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Tassie in VFL 2021

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/tasmania-could-have-team-in-the-vfl-...

 

Tasmania could have their own team in the VFL in 2021 as part of a vision being developed to drive football forward in the state.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan is expected to visit Tasmania on Friday with a set of recommendations after the AFL announced the Tasmanian State League would continue in 2019.

McLachlan chaired the final Tasmanian football steering committee meeting last week.

Fairfax Media understands discussions were held at the meeting about the structure of a Tasmanian under-18s team being introduced to participate in the TAC Cup.

The proposal could see a Tasmanian under-18s team become a standalone entity with their own managing director, with the AFL keen to see a high profile coach appointed to lead the team.

 

The team could then set the state on the path to having their own team within the VFL in three years.

Fairfax Media understands the AFL has been discussing with AFL Victoria the financial requirements to run standalone clubs in the VFL.

The anticipated announcement comes on the back of a decision to continue the TSL after months of negotiations between the AFL and TSL club presidents, with annual funding tied to key performance criteria relating to community engagement and participation.

AFL Tasmania CEO Trish Squires made the announcement in Hobart ahead of McLachlan's arrival after a tumultuous year that saw Devonport and Burnie quit the competition and Squires replace Rob Auld in the position.

Under the agreement the development of talent in the state's north west region will remain AFL Tasmania's responsibility and clubs will be subject to reviews every six months.

 

Tasmania has also been floated as a potential venue for the national draft with key juniors Tarryn Thomas and Chayce Jones potential selections at the end of the year.

 

 

 

NorthPort
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And from the Herald Sun article on the same topic:

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VFL clubs have been told a Tasmanian team will likely join the competition in 2021

PAUL AMY AND SAM LANDSBERGER, Herald Sun

TROUBLED football state Tasmania will almost certainly be reviving its representative team.

In the AFL’s first major step towards rebuilding problem-ridden Tassie football, planning is underway for a return to the VFL.

VFL clubs have been told a Tasmanian team will be joining the competition, most likely in 2021.

The development comes as momentum grows to persuade the AFL into finally delivering Tasmania its own AFL team, moving on from the fly-in, fly-out models used by Hawthorn and North Melbourne.

There are also ongoing discussions about beefing up the under-18 program as the AFL endures heavy criticism over its management of the game on the island.

Tasmania is a chance to field an under-18 team in a chunk the TAC Cup season, possibly from next year.

The Tassie Devils kicked off in the VFL in 2001, attracting competition-best crowds at their home games.

Gillon McLachlan set up a committee to look into football in Tasmania. Picture: AAP Images

But they were wound up after the 2008 season, when Tasmanian football bosses decided to put their focus on the state league.

By that stage the Devils had a semi-alignment with North Melbourne, with Kangaroos players including Jonathan Hay flying over for home games.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton had a coaching stint at the Devils, taking over from Matthew Armstrong during the 2006 season.

Former Sydney Swans star Darryn Cresswell led the club in its last two years.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan set up a steering committee in March to try to resolve the Tasmanian football crisis.

The committee includes AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires, Bolton, former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt, AFL head of game development Rob Auld, AFL state league and international manager Simon Laughton and is chaired by McLachlan.

Tasmania has produced just one draftee in the past two years, with 2016 the state’s first barren year since 1986.

By comparison, at the same time TAC Cup clubs Sandringham and Eastern have combined for 32 AFL players, including nine top-15 selections.

Former Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said the AFL neglected Tasmania by instead pouring cash into Greater Western Sydney and the Suns.

Nick Riewoldt has been vocal in his support of Tasmanian football. Picture: Michael Klein

“It only takes money and resources, but they’re pouring it into Gold Coast and GWS,” Eade, from Glenorchy, said earlier this year.

“You want to go to new frontiers and markets, well that’s terrific. But get your own backyard right.

“That’s very poor. It’s probably been coming for a while, but nothing’s been done to arrest it and it seems like it’s on the slide, which is terrible.

“It needs to have better resources, better academies, better pathways, better coaching.”

Eade claimed soccer was infiltrating Tassie and said it would be better if only one AFL team played a suite of games there every season.







NorthPort
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I loved the trips down to Tasmania when the Devils were in the VFL.

I can remember a game at York Park in the early years of their includsion where the fog rolled in,during a night match.

You couldn't see from one end of the ground to the other!

In later years, the Devils were drawing very solid crowds, and got approximately 10,000 through the gate for a Semi Final against the Borough.

I'm hopeful that Tasmania are again a side in this competition both for developing talent down there and recommend Tassie highly for the mid-season away..







vfa
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Went to tassie a few times including Williamstown v tassie in 2001 at devonport, plus a few games at york park Launceston. They would get bigger crowds for their vfl games to what GWS great waste of space do. When i went to tassie always made it a bit of a holiday there. Have been to a few local games there as well at north hobart oval, east devonport, glenorchy and at ulverstone.  Why do they have to wait for 2021 why next next season ??

MegaA
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My thoughts exactly, seems abit of a wait. They aren't hosting the olympics, it's not as if they need to get the grounds ready. Should have been next year.

 

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16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

digs

Great memories of some wonderful times in Tassie!!

After the Roosters first win in Tassies first year every supporter of both teams went back to a Board directors hotel  that put the beer on ALL night. Yes all night all free. Fine gesture .. not so great the next day.

Would be great if the Tassie team eventuates & the Roosters are permitted back in the comp.

Getting excited already !!

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

vfa
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I wish 2019 have addition of 2 extra teams in North Balllarat and Tassie making it a 17 team comp. Then once St Kilda and Sandy split it should beconme an 18 team comp. Spot on Mega what is the wait on Tassie ? Awaiting Olympic for the approval ?? and the winner is Sydanee ?? Tassie have the grounds ready to go. Bellarive, North Hobart, York Park, Ulverstone, Devonport. The current tassie state league is a farce thanks to Scott 'AFL puppet' Wade. Why prolong it for another year. I noticed that there is a Frankston Dolphins team in the SFL Division 4 this year.   

 

digs

It’s common knowledge that the Roosters will never be considered whilst this current bunch of rabble are in charge of the football club.

They are dead set on the nose.

There are a few well respected club people working on an effective resolution with a view to having a regional representation once again.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

MegaA
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What about a different ballarat side ? Whats the chances of that ? No chance of bendigo being represented either ?

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN,
I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED,
I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

digs

Strong chances of a regional representative team from the district but it would not be any chance whilst this current “administration” are involved Mega !!

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

NorthPort
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Keep us in the loop Digs. We don't hear anything in town about Ballarat footy and vfl representation  







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