South Australian AFL fans have seemingly taken the advice of Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier if an early highlight in the Adelaide Crows‘ match is to be believed.
Adelaide’s Round 12 opponent, Collingwood, was given government permission just days out from the Saturday twilight fixture at the Adelaide Oval, and due to the Magpies having played in Melbourne last weekend, the South Australians were prepared to take no risks.
Professor Spurrier raised eyebrows during the week when she gave footy fans some advice on what to do if the ball was kicked into the crowd.
“I have noticed occasionally it does get kicked into the crowd,” she said.
“We are working through the details of what that will mean, if you are at Adelaide Oval and the ball comes towards you.
“My advice to you is to duck and just do not touch that ball.”
Despite Spurrier later indicating that her request for fans to not touch the ball was delivered tongue-in-cheek, Crows fans took no chances early.
The ball was kicked into the crowd in the opening term after a goal from Collingwood forward Josh Thomas, and as it bobbled around, no fan was prepared to touch the ball.
“He didn’t take the advice of the Chief Health Officer there, did he?” Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson asked.
“No, he did,” Hawks icon Jason Dunstall responded.
“He’s got his hands up, he said, ‘I’m not touching it’.”
Following the match against Collingwood, Adelaide’s players will be required to quarantine for the next two days, while also undergoing COVID-19 testing.