I would like to welcome you to the 2014 season.

It promises to be an interesting and exciting one with the construction of the new facilities well under way and the lights upgrade on Park 12 having just been completed. These developments will see us become a more dynamic and unified club with the sharing of the new Grads oval as the AUSC main pitch and the scheduled AUSC functions to come in the new facilities. Night games on Park 12 will become a feature of our season under the new spectacular looking lighting towers.

Parking difficulties

Whilst all of this is happening, there will be some difficulties that we need to overcome, one of which is the parking when the Australian Rules Football is on at the Adelaide Oval.

We have all been working behind the scenes with Adelaide Sports who have been in consultation with the Adelaide City Council to come up with an arrangement that will minimise the impact on all of us.

At present, we will be issued with a number of permits based upon having a number of people car-pooling. We are still working on this. Whilst the AUSC Board has been busy getting all the necessary processes in place including allocating teams to training and home areas (not an easy task when we have 30 teams and limited space), you have been busy with your season preparations.

Our 5 Major teams

We have around 30 squads within our major teams, Blacks, Reds, Whites, Blues, Women and Juniors, and re-introduced for the first time in decades, an Under 14 boys team. I wish them the best for their first season.

The AUS could easily have more squads considering the numbers that we attract, particularly after O Week, but our current facilities will not allow for this. It is hoped that once we get the six ovals at West Beach, we may be able to accommodate more squads to ease the congestion on our grounds which are heavily used throughout the year, not only by us but all the summer sports and the public.

Pre-season trials