100 years of Rudall football | PHOTOS

For two nights, there was hardly room to move at the Rudall Sporting Complex, with generations coming from near and far to mark 100 years of football in the district.

Former locals came from as far as Cairns to attend the celebratory dinner on Friday night, with well over 100 attendees.

The evening was a reunion for many who had not visited the district in years and a time for Rudall locals who had moved to other areas of the Eyre Peninsula to come home.

Prominent players and coaches from generations of the Rudall Football Club took the microphone to tell stories of premierships from as far back as the 1950s.

Seven time Port Adelaide SANFL Premiership player and inaugural Adelaide Crows player Darren Smith was among the speakers, who spoke of how important his time playing at Rudall was and how he always remembered where he came from.

The sentiment was echoed by many who had moved away over the years, along with pride that the merger between the Rudall Football Club and the Cleve Football Club had seen successful seasons and allowed football to continue to be played at the oval remembered fondly by so many.

The next day, the Eastern Ranges A grade side took the field in the traditional red and yellow guernsey of Rudall, with Darren Smith tossing the ceremonial coin and Ron Weiss ringing the old bell to signal the start of the game.

It was clear how much the Rudall Football Club meant to families who grew up playing for the side when the match worn guernseys went up for auction, with each one selling for over $200.