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Tigers eye Bellerive games

By Roger Vaughan and Patrick Caruana 02/07/2010 07:14:16 PM Comments (0)

Richmond have stressed the need for an "attractive commercial proposition" if they are to host AFL matches in Hobart.

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett met on Friday with Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale and their discussions included the possibility of Hobart's Bellerive Oval becoming an AFL venue.

The government is currently renegotiating its successful agreement with Hawthorn, who have a long-term deal to host matches at Launceston's Aurora Stadium.

It is understood Richmond are among three AFL clubs looking at Hobart.

Last month, Tasmanian Tourism Minister Michelle O'Byrne said the government was not looking at underwriting any other teams to play in the state.

Gale would not respond directly to Ms O'Byrne's comments, but stressed any club would only want to host Hobart games if the project had local and AFL support.

"There was no proposal, there was no assurances sought or given," Gale said of his meeting with the premier.

"I certainly indicated that clubs would not consider the opportunity unless there was the support of the AFL through the fixture and also the government, that's where I left it.

"From our point of view, it would have to be an attractive commercial proposition."

Gale acknowledged that the government wants to renegotiate the Hawthorn deal before looking more seriously at the Hobart idea.

Himself a Tasmanian native, Gale said it was important to have AFL matches in the south of the state.

"The Hawthorn experience is pretty-much confined to the north of the state, that's the way it works down here."

The Tigers have around 1500 members in the state, while key forward Jack Riewoldt hails from Tasmania.

Club greats such as Matthew Richardson, Royce Hart, Ian Stewart and Michael Roach also have strong Tasmanian connections.

"We're certainly happy to be involved in discussions and see where it takes us," Gale said.

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