The exodus of clubs to S.A.F.A. continued when Henley District & O.S. decided to join its ranks rather than be relegated to A2. Another loss was Westminster O.S. which folded after 13 seasons in the Amateurs. These clubs were replaced by Albert Sports (formerly Albert Druids) and Wingfield Royals both from Glenelg South. Flinders University also returned after a year’s recess and included players from neighbouring Sturt CAE.
The new umpires’ coach was umpiring stalwart and former Alberton United footballer Rex Lambert. The send-off rule was modified to allow the central umpire to send a player off for a 15-minute period (the ‘sin bin’).
Deputy Chairman Howard Mutton displayed his versatility by being appointed manager of S.A.’s Sheffield Shield team. Another personality in the news was Adelaide University economics professor and 200-game player Geoff Harcourt, well known to other teams in the lower grades against whom he played, who finally hung up the boots and took off for Cambridge University.
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The same four clubs dominated the A1 competition as in 1981.
|Prince Alfred O.C.||18||9||9||0||18|
Adelaide College won the First Semi against University at Thebarton Oval 16.13 to 8.12, over-running the Blacks to kick 9 goals to 2 in a strong second half. The Second Semi at Thebarton Oval was full of fire, and both sides found scoring difficult with the scores at half time being 4.9 to 4.5 in favour of Riverside. However, Rivvies broke loose in the third quarter to score 8 goals and then withstood a late Broadview challenge to win 15.13 to 12.15. In the Prelim. Final at Adelaide Oval, College had a comfortable 20.15 to 13.10 victory over an injury-ridden Broadview to set up a rematch of the previous year’s Grand Final against Riverside. The game was played at Adelaide Oval under central umpires Geoff Creek and Barry Lewis. Riverside looked the better side early but trailed by a goal at half time. From then on College controlled the match, with Mark Williams giving plenty of drive from a wing and John Clements kicking 5 goals, the final score being 16.10 to 11.10.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Greenacres began its first A2 finals series by finishing the minor round on top, whilst Greek had recovered from a disappointing first season in A1.
|St. Peters O.C.||18||10||8||20|
|Sacred Heart O.C.||18||10||8||20|
|St. Michaels O.S. & H.||18||9||9||18|
Rosewater defeated S.P.O.C. in the First Semi at Kilburn 19.20 to 12.11, then Greek, coached by Bob Alexander, surprised by thrashing Greenacres at Alberton 21.17 to 7.6. A demoralised Greenacres then went down again at Alberton to Rosewater 11.13 to 23.9 in the Prelim. Final. The Grand Final was also played at Alberton, and Greek asserted its superiority right from the start to go on and win 17.11 to 9.16, and so capture its first premiership since entering the Amateur League in 1969.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
In A3, Ethelton was determined to get back into A2 and began well by finishing the minor round on top, while Murray Park CAE had improved significantly on 1981 when it finished second last.
|Murray Park CAE||18||12||6||0||24|
|Adelaide University B||18||11||7||0||22|
|Plympton High O.S.||18||3||15||0||6|
Murray Park was too strong for Adelaide Uni in the First Semi at Wingfield winning 17.18 to 13.10, and Ethelton demolished Alberton United 22.14 to 7.9 in the Second Semi at Weigall Oval. Murray Park then knocked Alberton out 16.12 to 11.4 in the Prelim. at Blair Athol Reserve, but tired in the last quarter of the Grand Final when Ethelton kicked 7 goals in a score of 10.23 to Park’s 7.8.
Other Tables and Scores
Christian Brothers College OC (26), Taperoo (24), Port Adelaide Presbyterian (22), Burnside Kensington (22), A.N.Z. Bank (21), St.Raphaels (21), National Bank (16), Woodville District (12), Para Hills (10), Brighton High OS (6).
1st S. P.A.Presbyt. 8.12 Burns Kens 5.14 2nd S. Taperoo 22.11 C.B.C.O.C. 9.14 Prelim. P.A.Presbyt. 11.20 C.B.C.O.C. 7.3 G.Fin. P.A.Presbyt. 16.4 Taperoo 12.8
Wingfield Royals (30), Eastwood (26), Australian National Railways Institute (24), Unley (20), Salisbury CAE (18), Ovingham (16), Flinders Uni (16), S.A.Institute of Technology (14), St.Peters YCW (10), Immanuel OS (6).
1st S. A.N.I. 14.11 Unley 11.11 2nd S. Wingfield 16.21 Eastwood 13.12 Prelim. A.N.I. 18.12 Eastwood 15.11 G.Fin. Wingfield 19.19 A.N.I. 12.15
Edwardstown Baptist (36), The Parks (32), Albert Sports (22), Greenacres C (16), Broadview C (12), Adelaide Uni E (12), Rostrevor OC C (12), Port Adelaide United (2).
1st S. Albert Sports 16.16 Greenacres 5.12 2nd S. The Parks 15.10 Edwardst Bapt 10.12 Prelim. Edwardst Bapt 17.13 Albert Sports 15.8 G.Fin. The Parks 15.20 Edwardst Bapt 10.9
Sacred Heart OC C (26), St.Michaels OS&H C (22), Para Houghton (20), West Croydon C (18), St.Peters OC C (16), Kilburn C (16), Prince Alfred OC C (14), Adelaide College C (14), St.Pauls OS (4).
Croydon was suspended after round 16 when it suffered its first loss for nearly 2 seasons.
1st S. West Croydon 22.11 Para Houghton 7.5 2nd S. S.M.O.S.H. 11.13 S.H.O.C. 8.17 Prelim. West Croydon 17.21 S.H.O.C. 15.9 G.Fin. S.M.O.S.H. 18.14 West Croydon 10.13
Gaza C (30), Seaton C (30), Greek C (28), Rosewater C (26), Post-Tel C (20), Kenilworth C (14), Ethelton C (10), Para Hills C (10), Woodville South C (6), Brighton High OS C (6).
1st S. Rosewater 14.5 Greek 12.13 2nd S. Seaton 11.14 Gaza 10.14 Prelim. Gaza 17.11 Rosewater 13.12 G.Fin. Seaton 17.16 Gaza 10.7
Riverside C (30), Adelaide Uni G (30), Burnside Kensington C (26), St.Dominics C (26), A.N.Z. Bank C (24), Scotch OC C (18), Old Ignatians C (10), Murray Park CAE C (10), S.A.I.T. C (4), Flinders Uni C (2).
1st S. St.Dominics 11.9 Burnside Kens 9.16 2nd S. Riverside 8.20 Adelaide Uni 9.11 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 11.11 St.Dominics 5.15 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 14.15 Riverside 12.11
Unley C (28), S.P.O.C. D (28), Taperoo C (28), Wingfield Royals C (22), P.A.Pres C (14), Pembroke OS C (12), Post-Tel D (10), Greenacres E (2).
1st S. Taperoo 12.9 Wingfield 11.13 2nd S. St.Peters OC 12.11 Unley 8.8 Prelim. Unley 22.16 Taperoo 7.7 G.Fin. St.Peters OC 9.17 Unley 6.6
P.A.O.C. (30), Riverside (26), Adelaide Uni (26), Adelaide College (26), Broadview (20), Kilburn (17), St.Dominics (12), West Croydon (11), Seaton (6), Scotch OC (6).
1st S. Adelaide Coll 10.7 Adelaide Uni 8.9 2nd S. P.A.O.C. 9.9 Riverside 2.9 Prelim. Adelaide Coll 10.8 Riverside 9.4 G.Fin. Adelaide Coll 8.6 P.A.O.C. 7.6
Remarkably, this was the 8th successive Grand Final in which the Princes ‘B’ team had appeared.
Greenacres (36), S.M.O.S.H. (28), Rosewater (25), S.H.O.C. (24), S.P.O.C. (20), Greek (18), Gaza (15), Kenilworth (8), Glenunga (4), Pembroke OS (2).
1st S. S.H.O.C. 12.7 Rosewater 9.11 2nd S. S.M.O.S.H. 9.7 Greenacres 8.8 Prelim. S.H.O.C. 7.7 Greenacres 6.9 G.Fin. S.M.O.S.H. 7.9 S.H.O.C. 7.6
Ethelton (32), Adelaide Uni (30), R.O.C. (28), Old Ignatians (24), Murray Park CAE (18), Alberton United (16), Woodville South (14), Post-Tel (14), P.H.O.S. (2), Pulteney OS (2).
1st S. Rostrevor OC 12.5 Old Ignatians 8.6 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 13.8 Ethelton 6.6 Prelim. Rostrevor OC 12.8 Ethelton 7.7 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 8.7 Rostrevor OC 6.6
A.N.Z. Bank (30), Taperoo (30), St.Raphaels (26), P.A.Presbyt. (18), Para Hills (18), Woodville District (14), Burnside Kensington (12), National Bank (12), B.H.O.S. (10), C.B.C.O.C. (10).
1st S. P.A.Presbyt. 9.3 St.Raphaels 7.10 2nd S. A.N.Z. Bank d Taperoo Prelim. P.A.Presbyt. 7.10 Taperoo 6.10 G.Fin. A.N.Z. Bank 9.9 P.A.Presbyt. 5.4
Unley (32), Wingfield Royals (30), A.N.I. (26), S.A.I.T. (23), Eastwood (22), Flinders Uni (18), St.Peters YCW (11), Immanuel OS (8), Salisbury CAE (8), Ovingham (2).
1st S. A.N.I. 9.6 S.A.I.T. 6.9 2nd S. Unley 8.10 Wingfield 7.11 Prelim. A.N.I. 6.8 Wingfield 4.10 G.Fin. Unley 16.7 A.N.I. 10.7
Broadview (28), The Parks (26), Greenacres (24), Adelaide Uni (20), Albert Sports (18), Edwardstown Baptist (18), P.A.United (5), Rostrevor OC (5).
1st S. Adelaide Uni 12.8 Greenacres 3.9 2nd S. Broadview 12.9 The Parks 3.5 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 10.10 The Parks 9.9 G.Fin. Broadview 12.9 Adelaide Uni 3.13
Woodville South (36), Rosewater (28), Gaza (28), Riverside (26), Kilburn (20), Ethelton (16), Alberton United (11), Burnside Kensington (9), Broadview (6).
1st S. Gaza 10.14 Riverside 11.8 1st S.Rep Riverside 12.8 Gaza 7.6 2nd S. Woodv Sth 12.7 Rosewater 10.11 Prelim. Riverside 10.11 Rosewater 5.9 G.Fin. Woodv Sth 14.7 Riverside 7.9
Broadview (36), Rosewater (32), Gaza (28), Riverside (22), Kenilworth (18), Taperoo (14), Glenunga (12), Ethelton (8), Ovingham (6), Para Hills (4).
1st S. Gaza d Riverside 2nd S. Broadview d Rosewater Prelim. Gaza 14.10 Rosewater 7.6 G.Fin. Gaza 11.10 Broadview* 10.6
- This was Broadview’s only loss for the season.
The Hone Medallist was P.A.O.C. centre-man Steve Farrell, who won on a countback from Broadview’s Kevin Aistrope and Kilburn’s Peter Thomas, both of whom were subsequently recognised as co-winners.
State centre half back Bill Botten was the A2 medallist, and Pulteney’s Craig Pettigrew won the A3 medal. The other medallists were Kevin (‘The Horse’) McBrearty (Burnside Kensington – A4), Jeff Drewer (Unley – A5), Robert Lisle (Edwardstown Baptist – A6), Byron Davis (Para Houghton – A7), Laurie Smith (Ethelton – A8), Steve Von Der Borch (St.Dominics – A9), Publie Rankine (Taperoo – A10), John Kennett (P.A.O.C. – A1 Res), Rick Harley (S.P.O.C. – A2 Res), Ron ‘Killer’ Carey (Adelaide Uni – A3 Res), Terry Bourke (Woodville District – A4 Res), Andy Chatzigiannis (Eastwood – A5 Res), Robin ‘Chick’ Coward (Broadview – A6 Res, his third successive medal), Gordon Wanganeen (Rosewater – Under 18), and Mark Kemp (Broadview – Under 16).
The Leading Goalkicker in A1 was Adelaide Uni’s Alex ‘Sandy’ Hancock with 91 goals, while Russell Herrod of Greenacres kicked 87 in A2. The Parks won the Norwich Cup.
The 15th A.A.F.C. carnival was held in Perth from July 5th to July 10th. Leading up to this, a trial match was played at Goodwood Oval on Monday May 17th against a Glenelg-South representative team, and the results were as follows.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A.A.F.L. 7.8 13.11 16.13 22.14 (146) Glenelg-Sth 2.2. 8.8 10.15 14.19 (103)
- Goalkickers: Bratton 5, Milne 5, Hancock 3, Dohnt 2, Hank 2, Simpson 2, Aistrope, Cunnington, Lowry.
- Best Players: Botten, Bratton, Dohnt, Antonello, Hank, Kenny
An internal trial was then played at Blair Athol Reserve on Saturday June 12th, following which the following Perth squad was chosen:
- Antonello, Andrew Adelaide College
- Botten, Bill St.Peters O.C.
- Bratton, Max Kilburn
- Burgess, Bob Adelaide College
- Dohnt, Ray Kilburn
- Eaton, Michael Adelaide University
- Fiore, Tony Kenilworth
- Green, Steve Riverside
- Griffen, John captain Adelaide College
- Gurney, David National Bank
- Hamilton, Will vice capt St.Peters O.C.
- Hansberry, Peter Scotch O.C.
- Harrison, Ian Scotch O.C.
- Homan, Terry Broadview
- Kenny, Michael Adelaide University
- Librandi, Vinnie Seaton Ramblers
- Lowry, Daryl Riverside
- Manuel, Geoff Riverside
- Olekalns, Egils Adelaide University
- Pearce, Robin St.Dominics
- Simpson, Mark Broadview
- Stone, Michael Scotch O.C.
- Thomas, Peter Kilburn
- Wells, Greg Seaton Ramblers
- Whaley, Paul Adelaide College
Central umpire Lionel Robey was also included in the party, but an administrative blunder prevented him from officiating in any of the matches.
Monday July 5th 1982
S.A.Team v W.A.
The match against W.A. opened in dry and windy conditions, and S.A. struggled to a little to keep within a point at half time. During the break the rain really poured down turning Perth Oval into a lake. S.A. coped better in these conditions but the match was still close and W.A. had the lead with only 10 minutes to play. A great goal by Tony Fiore in his first state game lifted the side and another on the siren resulted in a 2-goal victory.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 2.1 6.5 8.8 10.10 (70) W.A. 4.4 6.6 7.10 8.10 (58)
- Goalkickers: Hamilton 3, Fiore 2, Bratton, Burgess, Dohnt, Manuel, Simpson
- Best Players: Olekalns, Thomas, Botten, Fiore, Harrison, Hansberry
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 6.8 15.12 22.14 32.21 (213) Tasmania 2.0 5.0 6.3 9.4 (58)
Wednesday July 7th 1982
S.A.Team v Victoria
The match against Victoria was played in the opposite conditions to that against W.A. The ground at Leederville was dry and the weather was sunny and warm with little wind. S.A. began well but the Vics took the lead late in the first quarter and were never headed, being much faster, more vigorous and too strong in the air. Coach Mutton tried to cover his height disadvantage, and for a time S.A. was on top getting within 12 points in the third quarter, but the Vics powered away for a deserved victory. Daryl Lowry gave an outstanding roving exhibition gaining 35 possessions.1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 7.5 12.9 19.11 25.12 (162) S.A. 3.2 7.5 10.6 14.10 (94)
- Goalkickers: Bratton 3, Hamilton 3, Pearce 3, Eaton, Gurney, Lowry, Manuel, Wells
- Best Players: Lowry, Botten, Pearce, Griffen, Homan, Bratton
1Q 2Q 3Q Final W.A. 4.11 11.18 14.24 19.26 (140) Tasmania 2.0 3.0 5.1 7.4 (46)
Saturday July 10th 1982
S.A.Team v Tasmania
This match was also played in fine conditions and S.A. displayed great team play to outclass Tasmania. Will Hamilton displayed great form taking 18 marks and kicking 7 goals, Billy Botten again played superbly, and Daryl Lowry picked up 38 possessions.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 7.4 15.9 21.16 28.18 (186) Tasmania 0.1 4.3 7.5 10.7 (67)
- Goalkickers: Hamilton 7, Dohnt 6, Lowry 3, Bratton 2, Fiore 2, Homan 2, Kenny 2, Olekalns 2, Burgess, Griffen
- Best Players: Hamilton, Botten, Lowry, Pearce, Homan, Wells
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 4.1 9.3 10.8 15.14 (104) W.A. 2.2 6.8 13.11 14.15 (99)
With this 5-point victory, Victoria once again was carnival champions. At the conclusion of the carnival an All-Australian team was named which included South Australians Bill Botten and Daryl Lowry, the latter being chosen after only two matches. Botten won the trophy for the best S.A. player at the carnival.
An Under-18 team was entered in the Kookaburra Cup but lost its match against S.A.F.A.