2019 is shaping up as the most exciting NPL season yet with new teams, new time-slots and extra games to provide the public with more opportunity than ever before to catch the action, in the fixture released today by Football Federation Tasmania.
The season will be played across 27 rounds, running from March 1st to September 7th with each team playing 24 matches, 12 each home and away, with three byes.
The roster features, more night games, more marquee days and less simultaneous kickoffs in a bid to maximise the exposure and opportunities for fans to attend and follow the games.
In what is sure to be an electrifying opener, the season will kick off with two of the state’s biggest clubs Olympia and South Hobart facing off under the Friday night lights of Warrior Park.
That will be followed the next day by a massive triple header at KGV, providing a first look at competition newcomers Riverside who enter the NPL following the expansion of the league to nine teams.
Other highlights of the roster include a blockbuster ANZAC Day double-header at North Hobart Oval featuring four traditional southern football powerhouses. The other new addition to the competition, Glenorchy Knights, tackle Olympia Warriors in the day’s opening fixture before Hobart Zebras take on South Hobart in the second game.
For the first time, midweek Football will be trialled, with two midweek Rounds scheduled for March following the success of these time-slots in mainland NPL competitions.
Football Federation Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley said the fixture was an exciting one for fans of the NPL.
“The 2019 season will provide football fans with more opportunities than ever before to catch the exciting top-flight action.”
Mr Bulkeley said he was looking forward to seeing the league expand for the 2019 season.
“The inclusion of Riverside and Glenorchy will add a fresh new dimension to the NPL and it is a wonderful opportunity for the players at both clubs to test themselves at a higher level.” Mr Bulkeley said.
“It’s fantastic for Tasmanian football that we have aspirational clubs at either end of the state ready to take the step up to the NPL.”
Mr Bulkeley said the feature matches on the past two ANZAC Days have been a great success and was delighted to be able to offer fans and players a double-header on the day next year.
“ANZAC Day is a special day for all Australians and I think it will mean a lot for the players who get to take part in the matches and commemorate the contribution and suffering of those who served the nation,” Mr Bulkeley said.
“On a footballing level, all four of the clubs involved on the day have a strong history in Tasmania and I’m sure fans will be treated to some exciting and hard-fought football.”
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