• Would Tasmania be willing to accept the Gold Coast Suns in order to have its own AFL club?

    They have been lobbying to get a franchise on the Apple Isle, but relieving Queensland of the Suns might be an example of being careful about what you ask for.

    It is hard to see the AFL expanding to 19 clubs, although 18 is an unbalanced number in certain respects that are reflected every time the AFL announces the home-and-away fixture for the upcoming season.

    The AFLW were the guineas for an experiment with divisional play last season, but it would have to be dubbed a failed experiment, as the clubs in the top group were far superior to the other group, resulting in a finals series that felt hollow.

    The Roos and the Hawks play some fixtures in Tasmania, but it seems the Tassies are no longer content with the arrangement.

    Tasmania requires the approval of the state parliament before any plans could move forward.

    North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley seems on the fence, saying that while he would not stand in the way if the AFL were to change its policy, but he hedged slightly when he said, “We’ve got two more years of an agreement to play four games (a season),” Buckley said.

    Broadcasting legend Tim Lane, a Tasmania native, is a strong advocate for a Tasmania-based AFL club, going so far as to submit a proposal for the perusal of a Tasmanian parliamentary committee.

    He was critical of Hawthorn and North Melbourne over the taxpayer funds they accept in order to play in Tasmania.

    The Roos will play Brisbane, Fremantle and Gold Coast at Hobart during the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition, with a Round 17 game agasint Hawthorn at the UTAS stadium.

    Hawthorn will also play the Eagles at UTAS in Round 5, Port in Round 10 and Adelaide in Round 21.

    Eight games in Tasmania are just three short of a regular home fixture, so the momentum for a Tasmania-based AFL club seems to be there.