AFL Tasmania is pleased to announce Anthony Taylor as the Tasmanian State League (TSL) state team coach for 2017.
The 2011 TSL premiership coach returns to the TSL scene after five years, to take charge of the representative side that will lock horns with the NEAFL on June 10, at Blundstone Arena.
“It’s a great opportunity, I’m very passionate about the state league competition and to have the opportunity to coach the state’s best, once offered the opportunity I was never going to turn it down.
“I can’t wait,” Taylor said.
TSL Manager Carl Saunder was delighted to reveal the man to lead the TSL state team in June.
“Anthony (Taylor) is a highly regarded, well respected football person, who coached Launceston to the 2011 Premiership and cares about the TSL competition.
“As a former player, Anthony fully understands the passion and privilege that goes with wearing the map and I’m sure with the support of TSL coaches as his assistants, we will assemble a formidable program.
“The TSL state team is an opportunity for the best 23 players to come together and pull on the map and showcase what our Best Talent Premier Competition is all about.”
Taylor started his coaching career in 2008 as playing coach at Scottsdale, in 2010 he made the shift to the TSL and Launceston, for what proved to be a fruitful move. He coached Launceston for three highly successful seasons, which included a premiership in 2011 and a runner up finish in 2012. Since, he has since spent time working alongside Adam Sanders in the Tasmanian Academy program, and at South Launceston as an assistant.
The freshly appointed state coach says preparations have already begun but will ramp up from round one of the season proper, with training to commence a month out from match day.
“I’m looking forward to getting in and working with the senior coaches and building relationships with those guys and they’ll have a massive input into the makeup of the squad.
“We don’t need to teach, we just need to get them ready and committed to this one game.”
Taylor believes on field leadership and experience may prove a trump card for the map.
“I think we can get the job done and that’s one of the main reasons I’m taking the job on. It is a game I believe we can do really well in.
“They (NEAFL) will have some quality ex AFL players but we will also have some ex AFL talent in our squad and I think the great thing is we could have as many as five senior coaches hopefully playing on the day so our experience should be strong.”
The TSL kicks off on Friday March 31, 2017.