Heat is on for our biggest match

FOOTY FEVER: Port Pirie Power Supporters Club president David Steele, left, goes head-to-head with Crows fan Kevin Goodwin at the new Memorial Oval, venue for the pre-season Showdown in hot weather on Saturday.
FOOTY FEVER: Port Pirie Power Supporters Club president David Steele, left, goes head-to-head with Crows fan Kevin Goodwin at the new Memorial Oval, venue for the pre-season Showdown in hot weather on Saturday.

Port Pirie has been abuzz with footy fever since it was announced in October 2018 that the JLT Community Series was coming to the city's new Memorial Oval. 

The excitement doubled when it was announced that South Australia's favourite clubs, the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide, would be the teams playing on the oval. 

With gates set to open at noon on Saturday, officials are expecting a crowd of 8000 with all tickets to the game predicted to sell out this week.

As another heatwave wafts through South Australia, Port Pirie residents, visitors and players will feel the brunt of it on Saturday with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting the city to hit a peak of 39 degrees in the afternoon. 

Northerly winds between 20 to 30kmh are expected in the morning and they are likely to settle in the afternoon to north, north westerly winds to 25kmh and down to 10-20kmh in the evening. 

A cool change is not expected to hit the town until late Saturday night, possibly early Sunday morning. Due to the hot weather conditions, the president of the Spencer Gulf League Les Promnitz has said they will make a decision on Thursday regarding whether the under 21 curtain-raiser will go ahead. 

Following other precautions being taken with the heat, the Australian Football League may make the decision to shorten the quarters for players and it will be likely that the interchange will be used a lot more frequently. The AusKick and Under 11s will not be playing. Plenty of cool drinks will be available.

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