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There is a case for more football

Photo:  Southern Tasmania in an intrastate tournament at Prospect in Launceston in the 1980s. [PlessPix] 

I don’t know about you, but I am a little sad that the 2022 season is drawing to a close.

Those of us who love the game, can’t get enough of it.

The close-season seems inordinately long and the 2023 season seems such a long way away.

It makes me wonder why we don’t have 28 rounds in the NPL competition.

That would make it so much fairer as all teams would face every other team four times  -  twice at home and twice away.

You couldn’t get a fairer system than that.

Twenty-eight games is heaven for us football tragics, while 21 games leaves our appetites unfulfilled.  There is something missing, especially when there is no top-four end-of-season series..

Another welcome addition to the football landscape, I reckon, would be a round-robin series involving representative men’s and women’s teams from the North-West, North and South.

Photo:  A Southern Tasmania XI  circa 2007. [PlessPix]  

Such competitions used to be regular features of Tasmanian football.

A revival of such tournaments would be exciting for players and fans alike.

It’s a step above club football and establishes new bonds between players who might normally be opponents on weekends.

I disagree with those who argue we have too much football.

We don’t have enough, is my line of thinking.

Photo:  A Southern Tasmania women's representative team in the late 1990s or early 2000s. [PlessPix]  

The naysayers will say there aren’t grounds available, the season will stretch into the spring and possibly even the summer, and players want to play other sports.

If that is the case, then we’re wasting our time trying to promote and develop the game.

We should be thinking of extending the season so that we can have more and exciting football.

I’d love to see the North-West take on the South, and the North play both of those regions in a home-and-away intrastate series.

Photo:  A powerful Southern representative team. [PlessPix]  

With the demise of the NPL finals series involving the champions from all Australian states, such an intrastate series would fill a gap.

Why not think about it, Football Tasmania?

There’s nothing to lose but an important way of promoting the game.

Photo:  A Northern Tasmania representative team. [PlessPix] 

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