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OUR FOOTY RECORD | Round

OUR FOOTY RECORD | Round 2 - 2010 Contents 2 View from Here: Promote and grow the game 3 RACT Player of the Year Award 4 Upcoming Events: What’s coming up in Tassie football 5 Competition Results and Ladder: Round 1 2010 6 Club Notes 11 Our Great Game: History comes alive - Burnie Dockers 15 Grass Roots: Benefits of participating in AFL Tassie Tipsters: We’re underway in 2010 16 Young Guns: Academy camps 17 Young Player Award: Our rising stars 30 The Whistle Blower: Top 10 field umpires 31 State of Affairs: Football’s high profile attracts support 32 Tasmanian State League fixture 2010 THIS WEEK’S COVER Last week’s cover featured 9 captains and Clarence coach Brett Geappen. This week’s cover shows Nick Paine who is still calling the shots as Clarence’s on field leader in 2010. from the editor Well we are underway for 2010 and the Wrest Point State League RECORD has past its first test. The response was very positive and readers were unanimous in their support. So on with the football and what an interesting start to the season with some results not going quite as predicted. That said the form of Clarence, North Hobart and Launceston was as expected and looked somewhat ominous. The other Clubs have already been given a peak of the sort of form that will be required to reach the top echelon of the TSL in 2010. The other exciting aspect of the first Round of games was the strong response of the football public to games at the TCA Ground and Launceston on Good Friday and also Devonport Oval and Bellerive Oval under lights. The RECORD this week presents our regular articles, updates and club / team information. The ‘Our Great Game’ article has the first of our history pieces with a feature on the Burnie Dockers. Have a great day at the footy. Daniel Smedley Editor Copyright notice: Copyright notice: developed by Smedley Sports Management on behalf of AFL Tasmania and the Tasmanian State League. AFL Tasmania has made every endeavour to attribute images to their source. Where a source has been inadvertently overlooked please contact us and we will acknowledge our supporters in subsequent editions of the Record. Editor: Daniel Smedley Contact Details: PO Box 1896, Launceston TAS 7250 Phone: 03 6333 0583 Email: dsmedley@footballtas.com.au Designed and Printed by: Flying Colours Printing 1

V I E W F R O M H E R E | Promote and grow the game On April 1st at the Launceston Country Club Resort AFL Tasmania’s Board of Directors, management team, staff and the leaders from all ten Wrest Point State League clubs gathered together with representatives of our sponsors and media partners to launch year two of our unique whole of state football competition. It was positive to take a moment to reflect on what was a very successful and satisfying first year of the Wrest Point State League competition in 2009. It was also interesting to listen to speeches from our major sponsor, the Federal Group, presented by their Director of Entertainment and Gaming, John Mortensen and from AFL Tasmania’s Chairman, Dominic Baker. John Mortensen reinforced the exciting opportunity that the TSL has to build on the success of our first year and to offer Tasmania’s business community with a whole of state sponsorship product that grows in value from a sponsorship perspective each and every year of the next three to five years. However, he also diplomatically delivered one very clear message, or warning, to AFL Tasmania and TSL administrators. The message was to use our best endeavours to ensure disagreements and disputes between club and competition leaders remain private and differences of opinion between administrators are not played out publicly through the media. John Mortensen reinforced that sponsors of the Wrest Point State League want to read about, see and hear positive and interesting media stories about TSL players and the promotion of TSL clubs, games and events. Administrators’ bickering in the media de-values our product from a sponsorship perspective and does nothing at all to encourage the public to support the TSL competition. Chairman of AFL Tasmania, Dominic Baker, followed by outlining the importance of competition between clubs on the playing field; however, when it comes to off-field activities the focus should be about collaboration between the same clubs. He also committed that the role of AFL Tasmania, in respect to the Wrest Point State League, will be to continue to support TSL clubs, specifically in areas of education, however, at the same time we will challenge traditional views and practices. An example of challenging traditional views and opinions is that AFL Tasmania is committed to building a quality player pathway to the TSL, from under 18’s directly to the TSL senior competition. AFL Tasmania will also continue to develop plans and implement policy that best support growth at all levels of competition in all areas of Tasmania. AFL Tasmania’s strategic priority at the moment is the Wrest Point State League (seniors and under 18’s). However, our Coca-Cola Talent Pathway Program and supporting all levels and aspects of our sport outside of the TSL is also a high priority! Scott Wade General Manager AFL Tasmania 2