01/03/2024

UTAS Stadium. Picture: Wikipedia

Armed with two AFL Elimination Finals for the first time, Tasmania showed why it deserves its place in the comp sooner rather than later.

It’s time. The AFL has seen what Tasmania can give it come the business end of the season – a hell of an atmosphere, passion and great numbers.

For the first time, Tasmania was given the opportunity to host an AFL final with both elimination finals played at UTAS Stadium.

The atmosphere throughout the GWS Giants’ one-point victory over fierce rival Sydney was incredible.

It was then backed up the following day as the Western Bulldogs knocked Essendon out.

The cheers echoed around the stadium for both clubs, and the boos rang out loudly for every non-decision and more.

This in addition to Tasmanian footballing tragics finally being exposed to stronger footballing fixtures, featuring some of the ‘big four’ Victorian clubs.

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Tasmanians have spoken with their feet with both discontent and bemusement of having lesser fixtures in their state, and with having the big names featured.

It’s likely it will be the last time Tasmania will host a final until it finally gets what it deserves and that’s its own standalone team.

Not a relocated team, not teams partially based in two states, a standalone team. A 19th team.

Imagine in a few years’ time, Tasmania hosting its own home Qualifying, Elimination or even Preliminary Final.

In it’s first final of it’s own. It’s own fortress in finals. The AFL has now seen what it’s going to get with Tasmania, so make the decision.

There is no reason to wait any longer.

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