Advocating to bring AFL Gather Round to Hammond

Following the inaugural AFL Gather Round, Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick MP has asked the State Government and the AFL to consider holding a game at a venue in the Hammond electorate.

"I have written to the Premier and Gillon McLachlan at the AFL and asked them to consider Murray Bridge and Strathalbyn as potential venues for Gather Round over the next three years."

"Both locations are convenient as they are only an hour's drive from the city. They are also close to some of the state's most iconic tourist attractions such as the Monarto Safari Park, The Bend Motorsport Park and the Langhorne Creek Wine region," Mr Pederick said. 

In 2018 a trial match between the Adelaide Crows and Fremantle was held at the Strathalbyn Oval as part of the JLT Community pre-season competition and it attracted a crowd of more than 6,000 keen spectators.

Mr Pederick acknowledges that there will need to be a lot of work and collaboration to bring these venues to AFL standard but he believes it will be a fantastic opportunity to show off the region if successful. 

"Strathalbyn is proof that fans will travel to the regions to support their teams and I really hope the Government and the AFL can see the value in holding another game there or in Murray Bridge," Mr Pederick said

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