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Tasmania’s current push for an AFL licence isn’t its first, but it may well be the last

Ben Beams remembers the day of his football awakening.

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…


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