The fixture for the 2019 Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Women’s season has been released.
Anticipation is starting to build for the new season, with the 2018 edition proving to be an entertaining one that culminated in Glenorchy pipping Clarence for the premiership in a thrilling Grand Final.
The 2019 season will see the introduction of two new sides – Lauderdale and North Launceston – as the competition expands to six teams.
All the action will get underway on ANZAC Day, with the reigning premiers set to host Tigers FC under lights at KGV Oval – a fixture that further builds on the ANZAC Day tradition the two clubs have established in the Bupa TSL.
This standalone round one fixture will be followed by a bumper round two, where all six clubs will take to the field as part of a triple-header Gala Day at the University of Tasmania Stadium on Sunday May 5.
Newcomers North Launceston and Lauderdale will kick off proceedings as they begin life in the TSLW, ahead of matches between Clarence and Tigers and then Launceston and Glenorchy.
Another highlight of the fixture is the finals series, with the top four set to compete across a four-week series as opposed to the three-week series of previous years.
Carl Saunder, State Manager – Tasmanian State League, says Tasmanian footy fans have plenty to look forward to in 2019, with an ANZAC Day season opener and the round two Gala Day both set to kick the season off in style.
“We have had two highly entertaining seasons of the Wrest Point TSLW so far, and I have no doubt fans can look forward to what 2019 has to offer.
“The round two Gala Day at UTAS Stadium will be a great event and one that will truly signal the arrival of the new season and the introductions of Lauderdale and North Launceston,” Mr Saunder said.
“The inclusion of these two clubs sees the Wrest Point TSLW move closer to mirroring the men’s competition.”
AFL Tasmania Female Talent Manager Leigh Elder is also looking forward to the upcoming season, highlighting the importance of the Wrest Point TSLW to the state’s Female Talent Pathway.
“The Wrest Point TSLW is the premier women’s competition in the state,” Mr Elder said.
“Last year we saw Nicole Bresnehan, Chloe Haines and Libby Haines selected in the AFLW Draft by the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos after impressive 2018 TSLW seasons.
“In conjunction with the Tasmania Devils pathway and the Next Generation Academy, the Wrest Point TSLW will again play a pivotal role in developing our emerging stars as they continue to showcase their skills and move closer to being the best players they can be.”