Tasmania Devils news

Tasmania kills off Devils in VFL

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond

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TASMANIAN Devils are now extinct after AFL Tasmania ditched its Victorian Football League team in favour of a 10-team state competition.

As revealed in the Sunday Age last month, AFL Tasmania has been working on its state league development for the past three years and will launch the competition on September 23.

AFL Tasmania has invited 10 clubs from across the state — Burnie, Devonport, South Launceston, Launceston, North Launceston, Lauderdale, Clarence, Hobart, North Hobart and Glenorchy — to participate and hopes to have the league up and running next season, with or without a VFL team.

State league in; Devils out

From the Examiner
Reported by Phil Edwards

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THE Tassie Devils will cease to exist next season if AFL Tasmania's proposed Statewide league becomes a reality in 2009.

That was the message AFL Tasmania general manager Scott Wade conveyed to the Devils' players at training last night ending recent uncertainty and speculation over the club's future.

"I advised them that if AFL Tasmania establishes a Statewide league we won't be fielding a team in the VFL," Wade said yesterday.

"At this particular point in time we don't have a State league because we still have clubs that are required to commit.

"But I also advised the players that it is highly likely that we will have a State league - and we won't be doing both," he said.

Reports that a financial lifeline could be extended to keep the Devils alive in 2009 drew an ultimatum to AFL Tasmania from three Northern clubs yesterday.

Two points of dispair

From the Sunday Tasmanian
Reported from Adam Smith

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TASMANIA was left two agonising points short of snapping a long losing streak yesterday, falling to Collingwood in a VFL heart-breaker at MC Labour Park in Melbourne.

The Devils recovered from a slow start to dominate most of the second half, but failed to convert where it matters most -- on the scoreboard.

In the final term the visitors kicked 3.6, including missing several golden opportunities late in the game, before going down 14.14 (98) to 14.12 (96).

The loss consigned the Devils to their eighth consecutive defeat with just two rounds remaining in a horror season.

But the players finally found the passion and grunt coach Lance Spaulding has been seeking from them for the past month.

Tas thrashed in latest VFL encounter

Tas thrashed in latest VFL encounter

Williamstown has given the Tassie Devils an absolute flogging at Bellerive Oval.

The Seagulls kicked 31-14- 200 to 7-7-49.

Seagulls coach, Brad Gotch, says the win sets the side up well as the season heads towards finals.

"It gives us that little bit of momentum going forward," Gotch said.

Devils put bite on

From the Hobart Mercury
Reported by Adam Smith

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WITH its finals aspirations now extinguished, Tasmania's VFL focus will turn to ensuring it doesn't collect a second consecutive wooden spoon.

The Devils currently sit in 13th spot, only percentage behind Collingwood and just one win above last-placed Box Hill.

It is a mixed run home for the Devils, with games against the Pies and Hawks to come -- but stern tests against Williamstown (second), ladder leader North Ballarat and Frankston (eighth) mixed in.

Last weekend's bye gave some of the playing group the chance to rest, while others returned to local clubs to find form and confidence.

Despite coming off a second smashing for the year against Sandringham last round, skipper Brett Geappen is confident of finishing the season on a positive note.