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1. What is the predominant
colour of the Crows "away"
2. Which AFL game last weekend
drew the biggest attendance?
3. Which SANFL team is
unbeaten after round three, yet
not in the top five?
4. Gold Coast played its first VFL
match last weekend against Port
Melbourne. Did the new team
win or lose?
5. Which AFL player had only five
possessions in round two but
bounced back landing a career
high 44 in round 3?
6. Which two Redbacks have
Cricket Australia contracts for the
7. What colour are the behind
posts at Unley Oval?
8. Who has qualified for the FA
9. Who won the Masters?
10. What cololur jacket did he
11. Where did Tiger Woods
12. Who scored four goals
to knock Arsenal out of the
European Champions League?
13. Who won the season
opening Moto GP race in Qatar?
14. Within a year either way, how
old was Geelong debutant James
Podsiadly last weekend?
15. Who won the men's Rip Curl
Pro at Bells Beach last week?
16. Which team won the Elite
Classic High Stakes basketball
tournament in Adelaide last
17. In what year did the Crows
last lose their first three games
of the season?
18. Name the member of
Bradman's Invincibles who was
the oldest sur viving Australian
Test cricketer until he passed
away last month in Adelaide.
19. What did Lee Elder achieve
at the Masters Golf Tournament
20. Who are the last three
players to kick 100 goals in a
season in the SANFL?
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. Navy blue.
2. Essendon-Carlton. 3. The
Panthers. 4. Lose. 5. Brent
Harvey. TWO-POINTERS: 6. Shaun
Tait and Callum Ferguson. 7.
Red. 8. Chelsea and Portsmouth.
9. Phil Mickelson. 10. Green .
THREE-POINTERS: 11. Equal
fourth. 12. Lionel Messi. 13.
Valentino Rossi. 14. 28. 15.
Kelly Slater. FOUR-POINTERS:
16. The Rays. 17. 2004. 18. Ron
Hamence. 19. He became the
first black man to compete. FIVE-
POINTER: 20. Brant Chambers,
Scott Hodges and Allen Jakovich.
on our SANFL
The thing that really sets the SANFL
apart from the AFL, on field, is the
differing styles of play.
The AFL tends to be dominated by
athletes running into open space and
kicking long to either uncontested
opponents, or contests where too much
contact is immediately halted by a free
kick. Much of the time, it is kicking
backwards to unmarked opponents to
hold onto possession while running
down the clock to a break. Possession
tallies regularly pass the 400 mark, but
with so much of it uncontested, the
meaning and true influence can be lost
SANFL is much more physical,
in terms of one-on-one contests
with heavy clashes and a number of
situations where play is allowed to
flow and not be continually halted
by the umpire s whistle. Many fans
speak enthusiastically about the
difference in style being one of the
main motivations for them following
the local competition.
Over the past three to four years,
however, an AFL influence has crept
into the game and it is interesting
to note the subtle differences over
time. Previously, the emphasis was
on sending the ball forward at most
opportunities and going longer to
There has been a marked increase
in teams kicking backwards and in
circles, as they try to hold possession
longer and longer. It s not uncommon
for a team to take more than six
disposals to leave their defensive 50
from a kick-in and at times up to 10, as
the ball is chipped around and around,
waiting for the gaps to open further up
When the ball does start moving
ahead, the opposition has often had
plenty of time -- as the other team
take their time moving around the
flanks -- to drop numbers back into
the forward-50 and make it harder
to isolate one-on-one contests. This
forces the ball carrier to bomb the ball
forward in hope, often resulting in
the ball hitting the deck and spillages
and stoppages. With more stoppages
comes more opportunity for clumsy
contact and therefore, free kicks.
This year, free kick tallies seem to be
much higher than past seasons. The
first game of the year between West
Adelaide and North Adelaide had 60
frees; Woodville/West Torrens and Port
Adelaide in round two exceeded 50, and
last week s Sturt and Glenelg clash had
48 frees. Could the increasing free kick
count be due to the increasing presence
of AFL-style tactics? Could the
changing tactics force more situations
of heavy congestion and therefore,
more likelihood of infringements as
teams try to beat the floods that are
Of the nine SANFL coaches,
Central s Roy Laird, Port s Tony
Bamford, South s Ron Fuller, Sturt s
Luke Norman and Woodville/West
Torrens Michael Godden do not
have AFL playing backgrounds. Of
the remaining four clubs, North and
Norwood are averaging under 10 goals
a game this season and both have the
biggest disparity between "for" and
"against" in the scoring ledger. Glenelg
and Sturt are averaging, however, more
than 14 goals a game and are being
rewarded for playing attacking football
with their ladder positions.
There is not a direct suggestion that
AFL experience leads automatically
to unattractive football, but it s
interesting to note that last season,
the two lowest "for" tallies belonged
to West and South -- who finished
sixth and bottom -- both with AFL
experienced coaches also.
Over time, statistics can be used
and abused to indicate many trends,
but anyone watching the SANFL over
the past few seasons would have noted
the trend toward a more AFL style of
football. It is not making for the more
attractive, contested football that we
have been used to for so many years,
and fans make their feelings loud and
clear with the ironic cheers that greet
the first disposal to clear the defensive
50 after seven to eight chip kicks.
Hopefully, the trend toward the AFL
is not terminal in SANFL, as the loyal
fans love our league for a variety of
reasons and avoid AFL for others. It
would be a huge shame if pure football
started to disappear and more score
lines of nine goals to seven continued,
in the pursuit of winning.
Could an increase in stoppages explain the increase in free kicks this season?
Photo: Kate Elmes
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