Prepare the nest

THE AFL’s best players will be training at Tanunda Oval on November 14 as part of their upcoming International Rules Series against Ireland.
The squad – comprising some of the competition’s elite talent, including Brownlow medallists Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett Jnr and Nat Fyfe – will train on the Magpies’ home deck for an hour,  following its Sunday, November 12, game at Adelaide Oval.
The second match of the two-test International Rules Series, which is a hybrid game of Australian Rules and Gaelic football, will be played in Perth on November 18.
Outgoing Tanunda Football Club president Dan Eggleton said, securing the training day is massive for the club.
“It’s huge…it’s great exposure for what we are as an organisation, and where we sit in the scope of all things football, sport, development and community,” he said.
“(SANFL community football manager) Matt Duldig recommended us to the AFL.”
Mr Eggleton said he’s expecting to see plenty of football lovers attend the training, and will be enjoying the day as a fan himself.
“On the day, we’ll probably see heaps of kids quit school for the morning; I’m a Geelong supporter, so I’m eager to see them,” he said.
“Being a footy purist you just want to see the best talent running around on the park.
“We’ll probably run a sausage-sizzle.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for the nation’s best players to be shown on a country footy ground.
“It certainly puts us in the viewpoint of AFL.”
Mr Eggleton said the International Rules Series event is all part of a wider long-term plan for the area.
“Along the plans that we are working on with Barossa Council, the long-term goal is to attract high-level sport to the region, whether that be AFL, high-level cricket, or tournament tennis,” he said.
“We will have facilities in the region, not just Tanunda.
“Not only are we an amazing, popular destination for wine and tourism, but we have a massive heritage in developing elite sporting talent.”
The training will be held from 9.30am-10.30am at Tanunda Oval on Tuesday, November 14.

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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