More than 10,000 people are expected to flock to Strathalbyn this Sunday as the Adelaide Crows swoop in for their pre-season match against the Fremantle Dockers.
The Crows will open their 2018 season campaign on the Strathalbyn Oval from 1:35pm as thousands of country fans watch on.
For seasoned midfielder Richard Douglas, the trip to Strathalbyn is an opportunity for the players to give back to the 20 per cent of the club’s members who live in regional areas.
“We love it – lots of the boys are from country towns, including myself, so getting out and meeting the fans is a big part of what’s important to our club,” he said.
As the first hit-out of the season, Mr Douglas said both clubs may have a few cobwebs to remove in the beginning.
“Freo have done some good recruiting and are in good form but we’re excited for a good contest and we should get to trial a few guys that haven’t had much of a go yet,” he said. “It should be a great spectacle.”
It’s a chance to pass on what we’ve learntRichard Douglas
He said the trip was about more than just bringing the game to the country.
“It’s a chance for us to try and pass on a bit of what we’ve learnt over the years and talk to young boys and girls about the opportunities this sport can offer them,” he said.
Following Sunday’s match, the players will stick around in Strathalbyn for a community camp on the Monday and Tuesday.
Mr Douglas said the club expected to visit around 30 schools across the district, as well as hospitals and aged care facilities to engage with the community.
On Monday afternoon, the players will host a free super clinic at Strathalbyn Oval.