At a meeting of the league management committee and representatives of member clubs of the North Caledonian Football Association, matters ahead of the new season were discussed and the cup draws for 2019-20 competitions were made.
In the Jock Mackay Cup, St Duthus drew a home tie in the first round against Bunillidh Thistle, and a home tie vs. Halkirk awaiting them in the second round if they can advance.
In the North Caledonian Cup, Saints won a bye into the second round where they will meet Alness United at home. A win will earned them a place in the semi-final against either Thurso, Inverness or Bunillidh Thistle.
A new format was introduced for the Football Times Cup, which will be played in the months of November, December and January. St Duthus were placed in the South pot of a two-groups of five teams regional competition which will see each team play two home games and two away games before a playoff between the North and South group winners will decide the cup winner.
The Jock Mackay Memorial Cup rounds were drawn as follows:
Inverness Athletic vs. Alness United
St. Duthus vs. Bunillidh Thistle
Bonar Bridge vs. Golspie Sutherland
Orkney vs. Lewis & Harris
Inverness/Alness vs. Nairn County U20s
St. Duthus/Bunillidh vs. Halkirk United
Bonar Bridge/Golspie vs. Invergordon
Orkney/Lewis & Harris vs. Thurso
Inverness/Alness/Nairn vs. St. Duthus/Bunillidh/Halkirk
Bonar/Golspie/Invergordon vs. Orkney/Lewis/Thurso
First round ties will be played on 31st August/7th September.
For the Football Times Cup, the bracketing will be as follows:
North - Bonar Bridge, Bunillidh Thistle, Golspie Sutherland, Halkirk United, Thurso
South - Alness United, Invergordon, Inverness Athletic, Lewis & Harris and St. Duthus
Each team will play two home matches and two away matches. Head to head record will separate clubs on the same points, followed by goal difference.
The Pentland Ferries North Caledonian Cup rounds were drawn as follows:
Halkirk United vs. Bonar Bridge
Orkney vs. Nairn County U20s
Thurso vs. Inverness Athletic
Halkirk/Bonar Bridge vs. Invergordon
Orkney/Nairn U20s vs. Golspie Sutherland
Thurso/Inverness vs. Bunillidh Thistle
St. Duthus vs. Alness United
Halkirk/Bonar/Invergordon vs. Orkney/Nairn/Golspie
Thurso/Inverness/Bunillidh vs. St. Duthus/Alness
First round ties will be played on 1st / 8th February.
In other news, Bonar Bridge FC were admitted to the league and shall participate in all competitions for 2019-20.