- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 January 2013
Photo: John Boulous, the Football Federation Tasmania CEO (left) and FFT Competitions Manager, George Kalis, at today's fixture list launch [PlessPix]
The Victory League fixtures for this inaugural season of competition were released today, with the Launceston derby kicking off the season on 23 March 2013.
Launceston’s Mitsubishi Park will host a double-header in Round One, with Devonport City playing Tilford Zebras before the Launceston derby between Northern Rangers and Launceston City.
Photo: George Kalis said clubs had been consulted about the fixture list [PlessPix]
Also on the Saturday, Kingborough Lions will host Olympia FC Warriors at Lightwood Park, while on Sunday, South Hobart will entertain Glenorchy Knights, at South Hobart.
Football Federation Tasmania CEO John Boulous said the double-header would be a great way to kick off the season.
“The Launceston derby will be one of the hottest rivalries in the Victory League and it’s a great way to start the year,” Mr Boulous said.
“There will also be double-headers in Rounds 2, 3 and 8 at KGV Park.
“We’ll be looking to make these great events, with half-time entertainment and activities for the whole family.”
Photo: John Boulous is exopecting good crowds at Victory League double-headers this season [PlessPix]
The Victory League has 21 rounds, with all teams playing each other three times.
The final round, on 24 August, will all kick off at the same time, which is important particularly if the championship is to be decided on the day.
The finals series have two weeks of semi finals, followed by the grand final on 14 September 2013.
The Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League (SPL) has been expanded in 2013, with Beachside, Taroona, Nelson and the NTC squad joining the eight other clubs.
The five Victory League clubs will field predominantly Under-20 sides in this league.
The SPL will start on 23 March 2013 and feature 22 rounds, with the Grand Final on 14 September.
The Forestry Tasmania Northern Premier League (NPL) returns in the same format as lst season, with 9 teams playing over 18 weeks.
The NPL will start on 6 April 2013 and have a Grand Final on 7 September.
Photo: Work is progressing well on the installation of an artificial surface at KGV Park [PlessPix]
KGV Park will see its first slice of competitive action as Tilford Zebras take on Nelson in the Forestry Tasmania Southern Premier League on Saturday, 23 March 2013, followed by five matches the following weekend.
Competitions Manager George Kalis said the draw was a heavily consultative process.
“All teams have at least ten home games and, while some Southern teams travel across the State more regularly than others, this will be reversed in 2014, so the draw equals out,” Mr Kalis said.
Photo: KGV Park today was a hive of acitivity [PlessPix]
“From what we’ve seen in pre-season friendlies, the competition is going to be of very high quality.
“The new KGV Park allows us great flexibility for rostering fixtures without worrying about poor weather.
“It will be the best artificial surface in the country and will provide a great playing experience.
“All indications are the work is on schedule.”
The Forestry Tasmania Southern and Northern Women’s Premier Leagues rosters will be completed next month after the finalisation of team nominations.
Photo: No sign of a green surface at KGV Park yet, but it's important to get the base right [PlessPix]