March 11, 2008 12:00am
THE AFL's 150th celebrations this year mark another significant football event -- 150 years that Tasmania has been left out in the cold.And today, to mark Australian football's 150th anniversary, the Mercury launches its season-long campaign, Tasmania -- It's Time, to reignite the push for a Tasmanian team in the AFL.
Forget the AFL. They're taking Tasmania for granted. Go the A-League! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20012607944
Well - as a football state, is up to us to provide the case to the AFL to put a team here. Make it so they can't refuse. I predict the Kangaroos will be broke and on the verge of going out of business in 2-3 years anyway, which makes it perfect for Lennon and company to create a package that means THEY WILL HAVE TO RELOCATE SOUTHWARD. Put an offer to the Kangaroos that they can't refuse - and that means a decent stadium in Hobart as well as what we already have up here - and they will come. The Tassie Kangaroos has a nice ring to it doesn't it?
Maybe the Mercury could start it's campaign by helping to build football up to the standard it used to be in the State. Grass roots football is languishing at the bottom of the chain, with Devils and AFL Tas at the top. Give us more publicity to boost the publics awareness and campaign to give local footy a fair share of the Footy dollar handed out to the State by the AFL. Get local footy up to the standard it was and with the crowd support it used to have and Tassie will be in a better position to bargain with the AFL. Recognise local footy for the cultural icon it is and stop looking at it as a feeder for the Devils and the AFL. Local footy is the breeding ground for top level footballers with hours and dollars invested by these clubs from the Juniors up, recognise this for what it is worth.
Why don't you look at returning the snub to the AFL, put together a good case and approach the NRL about getting a rugby league team in Hobart. Face facts, the AFL will continue to take upcoming Tassie talent but return very little, it always has.
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