Port Lincoln to host Port Adelaide camp

RECRUITED: Lindsay Thomas, pictured here with Michael Coad at this year's Mortlock Shield, is expected to return to Port Lincoln with Port Adelaide as part of the club's community camp.
RECRUITED: Lindsay Thomas, pictured here with Michael Coad at this year's Mortlock Shield, is expected to return to Port Lincoln with Port Adelaide as part of the club's community camp.

The Port Adelaide Football Club will bring its annual Australia Post AFL Community Camp to Port Lincoln for the first time since 2010 in 2018.

The 18 AFL clubs announced their destinations for the upcoming community camps in the past week.

Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Yalata and Yorke Peninsula will host groups of Port Adelaide players and staff on February 12 and 13.

Power Community Ltd youth programs manager Jake Battifuoco said the club was looking forward to taking the camp back to Port Lincoln.

He said there had been a strong connection between the club and the Eyre Peninsula for 40 years.

“There are limited opportunities to head to Port Lincoln, Ceduna and Yalata, with the Community Camp we have the opportunity to re-establish that connection,” he said.

During the camp players, coaches and staff will visit with community groups and hold Auskick super clinics as well as community dinners on February 12.

The visit is timely for Port Lincoln with former Mallee Park player Lindsay Thomas recruited to the club and certain to join Cleve-born Sam Gray for the trip.

Mr Battifuoco said Gray was an example of how Port Adelaide had benefitted from the development of footballers on Eyre Peninsula.

Thomas was recently in Port Lincoln as a guest coach for EP Shark Warriors during this year’s Mortlock Shield.

Mr Battifuoco said the club would work with Port Lincoln and Far West football leagues to organise times and venues for events.

Port Lincoln league chairperson Faye Davis said it would be exciting to see Port Adelaide return, especially with Thomas as part of the team.