Tasmania Devils news

New life in Devils

From The Mercury
Reported by Brett Stubbs
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ENDING the partial alliance with the Kangaroos has revived the Devils' spirit, says Tasmania's five-goal hero Alex Gilmour.

The Devils returned to the VFL winning list with a three-point victory over Box Hill on Sunday, despite holding the same lead at the final change and kicking into a strong wind.

"I always thought the best thing for Tasmanian footy would be as a stand-alone club," Gilmour said yesterday.

"The group is together, a close group centralised down here in Hobart.

"There is nobody flying in, flying out, trying to get AFL games, playing for themselves. It is just a group of Tasmanians all going in the one direction trying to get the same result."

Tas Devils lose another player

From the Tasmania ABC Website Full article: abc.net.au Tasmania's VFL side has been dealt another blow in the lead-up to the season. One of the side's boon recruits, Alex Gilmour, has decided not to play with the club. The former Richmond-listed player was believed to be in contention for the captaincy. Devils coach, Daryn Cresswell, says he's unwilling to comment on the matter.

Devils sign key utility

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The Tasmanian Devils newest recruit believes the team will be much improved after taking last year's wooden spoon.

Tasmanian-born Tim Hazell has signed with the Devils for one year.

The 26 year old utility has been with VFL rivals Port Melbourne for the past three years and also played five AFL games with Hawthorn in 2001.

Hazell says he'll be trying to help coach Daryn Cresswell improve the Devil's fortunes in 2008.

Hazell's homecoming is set

From the Hobart Mercury
Reported by Adam Smith
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ANY young side rebuilding needs solid leadership to draw upon -- and for the Devils, boom recruit Tim Hazell fits the bill.

The former Hawthorn and Adelaide player finally put pen to paper yesterday morning, ending months of speculation he was returning home after eight years on the mainland.

A born and bred Tasmanian, Hazell has been vice-captain of VFL club Port Melbourne for the past three seasons and his experience will be invaluable for a side looking to rebuild from a horror 2007 campaign.

The Devils' hierarchy has been chasing the 26-year-old since he was de-listed by the Crows in 2004, but business interests in Melbourne have prevented him from returning home.

ANZAC Day treat

From the Mercury

Reported by Adam Smith
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TASMANIA returns to its traditional VFL Anzac Day match for the first time in four years following the release of the 2008 fixture list yesterday.

With Anzac Day falling on a Friday next year, the Devils will clash with Casey Scorpions at Bellerive in round five for premiership points.

The club has always promoted the Anzac Day round -- usually with a match against Frankston -- but will play on the day for the first time since handing North Ballarat a 77-point hiding at North Hobart in 2004.

The Devils open next season with two away games against Bendigo and Box Hill -- the only two sides it defeated in 2007. Home-and-away matches have been evenly split, with Collingwood's decision to field a stand-alone VFL side increasing the roster season to 20 matches.

However, the Devils have the opportunity to "buy" home games, and Coburg has shown interest in selling its match on June 14.