2017 TSL Preview – North Launceston

Written by Andrew Johnston.

Nickname: Bombers

Colours: Red and Black

Coach: Tom Couch

Captain: Taylor Whitford

Home Ground: University of Tasmania Stadium

Biggest Rival: Launceston

2016 Review: After premierships in 2014 and 2015, the Bombers had a strong season, getting through to a third successive Grand Final, where the club fell to Glenorchy

Ins: Tom Couch, Bart McCulloch

Outs: Daniel Roozendal

2017 Preview: The Bombers have lost Coach Zane Littlejohn to the role of the Brisbane Lions development coach. However, the club has gained an experienced head as their new coach, with Tom Couch joining the club. Last year, he was the strength and conditioning coach with Richmond, and has played at AFL level with Melbourne.

The club will be aiming to return to the top of the table, and to remain the benchmark of the competition this season. The club are looking incredibly fit, and early pre-season results show the club is tracking well towards another finals tilt.

Watch out for Launceston derby’s in rounds 3, 12 and 21, as well as Grand Final rematches with Glenorchy in rounds 7 and 16.

Solstice Digital: the former Melbourne Demon Tom Couch will lead North Launceston in 2017


The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “We want to be competitive in every game, and to play finals at the end of the year.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “It’s not so much what we needed to work on, but more things that I felt are important. I brought in a few things I see as important, and put my spin on it. They’ve had a great pre-season. They attack every session, they care for each other and they push each other.”

Most Impressive Off-Season: Mark Walsh.

Who will have a breakout 2017: Mark Walsh, Jack Avent, Arion Rickter-Salter Jock White.

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “Glenorchy obviously being the reigning premiers. I think teams are quick to write off the previous champs in any league, but I think they’re still the team to beat.”

Prediction: 1st


2017 TSL Season Preview – Launceston

2017 TSL Season Preview – Launceston

Written by Matt Hill.

Founded- 1875           Nickname- Blues        Colours- Navy Blue and white

Club Song- Onwards to Victory         Coach– Sam Lonergan                        Captain- TBA

Home ground- Windsor Park             Biggest rival– North Launceston

2016 Review- Launceston finished 8th in the regular season last year, winning only four of their home and away games and losing the other fourteen. Making it the third year in a row that Launceston did not qualify for the finals.

Leading Goal Kicker 2016- Sonny Whiting (34 Goals)

McAuley Medal Winner 2016 (Best and Fairest)-  Joe Groenewegen

Player gains and losses

Ins Outs
Jordon Partridge
 Sam Lonergan Kyran McMahon
Ben Killalea (From Deloraine) Kurt McCabe (retired)
Stewart Williams (From Wodonga Raiders) Joseph Groenewegen
Grant Holt (From Prospect)
Gareth Holt (From Prospect)
Mitch Hutchinson (From Lindisfarne Nu-Jet Blues)


Joseph Bangura (From Hobart City)
Lachlan Gee (From Prospect Hawks)
Bayley Neil (From Bracknell FC.)

2017 will see the highly anticipated return of playing Coach Sam Lonergan take over the reins at Windsor Park. After last season ruled out for Lonergan, he is now ‘eager and excited’ to get back involved with his former club and lead them back to the top of the Tasmanian State League.

The last three seasons have been hard going for the blues as they have disappointingly missed out on the finals. The departures of last season’s best and fairest Joseph Groenewegen and club legend Kurt McCabe won’t help their case in climbing the table, however things are broadly looking up for the blues as they have had strong numbers on the track, including some fresh faces and are in a really solid and positive position as a club according to their excited coach. With plenty of youth and Lonergan’s AFL experience, be sure to keep an eye on the boys from Windsor Park, as with a capable and experienced player/coach in their ranks. It would seem that Launceston could be a wild card this season and should certainly press for a position in the finals series.

Look out for Launceston’s clashes with arch rivals North Launceston in round 3, 12 and 21 as these are sure to be full of fire and passion for the title of the best team in North.

Solstice Digital

The Coaches Say On…

Aim for the Season- “To improve on our recent seasons performances and hopefully challenge for a spot in the finals series.”

Where do you believe the club is positioned– “The club is in a really positive and upward position right now, with a lot of youth and hunger to return back to the finals, I’m sure we can be competitive this season.”

Who has had a strong preseason? – “Stewart Williams has had a strong preseason and has impressed through his training and will be one to watch this season.”

Who to watch out for this season- Young players Zac Griffiths and Brodie Palfreyman could both have break out seasons. Zac could fill the injured Payne’s shoes in the middle and Palfreyman is a speedy good user of the ball across the backline with the potential to play on the wings and also forward.

How excited are you to be back at your home town club and most importantly back in footy? – “I’m very excited and eager to be stuck back into it and I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds ahead for us.”

Prediction- 4th-6th

2017 TSL Season Preview – Lauderdale

Written by Anthony Osborn.

Nickname: Bombers

Colours: Red and Black

Coach: Darren Winter

Captain: Bryce Walsh

Home Ground: Lauderdale Oval

Biggest Rival: Clarence

2016 Review: Lauderdale’s finished 4th in the regular season, but lost in the first semi-final against Burnie, marking a third successive year of semi-final heartbreak.

Ins: Jordan Roberts, Josh McGuinness

Outs: Jack Siggins, Kaine Waller, Michael Cassidy, Nick Dodge, Ryan Sweet, Ryan Wiggins, Adam Duggan, Weston Tate-Turvey, Alex Sweet, Jamie DiIenno, Josh Roberts, Zac Plant

2017 will see a new-look Lauderdale side continue to push for an elusive premiership after three successive semi-final losses. The departure of several key players, including Nick Dodge, Jack Siggins and former captain Michael Cassidy, has resulted in the southern Bombers having a strong focus on the continued development of a younger crop of players this off-season; while the addition of former Brisbane Lion Josh McGuinness looks set to strengthen the experience and skill of the squad significantly.

Keep an eye out for grudge matches against Eastern Shore rivals, Clarence, in rounds 3, 12 and 20.


The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “We have set our sights on playing finals footy

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “Our key focus is to build on our team defensive pressure as well as developing the younger group of players we have coming through”

Most Impressive Off-Season: “Josh McGuinness has been our most impressive performer over the offseason. It’s been great having a player come back from the AFL who is prepared to put the team first band continue to help guys get better”

Who will have a breakout 2017: “Nat Franklin- a former captain of the Mariners. He had an injury interrupted season last year, but we are really looking forward to seeing this talented young man play”.

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “I think the two Launceston based teams will be very hard to combat this year”

Prediction: 4th – 6th 


2017 Season Preview – Hobart City Demons

Written by Andrew Johnston.

Nickname: Demons

Colours: Blue, Red and White

Coach: Kane Richter

Captain: Hugh Williams

Home Ground: North Hobart Oval

Biggest Rival: Clarence

2016 Review: Hobart City competed well throughout the 2016 season, especially in the back half of the season, but ended up two wins outside of the five and missed the finals.

The Demons will be out to improve on 2016’s six win season. In the latter half of the season there was a noticeable improvement in form, with the team being able to hold up to the pressure and skill level of the clubs who played in the finals. With a big pre-season and some early practice match form showing good signs, Hobart City should majorly improve on their win record from 2016, and if a few results can go their way, there is a real chance to see the Dees take a spot in the finals this year.

It is interesting to see Head Honcho Kane Richter is pulling on the boots in 2017, with the veteran midfielders’ looking to impart his leadership and wisdom onto a young group.

The season starts with a big test for Hobart City, up against the reigning Premiers in the season opener.

Keep an eye out for games against city rivals Clarence in round 7 and 16.


Solstice Digital: Coach Kane Richter will be pulling on the boots again in 2017

The Coaches say on…

2017 Aspirations: “Our aim is to play in September. We are pretty keen to continue our improvement from the back end of last year and play in September, which we haven’t done in a few years.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement: “Our consistency within games, we want to withstand pressure from the big teams. We got better in the back half of 2016 and were able to match it with the top five clubs, and we are keen to set standards to increase our ability to withstand the pressure from those teams.”

Most Impressive Off-Season: “A lot of the boys have been looking good across the pre-season, but especially in the practice games Will Campbell and Eddie Cole have shown the benefits of a big pre-season.”

Who will have a breakout 2017: “Along with Will and Eddie, quite a few of the players. The group have been training well together and should have a strong season.”

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “I think North Launceston will be up there again. The culture that has been established over the last few years will hold them in good stead for a couple of years. I also think Clarence are going that way too and that will be good for them.”

Prediction: 6th

2017 TSL Season Preview – Glenorchy

Written by Alex FitzGerald.

TSL Inception: 2009 (Founding Team)

TSL Premierships: 2016 (17 Premierships across other competition formats)

Alastair Lynch Medals: Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015, 2012)

Hudson Medallists: Jaye Bowden (2016, 2015), Aaron Cornelius (2014)

Home Ground: KGV Oval, Glenorchy

Guernsey Colours: Black and White stripes

Head Coach: Aaron Cornelius

Captain: Brayden Webb

Rivals: North Launceston, Lauderdale

Key Clashes:  Round 4 vs Tigers at KGV on April 25 (Anzac Day)

Round 7 vs North Launceston at KGV on May 13

Round 8 vs Lauderdale at KGV on May 20

2016: Premiers




















Ins: Zac Webster (Hawthorn), Harry Parker, Dylan Grant, Chris McKnight, Josh Davie (Brighton), Adrian Peach (Burnie NWFL), Lachie Barwick, Nate Newman.

Outs: Ben Reynolds (retired), Tom Cleary, Clinton French, Jordan Hayden, Daniel Joseph, Tim Butterworth, Daniel Muir, Scott Bennetts, Simon Spencer, Luke Webb, Liam Grace, Alex Blair, Matt Rainbird, Kobey Phillips, Michael Badcock.

2016 Recap:

Glenorchy went into 2016 with a fierce determination to redeem themselves after narrowly losing the 2015 Grand Final to North Launceston.  The Magpies sat at 2-2 after Round 4, but then put together a 14 match winning streak, with seven of those victories being decided by more than 100 points.  Glenorchy was defeated by North Launceston in the Semi-Final, but bounced back to smash Burnie in the Preliminary Final, setting up a Grand Final rematch with their Northern rivals.  The Magpies claimed the decider by 20 points, putting the icing on one of the most dominant seasons played by a club in the TSL.

Individually, Glenorchy had many standout performers in 2016.  Jaye Bowden made it back to back Alastair Lynch Medals as the TSL’s best and fairest player, also reclaiming the Hudson Medal he won in 2015 as the league’s leading goal kicker.  Aaron Cornelius was named as TSL Coach of the Year, and the Magpies also had six players named in the TSL Team of the Year: Jordon Arnold, Tom Cleary, Ben Reynolds (captain), Daniel Joseph, Jaye Bowden and Rhys Mott.

2017 Pre-Season:

The main focus of the pre-season at Glenorchy has been on developing player fitness and skills, according to Cornelius.  Time trial results have shown improvement across the list, not just in younger players but club veterans.  A recent weekend camp and intra-club practice matches have given Development League and fringe players the chance to put their hand up for senior selection, displaying that the player pathway program at the Magpies is thriving.

Former Hawthorn player Zac Webster has set an elite standard over the summer, and Captain Brayden Webb is reaping the rewards of an injury-free pre-season.  Other players to impress at training have been Jordon and Josh Arnold, Cameron Duffy, Mitch Hills, and the formidable Jaye Bowden.

Solstice Digital: Hes the Premiership Coach but he says everyone is chasing North Launceston

The Season Ahead:

Undefeated at KGV Oval in 2016, the Magpies look set to continue their stronghold on the TSL in 2017.  While one third of last season’s Premiership side have departed the club, many experienced players and developing juniors ready to play senior football remain, keen to add another trophy to the Glenorchy cabinet.  North Launceston looks to be the strongest challenger, with all four match ups between the two sides decided by four goals or less last season.  A fast start to the year would set the Magpies up for another tilt at the cup, and with five of their first seven matches scheduled to be played at KGV, they are every chance to assert their dominance early and maintain that form throughout the 2017 season.

2017 Prediction: 1-4.

2017 TSL Season Preview – Devonport

Written by Anthony Osborn.

Nickname: Magpies

Colours: Teal, Black and White

Coach: Mitch Thorp

Captain: Beau Sharman, Dylan Riley

Home Ground: Devonport Oval

Biggest Rival: Burnie Dockers


2016 Review: Devonport finished fifth in the regular season, but were bundled out of the finals series in the first week, falling to Lauderdale for a second year in a row.

Ins: Brodie Connelly, Mitchell Perry, Liam Williams, Kurt Byard, Harry Barker, Ryan Kelly, Dylan Schnoor, Giacomo Millucci, Levi Creedon, Sherrin Egger, Brayden Scott, Ty Auton

Outs: Kurt Heazlewood, Phil Crowden, Klay Griffiths, Sam Douglas, Beau Thorp, Jarrod Watling

Fresh faces and vibrant energy – this is is what we can expect from Devonport this year as they look to take that next step and make a significant impact upon the TSL finals series. After having one of the oldest lists in the competition last year, the Magpies have made a clear effort to rejig their list, and as a result, will be a team to watch in season 2017. The recruitment of Brodie Connelly and Mitch Perry has had the club buzzing over the offseason as the club hope to not just reinvigorate their playing list, but also push to become a genuine flag contender after being knocked out of the finals in the first week in both 2015 and 2016.

Keep an eye out for grudge matches against coastal neighbour Burnie in rounds 3, 12 and 21.


The Coaches say on…

Solstice Digital: Thorp talks through 2017 at Devonport

2017 Aspirations: “We aren’t putting a ceiling on our aspirations for this year. It’s been disappointing to be knocked out in the first week of finals the past two years, but our key goal for this year is to continue our improvement by getting games into new players. We have a really young list, but so does the rest of the competition, so we will be definitely be going along with the old footy cliché of approaching things ‘one week at a time’.”

Key Focus Areas of Improvement/Development: “After having the second oldest in the competition last year, we have made refreshing our list with a different age group our biggest priority. We have probably lacked a bit of fitness in previous seasons, so we have invested heavily in working on our overall fitness, and the injection of youth has really lifted the energy, attitude and work rate of our entire list, including the older guys”

Most Impressive Off-Season: “I’ve been impressed with all of our guys over the offseason, but new recruits Brodie Connelly and Mitch Perry have both been definite standouts with their work rate, good habits and energy. I’ve also been really impressed by Harry Barker, who played one game for us last year- he is one of the best young players I’ve seen”.

Who will have a breakout 2017:Quade Byard, a former captain has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but now at 25 and hopefully injury-free, he looks set to be that big, solid midfielder that we probably missed last year”

The Teams to Beat in 2017: “North Launceston will definitely be right up there, as will Glenorchy again, but I also think Clarence will probably be the biggest movers in the competition”

My Prediction: 4th– 6th



Burnie join Development League

AFL Tasmania has accepted an application from the Burnie Football Club to join the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Development League for the 2017 season.

Burnie FC made the application to the TSL following the club’s withdrawal from the North West Football League (NWFL), due to lack of player numbers and the inability to field senior and reserves teams in the NWFL competition.

Since their NWFL withdrawal, AFL Tasmania has been working with Burnie FC to explore all options to find an appropriate competition for Burnie’s under 18 team. After exhausting all other options, Burnie’s Under 18 team will now play in the Development League.

“Once the issue came to light over the last 14 days we have been in regular contact with Burnie FC and have been exploring all options to make sure the players effected could find an appropriate competition to compete in this year,” TSL State Manager Carl Saunder said.

“The NWFL did consider options including playing the Under 18’s on a Sunday alongside other junior footy. Unfortunately due to logistics and ground availability this wasn’t possible.”

It was only once all other options were eliminated that the TSL considered a Development League entry as an option for Burnie’s existing Under 18 team.

“We appreciate that the situation and its timing is complex for all, it is not a situation we desired to confront. We have had tremendous support from all of our TSL clubs to do whatever we can to assure Burnie FC and the affected players have a competition to play in come April 1,” said Saunder.

“We are currently working on a revised Development League fixture which may have to be a modified draw in terms of the number of games Burnie FC will play. However, this could work favourably as it would reduce travel demands.

“It just may mean we have to consider a percentage of win/loss to work out finals qualification, but that is manageable.

“Our priority over the last 14 days has been finding an appropriate competition for the Burnie Under 18 players to play in 2017 in the Burnie FC jumper.”

A revised fixture for the Development League will be released in the coming days.

2017 TSL Season Preview – Clarence

Written by Richard Bannon.

Nickname: Kangaroos

Colours: Red and White

Coach: Jeromey Webberley

Captain: Brady Jones

Home Ground: Blundstone Arena

Biggest Rivals: Lauderdale and Glenorchy

2016 Review:

The 2016 season saw Clarence finish seventh and miss finals for the second consecutive year, which was not aided by senior coach Trent Bartlett quitting mid-season and injury to key personnel. Despite the recent struggles for Clarence’s senior side, its Development League outfit claimed the premiership, to accompany their 2015 triumph. Jack Gleeson took out Clarence’s Senior Best and Fairest.


Jackson O’Brien, Michael Fisher, Zac Mastrocola, Shane Bradford, Ben McGuinnes, Harry Richmond.


Matthew Drury, Mitch Williamson, Rohan Bones.


Jeromey Webberley will take the reins at Blundstone Arena, in what will be his first official season as senior coach. The former Richmond player received a taste of senior coaching last year, following the mid-season resignation of then-senior coach Trent Bartlett. Meanwhile, Keegan Bailey has taken charge of the Kangaroos’ Development League side.

Clarence has had a busy off-season with numerous changes to their playing list. The departure of key position players Mitch Williamson (Hutchins Old Boys, OSFA), Rohan Bones (Bridgenorth, NTFA div 1), and Matthew Drury (retired) have been covered by a strong recruiting drive. The return of Jackson O’Brien to Blundstone Arena is a huge signing for the Kangaroos. O’Brien, who was a member of Clarence’s 2009 and 2010 senior premiership sides, has spent the past six seasons playing for SANFL club Central Districts. Other notable recruits include Michael Fisher and Ben McGuinnes (DOSA, OSFA), Shane Bradford (Hobart Tigers, SFL), and Zac Mastrocola (University, OSFA).

Along with these recruits, be sure to keep an eye on Kyle Palmer-Hughes, Aiden Grace, James Brenner, Tyson Hanslow, and Keren Howlett, who will all be set for breakout seasons in 2017.

O’Brien’s return has seen him installed into Clarence’s six man leadership group. Captained by former Tasmanian Tigers wicketkeeper Brady Jones, the group has a mixture of youth and experience, which includes former Adelaide Crow Sam Siggins, Jake Cox, and Tim Castle.

Round 3 the Eastern Shore rivalry revs up!

Clarence have been handed the round one bye for the second consecutive year, and will play their first game for the season in round two against the Tigers at Blundstone Arena. Clarence will do battle with arch-rivals Lauderdale and Glenorchy three times each throughout 2017. Clarence’s first encounter with Lauderdale is a home game in round three, followed by an away game in round 12, before hosting the Bombers again in round 20. Similarly, Clarence travels to KGV to face reigning premier Glenorchy in round six, hosts the Magpies in round 15, then travels back to KGV in round 21 on the eve of the finals. Rivalries aside, Clarence travels to face Burnie at West Park only once in 2017, which is among the longest road trips in the TSL.


2017 Prediction:

Any State League club in Australia would be thrilled to have three former AFL players at their disposal. The presence of Webberley, Siggins, and former Adelaide goal sneak Ian Callinan are sure to provide Clarence with a great skillset leading into 2017. The Kangaroos may struggle to cover the loss of Williamson and Bones as well as the retired Drury, Clarence Coach Webberley had high hopes for young Harry Bailey to fill the void of  Drury; but unfortunately he is now set to miss the majority of the season, through a knee injury sustained in their recent practice match.

The key for Clarence is to make Blundstone Arena a fortress, having only won four of their nine home games in 2016. If Clarence can do this and pinch victories against TSL heavyweights North Launceston and Glenorchy throughout the year, then there is reason for optimism.

Ladder Position: 3rd-6th


Season Preview: Burnie Dockers

2017 TSL Season Preview – Burnie

Written by Alex FitzGerald.

TSL Inception: 2009 (Founding Team)

TSL Premierships: 2012 (5 Senior Premierships in the NTFL as Burnie Dockers, 28 as either   Cooee Bulldogs/Burnie Tigers in other formats)

Home Ground: West Park, Burnie

Guernsey Colours: Purple and White

Head Coach: Clint Proctor

Captain: Nick McKenna

Rivals: Devonport, North Launceston

Key Clashes: Round 1 vs Tigers at Twin Ovals on April 1

Round 3 vs Devonport at West Park on April 14 (Good Friday)

Round 6 vs North Launceston at UTAS Stadium on May 6

2016: Third

Ins: Jayden Cox, Jamieson House, Cameron Hall

Outs: Clint Riley, Zane Murphy, Zac Smith, Dylan Smith, Darren Banham


2016 Recap:

The Dockers had a sensational home and away season in 2016, defeating coastal rival Devonport in all three encounters and losing only three games all year on their way to a second placed ladder position prior to the finals series.  A slim loss to North Launceston in the qualifying final was offset by a win over Lauderdale the following week, but a resounding defeat at the hands of eventual premiers Glenorchy in the preliminary final saw Burnie’s year end on a low note.

Coach Clint Proctor was proud of his team’s efforts, given their travel demands and the loss of key playmakers through injury late in the season, and believes his troops simply ran out of legs in September. Tyrone Morrison, Jobi Harper, Clint Riley and Harry Walters were all rewarded for stellar seasons by being selected in the TSL Team of the Year, as was Clint Proctor who was named as Assistant Coach.

The rise of ruckman Tyrone Morrison to become the dominant big man of the TSL in 2016 surprised many, but those at Burnie always knew he had the talent to succeed, and with the departure of  former Essendon Bomber Jason Laycock, he rose to give on-ballers Harper and Riley first use of the football more often than not last season.

2017 Pre-Season:

The focus of pre-season at Burnie has been building leg speed and endurance to match the increased pace of the competition in recent seasons.  Despite some off-season departures, a nucleus of experience remains at West Park, with Rudy Barrett and James Dowling in particular having returned to training in peak condition and looking to spend more time in the midfield in 2017.  Proctor has urged supporters to be patient with the young list, and sees the leadership group of Nick McKenna, Tyrone Morrison, Rudy Barrett, James Dowling, Jobi Harper, as well as Nick and Harry Walters as all being equipped with the skills to aid player development across the season.

The Season Ahead:

While the Dockers were clearly in the top three best sides in the competition last season, 2017 sees a much younger competition take to the field overall, and Burnie are no exception.  Proctor sees this as an opportunity for his coaching group and experienced core players to step up as leaders, and add another dimension to their games, both on and off the field.  Many predict the Dockers to fall down the ladder this season, but don’t be surprised if they rise to the challenge week in week out, especially at West Park, where they were only defeated twice last season.

2017 Prediction: 7th-9th.


AFL Tasmania launch season 2017 in local football

AFL Tasmania have launched the 2017 Tasmanian football season, with a function at the home of the reigning Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) Premiers, Glenorchy.

AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld was delighted to launch into another exciting season of football across the state. Excitement is palpable for the upcoming season, a season in which Auld and his team will continue to work to see the sport make strides.

“A new season comes with renewed hope, optimism and enthusiasm and across the State the rhythm of football soon becomes the centrepiece for morning conversations and debate at the workplace, the opportunity to cheer your team to victory on the weekend and for the many ways we can participate in our great game,” Auld said.

Auld said whilst the health of the game is strong and the code has a long and rich history in the state, AFL Tasmania’s focus is to unite and grow the sport in Tasmania, to ensure its health for years to come.

“Over 40,000 people are now involved in football in Tasmania the first time we have broken through that number, and whilst we are fully aware of the need to continue to grow the game at grassroots and create a solid foundation for the next 10 to 20 years, the community of football is a very large church.

“We have been pleased with the progress made leading up to today and I congratulate all our leagues, clubs and the respective committees, players and volunteers in the way they have worked with us to make 2017 a catalyst for a strong and exciting future.

“Under the vision of uniting and growing Tassie footy we want to see vibrant competitions, football being the sport of choice, a sport that is connected to communities with  strong and growing partnerships – these are all the pillars we are building the future of Tassie football on, launching the season is another step forward for us all.”

All Coaches and Captains from the nine TSL clubs were in attendance and in their colours for the launch, participating in a captains day with photos and interviews. TSL Manager Carl Saunder also handed over the prized 2016 Premiership Flag to Glenorchy’s Premiership Coach Aaron Cornelius. Saunder was excited to kick off what promises to be a massive year of footy for Tasmania’s premier football competition.

“Under our new catch cry Best Talent Premier Competition we are looking forward to seeing the best players in Tasmanian footy playing in our premier competition.

“This season will see supporters and fans get closer to the action through a number of new initiatives including live streaming of one game per week, regular interviews with players and coaches and for the first time in TSL history, a twilight Grand Final.

“We have a terrific group of young coaches with majority of them having recently played at the top level of the AFL or similar, they bring a huge amount of expertise and experience to our competition.  I encourage all footy fans to come along to TSL action or follow the competition via social media and online because it is a truly fantastic competition.”

The function also saw the first screening of the brand new TSL campaign, with the stars of the TSL taking centre stage to showcase what the Best Talent Premier Competition is all about.

General Manager of the Tasmanian Football Council Jackson Hills also launched 2017 in community football across 12 leagues, statewide.

“Community football reaches over 40,000 participants in Tasmania, across three regions, 150 clubs, and 250 teams,” Hills said.

“Boys, girls, adults, masters, umpires, coaches and volunteers will come together for over 1,000 games of football this season,” he added.

2017 also sees significant steps in the Women’s game in Tasmania.

“Female football has been a particular highlight growing at around 30 percent year on year, with three new regional competitions commencing in 2017, and a revamped state league competition model linked to TSL clubs.

“Our Auskick program in Tasmania is undergoing significant changes in 2017, and we have recently launched Next Generation Schools in partnership with North Melbourne FC.  Both strategies aim to grow the participation base in Tasmania which is critical to sustaining our competition model into the future.

“Our leagues and clubs continue to find challenges around sustainability and competition equalisation.  In 2017, seven of our senior leagues will be operating the player points system designed to manage player movements and through the course of the year we will also review a cascading salary cap model for all of community football.”

Football fires up from Saturday 26 March 2017, with NTJFA the first league to kick off.

Kick off Dates:

Southern Cross Tasmanian State League

Round 1 – 31 March – Click here for full fixture

Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA)

Round 1 – 1 April

North East Football Union (NEFU)

Round 1 – 22 April

Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association (NTJFA)

Round 1 – 26 March

North West Football League (NWFL)

Round 1 – 1 April

North West Football Association (NWFA)

Round 1 – 1 April

Circular Head Football Association (CHFA)

Round 1 – 29 March

King Island Football Association (KIFA)

Round 1 – 29 April

Darwin Football Association (DFA)

Round 1 – 1 April

Old Scholars Football Association (OSFA)

Round 1 – TBC

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League (STJFL)

Round 1 – 2 April

Oatlands District Football Association (ODFA)

Round 1 – 29 March

Southern Football League (SFL)

Round 1 – 8 April