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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.

‘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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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.

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.

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.

Controversy over pro-equality Macklemore performance at NRL

Do sports and politics mix?

They don’t according to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is calling for a ban on US rapper Macklemore from performing at this weekend’s NRL grand final.

The calls for the ban began after Macklemore announced he will perform his pro-equality song ‘Same Love’.

Brian Carlton has never heard the song, so he takes a listen on air to find out about the controversy. LAFM Program Director, Steve Segale, also weighs in on why a rapper would have been asked to perform, rather than a rock band.

Cyclists need to be identifiable, says Tas Motorcycle Council

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Cyclists should be identifiable on the road, according to the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council (TMC).

The TMC have put forward a submission to the Road Safety Advisory Council suggesting that cyclists should have an identifiable number, so that they can be reported if they break the law.

President of the TMC, Paul Bullock, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about why the TMC believes this is an important idea for road safety.

Declaration of war if AFL drops out of TSL agreement, says Brady

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If the AFL drops out of their agreement with the Tasmanian State League (TSL), there will be a declaration of war.

That’s according to President of the North Launceston Football Club Thane Brady, who attended a meeting in Melbourne with Tigers President Paul Gadomski to present to the AFL steering committee yesterday.

Their focus was particularly on the TSL, and the best practice model going forward.

Mr Brady tells Brian Carlton that if the TSL was dropped, there would be ‘enough groundswell around Tasmania to make life pretty difficult for the AFL’.

The steering committee has promised a decision on June 30.

Deloraine man the new World Rookie wood chopping champion

The Stihl Timbersports World Rookie wood chopping champion is a 21-year-old man from Deloraine.

Daniel Gurr has been wood chopping all his life, following in the footsteps of his father, Matthew Gurr. Last weekend in Marseille, France, he achieved the ultimate goal – becoming a World Champion.

Listen as Daniel speaks with Brian Carlton about this amazing achievement, the illness he overcame a week before the competition,  and what’s next for the young champion.

Derby hurt by bike tracks, claims listener


Many people believe that the Blue Derby trails are one of the best things to happen to the Derby region, but do the people living in the town agree?

Gary from Branxholm believes that the mountain biking tourists coming to Derby are hurting the town, claiming that the population has gone from 177 to 60 since the tracks opened.

Listen as he discusses the situation with Brian Carlton.

They also talk veteran’s affairs, with Gary praising the Royal Flying Doctors Service for the help they’ve given him to deal with his severe depression.

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