Susan Alberti's desire to see a Tasmanian team in the AFLW is only getting stronger, with the philanthropist and women's football pioneer convinced a women's team is a lot closer, and more logical, then a men's side.
Speaking ahead of appearing at an upcoming East Devonport Football Club function, the former Western Bulldogs vice-president and one of the key figures in the formation of the national women's competition made it very clear that a Tasmanian women's team was something the state should be aiming for.
While acknowledging the current partnership between AFL Tasmania and North Melbourne, where Tasmanian players can be listed by the 'Roos while staying in their home state, was a positive one as it brought AFLW to the state, she hoped it would only be a short-term arrangement.
"My personal view is that the women will have a team before the men will have a team, that's for sure, and in five years time we won't be having this conversation (because there is a Tasmanian team)'' she said.
"I would hope that in the not too distant future we have a women's Tasmanian team, that is my personal view, it is not an AFL view, but I can't see why that is not possible to have an all-female Tasmanian team.
"You have got the talent and we need to get behind the women in Tasmania to try to see if this is possible and promote and encourage, and get government on board, and we need to be working harder to get Tasmania its own team.
"The growth of female participation is simply incredible and we are nudging 600,000 girls who are playing the game with some wonderful talent, and there is some wonderful talent that is in Tasmania, and they should be given the same opportunity as everyone else around Australia."
While acknowledging the need to improve infrastructure was vital, so there were "basic facilities that both men and women can use", she said it was not an impossible dream, especially as Premier Will Hodgman's "eyes lit up" when she told him years ago about the talent that could be harnessed from Tasmania.
Her comments come as Tasmania's under 15 side, which is coached by Coastal AFLW player Emma Humphries, has shown there is a bright future after back-to-back wins at the School Sport Australia Under-15 Championships in Launceston.
At present, eight players drafted from Tasmania will be on AFLW lists next season, led by Humphries, Brittany Gibson, Chloe and Libby Haines, Daria Bannister and Nicole Bresnehan, joining Ellyse Gamble (Western Bulldogs) and Jessica Wuetschner (Brisbane).
Launceston's Mia King seems likely to join North, which has access to Tasmanian players, after a strong under 18 campaign for Tasmania and the Eastern Allies.
Alberti said the growth of women's football and the AFLW in such a short space of time, with another four teams to join next season, was only the start as it would only get "bigger and bigger".
She said she couldn't wait to return to the state as she "loves Tassie". While she will speak about women's football, its growth and the equal opportunity that now exists, it will also feature topics of healthy living and a healthy lifestyle, how important sport is for grassroots level and for mental and physical wellbeing of youngsters.
She will appear at the East Devonport Football Club on Wednesday, August 14, from 6.30pm, with tickets available for $45 at devonporttickets.com.au
Alberti is the managing director and co-founder of commercial and industrial building company Dansu Group, chairman and founder of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation and life governor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
She was on the Western Bulldogs' board for 12 years, and vice-president for three, as the club helped start the AFLW revolution with practice matches against Melbourne, and is currently a club patron and an AFLW ambassador.