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