Prelim and Grand Final schedule locked in
The Grand Final venue is locked in with North Launceston qualifying for their fourth Grand Final in as many years.
University of Tasmania Stadium will host the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL)’s biggest day of the year on September 23, 2017, with North Launceston defeated Lauderdale by 95 points in the second Semi-Final yesterday, to not only qualify but win hosting rights.
Their opposition will be decided in the Preliminary Final with underdogs Launceston eliminating Clarence to book a date with Lauderdale. The Preliminary Final will take place at 2:00 pm at Blundstone Arena this coming Saturday (16 September), with the Mercury Cup Preliminary Final between Clarence and Tigers taking place prior, at 11:30 am.
Clarence crashed out of the Finals series with Launceston’s giant killing form continuing. The Roos finished the home and away season in second but failed to win a final, falling in straight sets. The defeat wasn’t just the end of Clarence’s season but the end of a decorated career, with Ian Callinan retiring. The little master was given a guard of honour from both sides as he left the field, drawing curtains on an amazing career across TSL, VFL, SANFL and AFL.
As well as locking in the venue, the TSL has also adjusted start times for Grand Final day, with the TSL big dance to take place at 3:30 pm. The TSL is also exploring options with UTAS Stadium to all spectators to be able to watch the AFL Preliminary Final via the big screen and throughout the venue where possible.
Please find the schedule below for the TSL Preliminary Final and Grand Final.
Saturday 16 September 2017 – Blundstone Arena
11:30am Mercury Cup – Clarence v Tigers
2:00pm Southern Cross TSL – Lauderdale v Launceston
Saturday 23 September 2017 – UTAS Stadium
10:10am Mercury Cup – Launceston v Clarence/Tigers
1:15pm Wrest Point TSL W – Clarence/Launceston v TBA
3:30pm Southern Cross TSL – North Launceston v Lauderdale/Launceston