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Port great Delaney attends pre-season camp

Port great Delaney attends pre-season camp - PTV Roger Delaney comes down to meet the players in Noosa.

He played the last of his 208 games for Port Adelaide 21 years ago and has lived interstate for the best part of a decade, but Roger Delaney’s love for the club is as strong as it has ever been.

Delaney moved to the Sunshine Coast nine years ago, deciding he was holidaying there often enough and his family loved it there so much that they might as well live there.

So when Port Adelaide’s AFL side booked a pre-season camp in Noosa, Delaney was on the phone to his premiership-winning teammate George Fiacchi, who sits on Port Adelaide’s board, to get some details on how he and his children could get involved.

“To have my old club that I love so much training up here at the oval where my kids play is fantastic," he said. 

“They’re both madly in love with footy, as 12 year-old twins.

“Even Jada, she’s played with Cooper for all her life, six or seven years, they’re both very tall and both can play a bit so they just love it and they love the club.

“They’ve had the opportunity to see them play and meet the guys a few times before but especially the last couple of days has been great.”

A reliable key defender, Delaney was a mainstay in the Magpies defence throughout the 1980s and 90s before his retirement in 1997.

Having the Port Adelaide side in Noosa gave him a chance to catch up with Power physiotherapist Michael Wilson, who won two SANFL premierships alongside him before embarking on a successful AFL career.

Delaney’s children Cooper and Jada were some of the more enthusiastic people at training in the Noosa humidity with the 12-year-old pair running water during sessions on a couple of the days.

“Chris Davies organised for us to have a chat with Ken (Hinkley) and the players came out after they’d been strapped and one by one they shook hands with the kids and made them feel really welcome,” Delaney said of the experience.

“Then they ran water for them afterwards so it was an amazing thing and just one of the reasons I love this club.

“They were buzzing and they wanted to come back, so they came back again (to run water).”

While it has been more than two decades since Delaney last played for the club and won six premierships, time hasn’t dulled his passion.

The former Port District junior might live in Queensland, but he admits his heart remains firmly at Alberton.

“I’ve always loved the club, obviously, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become a really tragic supporter,” Delaney said.

“I sit in front of the TV and watch it and I get to as many games as I can.

“I get a little bit too emotionally involved now but I still love the club as much as I ever did.”

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