THE STATE

The Advertiser - - NEWS - DANIEL WILLS

IT’S a con­test of his­toric pro­por­tions that will shape South Aus­tralia for years. It has cap­tured the state’s un­di­vided at­ten­tion, as strate­gies and prepa­ra­tions of the two sides are ex­am­ined.

For one, glory and fame await. For the other, soul-search­ing and de­spair. For decades, front bars will de­bate the key mo­ments in the cam­paign.

By com­par­i­son, the state elec­tion in March looks ex­tremely triv­ial.

The Ade­laide Crows’ pre­mier­ship charge has been just about the only news in town all week. Good luck to any politi­cian try­ing to talk over the roar for a month if the cup comes home.

In a state com­pletely ob­sessed by footy, and best known to the world as the home of Ade­laide Oval, to­day is about so much more than sport.

BankSA es­ti­mates there has al­ready been a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar eco­nomic boost from the Crows just hav­ing made this de­cider. After the Crows’ flag wins in 1997 and 1998, stud­ies found an ex­tra $100 mil­lion went through SA’s tills and busi­nesses each time. No joke.

While this grand fi­nal won’t di­rectly im­pact the re­sult at the bal­lot box, it’s

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