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NT team confirmed for Queensland league

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As anticipated in Territorians headed to WAFL or AFLQ, the Northern Territory will enter a team in the top Queensland league in 2009. The side will play home games in Darwin and Alice Springs, and be coached by former indigenous AFL player Michael McLean.

Although the program is football at a state league level, all the players will be required to be either studying at school, TAFE or university, completing an apprenticeship or traineeship, or working in full-time employment.

It will be interesting to see whether this will lead Queensland towards becoming a major centre for Aussie Rules in the years ahead - perhaps a second tier elite competition, below the AFL but above the other state leagues. Probably not, but it is a step in that direction.

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NT teamed confirmed for Queensland league
Authored by: Sean Finlayson on Saturday, November 15 2008 @ 01:50 pm ACDT

I very much doubt it Brett. The support just isn't there and probably never will be. Queensland doesn't have the history, tradition or club loyalty in the State League that drives the SANFL and the WAFL. You've got to remember that this is a league that has been liquidated and bailed out by the AFL several times. Besides many of the more popular clubs are based on the Gold Coast and the new Gold Coast Football Club will now effectively drain that interest. Although there is some great talent in the QLD comp, the better players will still always end up in a better league and the only support is the bandwagon that jumps on board the Brisbane Lions when they are winning.

NT teamed confirmed for Queensland league
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, November 15 2008 @ 06:47 pm ACDT

I doubt it too, but it's a possibility. Remember, I'm talking over the next 20 to 40 years. Currently there is no demand for an outright 2nd tier league, but there could be one day, in which case it's more likely to be centred around a big population area.

Imagine if Tassie still has no AFL side in 20 years, but if there's still strong interest and a strong economy, then perhaps they will look at putting a "state side" into another league - so far being in the VFL hasn't helped their cause very much, and there was talk they were considering trying the SANFL.

So if they went for Queensland instead, based on financial incentives and a successful template in the NT side, then along with the Brisbane and Gold Coast reserves and a few other local clubs, perhaps Sydney's reserves too, you have the making of a second tier national competition.

Just rampant speculation, but I reckon it is a possible future. 25 years ago there was no AFL, no real interest in growing the game outside of Australia, the population of Australia was about 15 million (it's now nearly 22 million), there was no internet, airfares were much greater, and climate change just a fringe subject; things can change a lot in 25 years.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN