Winning formula

Beauty Point player Ellen Brickhill, 10, former Hawthorn captain Shane Crawford and Beauty Point player Sam Ashlin, 12, at the Family Fun Day

Beauty Point player Ellen Brickhill, 10, former Hawthorn captain Shane Crawford and Beauty Point player Sam Ashlin, 12, at the Family Fun Day

AFL legend Shane Crawford yesterday threw his support behind keeping Hawthorn in Tasmania amid fears the arrangement may change.

The former Hawks captain, who played his 300th AFL game at Aurora Stadium, said the current formula had delivered results for his team.

``Don't change something that doesn't need fixing,'' Crawford warned.

The Launceston City Council and state government last week relayed fears that the AFL was pushing for an arrangement that would see the number of games played at Aurora Stadium reduced from four to three when the existing $15 million state government sponsorship deal with Hawthorn expires in 2016.

Crawford said Tasmania had to learn to start working together in keeping AFL games in the state.

``Tasmania is a good spot for us to come and visit and from a football point of view it's been really good for Hawthorn,'' he said.

``I'd like to think Tasmania is good for Hawthorn and Hawthorn is good for Tasmania.

``It's a mad AFL state and everywhere you go people are talking about football.

``If there can somehow be a connection [between North and South] there should be.

``You've all got to come together as one.''

Crawford spoke yesterday at Beauty Point Recreation Ground where he attended mini-league and Auskick games and tossed the coin for the match between Lilydale and the Tamar Cats.

His visit, which was a joint effort from WorkSafe Tasmania and AFL Tasmania, was ``unbelievable'', according to Tamar Cats secretary Alicia Hardacre.

``He spoke to all the juniors that played and stayed for the senior game,'' Hardacre said.

``His visit brought us so many compliments.''

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