ADE­LAIDE

Inside Sport - - IN HINDSIGHT -

FRI­DAY ,29 JUNE

One of the real high­lights of the 2017 NRL sea­son was see­ing the Syd­ney Roost­ers tak­ing on even­tual premiers the Mel­bourne Storm at the his­toric Ade­laide Oval. It went down so well, in fact, there was wide­spread sup­port for sug­ges­tions of a per­ma­nent move to South Aus­tralia for the Bondi club! Real­is­ti­cally though, there’s as much chance of that hap­pen­ing as the Port Power re­lo­cat­ing to Red­fern Oval, but the Power did have a pre-sea­son train­ing run with the Bunnies in Syd­ney, so you never know …

Last year’s Roost­ers vs Storm game, won in golden point by Trent Robin­son’s men, at­tracted a fan­tas­tic crowd of 21,492. Shift­ing the match proved a win­ning move for Eastern Suburbs, who would have drawn a frac­tion of that had they hosted the Storm at Al­lianz Sta­dium. If you think that’s bull­shit, take a look at the of­fi­cial ledger: 8499 turned up to watch the Storm flog the Chooks 46-0 on a mis­er­able night there for the home team back in 2016. Sure, Mitchell Pearce wasn’t there for the Roost­ers, but nei­ther was Billy Slater; ac­tu­ally, that lack of star power might ex­plain the poor turnout. In any case, there’ll be noth­ing to worry about in that depart­ment in 2018, with Roost­ers re­cruit Cooper Cronk meet­ing his for­mer team-mates for the first time in the City of Churches. Bet­ter re­fill that pop­corn …

The 2017 Ade­laide turnout was the big­gest crowd for a game in the South Oz cap­i­tal since the days of the Ade­laide Rams dur­ing the Su­per League era, and was dou­ble the gate of the past two matches held there back in 2010 and 2011. Last year’s Ade­laide ex­per­i­ment proved quite the happy so­journ for Roost­ers fans too, with more than 3000 of them trav­el­ling across from the east coast.

Match: Roost­ers vs Storm Lo­ca­tion: Ade­laide Oval Ca­pac­ity: 53,500 Off the field: You’re al­ready there, so why not climb the roof of Ade­laide Oval? Then there’s the tram to Glenelg Beach, or a Barossa Val­ley wine tour.

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