The 2021 Tasmanian State League Fixture has been released, with all seven teams to face each other three times across 21 rounds, before a four-team, three-week finals series.
The season kicks off in style with a rivalry round on the first weekend in April. The first match day will take place on Good Friday with two mouth-watering match ups.
North Hobart will host Kingborough in what has become a traditional duel and a tight tussle in recent years. Launceston will start their premiership defence with a 2020 Grand Final rematch against neighbours and competition heavyweights, North Launceston. Superstar recruit Allen Christensen will start his Lauderdale career with a home game at Skybus Oval against the club’s fiercest rivals.
“It is very exciting to have the fixture locked in for season 2021 of the TSL,” said Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill.
“What better way to start a season than to kick it off on Good Friday with a 2020 Grand Final rematch.
“I think everyone invested in the TSL is also really keen to see Allen Christensen strut his stuff for the first time. It makes it even better that it will be in front of home fans against the old enemy in Clarence.”
Clarence will return home to Blundstone Arena in season 2021 after playing their home games at Richmond Oval in 2020. There will also be two Anzac Day games this year, with the traditional Glenorchy and Kingborough clash accompanied by North Hobart hosting Launceston.
Gill said anticipation was building for an interesting season.
“Launceston were the team to beat in 2020 and look determined to back it up so it will be thrilling to see if they can climb the mountain again or if another team emerges this season.”
Strict COVID protocols will again be in place for the 2021 TSL season including QR code contact tracing.
“It is important that we all remain incredibly diligent at all TSL venues and follow all COVID protocols to keep the Tasmanian community safe.
“We know that in the COVID-19 environment there is a chance that we may experience changes to the fixture throughout the season,” Gill said.