Past Port Adelaide stars and Crows players had a meeting at an Adelaide pub on Monday afternoon but unlike a notorious altercation in 2002, the scene was very jovial.
Former defenders Darryl Wakelin and Alipate Carlile joined former Crows Wayne Weidemann and Peter Cavan at the Moseley Hotel at Glenelg for a celebratory beer at the end of an epic pub crawl to mark the reopening of pubs across the country.
Carlton & United Breweries, the creator of Port Adelaide Premier Partner Carlton Draught, launched the Pub Reopening Ceremony on June 11 at its Abbotsford Brewery in Melbourne.
A custom-made Tap Torch has since travelled to pubs across the nation, through New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, finishing their three-week tour at Glenelg with Wakelin and Carlile.
At each of the events, CUB beer was flowing, encouraging as many Australians to get down and support their local pub after months of severe restrictions due to COVID-19 – the impact of which has left many struggling to survive.
CUB CEO Peter Filipovic said it was all part of CUB’s For the Love of Your Local campaign, which aimed to raise $2 million to aid in the recovery of Australia’s pub industry.
“We’re thrilled that pubs are beginning to re-open across the country, and what better way t celebrate than with an official re-opening ceremony and a national pub crawl,” he said.
“We hope that this campaign helps shine a spotlight on the brilliant pubs across the country and encourages Australians to head back to their local and support the pubs that are at the heart of their communities.”
Wakelin and Carlile donned Port Adelaide’s iconic prison bar guernseys while they enjoyed a Carlton Draught as official Tap Torch ambassadors.
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Wakelin’s carried extra significance for him as it was the same lace-up guernsey he wore in the 1994 SANFL Grand Final which Port Adelaide won and he won the Jack Oatey medal as best on ground.
Wakelin also made the trek to Gawler’s Exchange Hotel on Saturday to be part of its reopening ceremony, along with his 2004 AFL premiership teammate Roger James.