EJ Whitten Legends Game Heads to Adelaide Oval
Adelaide set to host 2018 EJ Whitten Legends Game
Some of the greatest AFL champions will take to the Adelaide Oval when the Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game heads to South Australia on Friday 31 August, 2018.
The AFL and EJ Whitten Foundation are excited to announce the match at the iconic Adelaide Oval as well as the appointment of the All Stars captain and coach today. Again in 2018, Chemist Warehouse are proud to be naming rights partner of the game, who are supporting the Foundation together with Go Healthy Vitamins.
Adelaide Crows two-time premiership coach, Malcolm Blight will coach the All Stars, and Port Adelaide Football Club premiership hero Chad Cornes will lead the team as the charity game heads interstate for the first time since 1999.
“The Messiah” Malcolm Blight has a long list of VFL/SANFL/AFL accolades; Blight is a Brownlow Medallist (1978), Coleman Medallist (1983), two-time All Australian (1972 and 1985), Inaugural Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee elevated to Legend status in 2017, and coached the Adelaide Football Club to their back-to-back premierships in 1997 and 1998.
Cornes is a name synonymous with football in South Australia. Chad played in the Port Adelaide 2004 premiership team and finished third in the Brownlow Medal count that year. He was named in the All Australian team in 2004 and again in 2007, and is now a part of the Port Adelaide Football Club coaching team.
Crows legend Malcolm Blight is excited to coach the All Stars for the game at Adelaide Oval and help raise awareness for men’s health.
“The EJ Whitten Legends Game is a great opportunity for stars of the sport to come together and support the EJ Whitten Foundation,” Blight said.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to take the game to the Adelaide Oval and The All Stars team is looking strong this year; we have pulled together some of the best retired players from around the country and we’re ready to take on the Vics.”
Cornes is looking forward to leading the All Stars team and taking on the Victorians away from the home of football.
“The Vics took the game last year in a remarkable finish and without their home ground advantage, it’s going to be a close match at Adelaide Oval,” Cornes said.
In true State of Origin style, the Victorian’s have chosen to keep their captain and coach under wraps to announce back on home territory on Friday 20 July, during the St Kilda v Richmond match at Etihad Stadium.
For the 2018 game, The EJ Whitten Foundation will be teaming up with local South Australian Charity, The Little Heroes Foundation run by the inaugural Adelaide Football Club captain Chris McDermott which supports seriously ill children and their families, by raising funds for essential equipment and services.
The Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game will be broadcast live nationally from 7.30PM AEST on Channel 7, 7mate and Fox Footy. Telstra will also stream the match live via the AFL Live App.
Tickets for the Chemist Warehouse EJ Whitten Legends Game are available to purchase via ejwhittenfoundation.com.au/tickets
Kids under 15 are free and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online and arrive early, with an anticipated high demand for general admission tickets.
EJ Whitten Legends Game 2018 Squads
|Victoria Squad List||All Stars Squad List|
Coach: Terry Wallace
Assistant Coach: Phil Maylin
Captain: Brad Johnson
Coach: Malcolm Blight
Captain: Chad Cornes
E.J Whitten Legend’s Game Results
|YEAR||RESULT||MAN OF THE MATCH|
|1996||All Stars 13.9 (87) d Victoria 10.13 (73)||Mark Mickan (AS)|
|1997||Victoria 10.11 (71) d All Stars 7.10 (52)||Dermott Brereton (Vic)|
|1998||Victoria 8.6 (54) d All Stars 7.10 (52)||Danny Frawley ( Vic)|
|1999||All Stars 8.8 (56) d Victoria 7.12 (54)||Michael Conlan (AS)|
|2000||Victoria 6.2 (38) drew with All Stars 5.8 (38)||Simon Atkins ( AS)|
|2001*||All Stars 7.5 (47) d Victoria 6.11 (47)||John Platten ( AS)|
|2002||All Stars 10.8 (68) d Victoria 10.3 (63)||Troy Luff ( AS)|
|2003 **||Victoria 1. 10.7 (76) d All Stars 3.6.12 (75)||Ang Christou ( Vic)|
|2004||All Stars 1.12.4 (85) d Victoria 3.7.7 (76)||Scott Cummings ( AS)|
|2005||Victoria 3.9.6 (87) d All Stars 0.10.9 (69)||John Platten ( AS)|
|2006||Victoria 1.15.8 (107) d All Stars 5.7.15 (102)||Justin Murphy ( Vic)|
|2007||All Stars 0.13.7 (85) d Victoria 1.9.7 (70)||Tony Liberatore ( Vic)|
|2008||All Stars 1.11.15 (80) d Victoria 1.10.9 (78)||Darryl White ( AS)|
|2009||Victoria 0.13.9 (87) d All Stars 0.11.6 (72)||Bryan Strauchan ( Vic)|
|2010||All Stars 2.11.7 (91) d Victoria 0.12.12 (84)||Sam Newman ( Vic)|
|2011||Victoria 4.12.3 (111) d All Stars 2.14.7 (109)||Brodie Holland ( AS)|
|2012||Victoria 1.15.3 (102) d All Stars 2.12.6 (96)||Brendan Fevola ( Vic)|
|2013||Victoria 1.11.10 (85) d All Stars 0.12.7 (79)||Matthew Lloyd ( Vic)|
|2014||Victoria 0.15.6 (96) d All Stars 2.10.10 (88)||Matthew Lloyd ( Vic)|
|2015||All Stars 2.11.11 (95) d Victoria 0.11.5 (71)||Shane Crawford|
|2016 ***||Victoria 1.23.9(156) d All Stars 2.18.16 (142)||Barry Hall ( Vic)|
|2017||Vic 4. 19. 6 (156) v SA 0. 24.11 (155)||Jonathan Brown ( Vic)|
* All Stars won in a kick off
** Super Goal Introduced ( nine points for a goal kicked outside 50 m)
*** Victoria won in a kick off