Migration Museum Public Forum: why football?

September 29, 2022

By SANFL Media

Australia’s national game has attracted many migrants from a variety of backgrounds over the last 145 years of the SANFL.

Now three well-known multicultural footballing personalities from South Australia will talk about how they came to play football, what it brought to their lives and the challenges they faced in a free public forum to be held at the Migration Museum.

The “Why Football?” Forum, moderated by SANFL History Center Manager Chris Halbert, will feature on the panel:

  • Pierre Phillipouformer captain of West Torrens and Eastlake (ACT)
  • Bohdan Jaworskiformer great Hawthorn and North Adelaide
  • Georges Fiacchiseven times Premier of Port Adelaide

The free public forum will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.. Reservations not required.

In a first for SANFL History, the Migration Museum has curated an exhibition to capture the stories of South Australian footballers who came to Australia as migrants or were children of overseas-born parents. Featured players highlight the diversity and contribution they have made to the national game.

The exhibition includes a slide show of players from the Multicultural Team of the Century and memorabilia from former North Adelaide and Hawthorn player Bohdan Jaworskj and West Torrens’ Peter Phillipou, father of West Torrens and Footscray player Sam and great -father of Mattaes, the top prospect in the 2022 AFL Draft.

The SANFL History exhibit at the Migration Museum is free and runs until November 7.