Strath Clash

February 15th, 2018
Strath Clash
The town of Strathalbyn is hard at work as the local football club prepares to host its biggest event ever – a pre-season game between Fremantle and the Adelaide Crows on Sunday, February 25.

For the Strathalbyn Football Club, hosting the game later this month marks the end of a long process which has seen club rooms overhauled, new goal posts erected and plenty of hard work from club and community members.

And as game day draws closer, president of the club Brenton Smith said he was seeing more and more interest in Strathalbyn not just from footy fans but storeholders and hotels alike.

“It’s really created a buzz in the local town – its all quite exciting,” he said. “Something like this will help put us on the map in a big way, and we’re expecting a lot of visitors.

“More than a few of those footygoers will appreciate the hotels, shops and our football club I hope.”

The football club itself has undergone an extensive $150,000 upgrade, last year opening up revamped changerooms, medical and umpire facilities.

That upgrade was aimed in part at securing the Crows vs Dockers game, and was made possible through funding from the local RSL, council and the AFL.

Andrew said he was keen to see all that hard work pay off.

“This has been something we’ve been working on for quite some time, and it’s been a big effort by a lot of different people to get it all together,” he said.

“I hope that both teams are happy with the facilities we’ve put together – if that happens, then I’m happy.”

But the work isn’t quite over yet, and vice-president Andrew Batten said that club members were still getting things ready for the big day, representing almost 10 solid weeks of work.

In the leadup, another two working bees will be held at the club rooms to get things ready and this week club members will go through training to make sure they’re ready for the sheer volume of traffic on the day.

Because if there’s one thing that Andrew is sure of, it’s that people are interested in the game.

“This is the biggest thing the club’s ever been involved with - it’s really been an unprecedented year.”

“I’d say my phone is still ringing three or four times a day from people looking to get tickets,” he said.”

And as for where those people are coming from, Andrew admitted there might be some home state favouritism in terms of which team people are barracking for on the day.

“I think the day will certainly bit a biased to one side,” he said.

“But I’ve heard stories – I know my niece is flying in from Perth and we’re expecting plenty of supporters to travel.

“I think the purple haze will certainly be in residence on the day.

“It’s a day that I think our grandkids will be talking about.”

The Fremantle vs Adelaide Crows match will be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Strathalbyn Oval.

Tickets went up for sale last week, and are available online at http://www.premier.ticketek.com.au

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