SAAFL History – 1983

Deputy Chairman and state coach Howard Mutton resigned his positions as he was going overseas for six months, part of that time to be spent as a ’cricket pro’ (non-paid!) at an English public school. The new Deputy Chairman was Graham Dodd, and the new state coach was P.A.O.C. coach and former North Adelaide player David Marsh. Another new appointment was Les Davorenas umpires’ coach, and one of the changes he instigated was to revert to the old send-off rule in terms of Category A and Category B offenses.

After spending the last couple of years debating whether to sell the North Adelaide premises or to have it renovated, the decision was finally taken in favour of the latter alternative. Accordingly, the building was re-roofed and the premises rewired. The office equipment was also updated with the acquisition of a computer to process player records and premiership tables.

Following a bequest of a $1,000 from the widow of Eric Pfitzner, Eric having been a member of the Tribunal and ex-principal ofAdelaide Teachers College who had died in the February bushfires, it was decided to rename the medal for the A1 Best and Fairest player the Pfitzner Medal. The Charles Irvine Trophy for Leading Goalkicker in A1 which had previously been donated by Semaphore Central, was continued with the generosity of Riverside supporters. One of its former recipients, Shane Langley of Scotch O.C., kicked his 1000th goal during the season in a playing career of over 300 matches with Wattle Park Teachers College, Goodwood and Scotch.

New clubs to enter the Amateur League were newly-formed Banksia Park High O.S., Norwood Union (from Glenelg South), and Woodville West (from Woodville Juniors). Royal Park returned also after a 4-year recess. An application from Aboriginal Community Centre was refused. Croydon had been suspended the previous year, and Para Houghton was forced to withdrew due to a lack of players, caused in part by the damage to property arising from the February bushfires. St. Pauls O.S. disbanded. Albert Sports was renamed Renown Park and Salisbury CAE was renamed Salisbury College.

Coaches for the season included Terry Homan (Broadview), John Griffen (Adel Coll), Noel Annear (Riverside), Brian Fairclough(Kilburn), Leon Milde (Rosewater), Gary Richardson (Greek), Mike Weatherald (Adelaide Uni), Billy Ruth (St.Dominics), Lou Cailotto (Woodville South), Bob Ford (Greenacres), Vic Place (West Croydon), Greg Blight (Glenunga), Grant Lyon (S.P.O.C.),David Marsh (P.A.O.C.), Peter Blood (Pembroke OS), Daryl West (Kenilworth), Bill Pettery (Port Adelaide Pres.), Roman Nowosilskyj (Old Ignatians), Steve Moffat (Taperoo) and Rob Warhurst (Pulteney OS).

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

The top four teams in A1 in 1982 were there again in 1983. Princes finished in its highest position since it was runner-up in A1 in1937.

Teams Gms W L Pts
Riverside 18 14 4 28
Adelaide College 18 14 4 28
Broadview 18 12 6 24
Adelaide University 18 12 6 24
Prince Alfred O.C. 18 10 8 20
Greek 18 10 8 20
Seaton Ramblers 18 9 9 18
Kilburn 18 5 13 10
St. Dominics 18 3 15 6
Rosewater 18 1 17 2

In the First Semi Final at Blair Athol Reserve, Adelaide Uni kicked 7 goals to 2 in the third quarter to beat Broadview 16.11 to 9.11, while at Prospect Oval, Riverside nearly blew a 4-goal lead against Adelaide College who’s inaccuracy was costly as Rivies won by 5 points 10.10 to 8.17. The Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval was expected to be close, but the Blacks jumped College in the first quarter and increased their lead steadily as the match progressed, with Michael Eaton at half forward, Michael Kenny centre and Mark Crosby roving the best players. The Grand Final was also at Adelaide Oval under umpire Geoff Creek, and after an even first half Riverside’s strong tackling and damaging rovers Daryl Lowry and Ivan Coles got the better of the Blacks. Vinnie Librandi at centre and Peter Kiplocks at centre half back gave the Port team plenty of drive and a deserved victory 15.7 to 11.11. This was Riverside’s first A1 premiership in 25 years and capped off a great season for the club as its ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams also won premierships and its star rover ‘Butch’ Lowry won the A1 Pfitzner Medal. Not surprisingly, the club was awarded the Norwich Life Trophy for the best club in the Amateur League.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Kenilworth had been in the doldrums since competing in A2 in 1966 and had spent several seasons in A4 before fighting its way back to A2 in 1982 under coach Mick Hanna when it finished eighth. Now it was minor premier coached by Daryl West and looking to go to A1.

Teams Gms W L Pts
Kenilworth 18 15 3 30
Sacred Heart O.C. 18 14 4 28
St. Peters O.C. 18 11 7 22
Greenacres 18 11 7 22
West Croydon 18 10 8 20
Ethelton 18 10 8 20
Scotch O.C. 18 7 11 14
Gaza 18 6 12 12
St. Michaels O.S.& H. 18 3 15 6
Murray Park CAE 18 3 15 6

St.Peters O.C. played Greenacres at Wingfield in the First Semi and won 18.19 to 14.13, while Kenilworth suffered several injuries against Sacred Heart at Weigall Oval and went down 10.10 to 13.10. In the Prelim. at Blair Athol Reserve, a weakened Kenilworth was no match for Saints who won 17.16 to 5.14, then Saints went on to beat Sacred Heart in the Grand Final atAlberton Oval 11.12 to 11.4.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

The A3 competition was very even with only 3 wins separating third and ninth, and Port Pres. in particular could consider themselves unlucky to be relegated after 7 wins.

Teams Gms W L Pts
Pulteney O.S. 18 16 2 32
Woodville South 18 12 6 24
Adelaide University B 18 10 8 20
Rostrevor O.C 18 10 8 20
Alberton United 18 9 9 18
Taperoo 18 8 10 16
Pembroke O.S. 18 8 10 16
Old Ignatians 18 7 11 14
Port Adelaide Presbyterian 18 7 11 14
Glenunga 18 3 15 6

Rostrevor won the First Semi at Pedlar Reserve 15.15 to 13.10, and Pulteney as expected won the Second Semi against Woodville South at Hawthorn Oval 14.14 to 10.7. In the Preliminary Final at a muddy Weigall Oval, Rostrevor’s McKay medallist ruckman Mike Carey was opposed to the runner-up Woodville’s Ted Dukuyer, and the runner-up turned on a best-on-ground performance as Woodville ran away with the match 9.7 to 1.14. Pulteney was hot favourites for the flag, but in an upset at Prospect Oval, the former Kilkenny Cats slugged it out to finish in front 10.9 to 9.7 and so win their first ‘A’ premiership since entering the SAAFL in 1979.

Other Tables and Scores


St. Raphaels (30), Wingfield Royals (28), Plympton High OS (26), Woodville District (24), Burnside Kensington (22), Post Tel Institute (14), A.N.Z. Bank (12), C.B.C.O.C. (12), Australian National Railways Institute (6), National Bank (6).

1st S. P.H.O.S. 11.6 Woodv Dist 7.10 2nd S. St. Raphaels 16.11 Wingfield 8.12 Prelim. P.H.O.S. 12.16 Wingfield 13.9 G.Fin. St.Raphaels 13.17 P.H.O.S. 10.10


Norwood Union (34), The Parks (28), Flinders Uni (22), Eastwood (20), Edwardstown Baptist (18), Unley (18), Para Hills (16), Brighton High OS (12), Ovingham (8), S.A.Institute of Technology (4).

1st S. Flinders Uni 24.21 Eastwood 6.7 2nd S. Norwood Union 14.10 The Parks 10.15 Prelim. Flinders Uni 13.22 The Parks 8.3 G.Fin. Norwood Union 17.13 Flinders Uni 13.13


Renown Park (36), Immanuel OS (32), Salisbury College (30), Prince Alfred OC C (26), Broadview C (22), St.Peters YCW (16), Rostrevor OC C (13), Adelaide Uni E (12), Port Adelaide United (11), Greenacres C (10), Sacred Heart OC C (8).

1st S. Salisbury Coll 22.17 P.A.O.C. 12.3 2nd S. Renown Park 19.10 Immanuel OS 12.10 Prelim. Immanuel OS 18.14 Salisbury Coll 14.14 G.Fin. Renown Park 15.15 Immanuel OS 9.9


West Croydon C (34), Royal Park (26), St.Peters OC C (26), Kilburn C (24), Adelaide College C (22), Seaton C (12), Greek C (12), Gaza C (10), Rosewater C (8), St.Michaels OS&H C (6).

1st S. S.P.O.C. 14.10 Kilburn 7.14 2nd S. Royal Park 24.15 West Croydon 12.10 Prelim. West Croydon 15.14 S.P.O.C. 12.11 G.Fin. West Croydon 17.12 Royal Park 9.15


Riverside C (36), St.Dominics C (26), A.N.Z. Bank C (24), Banksia Park High OS (22), Ethelton C (20), Woodville South C (18), Adelaide Uni G (12), Kenilworth C (12), Burnside Kensington C (10), Para Hills C (0).

1st S. Banksia Park 12.12 A.N.Z. Bank 12.8 2nd S. Riverside 22.21 St.Dominics 8.13 Prelim. St.Dominics 17.18 Banksia Park 13.7 G.Fin. Riverside 16.10 St.Dominics 6.12


Scotch OC C (28), Old Ignatians C (26), Taperoo C (26), Murray Pk CAE C (24), Wingfield C (18), Port Adel. Pres. C (18), S.P.O.C. D (16), Unley C (14), Flinders Uni C (8), S.A.I.T C (2).

1st S. Murray Park 13.10 Taperoo 8.11 2nd S. Scotch OC 15.11 Old Ignatians 10.5 Prelim. Old Ignatians 14.13 Murray Park 10.10 G.Fin. Scotch OC 18.8 Old Ignatians 14.6


Woodville District C (30), Woodville West (29), Norwood Union C (27), Adelaide Uni H (23), Post Tel Inst. C (20), Glenunga C (12), Australian National Railways Institute C (12), Old Ignatians D (11), Alberton United C (11), Eastwood C (3).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 16.18 Norwood Union 9.10 2nd S. Woodv Dist 15.5 Woodv West 11.13 Prelim. Wood West 14.8 Adelaide Uni 11.13 G.Fin. Woodv West 15.16 Woodv Dist 8.15

A1 Reserve

Riverside (34), Broadview 28), Seaton (28), Prince Alfred OC (22), Adelaide Uni (22), Adelaide College (16), Kilburn (12), St.Dominics (8), Rosewater (6), Greek (6).

1st S. Seaton 11.4 P.A.O.C. 6.5 2nd S. Riverside 13.11 Broadview 9.5 Prelim. Broadview 14.5 Seaton 6.8 G.Fin. Riverside 6.10 Broadview 6.1

A2 Reserve

St.Peters OC (26), Sacred Heart OC (24), Greenacres (24), West Croydon (24), Ethelton (18), St.Michaels OS&H (18), Gaza (16), Scotch OC (16), Murray Park CAE (8), Kenilworth (6).

1st S. West Croydon 9.12 Greenacres 8.11 2nd S. S.P.O.C. 6.1 S.H.O.C. 5.3 Prelim. S.H.O.C. 8.6 West Croydon 7.8 G.Fin. S.P.O.C. 13.9 S.H.O.C. 6.8

A3 Reserve

Adelaide Uni (31), Rostrevor OC (31), Woodville South (25), Pulteney OS (23), Old Ignatians (22), P.A.Presbyterian (16), Taperoo (16), Alberton Utd (8), Pembroke OS (4), Glenunga (4).

1st S. Woodville Sth 7.8 Pulteney OS 5.9 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 11.3 Rostrevor OC 7.7 Prelim. Rostrevor OC 6.12 Woodville Sth 7.4 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 7.11 Rostrevor OC 7.6

A4 Reserve

Post-Tel Institute and Wingfield Royals were so evenly matched they drew both of their minor round matches, which would have caused Wingfield the greater distress as it missed a finals position on percentage only. The table was as follows: A.N.Z. Bank (32), St.Raphaels (30), Post Tel Inst. (22), Woodville District (20), Wingfield (20), Christian Brothers OC (14), Plympton High OS (14), Australian National Inst. (14), Burnside Kensington (12), National Bank (2).

1st S. Post Tel Inst. 11.13 Woodville Dist 5.6 2nd S. A.N.Z. Bank 8.14 St.Raphaels 7.4 Prelim. St.Raphaels 11.10 Post Tel Inst. 11.4 G.Fin. A.N.Z. Bank 8.15 St.Raphaels 7.5

A5 Reserve

Norwood Union (34), Para Hills (26), The Parks (26), Unley (24), Flinders Uni (22), Eastwood (16), Brighton High OS (16), Edwardstown Baptist (8), S.A.I.T. (4), Ovingham (4).

1st S. Unley 13.7 The Parks 2.10 2nd S. Norwood Union 14.14 Para Hills 2.5 Prelim. Para Hills 13.8 Unley 2.9 G.Fin. Norwood Union 14.10 Para Hills 3.11

A6 Reserve

Broadview (36), Adelaide Uni (30), Prince Alfred OC (28), Greenacres (26), Renown Park (24), Salisbury College (22), Sacred Heart OC (19), Immanuel OS (13), Rostrevor OC (6), St.Peters YCW (8), Port Adelaide United (4).

1st S. P.A.O.C. 14.3 Greenacres 7.5 2nd S. Broadview 14.6 Adelaide Uni 12.7 Prelim. P.A.O.C. 11.11 Adelaide Uni 4.8 G.Fin. Broadview 12.10 P.A.O.C. 6.9

Under 18

Kilburn (30), Kenilworth (28), Riverside (28), West Croydon (20), Rosewater (18), Gaza (14), Ethelton (6), Woodville West (2).

1st S. Riverside 14.14 West Croydon 12.14 2nd S. Kilburn 14.4 Kenilworth 9.8 Prelim. Kenilworth 7.3 Riverside 3.1 G.Fin. Kilburn d Kenilworth

Under 16

Gaza (34), Broadview (28), Kilburn (16), Kenilworth (16), Norwood Union (13), Para Hills (3).

1st S. Kilburn 17.4 Kenilworth 12.6 2nd S. Gaza 14.8 Broadview 7.6 Prelim. Broadview 9.6 Kilburn 2.7 G.Fin. Gaza d Broadview


The inaugural A1 Pfitzner Medal was won by Riverside and state rover Daryl Lowry on a countback from Greek’s Ken Crane who was subsequently recognised as a co-winner. Another state player Bill Botten won his second successive A2 medal, and the A3 medal count resulted in a tie between Rostrevor ruckman Mike Carey and Alberton United’s Max Clarke. Other medal winners were Barry Porter (Woodville District – A4), Ray Ladhams (Norwood Union – A5), Tony Howlett (St.Peters YCW – A6), John Wilson (Rosewater – A7), Don Korner (Banksia Park High OS – A8), Robert Burridge (Taperoo – A9, his second medal), Michael Wakefield (Woodville West – A10), Kevin Jacquier (Rosewater – A1 Res, his 4th medal), Peter Curren (S.M.O.S.H. – A2 Res), Brian Parker (Woodville South – A3 Res), Mark Wright (St.Raphaels – A4 Res), Peter Coombe (B.H.O.S. – A5 Res), Greg Griffiths (S.H.O.C. – A6 Res tie), Kim Maslin (Renown Park – A6 Res tie), John Mavrouelis (Gaza – Under 18), and future Hawthorn star Darren Jarman (Gaza – Under 16).

The leading goalkicker in A1 was Adelaide College’s Mark Cunnington with 83 goals, and Shane Langley of Scotch OC kicked 80 in A2. This was the sixth time that Langley had won the goalkicking. The Norwich trophy was won by triple premier Riverside, its A8 team going through undefeated and its A1 reserve team losing only one match.


With the departure of Howard Mutton for overseas, the new state coach was P.A.O.C.’s David Marsh. A trial match was played against West Torrens Reserves under lights at Thebarton Oval, the Eagles winning by 14 points. Matches were then played against W.A. and Victoria The squad was as follows:

  • Allen, Phil Broadview
  • Antonello, Andrew Adelaide College
  • Botten, Bill St.Peters O.C.
  • Bratton, Max Kilburn
  • Cousins, Peter Seaton Ramblers
  • Crosby, Mark Adelaide University
  • Fiore, Tony Kenilworth
  • Gehling, Bruce Broadview
  • Giles, Clinton Greek
  • Griffen, John captain Adelaide College
  • Hancock, Sandy Adelaide University
  • Hann, Rod Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Homan, Terry vice captain Broadview
  • Hurley, Peter Sacred Heart O.C.
  • Kennett, Steve Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Kenny, Michael Adelaide University
  • Kiplocks, Peter Riverside
  • Mayfield, Andrew Scotch O.C.
  • Parker, Gary Seaton Ramblers
  • Prest, John Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Robins, Geoff Kilburn
  • Sharley, Peter Adelaide University
  • Simpson, Mark Broadview
  • Webber, Martin Prince Alfred O.C.
  • White, Neil Adelaide College

Sunday June 5th 1983

S.A.Team v W.A.

Kilburn Oval

With Geoff Creek as one of the central umpires, the match was fairly even for the first half and S.A. led by 2 goals at half time. After that the rucks and rovers led by Clinton Giles and Steve Kennett got on top, and with Peter Cousins firing at half back the S.A. team won comfortably.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 3.5 7.8 12.11 19.14 (128) W.A. 3.3 5.7 7.12 11.15 (81)

  • Goalkickers: Hancock 6, Webber 5, Allen 3, Crosby, Fiore, Hann, Hurley, Kennett.
  • Best Players: Giles, Cousins, Kennett, Sharley, Hancock, Homan

Captain John Griffen was injured early in the W.A. match and so couldn’t play against the Vics

Sunday June 12th 1983

S.A.Team v Victoria

Kilburn Oval

John Cranwell and Lionel Robey were the umpires, and the match mirrored the game against W.A. in that after an even first half one of the teams broke away for a comfortable victory. Unfortunately it was not S.A. doing the breaking away this time. Despite strong games from Andy Mayfield, Peter Cousins and Billy Botten, S.A. failed to make the most of its chances up forward, and 3 late goals to Victoria put the issue beyond doubt.1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 3.7 5.10 11.13 15.14 (104) S.A. 3.3 6.4 8.7 9.12 (66)

  • Goalkickers: Hancock 3, Crosby 2, Bratton, Hurley, Kennett, Robins
  • Best Players: Mayfield, Cousins, Botten, Kenny, Bratton, Simpson

After the matches against W.A. and Victoria, an All-Australian squad of 29 was chosen which included 9 S.A. players – Allen, Botten, Bratton, Cousins, Giles, Hancock, Homan, Kennett and Simpson. Botten, Bratton, Cousins, Giles and Kennett were selected in the team which played a Victorian Country representative team at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval on July 17th.

The match ended in controversy, as in the last minute when the Amateurs were trailing by just 5 points, ruckman Clinton Giles kicked truly but the goal umpire ruled that the ball had been touched on the goal-line despite the protestations of several players.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Vic. Country 4.4 6.6 10.10 11.16 (82) Austn. Amateurs 2.6 4.7 8.10 11.12 (78)

An Under-18 team lost to a team from the Hills Association in the Kookaburra Cup.

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