A good foundation is often a good start for a great career, and for a number of AFL stars, the Eastern Eyre Football League was just that foundation.
Kimba Districts' Corey Enright was drafted by Geelong in 1999, but stayed in Kimba to complete his schooling, and joined the Cats in 2001, where he won three premierships, won club best and fairest twice and was named in the All Australian team six times.
Enright has remained with Geelong on the coaching team and returned to play for Kimba in July 2017.
Levi Greenwood was drafted during the 2007 AFL draft to North Melbourne after playing his junior football for Ports.
He played 63 games for Kangaroos before returning to the black and white stripes at Collingwood in 2015, where he played in the 2018 grand final.
Port Adelaide's Sam Gray started his football career at the Rudall Rams before moving to Adelaide to play for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL.
In 2013, he was runner-up in the Magarey Medal and then made his debut for the Port Adelaide AFL team in round four of the 2015 season, and was given a place on the club's senior list in 2016.
In 2017, he played his 50th AFL game against North Melbourne, with a group of 40 people from the Eastern Ranges Football Club in the stands to cheer him on.
Kimba's Shane and Darryl Wakelin also had long AFL careers, with Shane playing 252 games for St Kilda and Collingwood, and Darryl playing 261 for St Kilda and Port Adelaide.