No AFL team for Tasmania, league boss Gillon McLachlan announces

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The_Wookie

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Can't see that happening, seems far too soon. Surely they need to do stadium upgrades and consolidate GC/GWS first
This GC/GWS merge/fold thing, isnt happening any time soon. People need to get used to this. And you arent going to get stadium upgrades here without an assurance of a team - it would be part of the license deal.
 

Chrispiesssss

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“I’m hearing no Hawthorn and no North Melbourne in Tassie after 2021,” he said Sportsday.

“I’m hearing no games at all in Tassie in 2022 with the idea that Tassie would get its 19th team into the AFL in 2023.
 

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Kappa

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This GC/GWS merge/fold thing, isnt happening any time soon. People need to get used to this. And you arent going to get stadium upgrades here without an assurance of a team - it would be part of the license deal.
Of course gc/GWS won't merge or fold. I just can't see a tas team playing by 2023,seems like its too much to do in such a short time, so much planning and construction and other teams need to plan around it.

How long will it take to plan, get approval, and then construct huge upgrades to Tasmanian stadiums? They'd have to be at least metricom/giants stadium quality.
 

FlowersByIrene

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Love Tassie getting a team.
Hate the AFL expanding to a 19th team and spreading the talent further.


Gold Coast the obvious option to move down. Can cull anyone who doesn't want to go., allow them to FA elsewhere and then given them another bevy of draft picks and Stae-League access to set them up.

Alternatively, St Kilda, North? Which one of you are putting your hands up.
 

General Giant

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Love Tassie getting a team.
Hate the AFL expanding to a 19th team and spreading the talent further.


Gold Coast the obvious option to move down. Can cull anyone who doesn't want to go., allow them to FA elsewhere and then given them another bevy of draft picks and Stae-League access to set them up.

Alternatively, St Kilda, North? Which one of you are putting your hands up.
There is more chance of 1 of the small Victorians going than any of the interstate sides.
 

Mr Taswegian

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Most people believe Tasmania can't afford its own team,so it would be interesting to see where they get the money.The tasmanian AFL commitee have said they are interested in talking to virgin founder John Branson about becoming a sponser,so that would be interesting to see if that happens.
 

madmug

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You don't think GC and GWS will grow over time?
I doubt they'll ever sustain themselves as AFL clubs without massive amounts of permanent support.

Sydney people don't really go in droves to club sports. The Swans have done well after some tough periods, but it is a city of over 5million people or so, all the 'southern' expats alone could sustain them.

I just don't see the same growth in Western Sydney. I hope it does, but its a different world to the parts of Australia which have the long history of 'Aussie Rules'. Geez, they hardly go to NRL games! The club sport tribal thing is not the same in the wider west of Sydney, or Sydney generally. except SOO RL of course.

GC has a long history of failed sports teams. Their is a reason for that, people do other things.

They may be given enough help to win games & flags, but massive local support? I just don't see it. Again, people do other stuff on the GC.

The question as to how much the game of Australian rules football will grow is more important. In time I think it may make some inroads. Maybe GWS >GC

I think those 2 will always need massive AFL support.
 

dermott

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Most people believe Tasmania can't afford its own team,so it would be interesting to see where they get the money.The tasmanian AFL commitee have said they are interested in talking to virgin founder John Branson about becoming a sponser,so that would be interesting to see if that happens.
I assume John is Richard’s brother.
 

TigerTrain23

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Gold Coast are still far and away the worst in the comp in terms of attendance etc. They make the most sense, the Gold Coast is a sporting franchise graveyard.
It's a common myth. Gold Coast crowds at Metricon have historically over a period of time been higher than that of GWS. If they sort out the on-field stuff the Suns will get fans to the games.
 

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