At Living Choice villages in QLD and NSW, the term `The Showdown’ may not mean much, however in SA, it refers to the most eagerly anticipated – and most hotly contested - football game of the year.
The Showdown is an AFL game played twice a year by bitter rivals, Adelaide (the Crows) and Port Adelaide (the Power). The first premiership fixture took place in April 1997 and before the latest Showdown on 29th July, Port Adelaide held a 27-26 lead on the Showdown ledger. That all changed on 29th July when Adelaide caused a stunning upset, beating the highly fancied Port by 47 points.
While 50,023 fans flocked to the Adelaide Oval to watch the game, at Living Choice Fullarton, the residents, staff members and their families watched it in the comfort of the Great Hall. They also enjoyed a `showdown feast’ of hot dogs, schnitzels, open yiros and chicken wings, prepared by the village’s onsite restaurant, Castello’s Cucina.
Village Manager, Vanessa Elmslie said there was lots of fun banter amongst the group as the game unfolded. “Everyone had lots of fun and we look forward to doing it again next football season.”
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