Hawthorn Hawks make official their pitch for AFLW team with Tasmania links highlighted

The future: The Hawthorn Hawks are pushing for a women's team to join their AFL men's team. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The future: The Hawthorn Hawks are pushing for a women's team to join their AFL men's team. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The Hawthorn Football Club has made official their pitch for an Australian Football League Women’s team, releasing details of their submission to the AFL just before deadline on Friday afternoon.

The club is seeking to launch an AFLW team in 2019, joining a number of other clubs competing for the right to field a women’s team in the national competition.

Launceston’s University of Tasmania Stadium would act as a home ground for the Hawks proposed women’s team, alongside Ikon Park and regional Victoria.

“The club is committed to playing at least one home game in Launceston, with the aim of incorporating this into the club’s Australia Post AFL Community Camp,” a club statement says.

The submission includes a strong bid for pre-listing talent through Tasmania, as well as their regional Victorian links. 

Last year the Hawks teamed with Box Hill VFL to craft a “grassroots” development plan for a future AFLW team.

North Melbourne Football Club also wants an AFLW team, citing Tasmanian ties as a benefit to their submission.

AFL Tasmania spokeswoman Trish Squires said the organisation would welcome a successful bid from either team, but North Melbourne’s provisional licence issued last year “connected Tasmania to North Melbourne’s submission”.

“We are really positive and hopeful Tasmania will feature and have representation in the AFLW,” she said.

“What that representation looks like will be discovered through the upcoming process.”

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