The local Adelaide Crows fan base are ready to see their side take on Richmond in the AFL grand final this weekend.
Both teams head into Saturday’s big match following convincing wins in the preliminary finals, but for both it’s been a long time between drinks. The Crows last made the grand final in 1997-98, while for Richmond it’s been 35 years since 1982.
Long-time Crows supporter John Kilgour said he is hoping the minor premiers can repeat their previous grand final performances.
“It’s been a long time in between grand finals so we hope they can replicate that again and get the win,” he said.
The “Pride of South Australia” will be led by captain Taylor Walker and star teammates such as Eddie Betts, Rory Sloane and the Crouch brothers.
An excited John felt that another solid team effort like they’ve shown throughout the home-and-away season should be enough to lead them to glory.
“We had an even contribution right across the board this year which was good...I’m hoping we can replicate the form we’ve had all year,” he said.
Despite not having a particular favourite player, John is tipping midfielder Sloane to be named Norm Smith medalist for a best on ground performance.
Fellow Naracoorte resident and Crows fan Marilyn Holmes, who’s been barracking for the team since the team’s formation in 1991, can’t wait for the big game.
“I’m looking forward to the grand final and I’m glad they are there,” Marilyn said.
She said the team had played “excellent” football all year and she couldn’t wait to see them on the big stage on Saturday.
Although he won’t travel to Melbourne for the final, John said being there to witness the Crows’ 61-point win over Geelong at Adelaide Oval last Friday was “unbelievable”.
“I’ve never heard a game so loud, it just about blew the roof off the top,” he said. “After the win the city was alive again.”
Both fanatics said they will be watching the grand final at home, with other supporters expected to gather at the Naracoorte Hotel sports bar and other locations in the town.
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