Why Jack Riewoldt is following the ‘Pied Piper’ in his vision for Tasmania’s AFL side

webnexttech | Why Jack Riewoldt is following the ‘Pied Piper’ in his vision for Tasmania’s AFL side

As one of the people building Tasmania’s AFL expansion club, which will reveal its colours and identity on Monday, Jack Riewoldt does not have to look far to find a blueprint for building a successful team from scratch. It’s in the former Richmond triple premiership star’s backyard: the NBL’s Tasmania JackJumpers, who have won over locals, schools and the state, quickly establishing themselves as part of Tasmania’s sporting fabric in just three seasons of existence. On Sunday, the “Jackies” will feature in their second NBL grand final series, taking on Melbourne United at John Cain Arena in game one of the best-of-five series. “As an AFL product, we are looking at plenty of things we think we can build our club on from a cultural point of view, and we’d be silly not to look at what’s happening in our own backyard,” Riewoldt, who in September became the first employee of the AFL 19th’s team, told this masthead. Riewoldt is a key figure in creating the new AFL club’s culture and working to unify the state behind it ahead of its launch in 2028.

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