ALASTAIR LYNCH - Tasmanian AFL great and triple premiership player with the Brisbane Lions
A proud and strong football heritage is one of the things that makes Tasmania great. It'd be sensational for young footballers to grow up with a dream of playing for their very own AFL side and I'm sure, given a chance, Tasmanians would be right behind a local team.
TIM LANE - AFL Sports Commentator
A Tasmanian team in the AFL is the island state's football entitlement and its only appropriate destiny. It would unify the island state like nothing before it and bring a bold new story to a vibrant sporting competition. Tasmania in the AFL is an idea whose time has come.
DAMON THOMAS - Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
When all’s said and done it’s about our right – Tasmania is football and has been for decades now. The State has proved its right to be a player in the national league and this is widely accepted. There is passionate support for the bid and this is cemented by a quiet confidence that Tasmanians now have about being Tasmanian which alone will guarantee that our new team will have the support of all Tasmanians not just when the team first takes to the field of glory but for many years ahead. Economically it will be a huge beneficiary for the State, socially it will boost our burgeoning pride. Come on its simply high time !
DAVID BOON - Australian Cricketing Legend
Tasmanian Cricket has grown enormously over the past 30 years, from being admitted to the Sheffield Shield on a part-time basis to being a title holder in both 1st Class and One-Day cricket. Tasmania has provided players for Australian teams, administrators and coaches for positions at the highest level. As a proud sporting State I see no reason as to why a Tasmanian football team would not be successful in a National competition and follow the same path as cricket.
PETER HUDSON - Tasmanian Footballing Legend
Nobody could question historically that Tasmania is more than entitled to a team in the AFL. This is overwhelmingly supported by the number of players that Tasmania has produced to play AFL football at the highest level, and also Tasmania is one of the foundation States of our great game. Tasmania deserves this opportunity.
The AFL will never be the 'truly national competiton' it claims to be until every State is represented in it. Tasmania has been contributing its champions to other teams for the best part of a century; and successive generations of Tasmanians have enthusiastically supported mainland-based teams. Tasmanians have no less a right to play for, and support, their own team than football players and supporters in any other part of the country, and it's time the AFL recognised that. I have no doubt that Tasmanians living in Tasmania, and those living on the mainland, together with Tasmanian and mainland-based businesses, will combine to ensure that a Tasmanian AFL team is viable off the field and competitive on it.
DANIEL HANNA - Tourism Industry Council
The current limited number of AFL games in Tasmania each season has delivered benefits to the Tasmanian tourism industry through increased visitation to the state and increased visitor expenditure during the traditionally quiet winter period. Having a Tasmanian team in the AFL would substantially increase the benefits to the industry and the Tasmanian economy. I support the bid and hope that the AFL will view it favourably.