Few South Australians have achieved more in sport than Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert.
Even players and fans of opposing teams could do little but admire his incredible
football prowess and his on-field genius. An AFL and SANFL Hall of Famer, this year marks
Russell’s 50th year at Port Adelaide as a player, coach, mentor, and now, Manager of the
Community Youth Program — visiting mainly primary schools throughout South Australia.
Russell’s roots are firmly based in the Riverland having been born in Berri and lived on a farm in
Alawoona about half an hour south of Loxton. Like a lot of kids in the area, life revolved around the
River and a diet of local sports with football eventually winning out. His mastery soon piqued the
interest of Port talent scouts and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Russell’s connection with the Riverland is still as strong as ever with immediate family still
living in the area including his daughter and grandchildren. With such strong family connections,
visits are frequent, including holidays spent relaxing with family and fishing his favourite spots in
Katarapko Creek and Lake Bonney.
Asked why the Riverland is so appealing, Russell is quick to point out the region’s deserved
reputation as Australia’s food bowl with an abundance of grains, fruits, vegetables, grapes and
nuts. Add to this, the incredible array of pubs, community clubs, restaurants, cafés, sporting clubs,
wineries, and local producers. It all culminates in a destination that is a feast for not only the palette
but all the senses.
In fact, Russell sums it up best when he says, “Why would you go to the likes of Bali when there’s more to see and do and better weather in the Riverland…and it’s only a couple of hours from Adelaide?”
Russell Ebert, Port Adelaide Legend, AFL and SANFL Hall of Famer and Riverland Ambassador
music career, but the Riverland will always be home.