Tasmania you asked for it…the Devils are back.
Every Tasmanian football team from Under 12s boys and girls, to TAC Cup to senior men and senior women will now be known as the Tasmania Devils.
It is a return to the beloved name that was used for Tasmania’s VFL program from 2001-2008. The name was decided through a public suggestion and voting process with hundreds of suggestions made by Tasmanians, before being shortlisted by an expert panel for the public to vote on. Devils is back by popular demand, with a compelling 74.4% of total votes being cast for Tasmania Devils. The next best was Mariners with 12.29% of the public vote, followed by Storm with 7.51% with Mavericks (3.41%)) and Warriors (2.39%) not proving popular options with the people of Tasmania.
The name is a nod to the past but now enters a new era for Tasmanian football with a more integrated and resourced pathway to provide greater opportunities for Tasmanian talent. It also sees a return to the TAC Cup for Tasmania’s Under 18 boys next year, an introduction of a female TAC Cup team the following season and a provisional VFL licence for the Devils to join the competition from 2021.
The announcement of the name is accompanied by the reveal of the new Tasmania Devils logo. The new logo strongly represents Tasmania with a passionate, roaring Devil front and centre on the instantly recognisable map of Tasmania (that forms a shield), all pictured in Tasmania’s traditional bottle green, yellow and maroon. The logo presents the tenacity of our native marsupial and the determination of Tasmanian footballers across generations of playing the game.
AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires is excited to share the new Tasmania Devils brand.
“I want to thank everyone who suggested a name or voted, we wanted the name to be decided and owned by Tasmania and it has been very clear that Tasmania wants the Devils back.
“It is a really exciting time and I think the announcement of the return of the Tassie Devils name will bring joy to a lot of Tasmanian football fans.
“This new Devils brand will be represented in all Tasmanian state football teams and I think it is going to bring a lot to Tasmanian football for players and fans.
“Today we are excited to share the name and the logo but we will have guernsey designs and more to share early next year as we enter the new era of the Tasmania Devils.”