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Updated: 24/09/2006


Launceston Football Club in Northern Tasmania played the first organised game in 1875. The next year saw games played in Southern Tasmania and 1879 saw the formation of the Southern Tasmania Football Association. 1883 saw the first North v South game and in 1884 saw the first signalling of scores by the waving of flags.

The local scene has always suffered by the draining of players to the VFL/AFL and the continual infighting between the North, North West and South. In 1987 the first truly statewide competition was played with teams from all areas. Unfortunately for the 2001 season the league fell apart with the southern teams going back to the Southern Football League and the northern teams going back to the NWFU and NTFA.

North Hobart Football ground was the League headquarters. Five AFL/VFL games have been played there. One game was played in 1952 as a promotion and 4 games were played in 1991-92 when Fitzroy was canvassing the possibility of playing matches there to help their survival. In 2001 Hawthorn played a fixture at York Park in Launceston which was well attended and with recent improvements to the ground the sight of AFL teams may become a more common event.

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In 2001 Tasmania entered a team in the VFL competition to join their team in the TAC Under 18 competition. The TAC Cup Under 18 team came to an end after the 2002 season.

St Kilda also joined Hawthorn in York Park Games in season 2003. With the redevelopment of Bellerive games will also be played in Southern Tasmania in 2005.

1963 TANFL

The above cover was posted in Hobart from the TANFL in 1963. It was addressed to Bertram Bros, makers of medallions. (Now owned by Nichol Industries). Perhaps it was the order for the William Leitch Medal, the TANFLs Best and Fairest.

Tasmanian Team of the Century
On the 25th June 2004 at the Wrest Point Casino, the Tasmanian Team of the Century was named.
A Commemorative
Cover was released by First Class Collectables.