Have Tasmania’s A-League aspirations just taken a hit?

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    Until now all talk has been of a single team A-League bid for Tasmania, but now things appear to be up in the air.

    According to an ABC news report an AAFC (Association of Australian Football Clubs) meeting in Brisbane on July 15 will determine how a second-tier competition would look.

    South Hobart FC president Victoria Morton who is deputy chair of the newly formed AAFC has said that: “I’m not in favor of creating a new franchise” in relation to creating a new single team to represent the whole state.

    If AAFC is successful, it is likely that one or more of the existing NPL (state league) clubs would take part in the new second division rather than a composite Tasmanian team.

    It is believed that South Hobart, Olympia Warriors (Northern Hobart) and Devonport are all interested in playing in a new national competition. But notably absent so far are either of the two NPL clubs from Launceston.

    Football Federation Tasmania CEO Mike Palmer has also gone on record speaking out against a single team model saying: “It would not be our intention for Tasmania to be represented by a state team in any second-tier competition”.

    As for the A-League bid the signs aren’t looking good.

    The A-League consortium led by Harry Stamoulis and Robert Belteky has reportedly gone to ground and council haven’t heard back form them since they put forward a proposal for a 15,000-seat rectangular stadium in Hobart earlier this year.

    Hobart City Council general manager Nick Heath stated: “Our door remains open to any proposal, but we are yet to hear back from the consortium since the initial briefing”.

    What it all means
    The ABC news report does note that “Tasmanian representation in a national B-League or A2 would be independent of any future Tasmanian A-League team” but if the Stamoulis-Belteky consortium have disappeared then Tasmania won’t be one of the new expansion teams.

    The latest developments could have serious ramifications for a Tasmanian AFL bid. One of the main points in favour of the Tasmanian A-League bid was that it would unite the whole state and wouldn’t be beset by the same division that an AFL team would be. Not so, apparently.

    If the AFL were ever thinking about giving Tasmania a team they might now be having second thoughts and anyone in Melbourne opposed to a Tasmanian team will now have more ammunition to shoot it down with.

    Unless Stamoulis and Belteky reappear the only way that any team from Tasmania will be able to enter the A-League is via promotion from a second division. But it won’t be one that represents the whole state.

    As for a Tasmanian AFL team this episode might just be the end of it.

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    • July 6th 2017 @ 2:02am
      George said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:02am | ! Report

      How does this effect an AFL bid?

      It seems like the article is suggesting that if an B-League were introduced than the AFL would not put a team in. But surely the article is not suggesting that haha

      • July 6th 2017 @ 7:04am
        punter said | July 6th 2017 @ 7:04am | ! Report

        Not sure that is what the article is about ALF is not the main issue of this article.

        • July 6th 2017 @ 9:16am
          clipper said | July 6th 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

          The main issue for any sporting team is the North South divide, which makes it even more acute for the AFL as it costs a lot more to run a team.

      • July 6th 2017 @ 10:58am
        Nick Symonds said | July 6th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

        “How does this effect an AFL bid?”

        The North-South divide has been one of the biggest issues, if not THE biggest, in holding back Tasmania from having an AFL team.

        When people who supported a single A-League team for the whole of Tasmania are now saying they support multiple teams it just confirms fears in Melbourne that a Tasmanian team would split up.

        If that’s the case then why would the AFL take the risk putting one there?

        And what does it mean for the North Hobart Oval upgrade? If there’s no A-League team based there and there’s little or no chance of a Tasmanian AFL team using it as training ground will the federal government still pay for an upgrade?

        And is the North-South divide what’s made Stamoulis and Belteky go to ground? Their plan for the team was that it would play only 3 or 4 games in Launceston with the rest going to Hobart. Has this played a part in any of this?

        Again the North-South divide. Not a good look for an AFL bid.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 6:42am
      League table speaks said | July 6th 2017 @ 6:42am | ! Report

      Let Them Compete For Entry

      Best Football Wins

      Big Success Story !!!


    • July 6th 2017 @ 9:19am
      AR said | July 6th 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Tasmania’s ALeague aspirations took a hit the moment it was revealed they were from Tasmania.

      The AFL reference is just bizarre.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 10:05am
      Lionheart said | July 6th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      Tassie’s always been split. Hobart and Launceston war endures forever.

      • July 6th 2017 @ 11:07am
        Nick Symonds said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        A war in Tasmania will never happen. People in the North wont make the drive South and vice versa.

        • July 6th 2017 @ 1:43pm
          Lionheart said | July 6th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report


      • July 8th 2017 @ 2:22pm
        tom said | July 8th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

        makes for a good rivalry in Football 😉

    • July 6th 2017 @ 11:02am
      Ken Spacey said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

      I believe the AFL reference is about the reality that several centres are marginal for elite sports franchises. If the AFL commits to Tassie, the HAL dream is over. The view that football is more streamlined and less expensive is the reason why it could possibly work if it was the main game in town. But as ever, all new area bids need unity and civic support.

    • July 6th 2017 @ 11:05am
      Nemesis said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

      Tasmania will be part of the National 2nd Division that should be operating by February 2018.

      From what is being reported, this 2nd Division will ensure football is the only sport that has a competition that fully embraces the whole nation.

      • July 6th 2017 @ 2:12pm
        Al-Shazahd said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

        “From what is being reported, this 2nd Division will ensure football is the only sport that has a competition that fully embraces the whole nation.”

        the Sheffield Shield and Matador Cup are both domestic cricket competitions involving NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, WA and TAS. in addition, the big bash also involve the same number of states.

        and by definition no sport involves the whole nation. NT and ACT don’t have professional sporting teams from cricket or football. you do realise those two are part of australia?

        so not sure what you are on about. slow day at work?

        • July 6th 2017 @ 2:25pm
          Nemesis said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

          I know the Sheffield Shield is not a club competition.

          Never heard of the Matador Cup – is it a club competition? What sport?

          PS: Who said anything about professional sport? The FFA Cup is a National Competition with clubs from every State & Territory.

          • July 6th 2017 @ 2:32pm
            Al-Shazahd said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

            “I know the Sheffield Shield is not a club competition.”

            before you said football is the only sport that has a COMPETITION. the sheffield shield does not contain what you would call ‘clubs’ but these teams were established a long time ago. they play cricket = sport. and they play in a competition. a competition involving states across the country.

            “Never heard of the Matador Cup – is it a club competition? What sport?”

            no wonder you never address other poster’s questions. you don’t read do you. i wrote “the Sheffield Shield and Matador Cup are both domestic CRICKET competitions”

            • July 6th 2017 @ 2:35pm
              Al-Shazahd said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

              PS Who said anything about club competition? you simply stated ‘competition’.

            • July 6th 2017 @ 2:46pm
              Nemesis said | July 6th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

              So, just checked Matador Cup.

              A competition of 7 teams representing the 6 States of Australia. No teams from NT, or ACT. But a team called “Cricket Australia XI”.

              Each team plays each opponent once.
              Season lasts 3 weeks.

              MasterChef is more of a national competition than Matador Cup.

              • July 6th 2017 @ 3:02pm
                Al-Shazahd said | July 6th 2017 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

                But if the A-League doesn’t contain clubs from NT or ACT how is it embracing the whole country

              • July 6th 2017 @ 3:30pm
                Al-Shazahd said | July 6th 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

                you silly goose. so the a league has teams from NT and ACT do they. so by your logic masterchef is more national than the a league.

                but wait masterchef is not a sporting competition. so not sure why you mentioned them.

              • July 6th 2017 @ 4:05pm
                Nemesis said | July 6th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

                Who said the ALeague embraces the whole country.

                What I said was: “From what is being reported, this 2nd Division will ensure football is the only sport that has a competition that fully embraces the whole nation.”

      • July 6th 2017 @ 3:56pm
        platypusFC said | July 6th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

        Standard Nemesis way of thinking.

        No teams in Northern Territory or ACT but team in Tasmania (Potentially) in the A-League – National competition

        No teams in Northern Territory or ACT but pre-existing team in Tasmania in Sheffield/Matador/Big Bash – Not national competition

        • July 6th 2017 @ 4:04pm
          Nemesis said | July 6th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

          The National 2nd Division for football in Australia will have teams from all 6 States & from the ACT.