Article from Launceston Examiner
Twilight grand final set for Tasmanian State League
The competition’s new hierarchy have announced major changes to the showpiece events with a stand alone Brownlow-style best and fairest presentation also to be staged in Launceston.
State League manager Carl Saunder hoped the changes would raise the competition’s profile.
“We want to make [grand final] day unique,” he said.
“We think it will work well with the fans, we have set ourselves a target of 10,000 people for 2017 so we need to offer a different fan experience and a twilight slot allows for those options.
“We are very fortunate we have two AFL standard venues that can host games at all time slots and importantly, so far the concept has been positively received by TSL clubs.”
AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld had been keen to move away from the Alastair Lynch Medal presentation being on the grand final day program, often resulting in the winner making a hasty return to his team’s dressing room.
“The opportunity to recognise, celebrate and reflect on each season deserves its own place on the calendar, at the moment they are either wedged into a luncheon on TSL Grand Final day or in the case of the community awards held a little too late into the year,” he said.
The event will alternate between Launceston and Hobart, beginning at the Country Club on October 6 when Alastair Lynch will be in attendance to present the medal