The NTFA is preparing for a "massive weekend" of finals footy, with president Scott Rigby saying it has bucked the trend with record player registrations and crowd numbers.
"The NTFA has had a bumper year on the back of what we experienced last year," Rigby said.
Launceston will host two AFL finals this weekend, but Rigby doesn't believe it will deter crowds at NTFA matches. "I think there's plenty to go around in the sense of watching footy," he said.
"We have some very loyal and vocal supporters and that is what we want to encourage for them to get out and enjoy that local community footy."
A wet winter has impacted the condition of a number of grounds, raising concerns about the quality of ovals being used for finals.
"I'm old enough to remember playing in those days when it was quite muddy ... but our ground surfaces have held up pretty well and I think it is probably because of the care the councils have taken to maintaining those surfaces," Rigby said.
The NTFA president hopes a combination of good luck and warmer weather over the next few days will create better playing conditions for this weekend's clashes.
"But we obviously need to see a lot more investment in that space," he said.
With increased activity in football, Rigby said the NTFA would need to be much more active with councils and the government to get investment into the grounds and ground surfaces.
"We have seen some record investment from the government and council regarding those facilities, particularly with the women's competition going on," he said.
We have some very loyal and vocal supporters and that is what we want to encourage for them to get out and enjoy that local community footy.- Scott Rigby
Windsor Park has battled waterlogging issues throughout the season, with the West Tamar Council using a helicopter to dry out the ground on Wednesday.
Rigby said the council was pulling out all stops to ensure the ground was ready for the TSL this weekend, and the Division 1 and NTFAW grand finals the following weekend.
West Tamar Council mayor Christina Holmdahl said the helicopter put ground staff about two days ahead in drying the surface.
NTFAW, 10.15am: Old Scotch vs Old Launcestonians at George Town
Premier Division, 2pm: South Launceston vs Longford at Youngtown
Division 1, 2pm: Old Launcestonians vs East Coast Swans at George Town
Premier Division, 2pm: Rocherlea vs Bracknell at Rocherlea
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