FEBRUARY'S ANZ Championships Trans-Tasman netball preseason fixture in Launceston could be a precursor to the Melbourne Vixens having more of a presence in the state.
Speaking at the launch of the clash with Northern Mystics at the Silverdome, goal attack Tegan Caldwell said she was open to the idea of spending more time in Tasmania.
``We are really looking forward to it and we think it is a great opportunity for the sport,'' the 25-year-old said.
``Taking it outside where it is now is very important and we see this as a great step and we're really looking forward to it.
``One of the reasons we would expand to Tasmania would be to get that support and hopefully the people of Tasmania can get on board.''
Sports Minister Michelle O'Byrne said public support of this initial match, which has been brought to state thanks to $50,000 funding from Events Tasmania, would be vital if there was any hope of the Vixens replicating the relationship that AFL club Hawthorn has with the state.
``We're developing a strong relationship with the Vixens, which we think bodes very well for the future, but most importantly we need people to turn out for the game,'' Ms O'Byrne said.
``We can then show netball nationally and internationally that Tasmania is keen to see this level of the sport.''
Caldwell, an Australian Diamonds squad member, said she expected the contest between the Vixens, the 2009 champions and 2012 runners-up who reached last season's preliminary final, and 2013's wooden spooners to be a ``good, tough match''.
The Vixens won the only championship season match between the two sides last season, 60-46.
The match will be the first time top-flight netball has been played at the Silverdome since the Melbourne Kestrels defeated the Sydney Swifts 58-44 in the old National Netball League in 2007.
A curtain-raiser match will be held between the best of the North and South of the state.