Taylor to take the reins

AFL Tasmania is pleased to announce Anthony Taylor as the Tasmanian State League (TSL) state team coach for 2017.

The 2011 TSL premiership coach returns to the TSL scene after five years, to take charge of the representative side that will lock horns with the NEAFL on June 10, at Blundstone Arena.

“It’s a great opportunity, I’m very passionate about the state league competition and to have the opportunity to coach the state’s best, once offered the opportunity I was never going to turn it down.

“I can’t wait,” Taylor said.

TSL Manager Carl Saunder was delighted to reveal the man to lead the TSL state team in June.

“Anthony (Taylor) is a highly regarded, well respected football person, who coached Launceston to the 2011 Premiership and cares about the TSL competition.

“As a former player, Anthony fully understands the passion and privilege that goes with wearing the map and I’m sure with the support of TSL coaches as his assistants, we will assemble a formidable program.

“The TSL state team is an opportunity for the best 23 players to come together and pull on the map and showcase what our Best Talent Premier Competition is all about.”

Taylor started his coaching career in 2008 as playing coach at Scottsdale, in 2010 he made the shift to the TSL and Launceston, for what proved to be a fruitful move. He coached Launceston for three highly successful seasons, which included a premiership in 2011 and a runner up finish in 2012. Since, he has since spent time working alongside Adam Sanders in the Tasmanian Academy program, and at South Launceston as an assistant.

The freshly appointed state coach says preparations have already begun but will ramp up from round one of the season proper, with training to commence a month out from match day.

“I’m looking forward to getting in and working with the senior coaches and building relationships with those guys and they’ll have a massive input into the makeup of the squad.

“We don’t need to teach, we just need to get them ready and committed to this one game.”

Taylor believes on field leadership and experience may prove a trump card for the map.

“I think we can get the job done and that’s one of the main reasons I’m taking the job on. It is a game I believe we can do really well in.

“They (NEAFL) will have some quality ex AFL players but we will also have some ex AFL talent in our squad and I think the great thing is we could have as many as five senior coaches hopefully playing on the day so our experience should be strong.”

The TSL kicks off on Friday March 31, 2017.

TSL sharpens focus on integrity

The Tasmanian State League (TSL) has taken the opportunity to proactively engage senior staff members from the AFL, to educate and support the TSL’s integrity processes.
AFL Integrity Officer Kerry Gassner is in Tasmania to work with AFL Tasmania on competition integrity. Across two days, Mr Gassner will be presenting to all TSL staff and TSL clubs to educate on club compliance and the key roles and responsibilities of clubs in protecting the integrity of the TSL competition. The education sessions focus on anti-gambling and anti-doping policies, total player payments and salary cap regulation as well as the national registration system, which the TSL will be adopting in 2017.
TSL Manager, Carl Saunder was pleased to welcome Mr Gassner to Tasmania to again reinforce the TSL’s strong approach to integrity.
“We are committed to making the TSL the best talent, premier competition and this is across all areas.
“It is important we are all behind the push for integrity in the game, initiatives like this continue to help educate and support both AFL Tasmania and clubs in understanding our role in ensuring the game’s integrity.
“We are committed to a competitive balance framework, which includes the management of salary caps and we think the AFL’s expertise on salary caps is extremely helpful for our clubs.”
AFL Spokesman Patrick Keane said the AFL was happy to support AFL Tasmania in it’s approach.
“AFL Tasmania has rigorously set about ensuring it has a strong proactive approach to protecting the game’s integrity across the state.
“To support the best possible information for clubs in Tasmania, AFL Tasmania has worked with the AFL to bring senior staff in to run key education programs and offer advice on topics around game integrity, including the salary cap, understanding the anti-gambling policy and issues around player behaviour and misconduct.
“The AFL is working to support AFL Tasmania’s approach to strengthening its policies and its work with its clubs to ensure they match any standards required for all state leagues across the country.”
AFL Tasmania has also utilised the expertise of AFL staff associated with the Tribunal and Match Review Panel (MRP).
“Our clubs need to be comfortable that the MRP process is highly effective and all incidents that are referred to the panel are adjudicated appropriately and in line with the assessment framework,” Saunder said.
“It has been worthwhile to reaffirm that our MRP and Tribunal are performing their roles and are following the right steps,” he added.

TSL in ISC from 2017

AFL Tasmania is excited to announce ISC as the new official on-field apparel partner for the Southern Cross Television Tasmanian State League (TSL) and AFL Tasmania.

The three year partnership involves TSL on-field, TSL State Team, Tasmanian Women’s State League on-field, TSL umpires, as well as AFL Tasmania’s state academy program.

The partnership commences for the 2017 season and will span three years. TSL State Manager, Carl Saunder said it was great to have such a major apparel player on board with Tasmania’s premier football competition.

“ISC is apparel supplier to many AFL and NRL clubs and has its footprints in professional sport across the globe and we are delighted to partner with such a strong brand,” he said.

“The teamwear range will provide players and umpires with quality playing wear with a modern and professional look and feel that matches the premier standard of our competition,” Saunder added.


AFL Tasmania reveal Grand Final Day shake up

In a pair of exciting moves for Tasmanian football, AFL Tasmania has revealed that the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Grand Final will be a twilight Grand Final from 2017. With the prestigious Alstair Lynch medal (for Best and Fairest in the TSL) to be removed from Grand Final day, and moved to a brand new major gala event in early October.

TSL Manager Carl Saunder says the move to a twilight Grand Final is a matter of refreshing Tasmanian football’s biggest day and providing greater fan engagement opportunites, for Tassie football lovers.

“We wanted to change the format up for the biggest day on our calendar, TSL Grand Final day,” he said.

“We want to make the day unique and allow for all TSL teams to play on the day across our competitions and surround the on-field entertainment with additional entertainment, as well as trialling a new fan-friendly timeslot,” Saunder explains.

Grand Final Day will involve all three state league grand finals (TSL, Development League, TSLW) with the TSL game set for first bounce at 4:30PM. It will be played on September 23 at either Blundstone Arena or UTAS Stadium (depending on the location of the team that wins the second semi-final.) The TSL’s goal is to see an attendance of 10,000 for the Grand Final and Saunder believes the new twilight timeslot is a key cog in seeing that goal come to life.

“We think it will work well with the fans, we have set ourselves a target of 10,000 people for 2017 so we need to offer a different fan experience and a twilight slot allows for those options.

“We are very fortunate we have two AFL standard venues that can host games at all time slots and importantly, so far the concept has been positively received by TSL Clubs.”

The Alastair Lynch medal is the TSL’s highest accolade and it will take on even greater prestige and significance from 2017, with the launch of a new gala event. In previous years, AFL Tasmania has held a luncheon on Grand Final day for the Alastair Lynch medal and an additional function for communtiy awards later on in the year. From 2017, these two events will combine to become a significant celebration of Tasmanian football in the form of a suitably prestigious gala event on October 6.

“The opportunity to recognise, celebrate and reflect on each season deserves its own place on the calendar, at the moment they are either wedged into a luncheon on TSL Grand Final day or in the case of the Community Awards held a little too late into the year,” AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld explains.

“Combining these two events addresses those two issues and will open up the chance to make this a stand alone gala event and offer the opportunity to provide the status, and ceremony these awards deserve.”

In 2017, Alastair Lynch will be present to award his medal, with the function taking place at Launceston’s Country Club.

“We will alternate between Launceston and Hobart partnering with the Country Club and Wrest Point as our two venues with this year being at the Country Club on Friday 6th October,” Auld said.

“Today, we also received the very exciting news that Alastair Lynch will be in attendance in October to present his medal. This is a really positive development that will add prestige to what should be a fantastic night and an opportunity made possible by the change of format.”

These announcements follow the confirmation of Blundstone Arena and UTAS Stadium as the two TSL Finals venues for the upcoming season.

Expression of Interest – 2017 TSL State Team Head Coach Position

The Southern Cross Tasmanian State League (TSL) State Team will be playing a representative team from the NEAFL at Blundstone Arena, on Saturday 10 June 2017.

The TSL request Expressions of Interest for those wishing to be considered for the Head Coach role for the 2017 TSL state team.Applications should include:
– Current level of National Coaching Accreditation (Minimum level 2)
– Evidence of experience coaching and/or playing at State League level or higher
– Understanding of current game styles and structures of AFL football
– Understanding of the TSL competition
This voluntary position will require the successful candidate to be available for all training sessions, team meetings and match day activities during the period of the State Team program (2 May – 10 June 2017). In addition, the successful candidate would be expected to be available to observe TSL matches and communicate regularly with TSL staff and club representatives.
Applicants currently coaching or involved in an official capacity at club level, require the written approval and support of club management as part of their application.
A letter of introduction of no more than 2 pages can be emailed to TSL State Manager Carl Saunder:

Expressions of Interest close 5pm Friday 27th January 2017.
Further information:
Carl Saunder
TSL State Manager
PO Box 405 Rosny TAS 7018
Phone- 6282 1808/0418 352 255
Email: Carl.Saunder@afl.com.au

Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest

AFL Tasmania invites expressions of interest to organisations who wish to be considered for providing filming and coverage of the 2017 Southern Cross TV Tasmanian State League. The primarily requirement is for the vision will be used internally by clubs and AFL Tasmania. In addition the vision will at times be provided to broadcasters for news and television purposes.

AFL Tasmania is also interested in exploring how it provides more content to fans of the TSL via live streaming and social media platforms.

Applications are asked to cover:
 An operational overview of how the filming of all TSL Home & Away matches would be completed
 The quality of filming and vision that would be provided
 Options regarding multiple camera angles / graphics
 Potential for live-streaming of some matches
 Ability to leverage vision of games to support TSL communications and marketing

To be considered as a potential provider, applicants are invited to forward an application and any additional information to State Manager, TSL Carl Saunder.
The Expression of Interest process will close on Friday 16th December 2016.

Please forward applications to
Carl Saunder
State Manager, TSL
PO Box 405
Rosny Park TAS 7018

Via email: Carl.Saunder@afl.com.au

Further enquiries please contact Carl Saunder- 03.6282 1808 or 0418 352 255

Pies are a club united

By Alex Fair, The Advocate

When you think of the Devonport Football Club, do not think of a State League and a NWFL team.

ONE CLUB: Devonport TSL and NWFL players are committed to having a ”one club” culture moving forward. Picture: Alex Fair

Think of the Magpies as being one club.

A collection of State League and NWFL listed players have come together to deliver this message of unity, amid rumours of an unsettled environment at Devonport Oval.

Among those was club great Kurt Heazlewood, who will remain working with the club, although it has yet to be determined in what capacity.

“Everyone here is really happy, and I think we are heading in a right direction,’’ Heazlewood said.

“We need to make sure that everybody, whether they are playing at the NWFL level or the State League, going in the one direction to ensure we are ‘one club’.”

NWFL skipper Kaidyn Howe agreed with Heazlewood that there was a positive vibe at the club.

He said support from those within the State League squad helped him.

“The playing group is united and it is set in stone, and we are all going in the one direction, no matter what the level,’’ he said.

“It is paramount that we are united, as culture is just so important. If you are not happy at the club, you are not going to play here no matter what the level is.”

To further dispel rumours of a lack of player numbers, the club have announced the re-signing of Braden Van Buuren and the arrival of Giacomo Millucci, Levi Creedon and Harry Barker from Ulverstone.

“I’m really excited about the future here,’’ Van Buuren said.

President Shane Yates said the club was in good shape entering into the third year as a TSL/NWFL entity.

“We have worked through a few teething issues, and think we are confident that we are ensuring the club can have a sustainable future,’’ he said.

Yates said an “exciting” announcement about the off-field structure of the NWFL team, which will be coached by Troy Davies, would be made next week.

The Magpies will hold a barbecue for all players at the clubrooms from 6pm to re-establish this message.

Future is very exiting for women’s Football

By Alex Fair, The Advocate

You can’t deny the passion for football in this state, no matter what gender is partaking in the game.

The fairer sex have made up a lot of ground in recent times when it comes to the sport, no doubt evident with the launch of the AFLW, a competition which will feature four players from Tasmania.

Despite the quartet that will be taking part in the inaugural league (Ellyse Gamble, Emma Humphries, Brittany Gibson and Jessica Wuetschner), which is a remarkable number considering our population and competition standard, now is not the time to rest on our laurels.

This was the mantra of a “meeting of the minds” in Launceston on Saturday, where AFL Tasmania tackled the subject head-on at its Female Football Forum.

Those in attendance know that there is still some work to be done to ensure Tasmania isn’t left behind, a fact that was emphasised.

The one thing to come from it though was that there is a united front, made up of those that play, manage, coach and observe the game, to ensure better for its female participations.

There is this collective vision to ensure that football is a natural choice for young girls coming through the ranks, that it is not seen as a novelty.

There is also that desire to ensure the women’s team are seen as part of a club as whole, rather than just a team that could be viewed as a separate entity.

The final piece of the puzzle is ensuring that the pathway to the elite level is one that is smooth, to give the best possible opportunity for the next Gamble, Humphries, Gibson or Wuetschner.

READY TO GO: Coastal football stars Emma Humphries and Brittany Gibson are ready for the AFLW. Picture: Brodie Weeding

This will involve a change in the game’s structure.

Starting with a girls-only Auskick, there will also be regional competitions and a high-performance/State League model will be introduced in the not too distant future.

The new-look State League is set to be more of a condensed version, to ensure a higher standard of competition.

How this will look, only time will tell, but under the watchful eye of Darren Flanigan, who has helped transform Victoria’s women’s competition into the powerful league it is now, it will be exciting.

Excitement was the one major emotion to get out of the forum.

Excitement for what is to come from a national level, and also what they will mean for the game here in this state.

Those in our football family have to ensure that we don’t drop the ball.

If the enthusiasm, passion and vision displayed on the weekend is anything to go by, we are in good hands.

Watch this space, it will be worth it.

Aaron Cornelius wins role as coach for Simon Black Academy in state’s South

By James Bresnehan, Mercury

GUIDING Glenorchy to this year’s State League premiership has come with a huge reward for Magpies coach Aaron Cornelius — he’s now the main man for the Simon Black Academy in the state’s South.

Academy chief executive Mark Aldridge confirmed he had signed Cornelius as Black’s first coach in Tasmania – and joining him will be former Melbourne player Tom Couch as their man in the North.media_cameraAaron Cornelius has signed on as the Simon Black Academy’s coach in the state’s South.

“They both will add great strengths to our business and we are delighted to have them,” Aldridge said.

Cornelius and Couch will be introduced to the public by Simon Black in three weeks, Cornelius at KGV and Couch in Launceston.

Aldridge said the academy would not stand in the way of Cornelius coaching Glenorchy next season, allowing “Ace” to continue his goal to make the Magpies a TFL powerhouse.

“He’s a champion of the game and a great Tasmanian AFL player,” Aldridge said.

“You can see by the way he has fought back from his leg injury to rehabilitate himself from one of the all-time worst breaks in the game, and his dogged determination to do that.

“He has proven himself by coming back and winning the premiership this year.

“He’s a great coach and an all-round good guy.”

 Couch, 28, is the son of late Geelong legend and Brownlow medallist Paul Couch, who passed away in March.

Tom was at Melbourne between 2012-13 and played three AFL games before joining Richmond in the VFL.

Aldridge said Couch would also have a dual role of academy coach and North Launceston’s senior coach, replacing dual Bombers premiership coach Zane Littlejohn, who is now Brisbane Lions’ development coach.

“He’s bringing another strength. Tom has a masters in strength and conditioning and he’s about to finish another degree in sports science,” Couch said.

As doors were opening for Cornelius and Couch, the door closed for three Tasmanian players yesterday as they were cut by their AFL clubs.

Hawthorn chopped forward Zac Webster, Gold Coast delisted Henry Schade and St Kilda delisted Eli Templeton.

All three can nominate for next month’s AFL Draft

Lauderdale’s Werribee players swap plan hits snag

By Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Mercury

LAUDERDALE’S proposal to create an in-season player swap with VFL club Werribee has hit a road block, with AFL Tasmania boss Rob Auld saying there is still significant work to be done around how it will be governed.

The Bombers announced their plan to establish an agreement with Werribee, which is aligned to North Melbourne, earlier this week.

Auld met club officials yesterday to hear their 2017 proposal in detail.

Auld said he still liked the plan but there was a lot that needed to be done around how the transfer of players between the two clubs would work and how it would affect the TSL salary cap.

“Personally, after hearing it, I think there’s still some significant amount of due diligence that needs to take place around the governance side of things,” Auld said.

“How does a transfer take place between the two clubs without being ineligible?

“How does the salary cap work with this?

“I think this needs to be addressed before further movement can be made.”

The Bombers were hoping the player swap would create the opportunity for Lauderdale’s best players to play games in the VFL, and surplus Werribee players to taste TSL football instead of playing country or suburban football on weeks they are not required.

 Werribee’s top brass has toured Lauderdale’s facilities and Bombers coach Darren Winter was set to go to Melbourne on Thursday to put the finishing touches on the agreement.

Werribee has also raised the possibility of playing a VFL game for premiership points in Hobart next season.