Former Port Adelaide player Ashley McKay applied for reinstatement to be playing coach of Riverside but admitted that he had been offered $700 to play. The application was refused and Riverside was subsequently subjected to a severe reprimand. McKay was eventually reinstated in October.

After only one season in the Amateur League, the Bank of Adelaide moved to the Glenelg South Adelaide Association. Three new clubs entered, two of which were newly formed in National Bank and Plympton High O.S., and the other was Taperoo from the Port Adelaide Schoolboys Association.

After round 16 Payneham led the A1 table but lost its next 3 matches to tumble right out of the Four. Rosewater, after suffering four successive Prelim. Final defeats, had slumped to bottom.

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Semaphore Central 20 15 5 0 30
Teachers College 20 14 5 1 29
Seaton Ramblers 20 14 6 0 28
Adelaide University 20 12 7 1 25
Payneham 20 12 8 0 24
Flinders University 20 10 9 1 21
Postal Institute 20 9 11 0 18
Glenunga 20 9 11 0 18
St. Dominics 20 8 12 0 16
Exeter 20 7 13 0 14
Riverside 20 4 15 1 9
Rosewater 20 4 16 0 8

Seaton defeated Adelaide Uni in the First Semi 16.8 to 10.18, and Teachers College surprised by whipping minor premier Semaphore 17.14 to 8.4. Seaton Ramblers then knocked out Semaphore altogether in the Prelim. Final 14.13 to 10.7, only to go down to Teachers in the Grand Final 8.14 to 15.16. Boase kicked 5 goals and Rogers, Brian Ferris and Neilson starred for Teachers, while Warman and Lawless were best for Seaton. This was Teachers’ sixth Grand Final in succession and its fourth A1 premiership since 1963. Teachers then played S.A.N.F.L. seconds premier Central Districts at Adelaide Oval as a curtain-raiser to the North Adelaide-Hawthorn match on October 2nd. Centrals effectively won the match in the first quarter despite a fine roving display by ‘Crackers’ McPherson and strong marking by Lyster & Ferris.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Central District 7.1 9.5 14.9 17.13 (115) Teachers College 2.2 4.7 8.7 11.7 (73)

This was the last of the match-ups between the premiers of the Amateur League and S.A.N.F.L. seconds.

Despite finishing second-bottom in A2 in 1970, Adelaide Uni had actually won more matches than three teams above it on the ladder. Hence the Executive decided to relegate third-bottom side P.A.O.C. instead, a decision which the Old Reds protested without success. The two teams in A2 which had been relegated from A1 the previous year were at opposite ends of the premiership ladder at the end of the minor round. Walkerville was a good chance to get back into A1 by finishing minor premier, whilst Western Teachers was just visiting A2 on its way down to A3. During the season, former West Adelaide rover and captain of Christian Brothers O.C. from 1967 to 1970, Roger Orchard, became the first C.B.O.C. player to achieve 100 ‘A’ games for the Club.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Walkerville 20 15 5 0 30
Goodwood 20 15 5 0 30
St. Peters O.C. 20 13 7 0 26
Henley 20 13 7 0 26
Broadview 20 13 7 0 26
Gaza 20 11 8 1 23
Christian Brothers O.C. 20 10 10 0 20
Mitcham 20 9 11 0 18
Ferryden Park 20 9 11 0 18
Adelaide University B 20 7 12 1 15
Kilburn 20 4 16 0 8
Western Teachers 20 0 20 0 0

S.P.O.C. gave notice it meant business when it pounded Henley 19.26 to 7.6 in the First Semi, and a much closer Second Semi saw Goodwood win out 12.18 to 11.8. Walkerville’s hopes of a quick re-entry to A1 were then dashed in the Prelim. when S.P.O.C. won 10.13 to 7.11, then more accurate kicking helped S.P.O.C. to go all the way and win the Grand Final over Goodwood 12.9 to 10.14.

Newcomers to A3, Westminster O.S., did well to make the Final Four along with demoted A2 clubs Flinders Park and P.A.O.C. and the steady Alberton United.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Flinders Park 20 16 4 0 32
Alberton United 20 16 4 0 32
Prince Alfred O.C. 20 15 5 0 30
Westminster O.S. 20 14 6 0 28
Teachers College B 20 13 7 0 26
Scotch O.C. 20 12 8 0 24
Allenby Gardens 20 10 9 1 21
Semaphore Park 20 7 12 1 15
Kings O.C. 20 7 13 0 14
Hindmarsh CYMS 20 5 15 0 10
Adelaide University C 20 3 17 0 6
Wattle Park T.C. 20 1 19 0 2

Princes won the First Semi 8.12 to 7.9 and Alberton the Second 13.9 to 10.10. Flinders Park recovered to overwhelm Princes 17.13 to 8.17 in the Prelim., but was comfortably beaten by Alberton in the Grand Final 11.16 to 7.7.

Other Tables and Scores

A4

Brighton High OS (38), Ethelton (34), Pulteney OS (32), Greek (26), Colonel Light Gardens (24), Sacred Heart OC (18), Kenilworth (16), Royal Park (14), Payneham B (14), Flinders Uni B (10), P.A.O.C. B (8), Postal Institute B (6).

1st S. Pulteney OS 12.12 Greek 8.9 2nd S. B.H.O.S. 15.9 Ethelton 9.14 Prelim. Pulteney OS 13.18 Ethelton 8.6 G.Fin. B.H.O.S. 10.14 Pulteney OS 8.9

This was Brighton High’s third successive premiership in its 4 years in the competition.

A5

Salisbury Teachers (34), S.A. Institute of Technology (32), Plympton High OS (30), Seaton Ramblers B (26), Adelaide Uni G (18), Salisbury West (10), Mitcham B (10), Flinders Uni E (0).

1st S. P.H.O.S. 16.11 Seaton 9.16 2nd S. Salisbury Tch 11.11 S.A.I.T. 11.6 Prelim. S.A.I.T. 16.13 P.H.O.S. 12.6 G.Fin. S.A.I.T. d Salisbury Tch

A6

S.A.Railways Institute (40), Glenunga C (34), Unley High OS (30), St.Dominics C (30), Walkerville C (26), Broadview C (20), Rosewater C (16), Flinders Park C (14), Taperoo (12), S.P.O.C. C (8), Henley C (6), Goodwood C (4).

1st S. St.Dominics 13.5 Unley High OS 7.12 2nd S. Glenunga 7.9 Railways Inst. 7.6 Prelim. St.Dominics 6.9 Railways Inst. 4.9 G.Fin. St.Dominics 10.16 Glenunga 8.11

A7

National Bank (38), Walkerville D (31), Ferryden Park C (24), Flinders Uni F (24), Teachers College E (22), Kilburn C (10), Unley High OS B (9), S.A.I.T. C (2).

1st S. Ferryden Park d Flinders Uni 2nd S. National Bank 13.10 Walkerville 7.8 Prelim. Ferryden Park 9.6 Walkerville 6.8 G.Fin. National Bank 15.13 Ferryden Park 3.9

A1 Reserve

Flinders University (32), Glenunga (30), Postal Institute (29), Payneham (28), Semaphore Central (28), Teachers College (28), Exeter (15), Seaton (14), Riverside (12), St.Dominics (10), Adelaide Uni (8), Rosewater (6).

1st S. Payneham 10.4 Postal Inst. 8.5 2nd S. Flinders Uni 8.2 Glenunga 5.6 Prelim. Glenunga 6.3 Payneham 5.7 G.Fin. Flinders Uni 7.5 Glenunga 3.9

A2 Reserve

Walkerville (34), Broadview (34), Ferryden Park (32), Mitcham (28), Kilburn (26), Goodwood (24), S.P.O.C. (20), Henley (16), Gaza (10), C.B.O.C. (8), Adelaide Uni (8), Western Teachers (0).

1st S. Mitcham 9.7 Ferryden Park 8.3 2nd S. Broadview 8.10 Walkerville 5.5 Prelim. Walkerville d Mitcham G.Fin. Walkerville 8.12 Broadview 7.6

A3 Reserve

Flinders Park (40), Scotch OC (34), Teachers Coll (34), Alberton United (30), P.A.O.C. (22), Allenby Gardens (22), Westminster OS (16), Semaphore Park (16), Adelaide Uni (10), Kings OC (8), Wattle Park TC (6), Hindmarsh CYMS (4).

1st S. Teachers Coll 9.9 Alberton Utd 4.3 2nd S. Flinders Park 12.5 Scotch OC 4.8 Prelim. Scotch OC d Teachers Coll G.Fin. Scotch OC 9.8 Flinders Park 2.6

A4 Reserve

Brighton High OS (36), Pulteney OS (33), Ethelton (32), Payneham (29), S.H.O.C. (22), Colon. Lgt Gdns (20), Postals (20), Flinders Uni (16), Kenilwth (10), Royal Park (10), Greek (8), PAOC (4)

1st S. Payneham 6.11 Ethelton 4.10 2nd S. B.H.O.S. 9.6 Pulteney OS 8.8 Prelim. Payneham 15.10 Pulteney OS 6.3 G.Fin. Payneham 10.12 B.H.O.S. 6.3

A5 Reserve

S.A. Institute of Technology (36), Seaton (30), Salisbury Teachers (28), Plympton High OS (24), Mitcham (14), Adelaide Uni (12), Salisbury West (10), Flinders Uni (6).

1st S. P.H.O.S. 11.10 Salisbury Teach 8.10 2nd S. S.A.I.T. 8.3 Seaton 4.7 Prelim. Seaton 7.13 P.H.O.S. 6.2 G.Fin. Seaton 9.10 S.A.I.T. 7.8

Colts (Under 18)

Rosewater (37), Flinders Park (36), Semaphore Central (33), Walkerville (32), Glenunga (30), Ferryden Park (22), Broadview (20), Gaza (16), Payneham (16), Riverside (14), Alberton United (12), Kenilworth (10), Exeter (2), Taperoo (0).

1st S. Semaph Cent 12.6 Walkerville 9.9 2nd S. Flinders Park 8.8 Rosewater 8.5 Prelim. Rosewater 9.10 Semaph Cent 4.4 G.Fin. Flinders Park 7.5 Rosewater 4.9

Awards

Seaton Ramblers star rover Allen Robertson pulled off a remarkable feat by topping the A1 voting and goalkicking only one year after he had done the same in A2 (and with exactly the same number of goals). Allen won the 1971 Hone Medal on a countback from team-mate Greg Finney and Rosewater’s Charles Cawthorne both of whom were subsequently recognised as co-winners. The leading goalkicker in A1 was shared between Allen and Ian Brown of Semaphore Central who both kicked 72 goals. The War Memorial Medallist was Peter McCann of Flinders University. Gaza centreman Dennis Jarman (father of Andrew and Darren) won the A2 medal, and Lou Cailotto of Flinders Park was the A3 medallist. Other medal winners were Dennis Lloyd (A4 – Colonel Light Gardens), Roger Drew (A5 – S.A.I.T.), Bob Eichner (A6 – Railways), Ron Blucher (A7 – National Bank), Michael Mellow (A1 Res – Seaton), Daryl Gaunt (A2 Res – Mitcham), Grant Adcock (A3 Res – Kings OC), Randall Smith (A4 Res – B.H.O.S.), Tom Vanderhock (A5 Res – Mitcham), and Gary Watkins (Colts – Rosewater).

Interstate

Two interstate matches were played, the first against Victoria at Elsternwick Park on May 29th, and the second against W.A. on Sunday June 6th. The match against W.A. was played at Thebarton Oval where admission charges could be made, and the S.A.Brewing Company donated a cup for perpetual competition between S.A. and W.A. The teams were selected from the following players:

  • Bowman, Chris Flinders University
  • Carr, Bob Postal Institute
  • Draper, Paul Exeter
  • Emmett, Brenton Adelaide University
  • Ewens, Tim Flinders University
  • Ferris, Brian Teachers College
  • Hanna, Mick St.Dominics
  • Harrison, Ian Flinders University
  • Katsaros, Jim Adelaide University
  • Kerr, Dave Flinders University
  • McCann, Peter Flinders University
  • McFarlane, Jock Adelaide University
  • Miller, Andy Glenunga
  • Ormond, Roger Payneham
  • Pickering, George Payneham
  • Rainsford, Jeff Semaphore Central
  • Rofe, Paul Adelaide University
  • Stuart, David captain Riverside
  • Tardif, Bob Adelaide University
  • Tierney, Terry vice capt. Riverside
  • Welford, John Payneham

Saturday May 29th 1971

S.A.Team v Victoria

After its carnival victory the previous year, the S.A. team was hopeful of victory in Melbourne, but was not suited by the cold, blustery conditions. S.A. failed to take full advantage of the wind in the first quarter whereas Victoria piled on 8 goals when its turn came.1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 1.1 9.5 11.9 18.14 (122) S.A. 3.5 4.9 6.13 9.13 (67)

  • Goalkickers: Rofe 2, Stuart 2, Ferris, Katsaros, McCann, Miller, Welford
  • Best Players: Draper, Ormond, McCann, Rofe, Carr, Katsaros

Sunday June 6th 1971

S.A.Team v W.A.

The game against W.A. had a better result as S.A. led all day although kicking inaccurately. Captain Dave Stuart and Paul Rofe starred for S.A.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 4.4 7.7 10.16 12.17 (89) W.A. 1.2 6.3 9.4 12.4 (76)

  • Goalkickers: Ferris 3, Katsaros 2, Pickering 2, Stuart 2, Ewens, Hanna, Rofe
  • Best Players: Stuart, Rofe, Ferris, Tardif, McCann, Katsaros

A Division 2 A.N.F.C. Championship was held at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in June shortly after the match against Victoria. Neil Dansie was again coach of the All-Australian team and S.A. had six representatives in Peter McCann (Vice Captain), Ian Harrison, Jim Katsaros, Dave Kerr, Roger Ormond and Bob Tardif. Unlike recent matches involving the All-Australian Amateurs, the results were not good.

Saturday June 12th 1971

1Q 2Q 3Q Final N.S.W. 5.5 15.7 24.15 27.19 (181) Aust. Amat. 5.3 9.5 9.7 14.11 (95)

Bob Tardif kicked 3 goals and was best player followed by Roger Ormond.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Canberra 5.4 10.10 18.17 20.22 (142) Queensland 4.3 6.10 10.13 16.22 (118)

Monday June 14th 1971

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Queensland 3.9 9.12 13.20 18.22 (130) Aust. Amat. 3.3 9.8 12.9 17.15 (117)

Tardif and Ormond were again best and second-best player respectively.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Canberra 8.3 16.6 24.13 26.13 (169) N.S.W. 3.2 8.2 10.2 15.11 (101)

Canberra was the winner of the Division 2 championship.