Home' InDaily : December 4 2009 Contents Advantage SA congratulates all the 2009 South Australian of the Year Award Winners
Christies Beach High School
Friends of Sceale Bay
Professor Robert Norman
Health Award & Science Award
Adelaide United FC
Professor Jane James
Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM
of the Year
Young South Australian
of the Year
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December 4 - 10, 2009
1. Which club threw former Saint
Matt Maguire a lifeline in the AFL
2. Where is Adelaide United on
the A-League ladder?
3. Which Thunderbird was named
ANZ Championship player of the
4. Who is coaching Adelaide
United on match days while
Aurelio Vidmar is suspended?
5. In the history of cricket, have
there been more Test matches or
one-day internationals played?
6. Who scored a hat-trick for
Manchester United against
Portsmouth last weekend?
7. In what sport did Australia's
Rachael Grinham claim her 30th
career title last week at the
Sharm El Sheikh Open?
8. Who was taken at pick 30 of
the AFL national draft?
9. Who scored the goal being
referred to as the "Hand of Frog"?
10. Which West Indian scored
a century on debut against
11. Where will the Sheffield
Shield final be played if South
Australia finishes top of the
12. Which two SANFL venues will
host league matches under lights
for the first time next season?
13. Who won the season-ending
ATP World Tour finals an equal
record five times between
1981 and 1987 but never won
14. Elton John (above) is a
former chairman of which English
15. Which current Australian Test
cricketer was born in Townsville?
16. Which sporting organisation
is at 140 Harbour Esplanade?
17. Of the nine Test cricket-
playing nations (Zimbabwe
excluded), where do the West
Indies currently sit?
18. How often is hockey's
Champions Trophy played?
19. Which country has domestic
cricket teams including the
Southern Rocks and the
20. In cricket, how many
different ways is it possible to be
0-10 Sporting dunce.
11-20 Need more work.
21-30 Strong showing.
31-40 Bright spark.
41-45 Borderline genius.
46+ Sporting guru!
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ONE-POINTERS: 1 - Brisbane.
2 - Tenth (or bottom). 3 - Natalie
von Bertouch. 4 - Phil Stubbins.
5 - One-day internationals.
TWO-POINTERS: 6 - Wayne
Rooney. 7 - Squash. 8 - Luke Ball.
9 - Thierry Henry. 10 - Adrian
Barath. THREE-POINTERS: 11 -
Woodville Oval. 12 - Richmond
and Thebar ton Ovals. 13 - Ivan
Lendl. 14 - Watford. 15 - Mitchell
Johnson. FOUR-POINTERS: 16 -
AFL. 17 - Eighth. 18 - Every year.
19 - Zimbabwe. FIVE-POINTER:
20 - 11 - retired out, bowled,
timed out, caught, handled the
ball, hit the ball twice, hit wicket,
leg before wicket, obstructing the
field, run out and stumped.
Hallelujah! The very best of
Australian sport and, should
Australia be awarded soccer s
World Cup in the near future, the best
from around the world will be brought
to Adelaide s CBD.
It s been a long time coming for sport
fans -- especially football fans, who have
spent countless years drooling over
Melbourne s city stadium set-up and
questioning why, in arguably the most
football-hungry state in the country,
they had to travel half an hour or more
to Football Park to watch AFL.
The atmosphere the redeveloped
stadium promises will be spellbinding.
Not just from the 50,000 spectators
seated during a game; but pre-match,
post-match, around the stadium and
indeed, throughout the city.
The thought of thousands of
team-coloured fans streaming up North
Terrace or through Rundle Mall is
magnificent. CEO of the AFL Andrew
Demetriou certainly thinks so.
"It s a day that many people didn t
believe, or wouldn t believe, would
happen," he said at the announcement
of the redevelopment on Tuesday.
"The result is a wonderful, wonderful
The result is not only wonderful
-- it s perfect for the AFL; it won t
have to contribute a cent towards
the redevelopment, meaning it gets
a new stadium for free. The South
Australian Government will fund the
redevelopment, sinking $450 million
into a project that will see the historic
Adelaide Oval transformed forever.
About the only recognisable
elements of today s oval will be the
hill, the Morton Bay figs, the historic
scoreboard and the red brick arches
behind the members stand. The
Chappell and Bradman stands will
be demolished and replaced, to the
satisfaction of some fans, but to the
supreme disappointment of others who
will feel the oval has lost its heritage.
There s no denying Adelaide Oval s
heritage runs deep. It was established
in 1873 after the SACA formed and
within four years was hosting games of
Australian Rules football.
Cricket and football co-existed in
harmony at the ground for almost
a century before the SANFL took
umbrage at the SACA s landlord
role and split -- constructing its own
purpose-built football ground west of
the city, which opened in 1974.
Football Park, as it was known, was
owned by the SANFL and has hosted
AFL games since the Crows entered the
national competition in 1991.
But a lack of public transport and
ageing facilities meant the venue was
becoming unable to adequately cope
with AFL crowds.
"We have been desperate to improve
our facilities and venues for our
supporters throughout the country,"
"And now South Australians will be
able to put their hands on their heart
and say they have got an iconic venue
in the heart of the city.
"It will leave a magnificent legacy for
Executive commissioner of the
SANFL Leigh Whicker said the league
welcomed the decision and has signed
a "memorandum of understanding"
with the SACA "to progress this project
which will bring major sporting events
back to the city -- something which the
football supporters and the sporting
public at large will appreciate".
"This is clearly a very significant
decision for the SANFL but one we will
consider in the longer-term interests of
the game and its supporters," Whicker
"We will continue to work in the best
interests of football and the broader
football community in South Australia
as we work through the next steps with
the SA Government, SACA and the
The press conference held at
Adelaide Oval to announce the
redevelopment plan has overshadowed
the other event being held at the oval
this week: the second Test between the
West Indies and Australia, which starts
Following a three-day defeat in the
first Test in Brisbane last week, the
tourists have seemingly been written
off by everyone but themselves.
Travis Dowlin said the team was
ready and determined to show more in
Adelaide than they did at the Gabba.
"I personally think that is a
motivational factor, to come and spoil
the party," Dowlin said.
The second Test begins today at
Stadium plan is
reason to rejoice
An artist's impression of the refurbished stadium.
Photo courtesy of FACA
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