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Port Adelaide to Shanghai

Taking Australia's game to the world

Andrew Hunter

Port Adelaide to Shanghai
They said it couldn't be done. Port Adelaide's rivals called it a 'sideshow'. Yet within five years, Port Adelaide had attracted major sponsors from China, played three in-season AFL matches in Shanghai, and featured in a series of significant moments in the Australia-China relationship. This is the inside story.

It was not easy. Port Adelaide's engagement with China coincided with a period in which on-field performance fell below expectation, as well as a rapid deterioration in the Australia-China relationship. It took leadership, creativity, and resilience to see the job through.

Port Adelaide's China Engagement guru Andrew Hunter tells the story with its challenges and joys, disappointments and triumphs. PAFC captain Tom Jonas, journalist Michelangelo Rucci, and cheersquad leader Ian Wilson contribute their tales of the long journey from Port Adelaide to Shanghai.

Andrew Hunter worked as General Manager (China Engagement) at Port Adelaide Football Club between 2015 and 2020. He holds a Master of Philosophy (Asian Studies) from The University of Adelaide. A professional athlete and national team representative in indoor volleyball, he has written over 100 opinion pieces for the Adelaide Review, InDaily, Adelaide Advertiser, Canberra Times and the Australian. Andrew and his wife Sally have two children, Theodore and Aurelien.

Praise for Port Adelaide to Shanghai

'Taking Australian football to China, is one of Port Adelaides boldest achievements. This is the fascinating inside story of an epic journey.' - Keith Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Port Adelaide Football Club
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743057988
Extent 176 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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