So what is happening at Port Adelaide? Port are allegedly broke. The licence holder of the club, the SANFL, can't continue to back Port's debt. The club is appealing to its supporters for more money. The news will be a mighty blow for a club that has experienced great success over the past ten years, and been a light for the game's national expansion.
Port Adelaide, the 2004 AFL Premiers and 2007 Grand Finalists, revealed it was working with the AFL on an emergency financial rescue package. AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said, "It is the AFL's clear position that the best model for our national competition, and for football in South Australia, is to have two strong, well-run clubs in the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide, delivering 22 matches per season for football fans in the state."
With the AFL's backing Port will survive but it is in for a tough road. They are currently second last on the ladder and facing in form Carlton this week. Tune in to see if the troubles motivate or deflate the Port.
Port Adelaide v Carlton - Round 11 - Sunday 5 June 2011 4:10PM