SAAFL History – 1987

Representative football for clubs in the lower grades was introduced when a team was selected from players in grades A3 to A6 to play a combined team from the Whyalla association. The idea was to allow players from all clubs in the Amateur League, regardless of grade, the opportunity to play at the highest level, and to do so at minimal cost, although trips to Victoria in later years suggested the cost constraint was overlooked.

The enormous expansion of the number of clubs in the Amateur League from the 1960s onwards was accompanied by an increasing spread in the location of playing fields from Brighton in the south to Elizabeth in the north, a distance of about 38 kilometres as the crow flies. Due to concern about the travelling costs involved, a proposal was put to the clubs to reduce travelling by zoning clubs into northern and southern zones. The scheme was to apply only to grades below A3, and it was estimated that it would save around $60,000 a year in direct travelling costs as well as people’s time. However, the clubs voted against the proposal, one of the reasons given being that it could lead to a permanent split in the Amateur League.

A straight swap of clubs with the Central District Association saw Hope Valley come into the amateurs and Westfields leave. A new club Fitzroy was formed by the amalgamation of Renown Park, St. Dominics and St. Peters YCW, playing at Renown Park’s ground and wearing the same colours as the Fitzroy club in Melbourne. Fitzroy was the suburb where St. Dominics’ oval had been situated. Banksia Park High O.S. changed its name to simply Banksia Park, and Greek amalgamated with Camden to form Greek Camden, playing at Camden Oval in the Greek colours.

The A1 coaches were John Griffen (Adelaide Uni), Tony Roach (Broadview), Peter Phillipou (Greek Camden), Don Von Einem(Greenacres), Noel Annear (Riverside), John McInnes (R.O.C.), David Marsh (S.H.O.C.), David Ellis (Scotch OC), Glenn Elliott(S.P.O.C.) and Milan Faletic (West Croydon).

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Broadview dominated the A1 competition all through the minor round, while Greek Camden gradually improved after a slow start to win the double chance. Sacred Heart repeated its 1984 presence in the A1 finals, the only old collegiate club besides S.P.O.C. (1953) to play in the A1 finals since World War II. S.P.O.C. had a good season, but a couple of heavy losses cost them percentage and fourth spot, while newly-promoted Scotch and Rostrevor were not to stay.

Played Won Lost Pts Broadview 18 15 3 30 Greek Camden 18 13 5 26 Riverside 18 12 6 24 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 12 6 24 St.Peters O.C. 18 12 6 24 Greenacres 18 10 8 20 Adelaide University 18 6 12 12 West Croydon 18 5 13 10 Scotch O.C. 18 3 15 6 Rostrevor O.C. 18 2 16 4

Sacred Heart’s form had fallen away late in the season, and Riverside was warm favourite in the First Semi Final at Alberton Oval. However, the old collegians broke away late in the second quarter to kick 7 goals without response to lead by 5 goals at three-quarter time, and then go on to win the match 16.5 to 9.12. The Second Semi Final was a tough bruising affair at Alberton Oval, which hung in the balance until Broadview wingman Phil Canino snapped a goal with just minutes remaining, the final score favouring the Tigers over the Blues 12.18 to 12.8. Greek-Camden came back in the Preliminary Final at Alberton Oval to lead Sacred Heart all day and record a comfortable 43-point victory 21.9 to 14.8. The Grand Final at Adelaide Oval was won by Broadview in the first quarter when it scored 4.1 to 4 points kicking against the wind. For the rest of the match the scoring was even, and despite a great game by centreman Jack Solomon, Greek could not bridge the gap, Broadview winning 12.6 to 7.15. Surprisingly, Broadview won the rucks where Robbie Whitehead and Craig Gwynne more than covered for the injured Mark Quintrell.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Pulteney O.S. and Kilburn, third and fourth respectively in 1986, led the pack in A2, while 1986 A3 premier Woodville South was very competitive. Seaton, who had avoided relegation to A3 when A3 runner-up Adelaide University B remained in that grade, again finished in the relegation zone along with St. Michaels O.S.

Played Won L D Pts Pulteney O.S. 18 16 2 0 32 Kilburn 18 15 3 0 30 Woodville South 18 13 5 0 26 Prince Alfred O.C. 18 10 6 2 22 Port District 18 10 8 0 20 Port Adelaide Presbyterian 18 7 11 0 14 Ethelton 18 5 12 1 11 Gaza 18 4 13 1 9 Seaton Ramblers 18 4 14 0 8 St.Michaels O.S. & H. 18 4 14 0 8

Coach Bob Cross led the way with 6 goals for Woodville South in its 19.19 to 17.9 victory over Princes in the First Semi at Blair Athol Reserve, and Pulteney scored a thrilling 3-point victory over Kilburn in the Second Semi at Prospect, winning 10.14 to 9.17 in a match dominated by the defences. The Preliminary Final was played at Unley Oval, and in a surprise result, Woodville South won its way into A1 for the first time by beating Kilburn 10.7 to 7.5. In the Grand Final at Prospect Oval it looked as though Woodville South would go all the way as it led by 4 goals at three-quarter time. However Ian Jackman’s Pulteney exploded in the last quarter to kick 11 goals to nil and win 21.9 to 13.13. Best for Pulteney were Wayne Gibson, Craig Pettigrew and Greg Schmidt, while ruckman Morgan Armstrong was best for the Cats.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

A4 premier in 1986, Brighton High O.S., finished the minor round on top of the A3 ladder, while Kenilworth Colonel Light had slumped to bottom.

Played Won L D Pts Brighton High O.S. 18 13 5 0 26 Goodwood Saints 18 12 5 1 25 Pembroke O.S. 18 12 6 0 24 Rosewater 18 12 6 0 24 Adelaide University B 18 9 9 0 18 Fitzroy 18 8 10 0 16 Immanuel O.S. 18 7 11 0 14 S.A.College & Teachers 18 7 11 0 14 Glenunga 18 5 12 1 11 Kenilworth Colonel Light 18 4 14 0 8

Pembroke won the First Semi against Rosewater at Mitcham 20.9 to 17.11, Craig Hammond kicking 7 goals and Geoff Black starring at half back. The Second Semi at Camden provided a real upset as hot favourites Brighton was defeated 14.7 to 11.11 by Goodwood. In the Prelim. Final at Norwood, Pembroke lost centre half back Simon Porter and centre half forward Ross Baynes in the first quarter, after which Brighton established a 7-goal lead, and despite a courageous fight back by the Greens, Brighton held on to win 15.15 to 14.10. The Grand Final at Thebarton was a bit of a needle match, as Goodwood coach Trevor Ash had been replaced as Brighton High’s coach at the beginning of the season. Goodwood started best, but Brighton kept coming back at them until the last quarter when the Saints, led by ruckman Tim Zilm, kicked 10 goals to 1 to win 26.17 to 14.10. Surprisingly, this was Goodwood’s first senior premiership since 1967.

Other Tables and Scores


Gepps Cross (30), Plympton High OS (30), Norwood Union (26), Burnside Kensington (22), Edwardstown Baptist (21), Ferryden Park (19), Old Ignatians (18), A.N.Z. Bank (6), Post-Tel Institute (6), Wingfield Royals (2).

1st S. Norwood Un. 14.12 Burns Kens 13.13 2nd S. Gepps Cross 17.14 P.H.O.S. 10.9 Prelim. P.H.O.S. 12.17 Norwood Un. 7.8 G.Fin. Gepps Cross 12.9 P.H.O.S. 7.9


Mitcham (36), Lockleys (30), Adelaide Lutheran (24), Salisbury College (22), Unley (16), Salesian (16), Christian Brothers College OC (16), Flinders Uni (10), Australian National Railways Institute (8), Alberton United (2).

1st S. Salisbury Coll 15.11 Adel Lutheran 15.10 2nd S. Mitcham 15.17 Lockleys 15.15 Prelim. Salisbury Coll 13.14 Lockleys 12.14 G.Fin. Mitcham 15.15 Salisbury Coll 12.5


Hope Valley (36), National Australia Bank (25), Banksia Park (24), Woodville District (20), Glandore (18), Fitzroy C (18)*, Campbelltown Magill (16), Port Adelaide United (12), Para Hills (7), Greek Camden C (4). * Includes 2 draws. 1st S. Banksia Park 14.12 Woodv Dist 12.8 2nd S. Hope Valley 21.11 National Bank 9.19 Prelim. National Bank 16.7 Banksia Park 8.6 G.Fin. Hope Valley 16.14 National Bank 9.10


Broadview C (30), Adelaide Uni E (26), S.A.Institute of Technology (24), Rostrevor OC C (22), Goodwood Saints C (18), Greenacres C (18), S.P.O.C. C (14), S.H.O.C. C (12), P.A.O.C. C (8), S.M.O.S.H. C (8).

1st S. Rostrevor OC 14.9 S.A.I.T. 11.17 2nd S. Broadview 14.7 Adelaide Uni 13.7 Prelim. Rostrevor OC 8.10 Adelaide Uni 5.5 G.Fin. Broadview 12.12 Rostrevor OC 8.14


Gaza C (30), Riverside C (30), Port District C (26), Kilburn C (26), Salisbury Central (24), West Croydon C (12), Scotch OC C (12), Old Ignatians C (10), Fitzroy E (10), Woodville West (0).

1st S. Kilburn 14.5 Port District 12.13 2nd S. Riverside 20.22 Gaza 8.8 Prelim. Gaza 16.16 Kilburn 6.12 G.Fin. Riverside 14.11 Gaza 14.5


Adelaide Uni G (28), Pulteney OS C (28), Rosewater C (26), Glenunga C (24), Burnside Kensington C (22), Gepps Cross C (18), P.A.Presbyterian C (16), Para Hills C (8), Adelaide Lutheran C (8), A.N.Z. Bank C (2).

1st S. Glenunga 23.15 Rosewater 10.5 2nd S. Pulteney OS 21.20 Adelaide Uni 7.10 Prelim. Glenunga 8.7 Adelaide Uni 7.7 G.Fin. Glenunga 14.19 Pulteney OS 8.14


Woodville South C (34), Lockleys C (26), Broadview E (24), Pembroke C (24), Adelaide Uni H (18), P.H.O.S. C (10), Norwood Union C (4), S.H.O.C. E (2).

1st S. Broadview 10.13 Pembroke OS 8.4 2nd S. Woodville Sth 14.7 Lockleys 11.9 Prelim. Broadview 10.14 Lockleys 4.6 G.Fin. Woodville Sth 8.8 Broadview 7.11


B.H.O.S. C (36), Ethelton C (28), Ferryden Park C (26), Adelaide Uni I (24), Mitcham C (18), A.N.R.I. C (16), Adelaide Lutheran D (14), Flinders Uni C (8), S.A.C.A.T. C (6), S.A.I.T. C (4).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 12.13 Ferryden Pk 7.13 2nd S. Ethelton 13.8 B.H.O.S. 6.9 Prelim. B.H.O.S. 9.14 Adelaide Uni 4.6 G.Fin. B.H.O.S. 11.15 Ethelton 6.12

A1 Reserve

Broadview (32), Greek Camden (30), R.O.C. (24), S.H.O.C. (23), S.P.O.C. (22), Riverside (16), Scotch OC (12), Greenacres (9), West Croydon (8), Adelaide Uni (6).

1st S. S.H.O.C. 15.9 Rostrevor OC 9.4 2nd S. Broadview 6.10 Greek Camden 3.6 Prelim. S.H.O.C. 9.11 Greek Camden 3.8 G.Fin. Broadview 15.7 S.H.O.C. 6.16

A2 Reserve

Kilburn (35), Port District (26), P.A.O.C. (25), Pulteney OS (24), Gaza (18), Woodville South (18), Ethelton (15), S.M.O.S.H. (12), P.A.Pres (5), Seaton (2).

1st S. P.A.O.C. 9.11 Pulteney OS 5.8 2nd S. Port District 10.6 Kilburn 7.4 Prelim. Kilburn 3.3 P.A.O.C. 2.8 G.Fin. Kilburn 11.5 Port District 8.3

A3 Reserve

Rosewater (30), Adelaide Uni (29), B.H.O.S. (28), Pembroke OS (25), Goodwood (16), Fitzroy (13), S.A.C.A.T. (12), Kenilworth Colonel Light (10), Immanuel OS (9), Glenunga (8).

1st S. B.H.O.S. 7.9 Pembroke OS 5.7 2nd S. Rosewater 16.13 Adelaide Uni 8.7 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 6.9 B.H.O.S. 6.2 G.Fin. Rosewater 12.5 Adelaide Uni 7.13

A4 Reserve

Gepps Cross (36), Old Ignatians (26), Norwood Union (24), Ferryden Park (24), P.H.O.S. (18), Burnside Kensington (18), Edwardstown Baptist (18), A.N.Z. Bank (10), Wingfield (4), Post-Tel Inst (2).

1st S. Ferryden Pk 13.7 Norwood Un. 9.1 2nd S. Gepps Cross 9.7 Old Ignatians 4.5 Prelim. Old Ignatians 7.5 Ferryden Pk 4.9 G.Fin. Gepps Cross 12.15 Old Ignatians 4.4

A5 Reserve

Lockleys (32), Adelaide Lutheran (30), C.B.C.O.C. (28), Unley (24), Mitcham (15), Salesian (14), Flinders Uni (14), A.N.I. (11), Salisbury College (10), Alberton United (0).

1st S. C.B.C.O.C. 9.9 Unley 4.3 2nd S. Lockleys 10.15 Adel Lutheran 6.4 Prelim. C.B.C.O.C. 7.8 Adel Lutheran 4.4 G.Fin. C.B.C.O.C. 9.2 Lockleys 2.10

A6 Reserve

Hope Valley (34), Campbelltown Magill (30), Greek Camden (28), Para Hills (26), Glandore (18), National Bank (14), Banksia Park (12), Fitzroy (8), Woodville District (8), P.A.United (2).

1st S. Para Hills 9.9 Greek Camden 4.12 2nd S. Hope Valley 12.14 Campb Magill 5.1 Prelim. Para Hills 6.8 Campb Magill 6.6 G.Fin. Hope Valley 14.7 Para Hills 3.6

A7 Reserve

Broadview (32), Adelaide Uni (28), P.A.O.C. (28), S.P.O.C. (26), S.A.I.T. (20), R.O.C. (18), S.H.O.C. (10), S.M.O.S.H. (10), Goodwood (8), Greenacres (0).

1st S. S.P.O.C. 12.11 P.A.O.C. 7.5 2nd S. Broadview 14.12 Adelaide Uni 2.4 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 9.6 S.P.O.C. 4.8 G.Fin. Broadview 20.10 Adelaide Uni 5.3

Under 17

Gepps Cross (34), Gaza (30), Goodwood (28), Hope Valley (28), Port District (24), Rosewater (20), Ethelton (18), Kilburn (18), Greenacres (16), Para Hills (12), Broadview (11), Campbelltown Magill (7), Unley (6).

1st S. Goodwood 12.12 Hope Valley 5.9 2nd S. Gaza d Gepps Cross Prelim. Goodwood 10.11 Gepps Cross 8.9 G.Fin. Goodwood 12.9 Gaza 4.8


Veteran Broadview defender Kevin Busbridge won the Pfitzner Medal for the best and fairest player in A1.

Former Gaza rover Gavin Lauder, was the A2 medallist playing with Kilburn, and captain of the A3-A6 representative team Terry Lewis of Fitzroy won the A3 medal. Future Sheffield Shield cricketer Paul Nobes won the A2 Reserve medal playing for Gaza. Other medallists were Paul Marcuzzi (Burnside Kensington – A4), Damien Antenucci (Salisbury College – A5), Simon Dunlop(Campbelltown Magill – A6), David Ciccolella (S.M.O.S.H. – A7), Gary Marshall (Gaza – A8), Gary Barber (Glenunga – A9), Darren Blackman (Lockleys – A10), Michael Aitken (Mitcham A11), Egils Olekalns (Adelaide Uni – A1 Res, a former A1 medallist), Alex ‘Sandy’ Hancock (Adelaide Uni – A3 Res), David Harris (Gepps Cross – A4 Res), Ray O’Hara (A.N.R.I. – A5 Res), Peter Fagg (Greek Camden – A6 Res), Peter Wingfield (Broadview – A7 Res) and Troy Desfontaines (Goodwood – Under 17, his second in succession).

The leading goalkicker in A1 was Sam Jude of S.P.O.C. who kicked 70 goals during the minor round, and Dean Salmon of Port Adelaide Presbyterian kicked 52 in A2. Amateur League Treasurer John Dicker, the playing coach of Glenunga’s A9 team, was runner-up in the A9 medal voting and kicked 116 goals.

Adelaide University with 9 teams, 5 of which competed in the finals, and with no reported players and no misdemeanour points, won the Norwich Life Trophy. On the basis purely of on-field performance, Broadview had an outstanding season with 4 of its 5 teams winning premierships and the other losing its Grand Final by only 4 points.


Noel Annear was appointed state coach and a busy interstate program ensued. S.A.F.A. was approached for a trial match but declined, and then a match against S.A. Country was arranged. This was played under lights at Football Park as the curtain raiser to the S.A. v Victoria league match on Wednesday May 27th. The country team was coached by Rick Davies, and although competitive for the first quarter, lacked pace and fitness.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A.A.F.L. 3.3 7.4 13.7 17.11 (113) S.A. Country 3.1 3.4 3.7 6.8 (44)

Goalkickers: Barnett 4, Blank 3, Solomon 2, Antonello, Argus, Botten, Chynoweth, Krzeminski, Moy, Pedersen, Willsmore

Best Players: Pedersen, Busbridge, Botten, Barnett, Solomons, Willsmore

The squad for the interstate matches was as follows:

  • Argus, Gary Kilburn
  • Ashby, Darryl Riverside
  • Barnett, Chris Sacred Heart O.C.
  • Blank, Barrie Broadview
  • Botten, Bill vice captain St.Peters O.C.
  • Busbridge, Kevin Broadview
  • Chynoweth, Darryl Kilburn
  • Coles, Ivan captain Riverside
  • Giles, Clinton Greek Camden
  • Horwood, Chris St.Peters O.C.
  • Hurley, Peter Sacred Heart O.C.
  • Kemp, Mark Broadview
  • Longmire, Nick St.Peters O.C.
  • Martinovic, Marty Riverside
  • Moy, Steven Adelaide University
  • Murcott, Les Kilburn
  • Obst, Andrew West Croydon
  • Pedersen, Chris Riverside
  • Reardon, Shane Greek Camden
  • Shearer, Scott St.Peters O.C.
  • Solomon, Jack Greek Camden
  • Sutherland, Peter Scotch O.C.
  • Williams, Cory Adelaide University
  • Williams, Peter Riverside
  • Willsmore, Ian Sacred Heart O.C.
  • Sunday June 7th 1987

S.A.Team v Victoria

Adelaide Oval

A curtain raiser to this match featured an amateur Under 17 team and a Hills Association Under 18 team, the latter team winning 17.8 to 8.6. The big match had John Ferme as S.A.’s umpire, and before the match the players were addressed by football legend Neil Kerley. Suitably pumped up, S.A. led by 6 goals at half time, and despite a comeback by the Vics, held on during a hectic last quarter to win by 8 points. Future Melbourne player Andrew Obst was S.A.’s outstanding player.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 5.3 10.10 14.10 18.12 (120) Victoria 3.5 4.9 10.13 16.16 (112)

Goalkickers: Kemp 5, Barnett 4, Chynoweth 3, Argus 2, Botten 2, Hurley, C.Williams

Best Players: Obst, Horwood, Longmire, Busbridge, Kemp, Solomon

Saturday June 20th 1987

S.A.Team v W.A.

Leederville Oval

This match had Geoff Creek as S.A.’s umpire and was played in cold and windy conditions. S.A. opened brilliantly to kick 4 goals without reply, then W.A. played catch-up footy for the rest of the match. S.A.’s six straight goals in the last quarter helped a lot, as did Gary Argus’s personal tally of 7.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 6.3 8.9 13.15 19.15 (129) W.A. 3.1 8.5 10.7 15.11 (101)

Goalkickers: Argus 7, Kemp 5, Barnett, Botten, Pedersen. Reardon, Shearer, Sutherland, Willsmore

Best Players: Horwood, Martinovic, Argus, Pedersen, Longmire, Murcott

For the first time a representative team from the A3 to A6 grades was selected to play Whyalla at Whyalla on Sunday June 8th. The coach was Grant Lyon and the team was as follows:

  • Alm, Richard ruck Immanuel O.S.
  • Archibald, John interch Glenunga
  • Chambers, Peter ruck Pembroke O.S.
  • Cornish, Steve hb Brighton High O.S.
  • Cox, Ian rover Brighton High O.S.
  • Crockford, Mark follow Kenilworth Col. Light
  • Crowder, Greg chf Kenilworth Col. Light
  • Donaldson, Phil rover Glenunga
  • Dryer, Kim v. capt. fb Old Ignatians
  • Ey, John fp Pembroke O.S.
  • Ey, Peter hb Pembroke O.S.
  • Lewis, Terry capt follow Fitzroy
  • Loy, David hf Brighton High O.S.
  • Martin, Lindsay wing Rosewater
  • Merchant, Terry ff Norwood Union
  • Miller-Smith, Iain bp Adelaide University
  • Parker, John bp Adelaide University
  • Pearce, John wing Goodwood Saints
  • Porter, Simon chb Pembroke O.S.
  • Prider, Mark interch Pembroke O.S.
  • Smith, Wayne centre Brighton High O.S.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A.A.F.L. 4.4 10.7 17.9 18.14 (122) Whyalla 3.1 5.1 6.6 10.10 (70)

Goalkickers: Merchant 6, Donaldson 4, Chambers 2, Cox 2, J.Ey 2, Crowder, Lewis.

Best Players: Lewis, Cornish, Smith, P.Ey, Alm, Merchant

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