It was a capability crowd for 2 conventional AFL rivals. And maybe a reminder for the sport’s powerbrokers that the urge for food for top-level footy in Tasmania is powerful.
Sunday’s conflict between Hawthorn and Essendon at Launceston’s College of Tasmania Stadium attracted 14,834 folks – basically a full home beneath coronavirus capability restrictions.
The sport offered out in hours final week after it was introduced the fixture was being shifted from Melbourne.
The gang was the biggest in spherical 14, albeit in a truncated weekend with crowd limits in place in varied states.
“Nice scenes out of … Launceston Tasmania. Full home, nice environment. Individuals who know and love their footy!,” Richmond boss Brendon Gale posted on Twitter.
It was the primary match Essendon had performed for premiership factors in Tasmania since 1992, with the crimson and black of their supporters outnumbering the “residence” colors of Hawthorn.
The match was the second of two shifted to the Apple Isle on the weekend, with 5077 folks turning out at Hobart’s Blundstone Enviornment to look at North Melbourne play Brisbane on Saturday.
Many eyes are on the state of the sport in Tasmania because the island goals to develop into the league’s nineteenth group.
The state authorities’s enterprise case is being examined by former Geelong Cats president and AFL commissioner Colin Carter, with a remaining report anticipated mid-July.
Gold Coast Suns president Tony Cochrane just lately drew headlines by saying the AFL cannot afford a nineteenth franchise “beneath any circumstances”.
Tasmania’s authorities is adamant a stand-alone facet stacks up financially and have positioned on maintain negotiations with North Melbourne and Hawthorn to play video games in state after this season till the AFL gives a transparent reply.
In different spherical 14 crowd figures, 6583 folks have been at GMHBA Stadium to look at Geelong play the Bulldogs, beneath a 7000 restrict.
On Saturday, 7117 watched Gold Coast and Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium, whereas the GWS-Carlton fixture at Giants Stadium attracted 7035.