Aussie Rules is dying in the state not just because they don't have an AFL team. The problem is much deeper than that.Leysy gets that - but surely we need to think of the survival of the code in a state that has given our club so much. Benny, Jack, Disco, Richo, Hart, Stewart, Nank plus many many more. So many of our greatest players and the backbone of our recent flags have eminated from the state. The links are intrinsic.
It's time to give back. It's why our club is so positive towards the new venture.
You only need to look at the JackJumpers to see the success a national sporting team can both achieve but more importantly how it can bring the state together.
This is the point that the sport will either thrive or completely die in the state. It's the critical juncture that even Richmond fans should care about (like the club do).