Pyramid connected as fixtures announced for 2024 HIT106.9 Northern League One competition

Reigning champions West Wallsend FC will host Singleton Strikers FC in the opening round of the 2024 Hit106.9 Northern League One competition.

The 2024 season will see the reintroduction of promotion and relegation. At the end of the 2024 season, the team that finishes first in HIT106.9 Northern League One will be promoted to NPL Men’s NNSW. 

The finals series will now consist of a promotion/relegation play-off series between the teams that finish second, third and fourth in HIT106.9 Northern League One and the team that finishes 11th in the NPL Men’s NNSW to determine the 12th team in the NPL Men’s NNSW in 2025. 

This will involve the 11th team from the NPL Men’s NNSW playing the fourth team from HIT106.9 Northern League One, and the second and third teams from HIT106.9 Northern League One, playing each other in two-legged home and away matches. The two winners will then meet in one match to decide who will play in the NPL Men’s NNSW competition.

The team that finishes ninth in HIT106.9 Northern League One will not be relegated to Zone League One at the end of 2024 due to the current bye. Relegation from Northern League One will commence from the 2025 season. But the team that finishes first in Zone League One in 2024 will be promoted to HIT106.9 Northern League One to make a 10-team league in 2025.

Northern NSW Football’s second tier men’s competition will see West Wallsend FC, who were crowned the 2023 HIT106.9 Northern League One champions, welcome Singleton Strikers FC to Johnston Park on Friday 23 February. 

Elsewhere on Saturday 24 February, premiers Toronto Awaba FC will host Thornton Redbacks FC at Lyall Peacock Field, Belmont Swansea United FC meet Cessnock City Hornets at Blacksmiths Oval and South Cardiff FC face Wallsend FC at Ulinga Oval. 

Kahibah FC have the bye.

Northern NSW Football General Manager Football Operation Liam Bentley said the 2024 campaign promised to be an intriguing one in the HIT106.9 Northern League One competition.

“We’re excited for 2024,” Bentley said.

“The competition was strong last year with Toronto Awaba being crowned premiers for the first time since 2002 before missing out on the grand final and West Wallsend securing the title of champions after fighting it out with South Cardiff to a nail-biting penalty shootout finish. 

“South Cardiff surprised the competition, fighting their way to the grand final after finishing fifth on the table.

“The return of promotion and relegation in the 2024 season is a huge positive and a massive step forward for football in the region.

“We can’t wait for kick-off and we wish the nine teams all the best for 2024.”

There will also be special commemorative rounds for Female Football Week as well as Make it Red Weekend for Heartbeat of Football Round, Indigenous Round, Mental Health Round and Pride Round.

The full 2024 HIT106.9 Northern League One fixture list is available HERE.

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2024 HIT106.9 Northern League One Round 1 Fixtures

West Wallsend FC v Singleton Strikers FC – Johnston Park – Friday 23 February – 8pm 

Toronto Awaba FC v Thornton Redbacks FC – Lyall Peacock Field – Saturday 24 February – 2.30pm 

Belmont Swansea United FC v Cessnock City Hornets FC – Blacksmiths Oval– Saturday 24 February – 7.30pm 

South Cardiff FC v Wallsend FC – Ulinga Oval – Saturday 24 February – 7.30pm 

Kahibah FC – BYE 

 

All fixtures are subject to change.