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Well support Port = Lose friends, support Crows = lose friends.....best thing to do mate is keep up with the soccer i would...
(As quoted from wikipedia.....
As early as 1982, there was talk of a side from South Australia entering the VFL. This was fast tracked in 1987 when a team from Western Australia, the West Coast Eagles, and a team from Brisbane, the Brisbane Bears joined the VFL. This left South Australia as the only mainland state in Australia without a team in an increasingly national competition.
The SANFL had been unwilling to entertain the thought of a South Australian side in the VFL. In 1990, the Port Adelaide Football Club, frustrated at the SANFL's lack of action and looking to secure its own future, formally applied to enter what had now become the AFL. The AFL signed a Heads of Agreement with the club in expectation that Port would enter the competition in 1991. What ensued was one of the most bitter episodes in South Australian football history that split the state, the fault lines of which are still evident today. Furious at what it perceived to be treacherous behaviour by Port Adelaide, the SANFL put forward a counter bid to enter a composite South Australian side into the AFL. After legal action from all parties, the AFL finally agreed to accept the SANFL's bid and the Adelaide Football Club was born. Ultimately, Port Adelaide could not compete against the SANFL's ownership of infrastructure and the support of the nine other clubs in South Australia.
The fallout from this failed bid was disastrous with some even calling for Port Adelaide to be expelled from the SANFL.)
History lesson over - to the Familygood, the Crows are the ONLY team for ALL South Australians. You meet a much better class of person (lol) and they are great with the kids. Even though the Power have as many, if not more, interstate born players in there ranks as any other club - they still insist with hanging on to a "heritage" which is totally un-related to the current format. I they don't start to modernise their thinking soon, as Lazy Cow quite rightly said, they and the Port Maggies will go bankrupt.
Cheers from the Pride of South Australia...................
One goes to a live event for the atmosphere, if you aren't interested in that watch it on TV, the fact is the AFL has no atmopshere or passion, some fans try to convince themslevs otherwise (sadly).
If you want to just watch and sit in silence then why go? AAMI is often cold and windy, which is great (IMO) as it's part and parcel of going out to sport....but you look at the fans...all wrapopd up in their knitted quilts, gloves, scarves and bobble hats from the 70's which are most likely made there.
On a more serious note, you talk to almost any Crows fan at AAMi about the opposition, they wont know the players, most fans have no interest in the game itself, just the Crows, which is very very sad.
The comp wasn't national until the AFL was born, as SA wasn't part of it until 1990 - the two states that play the game being SA and Vic. The VFL expanded as you said relocating some clubs, but it wasn't really a national comp they just played in other states. Only when the Adelaide Football Club joined the AFL was it deemed a national comp.
(I hope you are not a teacher, as quoting Wikipedia is not allowed, due to the number of inaccuracies- fact) ;-)
West Coast Eagles weren't a relocated club when they joined in 1987. You didn't mention Port Adelaide's original bid - you obviously realised your own inaccuracies. Teacher no - just been in SA a long time.
That was part of the VFL expansion, nothing to do with the AFL that started in 1990.
People in SA didn't take any notice of what was happening outside SA until 1990. Just like today when S Australians dont take any notice of teh VFL today, West Coast Eagles might have well not existed in the 80s.
What a load of twaddle! Try telling that to all the thousands of "life-long" Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton, Richmond, fans etc. Maybe you could also take a look at how many South Aussies played in the VFL prior to the 80's and how big the State of Origin matches were, if you think people weren't interested in anything outside of SA.
The concept of a national comp was evident throughout the 80's - the name change to AFL was just a formality when SA finally put a team in and all mainland states were represented.
Anyhow I am off on holiday now for a week, with no internet access..so you can try and convince other on here i am wrong without me answering back :-)
Although I know Adelaidenow won't read this for a week or so -if at all - I just want to make these points :
The AFL is what used to be the VFL-
1990 The decade begins a new era in the game, the Victorian Football League becomes the Australian Football League, acknowledging the national expansion, with clubs now in Sydney, Queensland & Perth, and the league adopts the much more national official name. http://www.afl.com.au/development/aflexplained/history/tabid/10296/default.aspx
That the SANFL is separate to the VFL/AFL and:
the SANFL is not only the oldest surviving football league of any code in the nation but also one of the oldest competitions in the world
formally applied to field a team in the Australian Football League (as the VFL had been re-christened the previous year) from 1991. (ie.six years before they were accepted as an AFL team)
All just as Kazzarazza has explained.
As for the atmosphere? Well, I've never been to any of the places mentioned by you and Jomark so I can't make a comparison, but whatever you say (and we are both entitled to our opinions) I love the footy at AAMI and will be there again this year - without knitting needles!
As for feral Port supporters? Don't care as long as they don't get violent/drunk or abusive when my kids are around. Which ever team you go for, it should be fun and normally it is. Go Crows! Or whoever you want, I don't care! I remember one Showdown and there was one guy barracking for Power and the rest for Crows...their banter and squaring off to one another just added to the game! They were good natured larrikins the lot of them!
...And to think the OP only wanted to know which team to go for....sigh!
(Can't believe I've just spent time on the net trying to prove this!)
Last edited by Lazy Cow; 29-12-2009 at 12:12 PM. Reason: Added postscript!