- Aug 17, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Sturt FC; Pittsburgh Steelers
The Ammos pay players down to divvy 4 largely due to funding provided by the SANFL for junior development. It's a joke actually. The money from the SANFL is basically paying senior players.The problem will come back to money though. Particularly if player movement through some of the amateur leagues is driven on being able to attract much bigger match payments.
The whole system broke down when the AFL forced the SANFL to come under its umbrella for junior and community leagues with the threat of withdrawing funding. It was basically blackmail.
Now that the SANFL no longer have an interest in the AFL licenses, they should be focussing on league development, but they can't, because they rely on SMA/AFL funding to remain solvent, a situation brought about by the AFL's funding model. This is all possible because the AFL quietly dissolved the NFC in 1995 which was the national body, representing ALL states, overseeing aussie rules. The AFL, under Oakley and later Demetriou, quietly hijacked the sport in this country.