Magnificent turnout despite the washout

The conditions were hardly ideal for football but it did not stop fans turning out in force for the friendly at the Hawks Nest.

The conditions were hardly ideal for football, and the game may have been abandoned at half time, but it did not stop Reds supporters from the Adelaide Hills turning out in force for the friendly at the Hawks Nest on Wednesday night.

A chilling wind and constant rain that started well before kick-off and continued for the duration of the first half still did not deter a fantastic crowd from rolling up in their droves to see the Reds in action for the first time in the Hills.

From all reports, close to a thousand people were in attendance for the match between Adelaide United and the Hills Hawks, many people braving the conditions and the rain to get whatever vantage point they could to see the action.

The turnout and support from the local community and legion of football enthusiasts in the area is a glowing endorsement for the strength and popularity of not just Adelaide United, but the game across all of the towns that encompass the Adelaide Hills.

The match also provided a chance for some aspiring local Adelaide Hills players to pit themselves up against the Reds- biggest names, and although the conditions were more suited to ducks, the 45 minutes of game time still provided fine entertainment and real endeavour.

The Reds led 4-0 at the break before the game was called off, with Nigel Boogaard, Fabian Barbiero and Zenon Caravella all on the score sheet together with an own goal.

Adelaide United would like to thank everyone who braved the weather and turned out on the night, and also the Adelaide Hills Hawks for their hospitality and assistance in helping the game go ahead. The club would also like to thank The Courier for their extensive coverage in promoting the game.