Amateur Football League ready to welcome Adelaide Football Club

The Crows' plan-B is looming as a possibility, because Norwood is considered unlikely to waver in its opposition to Adelaide Football Club putting a reserves team in the SANFL. The Crows' self-imposed task of gaining unanimous support for its SANFL bid is a long way from being fulfilled. But the Amateur League is ready to roll out the welcome mat, said chief executive Grant Goodall. "[It would be] a tremendous opportunity. I think it would certainly from a branding and a marketing point of view lift our profile," he said. "It would be a good thing for football in our state generally." The Amateur League revealed it had been in discussions with the Crows for more than a year. If Adelaide joined, it would become the 11th team in division one and would supplement its list with players from opposing clubs. "With 11 teams in the competition there'll be a bye and those teams that have the byes will be the ones that first do the top-ups," Goodall said. There would be no change in the league's salary cap or promotion/relegation system, but exemptions would be granted to the Crows. Importantly, Adelaide would play for points and compete for the premiership. There has been a mixed reaction from the current division one clubs. Chairman of Adelaide University Football Club Sam Bridgwood said: "For us as a team that doesn't pay its players and the guys train a couple of times a week and tend to go away for a while on uni holidays, it does feel like a strange concept." Video: Amateur League keen on Crows (7pm TV News SA) Director of the Saint Peters club Tom Gray said it would be a big positive. "It'll lift the whole profile of the Amateur League. But I suppose the big question mark for us is how competitive we'd be against a bunch of professional footballers?" The Amateur League said it had no contact with Port Adelaide, which had committed to retaining the current Magpies in the SANFL next season. click here

Royal Baby News Whips Australian Media Into a Frenzy

Today was also streamed live on companion website . The announcement of the royal birth was made officially at 5:30 a.m. local time. The top-rated Seven Network, in a tight battle for ratings with the Nine Network, had four people on the ground: Sunrise host Mel Doyle, reporting from Buckingham Palace, foreign correspondent Mike Amor outside the hospital and two British royal correspondents, one at the back entrance of the hospital and another at Kate Middletons home village of Bucklebury. The debt-heavy Nine Network had only two reporters on the ground and an army of commentators in London, while Lachlan Murdochs Network Ten, currently in development on a new breakfast program launching later this year, provided news updates while running its regular CBS morning television show. Tens evening programs Wednesday night, however, will have four people live in London to cover the birth. Breakfast presenters at the normally more serious public broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corp. also enjoyed the flurry of royal activity, crossing regularly to their U.K. bureau chief Phillip Williams. PHOTOS: The World's Most Notable Princes and Princesses Certainly it was a tall order to fill four hours of live rolling coverage of a birth, but they did it. And if breakfast TV viewers (Sunrise and Today average around 320,000 capital city viewers each every morning) werent sated enough this morning, the networks are all planning special evening programming to air Wednesday night local time to mark the occasion. Seven is providing a special hourlong news bulletin starting at 6 p.m., Ten is following up its 5 p.m. news bulletin with a half-hour special titled Will and Kate: A Royal Arrival, replacing The Simpsons, and the ABC will run a documentary, Born to Be King at 8 p.m., followed by a repeat of the QI: England special. view it now