In just over a week Tasmanians will play host to their adopted Hyundai A-League soccer
2009 Hyundai A-League Grand Final © by AsianFC
team the Melbourne Victory and 2010 champions Brisbane Roar in an important pre-season trial match.
Following on from the successful staging of Daniel Geale’s IBF world title defence at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night (August 31) – and with the Russian national cycling team due to race in October’s Tour of Tasmania – this fixture between two of the biggest clubs in the competition is another indication of the island state’s ability to draw big-name sportspeople and major events.
It is the sixth consecutive year the Victory have brought a match to Tasmania.
Launceston’s Aurora Stadium will hold the event on Sunday, September 11 at 14:00 and tickets are available through Ticketmaster, with adult entry costing $19.
The buzz around the national soccer competition at the moment is palpable, with iconic Australian star Harry Kewell returning home from Europe to play with the Victory in what many sports commentators have labelled ‘the biggest signing in Australian sport’.
Although it will be an exhibition game, Tasmanian sports fans are likely to be thrilled with the opportunity to see the Roar – convincingly the best team in the country last year and proponents of fast-paced, exciting football – take on the closest thing they have to a ‘home’ team.
Making a promotional appearance at Princes Street Primary School on Wednesday, Victory youth graduate Jimmy Jeggo told The Mercury: “We’re the closest A-League club to you guys down here so we’re keen to promote it and have a kick with the kids.”
Jeggo’s teammate Luke O’Dea said that after pulling a big crowd last year against the Central Coast Mariners, “hopefully we’ll see a repeat this time around”.
The duo offered training and playing tips and put students through drills along with Football Federation Tasmania southern development officer Anthony Alexander.