In a week that started with us bidding farewell to the Tokyo Olympics, sport - including Tasmania's pitch for its own AFL team - has largely dominated the news over the past few days.
Tokyo has left Tasmania with memories to last a lifetime. Now, we eagerly await the official start of the Paralympics, where our state will once again be well represented.
But on Friday it was the long-awaited Colin Carter report on the potential AFL expansion into Tasmania that dominated the headlines.
It was easy to read between the lines of the report's findings, with it becoming almost certain that the only way our state will get its own team is if a Victorian club partially or fully relocates here.
Responding to the findings, Premier Peter Gutwein boldly said he was willing to risk having no AFL games played in Tasmania next year, as he seeks commitment to a pathway for a state-based team.
Mr Gutwein even went so far to say that should the AFL not play ball, the government would direct the money to support Hawthorn and North Melbourne towards other sport and events in the state to ensure economic benefits were not lost.
And there were some mixed responses.
Zac Piesse shared the sentiment that Tasmania's best pathway to the AFL would be via a relocated team, while Bradley Dunn believed St Kilda or North Melbourne would be potential candidates to make the move across the Bass Strait.
Others like Hawthorn supporter Emily Davidson believe that Hawthorn's presence in Tasmania placated the need for a Tasmanian side, while Darren McConnon believed that Tasmania deserved its own team.
Whatever your view, it might feel like we aren't getting any closer to a definitive answer - or some action - in this space.
At least in the meantime we have been able to enjoy some great AFL, right in our own backyard.
Every match at UTAS stadium has been touted as an opportunity to send a "clear message" that Tasmanians love their footy and Saturday was indeed a great day for it.
Take care out there,
- The Editor
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