Introducing the Mercury Cup
The second tier competition previously known as the ‘Development League’ will now become the Mercury Cup, in an exciting new partnership between the Mercury and AFL Tasmania.
The Mercury Cup is the home of emerging talent across the state and is a showcase of what is to come for the Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL).The Mercury’s support of the competition is part of a transformation of the competition model.
“We are delighted to partner with the Mercury for our statewide second tier competition, it will be an exciting competition to watch,” TSL Manager Carl Saunder said.
“Our best talent will play in the Mercury Cup before long and fruitful careers in our TSL or the AFL, it will be a breeding ground of future stars.”
“Historically the competition has been known as the ‘D’ league and it does not resonate well with what the competition actually is. It is a talent competition and an important stepping stone to senior statewide football.”
In 2018 and 2019 the competition will transform and transition to an age restricted talent competition, with an Under 23 age limit in 2018 and a Under 21 limit in 2019. This will assist the competition to better connect with the talent pathway and make for stronger development and more meaningful competition for young ambitious footballers.
“For a lot of young players it is their first experience of being involved in a TSL club environment and it’s an important breeding ground for players to hone their skills and all round game.
“We look forward to the Mercury Cup providing a fitting stage for the best emerging young talented footballers,” Saunder explains.
Mercury General Manager Damon Wise believes the partnership is a fantastic fit.
“Local footy is one of our key passions and we are rapt to be involved with promoting the league which helps develop the stars of the future,” Wise explains.
A new fixture for the Mercury Cup has been released with Burnie Dockers recent inclusion to the competition. CLICK HERE to access the Mercury Cup fixture.
The competition kicks off this Saturday with Tigers hosting Burnie at Twin Ovals from 10:30AM.