Fans wear giant mitts to avoid touching the ball during Adelaide AFL clash


Fans wear giant mitts to avoid touching the ball during Adelaide AFL clash and hand sanitizer is given to those who threw it back – after state’s doctor gave bizarre advice to DUCK to avoid Covid exposure

  • Adelaide fans wore oven mitts in case they caught the ball at the AFL match
  • The tongue-in-cheek move followed advice by South Australia’s health boss
  • Nicola Spurrier was ridiculed for telling fans to duck if the ball came near them 
  • She also advised patrons to use hand sanitiser if they touched the ball
  • Ground stewards provided hand sanitiser to those who handled the ball 

AFL fans in Adelaide wore oven mitts to a match after their state’s top doctor suggested they avoid the ball to limit Covid exposure.

Two women behind the goals were spotted wearing the kitchenwear at the Adelaide Crows v Collingwood Magpies clash at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. 

The mitts were inspired by the advice of Nicola Sprurrier, South Australia’s Chief Health Officer, who was mocked around the country for telling people to remain Covid-safe by ducking if an AFL ball came their way at a match.  

An Adelaide Crows fan dons protective oven mitts at the match against Collingwood last Saturday after concerns were raised by the Chief Public Health Officer about catching the ball

An Adelaide Crows fan dons protective oven mitts at the match against Collingwood last Saturday after concerns were raised by the Chief Public Health Officer about catching the ball

The SA health boss advised football fans to 'duck and do not touch that ball' before the match

The SA health boss advised football fans to ‘duck and do not touch that ball’ before the match

‘If the ball comes towards you, my advice is to duck and do not touch that ball,’ Ms Spurrier told the media last week.

Whether the Adelaide fans were taking her advice seriously or engaging in more mockery wasn’t clear, but it didn’t stop them hugging and high-fiving after a goal.

Another video showed a security guard giving out hand sanitiser after a fan touched a ball that landed in the stands, to the amusement of the crowd. 

Ms Spurrier made the comment while addressing Covid-19 fears raised by the exemption given to Victorian club Collingwood to enter South Australia to play the Crows last weekend. 

Her comment sparked widespread ridicule, with former South Australian senator Cory Bernardi describing the comments as ‘extraordinary’.

‘She will feature prominently in stupidity’s greatest hits,’ he said on Sky.

But Adelaide Oval patrons were clearly putting the health boss’s advice into practice.

‘She listened to St Nicola! I salute!’ one person commented underneath the post. 

Stewards provided hand sanitiser to any fans who caught the ball, as also advised by Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier

Stewards provided hand sanitiser to any fans who caught the ball, as also advised by Chief Public Health Officer, Nicola Spurrier

'Sanitise your hands before you start eating your chips' advised the health supremo pre-match

‘Sanitise your hands before you start eating your chips’ advised the health supremo pre-match

The hand sanitising was also in line with Ms Spurrier’s advice, which she ‘revised’  after her initial comment about ducking. 

‘Just to reiterate, I’m not a football player and in fact whenever a ball comes towards me – whatever sort of ball, whether it’s a basketball or a football – my inclination is to duck,’ she said.

‘[But] whenever you touch an object – and this is an object touched by I-don’t -know-how-many very sweaty men on a football field – sanitise your hands immediately.’

‘Just go and sanitise your hands before you start eating your chips.’



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