There’s almost as much interest in Sunday’s SANFL showdown at Clare Oval as there is in the two AFL fixtures featuring Port and Adelaide’s senior sides.
Tex Walker’s second game in his return to competitive footy gives the match a big-name drawcard.
“The plan was always to give ‘Tex’ at least two weeks in the SANFL,” coach Brenton Sanderson said Thursday.
“He looked so good last week that there was the temptation to bring him back after one game.
“In the end, we decided it would be best for Tex from a physical performance perspective to have another run in the state league. Tex was happy with that. The coaches were happy and the physical performance team were too.
“It’ll be another good step for Tex, playing against AFL players and hardened SANFL players in the Port Magpies side. Hopefully, that will help prepare him for a return to AFL in the coming weeks.”
Port Adelaide Magpies also have a few drawcards.
Sam Gray returns to the SANFL after making way for Angus Monfries in the senior side.
Port said today it will debut Irish youngster Daniel Flynn in the SANFL.
Flynn has been named along with Gray, Henry Slattery, Nathan Krakouer and Jake Neade in the 23-man Magpies squad to play the Crows in Clare.
If Krakouer is selected in the final Magpies lineup, it will be his first league game for the club since returning to Port Adelaide during the off-season.
The 21-man Magpies team will be confirmed ahead of the match played at the Clare Oval at 2:10pm on Sunday afternoon.
Adelaide’s decision to stage their home game fixture against Port marks a tribute to the town following the tragic death of six-year-old local boy Max Redden late last year.
“The big thing is to go into the regional town of Clare for our home game to support the Reddens,” the club said on its website.
“It’s about trying to give something back to the town that supported them through a tragic time.
“It’s fantastic, hopefully they get a huge crowd and both clubs can put on a good display.”
Traditional country rivals North Clare and South Clare will play in the curtain-raiser at 11am (gates open at 10.30am).
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