Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Steve Turner, Aiden Tolman, Trent Hodkinson and head conditioner and 2004 Grand Final winner Tony Grimaldi will spend the next three days in Adelaide as part of the NRL’s annual Community Carnival.
The group depart Sydney on Tuesday morning with a packed schedule ahead of them, which includes hosting a local Camp Quality family on a visit to the Adelaide Zoo, as well as hospital and school visits and community Rugby League clinics.
The visit follows on from the Bulldogs highly successful trip to the city in 2010, where the Club held a number of very well attended clinics before beating the Melbourne Storm in front of a crowd in excess of 10-thousand people at the Adelaide Oval.
The Bulldogs will once again return to the city in 2011, playing the Storm in round 18 of the NRL season, on the weekend of July 8-11.
In addition to their community camp duties, Grimaldi will ensure that the players continue their physical preparations for the 2011 season by training them at Hindmarsh Stadium during their stay.
“Following on from the success of the Bulldogs’ game in Adelaide last season, this is a great opportunity for the Bulldogs to continue to build on our profile in this market,” said Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg.
“It also signifies our commitment to the people of Adelaide, we are going to do more than fly in for more than just one game a year.
“We experienced firsthand the passion that Adelaide people have for Rugby League in 2010 and we hope that the local community gets right behind this trip as something of a precursor to our game there in round 18 against the Storm.”
For the local South Australian Rugby League, it is a great opportunity for them to have some stars of the game assist with the promotion of Rugby League.
“Having the Bulldogs visit South Australia will highlight the game of Rugby League in the state and will assist the league to develop the game in our local schools,” South Australian Rugby League General Manager Ken Kennedy said.
“Our clubs and players are excited about the visit and the opportunity to learn from guys playing at the highest level.
“A lot of locals have adopted the Bulldogs following on from the Bulldogs visit to Adelaide last year and I am sure they will be out in force when they return for the NRL game against the Melbourne Storm in July.”
The Adelaide visit is in addition to the Bulldogs in the Community Blitz, which will feature the remainder of the Bulldogs squad visiting more than 30 schools across Sydney’s south west on Thursday.
Tuesday Feb 8:
2.00pm – Adelaide Zoo with Camp Quality family
3.00pm – Adelaide Hospital visit
5.30pm – Community Clinic and BBQ
Wednesday – Feb 9
8.00am – Training
11.00am to 3.00pm – Assembly visits to Adelaide schools
5.00pm – Community Clinics
Thursday – Feb 10
8.00am – Training at Hindmarsh Stadium
11.00am – High School Coaching Clinic