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Tasmanian govt calls for AFL tenders

By Paul Carter 19/06/2008 05:37:26 PM Comments (0)

Tasmania's bid for an AFL team is proceeding full-steam ahead after the state government called for tenders to prepare a submission to the league.

Economic Development and Tourism Minister Paula Wriedt said seven or eight organisations had submitted tenders to prepare the bid for an AFL team based in Tasmania.

Ms Wriedt said an announcement on the successful tenderer was just days away.

"We want to get our submission to the AFL before the end of this season," she told AAP.

"There were two local tenderers and five or six from interstate and a number of those were Victorian based and had previous business experience in relation to sports."

The government sought tenderers in May, with a June 6 closing date.

Ms Wriedt said the AFL owed Tasmania a debt - repayable by giving it a team, preferably ahead of western Sydney and the Gold Coast.

Five of the 23 players in the AFL Hall of Fame had come from Tasmania, she said.

"Tasmanians need to be re-paid for their loyalty to the AFL because we have been very passionate football supporters but the AFL is determined to convert people instead in areas where people are not passionate supporters of football," she said.

"What about recognising the contribution Tasmanians have made to what is supposed to be a national competition.

"It's our democratic right."

Ms Wriedt said AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou had been dismissive of Tasmania's claim for a team, but the decision would be made by the league's commissioners, not just him.

The AFL has said it will accept the submission but has already committed its resources to establishing teams on the Gold Coast and western Sydney.

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