Big teams head­ing south

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - BRETT STUBBS Sports Ed­i­tor

THE Demons and the Swans will take on the Hawks and Roos while AFLW Pre­miers Ade­laide will play at North Ho­bart over a mas­sive three days of footy in Tassie in March.

West Coast will also play the Hawks here in April.

A JOINT ven­ture be­tween the Tigers Foot­ball Club and the South East Tas­ma­nian Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has proven a big win­ner.

The two have com­bined for a free footy gala day be­fore, but this year opened the door to more schools in the re­gion.

From pre­vi­ously hav­ing about 50 children turn up, this time there were just un­der 200 at the Glen Huon Oval un­der the tute­lage of Tigers stars such as for­mer Hawthorn mid­fielder Kieren Lovell.

Tigers com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Jor­dan Phillips said stu­dents from Cygnet, Dover and St James were in ac­tion, as well as St Aloy­sius and Huonville Pri­mary for the first time.

“We def­i­nitely had a lot of kids this time, so it was pretty full on,” Phillips said. “It has been an an­nual event with SETAC in the past, but we’ve never made it this big be­fore.”

He said there was an even spread of boys and girls across all ages, as well as a spread of tal­ent and abil­ity.

“You can al­ways notice some fu­ture champs, they stand out a mile, but also there are plenty there just to have fun, and they def­i­nitely achieved that,” he said.

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