THE prospect of Hawthorn beginning its premiership defence under lights in Launceston has been warmly welcomed by the city.
The Hawks are believed to be seeking a round 1 clash with Brisbane at Aurora Stadium when they would also unveil the 2013 flag to supporters for the first time.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said it would be a dream scenario on Saturday, March 22.
``If it's true it's absolutely fantastic and we'd be delighted,'' he said.
``To unveil the flag here would be a fantastic way of rewarding the faith shown by the Tasmania supporters and we appreciate the desire of Hawthorn to do that.
``We've asked for a twilight game and the earlier in the season the better it would be for Tasmania.''
The Launceston fixtures may also address growing concerns over the impact of Saturday afternoon AFL matches on local football competitions, particularly the NTFA.
Alderman van Zetten said the council had held discussions with Hawks president Andrew Newbold and suggested a night game and two Sunday games could help alleviate the clashes.
``We believe that may work better with local football,'' he said.
``If we do get just one Saturday game it would be good if there was no local football played on that day. That way everyone will have compromised and that should not be too difficult to achieve.
``I was concerned that when we had Saturday games local football was still being played and felt there needs to be a balance. It was important that all parties were willing to compromise.''
It is understood that Launceston's other three AFL matches next season will be played in June, July and August with a Friday night NAB Cup match on February 21.
Chief executive Stuart Fox confirmed the Hawks' wishes to commemorate their premiership by unfurling the flag both in Launceston and Melbourne and said they have requested an early-season twilight game at Aurora under its new lights.
``If the opportunity presented itself to unfurl the flag twice early in the season, both at the MCG and in Launceston, we think that would be an exciting prospect,'' Fox said.
Hawthorn flew to Tasmania on the Monday after its premiership victory over Fremantle to acknowledge a decade-long playing agreement with the state government which also sponsors the team and delivered a $300,000 premiership bonus.