THE rebadged state league - the Victory League - kicks off this weekend with a double header at Mitsubishi Park featuring Devonport City versus Tilford Zebras and Northern Rangers against Launceston City.
Launceston City coach Dane Hudson said Rangers were a very experienced team having won three out of the last four Northern Premier League titles.
``That experience is priceless,'' Hudson said. ``They have picked up some local quality and have the English striker so I think they have set themselves up well for season one of the Victory League.
``We have picked our best team this week and I am very confident in our ability but I know our group needs games under its belt. There has been a long held tradition at Launceston City of hard work and that tradition will continue.''
Rangers are now coached by Launceston City life member Peter Saville. Club spokesman Brendan Lichtendonk said the move added to an intense rivalry.
``If we didn't have our strongest rivalry with them from last year, I think both of us being Launceston clubs in the Victory League cements that,'' he said.
``We haven't talked think games that happened last year but I'm sure it will be there in the back of a few guys' minds. It's just critical we play with passion and get off to a good start.''
Mark Cristy has come out of Rangers' squad under the long-term injury clause after undergoing a knee operation.
Devonport coach Chris McKenna said his side gained a lot of confidence from its 3-1 win in the Hudson Cup final against Zebras.
``I thought we played really well,'' he said. ```They probably weren't at full strength _ Alex Leszcynski didn't play and Adam McKeown only played 30 minutes.''
Midfielder Aaron Cairns signed with Zebras this week, which will make its midfield of Ricky Self and Jono Ladic arguably the best in the league.
``The probably had the best squad in the league before Tuesday and they've now added to it,'' McKenna said. ``Hopefully it will go the same way for us as last time.''
Olympia, which won the Summer Cup, face Kingborough Lions and South Hobart and Glenorchy Knights wrap up the first round on Sunday.
Ins and outs:
Northern Rangers In: Adam Beard, Ashley Fisher. Out: Dae Won Kim, Yitay Towns.
Launceston City In: Andrew Garwood. Out: Mitchell Dent.
Tilford Zebras In: Aaron Cairns, Out: Samuel McIntyre.
Olympia In: Eduardo Garza Cabello. Out: Matthew Nowicki.
Glenorchy Knights In: Harry Booth. Out: Brian Kabangu.
Devonport City v Tilford Zebras at Mitsubishi Park (1pm)
Launceston City v Northern Rangers at Mitsubishi Park (3.30pm)
Kingborough Lions v Olympia at Lightwood Park, Kingston, (2pm)
South Hobart v Glenorchy Knights at South Hobart (2pm)