For Felicity and Nevaeh Johncock, the opportunity to play in Crows colours just like their Dad, 227-game past player Graham Johncock, was an opportunity too good to refuse.
Both girls, along with almost 50 other children of former Crows, participated in a Father-Son/Daughter curtain raiser game before Adelaide’s Round 20 clash with St Kilda.
“They hadn’t been to Adelaide Oval before,” 36-year-old Johncock said.
“They know Dad goes to Adelaide for the football and are always asking to go, so as soon as the email about the game arrived, I replied instantly.
“We had to go out and get them footy boots so they looked the part on the big stage!”
While attending a game was a normal experience for Johncock, his daughters helped him see the game in a new light.
“It was incredible seeing them taking the whole thing in,” he said.
“My youngest was even excited when the big lights came on at half time.
“You forget how amazing watching a game at an incredible ground like Adelaide Oval can be.”
Selected by the Adelaide Football Club in the 2000 draft, Johncock earned a reputation as one of the best small defenders in the modern era and became a much-loved fan favourite.
Now living back in Port Lincoln, Johncock works as an Aboriginal Service Engagement Officer with the Department of Education.
Johncock is still involved with football, coaching for the last four years at Mallee Park - the renowned Port Lincoln football club which produced AFL talent including Sean Burgoyne, Lindsey Thomas, Byron Pickett and Eddie Betts.
Felicity and Nevaeh have been relatively unaware of their dad’s Crows legacy until recently.
“They only know Dad as part of Mallee Park,” Johncock said.
“But they are now taking notice of the photos around the house and there are kids at school who have been telling them, ‘oh your dad used to play for the Crows’.”
Watching his daughters play really drove home for Johncock how much had changed since his time at the Club.
“It used to be just about the game but it is great now that the Club is becoming such a family environment, not just for the current players but also the past,” he said.
“It’s kind of surreal seeing my kids out there playing with the kids of guys I used to play with in Crows guernseys. It makes us all feel like we are still part of the Club.
“The girls are already looking forward to next year’s game.”