Forget the trade period, some of the most exciting news to come out of the AFL was the Australian International Rules squad’s training session at Tanunda Oval on Tuesday.
The International Rules side, consisting of 17 of the AFL’s best players, took a light run around O’B Park.
Outgoing president Dan Eggleton said the club was thrilled to host about “$20 million of footballers” before they headed to Perth for the second match of the IRS (International Rules Series).
“We’re ecstatic, we were approached a while ago to see if we wanted to host it,” he said last month.
“To have the calibre of players running around on our field – it was a no-brainer.
“Who wouldn’t want to see Eddie Betts slotting goals from the pocket (at Tanunda Oval).”
Eggleton said the training was a great nod to the effort made by the club and The Barossa Council to turn O’B Park into a high-level “sporting precinct” in the future.
“It’s a great showcase for the region and a lot of excitement for the region,” he said.
“It’s great validation for the hard work we’ve put in.”
The Australian International Rules Squad includes: Gary Ablett (Gold Coast), Eddie Betts (Adelaide), Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn), Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong), Nat Fyfe (Fremantle), Brendon Goddard (Essendon), Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney), Michael Hibberd (Melbourne), Rory Laird (Adelaide), Zac Merrett (Essendon), Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood), Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide), Joel Selwood (Geelong), Rory Sloane (Adelaide), Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide), Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions).