SAAFL History – 1976

Peter Allan took over as Chairman of the Amateur League from Howard Mutton who remained on the Executive. With the return of Alan Statton from Melbourne and the continuing lack of success in obtaining a satisfactory Treasurer to replace Clarrie Tideman, the position was offered to Alan and he accepted. John Dicker began his long association with the Executive when he was elected to the Executive Committee as a delegate member. Another significant appointment was that of John Caulfield as umpires’ coach to replace Bernie Sweetman. John had umpired in both the V.F.L. and S.A.N.F.L. and was to become a very popular personality in amateur circles. The Casey Cooper Medal, in recognition of a previous outstanding umpires’ coach, was introduced to be awarded annually to the umpire with the best attitude to training, to clubs and to the players. The A7 medal was renamed the Flanagan Medal in honour of former Deputy Chairman Mick Flanagan who died in 1975.

Kilburn got into a tangle with the Executive during 1975 and 1976 over finals gate-takings in 1975, which led to a rare case of one club fronting the Executive head-on. Correspondence between the two bodies over Kilburn’s inefficiency in manning the gates during the finals, resulted in a letter from Kilburn alluding to the Executive’s own problems in administering the League. Whilst no details are available as to the specific problems referred to by Kilburn, it is probable that dissatisfaction still lingered with the handling of the changeover to a full-time Administrative Officer in 1974 (the extant holder having clashed with the Umpires Board in 1975), squabbles over reinstatements, and the fact that of the 30 Executive meetings held between January ’75 and March ’76, 7 had failed to achieve a quorum and 12 had started late. Nevertheless, an apology was demanded by the Executive, but at a later interview the Kilburn President advised that his committee had resolved to refuse to apologise, that it in turn demanded an apology from the Amateur League, and that it refused to give an assurance to the Amateur League that in the future, correspondence from the Club would be written in reasonable terms. A stunned Executive then resolved to reject Kilburn’s affiliation unless the Club met all of the Executive’s requirements within the next 10 days. A further meeting took place between some of the Executive and representatives of Kilburn who undertook to correspond in a proper manner in the future, and the matter was dropped.

Another squabble over gate-takings involved the Mitcham club, which retained some of the takings from the finals at Hawthorn Oval in 1975 as a charge for ground hire. This fee-taking was not acknowledged at first but subsequently came to light when the Executive requested financial records. Mitcham claimed that it had previously been arranged for a hiring-fee to be charged, but there was no documentation to support this claim. The Executive resolved to not accept Mitcham’s application for reaffiliation, Mitcham protested but the appeal was dismissed and Mitcham was suspended from the Amateur League.

The Executive’s problems did not stop here. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman both resigned over an issue involving Semaphore Park (see Chapter 5), and legal advice was taken. Subsequently, the Deputy Chairman resumed his position, but this was a trying period for the Amateur League hierarchy.

For the second year in a row the number of clubs fell. Colonel Light Gardens left for the Glenelg South Adelaide Association, and Edwardstown Baptist went into recess, while Mitcham had been suspended. One newly-formed club in Aboriginal Community College was admitted, and Postal Institute was renamed Post-Tel Institute. Despite the number of senior teams falling by 8 (to 134), the A8 grade was retained and the A4/A4 Reserve and A5/A5 Reserve grades each reduced from 10 teams to 8.

Howard Mutton had returned to Adelaide Teachers as coach, Peter Blood was coaching Kings O.C., Ray Buckley (son of triple Amateur League medallist E.G. ‘Bill’ Buckley and father of Magarey Medallist Nathan Buckley) was captain/coach of Semaphore Central (after a lengthy reinstatement wrangle), and Jim Mathews was coaching Ferryden Park.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

For the first time since 1960, the minor round was restricted to 18 rounds, and for the third year in a row Adelaide Uni and Flinders Park finished on top of the A1 table. Kings O.C., back in A1 for the first time since 1949-50, found the jump to A1 too much, while Broadview finished bottom of the A1 ladder for the first and only time. Semaphore Central was back in the Final Four after missing out for the previous 3 years, but only lasted the first round of the finals going down to Adelaide Teachers College 14.11 to 21.14.

Team Gm W L D Pts
Adelaide University 18 15 3 0 30
Flinders Park 18 15 3 0 30
Adelaide Teachers Coll. 18 13 5 0 26
Semaphore Central 18 11 7 0 22
Riverside 18 10 7 1 21
Payneham 18 10 8 0 20
Henley 18 9 9 0 18
Seaton Ramblers 18 9 9 0 18
Rosewater 18 7 11 0 14
Post-Tel Institute 18 4 14 0 8
Kings O.C. 18 3 15 0 6
Broadview 18 1 16 1 3

The Second Semi was much closer with Uni kicking 6 quick goals in the second quarter as a result of some rough-house tactics by Parks, then holding on to win by a goal 19.14 to 18.14. Flinders Park was too good for Teachers in the Prelim. winning 15.10 to 11.12, then played all over Uni in the Grand Final to win 19.20 to 10.12. Chris Evans (a future Amateur League A1 & state umpire) was best for Parks at half back, and its rovers Lou Cailotto and Ian Wilson took away many of University’s knocks. Surprisingly, this was only the second A1 Grand Final that Flinders Park had played in and its first A1 premiership. Since re-entering the Amateur League in 1949 it had competed in the A1 division in only 11 of the 28 years.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Ferryden Park was the outstanding team in A2 losing only one match during the minor round.

Team Gm W L D Pts
Ferryden Park 18 17 1 0 34
Glenunga 18 13 4 1 27
Walkerville 18 13 5 0 26
Exeter 18 13 5 0 26
Pulteney O.S. 18 10 7 1 21
Scotch O.C. 18 10 8 0 20
St. Dominics 18 9 9 0 18
St. Peters O.C. 18 8 10 0 16
Goodwood 18 5 13 0 10
Flinders University 18 4 14 0 8
Gaza 18 3 15 0 6
Westminster O.S. 18 2 16 0 4

Walkerville thrashed Exeter in the First Semi 22.15 to 5.11, while Ferryden Park had a 4-point victory over Glenunga 15.12 to 14.14. Walkerville went on with the job in the Prelim. beating Glenunga 16.10 to 9.14, but could not quite match it with Ferryden Park in the Grand Final, going down 8.8 to 10.15. Hill, Joy and Anderson were best for Ferryden Park which had plenty to celebrate, because besides its ‘A’ premiership and promotion to A1 for the first time, its ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams also won premierships, repeating Gaza’s feat of the year before, and to top it all off, Greg Cocks won the A2 medal.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Old Ignatians 18 14 4 0 28
Brighton High O.S. 18 13 5 0 26
Adelaide University B 18 12 5 1 25
Henley High O.S. 18 12 6 0 24
Sacred Heart O.C. 18 11 7 0 22
Greek 18 11 7 0 22
Alberton United 18 10 8 0 20
Ethelton 18 8 10 0 16
Prince Alfred O.C. 18 7 10 1 15
Kilburn 18 6 12 0 12
S.A. Instit.of Technology 18 2 16 0 4
Rostrevor O.C. 18 1 17 0 2

The A3 competition was dominated by the old scholars clubs who finished in the top 5 positions. Old Ignatians and Henley High O.S. had no problems with the jump from A4 to A3 finishing the minor round in first and fourth positions respectively. Brighton High O.S. also enjoyed a good season rising from ninth to second, while S.A.I.T. and Rostrevor O.C. finished in the cellar. Adelaide Uni’s ‘B’ team had performed well to make the finals but was knocked out in the First Semi by Henley High O.S. 18.12 to 9.18. The Second Semi was a bit closer with Old Ignatians beating Brighton High O.S. 15.20 to 12.9. Two high school old scholars’ teams met in the Prelim. which went to Brighton 15.12 to 12.8. but then Ignatians stormed away with the Grand Final 19.10 to 12.16 for its third ‘A’ premiership in 4 years.

Other Tables and Scores


National Bank (32), Payneham B (26), St. Michaels OS&H (26), Semaphore Park (20), Salesian OC (16), Kenilworth (12), Sturt CAE (8), Plympton High OS (4).

1st S. Semaph Park 10.11 St.Michaels 7.14 2nd S. National Bank 9.16 Payneham 9.13 Prelim. Semaph Park 15.12 Payneham 8.18 G.Fin. National Bank 19.11 Semaph Pk 11.17

This was National Bank’s third premiership since entering in 1971, and to top off a good year it supplied the medallists in both A4 and A4 Reserve.


Greenacres (32), Salisbury West (27), Murray Park CAE (26), West Croydon (22), Unley High School OS (18), S.A.Railways Inst. (13), Post-Tel C (6), S.A.I.T. B (0).

1st S. West Croydon 13.10 Murray Park 10.9 2nd S. Greenacres 14.18 Salisbury West 13.11 Prelim. West Croydon 13.15 Salisbury West 10.10 G.Fin. Greenacres 17.11 West Croydon 12.12

This was Greenacres’ first premiership since entering the competition in 1973


Flinders Park C (34), Royal Park (28), Ferryden Park C (27), Seaton C (22), Walkerville C (19), P.A.O.C. C (16), St. Dominics C (16), Henley C (8), Gaza C (6), Broadview C (4).

1st S. Ferryden Park 15.11 Seaton Rams 6.7 2nd S. Flinders Park 14.8 Royal Park 10.11 Prelim. Ferryden Park 14.8 Royal Park 6.10 G.Fin. Ferryden Park 10.7 Flinders Park 10.6


Adelaide Teachers C (36), Rosewater C (32), S.P.O.C. C (26), Pulteney OS C (24), Adelaide Uni E (22), S.H.O.C. C (16), Flinders Uni C (12), Alberton United C (8), Murray Park CAE C (2), Kilburn C (2).

1st S. Pulteney O.S. 18.18 St.Peters O.C. 6.6 2nd S. Rosewater 21.12 Adelaide Teach 15.5 Prelim. Adelaide Teach 13.15 Pulteney O.S. 8.10 G.Fin. Adelaide Teach 14.8 Rosewater 10.6


Henley High OS C (34), Glenunga C (34), Salisbury West C (24), Old Ignatians C (22), Greenacres C (18), Adelaide Uni F (16), S.M.O.S.H. C (12), Kenilworth C (12), Semaphore Park C (8), S.A.Railways C (0).

1st S. Old Ignatians 10.17 Salisb West 8.13 2nd S. Henley H. O.S. 13.13 Glenunga 5.11 Prelim. Glenunga 11.17 Old Ignatians 7.7 G.Fin. Henley H. O.S. 18.8 Glenunga 14.6

A1 Reserve

Seaton (32), Semaphore Central (30), Adelaide Teachers (28), Flinders Park (26), Riverside (24), Payneham (20), Henley* (16), Rosewater (14), Post-Tel (11), Broadview (7), Adelaide Uni (6), Kings OC (2). * Includes 2 draws.

1st S. Flinders Park 7.7 Adelaide Teach 4.7 2nd S. Seaton Rams 9.6 Semaph Central 6.14 Prelim. Flinders Park 9.7 Semaph Central 4.10 G.Fin. Flinders Park 11.7 Seaton Rams 5.9

A2 Reserve

Ferryden Park (34), St. Dominics (26), Pulteney OS (26), Gaza (26), Exeter (22), Walkerville (22), Flinders Uni (18), S.P.O.C. (16), Glenunga (14), Scotch OC (8), Goodwood (4), Westminster OS (0).

1st S. Pulteney O.S. 8.9 Gaza 8.7 2nd S. Ferryden Park 9.10 St.Dominics 7.8 Prelim. St.Dominics 8.6 Pulteney O.S. 8.5 G.Fin. Ferryden Park 6.8 St.Dominics 4.6

A3 Reserve

Sacred Heart OC (33), Prince Alfred OC (30), Henley High OS (28), Ethelton (26), Brighton High OS (22), Rostrevor OC (20), Kilburn (18), Old Ignatians (12), S.A.Institute of Technology (8), Alberton United (7), Adelaide Uni (6), Greek (6).

1st S. Henley High O.S. 9.15 Ethelton 8.10 2nd S. Prince Alfred O.C. 11.7 Sacred Heart 9.9 Prelim. Sacred Heart O.C. 10.8 Henley High 3.8 G.Fin. Prince Alfred O.C. 9.7 Sacred Heart 5.10

A4 Reserve

S.M.O.S.H. (34), Payneham (32), National Bank (28), Kenilworth (15), Salesian OC (13), Sturt CAE (12), Semaphore Park (6), Plympton High O.S. (4).

1st S. Kenilworth 11.4 National Bk 8.17 2nd S. St.Michaels O.S. 8.5 Payneham 5.8 Prelim. Payneham 13.10 Kenilworth 5.8 G.Fin. St.Michaels O.S. 8.4 Payneham 5.7

A5 Reserve

Greenacres (34), Aboriginal Community College (32), Salisbury West (26), Murray Park CAE (22), Unley High School O.S. (18), S.A.Railways Inst. (8), West Croydon (4), S.A.I.T. (0).

1st S. Salisbury West 10.6 Murray Park 7.9 2nd S. Greenacres 9.12 Abor.Com.Coll. 9.4 Prelim. Abor.Com.Coll. 7.11 Salisbury West 6.5 G.Fin. Abor.Com.Coll. 15.12 Greenacres 8.6

Aboriginal Community College had a good first year in the Amateur League with a premiership team and the A5 Reserve Medallist, captain Cecil Winmar.

Colts I (Under 18)

Payneham (26), Broadview (22), Flinders Park (22), Walkerville (20), Glenunga (12), Gaza (6), Salisbury West (0).

Colts II (Under 18)

Riverside (30), Kilburn (20), Ferryden Park (18), Semaphore Central (15), Seaton (14), Rosewater (5), Exeter (4).

The first and second teams in each Colts division played off for the premiership.

1st S. Broadview 12.11 Kilburn 11.5 2nd S. Riverside 11.11 Payneham 8.7 Prelim. Payneham 11.9 Broadview 10.4 G.Fin. Riverside 9.8 Payneham 7.3

This was Riverside’s third Colts’ premiership in five years.


A special presentation was made to Sam Denton who had retired as Honorary Auditor after fifty years of service, the longest serving official in the history of the Amateur League. The family tradition was continued however, as his son Terry took over the position.

Mark Bamber was the Hone Medallist, and his timing to win the A1 medal was perfect. His club Kings O.C. competed in the A1 competition in only 3 years, 1949, 1950 and 1976, and he was a bit young to win it in ’49 or ’50. Greg Cox of Ferryden Park won the Chambers Medal in A2, and Graham McNeill of Henley High O.S. won the McKay Medal in A3 with an outstanding performance, polling in all 15 matches in which he played, 13 first-preference votes and 2 third-preference. This was also his second medal having won the A5 medal in 1974. Allen Robertson of Seaton Ramblers won the A1 Reserve Medal, his fourth, having already won medals at A1, A2 and A1 Reserve. The other medallists were John Wozniak (A4 – National Bank), John Wilcox (A5 – West Croydon), Brian Parker (A6 – Flinders Park), Tony ‘Athens’ George (A7 tie – Adelaide Teachers), Michael Blight (A7 tie – S.P.O.C.), Gary Pumpa (A8 – Greenacres), Michael Quilliam (A2 Res. – Westminster O.S.), Frank Wolff (A3 Res. – Rostrevor OC), Barry Calaby (A4 Res. – National Bank), Cecil Winmar (A5 Res. – Aboriginal Community College), and the Colts medallist was future North Adelaide captain John Riley of Broadview.

The winner of the Charles Irvine Memorial Trophy for leading goalkicker in A1 was Henley’s Darryl Smith with 83 goals, and Russell Parker of Pulteney O.S. kicked 94 goals to win the Peter Haynes Memorial Trophy in A2.


The thirteenth A.A.F.C. carnival was played at Thebarton Oval in Adelaide in early July. Bob Bache was S.A.’s representative umpire, and Howard Mutton was again coach of the following S.A. squad.

  • Adcock, Peter Kings O.C.
  • Annear, Noel Seaton Ramblers
  • Buckley, Ray Semaphore Central
  • Burgess, Bob Adelaide Teachers College
  • Cailotto, Lou Flinders Park
  • Coudraye, John Flinders Park
  • Cunnington, Mark Payneham
  • Frick, Greg Henley
  • Griffiths, Kevin captain Adelaide University
  • Haslam, Ross Scotch O.C.
  • Hunter, Chris Riverside
  • Jamieson, Kym Payneham
  • Karutz, Robert Rosewater
  • Kerr-Grant, Malcolm Adelaide University
  • Kerston, Phil Henley
  • Lancaster, David Flinders Park
  • Nielsen, Brian Adelaide Teachers
  • Parousis, Bill Semaphore Central
  • Roache, George Flinders Park
  • Schwartz, Mark Adelaide University
  • Skorzewski, Fidelis Riverside
  • Staker, John v. captain Rosewater
  • Teubner, Michael Adelaide University
  • Trumble, Simon Adelaide University
  • Vast, Maurie Semaphore Central

The carnival results were as follows.

Tuesday July 6th 1976

S.A.Team v W.A.

S.A. started well and looked to have the game well in hand after kicking 6 goals in the second quarter, and rovers Lou Cailotto and Ross Haslam having kicked 7 goals between them. However W.A. came back in the second half and got to within 5 points, but was unlucky to hit the post twice in a hectic last quarter. Noel Annear, Ross Haslam and ‘Fiji’ Skorzewski were the best for S.A. Future Footscray star, 19-year old Simon Beasley playing at centre half forward for W.A., took around 15 marks and kicked 5 goals (and went on to win the carnival best and fairest award).1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 3.5 9.7 13.9 16.11 (107) W.A. 2.1 6.5 10.9 14.16 (100)

  • Goalkickers: Cailotto 4, Annear 3, Haslam 3, Buckley 2, Cunnington, Griffiths, Kerr Grant, Staker
  • Best Players: Annear, Haslam, Skorzewski, Kerr Grant, Buckley, Karutz

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 5.2 11.14 13.17 17.22 (124) Tasmania 1.3 2.4 3.7 6.10 (46) Thursday July 8th 1976

S.A.Team v Tasmania

S.A. went into the match against Tasmania without its captain Kevin Griffiths who had suffered a knee injury (John Staker taking over as captain), and Bob Burgess who had a hip injury. However, Noel Annear and Ross Haslam continued their good form, and with Phil Kerston and Peter Adcock giving lots of drive across centre S.A. scored a comfortable albeit unimpressive victory.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 4.7 9.16 11.20 15.25 (115) Tas. 3.1 5.2 7.4 10.5 (65)

  • Goalkickers: Staker 5, Buckley 4, Haslam 3, Cunnington, Nielsen, Roache
  • Best Players: Annear, Kersten, Haslam, Buckley, Adcock, Hunter

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 2.2 10.3 14.5 16.9 (105) W.A. 4.1 5.2 6.4 7.11 (53)

Sunday July 11th 1976

S.A.Team v Victoria

S.A. played Victoria to decide the championship, and the Vics’ form to date made them favourites. However, one couldn’t underestimate Howard Mutton’s ability to pick the right player for the occasion. The Vics looked the better side leading by 4 goals until late in the second quarter when S.A. rushed on 3 goals to hit the front by a point. It was in the third quarter that S.A. really took over, racing away quickly to a 5-goal lead with big men Ray Buckley, John Coudraye and Malcolm Kerr-Grant well on top. A similar start in the last quarter set up an 8-goal break which was too much for the Vics to get back.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 3.2 7.3 15.7 19.12 (126) Victoria 5.1 7.2 9.4 14.8 (92)

  • Goalkickers: Jamieson 5, Buckley 4, Cailotto 3, Kerr Grant 3, Adcock, Cunnington, Haslam, Staker
  • Best Players: Buckley, Coudraye, Kerr-Grant, Nielsen, Annear, Schwartz

1Q 2Q 3Q Final W.A. 5.4 11.12 17.18 27.20 (182) Tasmania 2.2 3.2 5.3 6.4 (40)

Ross Haslam was runner-up for the carnival medal and Noel Annear won the trophy for S.A.’s best and fairest at the carnival. This was the third carnival championship victory in succession for coach Howard ‘Chops’ Mutton, who boasted the incredible record of 13 victories in 16 interstate matches.

Chops claimed that he originally did not apply for the position as state coach, as at the time he was Chairman of the Amateur League, but that when Alan Statton read out the list of applicants he simply added the name Mutton and the committee voted for their Chairman. Chops then found himself unable to call Alan a liar and so started his outstanding career as state coach.

At the end of the ’76 carnival Mutton announced he would not be available as state coach for 1977 as he would be overseas for part of the season.

An All-Australian team was announced at the conclusion of the carnival which included 10 S.A. players, one less than in 1973. The players were John Staker (captain), Noel Annear, Ray Buckley, Lou Cailotto, John Coudraye, Ross Haslam, Malcolm Kerr-Grant, Phil Kerston, Mark Schwartz and Simon Trumble.

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