On Thursday, February 1, at the Strathalbyn Oval, Travis Auld, AFL General Manager Clubs and Broadcasting, and Gary Oakley, CEO JLT Public Sector, together launched the 2018 JLT AFL pre-season warm up games.
The launch was conducted at Strathalbyn because the oval and club had been selected to host one of the games, which will see the Adelaide Crows up against the Fremantle Dockers on Sunday, February 25, with the game kicking off at 1.35pm.
For one day the Strathalbyn Football Club was the home to the biggest sport in Australia in the AFL.
With the start of AFLW kicking off on grounds right around the country, for one day the Great Southern Football League through the Strathalbyn Football Club had gained the attention of the national football community.
The club has reaped the rewards for having the vision to build the best clubrooms in country South Australia and an oval surface, which is up to AFL standard.
JLT had supplied huge new goal posts to the venue for the game which Gary Oakley state will remain at the ground after the contest has been run as a legacy to JLT’s commitment to local Aussie rules football competitions around Australia.
The large contingent of national, state and local media were in attendance to conduct interviews with Strathalbyn Football Club president Brenton Smith and Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes.
Mr Parkes said council was extremely happy to have thrown their full support behind the match.
“The promotion and visability that the region would receive because of this game being played at Strathalbyn could not be surpassed,” Mr Parkes said.
Others in attendance were Jake Parkinson, CEO of the SANFL and Gordon Tonkin, President of the Great Southern Football League.
Both of whom had thrown personnel and resources into the lead up and planning for the game and event.
Strathalbyn Football Club vice president Andrew Batten said it was expected a huge crowd would be in attendance and the gates would be locked at 8000 spectators when the match was played on February 25.
“Crowds of footy lovers will be expected to flock from all over the region to view the spectacle. This game is a great culmination to the club’s efforts in rebuilding and upgrading the clubrooms, which the AFL, Alexandrina Council and the Strath footy club had put quite a lot of cash into,” Mr Batten said.
“We are very proud to host an AFL game here at Strathalbyn.”
Tickets for the game are available on line through TicketTek and club members are eligible to get into the game for free, but will need to book tickets through the agency.