A move towards a regional-based women's program won't spell the end of the TSLW, says Kingborough president Paul Gadomski.
The women's State League competition looks almost certain to disband after North Launceston's withdrawal led to Kingborough also pulling the pin for 2021.
A founding member of the TSLW in 2017, Tigers have struggled to compete with heavyweights Clarence, Glenorchy and Launceston in all four seasons and have recorded just six wins (three against Lauderdale, two against Burnie, one against North) during that time.
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With North pulling out and Lauderdale and North Hobart still no closer to joining the fold, Gadomski said another season in the TSLW would have been detrimental for both his players and the competition.
"Where our list sits at the moment, it's a very young list and it would be very unfair on the young women to put them up against Launceston, Glenorchy and Clarence every week," Gadomski said.
"We had a reasonable quality side last year with our core group of girls and they came nowhere near those three sides and for the stage of development that our group is at, it's in their best interests, the club's and female football's best interests that they develop themselves in a lower standard competition."
There has been some pushback to the TSLW's disbandment, with fears that dissolving State League clubs into regional competitions will impede Tasmania's production of elite talent and discourage first-timers from taking up the sport.
AFL Tasmania has outlined a plan to maintain opportunities for the state's best players - including state finals and representative matches - should a regional return come to fruition.
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Like Launceston, Kingborough is planning to drop back into regional competition next season, but Gadomski isn't expecting his team to stay there long-term.
"We're committed to the top-tier female football program and if there was interest to start TSLW back up again in 2022, we would certainly throw our hat in the ring if we had the players that were interested," he said.
"We're not by any means walking away from TSLW, we have a year of development that we believe is best served in developing those players in the right standard competition for them and hopefully the year after next there may be an appetite from Lauderdale and North Hobart and maybe even North Launceston to have a look at giving it another crack.
"But the four team competition isn't a competition and I think it doesn't give high-level female football in Tasmania the credibility it deserves."
Playing stocks have been an issue throughout the Tigers' TSLW journey with the club often entering games without a full bench.
Just 14 players have returned for pre-season training, although that number is expected to rise to between 24 and 28 after Christmas.
While regional teams continue to pop up across the state, the increase in playing stocks doesn't appear to be translating to the top league with Gadomski reporting that many players who make the jump to TSLW soon find the commitment too demanding and return to their original clubs.
Despite what seems to be a challenging period for women's football in the state, Gadomski believes there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"There's certainly a number of female athletes that want the TSLW and want to compete at that level, but unfortunately there's not the critical mass of them to be able to keep a viable competition going," he said.
"The motivation for a lot of the young women that play AFL football is different - it's about playing with their friends, the social aspect of it and they don't have the aspiration to play in a top level, tier one competition.
"Statistics show that will improve in the future because there's generations of young women coming through the junior ranks that have grown up with a footy in their hands and as a result of that their skill level comes in at a much higher base.
"There's a bit of rhetoric around that this will be the end of TSLW - I really don't believe that that's the case.
"AFL Tasmania have said they want to support it, they want to look at a new model, they want to get this advisory board together because in a few years time the playing stocks and the number of women that want to play elite football will be a lot larger."