NRFL “competitive” – Donegan

Glenfield Rovers coach Daniel Donegan has been around the Northern Regional Football League for a while, and he thinks it has developed into a competition that is a cut above the rest.

Donegan says it is a “privilege” to play premier league football and players sacrifice a lot of time to do so.”I think the Northern premier league is the most competitive league in the country, probably across a number of sports,” Donegan says.”The threat of relegation, the number of local derbies and the general intensity of the games are great. In recent years, more and more professionalism has entered the league with teams filming games, adding a sports science element and training more frequently.”

Comparisons between the local football and rugby competitions are misguided, Donegan says.

“The Northern league is the equivalent to all of the rugby federations from the top of North Island down to Taupo.”

Donegan will be without back-to-back golden boot winner Michael Gwyther, who has gone overseas, when Glenfield open their 2017 campaign in a local derby against Forrest Hill Milford at Becroft Park on March 25 at 3pm.

Forrest Hill Milford are once again coached by former All White Andy Boyens.

Another North Shore premier team, East Coast Bays, are also coached by a former national team player, David Mulligan. East Coast Bays are away to Eastern Suburbs on Saturday.

Birkenhead United are the other Shore side competing in the top division.

Birkenhead host Hamilton Wanderers at Shepherds Park on Saturday kick-off at 3pm.


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