The Senior Men’s and Women’s Winter Seasons commence this weekend around the state.
Men’s 2017 premiers Devonport will travel to Launceston to take on a strong AMC, following their tightly contested 10s matches at the recent Broughton Cup.
Harlequin’s recruitment efforts in recent years have come to fruition as the club enters two teams in the 2018 season. Harlequins Red will travel to Burnie to play the Emus and Harlequins Blue have their first bye of the season.
Taroona have also had the numbers to enter two men’s teams, with their A team hosting their first match of the year against a rejuvenated Hobart Lions at Rugby Park.
The final men’s match of the round is a home game for Glenorchy at Eady St against the enthusiastic 2017 Division 2 premiers, University.
The new format for the Women’s 7s sees the competition split into 6-week North and South Divisions, followed by a Statewide 7s Championship in Launceston on 19th May. For the first time in many years Women’s 15s rugby will return to the state, with a 2-match North vs South series following the 7s season.
The newly-formed all-female Tamar Vixens club will host the first round at Royal Park in Launceston against the North West Panthers and last year’s Spring 7s Champions Devonport, with the newly created AMC Women’s team coming into the competition in round 2.
Rugby Park will host the Southern 7s, with Taroona fielding two teams, and University and Easts building on their 2017 numbers. The newly-launched Harlequins Women’s team will enter the competition, bringing the Southern comp to 5 teams.
Round 1 Senior Fixtures, Saturday 7th April
2.30pm AMC Vikings v Devonport, Royal Park Launceston
2.30pm Burnie v Harlequins Red, Burnie
2.30pm Taroona A v Hobart Hutchins Lions, Rugby Park 1
2.30pm Glenorchy v University, Eady St Glenorchy
Harlequins Blue – Bye
Taroona B – Bye
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S 7-A-SIDE
12.10pm Eastern Suburbs v Harlequins, Rugby Park 1
12.30pm Taroona White v Taroona Blue, Rugby Park 1
12.50pm University v Eastern Suburbs, Rugby Park 1
1.10pm Harlequins v Taroona White, Rugby Park 1
1.30pm Eastern Suburbs v University, Rugby Park 1
1.50pm Taroona Blue v Harlequins, Rugby Park 1
2.10pm University v Taroona White, Rugby Park 1
NORTHERN WOMEN’S 7-A-SIDE
11.00am Burnie v Devonport, Royal Park Launceston
11.20am Devonport v Tamar Valley Vixens, Royal Park Launceston
11.40am Burnie v Tamar Valley Vixens, Royal Park Launceston