It is interesting that little ol' Tas. can produce very competitive professional cricket teams, & GR cricket is apparently thriving in Tas.see the mercury today for an example
Cricket Tasmania employs 73 FT staff (not inc. players, game day ground staff etc.).
If a Tas. SOO team today played a Vic. SOO team, I expect it would lose by about 35 goals to about 3 goals. -but in the past, Tas,. won a few interstate games, & was generally reasonably competitive for 80+ years
AFL, you are the self-proclaimed "custodian of the game". FAIL.