Tasmania – Let The Footy Flow…

Once a Tasmanian, always a Tasmanian. We left in ’67 when I was only 2, the year that Royce showed the world what 5 shirts could buy you.

 

 

But as we shuffled around southern Sydney, my brother and sisters starting new schools, for the three youngest of us, being born in Tassie gave us something to be proud of. Something unique.

 

 

I didn’t get back to Tassie till I was almost 15, my dad taking me on, I guess, a male bonding trip. It seems weird in hindsight, we never talked about it. Maybe the others were asked but had left school already. Dunno. Anyway, I loved it. Meeting family friends and godparents and eating scallop pies and seeing the fabled Gordon that everyone was starting to talk about.

 

 

As a Tasmanian leftie greenie neophyte geographer, and strong supporter of Bill Hayden, the Franklin campaign came along at the right time. As did Michael Roach. I managed to ride the Souths-Richmond 1980 success (Souths came 5th after missing for years). I got to see the Tiges dismantle St Kilda in one of those pre-Swans games at the SCG. But I loved marching for the Franklin at the NO Dams demos, grooving in Hyde Park to Redgum and others. Handing out on election day. Let the Franklin Flow on high rotation as I bizarrely decided to take a gap year in the deepest darkest recession since the one before. Standing, nude, in a winter bath, the day the High Court decision came through.

 

 

In the late 80s I took my brother to Tassie. He razzed Alan Bond at the end of the Sydney-Hobart and Bond almost fell in the water. We almost got bashed in Strahan. We deserved it generally, but not specifically.

 

 

Two years later I was fulfilling a dream and working for the Wilderness Society. That involved constant trips to Tassie. I got to see Hawthorn demolish the Roys by 150 at North Hobart.

 

 

And then another Tassie youngbuck came in, Richo joining Benny. But sustained success was elusive, and I slipped back into a more genteel public service existence, fell in love etc.

 

 

As the Tigers wandered through the gloom for years at a time, I often pondered how I would deal with the difficult choice when Tassie inevitably got its team. Here we are, 25 years later, and still no team. More plans, but no team. A team everywhere, even some teams nowhere, but no Tassie Devils.

 

 

So now, warm with the gushing glow of Premiership hangover, I need another crusade. And I think the power of music needs to be brought to bear. With no respect for Shane Howard, I have had a crack at his anthem, and present to you: Let The Footy Flow.

 

 

A single – is there such a thing – a performance by the Killers on GF Day with Jack in the Box, you just never know. A live version with Benny and Jack and Nick and Royce and Stew and Pritch and Huddo x 2 and all the great ones I have forgotten. Backed by Tex and Tim and the Rockwiz band.

 

 

Get the idea out there, if you know musos, get talking to them, if you know Gillon MacLachlan, let him know a big wave is a coming his way…

 

 

Let the footy flow

 

 

oh Tasmania

the hardest heart could understand
just to feel your rejection
the silence sings to us

 

 

let the footy flow
let the Devils be
The Apple Isle needs a footy team
from Devonport to Launnie and more
the AFL have to fix this sore

 

 

we gave them Royce and we gave them Stew

has to be something worth fighting for

Huddo, Richo and Baldock too

They take our best and give us the jaw

 

 

let the footy flow
let the Devils be
The Apple Isle needs a footy team
from Devonport to Launnie and more
the AFL have to fix this sore

 

 

there’s a team up north that nobody wants

has to be something worth fighting for
in Hobart and across all the fronts
we’re saying this is something worth fighting for

 

 

let the footy flow
let the Devils be
The Apple Isle needs a footy team
from Devonport to Launnie and more
the AFL have to fix this sore

 

 

oh Tasmania
the hardest heart could understand
just to feel your rejection
the silence sings to us

 

 

let the footy flow
let the Devils be
The Apple Isle needs a footy team
from Devonport to Launnie and more
the AFL have to fix this sore

 

 

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About Peter Warrington

Richmond fan; Kim Hughes tragic; geographer; kids' book author; Evertonian; Manikato; Harold Park trots 1980; father of two; cat lover, dancer with dogs; wannabe PJ HArvey backing vocalist; delusional...

Comments

  1. Yvette Wroby says:

    Let the footy flow and don’t forget Nick Riewoldt was a Tassie boy and is part of a players group trying to get a team in Tassie. Call on him for help or direction in your musical/political campaign.

  2. Peter Crossing says:

    Any place that can produce Baldock, Hudson, Hart, Stewart as well as the idiosyncracies of Croswell should have their own team. I’m on board.

  3. Peter warrington says:

    Yes. crosswell. Maybe the best.

  4. Peter_B says:

    Follow the bouncing (foot)ball:

    Ah, the 80’s CP. When we had hair – and ideals. Where did it all go?
    I went on a Gordon River cruise from Strahan on my first honeymoon in 1978. Then when I worked in politics in 1982 went down there on a light plane. Followed Norm Sanders (later a Democrats Senator) around flying his own light plane as he showed us the ravines where the Franklin joined the Gordon. There was still enough Whitlam idealism in the ALP in the 80’s (and Richo Realpolitik) for Hawke to save the Franklin.
    Can’t see Malcolm or Gillon saving Tasmanian football. I see Lawrence Mooney has a new “Malcolm” show coming up. Can we get him to campaign for AFL games in Queenstown? Senator Matt Zurbo – I’d like to see that.

  5. Peter warrington says:

    i still have my hair….

  6. Luke Reynolds says:

    Great song to start with, love your Tassie football themed re-working Pete.
    Hope the noise in support of a Tasmanian team gets louder and louder.

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