Anticipation is building ahead of the 2023 Tasmanian State League season, with the full fixture for the home and away season now released.
The fixture will again be made up of 21 rounds, with all seven teams playing each other three times before a four-team, three-week finals series.
After some well-known player number challenges across the off-season, Glenorchy will field a senior side in the TSL competition but will not participate in the Development League.
Round one will see a Good Friday footy feast, with the traditional Good Friday clash between North Hobart and Kingborough and derbies between arch-rivals North Launceston and Launceston in the north, and Lauderdale and Clarence in the south.
Other fixture highlights include Clarence hosting two AFL curtain-raisers at Blundstone Arena.
The Roos will play North Hobart in round six ahead of the North Melbourne and Port Adelaide clash, as well as Lauderdale in round 10 before North Melbourne tackles the GWS Giants.
Two matches will take place on ANZAC Day with now-traditional clashes between North Hobart and Lauderdale and Kingborough and Glenorchy.
Launceston and Kingborough will meet in Grand Final replays in rounds five, 14 and 18, while the competition will have a bye after round 12 for the Tasmania v Queensland state representative matches at North Hobart Oval.
AFL Tasmania Regional Manager – South & TSL, Andy Bennett, said, “Today’s release of the 2023 TSL fixture is an exciting moment as we build towards the season.
“Glenorchy’s participation in the TSL is a positive outcome for the club, the competition and Tasmanian football more broadly.
“Glenorchy is a proud, historic club, and I’d like to publicly acknowledge the efforts of those involved with the Magpies, who have put a power of work into getting the club into a position to field a senior team.
“I would also like to acknowledge the goodwill of the broader TSL community. Every TSL club has been fully supportive of Glenorchy’s drive to field a senior team, and I thank them for their patience and cooperation.
“We’re now able to fully embrace the excitement of an upcoming season, and each club has reason to dream big heading into a new campaign.
“Launceston has enjoyed a remarkable period of success, and I know Mitch Thorp’s side will again be hungry to add to this dynasty, despite some player movement since last September.
“Kingborough’s build into a genuine TSL force took another step in 2022, with the Tigers making a senior TSL Grand Final for the first time. With another pre-season in the books and the motivation to go one better in 2023, I expect Trent Baumeler’s group to again feature at the pointy end of the season.
“Peter Ryan and Brad Cox-Goodyer are at the helm of exciting young lists at Clarence and North Launceston and will no doubt have a big say on how the 2023 season unfolds.
“Allen Christensen will lead Lauderdale for the first time and will look to guide his talented squad to a deeper finals berth, while North Hobart under Adam Bester and Glenorchy under Josh Arnold are also set to embark on exciting new eras.”