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4Quarters gets the full run-through from Crows Supporters Group President Peter Kauschke. Peter has been a loyal Crows member since the club entered the competition in 1991 and with the supporters group for eight years. He has been president for the past five.

Photos supplied by the group’s official photographer Sue Retallick.

What are the banners made of?

These days we use rolls of plastic tablecloth material. We double that over. It’s fairly thin and you can see right through it, so we have to double layer it to make it less transparent. We put a door system in the centre so the players can actually run right through it.

How do you put it together?

We lay the material down first, usually six rolls of it. And then we tape the layers together. I have an Excel spreadsheet that shows us how to do it and we use a hell of a lot of sticky tape. I’d say we go through 15-20 rolls to get it all done. Once we have the shell taped together, we place the letters out on the banner and tape the letters down, making sure they are all in line and spaced evenly apart. There has been some famous misspellings of players’ names and things over the years at different clubs, so you do not want to get that wrong. We have not been caught yet, touch wood. I never mock clubs when things go wrong because it could be us. We double-check wording while we are taping the letters down. We used to make sleeves for the poles, which is just a lot of tape on either end of the banner so that on game day, all we must do is put the poles through the holes and tape the banner to the poles, and we still do this for away games but home games we had some solid sides made and they are fantastic but also very weighty.

How Many People Are Needing on the Ground?

It takes 16 but the AFL allows us to have up 26 people on the ground. During COVID we’ve been restricted to 20 and try to share it around to give everyone an experience. However, first preference is given to paid-up Crows Supporters Group members and those who assist making banners.

We have a map of where we need everyone to stand on the banner, so everyone knows their position and what they need to do and when. The poles sit in a base plate, so someone stands on each base plate, then we need a person to raise each pole with the assistance of those on the ropes. On each pole there are three ropes, we need at least two on each rope to help raise and lower the banner. We have our official photographer on the ground as well, we want to remember them all. Plus, we want people to remember to hold the pole or rope and not be fishing in pockets for phones. Appropriate shoes and attire must be worn whilst on banner duties.

How Long Does It Take To Make A Banner?

We start about 6pm on Tuesday nights at the “Shed” at the Christian Centre on Fredrick Road. There’s usually 10-15 people who come along and sometimes we don’t get out until 10 or 11pm at night. On a few occasions we have had up to 25 people assisting with the Banner. It is a great, busy, social night.

Who Selects The Wording?

We send the club a few sayings and then they will select the words that they want. We then must work out the size, colour and the font needed to make it fit. Sometimes they provide us with any graphics that need to go on it, like sponsors’ logos. Or if a player has a milestone game, we’ll put a picture of the player on the banner. Generally, this can be a full three metre picture or even just the head of the player.

Biggest Challenges?

The biggest challenge is high winds, and we must always be mindful of our surroundings.

It’s a huge sail space that we have, and it can be quite dangerous if the banner blows over.

The poles are six metres high and could easily cause some serious damage and that’s why we have skilled and trained personnel at all command points. We must be careful raising and lowering, particularly when the players run out with children. And also mindful of umpires, photographers and ground staff. Everyone must be safely clear before we start lowering the banner,

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