THERE will soon be a definitive answer to the age-old question: Which of the Limestone Coast's three football leagues is the strongest?
The three football leagues in the SE - the Kowree-Naracoorte Tatiara, Mid SE and Western Border - will do battle in the inaugural SE zone carnival in Mount Gambier on the June long weekend.
The carnival concept will have each league compete at under 17 and senior level, with the top two sides playing off in the grand final.
Games will be played in two halves to follow the State championship format. At the completion of the carnival players will be named in the training squad for the Murray SE team to play in the SA Country Championships in Kadina on July 5.
There will be awards for the player of the carnival for the under 17 and senior teams.
Murray SE regional director Scott Duncan said: "It has been a talking point for a number of years to hold a carnival for the leagues in the SE, and it has finally come to fruition.
"It is hoped the carnival will become an important date on the football calendar in the future.
"The other positive outcome is the annual Glenelg Football Club junior carnival that has been traditionally held in Naracoorte for the under 14 and under 15 players will now link up with this carnival and will be played on Sunday 8th June, allowing for a great two days of football to show off the talent in our area from under 14s through to the senior players.
"Each league will host the carnival on a rotation basis in the coming years, and there may be other leagues invited to participate in the future."