Kennett pleads for Tassie to back Hawks

Oliver Caffrey

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has told Tasmanian football to back the Hawks or the AFL club will cut ties with the state.

The Hawks have played home games in Launceston since 2001, but describes Labor leader Bill Shorten's federal election promise to commit $25 million towards Tasmania having its own team as "crass intervention".

Kennett believes a Tasmanian club becoming the 19th team in the AFL is not "feasible for scheduling or to attract sufficient players of high enough standard to be competitive."