The Tassie Tigers, Tasmania’s senior representative hockey side in the elite national domestic competition “Hockey One”, officially launch their 2019 season today with Foundation Membership packages on sale right now.
Hockey Tasmania CEO Damian Smith said that the Tassie Tigers will lead the current state-wide conversation about the viability and support for Tasmanian sides to play in other national domestic competitions.
“This is the beginning of not just a new era for Tasmanian hockey, but a new era for Tasmanian sport,” he said.
“The Tassie Tigers Women and Men stand side-by-side, playing the same league, with the same live broadcast deal on Kayo and Fox Sports, the same prize at the end, and play as part of a single matchday experience for the same crowds in the same stadiums.
“The Tassie Tigers are here. We exist now, and we want the Tasmanian hockey community to embrace the Tassie Tigers to ensure we continue to succeed at the highest level.
“We lead the state on equal representation, have done for decades, and will continue to do so as the Tassie Tigers in the Hockey One league.
“We will be the test case for the State. We’ve had good crowds for Tasmanian teams playing here before, but the old Australian Hockey League (AHL) was usually a two-week tournament format that came to Tasmania once every eight years.
“Hockey One will provide a minimum three home matchdays every season initially, with the Tassie Tigers travelling the country during the other rounds. Tasmanian sports lovers can send a loud, clear, unambiguous message to the nation by getting behind the Tassie Tigers and proving that Tasmanian teams are viable, sustainable, and can have success at the national level like we have in hockey.
“Purchase a Foundation Membership today. Get your friends and family to do the same. Talk to your work colleagues, school friends, team-mates about the Tassie Tigers. Follow the team on social media. Sign up for a free trial Kayo subscription in October. Choose any option to support the Tassie Tigers – just make sure that you support them.
There are ticketed options for local fans and non-ticketed options for ex-pats or those out of town, as well as discounted memberships for children and families. General tickets without memberships will go on sale next month.