Move, stretch and breathe | Brisbane City Council


Date & time

Wed 24 Feb 2021
8:00am to 9:00am

Age

Seniors

Cost

Free

Gentle blend of movement, yoga and breathing techniques to increase your cardio, flexibility, strengths and balance. All levels catered for.

This is a GOLD event suitable for seniors.

Bookings

No bookings required. For more information phone Tatiana on 0439 643 586.

Requirements

Yoga mat and sport shoes

Meeting point

Meet near basketball court.

Venue

Perrin Park, 99 Gailey Road, Toowong

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Storm forced to move trial as Newcastle Knights refuse to travel to Melbourne


Storm chief executive Justin Rodski said his club was disappointed but had to do all it could to prepare the side for its premiership defence.

Rodski also said the Knights’ decision will have no impact on the Storm hosting the opening game of the NRL season when South Sydney visit AAMI Park on March 11.

“It’s obviously disappointing the Knights have decided not to travel to Melbourne for this trial – for our fans and for our players,” Rodski said.

“Our members and fans haven’t had the chance to see their team play live in Victoria for over 12 months and we were looking forward to having another great crowd attend Casey Fields next weekend.

“While it is disappointing for our fans in Melbourne, it is important that our players get the chance to prepare as best they can for the season ahead which is why we will travel to Albury for the trial.

“We appreciate the support the Casey Council have provided over the last two years on trial matches and have agreement from the Knights that they will return for the trial in 2022.

“The change also gives us the opportunity to say thanks to the people of Albury after they supported us through the early part of the 2020 season.

“We hope as many members and fans as possible can make it to the game and support us once again.”

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Aussie singer faced backlash in directorial debut film

Australian singer-songwriter, Sia, is about to debut on his first produced and directed movie as it faced backlash and sour comments from thousands of netizens and experts.

Her movie ‘Music’ has been widely panned by critics and otherwise concerned viewers, however that hasn’t stopped the masses from hastening to sign a petition to have the film removed from its two 2021 Golden Globe award nominations.

On a launched petition by the Change.org, 60,000 were already amassed by allies of the autism community last week – 50,000 of which came only in the last 24 hours. Related petitions on the website have also garnered substantial support.

This backlash surfaced as Music – starring Best Actress Golden Globe nominee Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr, former Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler – portrays a non-verbal autistic teenager. Critics take aim primarily with the casting of neurotypical Ziegler, despite the available autistic actors.

Nina Skov Jensen and Rosanna Kataja who were the creators of one of the popular anti-Music petitions wrote, “The fact that Music has been nominated for two Golden Globes awards illustrates the complete disregard the entire entertainment industry has for inclusivity and minority representation. It will only use autism as inspirational porn to make neurotypicals feel good about their supposed ‘superiority’. Despite claiming her movie to be a ‘love letter to caregivers and to the autism community’, she is actually telling the autistic community that she doesn’t care about them.”

They have dubbed Ziegler’s performance as “inaccurate and a hurtful betrayal of the community” noting the stereotypes allegedly incorporated towards the film. It emphasizes the mimicking of autistic people the exact same way autistic people have been bullied and mocked their entire lives. The National Autism Association, moreover, has characterized Ziegler’s performance and Sia’s direction as “dangerous and abusive”.

This particularly notes for the scenes involving restraint and seclusion of Ziegler’s character – forms of control that are known to exacerbate and upset those with autism.

As rejoinder to the backlash, Sia prompted to tweet “sorry” for listening to “the wrong people” during the making of the film – an 180-degree turn from her original stance, which saw the debut filmmaker lash out at one actor with autism who auditioned for the role, suggesting “maybe you’re just a bad actor” for not landing the part.
Further, she has also since pledged to add a disclaimer to her movie, although reports have been mixed as to whether the warning is yet in place.

As per reports, Maddie was not held accountable for the said scuffle but mainly lies the blaim to Sia and other members of the project who did not stop this before it got out of hand.

Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw Feels ‘Liberated’ After Move to Bodybuilding


One of the big stories in women’s bodybuilding in the last couple of years has been the influx of physique competitors who have moved up to compete with the big girls – and have been spectacularly successful.

Andrea Shaw, the 2020 Ms. Olympia winner, made the transition from physique to bodybuilding in 2019. MayLa Ash, Asha Hadley and Reshanna Boswell followed in Shaw’s footsteps last year and all placed in the top 10 at the Ms. Olympia, which returned for the first time since 2014.

When these athletes talk about making the transition from women’s physique to women’s bodybuilding, they all describe it in the same way: as a liberating experience.

“Crossing over into female bodybuilding has been such an empowering, accepting and freeing journey for me,” Ash wrote on Instagram at the end of an amazing year that ended with her placing fourth at the Ms. Olympia in December.

A big part of why it feels so liberating is that, after deciding to switch from women’s physique to women’s bodybuilding, competitors no longer feel as if they have to hold themselves back and they can allow their bodies to grow and improve and fulfill their
potential. As athletes, they inevitably get to a point where they are struggling to stop becoming too dense or muscular for women’s physique. Switching to women’s bodybuilding removes those constraints. “It was like a burden was lifted,” says Shaw,
who also won the Rising Phoenix in 2020. “Now, if my body wants to grow, I can let it grow!”

Like Shaw, Ash had gotten to the point in which she was too muscular for women’s physique. But after switching to women’s bodybuilding, she was able to train heavier and push herself more. It was only after she saw how her body responded that she
realized how much she had been holding back as a physique competitor. Now she says she is “beyond excited” to see her body develop further.

Hadley had a slightly different experience. She had competed in the Olympia as women’s physique competitor in 2016 – at 5-foot-7, she weighed 160 pounds onstage – and then took a few years off. But she had always admired female bodybuilders, and when she decided to make a comeback last year, it was always going to be in women’s bodybuilding. She won the Savannah Pro in her female bodybuilding debut last August and describes it as “the best choice I ever made.”

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A lot of competitors who decide to make the transition to women’s bodybuilding have to train heavier and more intensely and to work on bringing up body parts that normally would be “less developed” in women’s physique. That often means putting more size on
their legs to be able to stand next to the top female bodybuilders. Shaw and Ash also both say they never trained arms as physique competitors. Now they do — and they say they are loving it.

It is not just in the gym but also onstage that competitors feel like they are being set free when they move up to women’s bodybuilding. “In women’s physique I never truly showed my size when I posed,” says Ash. “But as a female bodybuilder, I don’t have to
hold back anymore.” She remembers how exhilarating it was when she won the New York Pro, in her female bodybuilding debut. “I was fully extending my lats, I was fully flexing my biceps, I was fully showing the conditioning of my legs and glutes. I was not holding back because I didn’t have to anymore. It was so liberating and so freeing!”

Shaw had a similar experience. But she says she had to make a mental adjustment and learn how to pose like a female bodybuilder. She remembers how, backstage after the Rising Phoenix in 2019, her second show as a female bodybuilder, Margie Martin told
her: “Be big!” What that meant, Andrea explains, was “a mindfulness to squeeze harder, show those biceps, show those legs, because they are big, and they need to be big!”

The word Hadley uses to describe how it feels to pose as a female bodybuilder is “empowering.” “You don’t have to worry about posing a certain way to hide the muscle that you have,” she says. “It’s just about trying to express it as much as you can.” She
says she really felt it during the posedown at the Olympia. “It was all of us up there showing our best and having fun and getting to really flex and show off what we wanted to show off.”

There are probably more physique competitors who are now thinking about moving up to women’s bodybuilding — especially after seeing Shaw win the Rising Phoenix and the Olympia last year. Her advice is this: “If you are women’s physique competitor and
you carry a lot of dense muscle, make the move!”

MayLa emphasizes that the key is to know if you are ready. She recommends getting feedback from judges or experts, as she did before deciding to move up to women’s bodybuilding last year.

Asha says the most important thing is not to be deterred by stereotypes about female bodybuilders. “Don’t get caught up in the label or the stigma,” she says. “If you see that you’re looking bigger than the rest, and you look like to lift, and you get that feedback
from the judges that you’re pretty muscular, women’s bodybuilding is probably where you belong.”

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Almost all of the physique competitors that have switched to women’s bodybuilding talk about that sense of having found a place where they belong. “I am a female bodybuilder,” says Andrea. “This is where I fit.” MayLa says almost exactly the same thing: “I know that I’m a female bodybuilder. I know this is where I’m supposed to be.”

Perhaps the most beautiful image that captures how physique competitors feel about crossing over into women’s bodybuilding was from a comment made by MayLa. “It may sound odd, but the only way I can describe how it feels to be a part of women’s bodybuilding is that I’m home,” she says. “I feel like in this division I’ve finally made it home.”



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Australian Facebook users react with horror at provocative move to ban news Down Under


Australians have reacted with outrage after waking up to the bombshell announcement that Facebook has banned the sharing of news articles from its platform.

The move is in response to the proposed Media Bargaining law, which would force tech companies including Facebook and Google to negotiate with news providers to feature their content.

Facebook’s decision mean its 13 million monthly users in Australia can no longer view or share any news on the platform – even from foreign websites.

Federal communications minister Paul Fletcher says the shock move shows Facebook ‘is not the place for reliable news’.

Facebook ‘is not the place for reliable news’, according to federal communications minister Paul Fletcher (pictured)

‘There are already questions about the credibility of information and sources on the Facebook platform,’ he told 2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham.

‘They’re basically saying to Australians: ‘If you’re looking for reliable news, Facebook is not the place to look for it.’

‘It’s certainly something that raises concern… the government will consider this very carefully.’

He insisted Australia won’t back down. 

‘We will be proceeding with the code. We want Google and Facebook to stay in Australia but we have been very clear that if you do business in Australia, you need to comply with the laws passed by the elected parliament of this nation,’ Mr Fletcher later told the ABC.

But he didn’t rule out tweaking the code after continuing discussions with Facebook.

‘Let’s allow those discussions to continue and, at the same time, let’s continue with the process of legislating the code,’ he said.

Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie (pictured) told ABC's News Breakfast she believes Facebook feared it risked becoming 'irrelevant'

Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie (pictured) told ABC’s News Breakfast she believes Facebook feared it risked becoming ‘irrelevant’

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg spent early Thursday morning in ‘constructive discussions’ with Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg.

‘He raised a few remaining issues with the government’s news media bargaining code and we agreed to continue our conversation to try to find a pathway forward,’ the treasurer later wrote.

The ban has stunned ABC News Breakfast co-host Michael Rowland, who tweeted: ‘Facebook to ban users in Australia from viewing or sharing Australian and international news content. Wow!’

He later tweeted that the ABC Facebook feed had gone black. 

‘Unbelievable,’ he posted. 

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been in early morning discussions with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been in early morning discussions with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)

Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie later told the program Facebook risked becoming ‘irrelevant’.

‘Look, I guess we’re a small market in Australia and I guess Facebook feels that they can flex their muscles,’ she told the program.

‘Ultimately, I think they would have to be very careful that they don’t become irrelevant. We can all only look at so many funny cat videos. 

‘People mainly get their news content from Facebook or other services and I think people will perhaps look at other platforms if Facebook aren’t willing to share. ‘    

Australians have reacted with anger and disgust to the shock move from Facebook

Australians have reacted with anger and disgust to the shock move from Facebook

Overseas journalists have also weighed into the outrage, including Vice News' David Gilbert

Overseas journalists have also weighed into the outrage, including Vice News’ David Gilbert

The ban has also impacted on emergency services and government health Facebook platforms. 

Other journalists have taken to Twitter to express their anger and shock. 

‘Facebook’s move to stop Australians from seeing or sharing news content will only see more disinformation spread on FB, with no ability to post factual news stories to rebut the nonsense. This is very worrying,’ Guardian journalist Josh Taylor told News Breakfast.

Overseas journalists echoed the outrage.

‘In the middle of a pandemic, when misinformation is rife, Facebook has decided to stop people from sharing news in Australia Sure that’ll be fine,’ Vice News’ David Gilbert tweeted.

Facebook pulled the plug after the News Media Bargaining Code passed the House on Wednesday, and looked set to pass the Senate and become law within days.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who ferociously grilled Facebook and Google representatives in a senate inquiry last month slammed the move.

‘Blocking Australian news overnight, while allowing hate speech and dangerous conspiracy theories run rampant.

Facebook has just confirmed it really is just FakeBook,’ she said.

The ban on sharing news content is in response to proposed Media Bargaining law. Pictured is Facebook boss  Mark Zuckerberg

The ban on sharing news content is in response to proposed Media Bargaining law. Pictured is Facebook boss  Mark Zuckerberg

Australian news outlets have slammed the move as Nine described it as ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

‘It is unfortunate Facebook have taken this position and it will indeed inhibit us from sharing our quality news and information with Australians,’ a spokesperson told 9news.com.au.

‘Nobody benefits from this decision as Facebook will now be a platform for misinformation to rapidly spread without balance. This action proves again their monopoly position and unreasonable behaviour.

‘But today’s statement does not mean Facebook will not have to abide by the Federal Governments proposed code. Value has already been transferred and Facebook has benefited from our content for many years. We should be able to access their monopoly platform and have the right to monetise our content as a result.

‘We have been negotiating with Facebook in good faith and we remain willing to do a deal with them that provides a mutually beneficial outcome and ensures quality information is available to all Australians on their platform.’

The ABC says it will continue its discussions with the social media giant.  

‘The ABC’s digital news services will always remain free and accessible to all Australians on the ABC website and via the ABC News app, providing independent and reliable news, information and analysis,’ managing director David Anderson said. 

‘Despite key issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic having ongoing effects on all Australians, Facebook has today removed important and credible news and information sources from its Australian platform. 

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Brisbane Lions thump West Coast Eagles to move to the top of the AFLW ladder, thanks to a huge percentage


The Lions led by one point at half-time, despite the Eagles dominating inside 50s and incredibly winning the game’s first 13 clearances.

But they made the visitors pay for their missed opportunities in front of goal, putting the foot down with a five-goal third term to prevail 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) at Hickey Park in Monday’s rescheduled fixture.

It kept the Eagles winless in their second AFLW season and set up a tasty clash with unbeaten Melbourne next Sunday after the Lions’ comprehensive defeats of Richmond and Gold Coast to begin their campaign kept their percentage above 500.

Lauren Arnell collected a game-high 18 disposals and a clever grubbered goal in a stand-out performance.

The competition’s leading goal kicker, Dakota Davidson, managed two majors, including a set shot from the tightest of angles in the pocket to ignite the Lions’ second half.

That goal followed some stern half-time words from the Lions’ coaching staff and sparked them into action as their midfield turned the tables and Alexandra Anderson, Jesse Wardlaw, Taylor Smith and Arnell all kicked third-term majors.

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Brisbane Lions thump West Coast Eagles to move to the top of the AFLW ladder, thanks to a huge percentage



Brisbane have absorbed an early West Coast surge to thump the Eagles by 45 points and stay unbeaten in the AFLW.

The Lions led by one point at half-time, despite the Eagles dominating inside 50s and incredibly winning the game’s first 13 clearances.

But they made the visitors pay for their missed opportunities in front of goal, putting the foot down with a five-goal third term to prevail 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) at Hickey Park in Monday’s rescheduled fixture.

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It kept the Eagles winless in their second AFLW season and set up a tasty clash with unbeaten Melbourne next Sunday after the Lions’ comprehensive defeats of Richmond and Gold Coast to begin their campaign kept their percentage above 500.

Lauren Arnell collected a game-high 18 disposals and a clever grubbered goal in a stand-out performance.

The competition’s leading goal kicker, Dakota Davidson, managed two majors, including a set shot from the tightest of angles in the pocket to ignite the Lions’ second half.

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That goal followed some stern half-time words from the Lions’ coaching staff and sparked them into action as their midfield turned the tables and Alexandra Anderson, Jesse Wardlaw, Taylor Smith and Arnell all kicked third-term majors.

“You have to expect good teams to come at you and we were a little bit flat early,” Lions coach Craig Starcevich said.

“[We needed] to embrace the fact that we were in a contest. Last week [against Gold Coast] we were comfortable all the way through but it was a different kettle of fish.

“We were right in a contest and it was valuable for later on in the year to get some composure and try to find a solution to this.”

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Their ability to bring the ball to ground and convert whenever entering their forward 50 was a clear difference, with the Eagles unable to transfer their early field position dominance into genuine scoring chances.

“I’ve been really proud of their effort for periods of the game … but against good teams you need to play for four quarters,” Eagles coach Daniel Pratt said.

“Brisbane are at the top of the table for a reason and they made us pay … it could have been a completely different game [if West Coast kicked straight in the first term].”

Aisling McCarthy had 17 touches and a goal for the Eagles while Andrea Gilmore kicked her first AFLW goal before a head knock ended her night prematurely.

The Eagles immediately flew home to Perth on Monday night. They will head east again to face the Giants in Sydney on Sunday.

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North Melbourne Kangaroos rule out any prospect of Tasmanian move


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The league is expected to form a response in the week ahead with AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan having been in ongoing conversations with Gutwein about the issue since the 2020 season ended.

Brett Godfrey, who chaired the Tasmanian AFL Licence Taskforce, said the business case for a standalone team was modelled on the basis that a 19th team could succeed without it being at the expense of an existing AFL club.

He said, however, that Tasmanians would be unlikely to reject a relocation if it became the only viable option, with history showing relocated clubs have won premierships with strong supporter bases remaining in Victoria.

Amarfio wasn’t prepared to comment on Kennett’s position but made the point that the Kangaroos’ agreement was actually with TT Line (The Spirit of Tasmania) rather than directly with the government. However, he understood that the Premier’s position would be crucial in determining any potential extension of their deal.

He said the Kangaroos supported the push for a Tasmanian AFL team but had a word of caution.

“We have to be realistic and prudent. In the past 24 hours alone we have had two more AFL clubs announce significant financial losses and debt. Any expansion of the AFL competition must be assessed with the wellbeing of the competition in mind and against the backdrop of the ravaging effects of the COVID response,” Amarfio said.

At the start of 2020, the Tasmanian government presented to the AFL a business case they had commissioned for a standalone team in Tasmania but the process stalled during the coronavirus pandemic.

Godfrey said the game was at a tipping point in Tasmania and a path forward was essential.

“Those that love the game have to understand that even with those clubs [Hawthorn and North Melbourne] continuing to play in Tasmania the sport is heading towards the abyss. That sadly isn’t an exaggeration but a fact.”

Tasmanian AFL Licence Taskforce chair Brett Godfrey

“Those that love the game have to understand that even with those clubs [Hawthorn and North Melbourne] continuing to play in Tasmania the sport is heading towards the abyss. That sadly isn’t an exaggeration but a fact,” Godfrey said.

“What the AFL community has to understand is that the current direction isn’t delivering at the grass roots [participation] and for broadcaster [dollars] in declining fan engagement. Both metrics go against the grain compared to the other states.”

This week the Launceston Council also endorsed a $208 million proposal to redevelop the York Park precinct where Hawthorn have played home games since 2001. The proposal is yet to receive funding but would lift the ground’s capacity to 27,000. The taskforce business case included a stadium being built in Hobart.

Last year Kennett advocated for a review of the AFL’s operations and one industry source said they suspected his comments about relocation were designed to spark conversation on the issue, confident Hawthorn would not relocate.

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Tasmania’s AFL ultimatum is the right move, but it places the entire sport in Tasmania at risk


Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein believes his ultimatum to the AFL presents Tasmanians with the ultimate win-win — and he’s probably right.

Either the AFL gives Tasmania a date for entry to the league, or the State Government cuts funding to Hawthorn and North Melbourne, leaving multi-million-dollar holes in their balance sheets.

It’s a threat from the pen of a Premier in charge of a state that no longer has anything to lose, and a scenario the AFL surely doesn’t want to see happen.

But if the goal of a Tasmanian team is to resuscitate Australian rules football in Tasmania, the move is somewhat dangerous.

What if the AFL calls Tasmania’s bluff and says “no team for you”, leaving Tasmania either footy-less or having to pay other Victorian teams on a one-off basis to come to Tasmania to play games?

Does that further the game in Tasmania?

Does that provide the oft-spoken-about “pathway” for the 10-year-old boy or girl pondering whether to pick up a Sherrin footy or a Spaulding basketball?

AFL is competing with other sporting codes for the hearts and minds of young talent.(AAP: Joe Castro)

While the tough stance is admirable and could well lead to the AFL bending and finally granting Tasmania an entry date into the big league, further hurting the grassroots game is a live possibility.

There’s also the $30 million hole in the winter tourism economy that a departing Hawthorn and North Melbourne would create, although the Premier has that base covered.

“I’ve got no doubt at all we’d fill that. We’ve got $8 million to spend,” Mr Gutwein said on Friday.

There exists however an alternate reality where Tasmania could have had its cake — and eaten it too.

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Gillon McLachlan with then AFL Tasmania boss Trisha Squires and young players at Bellerive Oval in 2018.(ABC News: Tony King)

Remember AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan’s heavily publicised visit to Tasmania in 2018?

On that trip, he granted Tasmania provisional entry into the VFL competition for 2021.

It was to be a stepping-stone into the big league, that if well executed would prove the state’s ability to make the eventual leap into the AFL.

Under then-chief executive Trish Squires, AFL Tasmania got to work.

However, the mood then changed upon the release of the Tasmanian AFL taskforce’s, government-backed AFL business case in 2019.

The report recommended Tasmania only pursue the VFL if it had guarantees around future AFL entry.

With no guarantee forthcoming, the VFL pathway plan was spiked.

But what if Tasmania had pushed forward with the plan to enter the VFL by 2021?

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Tasmanian football fans hope that the State Government’s strong stance will pay off.(Supplied: afl.com.au)

In that alternate timeline, Tasmania could be preparing for entry into the league — which has since expanded into an AFL eastern seaboard competition — this year.

In October 2019, when asked what would happen if a VFL team wasn’t established by 2021, Squires said “we would lose a lot of players who are currently in Tasmania [who] would potentially go and play in another state league and may not return to the state”.

Her prediction has proven sadly accurate.

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Top Tasmanian talent pack their bags and head to the mainland to chase the AFL dream.(Supplied: Daniel Anthony)

Local top-liners Kieran Lovell, Taylor Whitford and Aiden Grace have packed their bags for other state leagues.

A laundry list of other top talent has quit the Tasmanian State League (TSL), seeking bigger dollars in lower grades.

Aspirational teenagers Sam Collins, Hamish Allen and Jackson Callow are also gone after being overlooked by AFL recruiters, who quite simply don’t believe the TSL is up to scratch.

How many of those players might still be here had Tasmania pursued the VFL?

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Tasmania has its fair share of female football talent.(ABC News: David Hudspeth)

Remember, Tasmania had a provisional licence it chose not to cash in on, at the recommendation of the government taskforce.

If it had, at least then, even if the AFL knocked back the state’s latest push for a license, the VFL would provide some semblance of footy alternative.

Instead, as it stands, a weakened TSL is the highest level in which our youngsters can aspire to without leaving.

For most of the girls, it’s now regional club footy.

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What would Hawthorn do without money from Tasmania?(AAP: Craig Golding)

The vast majority of Tasmanian football fans hope that the State Government’s strong stance will pay off, and that The Map will grace the fields of the AFL sooner rather than later.

A date is all Tasmanians want.

But if the dice doesn’t roll the Government’s way, the game may well end up worse off in Tasmania than it already is.

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Nick Kyrgios’ next move a mystery he’s yet to solve


“I was going through a lot during the year, and I was pretty proud with the way I prepared. I was really, really, really happy with the way I played.

“I mean, my perspective – look, I lost that match. As soon as I lost, I wasn’t upset. I was smiling, I was happy for him.

“He’s put in a lot of work, the body of work, the foundation he’s put in. He’s rewarded for it. I’m happy for it. I’m not a jealous or envious person.

“So I lose, I’ll live on tomorrow. That’s just how I look at it. I don’t look at this week as an achievement or anything. I had a lot of good memories. It is what is.”

Part of that perspective may be fuelled by the level of tennis Kyrgios played in the seven days.

Nick Kyrgios said he was proud of himself after his performance at this year’s Australian Open.Credit:AP

After spending a year away from the tour, he was a few points away from beating the player many believe will eventually succeed Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the world’s best.

“ I mean, he’s the third-best player in the world for a reason,” Kyrgios said.

“And I’m right there and I believe in myself. I knew that today I had an absolute fighting chance.

“I walked in that match expecting to win. That’s how I always go into a match. But he steadied the ship well and that’s why he’s great.”

Kyrgios’ year away from the court showed he will not rush to his next tournament.

But not even the 25-year-old is sure when he will play next.

“I don’t know, man. I can change like the wind,” he said.

“For me personally, man, I’m used to playing in front of packed stadiums. I’m not gonna force myself around the world when the time is not right where I have to quarantine for a week and then play. I don’t know.

“I’m not too sure what lies head.”

Dominic Thiem celebrates after defeating Nick Kyrgios in five sets.

Dominic Thiem celebrates after defeating Nick Kyrgios in five sets.Credit:AP

Kyrgios’ best surface has always been grass but, when asked whether he would target Wimbledon as his next big tournament, the Canberran said he had given no thought to that possibility.

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“I don’t even know what tournaments there are after this. I have paid no attention to what I’m playing afterwards, really,” he said.

“I’ll look at it when it comes around. I’m not going to even think about anything at the moment, especially just coming off the court. The last thing I’m gonna do is think about where I’m gonna play next.

“I’m going to enjoy the next week just living. Just enjoying time. We’re in lockdown after tonight, so I’m not thinking about it.

“As I said, I don’t particularly care, either. When I play, I’ll play. When I’m ready to play, I’ll play.”

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