Group 19 have announced major changes to the structure of their senior rugby league competition from 2020.
At their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, the Group's committee presented a new format which will see first and second divisions scrapped along with first division's reserve grade competition.
One division will be formed with all men's teams in one grade, a league tag and under-18 competition.
The competition will either be split into an east and west conference or, after the completion of early rounds, will be split into tiers.
The potential east and west conference will see the eastern side from Walcha to Uralla, up along the New England Highway including Armidale, Narwan, Guyra, Glen Innes and Tenterfield.
The western clubs will include Bundarra, Tingha, Inverell, Bingara, Ashford, Moree Boomerangs, Warialda and Macintyre Warriors.
A tiered system would see all clubs play each other once before being split.
Clubs have to nominate for Group 19 for 2020 before a final makeup of how the competition will run is announced.
Regardless of the system, Group 19 have indicated there will be two men's grand finals played and have assured clubs there would be a system in place preventing sides from tanking to win a reserve grade trophy.
The Moree Boars have already confirmed their desire to depart Group 19 and join Group 4.
At Sunday's meeting, two clubs - Moree Boomerangs and Walcha Rugby League - voted against a one- grade competition and expressed an interest for a reserve and first grade competition for the whole season.
The Moree Boomerangs have successfully fielded a reserve grade side over the last decade and have a strong player base.
They were told they would be allowed to enter two men's teams under the new format but they would have to face each other at least once throughout the season.
Since Sunday's AGM, four clubs have indicated to Australian Community Media they would explore other competition options outside of Group 19.
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What we know:
- There will definitely be a one grade men's competition
- Walcha and the Moree Boomerangs were the two clubs who indicated they would like a reserve and first grade competition. All other clubs voted against it.
- The clubs which weren't represented were Uralla, Tenterfield, Bingara and Warialda. Four clubs from the previous second division competition. Three of which saw their men's sides miss the finals.
- Although it will be a one grade competition, there will be two men's grand finals played. The competition will be either split into and east and west conference or early round results will see a tier system devised.
- The final structure remain unknown until clubs nominate for Group 19 in 2020.
- Moree Boars have already applied to Group 4.
- At least four other clubs have indicated they will explore other competition options outside of the Group 19 area.
- This system will mean if moree Boomerangs enter two teams, like they have been told, they will play each other at least twice. Potentially first grade grand final could be an all Moree Boomerangs decider.