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Football

SANFL boss on the league's survival, recovery and rebuild

SANFL this weekend takes centre stage – free of any AFL distractions – to close a home-and-away season many thought would not happen due to the pandemic. Michelangelo Rucci talks to new league boss Rob Kerin about the SANFL’s future, including the key challenge of reintegrating AFL reserves teams into the competition.

Football

Max Basheer and the $1 million deal that launched the Crows

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the SANFL winning the battle to stop Port Adelaide’s first attempt to enter the AFL. The story of how a high-stakes gamble in a Melbourne hotel gave birth to the Crows can now be told in detail, with Michelangelo Rucci reporting how a leading player won’t be taking his secrets to the grave.

Football

Local footy's fight for survival

AFL football was staring at a $600 million hole if the game was stopped by COVID-19. But what about the cost to the leagues underpinning the elite – and the future of local footy? Michelangelo Rucci looks at football’s fight for survival.