Hawks back to take on Fremantle Sat 19 May 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Sport and Recreation The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today, welcomed the Hawthorn Football Club and the Fremantle Dockers to Launceston for their AFL clash at Aurora Stadium. The high profile fixture is the second game of the new five-year contract with Hawthorn to play four premiership games and one NAB Cup a year at Aurora Stadium from 2012 to 2016. "Today's game is also part of the AFL's Indigenous Round, and gives us all a chance to recognise and celebrate the role of indigenous players in this great sport," Ms O'Byrne said. "Their contribution is inspiring. So many over the years have brought a unique flair and vibrancy to AFL games." Ms O'Byrne said the success of Tasmania's relationship with the Hawthorn Football Club is proven. "The club is clearly here for the long-haul and its engagement with the Tasmanian community is a role model for the AFL. "The deal delivers visitors and business activity in the traditionally quieter autumn and winter periods, providing benefits to the entire state's economy. "The Tasmanian Government is proud to support sport at all levels in Tasmania, including ensuring that top flight games are played here. "Supporting major events such as today's game is an important boost to the state's tourism industry, which is a priority in our Economic Development Plan. "The relationship between the Hawks and Tasmania has also resulted in a number of important initiatives that have supported Tasmanian communities. "Hawthorn's players, coaches and staff have worked with schools and sporting clubs throughout Tasmania, helping our sportspeople and the sector overall in terms of knowledge, skills and latest trends. "On behalf of all Tasmanians I wish Hawthorn all the best in season 2012."