Ben Beams remembers the day of his football awakening.
- Former footballer Ben Beams believes that if Tasmania’s AFL bid doesn’t prove strong enough, the game in the state will wither and die
- Former AFL Tasmania boss Scott Wade thinks “this is potentially our last chance”
- A decision on Tasmania’s AFL bid is expected in early September
It was October 1, 1990: the day Tasmania defeated Victoria at the game’s spiritual home, North Hobart Oval.
A 12-year-old Beams was there.
“It was instilled in you, the map of Tassie, and in 1990, I was a 12-year-old kid watching the game, watching Dougy Barwick kicking barrels at North Hobart,” he recalls.
“It was just a great time and that instilled ‘The Map’ into me.”
The beginning of Beams’s sparkling 20-year football career can be traced to that day.
He’d go on to play in Tasmania’s win against Western Australia at the same ground as an…