AFLW: Launceston and Hobart host one game each as fixture released

Proud Roo: Launceston's Mia King in her new North Melbourne colours after last week's draft. Picture: North Melbourne Media
Proud Roo: Launceston's Mia King in her new North Melbourne colours after last week's draft. Picture: North Melbourne Media

"There's never too much football" was the key message coming from AFL Tasmania female talent manager Leigh Elder following the announcement of the AFLW fixtures on Tuesday.

Football fans around the state will see two North Melbourne matches, a UTAS Stadium contest against GWS on February 15 and a North Hobart Oval clash against 2019 premiers Adelaide on March 7, potentially featuring Launceston draftees Mia King and Abbey Green.

With the Crows match-up set to coincide with the two Marsh Community Series AFL matches in Tasmania on March 6 and 9, the three top-level contests will bring a 'festival of football' to the Apple Isle.

"It's been a magnificent week for women's football in Tasmania," Elder said.

"First off having three drafted last week all to North Melbourne Kangaroos which gives us nine players now on that list and two players playing interstate, giving us 11 AFLW-listed players is just fantastic.

"Obviously developing through the Devils program, we will certainly have more in the coming years and then today's announcement of the AFLW games we get two in Tasmania which is fantastic."

With the 2020 NAB League Girls campaign kicking off on the same weekend, it will be a bumper weekend for football in the state with Elder encouraging Tasmanians to get behind it.

Abbey Green

Abbey Green

"I think it's absolutely fantastic and AFLW being a free event too, I think it's a remarkable and great opportunity. Let's hope we don't have bushfires first and foremost, have good weather and it will be fantastic to have three high-level games in the state on the one weekend."

Picking up wins against Carlton and Western Bulldogs in their Tasmanian encounters last season, the Kangaroos' 2020 Bass Strait visit could be tougher according to Elder.

"Both are obviously interstate teams but GWS were favourites going into last season. They don't have Sydney in their space so they are a very strong list still, they haven't been thinned out.

"Adelaide Crows are not only premiers but Port Adelaide aren't in the system so therefore, their list is very strong still so you're going to get the best football in AFLW played here in Tasmania."

This season's AFLW competition will see matches played at 28 different venues across Australia as four new sides - St Kilda, Gold Coast, Richmond and West Coast - enter the 14-team league.

Played in conferences, North will face Geelong, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Richmond alongside their Tasmanian opponents.

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