MANY passionate local football followers at my club and from within the community are questioning why we have a Statewide League.
Over the past five seasons they have endured consistent changes such as the loss of the reserves and the under-18 statewide program.
Further it is common knowledge AFL Tasmania has provided significant financial and resource favour to selected TSL clubs without operating in a transparent environment whereby all stakeholders including the community were provided with detail and reasons supporting the additional funding.
It is my understanding only Glenorchy and the Northern Bombers remain on the base $50,000 funding that is allocated to developing the zone.
The delivery of message from the owners of the league, AFLTasmania, to establish sound reasoning for these changes has been lacking, therefore creating an environment of frustration leading to distrust.
The lack of trust and faith in the management of AFL Tas is a significant part of the push by past football leaders and others to abandon the TSL.
As a volunteer, I have acted as president of my club for the past four years.
As a small business operator, I have personally sacrificed hundreds of income-generating hours to devote to representing my club.
In general the dealings I have engaged in with AFL Tas management have been both frustrating and on many occasions confrontational.
Frankly, my assessment is the administration management of AFL Tas lacks effective business acumen.
Whenever the debate or issue becomes too hard the old chestnuts come out to play - ``You should resign and if you don't trust us find somewhere else to play.''
So the big question is: why put up with the incompetence and why continue to support the TSL?
Simple, we must continue to work through our frustrations to ensure our talented young players from all around the North East of Tasmania are provided with a competition that is challenging, rewarding and showcases their talents.
What we have is not perfect - however there is no feasible alternative.
Many of us have been given our chance previously to play at the highest level, we must not let these young men down by placing our frustration and dislike above their best interests.
If there is no TSL, many players will leave the state as countless opportunities are available in mainland competitions for fit, committed and talented young players.
Knock the TSL all you like - the fact remains the players love playing against the best in the state week in week out and regional clubs approach TSL players every year offering them big bucks because when they go from TSL to regional football they are elite players in those competitions.
Notwithstanding my members may decide otherwise, I intend to see this thing through to the point whereby my club, the managers of the competition, and the competition itself reach the point of professionalism whereby we are embraced and respected by the majority of the football community.
We all owe that to the TSL players of today and the many hundreds lining up from AusKick through the junior clubs of today.