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Footy in Tassie off to a booming start!

It is that time of year again, with the 2016 AFL Season now in full swing, Hawthorn and North Melbourne Football Clubs have kicked off their matches in Tasmania with wins across the board. Hawthorn are set to play four matches at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, meanwhile Blundstone Arena in Hobart plays home to North Melbourne for three matches this season.

Hawthorn have secured wins in 2 out of 2 of their matches in Launceston this AFL Season, with a slim 3-point win over Saint Kilda and a more convincing defeat of the Fremantle Dockers 116-75. Over 15,000 fans packed into Aurora Stadium for the clash against St Kilda in what was a tense match down to the last seconds. The Hawks struggled to take control of the game, with the scores level at the final break and the Saints stretching out to an 11-point lead early in the final term. St Kilda had their chances to take the game away from Hawthorn, but failed to capitalise on a number of set shots. Jonathon Ceglar, Luke Breust, Paul Puopolo, Tim O’Brien and James Sicily each finished with two goals for the Hawks.

It was a similar story over in Hobart with North Melbourne also playing out a close thriller at Blundstone Arena with a 6-point win over Melbourne, assisted greatly by a six-goal haul from Brent Harvey. It was an extremely close match with a stoic Melbourne putting up a relentless fight against the top-of-the-table Kangaroos. Such was the free-scoring nature of the match, the 267-point aggregate set a new record for scoring in all AFL matches played in Tasmania, eclipsing the previous record of 245 points set by Hawthorn and Port Adelaide in Launceston in 2012. 12, 607 watched on in anticipation as, the result came down to the wire with Dean Kent kicking a goal for Melbourne in the final 30 seconds that took the Demons to within five points of victory.

Hawthorn will face the Gold Coast Suns and Carlton later in the season, with North Melbourne to come up against Richmond and Sydney in Hobart. If the games so far are anything to go by, there is sure to much more thrilling football to come in Tasmania this AFL Season.