A reorganisation of tertiary institutions into C.A.E.’s (Centres of Advanced Education) led to several name changes. Bedford Park Teachers College was renamed Sturt CAE, Wattle Park Teachers College was renamed Murray Park CAE, Western Teachers was renamed Torrens CAE, and Salisbury Teachers College was renamed Salisbury CAE. Two new clubs were admitted from the Norwood-North Association, Greenacres and Salesian Old Collegians.
With 52 clubs and 157 teams, the Amateur League’s administrative structure came under discussion, and during the year the Executive discussed the pros and cons of employing a full-time administrative officer. It was expected that an extra cost of around $9,000 to $10,000 would be involved requiring increased calls on clubs, but that this was necessary to centralise duties which had become fragmented over the years. It was thought that the Amateur League’s operations were suffering from a lack of co-ordination which a full-time officer could correct.
The matter was referred to a special meeting of delegates in October where representatives of clubs spoke for and against the issue, but finally resolved to advertise for a full-time administrator. Les Davoren was duly appointed to begin in February 1974 at a salary of $6750. Another appointment was Keith Sims as Federal President of the A.A.F.C.
A meeting was also held with Don Roach of the S.A.N.F.L. to discuss assistance for junior football in schools. It was hoped that district clubs could work closely with schools in their area to provide assistance and promotion for the sport.
Coaches in the Amateur League included Des Panizza replacing Brian Wells at Adelaide Uni, Bob Anesbury replacing Panizza at S.P.O.C., Brian Forby at Seaton, Fred Cross at Ferryden Park, Terry Tierney at Walkerville, Ashley McKay at Riverside, David Christie at Exeter, Ray Newberry at Postals, Jeff Rainsford at Flinders Park, and Ray Williams at Payneham.
In A1, the previous year’s grand finalists Semaphore Central and Adelaide Teachers had both slipped, while newly promoted Rosewater surprised by going into the last minor round match in equal top position with Payneham on 15 wins. The last round was crucial for the final ordering of the finalists because leader Payneham (15 wins) played fourth-placed Adelaide Uni (13 wins), and second-placed Rosewater (15 wins) played third-placed Seaton (14 wins). Payneham’s defeat by Adelaide Uni cost it the minor premiership, whilst Rosewater’s defeat by Seaton cost it the double chance (by 0.8%) and gave the minor premiership to Seaton (by 1.0%).
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
|Adelaide Teachers Coll.||20||12||8||0||24|
University won the First Semi against Rosewater 16.12 to 13.19, then Seaton beat Payneham 10.16 to 9.13 in the Second. The Preliminary and Grand Finals were televised, and Uni kicked away its chances in the Prelim. by going down to Payneham 15.14 to 18.8. The Grand Final between Seaton and Payneham saw Seaton play well against the wind to lead by a point at quarter time, then by 23 points at half time. The third quarter developed into a fiery affair, and Seaton led by 8 points going into the last quarter, then ran away with the match in the last to win 14.8 to 10.6. Tilley kicked 5 goals for Seaton and its best players were Greg Wells, Noel Annear and David Curtin.
Riverside dominated the A2 competition when, after losing 3 of its first 7 matches, it won all 13 of the remainder.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
|St. Peters O.C.||20||12||8||0||24|
|Prince Alfred O.C.||20||9||11||0||18|
The First Semi between Flinders Park and Ferryden Park resulted in a draw 13.6 to 12.12. Ferryden Park rued its inaccuracy when the following week it lost the replay 7.9 to 10.9. Another team to suffer from inaccuracy was minor premier Riverside. It met Henley in the Second Semi after having beaten it in round 19 and was warm favourite. However, despite having 28 scoring shots to 22, it was defeated 14.8 to 12.16, and then did no better in the Prelim. Final against Flinders Park kicking 5.13 to Park’s 6.10. Hence Flinders Park went into the Grand Final at Richmond Oval against Henley who was coached by former West Adelaide star Jeff Bray. Unfortunately the score is not known but Henley won its first ‘A’ team premiership since 1954.
The A3 competition was a three-way battle between Westminster, Kilburn and Pulteney, the latter two meeting in round 20 to decide who would get the double chance. As it turned out Kilburn beat Pulteney 2.7 to 2.5 at Blair Athol Reserve and so finished second.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
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|Adel Teachers College B||20||6||14||0||12|
|Christian Brothers O.C.||20||2||18||0||4|
Brighton High beat Pulteney 12.10 to 11.7 in the First Semi, and Westminster won the Second Semi against Kilburn 11.13 to 10.9. Kilburn came back to win the Prelim. against Brighton High 12.8 to 10.9, then Westminster went on to win its first and only premiership 13.12 to 11.12.
Other Tables and Scores
Royal Park (36), S.A.Institute of Technology (36), Hindmarsh CYMS (28), Flinders Uni B (26), Salisbury CAE (23), Plympton High OS (22), Colonel Light Gardens (22), Sacred Heart OC (16), Kenilworth (12), Torrens CAE (9), Adelaide Uni C (6), Seaton Ramblers B (4).
1st S. Flinders Uni 14.8 Hindmsh CYMS 10.18 2nd S. Royal Park 17.8 S.A.I.T. 9.11 Prelim. S.A.I.T. 11.16 Flinders Uni 12.8 G.Fin. Royal Park 10.12 S.A.I.T. 10.11 This was Royal Park’s first and only Amateur League premiership victory.
Old Ignatians (38), Salesian OC (36), Greenacres (29), Salisbury West (28), Sturt CAE (26), Murray Park CAE (22), Taperoo (21), National Bank (15), Postal Institute B (11), S.A.I.T. B (10), Mitcham B (2), S.A. Railways Inst. (2).
1st S. Greenacres 13.7 Salisbury West 9.15 2nd S. Old Ignatians 17.12 Salesian OC 13.11 Prelim. Salesian OC 14.13 Greenacres 12.6 G.Fin. Old Ignatians 18.11 Salesian OC 7.12
Flinders Park C (38), P.A.O.C. C (36), Broadview C (32), Rosewater C (26), Ferryden Park C (26), Walkerville C (22), Unley High School OS (16), St.Dominics C (14), S.P.O.C. C (14), Goodwood C (8), Gaza C (6), Glenunga C (2).
1st S. Broadview 12.13 Rosewater 7.11 2nd S. Flinders Park 14.14 P.A.O.C. 14.8 Prelim. Broadview 13.13 P.A.O.C. 10.11 G.Fin. Flinders Park 8.15 Broadview 6.9
Henley C (40), Kilburn C (34), Adelaide Teachers E (29), P.A.O.C. D (27), Alberton United C (24), Ethelton C (20), Brighton High OS C (20), Greek C (16), Flinders Uni E (14), Semaphore Park C (8), Adelaide Uni G (6), Kenilworth C (2).
1st S. Teachers Coll 12.13 P.A.O.C. 4.8 2nd S. Henley 9.18 Kilburn 7.8 Prelim. Teachers Coll 18.9 Kilburn 7.5 G.Fin. Henley 11.14 Teachers Coll 5.9
Rosewater (36), Walkerville (32), Postal Institute (30), Seaton (26), Semaphore Central (26), Adelaide Teachers (25), Exeter (23), St.Dominics (14), Payneham (13), Goodwood (11), Flinders Uni (4), Adelaide Uni (0).
1st S. Seaton 9.8 Postal Inst. 6.10 2nd S. Walkerville 7.14 Rosewater 6.8 Prelim Rosewater 7.10 Seaton 5.4 Replay.* Rosewater 8.12 Seaton 2.2 G.Fin. Rosewater d Walkerville
- The prelim. final was replayed following a protest over the eligibility of a Rosewater player.
Flinders Park (38), Henley (34), Riverside (30), P.A.O.C. (26), Ferryden Park (26), Adel Uni (20), S.P.O.C (18), Broadview (16), Gaza (14), Glenunga (11), Scotch OC (6), Mitcham (1).
1st S. P.A.O.C. 9.11 Riverside 4.8 2nd S. Henley 6.16 Flinders Park 5.12 Prelim. Flinders Park d P.A.O.C. G.Fin. Flinders Park 9.7 Henley 5.2
Kilburn (36), Pulteney OS (32), Ethelton (32), Greek (30), Westminster OS (28), Brighton High OS (22), Alberton United (18), Adelaide Teachers College (12), Kings OC (9), C.B.O.C. (8), Payneham (7), Semaphore Park (6).
1st S. Ethelton 8.6 Greek 5.11 2nd S. Pulteney OS 10.6 Kilburn 7.6 Prelim. Kilburn 6.9 Ethelton 5.6 G.Fin. Pulteney OS 5.7 Kilburn 2.4
S.H.O.C. (32), Colonel Light Gardens (32), P.H.O.S. (30), Adelaide Uni (29), Kenilworth (25), Salisbury CAE (24), S.A.I.T. (20), Hindmarsh CYMS (16), Flinders Uni (12), Royal Park (12), Seaton (6), Torrens CAE (2).
1st S. P.H.O.S. 9.9 Adelaide Uni 6.5 2nd S. S.H.O.C. 17.8 Col Lt Gdns 9.5 Prelim. Col Lt Gdns 11.3 P.H.O.S. 5.13 G.Fin. S.H.O.C. 14.2 Col Lt Gdns 1.2
Murray Park CAE (34), Old Ignatians (32), Greenacres (32), Sturt CAE (30), Salisbury West (26), Salesian OC (18), Postal Institute (16), National Bank (16), S.A. Railways Inst. (14), Mitcham (10), S.A.I.T. (8), Taperoo (4).
1st S. Sturt CAE 9.12 Greenacres 6.4 2nd S. Old Ignatians 12.6 Murray Pk CAE 6.5 Prelim. Murray Pk CAE 11.3 Sturt CAE 9.6 G.Fin. Old Ignatians 8.6 Murray Pk CAE 8.5
Colts (Under 18)
Walkerville (38), Riverside (34), Flinders Park (34), Gaza (30), Payneham (26), Ferryden Park (26), Rosewater (24), Broadview (20), Exeter (14), Taperoo (14), Greenacres (12), Semaphore Central (6), Colonel Light Gardens (2).
1st S. Flinders Park 9.10 Gaza 7.4 2nd S. Walkerville 9.10 Riverside 7.4 Prelim. Riverside 14.9 Flinders Park 9.5 G.Fin. Riverside 14.10 Walkerville 9.8
Greg Finney of Seaton Ramblers, a state player in 1972 and 1973, was the winner of the Hone Medal for 1973. Fred Cross of Ferryden Park won the A2 Chambers Medal, and Peter Adcock of Kings O.C. won the A3 McKay Medal for the third time in four years. Other medal winners were Dennis Lloyd (A4 – Colonel Light Gardens), Ron Gynell (A5 – Greenacres), Mick McAuliffe (A6 shared – St.Dominics), Brenton Perks (A6 shared – P.A.O.C.), Trevor Anderson (A7 – Semaphore Park), Brian Parham (A1 Res. – Rosewater), Bob Johnston (A2 Res. – Flinders Park), Dennis Woodward (A3 Res. – B.H.O.S.), Peter Richardson (A4 Res. – Kenilworth), Gordon Haines (A5 Res. – National Bank), and Mick Kenny (Colts- Flinders Park).
Shane Langley of Goodwood was the A1 leading goalkicker for the second year in succession kicking 85 goals.
The twelfth Australian Amateur Football Carnival was held in Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in July. Howard Mutton, who had coached the 1970 carnival champions, was again in charge of the team and looking for back-to-back success. Peter Allan was the manager.
The S.A. squad was as follows:
- Annear, Noel Seaton Ramblers
- Brand, Darryl Postal Institute
- Brook, Perry Payneham
- Cranwell, Don Walkerville
- Delaney, Colin Ethelton
- Emmel, Jeff Riverside
- Emmett, Brenton Adelaide University
- Finney, Greg Seaton Ramblers
- Griffiths, Kevin Adelaide Teachers Coll.
- Hanton, Graham Postal Institute
- Harley, Rick Adelaide University
- Haslam, Ross Scotch O.C.
- Hunter, Chris Seaton Ramblers
- Johnson, Steve Adelaide Teachers Coll.
- Katsaros, Jim Adelaide University
- Lagzdins, Maris Walkerville
- Pilkington, Des St.Dominics
- Post, Ian Goodwood
- Roache, George Semaphore Central
- Rofe, Paul vice captain Adelaide University
- Rozenbergs, Andy Walkerville
- Staker, John Rosewater
- Tierney, Terry captain Walkerville
- Underdown, Kim Exeter
- Webber, Brenton Adelaide Teachers Coll.
Results were as follows:
Tuesday July 10th 1973
S.A.Team v Tasmania
In the first match against Tasmania, S.A. started slowly and led by only 8 points at quarter time, but then its pace, handball and effective forwards took over to set up a lead of 32 points at the long break. The second half was a rout as S.A. kicked 9 goals in the third quarter and 8 in the last.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 2.5 7.11 16.14 24.18 (162) Tasmania 1.3 2.9 4.9 6.12 (48)
- Goalkickers: Staker 6, Haslam 5, Roache 5, Rofe 3, Katsaros 2, Annear, Griffiths, Johnson
- Best Players: Rofe, Johnson, Griffiths, Roache, Haslam, Tierney
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 4.4 9.12 16.17 17.21 (123) W.A. 2.5 3.8 5.10 11.12 (78)
Thursday July 12th 1973
S.A. jumped W.A. in the first quarter, then through constant pressure forced the W.A. team to make many mistakes. John Staker was again in fine form at full forward, while Paul Rofe and Ross Haslam tormented the W.A. defence.
S.A.Team v W.A.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 6.6 15.8 18.15 23.20 (158) W.A. 1.6 5.8 6.12 8.14 (62)
- Goalkickers: Staker 7, Roache 3, Tierney 3, Griffiths 2, Post 2, Rofe 2, Brand, Haslam, Johnson, Katsaros
- Best Players: Rofe, Haslam, Staker, Underdown, Cranwell, Pilkington
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 4.6 10.10 15.12 22.20 (152) Tasmania 3.1 4.2 6.5 11.6 (72)
Saturday July 14th 1973
S.A.Team v Victoria
Victoria started well kicking three goals in the first few minutes, but S.A. came back to lead narrowly at quarter time. S.A. then took control in the second quarter to set up a handy 25-point lead at half time. After half time it was goal for goal, but S.A.’s loose-man tactics and effective passing and handballing, along with Victoria’s inaccuracy, was enough to give victory to the visitors.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 3.4 7.6 10.9 12.10 (82) Victoria 3.2 3.5 6.12 7.18 (60)
- Goalkickers: Staker 5, Katsaros 3, Griffiths, Roache, Rofe, Rozenbergs
- Best Players: Underdown, Roache, Staker, Delaney, Brand, Johnson
1Q 2Q 3Q Final W.A. 4.2 12.9 17.12 21.15 (141) Tasmania 2.1 5.3 9.9 12.13 (85)
This was S.A.’s third carnival victory after the victories in Perth in 1948 and 1970. Furthermore, it was only the second time that S.A. had beaten Victoria in Victoria, the first occasion being 36 years previously in 1937. It was also Victoria’s first lost in a carnival match in Melbourne. To top things off, Vice Captain Paul Rofe won the Best and Fairest Medal at the carnival, the only S.A. player to have achieved this honour at the time of writing.
After the carnival, eleven S.A. players were named in an All-Australian team – Darryl Brand, Colin Delaney, Brent Emmett, Ross Haslam, Chris Hunter, Steve Johnson, Paul Rofe, George Roache, John Staker, Kim Underdown and Terry Tierney (captain). Writing in the Football Times six years later, manager Peter Allan stated that the 1973 carnival team was the best that he had ever seen in his 20-year association with the Amateur League.