Rodney McCallum was treated to a special experience at the weekend, flying over to the Adelaide Oval to watch his beloved Port Adelaide dominate North Melbourne.
Mr McCallum, who has multiple sclerosis, joined the Eastern Ranges junior football players at the game thanks to tickets donated by the Port Adelaide Football Club.
The Eastern Ranges went over during the week and were treated to a guided tour of Port Adelaide’s home ground Alberton Oval by local export Sam Gray, who had been preparing for his 50th game, on the Thursday.
The young players met a number of the other players and coach Ken Hinkley.
They also got to tour the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Unfortunately, Mr McCallum was unable to join the group until Saturday, flying in specifically for the game before leaving that night.
Mr McCallum has had a long association with Port Adelaide.
The game was his first at the oval and Gray, a family friend, ensured it was memorable, kicking a career best four goals in his milestone match.
Another highlight for Mr McCallum was being able to get down into the change rooms after the game to catch up with Gray and the Power team, as well as other prominent people from the club.
Mr McCallum said it was a great experience.
“It was great to get over there for the game, and to see Sam on his 50th game,” Mr McCallum said.
“Having my kids there made it extra special for me.”
It was a great opportunity for the Eastern Ranges Football Club to support its juniors in developing their football.