A suggestion was made mid-season that the A1 Grand Final be played on a Sunday. This was not taken up as several potential finalists had prior commitments. The suggestion was then made that one A1 match (perhaps the ‘Match of the Day’) be played each Sunday during the 1978 season at a good venue such as Woodville Oval, perhaps with a live telecast. Ironically, this is what occurred in the new S.A.F.A. competition the following season, but the amateurs did not favour the idea.

Three new clubs were admitted in 1977. Eastwood made their third entry after 8 seasons in Norwood-North along with St. Raphaels, and Salisbury CAE returned after a two-year stint in the Central District Association. Some Amateur League coaches included Jeff Bray still coaching at Henley, ex-Port Adelaide star Bob Kingston coaching at Semaphore Central, Lawrie Hoskins at Adelaide University, Darryl Brand at Post-Tel Institute, John Turnbull at Adelaide Teachers College, Warwick Cramey at Glenunga, Allen Robertson at Seaton Ramblers, and Jim Rosevear at Scotch O.C.

The A1 competition had the benefit of two central umpires per match in the second half of the season, but the final placings still had a familiar look, the big exception being Adelaide Uni which had slipped to fifth. Semaphore had improved from fourth to first and Payneham from sixth to second, while reigning premier Flinders Park was still a force. Post-Tel was about to leave A1 for good, while Walkerville was also on a slide.

Premiership Table

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gms W L D Pts
Semaphore Central 18 14 4 0 28
Payneham 18 13 5 0 26
Flinders Park 18 12 6 0 24
Adelaide Teachers Coll. 18 12 6 0 24
Adelaide University 18 11 7 0 22
Riverside 18 11 7 0 22
Ferryden Park 18 8 9 1 17
Seaton Ramblers 18 8 10 0 16
Rosewater 18 8 10 0 16
Henley 18 6 11 1 13
Walkerville 18 4 14 0 8
Post-Tel Institute 18 0 18 0 0

Flinders Park had an easy victory against Adelaide Teachers College in the First Semi 14.19 to 9.14, and Semaphore Central beat Payneham 13.16 to 11.9 in the Second. Flinders Park continued its good form in the Preliminary Final by thrashing Payneham 21.15 to 10.13, but still went into the Grand Final as underdogs. For the first time the A1 Grand Final was played a week after the lower-grade Grand Finals. Centrals did not handle the wet and windy conditions at all well, missing many easy chances in the first half. At the long break Flinders Park led thanks to Centrals failure to kick a goal, and at three quarter time Centrals had just one solitary goal posted on the board. In the last quarter Centrals had most of the play restricting Parks to just one point, but 4.6 was not enough to bridge the gap and Parks won 9.13 to 5.14 to give it its second successive premiership.

In the A2 division, Glenunga and Broadview secured a return to A1 by finishing the minor round on top of the ladder. Old Ignatians had performed well to clinch a finals spot in its first season in A2. Down the bottom, Flinders University and Goodwood were on their way to A3, while Brighton High O.S. was clinging precariously to its A2 berth after one season in the grade.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L Pts
Glenunga 18 15 3 30
Broadview 18 14 4 28
Pulteney O.S. 18 14 4 28
Old Ignatians 18 13 5 26
St. Dominics 18 11 7 22
St. Peters O.C. 18 10 8 20
Exeter 18 9 9 18
Scotch O.C. 18 8 10 16
Kings O.C. 18 8 10 16
Brighton High O.S. 18 4 14 8
Flinders University 18 2 16 4
Goodwood 18 0 18 0

Pulteney defeated Old Ignatians in a high-scoring Semi Final 23.10 to 18.11, and Broadview comfortably defeated Glenunga 14.7 to 7.9 in the Second Semi. Glenunga thus faced elimination in the Prelim. Final for the second year in a row, but in an exciting match, scraped in by 4 points, 14.15 to Pulteney’s 14.11. Happy to be back in A1 after a 5-year absence, Glenunga then reversed the result of the Second Semi by beating Broadview in the Grand Final 10.5 to 8.12, and so also celebrated its first ‘A’ team premiership since 1961.

A new power and an old one were emerging from the A3 ranks to make a run for the top division. Former A1 team Kilburn was way ahead of the rest and on a two-year course to return to the top, while relative newcomer Sacred Heart would take a few years more.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Kilburn 18 16 2 0 32
Sacred Heart O.C. 18 11 6 1 23
Henley High O.S. 18 11 7 0 22
Gaza 18 11 7 0 22
Greek 18 10 7 1 21
Westminster O.S. 18 10 8 0 20
Prince Alfred O.C. 18 9 9 0 18
Adelaide University B 18 8 10 0 16
Ethelton 18 7 11 0 14
Semaphore Park 18 7 11 0 14
National Bank 18 4 14 0 8
Alberton United 18 3 15 0 6

In the Semi Finals, Henley High defeated Gaza 16.9 to 9.5, and S.H.O.C. defeated Kilburn 13.20 to 12.4. Kilburn then hammered Henley High 25.23 to 12.10 in the Prelim. kicking 17 goals straight in one quarter, and went on to defeat S.H.O.C. 11.20 to 11.12 in the Grand Final.

Other Tables and Scores

A4

West Croydon (29), S.A.Institute of Technology (25), St. Michaels OS&H (24), Greenacres (20), Rostrevor OC (20), Salesian OC (16), Kenilworth (6), Eastwood (4).

1st S. S.M.O.S.H. 13.18 Greenacres 7.10 2nd S. West Croydon 17.13 S.A.I.T. 7.8 Prelim. S.A.I.T. 11.16 S.M.O.S.H. 8.11 G.Fin. West Croydon 15.17 S.A.I.T. 9.9

A5

Murray Park CAE (24), Plympton High OS (22), Sturt CAE (20), St. Raphaels (18), Adelaide Teachers College B (18), S.A. Railways Institute (12), Aboriginal Community College (12), Unley High School OS (10), Salisbury West (8).

1st S. St.Raphaels 14.16 Sturt CAE 10.9 2nd S. P.H.O.S. 14.12 Murray Park 7.5 Prelim. Murray Park 7.13 St.Raphaels 6.4 G.Fin. P.H.O.S. 9.12 Murray Park 8.11

A6

Payneham C (32), Salisbury CAE (30), Walkerville C (26), Rosewater C (24), Ferryden Park C (22), Flinders Park C (22), Seaton C (20), Royal Park (18), St.Dominics C (10), Riverside C (6), P.A.O.C. C (6), Gaza C (0).

1st S. Walkerville 6.14 Rosewater 6.8 2nd S. Payneham 12.13 Salisbury CAE 6.12 Prelim. Walkerville 8.18 Salisbury CAE 8.13 G.Fin. Payneham 11.18 Walkerville 9.9

A7

Glenunga C (30), Adelaide Uni E (30), Henley High OS C (28), Henley C (24), Sacred Heart OC C (24), Pulteney OS C (22), Broadview C (16), Flinders Uni C (14), Brighton High OS C (12), S.P.O.C. C (10), Adelaide Uni F (4), Alberton United C (2).

1st S. Henley High 11.11 Henley 7.14 2nd S. Glenunga 11.13 Adelaide Uni 8.7 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 11.9 Henley High 9.5 G.Fin. Glenunga 10.13 Adelaide Uni 6.9

A8

Kilburn C (30), Old Ignatians C (26), S.M.O.S.H. C (26), Semaphore Park C (24), Kenilworth C (14), Greenacres C (10), S.A.I.T. C (10), Greek C (4).

1st S. S.M.O.S.H. 7.11 Semaph Park 6.11 2nd S. Kilburn 15.12 Old Ignatians 6.10 Prelim. S.M.O.S.H. 8.9 Old Ignatians 7.5 G.Fin. Kilburn 11.8 S.M.O.S.H. 4.16

A1 Reserve

Semaphore Central (32), Riverside (30), Adelaide Teachers College (28), Flinders Park (24), Ferryden Park (22), Henley (22), Rosewater (16), Payneham (16), Adelaide Uni (10), Seaton (10), Walkerville (6), Post-Tel Institute (0).

1st S. Adelaide Teach 14.11 Flinders Park 4.6 2nd S. Semaph Cent. 6.8 Riverside 3.14 Prelim. Riverside 12.6 Adelaide Teach 6.6 G.Fin. Semaph Cent. 6.6 Riverside 5.6

A2 Reserve

Brighton High OS (30), St.Dominics (31), Broadview (28), Pulteney OS (26), S.P.O.C. (24), Old Ignatians (20)*, Glenunga (20)*, Exeter (15), Scotch OC (9), Goodwood (6), Kings OC (4), Flinders Uni (3). * Includes 2 draws.

1st S. Pulteney O.S. 9.10 Broadview 9.5 2nd S. B.H.O.S. 8.7 St.Dominics 7.4 Prelim. St.Dominics 11.8 Pulteney O.S. 8.8 G.Fin. B.H.O.S. 6.6 St.Dominics 5.6

A3 Reserve

Henley High OS (34), P.A.O.C. (30), S.H.O.C. (26), Kilburn (24), Gaza (20), Adelaide Uni (18), National Bank (16), Greek (16), Alberton United (12), Ethelton (8), Semaphore Park (6), Westminster OS (6).

1st S. S.H.O.C. 8.10 Kilburn 3.8 2nd S. P.A.O.C. 11.6 Henley High 4.9 Prelim. Henley High 13.7 S.H.O.C. 4.4 G.Fin. P.A.O.C. 11.6 d Henley High 9.5

A4 Reserve

S.M.O.S.H. (32), S.A.I.T. (30), Greenacres (24), Salesian OC (18), Rostrevor OC (14), Kenilworth (10), West Croydon (10), Eastwood (6).

1st S. Greenacres 12.10 Salesian OC 7.10 2nd S. S.M.O.S.H. 8.15 S.A.I.T. 8.8 Prelim. Greenacres 10.9 S.A.I.T. 6.6 G.Fin. S.M.O.S.H. 9.7 Greenacres 8.12

A5 Reserve

U.H.S.O.S. (26), Salisbury West (26), Murray Park CAE (26), P.H.O.S. (19), Sturt CAE (18), St. Raphaels (15), Adelaide Teachers Coll. (8), Aboriginal Community College (4), S.A.Railways (2).

1st S. Murray Park 8.19 P.H.O.S. 4.9 2nd S. Unley High 12.5 Salisbury West 8.10 Prelim. Salisbury West 7.7 Murray Park 5.3 G.Fin. Unley High 13.11 Salisbury West 5.4

Colts I (Under 18)

Walkerville (36), Greenacres (30), Flinders Park (26), Payneham (20), Broadview (16), Gaza (10), West Croydon (6), Salisbury West (0).

Colts II (Under 18)

Semaphore Central (24)*, Ferryden Park (23), Kilburn (22), Semaphore Park (18), Exeter (12), Seaton Ramblers (4), Rosewater (3). * Includes 2 draws.

1st S. Greenacres 10.11 Ferryden Park 8.7 2nd S. Semaph Cent 7.16 Walkerville 8.6 Prelim. Walkerville 6.9 Greenacres 6.8 G.Fin. Walkerville 15.14 Semaph Cent 11.10

Awards

The Hone Medallist for 1977 was Seaton Ramblers and state captain Noel Annear. Ron Harwood of Exeter won the A2 Chambers Medal and Daryl Lowry of Kilburn the A3 McKay Medal. The other medallists were Greg Young (A4 – Salesian), John Stone (A5 – Railways), Peter Kleaver (A6 – Royal Park), Michael Denton (A7 – Glenunga),

Henry Smit (A8 – Semaphore Park), Frank Spiel (future star Sturt ruckman – A1 Res. tie – Adelaide Teachers), Robert Lucas (A1 Res. tie – Semaphore Central), Peter Nitschke (A2 Res. – B.H.O.S.), Randall Smith (A3 Res. – S.H.O.C.), Peter McGillivray (A4 Res. – Greenacres), Spyros Tsiavlis (A5 Res. tie – St.Raphaels), Gary Goodwin (A5 Res. tie – P.H.O.S.), Andrew Kitt (Colts 1 – Walkerviulle), and Don Karpany (Colts II-Ferryden Park). The winner of the Charles Irvine trophy for leading A1 goalkicker was Tony Risby of Adelaide Teachers who kicked 100 goals, while John Smith of Broadview kicked 114 in A2 and Mick Daniels of Greenacres kicked over 100 goals in the Colts.

Interstate

Ray Williams of Payneham took over as state coach following the retirement of Howard Mutton. A trial match was played at Tea Tree Gully on Sunday May 22nd against a team from the Norwood-North Association, then a match was played at Woodville Oval on Sunday June 12 against Victoria umpired by Rex Lambert. The team was as follows:

  • Algate, Doug wing Riverside
  • Annear, Noel captain chf Seaton Ramblers
  • Bradmore, Ian hf Semaphore Central
  • Cailotto, Lou rover Flinders Park
  • Cheney, Steve reserve Payneham
  • Cielens, Andrew ruck Semaphore Central
  • Cox, Greg bp Ferryden Park
  • Cunnington, Mark hf Payneham
  • Evans, Chris hb Flinders Park
  • Ferris, Brian follower Adelaide University
  • Fielke, Neville ff Riverside
  • Godrick, Tibby centre Payneham
  • Harley, Rick reserve Adelaide Teachers Coll.
  • Holman, Mark wing Riverside
  • Jamieson, Kym follower Payneham
  • Kerr-Grant, Malcolm res. Adelaide University
  • Koziol, George hb Payneham
  • Parker, John reserve Adelaide University
  • Skorzewski, Fidelis ruck Riverside
  • Vast, Maurie v capt. chb Semaphore Central
  • Whittle, Greg fb Riverside
  • Williams, David rover Payneham

The match was very even up until half time as each team scored goal for goal, but after the long break the Vics took complete control with their greater pace and back-up, kicking 9 goals in the third quarter to seal the match. Writing in the Advertiser, Gordon Campbell stated that it seemed as though Victoria took adrenalin and slipped S.A. sedatives at half time. Former Adelaide University and S.A. state player Simon Trumble was in the best players for Victoria.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 5.4 8.9 17.10 20.12 (132) S.A. 5.6 9.8 10.10 13.13 (91)

  • Goalkickers: Fielke 6, Algate 2, Bradmore 2, Cailotto, Cunnington, Godrick
  • Best Players: Fielke, Cailotto, Algate, Bradmore, Holman, Cunnington

The match against W.A. was played at Subiaco Oval on Saturday July 30th, as a curtain-raiser to the interstate clash between the S.A. and W.A. League state teams. The squad for this match was as follows:

  • Algate, Doug Riverside
  • Annear, Noel captain Seaton Ramblers
  • Cailotto, Lou Flinders Park
  • Cheney, Steve Payneham
  • Evans, Chris Flinders Park
  • Fielke, Neville Riverside
  • Godrick, Tibby Payneham
  • Hamilton, Greg Riverside
  • Hamilton, Peter Riverside
  • Haslam, Ross Scotch O.C.
  • Holman, Mark Riverside
  • Irons, Jeff Semaphore Central
  • Jamieson, Kym Payneham
  • Kenny, Mick Flinders Park
  • Koziol, George Payneham
  • Mills, Steven Semaphore Central
  • Thiel, Peter Riverside
  • Vast, Maurie vice captain Semaphore Central
  • Whittle, Greg Riverside
  • Wells, Greg Seaton Ramblers
  • Williams, David Payneham

S.A. struggled to kick goals in the first half, but played much better after half time, opening up the game with superb handball and teamwork, scoring 10 goals in the third quarter. Neville Fielke starred at full forward kicking 8 goals. Interchange of reserves was allowed during the match.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 3.8 5.11 15.18 18.23 (131) W.A. 5.1 10.6 11.10 15.13 (103)

  • Goalkickers: Fielke 8, Kenny 3, Algate 2, Jamieson 2, Cailotto, Cheney, Haslam
  • Best Players: Fielke, Annear, Cheney, Algate, Cailotto, Kenny