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VIC AFL TEAMS MAY PLAY IN TASMANIA

Victorian powerhouses Collingwood and Essendon look likely to play in Geelong in 2020 and might even head to Tasmania if football returns this season in the state.

The Bombers' last game in Tasmania was in 1992 against Fitzroy at North Hobart Oval. Collingwood have never played for premiership points in the state.

The Magpies also haven't contested an AFL match at GMHBA Stadium since 1999, with Essendon last making the trip down the highway in 1993.

But as there will be no crowds early in the season - and potentially limited crowd numbers later in the year - the AFL is willing to have clubs with bigger membership bases play at smaller grounds.

"It certainly will allow for (Essendon and Collingwood to play in Geelong) in the fixture," AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld said.

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The last time Essendon played in Tassie things looked a little different.