Kossie endorses Regional Round

Having returned from the Reds’ regional encounter in Bathurst, Coach John Kosmina has backed the concept and believes it is beneficial to the growth of the game and the Hyundai A-League.

Having returned from the Reds- regional encounter in Bathurst, Coach John Kosmina has backed the concept and believes it is beneficial to the growth of the game and the Hyundai A-League.

The Reds took on the Newcastle Jets on Wednesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Bathurst-s Carrington Park, the match bringing Australia-s best football league to fans in regional areas.

As part of the experience, the Reds also attended a host of promotions and appearances in the local community to give locals a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the Hyundai A-League-s biggest names.

Kosmina complimented the people of Bathurst and the town-s commitment to making the occasion such a success, and believes it is a concept that has a future in seasons to come.

“I think it-s a good idea. A lot of people have complained to me that the pictures look terrible on TV and I know TV pays a lot of money but it-s not all about TV either, it-s about taking the game to the country,” Kosmina said.

“It would have been nice if we could have gone to regional South Australia but we didn-t, so Bathurst was nice, the people were great, the hospitality was fantastic and even with a little bit of rain and drizzle as there was, they had just over 3,000 turn up.”

“I think it-s important and the rival football codes all do that kind of thing and I suppose if we-re going to compete with them, we have to compete with them head on.”

Other locations to hold a match as part of the league-s regional fixtures include Dunedin in New Zealand, Launceston, Morwell, Campbelltown and Kogarah.