As we have seen, read or heard the AFL has come down on AFL registered players banning them from playing with their 2nd Tier clubs in their own state due to the covid-19.
But the AFL has gone one step further in South Australia banning SA’s two AFL sides reserves teams from taking to the field in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) taking the competition from a 10 team league down to an 8 team competition.
So my question is what about the players who play in the Adelaide Crows & the Port Adelaide Magpies that aren’t registered to either AFL Club? They will be with out a team for the 2020 season and will not be able to play in the SANFL.
What makes it worse is 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Port Adelaide Football Club. It was bad enough to put the brakes on the 2020 AFL season making it hard for the Port Power and the Club to celebrate this milestone, but now to not be able celebrate the 2020 season with their SANFL side on the field and the chance for the team to fight to be premiers for 2020 and top off what could have been a great year for the whole club but now with the Port Adelaide Magpies being benched for 2020 leaves a sour taste in mine and I am sure in the mouths of all Port Adelaide Football Club whether you are a fan of the black, teal and silver or just a fan of the black and white prison bars 2020 will go down not as a year that should have been a celebration of what a great club Port Adelaide has become but also history of this great club.
“It really is disappointing not to have them play and in their 150th season”. – Glenelg Football Club: Peter Carey.
“Our initial reaction was one of disappointment that both clubs would not be in this season’s competition, but particularly Port. They are such a proud club and I know we have the enjoyed the battles we have had over the years. We feel for those passionate Port supporters who love their club”. – Woodville West Torrens Football Club: Luke Powell.
“It is very disappointing to not have Port Adelaide participate in the SANFL competition this season, especially given it is our 150th anniversary,” Mr Thomas said Port Adelaide Chief Executive.
“However, the AFL have made it clear that for health and safety reasons we need to restrict the number of people our players interact with and competing in another competition opens that up significantly.
“We respect that view and completely support the need to protect our players from transmission of COVID-19. It is unfortunate, but it’s a necessary measure to protect our people.”
Mr Thomas stressed the club was preparing to return to the SANFL next season.
Why do states 2nd Tier Clubs need to be overseen by the AFL? States 2nd Tier Clubs are all grown up and should be able to be run by their own states governing body. For Adelaide that is the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). For Victoria it is the Victorian Football League (VFL).
If states need an over arching body to oversee the states leagues then it should be by a separate body not attached to the AFL or any other Aussie Rules governing body. It should be made up of a board of representatives from the state leagues.
I feel the AFL Should just look after the AFLM and the AFLW teams and leave state footy to the states or another totally separate body to oversee state leagues.
(I write this forum post not as a Port Adelaide Fan or either the AFL or the SANFL Teams but as a fan of the great game we call Aussie Rules).
Darren Andrews – Ozsports Owner And Senior Editor.