NORTH Launceston went down fighting both on and off the park as it wrapped up a turbulent 2013 State League campaign yesterday.
On the same day that Zane Littlejohn's men lost another spirited contest to cross-town rival Launceston in their Aurora Stadium derby, outspoken Bombers president Thane Brady fired another shot at AFL Tasmania, accusing it of ``creating an environment of frustration leading to distrust''.
``The dealings I have engaged in with AFL Tasmania management have been both frustrating and on many occasions confrontational,'' Brady said.
``My assessment is the administration management of AFL Tasmania lacks effective business acumen.''
Brady said he believed only the Bombers and Glenorchy had completed the season without the ``significant financial and resource favour'' afforded to rival clubs.
He added: ``The lack of trust and faith in the management of AFL Tasmania is a significant part of the push by past football leaders and others to abandon the TSL.''
Brady's blast came in the week that five foundation State League clubs, including North, expressed concerns to AFL Tasmania about the transparency and governance of the proposed 2014 TSL competition.
Presidents also representing Launceston, Glenorchy, Lauderdale and reigning premier Burnie reaffirmed their support for the league but demanded answers about the future, particularly how AFL Tasmania will manage the competition and have 50 per cent equity shares in up to four new clubs.
Adding to the complicated saga was the unexpected U-turn that Devonport would stay in next year's State League after all.
On the field, Launceston kept its hopes of third spot and a double chance alive with a 10.18 (78) to 11.10 (76) victory over North at Aurora Stadium last night.