There has been a groundswell of support for Netball Tasmania's push for a Suncorp Super Netball team as conversations continue about the potential team's bid.
Earlier this year, Netball Tasmania confirmed they were in discussions to potentially bring a side into the SSN for the 2023 season.
The state is currently in a partnership with Collingwood which is set to conclude at the end of the 2022 SSN season. This would pave the way for Netball Tasmania's 2023 season timeline. Tasmania has not had its own side since former ANL club the Spirit which was dissolved in 2015.
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Netball Tasmania chief executive Aaron Pidgeon confirmed the organisation would have something to communicate soon regarding the bid.
"We're definitely aiming for a stand-alone team. We believe we have the skills and the financial model to support operating a stand-alone team in Tasmania," he said.
The plan has received bipartisan encouragement at political level with the state government confirming they were supportive and in talks with Netball Tasmania over the bid.
"Currently Tasmanian women in sport are under-represented on the national stage and a super netball team would go some way to changing this," Labor sports spokesperson Josh Willie said.
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Earlier this year, Netball Tasmania put out a way for fans to help choose the team name of their SSN identity.
Cavaliers co-coach Dannie Carstens was excited by the possibility of a Tasmanian representative in Australia's national netball competition.
"I think it's really exciting not only for our netball community but wider community to engage in netball, I think we've seen through what the JackJumpers are doing, and what basketball is doing, it's exciting for people, whether they've played the game or not," she said.
The nature of the SSN, which has seen a flurry of player movement and international player arrivals in the off-season, could be the solution to concerns about Tasmania's population being able to support a national side.
"There are so many different players going from state-to-state and internationally as well because it's not really about the region filling the team," Carstens said.
"In terms of Tasmania, I think there's a number of athletes that would be more than comfortable in that code."
Pidgeon said the side would aim to be immediately competitive upon introduction.
"Though we acknowledge that in the early days we would need to bring in some athletes from other states to ensure that we could be immediately competitive, and then grow the number of Tasmanians in the team over time," he said.
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However, those within the netball community in Tasmania say more work needs to be done on infrastructure.
"It will be dependent on where the government or sponsors are prepared to spend money to have the sort of stadium that is going to be able to provide that sort of program," Carstens said.
The key to that solution could lie in the proposed $99 million indoor facility at UTAS Stadium, that included capacity for a 5000-seat court.
Pidgeon confirmed that, as it stands, Hobart remained the preferred home for the SSN team with games split between Launceston and the capital.
While talks with the state government and Collingwood over the make-up of Tasmania's SSN future continue, government funding is considered pivotal to bid.
"We've been upfront in stating that for our financial model to work, we would need support from the Tasmanian government in the early years of the program," Pidgeon said.
Economist Saul Eslake said there were multiple benefits to a Tasmanian bid for a SSN side.
"Tasmania having a team in the national netball league would, number one, give Tasmania exposure on the mainland in places that we wouldn't otherwise get it," he said.
"People will also argue that having a Tasmanian team team will strengthen the local competition, because it'll give it will give local players something extra to aspire to."
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