AFL Tas board set to step down

THE chairman and entire board of AFL Tasmania will be resigning at its upcoming annual meeting.

In a major shake-up of football in the state, the sport is to be administered by the parent body at AFL House in Melbourne.

Although it is believed the move is not connected to the ongoing parliamentary inquiry into AFL Tasmania, board members are known to be aggrieved by its scrutiny and adverse publicity.

AFL Tasmania yesterday declined to comment on the matter but  The Examiner  believes that chairman Dominic Baker and the board of Brendon Gale, Mark Ryan, Brian Roe, James Henderson, Ian Chesterman and Scott Clayton will all stand down.

Scott Wade appears likely to remain as chief executive officer reporting directly to the AFL.

Some board members will remain under the revised governance structure while others will sever all formal involvement but retain mentoring roles as required.

The change in governance will bring Tasmania closer into line with the rest of the country and is seen as a positive move forward for footy in the state.

However, it comes in the wake of the parliamentary accounts committee inquiry into the managing of state funding for AFL Tasmania, which questioned its financial priorities, particularly in relation to South Launceston.

The Bulldogs received support from AFL Tasmania en route to claiming last season's State League flag, but could not defend their title and have since dropped into the NTFA competition.

Windermere independent MLC Ivan Dean said the committee ceases to exist while the state is in election mode but will resume after Saturday's vote.

``This inquiry needs to be concluded and if I'm a part of that committee I will be moving for it to be concluded as a priority,'' he said yesterday.

State League presidents have been summoned to a meeting in Campbell Town tomorrow where it is believed the changes will be discussed, with the AGM scheduled towards the end of the month.

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