Women’s AFL team de­ci­sion this week

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - BRETT STUBBS

AF­TER a de­lay of a month, Tas­ma­nia and North Mel­bourne will know if its joint AFLW sub­mis­sion has been suc­cess­ful by Tues­day.

And those close to the bid re­main supremely con­fi­dent the state will have some rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion in 2019.

The an­nounce­ment on the AFLW ex­pan­sion was orig­i­nally sched­uled for last month’s AFL com­mis­sion meet­ing but was de­layed as more in­for­ma­tion was sought from the league’s ex­ec­u­tive.

It was the sec­ond time the ex­pan­sion had been put back fol­low­ing the con­tro­ver­sial res­ig­na­tion of the AFL’s sec­ond in charge Si­mon Leth­lean, who over­saw the women’s league, af­ter he had a work­place af­fair.

The com­mis­sion will meet be­fore to­mor­row’s Brown­low Medal count where a de­ci­sion will be made on how many and which of the eight sub­mis­sions has been suc­cess­ful.

St Kilda, Gee­long, Rich­mond, West Coast, Essendon, Hawthorn and the Gold Coast are the other AFL clubs to ap­ply for a li­cence.

But it is be­lieved Gee­long and North Mel­bourne/Tas­ma­nia are the fron­trun­ners, with Rich­mond, St Kilda and West Coast also in con­tention.

Ex­actly how much Tas­ma­nian com­po­nent will be in the joint sub­mis­sion is yet to be fully re­vealed.

How­ever, North Mel­bourne chief ex­ec­u­tive Carl Dilena said a work­ing ti­tle of the “Tas­ma­nian Kan­ga­roos” was part of the sub­mis­sion.

Mr Dilena said the club ap­pre­ci­ated what it would mean to Tasmanians to see the state’s name on an AFL lad­der for the first time.

The Kan­ga­roos have al­ready pledged half the squad would be made up of Tasmanians, with home games to be shared be­tween Mel­bourne, Ho­bart and Launce­s­ton, with a train­ing base in the state.

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