Ricciuto pays city a visit
Friday, 3rd September, 2010
Shoppers at a local clothing and footwear store received a special treat yesterday when they were greeted by SA football great Mark Ricciuto.
The retired Crows 300-gamer and former captain was in the city as an ambassador for Steel Blue work boots and to re-open Work Clobber on Rakow, which had been closed for renovations.
As well as spending the afternoon signing autographs and meeting fans, he visited the Perilya and CBH mines.
Ricciuto retired in August 2007 and since then has devoted much of his energy to his hotel businesses in Adelaide and Port Lincoln. He also commentates on Triple M radio.
Mark was born in Waikerie, SA and was recruited by the Adelaide Crows in 1992. His AFL debut came in 1993 and he spent 14 years in the big league.
Mark is enjoying his retirement, but in terms of "taking it easy" he said he was busier than ever.
"In terms of body strain, it is a bit easier ... I had done as much as I could do," Mark said.
"I've been busy with my family and doing things like today."
When asked how he felt the Adelaide Crows had performed this year, Mark said it was probably the most disappointing year.
"I bet they are glad it (the season) is over," he said.
"But they have a pretty exciting future and it's the beginning of a new era with young players coming up."
Mark was pleased with local talent Taylor Walker.
"Taylor is starting to go pretty well ... as his confidence grows and his body matures he'll get better and better," Mark said.