1981 was a sad year in that three life members passed away. Clarrie Tideman had been Treasurer of the Amateur League from 1928 to 1975, Corin Treloar had been Deputy Chairman from 1947 to 1949, then President from 1950 to 1957, then Patron from 1958 to 1980, and Jack Massey had been Chairman from 1930 to 1933, then President from 1934 to 1937. All three had given wonderful service and helped establish the Amateur League in its early years. Another stalwart, Hugh Millard, returned to office as the new Patron, while John Dicker began his extended term as Treasurer.
Two new innovations involving umpires were introduced; throwing the ball up instead of bouncing it, and the displaying of a red card when sending a playing from the field. The former proved to be a real success but the latter didn’t. Furthermore, two central umpires were used for the match of the day in A1 and A2.
Another innovation was the donation of the Norwich Life Cup for the best club in the Amateur League, to be awarded on an annual basis. Points were received by clubs for the match performance of all their teams, and points were deducted for absences at meetings, suspended players and club misdemeanours. The inaugural winner was Kilburn.
Aust. National Railways Institute in A6 did not win the Norwich Life Cup, but it had plenty to celebrate nevertheless, because after 44 years of competition in the Amateur League it finally won a premiership.
Concern about suspected breaches of the amateur rules was still apparent, and in October the Executive made an approach to the A.A.F.C. regarding the wording of the amateur clause adopted by the A.A.F.C., and the issue of whether the Presidents and Secretaries of each of the affiliated clubs should be required to sign a statutory declaration stating that the club and its players were abiding by the amateur rules. These statutory declarations were subsequently enforced.
One matter which caused the Executive and the Tribunal much displeasure, but which many regarded as a triumph of the spirit, was the notorious ‘Phantom Match’ reported in chapter 3, whereby Old Ignatians and Scotch O.C. decided on a very wet day to play their A8 match in a bar of the local pub.
Four clubs came in and four clubs went out in 1981. Not reforming were Flinders University, Nunga Community and Sturt CAE. Brompton was not accepted for reaffiliation because of dissatisfaction with its management and facilities. The new clubs were A.N.Z. Bank (from Glenelg-South), Burnside-Kensington (from S.A.F.A.), Croydon (newly formed), and The Parks (newly formed). The number of senior teams increased from 144 to 154 due to many clubs entering a ‘C’ team for the first time, and so the A10 division was formed with shield and medal donated by Seaton Ramblers stalwart and Executive member Bob Dempster.
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
With one round to play in A1, Kilburn and Riverside led the table but Adelaide Uni was only half a point behind. Uni had fifth-placed Broadview to play, while Riverside had fourth-placed Adelaide College. As it turned out both Riverside and Uni both lost, so Riverside retained the double chance and Broadview missed the finals on percentage.
|Henley Dist. and O.S.||18||5||13||0||10|
In the First Semi Final at Alberton Oval, Adelaide College under coach John Griffen was favourite because of its recent good form and its strong forwards in Bob Zadow, Mark Cunnington and Woods, and it duly won 18.15 to 15.7. The favourite in the Second Semi at Alberton was Kilburn coached by Mark Lenthall, but this time it was Riverside coached by ‘Sleepy‘ Annear who won 8.20 to 8.14. In the Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval, College continued its good form to easily defeat Kilburn 24.10 to 10.14. Riverside was hit by injuries for the Grand Final at Adelaide Oval. Star ruckmen ‘Fiji’ Skorzewski and ‘Bubbles’ Milne were both out as was follower Gerry Noonan, and so the hot favourites Adelaide College proved too strong winning 7.14 to 6.5.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The 2 promoted teams from A3, P.A.O.C. and S.M.O.S.H., went on with their good form in A2.
|Prince Alfred O.C.||18||15||3||30|
|St. Michaels O.S. & H.||18||10||8||20|
|Sacred Heart O.C.||18||10||8||20|
|St. Peters O.C.||18||9||9||18|
The First Semi resulted in a draw between St. Michaels and Sacred Heart 16.13 each, then St. Michaels won the replay at Thebarton Oval 13.15 to 8.10. Princes under David Marsh made themselves hot favourites for the flag by easily beating Seaton in the Second Semi 20.11 to 12.13. Seaton came back however to win the Prelim. Final against St.Michaels 10.13 to 5.9, then upset the pundits by beating Princes in the Final 12.11 to 5.5.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
As in A2, the two promoted teams in A3 (Rostrevor and Alberton) found their way into the finals.
|Plympton High O.S.||18||10||8||0||20|
|Adelaide University B||18||7||11||0||14|
|Murray Park CAE||18||5||13||0||10|
|Brighton High O.S.||18||2||16||0||4|
In a high-scoring and exciting Semi Final, Rostrevor beat Alberton 21.14 to 21.4. The Second Semi was also close with Kenilworth the winner by 15.12 to 13.14. Pembroke knocked Rostrevor out in the Prelim. 16.14 to 13.14, then Kenilworth won the Grand Final and the flag 17.12 to 13.8.
Other Tables and Scores
Old Ignatians (31), Woodville South (28), Port Adelaide Presbyterian (26), Christian Brothers College OC (22)*, Para Hills (22), Woodville District (16), St.Raphaels (14), Burnside Kensington (11), National Bank (6), Westminster OS (4). * Includes 2 draws.
1st S. C.B.C.O.C. d P.A.Pres. 2nd S. Old Ignatians 11.12 Woodville Sth 5.8 Prelim. Woodville Sth 13.10 C.B.C.O.C. 10.8 G.Fin. Old Ignatians 21.14 Woodville Sth 9.9
A.N.Z. Bank (32), Taperoo (28), Immanuel OS (24), Unley (22), S.A. Institute of Technology (20), St.Peters Y.C.W. (20), Henley D&OS C (12), Salisbury C.A.E. (12), Eastwood (10).
1st S. Immanuel OS 15.11 Unley 10.13 2nd S. ANZ Bank 15.10 Taperoo 8.9 Prelim. Taperoo 14.16 Immanuel OS 8.9 G.Fin. ANZ Bank 20.17 Taperoo 7.10
Aust. National Railways Institute had been a continuing member of the Amateur League since 1937 and in all that time had never won a premiership. 1981 was to be a big year for the Club. At the end of the minor round it led the premiership table as follows: Aust.Nat. Railways Institute (30), Greenacres C (24), Ovingham (23), Adelaide Uni E (20), Port Adelaide United (19), Broadview C (16), The Parks (8), St.Pauls OS (4).
1st S. Ovingham 17.20 Adelaide Uni 10.4 2nd S. Railways 15.19 Greenacres 8.5 Prelim. Ovingham 11.11 Greenacres 8.9 G.Fin. Railways 10.20 Ovingham 8.10
Kilburn C (33), Edwardstown Baptist (30), Adelaide College C (23), Sacred Heart OC C (22), Para Houghton (21), S.M.O.S.H. C (16), P.A.O.C. C (15), S.P.O.C. C (14), Post-Tel Inst. C (4), St.Dominics C (2).
1st S. Adelaide Coll 11.24 S.H.O.C. 9.9 2nd S. Kilburn d Edwardst Bap Prelim. Edwardst Bap 18.13 Adelaide Coll 11.11 G.Fin. Edwardst Bap 16.7 Kilburn 10.17
Croydon (36), West Croydon C (30), Glenunga C (24), Rosewater C (24), Para Hills C (22), Greek C (10), B.H.O.S. C (9), Ethelton C (8), Old Ignatians C (3)*, Scotch OC C (0)*. Old Ignatians and Scotch lost all premiership points up to and including round 15, the date of the ‘phantom match’.
1st S. Rosewater 11.11 Glenunga 9.11 2nd S. Croydon 15.16 West Croydon 6.11 Prelim. West Croydon 16.10 Rosewater 9.6 G.Fin. Croydon 25.14 West Croydon 14.13
Croydon became the first Amateur League club to go through the season undefeated in its year of foundation.
R.O.C. C (‘Rostrevor Black‘) (28), Post-Tel D (28), Gaza C (26), Pulteney OS C (26), Adelaide Uni G (24), Kenilworth C (20), S.A.I.T. C (8), R.O.C. D (‘Rostrevor Red‘) (8), Murray Park CAE C (6), Pembroke OS C (6).
1st S. Gaza 14.13 Pulteney OS 12.13 2nd S. Rostrevor OC 14.12 Post-Tel Inst. 13.11 Prelim. Gaza 12.8 Post-Tel Inst. 12.5 G.Fin. Gaza 18.7 Rostrevor OC 14.13
Henley D&OS E (26), Burnside Kensington C (26), A.N.Z. Bank C (26), Woodville South C (26), S.P.O.C. D (24), P.A. Presbyterian C (14), Woodville District C (10), C.B.C.O.C. C (10), St.Peters YCW C (10), Greenacres E (8).
1st S. Woodville Sth d ANZ Bank 2nd S. Henley DOS 12.12 Burns Kens 6.17 Prelim. Burns Kens 16.11 Woodv Sth 14.17 G.Fin. Burns Kens 12.16 Henley DOS 11.17
Kilburn (31), Henley D&OS (30), Adelaide College (25), Riverside (24), Adelaide Uni (22), West Croydon (16), Broadview (14), Greek (12), Scotch OC (4), St.Dominics (2).
1st S. Riverside 7.10 Adelaide College 6.6 2nd S. Kilburn 10.7 Henley D&OS 6.7 Prelim. Riverside 13.8 Henley D&OS 5.6 G.Fin. Riverside 7.9 Kilburn 7.6
Greenacres (32), P.A.O.C. (26), S.H.O.C. (26), S.P.O.C. (26), S.M.O.S.H. (22), Rosewater (16), Seaton (16), Gaza (12), Pulteney OS (3), Glenunga (1).
1st S. S.H.O.C. 9.14 S.P.O.C. 8.6 2nd S. Greenacres 6.12 P.A.O.C. 4.10 Prelim. P.A.O.C. 8.7 S.H.O.C. 6.8 G.Fin. Greenacres 8.9 P.A.O.C. 5.4
Ethelton (26), R.O.C. (25), Post-Tel (23), P.H.O.S. (20), Pembroke OS (18), Adelaide Uni (17), B.H.O.S. (16)*, Murray Park CAE (15), Alberton United (12), Kenilworth (8). * Includes 2 draws.
1st S. Post-Tel Inst. 3.7 Plympton H. OS 0.7 2nd S. Ethelton 6.11 Rostrevor OC 5.7 Prelim. Rostrevor OC 11.4 Post-Tel Inst. 3.7 G.Fin. Ethelton 8.11 Rostrevor OC 7.10
Old Ignatians (34), C.B.C.O.C. (26), Woodville South (25), St.Raphaels (24), Para Hills (19), P.A.Presbyterian (16), Burnside Kensington (14), National Bank (10), Woodville District (8), Westminster OS (4).
1st S. St.Raphaels 8.10 Woodv Sth 3.11 2nd S. Old Ignatians 10.8 C.B.C.O.C. 4.9 Prelim. C.B.C.O.C. 7.12 St.Raphaels 7.6 G.Fin. Old Ignatians 8.10 C.B.C.O.C. 7.7
A.N.Z. Bank (29), Taperoo (29), St.Peters YCW (26), Unley (24), Henley D&OS (22), S.A.I.T. (18), Immanuel OS (14), Salisbury CAE (14), Eastwood (4).
1st S. Unley 10.6 St.Peters YCW 7.16 2nd S. ANZ Bank 13.8 Taperoo 8.1 Prelim. Taperoo 8.11 Unley 7.10 G.Fin. ANZ Bank 9.4 Taperoo 4.5
Greenacres (34), A.N. Railways (32), Broadview (26), Ovingham (16), Adelaide Uni (14), St.Pauls OS (14), P.A.United (6), The Parks (2).
1st S. Broadview 11.8 Ovingham 3.5 2nd S. Greenacres 6.11 Railways 5.10 Prelim. Broadview 6.10 Railways 4.7 G.Fin. Broadview 10.12 Greenacres 8.5
Henley D&OS (32), Kilburn (32), Ethelton (26), Broadview (22), Gaza (20), P.H.O.S. (16), Riverside (16), Greenacres (10), Burnside Kensington (6).
1st S. Broadview 9.13 Ethelton 8.4 2nd S. Henley D&OS 10.6 Kilburn 8.8 Prelim. Kilburn 11.7 Broadview 7.14 G.Fin. Henley D&OS d Kilburn
Gaza (34), Broadview (30), Henley D&OS (26), Rosewater (24), Para Hills (20), Taperoo (18), Kenilworth (12), Riverside (10), Ethelton (6), Alberton United (0).
1st S. Henley D&OS d Rosewater 2nd S. Gaza d Broadview Prelim. Broadview 10.15 Henley D&OS 10.10 G.Fin. Gaza d Broadview
John Griffen, the captain/coach of Adelaide Teachers, had a big year. His team was A1 premiers, he represented the state against Victoria and Western Australia, and he won the Hone Medal.
Michael Cain of Sacred Heart won the A2 medal, and Tony Fiore of Kenilworth won his second successive A3 medal. The other medallists were Lee Sullivan (Woodville South – A4), Terry Whelan (ANZ Bank – A5), Emmanuel Desira (Ovingham – A6, his second in succession), Roger Johns (Para Houghton – A7), Brenton Laity (Glenunga – A8), Chris Hayward (Rostrevor OC – A9), Sam Heywood-Smith (Henley D&OS – A10), Bruce Dwyer (Kilburn – A1 Res), Ian Fewings (Gaza – A2 Res and a former Under 18 medallist), Darryl Watkins (Ethelton – A3 Res), Warren Tuthill (Burnside Kensington – A4 Res), Robert Burridge (Taperoo – A5 Res), Robin ‘Chick’ Coward (Broadview – A6 Res A6, his second in succession), Mick Daniels (Greenacres – Under 18), and Mike Livori (Broadview – Under 16).
The A1 Leading Goalkicker was Ray Dohnt of Kilburn with 76 goals, and Ron Bugg of Seaton Ramblers led A2 with 69.
Interstate matches were played against Victoria and Western Australia. A trial match was played on Monday May 18th at Goodwood Oval against a representative team from the Glenelg-South Association after S.A.F.A. had refused. The amateurs had a comfortable victory.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A.A.F.L. 8.2 13.3 17.6 21.10 (136) Glenelg-Sth 2.1 3.1 9.6 14.11 (95)
- Goalkickers: Cunnington 11, Coulls 3, Hamilton 2, Annear, Griffen, Katsaros, Olekalns, Wells
- Best Players: Hamilton, Coulls, Cunnington, Lenthall, Griffin, McCann
The squad for the matches against W.A. and Victoria was as follows:
- Aistrope, Kevin Broadview
- Annear, Noel captain Riverside
- Barbaro, Paul St.Dominics
- Coulls, Rob Scotch O.C.
- Cunnington, Mark Adelaide College
- Griffen, John Adelaide College
- Hamilton, Will St.Peters O.C.
- Harrison, Ian vice captain Scotch O.C.
- Hearn, Rick Adelaide University
- Homan, Terry Broadview
- Inglis, Steve Adelaide College
- Katsaros, Evan Adelaide College
- Kerr-Grant, Malcolm Adelaide University
- Keynes, Bruce Adelaide University
- Kiplocks, Peter St.Dominics
- Kozlowski, Joe Alberton United
- Lenthall, Mark Kilburn
- Lovegrove, Trevor Broadview
- Martin, David Henley Dist. & O.S.
- McCann, Pat Broadview
- McLean, Dale Broadview
- Olekalns, Egils Adelaide University
- Parsons, Steve Scotch O.C.
- Snelling, Paul Henley Dist. & O.S.
- Thomas, Peter Kilburn
- Walker, Damian St.Dominics
- Wareing, Peter Riverside
- Wells, Greg Seaton Ramblers
- Worden, Daryl West Croydon
Monday June 8th 1981
S.A.Team v W.A.
W.A. was coming off a 0.4 to 21.16 hiding against Victoria only two days earlier when it ran on to Alberton Oval. S.A. was able to take advantage of this in the first quarter to establish a 6-goal to 2 lead at quarter time, but from then on W.A. gave as good as it got. John Griffen was brilliant on a half-forward flank, and Saint Doms. captain/coach Peter Kiplocks was solid in defence.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 6.6 9.8 11.13 16.14 (110) W.A. 2.3 7.6 8.8 13.10 (88)
- Goalkickers: Cunnington 6, Griffen 3, Coulls 2, Kerr-Grant 2, Annear, Katsaros, Olekalns
- Best Players: Griffen, Kiplocks, Olekalns, Homan, Annear, Cunnington.
In the match against Victoria, S.A. began well in the first quarter with Rob Coulls and John Griffen active across half forward and goals coming from Annear, Coulls, Griffen and Harrison. Then the Vics were restricted to just 2 goals in the second quarter as Peter Thomas rebounded strongly from centre half back, and at half time S.A. trailed by just 6 points. However, the second half was a different story completely as Victoria took complete control of the match, kicking 7 goals to none in the third quarter and allowing S.A. only 5 points in the second half.
Sunday July 12th 1981
S.A.Team v Victoria
Goalkickers: Annear, Coulls, Griffen, Harrison
- Best Players: Coulls, Olekalns, Griffen, Thomas, McCann, Walker
A state under-18 team played the Vics in a curtain-raiser and lost 1.4 to 8.9.