Caroline Wilson says she is fed up with how the AFL continues to exploit footy in Tasmania and believes North Melbourne’s women’s team is the latest example of this.
The Roos were one of two expansion clubs to the AFL Women’s competition this year and Wilson feels they’ve used the state to their advantage.
“I think North Melbourne have exploited Tasmania,” Wilson told Sportsday.
“They have completely exploited Tasmania.
“Good luck to them for doing so because they were given the opportunity, but they built their bid for an AFLW team around a hybrid model which was the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos and at one point, they didn’t rule out referring to the team as the Tasmanian Kangaroos.
“That went out the window and it became the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos – a ridiculous, long-winded name that was never going to get used.
“There was a game in Launceston recently, the AFL claim there were 3,000 people there, people who were there said there wasn’t 2,000 people there. The crowd (number) was made up or someone made a very big mistake.”
Wilson believes the AFL should’ve simply built a Tasmanian franchise and given it the AFLW team.
“Why on Earth did the AFL not re-address all the mistakes it made with football in that state by at least creating a women’s franchise from the word go?” she said.
“Why would people from Launceston feel any affinity for a team called North Melbourne?
“Tasmanian people are completely disenchanted, they don’t have faith in the people running AFL Tasmania at the moment.
“Gil McLachlan appointed, without any due process, Trisha Squires into the job and there was no process there.”
North Melbourne’s AFLW team has played two games in Tasmania across the first three rounds, but only has one remaining home game, which will be played in Melbourne.