Tasmania's quest for an AFL and AFLW has received a boost from the very top of Australian cricket. Test captain Tim Paine, who last week become the first Australian skipper to reclaim the Ashes on English soil since Steve Waugh in 2001, took time from preparations for the fifth Test at the Oval to declare "Now is the Time" for Tasmanian AFL and AFLW teams. "I think it is time Tasmania had their own AFL team and it is time all Tasmanians get behind the cause at United We Stand.com,'' said Paine, who was proudly wearing The Map at the time. "Get on their and pledge your allegiance to the Tasmanian footy club (and) let's get them in the big league." Paine's call to arms comes as the Tasmanian AFL Taskforce's United We Stand pledge tally moves closer and closer to 20,000. As of noon, 19,305 had signed up, with the taskforce aiming for at least 50,000. The campaign was launched on August 30. RELATED It is looking to "stand up and make some noise" in order to get the AFL's attention for the state's inclusion in the state's inclusion in the AFL and AFLW competitions. The Tasmanian AFL Taskforce is asking for people to pledge their support for a Tasmanian team in the AFL and AFLW at unitedwestand.com.au Sign up for The Advocate's Footy Fever newsletter here.

Tasmania's quest for an AFL and AFLW has received a boost from the very top of Australian cricket.

Test captain Tim Paine, who last week become the first Australian skipper to reclaim the Ashes on English soil since Steve Waugh in 2001, took time from preparations for the fifth Test at the Oval to declare "Now is the Time" for Tasmanian AFL and AFLW teams.

"I think it is time Tasmania had their own AFL team and it is time all Tasmanians get behind the cause at United We Stand.com,'' said Paine, who was proudly wearing The Map at the time.

"Get on their and pledge your allegiance to the Tasmanian footy club (and) let's get them in the big league."

Paine's call to arms comes as the Tasmanian AFL Taskforce's United We Stand pledge tally moves closer and closer to 20,000.

As of noon, 19,305 had signed up, with the taskforce aiming for at least 50,000.

The campaign was launched on August 30.

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It is looking to "stand up and make some noise" in order to get the AFL's attention for the state's inclusion in the state's inclusion in the AFL and AFLW competitions.

The Tasmanian AFL Taskforce is asking for people to pledge their support for a Tasmanian team in the AFL and AFLW at unitedwestand.com.au

Sign up for The Advocate's Footy Fever newsletter here.

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