Plans for an AFL Showdown at Adelaide Oval hits a “snag”

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Plans for an AFL Showdown at Adelaide Oval in round two have hit a “snag” because South Australian border restrictions mean there may not be enough umpires and broadcast staff already in the state.

SA Premier Steven Marshall has asked the AFL to allow the Power and the Crows to play a home Showdown once the season resumes in three weeks’ time.

He said potential issues with getting interstate commentators, camera operators and umpires into SA had only been identified yesterday.

“It’s important to make sure that we do have the appropriate standard for an AFL game.

“We’ll look at the submission that they’ve put in and if we’ve got an announcement today then I’m sure we’ll make it.”

A crowd watches a game at Adelaide Oval
The Showdown usually attracts big crowds to Adelaide Oval.(ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

SA Health said it was also examining the proposal and could make a decision as early as today.

The Showdown would be the first game back for both clubs after coronavirus restrictions are expected to be lifted.

The State Government has already given Port Adelaide and Adelaide permission to resume contact training from Monday.

However, Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan today said the logistics of staging an AFL match would be complex while borders remained shut.

“If not, I guess we’ll be back up to Queensland a week earlier than we’d hoped.”

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