It’s absolutely a fair comparison, that was the feedback at the time “why would I go to a second rate competition” it’s more of an indication of the current football landscape than 1950s bendigoIt proves my point, as it is a closed State league without pathway to the AFL. Once you offer a pathway to the big time, then support follows.
I'd suggest however, if Bendigo, who ironically made an application to join the VFL in the 1950's, was given an opportunity to join the AFL, that attendances and support would naturally follow.
Just as I think a 3rd Perth team would gain enough support to sustain itself and grow into a long-term Div1/2 prospect, as would Hobart and Launceston
This thread is about the 19th team, and I think it should go to Launceston, branded as the Nth Tasmania Devils.
Obviously, Hobart would quickly follow, and then game on for the rest of the country.
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