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Possibilities endless for SFL Season 2016

WITH the arrival of autumn comes the start of many Tasmanian winter sports rosters.

To launch its 2016 season, the Southern Football League (SFL) recently held a function to celebrate the year ahead.

The night was also an opportunity to present Claremont Football Club president Christine Carr with the SFL premiership pennants from the 2015 season.

SFL president and Denison MP Madeleine Ogilvie said it was a pleasure to host the official season launch.

“Our league goes from strength to strength, and we expect a great year in community football,” she said.

Ms Ogilvie thanked outgoing president Kyron Johnson and operations manager Ben Harrison for their contributions to the SFL.

In recognition of her longstanding support of the SFL, Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer was welcomed as the inaugural SFL ambassador.

“It is an absolute honour and a great delight to accept this role,” she said.

“Football is near and dear to my heart, and plays an important part in our local community.

“Players, coaches and volunteers are often mentors and role models to our young people and clubs often provide vital support to many families in our communities.”

The SFL’s introduction of a player points system for 2016 aims to deliver a vital component to the competition.

Based on playing history and performance, players will be assigned a points figure which will count towards the teams’ overall points allocation.

Following the domination of Claremont last season, it is expected this season will be more hotly contested with the player equalisation system.

“Even and fair competitions lead to greater interest, which leads to bigger crowds, which leads to stronger clubs and competitions,” Mr Harrison said.

Caption: From left, Claremont Football Club president Christine Carr accepting the 2015 season SFL premiership pennants from SFL president Madeleine Ogilvie MP and SFL ambassador Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer.

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