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With no AFL matches on Friday, the SANFL may have kicked a goal with its scheduled match between South Adelaide and Glenelg, to be televised live on Channel Seven.

The fixture is the third Good Friday match scheduled by the SANFL, but the first to be televised.

Channel Seven has had a flying start to coverage of the SANFL with record ratings in the first round and solid audiences since.

Seven’s SANFL IGA League coverage is averaging 44,000 viewers after two rounds – exactly 50 per cent up on last year’s audience (22,000 viewers) after the first two rounds.

South Adelaide has had a strong start to the season with two wins, giving fans some hope that its 50-year premiership drought may have some chance of breaking.

Glenelg, however, is on the opposite side of the form book with a record-breakuing 189 to 37 thrashing at the hands of Port Adelaide last weekend.

Round three of the SANFL starts tonight with Norwood welcoming triple Magarey Medallist James Allan for his long-awaited return to local footy in the Redlegs’ game against Sturt at Coopers Stadium.

Former Rooster Allan, who spent the past year playing in his Victorian hometown of Lara, has recovered from the toe ailment which hindered his preparation during the pre-season.

“We all know the class of Jimmy,” Norwood football manager Mark Ross told sanfl.com.au.

“He’s a terrific ball-carrier and he uses the ball so well so it will be nice to have him in a Norwood jumper.”

Allan will be joined by 2012 premiership defender Michael Chippendale while promising utility Steven Baldasso has been recalled to the Redlegs’ 21-man list.

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