Tasmanian State League (TSL) Management has confirmed that tomorrow’s TSL Development League round eight match between North Launceston and Glenorchy (scheduled for 10:30am at UTAS Stadium) has been forfeited by the Glenorchy District Football Club.
Glenorchy informed TSL Management on Friday that they would be forfeiting this weekend’s Development League match due to player availability.
As a result of this forfeit, the North Launceston Football Club will be awarded four premiership points.
In line with the TSL’s adjusted rules and regulations, and as communicated to clubs involved in the most recent instance of a forfeit occurring, percentage adjustments will be made for both teams following the conclusion of the home and away season.
North Launceston and Glenorchy will:
- Have the opposing side’s season average ‘points for’ added to its ‘points against’.
- Have the opposing side’s season average ‘points against’ added to its ‘points for’.
TSL Management has continued to work with the Glenorchy District Football Club in recent weeks, providing off-field support and guidance. The club continues to work hard on its off-field structures to ensure ongoing stability and strength.
TSL Management will request a meeting with Glenorchy to discuss the club’s continued participation in the Development League competition as soon as possible. These conversations will include discussions on potential sanctions and how AFL Tasmania continues to support the club.
As per the TSL Rules and Regulations, AFL Tasmania will consider penalties for the club.
North Launceston will play an intra-club match in place of this Development League fixture.
AFL Tasmania Regional Manager – South & TSL Andy Bennett says, “This is a disappointing situation for all involved. Players from both sides, officials and umpires make a commitment to the competition and deserve the opportunity to play and participate.
“To have a team forfeiting is unacceptable and not at the standard of a premier competition. The integrity of the competition remains at the forefront of our thinking and planning.
“Glenorchy is an important football club and remains a crucial part of its local community. While we need to deal with the immediacy of the two forfeits, the strength and stability of the football club in the long term remains our major concern and focus.