Just days out from the official launch of Tasmania’s AFL team, a somewhat surprising attendee emerged.

The Labor leader confirmed she has a ticket, she plans to attend, and is “very excited” about it as a football fan from a football family.

Meanwhile, the Premier won’t be there, having instructed his Liberal colleagues to avoid the event to keep the politics out of it.

But the politics around the Macquarie Point stadium – baked into the AFL deal – will be the elephant in the room.