Cougars deserve Cup bye, says Brown
Calls for the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) to revamp their draw procedure is gathering momentum after the recent Friendship Trophy draw.
The draw, held on Monday at the BFA headquarters, saw champions Devonshire Cougars involved in the opening preliminary round against city rivals North Village.
Last season's beaten finalists, Dandy Town, will also do battle in the preliminary stage against Wolves, with the winner of the two matches facing each other in the quarter-finals.
Cougars coach Dennis Brown, however, believes the Friendship Trophy finalists should receive an exemption to the main draw
“I have always felt that many years ago the champions should receive a bye going into the preliminary matches and come in at the first round stage,” he said.
“I would recommend that they even have seedings where maybe the first four teams at the stage of the draw be seeded.”
Dandy Town winger Damon Ming echoed Brown's sentiments.
“Personally speaking it would be good if the top two teams get automatically put into the main draw opposed to going in with everyone else,” said Ming.
“It would give you a sense of pride knowing you're through to the bigger stages, but with everything in life there is a catch-22.
“You can't put the onus of how other countries run their competitions but you can say that for (the Friendship) the two finalists could be split apart and put right into the draw.”
Friendship action kicks off November 3 with Cougars and title contenders Village playing at a venue yet to be determined.
The winner Hornets' clash with Wolves will do battle with the winner of Cougars' and Village's match on December 15.
In the other quarter-final matches, Flanagan's Onions play St David's, Somerset Trojans take on PHC, and Southampton Rangers lock horns with Hamilton Parish on November 15.
All match venues are still to be decided.