Rucci's Rip: Adelaide's push into SANFL a giggle more than anything else

The advantages - from top-up players to AFL draft screening - are too significant to ignore. It is surprising the Crows have not seen this already. The question remains as from where these juniors are recruited if the Crows do not have an established zone on the SANFL map? That challenge is for the SA Football Commission and its tormented boundaries committee. The spin-off is a further commitment from the Crows to SANFL grasssroots. There are still many big questions - such as finances and integrity - to be resolved in the AFL-SANFL reserves debate. But the search for a structure that serves the SANFL, the Crows and the Power under the commission's demand for equality is very clear now: The two AFL clubs must have an under-18 academy team and recruiting zone attached to their SANFL units. RIP IT UP FIVE thoughts as the move to Adelaide Oval gets closer - and the vote for AFL-based reserves teams in the SANFL gets even closer. 1. ONE CLUB, ONE JUMPER EVENTUALLY the penny will drop with the masses that - just as Port chief executive Keith Thomas declared on Radio FiveAA recently - having Power reserves players wear the Magpie jumper in the SANFL is "tokenism" no matter how the deal for B teams in the state league shakes down. There is a far better way to respect the Magpies' traditional black-and-white jumper. It should be honoured by Port Adelaide in AFL Showdowns on the new national stage at Adelaide Oval where the prison bars were made famous. See a original webpage to do this article

Rucci's Rip: Adelaide's push into SANFL a giggle more than anything else