurri JFC joins Weston and Cessnock City in Heritage Cup

HERITAGE CUP: The Weston Bears meet Edgeworth in the opening round the 2020 Heritage Cup.
HERITAGE CUP: The Weston Bears meet Edgeworth in the opening round the 2020 Heritage Cup.

Kurri Kurri JFC will join the Weston Bears and Cessnock City Hornets in this year's annual Heritage Cup.

Weston and Edgeworth kick off the Northern NSW Football's 2020 Heritage Cup Draw at Jack MacLaughlan Oval on Friday, February 7.

Kurri Kurri will be action against New Lambton on the same night at Speers Point.

Cessnock City's opening game is against NPL team Adamstown Rosebud at Adamstown Oval also on Friday night.

The tournament runs across three consecutive weeks and five match-days to limit the impact on players ahead of their respective 2020 seasons.

This year the competition will comprise 11 of the region's oldest clubs competing for the prestigious Heritage Cup as well as, the introduction of the inaugural Heritage Plate.

The Weston Bears (1907) and Cessnock City (1907) have been part of the competition since it started in 2017 and will be joined this year by community club Kurri Kurri JFC (1904).

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland the Heritage Plate will be introduced this year and will be contested by the two best-performing community clubs, on the basis that they do not qualify for the Cup final.

"The inclusion of the Heritage Plate recognises the increasing involvement of community-based clubs competing in the local Interdistrict and Zone Football League and will serve as an entertaining curtain-raiser to the cup final on February 23," Eland said.

"The community clubs enjoy having a crack at the National Premier League (NPL) and NEW FM Northern League One sides, however, the introduction of the Heritage Plate provides further incentive and will hopefully encourage more community clubs to be involved when they are eligible."

The community clubs enjoy having a crack at the National Premier League and NEW FM Northern League One sides.

David Eland

Community clubs involved in the 2020 Heritage Cup include Kurri Kurri JFC and returning teams Merewether Advance SFC (1894) and Minmi Wanderers FC (1884).

NPL NNSW heavy-weights, Weston, Lake Macquarie City FC (1912), Adamstown Rosebud (1889) and current Heritage Cup Champions, Edgeworth FC (1892) will all be looking for the silverware ahead of the season, which starts on Friday, March 20

Established in 2017, the annual Heritage Cup invites local football clubs across the Northern NSW region which have a century or more of continuous history to contest the cup.

The Heritage Cup finals will be held on Saturday, February 23, at venue and time to be confirmed.

The Player of the Final of the Heritage Cup will again be awarded the Col "Bunny" Curran Medal, which is currently held by Edgeworth FC's Jose Atayde.

Weston and Kurri Kurri are in Pool A with NPL teams Edgeworth and New Lambton.

Cessnock City are in Pool C with Adamstown Rosebud and Merewether Advance.

Draw

POOL A

Round 1, Friday, Feburary 7

Edgeworth v Weston at Jack McLaughlan Oval at 7pm

New Lambton v Kurri Kurri at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point at 8.15pm

Round 2, Wednesday, February 12

Western v New Lambton at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point at 8.15pm

Kurri Kurri v Edgeworth at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point at 8.15pm

Round 3, Friday, February 14

Weston v Kurri Kurri at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point at 8.15pm

POOL C

Round 1, Friday, February 7

Adamstown Rosebud v Cessnock City FC Adamstown Oval at 7pm

Round 2, Tueday, February 11

Cessnock City v Merewether Advance at Turner Park, at 6.45pm

Round 3: Cessnock City bye

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