A landmark day for Tasmanian football yesterday, with North Melbourne and Tasmania winning a joint AFLW licence.
Tasmania will be represented on the national stage in a meaningful, connected joint venture with the North Melbourne Football Club.
The licence will be added to the Nab AFLW competition from 2019.
What does it mean for Tasmania?
- For the first time ever a team in a national AFL competition will have Tasmania represented. The AFLW team will officially carry ‘Tasmania’ in its competition name, it will be known as the North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos.
- When playing in Tasmania the team will wear a special Tassie Kangaroos guernsey (pictured below) with the Tasmania map featured prominently.
- The Tassie Kangaroos will have a training base in Tasmania (exact location still TBD)
- The team will play at least half their home games in Tasmania at UTAS Stadium with the potential to also play at other venues around the state (fixture dependent)
- New strong and direct AFLW talent pathway for Tasmania
- There will be new staff and initiatives to help accelerate the development of Tasmanian female talent
- Tasmania’s top Women’s talent will not have to move elsewhere to chase an AFLW dream from 2019
- The aim of North Melbourne and the Tasmanian Government is to have half the playing list from Tasmania over time.