BURNIE will have to wait until noon tomorrow to know whether it will be able to defend its State League premiership on home turf.
By finishing the roster season second, the reigning premier has the right to host the qualifying final against the third-placed Launceston but the condition of West Park has the fixture in limbo.
AFL Tasmania has provisionally rostered the match at the Dockers' home ground at 1pm on Saturday but yesterday's press release came with a prominent asterisk stating that final confirmation would be announced at noon on Wednesday.
``This decision will be based on the ground condition at that time and consideration given to the weather forecast for the remainder of the week,'' State League general manager Shaun Young said.
Young inspected the venue yesterday afternoon and said stakeholders including Burnie Sports and Events, Burnie City Council and the Dockers are supportive of the outcome and ``fully understand that if conditions of the ground and the forecast for the remainder of the week do not improve the match will be moved''.
If West Park is not considered fit, the alternative venue would be Aurora Stadium in Launceston.
This scenario which probably would not overly concern Dockers coach Brent Plant whose team beat the Blues at that venue to claim last year's flag and know it is also already locked in to host this year's grand final. Assuming West Park is fit, Aurora Stadium will host the the RACT Insurance Cup elimination final between North Launceston and South Launceston at 10am on Sunday followed at 12.30pm by the qualifying final between Launceston and Lauderdale.
However, if Aurora Stadium has to host the senior qualifying final it will be at 2pm on Saturday, preceded by the RACT Cup qualifying final at 11.30am and followed by the elimination final at 4.30pm.