|The 1984 Season|
I know, you're looking at this season and wondering how George Orwell could have predicting our capacity for convoluting our lives in the name of power, and not once mentioning the NSL.
In 1984, the National League has introduced a new, revolutionary championship format with a twofold aim: to reduce the expensive interstate travel costs and to increase the "local derby" content. At first sight the format looks complicated, so below is a full and detailed explanation of the system. The greatest beneficiaries of the reduceduced travel plan are the Melbourne clubs: in 1983 they had to travel 12 times interstate and this year they will make only four trips. Sydney teams will cut their travelling time from 11 trips to three, Adelaide from 14 to 9, Canberra from 15 to 11. To these, however, you must add the occasional extra trips for Inter-Conference matches.
AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE Section A: Blacktown City Leichhardt Marconi Parramatta Melita Eagles Penrith City St. George Sydney Olympic Sydney Croatia Sydney City Wollongong City Section B: Canberra Arrows Newcastle United NATIONAL CONFERENCE Section A: Brunswick United-Juventus Footscray Green Gully Heidelberg United Melbourne Croatia Preston South Melbourne Sunshine-George Cross Section B: Adelaide City West Adelaide Section C: Brisbane City Brisbane Lions
At certain intervals, Inter-Conference and lntra-Conference games will be inserted into the schedule - with the points counting the same.
Believe it, or not.
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