Anticipation is building for the upcoming Tasmanian State League season, with the 2022 fixture released today.
All seven teams will again face each other three times across 21 rounds before a four-team, three-week finals series.
The full 2022 TSL fixture can be found here.
A bye round has been built into the fixture the week before finals, with this round to be used in the event of catchup games needing to be played due to the impacts of COVID-19. A bye round has also been established between rounds 13 and 14.
The season will get underway on Saturday 26 March with 2021 Grand Finalists North Launceston hosting Glenorchy at UTAS Stadium, reigning premier Launceston taking on North Hobart at Windsor Park and Lauderdale meeting the Kingborough Tigers at Skybus Oval.
Other fixture highlights include:
- THREE Good Friday matches, including a replay of the 2021 Grand Final between Launceston and North Launceston, the Eastern Shore derby between Lauderdale and Clarence and the now-traditional Good Friday clash between Kingborough and North Hobart.
- ONE ANZAC Day clash, with North Hobart hosting Lauderdale at North Hobart Oval.
- FRIDAY night footy between between North Launceston and Launceston at UTAS Stadium in round 10.
- CALLEN Daly, recently appointed as North Hobart playing assistant coach, will meet his former side Glenorchy for the first time in round three.
AFL Tasmania Regional Manager – South & TSL, Andy Bennett, says the arrival of a new football season should be met with excitement.
“With the release of the 2022 TSL fixture, the upcoming community football season feels that little bit closer.
“Season 2022 may offer some COVID-19 related challenges, but with the implementation of two bye rounds – one in the middle of the season and one before finals – we have the opportunity to catch up on matches if required to do so.
“Tasmanians love their football, and our game offers so much to so many both on and off the field. I can’t wait for the season to get underway as we continue to work together as a football community.”
Bennett says each TSL club has cause for optimism heading into 2022.
“Launceston has been the team to beat in recent years, and I know Mitch Thorp’s side will be driven to push for a historic three-peat.
“North Launceston are always around the mark, and I have no doubt Brad Cox-Goodyer’s new-look side will again have a big say on how the 2022 season unfolds.
“Kingborough has been building for a number of years, and with the return of former Hawthorn AFL player Kieran Lovell, Trent Baumeler’s side will be looking to continue rising up the ladder.
“Clinton French (North Hobart) and Dan Willing (Lauderdale) have both had a year at the helm and will look to make big strides in their second season. Meanwhile Clarence, under Peter Ryan and Glenorchy under the returning Aaron Cornelius are set to embark on exciting new eras.”