Tasmania denied A-League matches

TASMANIA'S major soccer competition might have to be renamed the Defeat League after its naming rights supporter Melbourne Victory delivered the state another A-League snub yesterday.

Harry Kewell in action for Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in 2012.

Harry Kewell in action for Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in 2012.

As the sport's World Cup kicked off, the national competition delivered a second successive kick in the teeth for the island state.

The 27-round 2014-15 home and away season did not feature any matches in Tasmania.

It was the same story last season despite Melbourne Victory having previously played games at Launceston's Aurora Stadium for eight years in a row, attracting crowds of up to 8000.

The club had formed a relationship with Football Federation Tasmania which involved backing the newly-formed Victory League, but appears to have since pulled the pin on fixtures in the state.

Victory received 14 home games in yesterday's fixtures, the January 2 round 14 match against Perth Glory at Geelong's Simonds Stadium appearing to have taken Aurora Stadium's place. 

Victory began playing preseason friendlies in Launceston in 2006, eventually bringing two A-League roster matches to the city.

Both ended in 1-1 draws, the 2012 visit of Gold Coast United witnessing a goal from former Socceroos and Liverpool striker Harry Kewell with the 2013 fixture against Central Coast Mariners drawing a crowd of 6238.


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