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 AFL need to get ‘big boy pants’ on, says Senator Martin

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The AFL need to get their ‘big boy’ pants and deliver solutions to fix Tasmanian football, according to Senator Steve Martin.

In his first speech to the Senate yesterday, Senator Martin slammed the AFL’s response to Tasmania’s football crisis. He also mentioned the importance of education, and that he is proud to have set a High Court precedent with his election.

Senator Martin speaks with Brian Carlton about his speech, the AFL and his support for the Federal Government’s  tax cuts for companies.

'Better than christmas’ – it’s do or die for footy finals

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The AFL football finals are heating up, with do or die elimination rounds upon us.

The Geelong Cats will take on the Sydney Swans at the MCG, whilst the GWS Giants will battle against the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium.

Brian Carlton talks to Win News Sports Journalist and Presenter, Brent Costelloe, about what to expect from the football finals this weekend.

'If we want to get this thing across the line, the number one thing is unification' says AFL Project Chair

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The number one rule to getting a Tasmanian AFL team over the line is unification between the North and South, according to Chair of the AFL Project Team, Brett Godfrey.

Mr Godfrey is best known as co-founder and chief executive Virgin Airlines, and is also heavily involved in several tourism projects across Tasmania.

Mr Godfrey is in Tasmania today for the first meeting of the AFL Project Team, and speaks with Brian Carlton about his thoughts on how to proceed for a Tasmanian AFL team. He notes that footy is 'bread and butter' to Tasmania, and says the project team will give it a 'red hot go.'

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'Putting Tassie on the map' - 21yo axeman Josh Bakes sets world record at championships in Sweden


 A 21 year-old  axeman from Sheffield has had an extraordinary weekend in Sweden at the 2019 Stihl Timbersport World Rookie Championship.

Josh Bakes set a new world record, two national records and three personal bests at the championship, and overall took home second place. Originally tied on first place for points, a countback saw him lose the gold medal by just 0.23 seconds.

Josh talks to Brian Carlton this morning about these amazing achievements. Brian is also joined by World Champion Axeman David Foster, to discuss just how remarkable Tasmania’s young and upcoming talent is.

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‘F for fail’: AFL steering committee hands down its recommendations – but not everyone is happy

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The AFL steering committee has finally handed down its recommendations for Tasmanian football, three months after it was formed.

There was no promise to work towards a stand-alone Tasmanian AFL team. However, recommendations included a provisional license for a VFL team in 2021, a team in the TAC cup, and an additional $1.4 million.

Sports Journalist, Rob Fairs (Fairsy), and President of the North Launceston Football Club, Thane Brady, join Brian Carlton to discuss the recommendations and what they mean for Tasmanian football.

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‘Geographic isolation of Burnie and Devonport will continue’ – Dockers President talks future of NW football after AFL decisions

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The AFL steering committee says that they will be ‘responsible’ for football on the North-West Coast, but what does this mean?

Fixing talent pathways, a talent manager and a regional football hub is all on the agenda for the North-West, but Burnie Dockers President, Stephen Dowling, says he cannot see Burnie re-entering the TSL anytime in the near future.

Listen as Brian Carlton and Mr Dowling discuss the findings of the AFL steering committee:

Tas Talks listeners also weigh in on the issue.

‘That’s it for 2019’ – Circular Head Giants to withdraw from NWFL over player numbers

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A crisis meeting held last night in Circular Head wasn’t enough to save the Giants for this year’s NWFL.

The club, which is celebrating its 100th year this year, had many people turn up to the meeting, but did not have enough people that could commit 100% to playing all games, leaving them with a player shortage. As a result, the team will withdraw from the NWFL, including their women’s and junior teams.

President of the Circular Head Giants, Nic Bellinger, speaks to Brian Carlton about this disappointing outcome.

‘The buck stops with Gill’ – Burnie President talks AFL meetings and potential solutions for NW footy

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When it comes to Tasmanian football, ‘the buck stops with Gill[an McLachlan]’, according to President of the Burnie Dockers Football Club, Stephen Dowling.

Mr McLachlan was in Devonport last Thursday to meet with all seven TSL presidents, as the June 30 deadline nears closer for the steering committee.

Mr Dowling speaks to Brian Carlton about the current situation of football on the North-West, and says that Tasmanian football needs to work closely together to make sure there are appropriate talent pathways in Tasmania.  

‘They’re asking Tasmania to prove its worth – we’ve been doing it for 150 years’

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Tasmania is still dealing with the aftermath of the AFL’s decision to look towards a VFL team, rather than a standalone AFL team.

Sports Editor for The Mercury, Brett Stubbs, said in an opinion piece yesterday: ‘Can you dangle a carrot when there is no guarantee of a carrot at the end?’

Mr Stubbs has extensively covered the AFL steering committee and Tasmanian football. He speaks with Brian Carlton about his thoughts on theoutcomes of the steering committee.

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‘You can’t count anyone out this weekend’ – Chaz Mostert talks countdown to Supercars


'You can’t count anyone out this weekend’, says one of the lead drivers in the Supercars Championship.

Chaz Mostert, of Bottle-O Racing and Supercheap Auto Racing, is at Symmons Plains counting down to this weekend’s Tasmania Tyrepower Supersprint. He may not have been prepared for the cooler Tassie weather, but says he will give it his all on the track.

Chaz talks to Brian Carlton this morning about his strategies for this weekend.  

15 minutes to save Tasmanian football – could you do it?

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President of the North Launceston Football Club, Thane Brady and President of the Tigers, Paul Gadomski, will have just 15 minutes to present to the AFL steering committee in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Mr Brady and Mr Gadomski were selected to represent the TSL presidents in person at the meeting, and will present their case for why the TSL should stay put.

With a decision from the steering committee promised by June 30, time is running out.

Mr Brady speaks with Brian Carlton about the upcoming presentation, the recent red armband match for the TSL, and a general update about where Tasmanian football is at.

AFL ANTHEM: It’s about time Tassie had its own team, says new song

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A man has written a song pushing for Tasmania to have its own AFL team… and he’s from Western Australia.

Adam Western wrote a footy song called ‘Holding the Ball’ a few years back. This caused an anonymous Tas AFL twitter handle to reach out to him and ask him to compose a song for our own Tassie team.

Adam joins Brian Carlton this morning to share the song and how it came about. Listen to the podcast below to hear the song!

You can also listen to the song on Spotifyor on iTunes.

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AFL Grand Final too tight to call, says former footy great

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A former football player and Brownlow medallist says tomorrow’s Grand Final is too difficult to call.

The West Coast Eagles and Collingwood are set to face off in a thrilling clash at the MCG tomorrow, something Sportsday commentator Gerard Healy is all too familiar with.

Martin Agatyn, filling in for Brian Carlton with a Grand Final special, talks to Gerard about tomorrow’s Grand Final, and the vibe in Melbourne leading up to the event.

Ariarne Titmus goes from strength to strength with impressive times at national titles

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Former Tasmanian Ariarne Titmus shows she won’t be slowing down any time soon, with the 18 year-old swimming some her best times ever at the national titles in Adelaide this week.

Last night Ariarne equalled her Australian and Commonwealth records in the 400m freestyle, winning the race in just 3 min 59 seconds. Her father Steve Titmus says Ariarne is now only 1 of 3 women to ever do the 400m freestyle in a time under 4 minutes.

Steve joins Martin Agatyn this morning to talk about Ariarne’s latest success, what’s next, and says that she will always be a Tasmanian.

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Australia's best set to pedal around Northern Tas


100 of Australia’s best male cyclists are set to pedal their way around Northern Tasmania for the Spirit of Tasmania Cycling Tour.

Launching on Monday, the tour will see riders bike from Georgetown to Grindelwald, Launceston to Poatina, Ulverstone to Penguin and finishing with a few community ride in Devonport.

Brian Carlton talks with Race Director and cycling legend, John Trevorrow, about the race.

Beaconsfield mini league looking for new players


Do you have a young child in the Beaconsfield area whom you would like to encourage to try a new sport?

Tas Talks listener Paul is the coach of the Beaconsfield mini league, and tells Brian Carlton that the team is struggling for numbers this year.


The league encourages boys and girls between 5 and 12 to join up and have a go at football.

Listen below as Paul and Brian discuss the league, as well as a prize Paul’s wife won from the show last year.


BRADY: Steering committee plans for Tas are ‘missed opportunity’ and ‘doesn’t smell right’

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The AFL steering committee is set to hand down its recommendations for Tasmanian football next week, but TSL presidents believe the plans have already been set in stone.

Whilst the TSL is set to stay until 2023, North Launceston Football President, Thane Brady, says he has questions regarding the KPI’s set around the funding for the league.

Mr Brady speaks with Brian Carlton about some of the steering committee’s proposed plans for our football, and says that he believes Tasmania is now even further away from having their own AFL team.

Brian Carlton reveals AFL round 1 tips and winners


 AFL is back for the year, and Brian Carlton has started off with a mediocre score.

Someone who did far better than medicore is Sarah Latham, of Hudson's Coffee. Sarah is our corporate winner for the week, and speaks to Brian this morning about the secret to her winning tips.

Congratuations also to our public winner, Brendan Tiernan. Both Sarah and Brendan have won a $50 bottle shop voucher thanks to Thirsty Camel.

Bruce Gowans inducted into Tasmanian Motorsport Hall of Fame


Local racing legend and North-West Coast businessman, Bruce Gowans, has been inducted into the Tasmanian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Bruce tells Brian Carlton that business always came first to him, with motorsport starting out as just a hobby.

Listen as Bruce tells Brian about his struggle to get into racing at a young age, how he developed Gowans Motor Group, and what his favourite car was to race.

*Disclaimer: Gowans Motor Group is a sponsor of Tasmania Talks.

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CAMS Australian Rally Championship to hit Launceston this week

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The CAMS Australian Rally Championship is set to light up Launceston on Friday night, eight years after the Tarmac Rally was last in Tasmania in 2010.

The main event will be at the Inveresk Super Special held at the Launceston Showgrounds –with entry to the rally free.

Ben Newman is the General Manager of Buckby Motors, and will also be participating in the CAMS Australian Rally Championship. He worked hard to bring this event to Launceston, and joins Brian Carlton in the studio to talk about this exciting experience for Launceston.

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