From The Footy Almanac: South African Lions heading to Jamestown

Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 09:00 pm ACST

Contributed by: Troy Thompson

James Lang's article about the South African Lion's IC14 warmup appeared earlier this week on The Footy Almanac website.

With the AFL’s International Cup set to commence in Melbourne later this month, the South African side “the Lions” are landing in Jamestown this week for a training camp. Current Jamestown Peterborough Magpies Coach and former North Adelaide and South Australian State of Origin Star Mick Redden will also provide the players with some tutelage.

Last winter saw South African National Team representatives Thembinkosi “Dhino” Zwane and Thabiso Phakedi based in Jamestown, as part of a unique opportunity in an AFL South Africa exchange program titled “Up There Down Under”. As part of the program, they played for the Jamestown-Peterborough Magpies, whilst gaining valuable work experience, particularly on local farms. It was the brain child of former AFL South Africa Football Operations Chief and current consultant to the organisation, Tony Kelly  who grew up in Jamestown and still has much family residing in the area.

As part of the camp, the players will arrive in Jamestown Friday night, before heading North to Orroroo the following day to watch the clash between the Roos and the Magpies. That evening, a community event will be hosted at the Jamestown Football Complex, with teas and other catering available. It will offer people a chance to grab an insight in to the team’s journey and the growth of Australian Football in the Rainbow Nation.

Read the rest of the story on The Footy Almanac site here.

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