Published on: Mar 10 2017 | Author: Zac Milbank |

SANFL has never had a shortage of famous supporters and in 2001, there was no better example.

The League’s ”Show Your True Colours” advertising campaign featured plenty of South Australia’s big names – in sport, politics and the media.

But perhaps the most memorable feature of the television commercial was the ”Go Panthers” catch-cry from former Premier Mike Rann.

Current SANFL Chairman John Olsen gets things started by displaying his passion for West Adelaide while high-profile actor Gary Sweet, who played Reserves for Glenelg in the 1980s, makes his love for the Bays well known.

Cricketing royalty is strongly represented with current Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann and former Test batsman Greg Blewett chanting for Central Dsitrict while one of Australia’s greats – Greg Chappell – professes his loyalty to the Bloods.

During the week, SANFL revealed that Channel 7 Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac was a staunch Glenelg supporter.

It is this sort of vision which the SANFL History Centre would be interested in obtaining if anyone from the public has any old tapes with SANFL matches/highlights on them.

Currently, the SANFL History Centre has more than 2600 rolls of film and tape to sift through and digitise in what will be a massive project overseen by Manager Chris Halbert.

”It wouldn’t matter if they were personal copies, or if they came from unusual sources, we would ask no questions, as the aim is to have a complete record of games and events,” Mrs Halbert said.

”I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there with this sort of thing in the shed, but very soon there will not be machines to play them on, and they will be lost.”

If anyone has any SANFL vision on tapes or film to donate, contact Mrs Halbert at [email protected]

To celebrate SANFL’s 140th anniversary, the SANFL History Centre is preparing a major display of priceless artefacts at the State Library in 2017.

Set to be held between June 6 and August 13, the SANFL 140-year exhibition will include an array of Magarey Medals and other pieces of rare memorabilia currently being catalogued and restored by a bevy of volunteers at the SANFL History Centre in Bowden.

Under the guidance of History Committee Chairman Dion McCaffrie, SANFL History Centre Manager Chris Halbert has been instrumental in collecting, organising and restoring a wide variety of items for the exhibition.


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