By ZAC MILBANK
The popular Carnival Day at Woodville continues to expand as the annual event enters its tenth year at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Sunday.
As many as 81 SANFL Juniors teams from 27 clubs will participate in 124 matches before the Round 16 Statewide Super League clash between Woodville-West Torrens and Adelaide kicks off at 2.10pm.
Boys and girls, from Minis (Under 7) through to Under-10, will have the chance to play in Lightning Carnival format from 8.25am at the home of the Eagles, with a host of other activities planned for the day which attracted a crowd of 5357 in 2018.
Three more teams will join in the fun compared with last season’s event, while a jumping castle, face painting and a free treasure hunt will ensure all children are entertained.
Country clubs in the Eagles’ regional zone will make the journey down for the second year in succession, with Mintaro-Manoora, Long Plains and Mallala all suiting up.
SANFL Juniors teams from as far field as Mount Lofty, Blackwood, Brighton, Tea Tree Gully and Salisbury West will also lace up the boots.
A Pre-Game Parade will be conducted, with children also invited to participate in giving the Eagles and Crows teams a Guard of Honour as they run on to Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.
Proudly supported by the City of Charles Sturt, the Carnival has become a popular annual event since 2010, attracting the involvement of other sporting and community groups in the Woodville-West Torrens region.
The Statewide Super League match will be broadcast on radio station 1079 Life with the contest also telecast on SANFL Digital Pass.
7.30am – Gates open for Carnival participants
8.25am – SANFL Juniors LIghtning Carnival begins
10.30am – Kids activities, including Treasure Hunt, begin
1.40pm – Children to gather behind Southern goals for Kids Parade and Guard of Honour
2.10pm – Statewide Super League match, between Woodville-West Torrens and Adelaide, begins
3.15pm – AFL Auskick Medal presentation and Statewide Super Mini League matches begin – Nazareth v Whitefriars and Portland v Henley West