Big year looms for AFL in the North



New board (L-R, front) Verena Coombe & chairman Peter Busch, (second row) players Naish Hogan, Laura Coombe & Joel Newman, (rear) women's rep Rebekka Buggendorf, umpires Ryan Powell, Clarissa Krenz, & development coach Tony Burke | Photo: ZAK SIMMONDS


WHEN the AFL Townsville administrators of the future look back, they will see 2013 as the year the sport really took off in North Queensland.

The local organising body is hoping to build on the excitement of March's NAB Cup game between the Gold Coast Suns and North Melbourne Kangaroos, the city's first elite-level AFL game, with a change to the game's board structure.

For the first time, the junior, senior, women's, masters and umpires groups will all come under the same umbrella with representation on the AFL Townsville board.

Each member of the board will have a portfolio and responsibilities which AFL Townsville chairman Peter Busch said they hope will promote all aspects of the game evenly and transparently.



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