Statewide Super Teams With SANFL State League
SANFL today announced an exciting new naming rights partnership, with its men's State League to be known as the SANFL Statewide Super League from 2019.
The three-year partnership will see Statewide Super extend its existing partnership with footy in South Australia from the Statewide Super Women's League, and Mini-league, to the State League men's competition.
"Statewide is a respected and proud South Australian organisation with strong existing ties with football right across the State. We're thrilled to have them on board as naming rights partner for our elite men's and women's competitions," SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said.
"This is a tremendous boost for SANFL footy the strongest men's State League in the nation and stands our League competition in great stead for the future.
"It's also exciting that 2019 will go down in history as being the first year every one of our eight SANFL Clubs will be represented in both the men's and women's Leagues, with Central District and the Eagles entering the Statewide Super Women's League."
While the 2019 Statewide Super League fixture is still to be finalised, SANFL today confirmed the men's Premiership season will kick off on Friday, March 29, with the Grand Final to be held at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, September 22.
The traditional Anzac Day clash between grand finalists North Adelaide and Norwood will be hosted by North at Prospect Oval on Thursday April 25.
"After a successful season 2018 culminating in a 20-year record crowd of over 40,000 at the Grand Final, next year is shaping up to be another great season of local footy with exciting talent across the 10 competing clubs," Mr Parkinson said.
The 2019 Statewide Super Women's League will comprise 10 minor round matches and a three-week finals series playoff between the top four. The season will commence on the weekend of February 16-17, with the Grand Final to be played on the weekend of May 25-26.
"We will look to continue to grow the number of Statewide Super League and Women's League double-headers after great success with this programming in season 2018, highlighted by the crowd of almost 8,000 that attended the ANZAC Day clash at Unley Oval," Mr Parkinson said.
Statewide Super has partnered with the SANFL League since 2016 and held the naming rights to the SANFL Statewide Super women's league since the competition's inception in 2017.
It is also naming rights partner of the Mini-League competition, played during the half-time break of SANFL men's League matches.
Statewide CEO Richard Nunn said the organisation was extremely proud to stand alongside SANFL as an organisation that supports initiatives at the heart of this great State.
"At Statewide Super, we are committed to South Australians and the things that are important to them. Sport and, in particular, footy is a huge part of the fabric of our culture in the state, and we are proud to help provide opportunities and pathways for kids, women and men, from grassroots through to the elite level," Mr Nunn said.
He said the organisation would continue to proudly support the SANFL women's league and grassroots football in South Australia, with the new significant agreement with the men's State league a natural fit to the partnership with SANFL.
"We feel that this sponsorship is the next logical piece of the puzzle in our ongoing and valuable journey with SANFL," Mr Nunn said.