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Thylacine
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[quote="billythekid and some people there still have stupid dreams of having a full blown AFL side LOL [/quote] It is no stupider than having a West Sydney team
footyman
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I think the Tasmanian's actually think the state league will increase the focus on Tasmanian footy. The Devils was seen as a Hobart side. Living in Launceston to play with the Devils was near impossible. AFL Tasmania govern the whole state and I suppose by funding the Devils they were essentially putting all their money into a Hobart based and focussed program. I think Tasmania have done a good job from a player development point of view too - we've seen guys like Colin Garland, Jack Riewoldt play VFL footy and step into AFL relatively quickly. They'll have to hope the state league standard is as high, and gets these guys exposure which the VFL obviously gave them.
MinkaBeaver
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[quote="footyman"]I think the Tasmanian's actually think the state league will increase the focus on Tasmanian footy. The Devils was seen as a Hobart side. Living in Launceston to play with the Devils was near impossible. AFL Tasmania govern the whole state and I suppose by funding the Devils they were essentially putting all their money into a Hobart based and focussed program. I think Tasmania have done a good job from a player development point of view too - we've seen guys like Colin Garland, Jack Riewoldt play VFL footy and step into AFL relatively quickly. They'll have to hope the state league standard is as high, and gets these guys exposure which the VFL obviously gave them.[/quote] And yet as recently as eighteen months ago it was seen as a Launceston side. The seething North-South rivalry makes very little sense to mainlanders such as myself. I still reckon that player development would be boosted by retaining the Tassie Mariners, but that's another matter. What's your prediction on when Aaron Cornelius will get drafted? And who else is a shot this year?
footyman
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[quote="MinkaBeaver"] And yet as recently as eighteen months ago it was seen as a Launceston side. The seething North-South rivalry makes very little sense to mainlanders such as myself.[/quote]Doesnt make any sense at all does it! I suppose once they got their mits on a premier facility at Bellerive the shift to Hobart became inevitable. And by the end they seemed to only play about 2 or 3 games in Launceston - of which most if not all of them were AFL curtain raisers. [quote:f51ae26253="MinkaBeaver"] I still reckon that player development would be boosted by retaining the Tassie Mariners, but that's another matter. What's your prediction on when Aaron Cornelius will get drafted? And who else is a shot this year?[/quote]I guess the new format to the U18 Championships gives the Mariners some good representation. They had 9 games this year. And their U16 team is in Saturdays Div 2 final curtain raiser at the MCG and I think they've got 6 guys in the recently annouced AIS/AFL academy for the next 12 months. So from a development perspective things seem to be going alright for them down there. They've got 5 going to DC and a few more going to screening, and they gave 4 or 5 guys a run with the Devils during the year so they should do alright. Cornelius could go anywhere after about 10 or 12 I would've thought.

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