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gibbke
A case could be made for 2004...but in 2003-04-05, all three finals campaigns were on the back of some late season winning runs after some mediocre mid season performances, the most dramatic being 2005 - bottom to beaten hot favourites in the semi against the Bullants after winning nearly a dozen in a row... Ironically, at one stage in the 2006 preseason, with the new alignment just starting, they were equal premiership favourites with Sandy...! Things got sorted out quick...!
billythekid
Ive just come back from a few days in Tassie and it dosent look good for a State League even with the AFL Tasmania or is it the AFL? willing to throw $9 million to make it work. Speaking to footy fans there they dont seem to have much respect for the Devils and say most of the better young players esp up north would still rather play for their local clubs. IMO what Tassie could have instead of the failed Devils experiment is a State League and 3 AFL games in both Hobart and Launceston each season.
paul
Sandy’s 2000 premiership was not because of “a few Melbourne boys”! There were 14 Sandy players and 8 Melbourne and most of the best players were Sandy. In the prelims North Ballarat beat Geelong by about 15 goals and Sandy beat Carlton by about 13. The number of AFL players in your side does not equal success. And Tassie certainly were the best stand alone club in the comp for three years there. It doesn’t matter what time of the year they won their games, they are the only stand alone VFL team that has made semi and prelim finals over a consecutive period. This Port team should become the best ever stand alone team if it can have success again next year, while if Frankston can win tattslotto and keep its super young team together for a few years they will be a perennial finalist too. Out of interest, I think Tassie made it to the finals 3 years in a row, North Ballarat made it two or three times in sixth years as a stand alone, this will be Port’s second year in a row, and Frankston’s 3rd in the last four years, assuming they keep their spot.
footyman
[quote="paul"] Out of interest, I think Tassie made it to the finals 3 years in a row, North Ballarat made it two or three times in sixth years as a stand alone, this will be Port’s second year in a row, and Frankston’s 3rd in the last four years, assuming they keep their spot.[/quote] I think you're right, but I guess it'd be interesting to know how many times stand alone sides have made it into the top four during those years. I think with a Top 8 in a 13 team competition there have been years where sides have snuck into 8th spot with as low as a 33% winning record (dont quote me on that). Somebody may be able to confirm. Certainly Tassie were a feared side for a while there, they had 12 games at home, were guaranteed home finals and clubs/fans were getting worried. How soon things have changed. Let's hope they can get things back on track, but from what we hear the damage (lost enthusiasm/small crowds) may be pretty hard to repair. I think they signed a 5 year agreement with AFL Victoria at the end of last year too - correct?
digs
[quote="billythekid"]Ive just come back from a few days in Tassie and it dosent look good for a State League even with the AFL Tasmania or is it the AFL? willing to throw $9 million to make it work. Speaking to footy fans there they dont seem to have much respect for the Devils and say most of the better young players esp up north would still rather play for their local clubs. IMO what Tassie could have instead of the failed Devils experiment is a State League and 3 AFL games in both Hobart and Launceston each season.[/quote] Billy, How would two teams from Tassie be. One from the north & one from the south. Would require some serious funding from the AFL but might create some interest & intense rivalry around the state. Might be just whats needed.

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gibbke
A few years ago, North Launceston proposed this very idea, after concerns that Hobart was trying to take the team... AFL Tasmania torpedoed it immediately. While this admin exists, there is no chance. They're too busy trying to set a "length" record without choking...catching the AFL with their pants down while asking for extra funding wasn't supposed to descend to this...
bobbyborough
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In todays Sunday Herald-Sun in the sports section it was stated that the Devils look like folding.they are going to start up a statewide league. I think that is a bad move alright good idea with the state league but still have the Devils in the V.F.L. I don't think the A.F.L. care what happens as they still won't give Tasmania a licence to field a team as they hell bent for the Gold Coast & West Sydney what crap.I love going to bellerive to watch Port play the Devils as it is a great venue. Go Borough!
Robbo
After being with the Devils players and officials after the game yesterday. They all want the concept to continue next year. The problem is the board of AFL Tasmania think a statewide league is a better option than having the Devils they don't think they will have both. I totally disagree with that. I think having the Devils side in the VFL gives their players something to aim for. Wednesday is Decision Day as that is when the AFL Tasmania board meets.
vfa
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I hope the Tassie Devils continue in 2009. To replace the devils with a statewide comp would be a joke. The devils are good for the comp and better for Tassie footy. How many teams do want to join the statewide comp anyway ? If they disband the devils it would be because the Demetriou the goose wants Tassie footy to flop as he is hellbent on the Gold Coast and in particular West Sydney garbage.
vfa
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Article from today's Mercury TASMANIA'S interim coach Lance Spaulding says his Devils are an endangered species, but reckons the VFL program needs to continue. And he said some of Tasmania's best players would be lost to the state if the Devils become extinct. AFL Tasmania has repeatedly stated if not enough funds are available for the Devils and the proposed state league, then Tasmania's VFL campaign would be dead. "I'm obviously concerned there won't be any Devils," Spaulding said yesterday. "It's looking like there won't be. That's way out of my hands. I'm really biased. I would try and make the Devils fit but that's just my opinion. "It's not my responsibility to nurture football in this state. I've got a straight contact with a group of players that I want to see get something out of the effort they have put in for years for some of them. "My responsibility isn't to Tasmanian football and nurturing and developing and growing the game in this state. The right people in the right places make those decisions." A Devils player can earn up to $25,000, and many would have to take significant pay cuts as the state league clubs would have a salary cap of about $60,000 for their teams. "The salary caps that are on statewide clubs will impact on some of these blokes," Spaulding said. "I couldn't see it senior Devils going back to the state league, but that is just my opinion." The Devils are facing consecutive wooden spoons, but Spaulding said the competition offered a standard the state league could not replace. "It also offers something fantastic for the players to play VFL football, which is a level statewide will never get to," he said. "We sat over at Bellerive and watched Carlton's Andrew Walker fly around for the Bullants, and I don't think people realised just how good he was. "The players our blokes come up against week in, week out, because they haven't got their regular AFL senior jumpers on, people don't recognise just who they are. "That is a disappointing thing because there have been some fantastic footballers in the last seven or eight years have come and played in Tasmania for people to come and watch." The Devils take on second-placed North Ballarat at Bellerive on Saturday.

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