Big Blue heads to Hobart

Tasmanian football fans will witness their own Big Blue blockbuster when Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC take to the pitch in a pre-season clash at North Hobart Oval next month.

The A-League face-off comes at the end of Victory’s five-day tour in Hobart which culminates in a double header.

The best players from Tasmania's Victory League will take on Victory’s National Youth League squad at 12:15pm on September 28 before the A-League teams kick-off at 3pm.

“It is great to be bringing an A-League match into the heart of our capital city and we are really spoiled to be hosting one of the national competition’s fiercest rivalries,” Football Federation Tasmania CEO Mike Palmer said.

“There will be no excuses for sports fans not to head out to one of Hobart’s most iconic sporting venues and watch some of the finest footballers in the land play the world game in Hobart.

“Tasmanians are starved of fixtures like this so it is a big opportunity for local football fans to show their support for A-League in Hobart and flock to North Hobart.”

The Victory’s Tassie trip is part of the club’s long-term partnership with FFT, which includes sponsorship of the state’s flagship football competition, the Victory League.

Victory CEO Ian Robson said the island state played a big part in the club’s pre-season preparations.

“Not only do we see it as a great chance for our squad to spend time together and prepare for a huge Hyundai A-League season, but it also provides us with a terrific opportunity to engage with the local community and gives aspiring Tasmanian football fans a chance to meet their heroes,” Robson said.

A similar double-header was played at Kingston Twin Ovals last year, where a crowd of more than 5,000 packed in to see Victory triumph over Western Sydney Wanderers.

“Last year was a great success and we look forward to facing one of our biggest rivals in Sydney FC in the centre of Hobart, we hope to see a big crowd out to support the event,” Robson said.