Fleurieu footy fans gear up for Saturday's Showdown 49

Footy fanatics: Flo Haggerty and Rory (her dog named after Rory Sloane) enjoy a friendly rivalry with neighbour Jack Miller. Photo: Jack Manning.
Footy fanatics: Flo Haggerty and Rory (her dog named after Rory Sloane) enjoy a friendly rivalry with neighbour Jack Miller. Photo: Jack Manning.

Football fans across the Fleurieu Peninsula are preparing for Saturday evening's Showdown 49, with Adelaide Oval set to host a capacity crowd for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020.

Rivalries are already heating up at Stockland's Bay Village, as neighbours Flo Haggerty and Jack Miller vie for bragging rights.

Both Flo and Jack are long time members and supporters of their respective teams.

Flo is hoping the Crows can turn around their recent poor form, and said if Rory Sloane took to the field, he was a good chance to win the Showdown Medal.

"I've been a member for 25 years and even after two hip, knee and shoulder replacements, I've been able to get to a majority of Crows matches," she said.

"I get the bus to Adelaide for each match and I just love it.

"My little dog Rory is named after Rory Sloane... and if he plays, I hope he can be best on ground."

Jack however, is confident Port Adelaide will get the job done and tipped Travis Boak to be best on ground if he returns from injury.

At 96-years-old, Jack has been attending Port Adelaide matches since he was a child and has been a club member since the side entered the AFL.

"I think Port will just get over the line.. it really depends on who plays," he said.

"We have a number of outs currently, but we have some terrific young players coming through."

Stockland's Bay Village Retirement Estate manager Terri Winn said there was "lots of buzz around the village" ahead of the Showdown.

"We have very passionate Crows and Port supporters among our Bay Village residents," she said.

"The banter between residents is light-hearted and it all helps bring our community together around a shared passion for football."

Flo and her husband Leon, and Jack and his wife Fay plan to catch up for coffee next week, with the loser to bring the biscuits.