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Tassie footy gets back on the map

SOME of the best Tasmanian State League players managed a thrilling comeback win against Queensland at North Hobart Oval this month, turning a five-point three-quarter time deficit into a seven point win.

With more than 7,000 spectators in attendance, the Tasmanian team scored three goals and limited the visitors to just one in the final quarter.

Lauderdale star Sam Siggins solidified his place in Tasmanian football history as he was voted best on ground and awarded the 2023 Lefroy Medal for a memorable three-goal performance.

“It was a really special day for Tasmanian football,” he said.

“To pull on ‘the map’ in a big game like that is something I am incredibly proud of. And I’ll remember it for a long time.

“The crowd really got behind us in the final quarter. I think their enthusiasm helped us get across the line.”

AFL Tasmania chief executive officer Damian Gill said the entire day was a celebration of Tasmanian football and it exceeded all expectations.

“It was great to see a big local crowd turn up and get behind a Tasmanian team,” he said.

“The size of the crowd and the atmosphere at the game exceeded all the expectations we had when we embarked on this project.

“Queensland was fantastic to work with, and we look forward to returning the favour when we head up there next year and hopefully go back-to-back.

“Both the men and women’s teams loved the occasion and are keen to go again next year.”

Unfortunately, the Tasmanian women’s side were not as successful in their clash against Queensland, falling short by 19 points. They will seek redemption as the visitors next year.

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