As you may well know by now the TSL competition is likely to be wound up at the end of 2024. What follows is some of the events of recent time in relation to this decision by AFL Tasmania and our position on that.
Our club’s purpose is to provide the opportunity for players to achieve at the highest level in an aspirational and inclusive environment. We will always compete in the highest level of footy competition available to us. Our players, coaches, members, volunteers, supporters, and sponsors are united in pursuing our purpose and goals.
We will continue to nurture and support ambitious players and will work hard to maintain our strong club culture and member base. Our collaboration with our junior feeder clubs, in particular Sandy Bay JFC and North Hobart JFC will continue, and we will maintain our record as one of the most prolific developers of Tasmanian representative players. Currently we have as many as 20 youth in Tasmanian Devils teams who are associated with our club.
We will continue to strive hard in the TSL competition for the remainder of this year and in 2024, and we will collaborate with AFL Tas and TSL clubs to ensure we have a competition structure in place in 2025 to achieve our club’s purpose.
Late in April our club chaired a meeting of all TSL clubs where we confirmed our preference for the continuation of the TSL and wrote to AFL Tas as a collective of clubs to confirm our support for the TSL and strengthening of elite women footy.
Things moved quickly in the week following that meeting of club presidents and then the announcement came that AFL Tas, the TSL competition owners, were not continuing past 2024.
We are concerned of the impact on recent decisions on our colleague TSL clubs and most importantly Launceston and North Launceston, with their rich history of outstanding contribution to footy in Tasmania and in providing talent to higher level competitions including the AFL.
Our preference is for the continuation of the TSL; however, we will support the best path forward to achieve our purpose in the current and emerging context.
We are fully committed to supporting the establishment of the AFL and VFL teams in Tasmania.
Currently we are experiencing success across all aspects of our football program with all NHFC teams in the top half of the ladder in their respective competitions. The coaching across all teams is high quality and there is a very positive vibe around the club. We are well placed for the long season slog through winter.
It has been great to see supporter numbers growing as we build on our successes. Our players are really enjoying the positive feedback they receive from our supporters.
We are in good shape and together we will plan for success into the future.