New South Wales Premier Dom Perrottet has set his sights on South Australia after that state’s Premier Peter Malinauskas struck Sydney twice during the announcement of the AFL’s ‘Magic Round’.
The AFL’s first ‘Magic Round’ – which has yet to be officially named – will be held in South Australia next year, but it was a hotly contested race between that state and New South Wales.
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The AFL confirmed South Australia would be home to the round in 2023 and outgoing boss Gillon McLachlan praised Malinauskas for being “so single-minded” in trying to secure the event.
7NEWS reporter Tom Browne previously reported that SA raised more than $10 million for hosting rights, while Malinauskas brazenly bragged to the media on Friday that “obviously the best team won.”
He said fans can now book their tickets and hotel rooms with confidence and the state is planning a “show” that footy fans will never forget.
“I can’t wait to welcome fans from across the country to witness a truly unique round of football and experience all that South Australia has to offer – our city, our world-class wineries and other incredible tourism attractions,” Malinauskas said .
He also dropped this little bombshell, which visibly upset Perrottet: “The aim was to get it here first. We wanted to be the first. I didn’t want anyone else’s sloppy seconds, especially Sydney’s.”
But Perrottet clearly didn’t want to accept that rift.
“Finally an event for Adelaide, I mean what a great thing it is for her,” Perrottet replied with loaded irony.
“You probably have an event, we have many more!”
The event will no doubt be a godsend for the state and will begin on April 13th during the school holidays and will extend over four days.
All games in the round are free for AFL and club members, while clubs will receive around $500,000 in rewards for the game, which was postponed into the season.
Actual fixtures will be revealed when the game for the 2023 season is announced in late November or early December.
However, the official name is also missing at this time, but McLachlan said options are being considered.
“I have the best team in the world, certainly in any sport, and they get most things right … but all of their suggestions on that name are terrible,” McLachlan said.
“So it’s an open invitation to all South Australians, but frankly all football fans at the national level (to some with a title). This thing that I feel is going to be huge and it has to have its own life and identity and character.
“Whether it’s a road trip round or the Big Round or Mallee Round – proposed by the Prime Minister this morning – I encourage everyone to lean on it and own it.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/dom-perrottet-fires-up-in-afl-war-of-words-after-sa-premiers-sloppy-seconds-sydney-whack-c-8827796 Dom Perrottet fires into AFL verbal battle after SA Premier’s ‘sloppy seconds’ jab in Sydney