Darren Lusher
Darren Lusher NICK KOSSATCH

Should the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns be in the AFL?

WHILE I am a strong supporter of AFL, it will likely only get harder to sustain two teams in Queensland.

Even though I accept that Queensland theoretically has a large enough population to support two teams, realistically the majority of these are still NRL supporters.

The win of the Cowboys last year could not have come at a worse time for the AFL, with both of Queensland's AFL teams squandering near the bottom and two of the state's NRL teams fighting out the best grand final in history.

Being from Tasmania, I believe that state can handle and will thrive with its own team.

Looking through the Tasmanian Team of the Century shows the rich history that the state has had for more than 100 years in Australia's indigenous code.

Tasmania, like the Northern Territory, is already dominated by AFL supporters who will be thrilled to support a team from their own state and will not require the millions of dollars to convert the youth from other codes.

To quote the greatest player in history and a Brisbane Lions great, Leigh Matthews: "I don't think there is a demand for two teams in this part of the world."

Unfortunately, he may be right.



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