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Before the Bounce

Before the Bounce
08 March 2024

City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin with local footy fans Harry (left), Ted, Demi, Bo, Eden and Piper.
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City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin with local footy fans Harry (left), Ted, Demi, Bo, Eden and Piper.

Mount Gambier will celebrate all things footy in the lead up to the AFL Gather Round with ‘Before the Bounce’ community activities to be held from Saturday 23 March 2024 until Sunday 7 April 2024.

More than 40,000 people are expected to travel through Mount Gambier on the way to the Gather Round in Adelaide. Before the Bounce is a program of footy based events and activities to be held throughout the city designed to capitalise on the influx of visitors.

We are a proud sporting city with a particular love for Australian Rules Football. We are a destination in our own right and we welcome visitors who are making the pilgrimage to Adelaide for the Gather Round to kick start their footy weekend, play and stay in our city.
City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin

“Before the Bounce leverages the timing of school holidays and coinciding events such as Fringe Mount Gambier. We aim to maximise visitor participation and boost the local economy while celebrating our city's vibrant sporting culture and the essence of Australian Rules Football,” Manager Economy, Strategy and Engagement Biddie Shearing said.

The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre will lead the charge with a creative space called ‘Straight to the Pool Room!’.

“This immersive experience will focus on the fans and families of regional football and will feature Naracoorte resident Andy Munro’s extensive football guernsey collection, a guernsey design competition, footy card selfies and other activities tailored for every age group,” Riddoch Arts and Culture Centre Director Ashleigh Whatling said.

The Riddoch will also host a film screening of the beloved 1980s football classic, ‘The Club’ presented by Mount Gambier’s own Drag King Loveit Murray on Wednesday 27 March 2024 at 6:00pm.

The Mount Gambier Library will lean into the footy flashback theme, reflecting on some of the local legends within our community and stories from days gone by. Community members are encouraged to take part and bring in some of their own memorabilia to share.

“We will also host a pom pom craft activity and find the football competition with an AFL football signed by Geelong Cat’s player Brad Close,” Manager Library and Community Development Georgina Davison said.

SANFL will host a free junior footy clinic facilitated by SANFL game development staff at Frew Park on Thursday 28 March 2024 at 4:30pm including a special display featuring the SANFL and 2024 AFL Premiership Cups.

Businesses and the community are encouraged to ‘wear your colours’ on the Friday of the Gather Round - Friday 5 April 2024.

Council is working closely with South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), AFL and SANFL to bring Before the Bounce activities to the community.

“Council staff have done a fabulous job to pull together this event program for our residents and visitors to enjoy,” Mayor Martin said.

Find out further information at Before the Bounce.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Sharny McLean on 0413 798 327 or