New clubs to enter in 1989 were Ovingham from the Central District F.A. (its second appearance in the amateurs), and Ingle Farmfrom the S.A.F.A. One of the stalwarts of the Amateur League since the Second World War – Post-Tel Institute – disbanded, along with Port Adelaide United after round 2 from the previous season. Australian National Railways Institute (formerly S.A. Railways Institute) underwent another name change, this time to State Transport Authority, and Banksia Park (formerly Banksia Park High O.S.) also underwent another name change to Banksia Park O.S. A change also occurred in the umpiring fraternity with Geoff Creek replacing Chris Mehaffey as Umpires’ Coach.
The Amateur Status Tribunal was formed with Chairman Paul Rofe to consider any possible breaches of the amateur rules. Rofe addressed a special meeting of club representatives to explain the functioning of the Tribunal, and to present guidelines on what types of player benefits were and were not allowable.
After a brilliant 8-year stint as coach of Riverside, during which the Club competed in the A1 finals every year and played in 6 consecutive grand finals, Noel Annear decided to move back to his original home, A2 club Seaton Ramblers, which he had first joined as a player in the Under 9s and stayed with until he was 27. Another new coach in A2 was ex-Port Adelaide playerStephen Curtis, who was appointed coach of Port District. Coaches in A1 included Mick Kenny (Greek Camden), Glen Elliott(S.P.O.C.), Tony Roach (Broadview), Paul Whaley (Adelaide Uni), Stephen Clifford (Greenacres), Peter Thomas (Kilburn), Geoff Morris (Riverside), John McInnes (R.O.C.), Phil Gallagher (S.H.O.C.), and Bob Cross (Woodville South).
Riverside started the season in fine form winning its first 8 matches, but losing 4 from then on, including the crucial last minor round match against Greek Camden which cost it the double chance. One of its other losses was an unexpected defeat byS.P.O.C. at the College on July 8th during which S.P.O.C. state player Robert Johnston tragically broke his neck and later died.
At the end of the minor round the same 4 teams qualified for finals as had the previous year.
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Played Won L D Pts Broadview 18 17 1 0 34 Greek Camden 18 15 2 1 31 Riverside 18 14 4 0 28 Greenacres 18 10 8 0 20 St.Peters O.C. 18 8 10 0 16 Adelaide University 18 7 10 1 15 Kilburn 18 5 13 0 10 Woodville South 18 5 13 0 10 Rostrevor O.C. 18 5 13 0 10 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 3 15 0 6
Riverside, hampered by injuries at the wrong end of the season, struggled to match the run of Greenacres in the First Semi Final at Alberton Oval and lost the match 12.14 to 19.7. Broadview was hot favourites in the Second Semi at Prospect, but was surprisingly beaten by Greek 13.11 to 5.13. A fired-up Broadview then took its revenge on arch rivals Greenacres in the Preliminary Final at Prospect Oval winning 16.11 to 5.7. The match became extremely physical, especially in the last quarter when Broadview had the game well won, and Broadview coach Tony Roach responded by progressively taking his players off the ground, finishing with only 8 players on the field. Reference was made to a “blood-bath” in an article in the Advertiser the following Wednesday.
Broadview and Greek looked evenly matched for the Grand Final at Adelaide Oval umpired by Chris Evans and Allen Robertson, but it turned into a no contest as the Tigers thrashed a hapless Greek team 18.13 to 2.8. The first quarter was even, but after that Broadview had winners all over the ground, especially Phil Canino in a forward pocket who kicked 8 goals and a solid defence led by Geoff Palmer, Malcolm Ellis and Tony Sherry.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Minor premier Scotch O.C. looked the best side in A2, but approached the finals with some apprehension given its past record of one A-grade premiership (A4 1959) from 6 grand finals.
Played Won Lost Pts Scotch O.C. 18 14 4 28 Port District 18 13 5 26 West Croydon 18 11 7 22 Prince Alfred O.C. 18 10 8 20 Pulteney O.S. 18 10 8 20 Gaza 18 10 8 20 Goodwood Saints 18 8 10 16 Brighton High O.S. 18 7 11 14 Seaton Ramblers 18 6 12 12 Rosewater 18 1 17 2
Princes easily accounted for West Croydon in the First Semi at Blair Athol Reserve 21.12 to 10.6, while in the Second Semi atCamden, Scotch coach Ian Jackman must have thought the finals jonah still haunted his team as it lost to Port District 14.16 to 13.10. However, Scotch’s confidence returned with accurate kicking in the Prelim. Final at Thebarton Oval when it beat Princes13.5 to 9.16, so the scene was set for a rematch with Port District at Thebarton Oval. Scotch had a 14-point lead at half time, but when Port kicked the first two goals of the third quarter it looked as though it might run away with the match. However, Scotch suddenly sprang to life, and with Damien McColl taking 10 marks in the third quarter, kicked the next 10 goals without reply to win its first A-grade premiership in 30 years 17.12 to 8.7. Best for the premier were Michael Sipek, Peter Sutherland and Clay Chaplin.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Plympton High OS and Gepps Cross were the outstanding teams in A3.
Played Won L D Pts Plympton High O.S. 18 17 1 0 34 Gepps Cross 18 16 2 0 32 Glenunga 18 14 4 0 28 Fitzroy 18 10 8 0 20 Burnside Kensington 18 9 8 1 19 Port Adelaide Presbyterian 18 8 9 1 17 Pembroke O.S. 18 6 11 1 13 Adelaide University B 18 4 14 0 8 St.Michaels O.S.& H. 18 2 15 1 5 Ethelton 18 2 16 0 4
Glenunga blitzed Fitzroy in the first quarter of the Semi Final at Hawthorn Oval, kicking 7 goals to nil in the first 15 minutes to win 25.13 to 15.10. In the Second Semi at Ingle Farm, Gepps Cross came from 3 goals behind at half time to beat Plympton High OS 17.16 to 13.4. Glenunga’s good form in the First Semi vanished in the Prelim. at Blair Athol Reserve, when it was thrashed byPlympton High 20.12 to 8.10. The Grand Final at Norwood Oval was a thriller as scores were close all day, but fine games bySteve Wedding, Martin Ding and Scott Ramsey saw Plympton home by just 5 points 13.12 to 12.13.
Other Tables and Scores
Old Ignatians (28), Kenilworth Colonel Light (28), Adelaide Lutheran (26), Hope Valley (22)*, Edwardstown Baptist (21), Ferryden Park (19), Norwood Union (16), Mitcham (14), Immanuel OS (6), S.A.College & Teachers (0). * Includes 2 draws.
1st S. Adel Lutheran 18.7 Hope Valley 7.9 2nd S. Kenilworth 19.24 Old Ignatians 14.10 Prelim. Old Ignatians 13.12 Adel Lutheran 13.9 G.Fin. Kenilworth 16.12 Old Ignatians 13.10
Tea Tree Gully (34), Modbury (28), West Lakes (26), Lockleys (20), Christian Brothers College OC (19), Unley (16), Flinders University (16), National Australia Bank (8), Wingfield Royals (8), Salisbury College (5).
1st S. West Lakes 18.14 Lockleys 12.12 2nd S. Modbury 15.13 Tea Tree Gully 12.12 Prelim. Tea Tree Gully 14.15 West Lakes 6.12 G.Fin. Modbury 17.14 Tea Tree Gully 12.11
Ingle Farm (28), Campbelltown Magill (26), State Transport Authority (24), Banksia Park OS (20), S.A. Institute of Technology (20), A.N.Z. Bank (16), Salesian (16), Woodville District (12), Para Hills (10), Glandore (6).
1st S. Banksia Pk 15.14 S.T.A. 16.7 2nd S. Ingle Farm 15.16 Campb Mag 12.10 Prelim. Campb Mag 21.11 Banksia Pk 14.12 G.Fin. Ingle Farm 13.11 Campb Mag 9.10
Ovingham (36), Broadview C (30), Alberton United (28), P.A.O.C. C (22), Salisbury Central (20), Para District Uniting (14), Greenacres C (12), S.M.O.S.H. C (10), S.P.O.C. C (8), Fitzroy C (0).
1st S. P.A.O.C. 11.14 Alberton United 11.7 2nd S. Ovingham 18.8 Broadview 11.13 Prelim. Broadview 10.10 P.A.O.C. 7.13 G.Fin. Ovingham 19.15 Broadview 10.5
Goodwood Saints C (33), Woodville South C (32), Gaza C (24), Adelaide Uni E (18), R.O.C. C (15), S.H.O.C. C (12), Scotch OC C (10), Adelaide Lutheran C (0).
1st S. Gaza 16.12 Adelaide Uni 10.8 2nd S. Woodville Sth 14.19 Goodwood 13.11 Prelim. Goodwood 20.17 Gaza 16.11 G.Fin. Woodville Sth 14.13 Goodwood 9.11
Tea Tee Gully C (30), Adelaide Uni G (30), Port District C (30), Greek Camden C (24), Kilburn C (18), Riverside C (16), West Croydon C (12), Glenunga C (10), Pulteney OS C (6), Rosewater C (4).
1st S. Port District 11.20 Greek Camden 9.4 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 10.14 Adelaide Uni 5.5 Prelim. Port District 8.14 Adelaide Uni 6.9 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 20.7 Port District 17.15
Gepps Cross C (36), Hope Valley C (32), Burnside Kensington C (22), Old Ignatians C (22), B.H.O.S. C (13), Lockleys C (12), Pembroke OS C (7), S.T.A. C (0).
1st S. Old Ignatians 14.14 Burns Kens 9.14 2nd S. Gepps Cross 25.9 Hope Valley 10.10 Prelim. Old Ignatians 19.11 Hope Valley 13.6 G.Fin. Gepps Cross 14.10 Old Ignatians 8.13
Modbury C (32), Adelaide Uni H (27), Seaton C (26), West Lakes C (26), Ferryden Park C (21), Ethelton C (18), Kenilworth Colonel Light C (16), Mitcham C (8), Norwood Union C (4), Para Hills C (2).
1st S. Seaton 12.10 West Lakes 6.18 2nd S. Modbury 20.19 Adelaide Uni 4.11 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 10.12 Seaton 9.8 G.Fin. Modbury 17.8 Adelaide Uni 13.14
Broadview E (30), Wingfield C (30), Woodville District C (26), Adelaide Uni I (24), A.N.Z. Bank C (12), Campbelltown Magill C (10), Immanuel OS C (10), Alberton United C (0)*. * Alberton United replaced Flinders University after round 10.
1st S. Adelaide Uni 16.12 Woodville Dist 11.15 2nd S. Broadview 11.12 Wingfield 8.15 Prelim. Wingfield 18.18 Adelaide Uni 8.5 G.Fin. Broadview 9.11 Wingfield 5.9
Broadview (36), Rostrevor OC. (24), Greek Camden (22), Riverside (22), Greenacres (22), Kilburn (21), Woodville South (12), Adelaide Uni (11), S.H.O.C. (8), S.P.O.C. (2).
1st S. Greek Camden 6.11 Riverside 4.7 2nd S. Broadview 9.13 Rostrevor OC 5.6 Prelim. Greek Camden 10.17 Rostrevor OC 4.6 G.Fin. Broadview 12.14 Greek Camden 3.3
Port District (34), Goodwood Saints (28), Scotch OC (24), Gaza (22), P.A.O.C. (20), West Croydon (18), Seaton (16), B.H.O.S. (8), Rosewater (6), Pulteney OS (4).
1st S. Scotch OC 9.7 Gaza 3.6 2nd S. Goodwood 8.9 Port District 5.17 Prelim. Port District 5.4 Scotch OC 3.6 G.Fin. Port District 10.10 Goodwood 4.3
Gepps Cross (34), Adelaide Uni (34), Fitzroy (23), S.M.O.S.H. (20), Glenunga (18), Pembroke OS (16), P.H.O.S. (11), Burnside Kensington (10), Ethelton (8), P.A.Presbyterian (6).
1st S. S.M.O.S.H. 10.8 Fitzroy 5.5 2nd S. Gepps Cross 11.6 Adelaide Uni 8.12 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 9.8 S.M.O.S.H. 1.10 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 11.8 Gepps Cross 4.5
Hope Valley (34), Old Ignatians (30), Adelaide Lutheran (26), Kenilworth Colonel Light (22), Norwood Union (22), Immanuel OS (16), Ferryden Park (12), Mitcham (8), Edwardstown Baptist (8), S.A.C.A.T. (2).
1st S. Kenilworth 8.3 Adel Lutheran 7.6 2nd S. Old Ignatians 5.5 Hope Valley 4.6 Prelim. Kenilworth 8.11 Hope Valley 4.10 G.Fin. Old Ignatians 10.9 Kenilworth 2.4
Tea Tree Gully (36), West Lakes (30), Modbury (26), Lockleys (26), C.B.C.O.C. (18), Wingfield (12), Flinders Uni (12), National Bank (10), Unley (8), Salisbury College (2).
1st S. Modbury 13.7 Lockleys 11.6 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 11.10 West Lakes 9.4 Prelim. West Lakes 13.8 Modbury 4.7 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 11.4 West Lakes 9.9
Campbelltown Magill (32), Ingle Farm (30), A.N.Z. Bank (26), S.A.I.T. (26), Para Hills (24), S.T.A. (16), Woodville District (9), Banksia Park OS (7), Salesian (6), Glandore (4).
1st S. A.N.Z. Bank 10.6 S.A.I.T. 5.3 2nd S. Ingle Farm 7.9 Campb Mag 5.17 Prelim. Campb Mag 14.11 A.N.Z. Bank 8.3 G.Fin. Campb Mag 7.8 Ingle Farm 6.7
Broadview (34), Ovingham (28), Alberton United (24), S.P.O.C. (24), P.A.O.C. (20), Greenacres (16), Fitzroy (11), Para District Uniting (9), Salisbury Central (8), S.M.O.S.H. (6).
1st S. S.P.O.C. 7.6 Alberton Utd 6.10 2nd S. Broadview 12.9 Ovingham 4.4 Prelim. S.P.O.C. 11.4 Ovingham 7.8 G.Fin. Broadview 11.7 S.P.O.C. 4.9
Adelaide Uni (34), Woodville Sth (22), SHOC (22), Rostrevor OC (20), Goodwood (20), Gaza (14), Scotch OC (12), Adel Lutheran (0).
1st S. S.H.O.C. 6.11 Rostrevor OC 3.10 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 6.10 Woodville Sth 6.8 Prelim. Woodville Sth 14.11 S.H.O.C. 3.11 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 10.9 Woodville Sth 4.4
Under 17 Division 1 (17 rounds)
B.H.O.S. (28), Ethelton (28), Port District (26), Wingfield (22), Goodwood (14), Adelaide Lutheran (8), Kilburn (6)
1st S. Port District 21.16 Wingfield 6.5 2nd S. Ethelton 9.7 B.H.O.S. 4.14 Prelim. Port District 12.7 B.H.O.S. 9.5 G.Fin. Port District 10.8 Ethelton 8.5
Under 17 Div 2
Gaza (34), Greenacres (23), Hope Valley (23), Ingle Farm (22), Tea Tree Gully (16), Gepps Cross (16), Modbury (3), Para Hills (1).
1st S. Ingle Farm 16.8 Hope Valley 5.9 2nd S. Gaza 12.10 Greenacres 5.8 Prelim. Greenacres 13.3 Ingle Farm 9.10 G.Fin. Gaza 10.10 Greenacres 5.6
Under 17 Division Playoff
Gaza 15.9 Port District 3.3
Jamie Mason made a remarkable comeback from injury to win the Pfitzner Medal. Two years earlier in an internal trial for North Adelaide, he tore a medial ligament from the bone causing a piece of bone to separate from the knee joint. He was told by the experts that he would never be able to play football again. Disbelieving soul that he was, Jamie came back to win Amateur League’s highest individual prize. The A2 medal was won by star Brighton High OS rover Ian Cox, while brilliant Glenungacentreman Tony Lane won the A3 medal.
Other medallists were:
- Chris Toome (Old Ignatians – A4)
- Damien Antenucci (Salisbury College – A5, his second medal)
- Graham Andrews (Salesian – A6 tie), Paul Vanson (STA – A6 tie)
- Lucky Pashalidis (Ovingham – A7)
- Mark Bown (Woodville South – A8 tie)
- Leon Dean (Goodwood – A8 tie)
- Barry Loader (Greek – A9)
- Barry Stirling (Gepps Cross – A10)
- Dean Anderson (Modbury A11)
- Kevin Kohler (Wingfield – A12)
- Emilio Calicchio (Broadview – A1 Res)
- Ray Agius (West Croydon – A2 Res tie)
- Hayden Karutz (Port District – A2 Res tie)
- Scott Measday (Scotch OC – A2 Res tie)
- Grantley Date (Gepps Cross – A3 Res)
- Martin Hinton (Old Ignatians – A4 Res)
- Steve Gibson (Modbury – A5 Res)
- Emmanuel Desira (Para Hills – A6 Res tie)
- Mark Lewis (Ingle Farm – A6 Res tie)
- Shaun Hanley (Ovingham – A7 Res)
- Tim Thompson (Adelaide Uni – A8 Res)
- Anthony Lee (Ethelton – Under 17 Div I)
- and Michael Thompson (Tea Tree Gully – Under 17 Div II)
The winner of the Charles Irvine Memorial Trophy for A1 Leading Goalkicker was won by Rostrevor O.C.’s Brian Carey who kicked 63 goals, a commendable performance considering his team won only 5 matches for the season. Clay Chaplin of Scotch O.C.won the Peter Haynes Memorial Trophy for the Leading Goalkicker in A2 with 70 goals. The Norwich Life Cup was won byBroadview, who had an incredible season winning premierships in A1, A1 Reserve, A7 Reserve and A12, its other team finishing runner-up in A7, its players Jamie Mason and Emilio Calicchio winning medals, and seven of its players representing the state.
Only one interstate match was played, against Victoria at Elsternwick Park on Sunday 28th May. The new state coach was Broadview’s Tony Roach and his assistant Evan Katsaros. Roach and his co-selectors Bob Roach (Broadview), Jeff Emmell(Riverside), Bob Ford (Broadview), Greg Hamilton (Riverside) and Peter Williams (Riverside) came in for some criticism when the final squad of 21 players included 8 players from Riverside and 7 from Broadview, only 4 other clubs obtaining representation.
The team was as follows:
- Bald, Colin interchange Riverside
- Bowler, Steve ruck Broadview
- Canino, Phil follower Broadview
- Cranwell, Ashley bp Riverside
- Crosby, Gavin fb St.Peters O.C.
- Ellis, Malcolm bp Broadview
- Evans, Russell rover Greenacres
- Kemp, Mark hf Broadview
- Kemp, Paul hf Broadview
- Killian, Andrew ruck Riverside
- Lauder, Gavin rover Kilburn
- Mason, Jamie centre Broadview
- Moore, Shane interchange Riverside
- Morgan, Michael hb Greek Camden
- Morrell, Rob ff Greek Camden
- Pedersen, Chris v.capt wing Riverside
- Ridgway, Peter follower Riverside
- Simons, Greg chb Riverside
- Simpson, Mark captain chf Broadview
- Stephens, Hayden hb Riverside
- Vincent, Andrew wing St.Peters O.C.
Allen Robertson was S.A.’s umpire. The S.A. team was competitive until half time with Gavin Lauder gaining many possessions, but after half time the short half-forward line and general lack of fitness took its toll as the Vics cruised to an easy victory.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 4.1 8.5 15.9 22.16 (148) S.A. 4.2 8.5 11.6 13.10 (88)
Goalkickers: Simpson 4, Morrell 3, Evans 2, M.Kemp 2, Mason, Vincent
Best Players: Morgan, Crosby, Mason, Bowler, Lauder, Simpson
Gavin Lauder was awarded the Victorians’ trophy for the best S.A. player.
The A3-A6 Representative team played its Victorian counterpart as a curtain-raiser to the seniors. Former Postal Institute and state player Darryl Brand was appointed coach, and his former team-mate Darryl West was Assistant Coach. The team was as follows:
- Black, Geoff hb Pembroke O.S.
- Cock, Gary rover Mitcham
- Cock, Ian interchange Campbelltown Magill
- Fewster, Brad wing St.Michaels O.S. & H.
- Fiore, Tony ff Kenilworth Col Light
- Francis, Matthew rover Modbury
- Gay, Mark bp Gepps Cross
- Gordon, Andrew ruck Tea Tree Gully
- Hamilton, Peter v capt bp Plympton High O.S.
- Hammond, Terry interch Mitcham
- Harris, Shaun chf Gepps Cross
- Huxtable, Brett interch Lockleys
- Jamieson, Ken follower West Lakes
- Lane, Tony follower Glenunga
- Marcuzzi, Paul wing Burnside Kensington
- Martin, Darren hf Plympton High O.S.
- McIndoe, Peter chb Unley
- Morris, Mark capt centre St.Michaels O.S. & H.
- Porter, John fb Adelaide University
- Simpson, Andy hf Fitzroy
- Spiniello, Medoro hb Glenunga
John Ferme was S.A.’s umpire. This match looked a repetition of the previous year’s encounter with the Vics storming away to a big lead at half time. The third quarter was a different story however with S.A. outscoring the Vics, then in the last S.A. stormed home and looked like causing a real upset until the last few minutes when the Vics kicked three steadying goals. Andy Gordondominated the ruck duels and Tony Fiore beat a succession of opponents.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 6.2 12.5 16.9 20.11 (131) S.A. 1.2 4.4 9.7 15.9 (99)
Goalkickers: Fiore 5, Francis 3, Hammond 2, I.Cock, Fewster, Gordon, Martin, Simpson. Best Players: Gordon, Fiore, G.Cock, Porter, Hammond, Lane
An Under-17 team played Port Pirie at the Port Pirie Memorial Oval on Sunday June 11th, and lost 6.9 to 10.11.
An N.F.L. Division II carnival was held over the June long weekend in Tasmania, with matches played in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart. Six teams competed for the N.F.L.Shield, with the Amateurs playing three matches in four days and playing well to reach the final against the very powerful V.F.A. team. S.A.’s representatives were Mark and Paul Kemp, Gavin Lauder, Michael Morgan, Hayden Stephens and Andrew Vincent.
Friday June 9th 1989 West Park, Burnie
Queensland 7.16 (58) Aust. Amateurs 8.9 (57)
Mark Kemp kicked 3 goals and Morgan 1.
Saturday June 10th 1989 York Park, Launceston
Aust. Amateurs 11.7 (73) Tasmania 11.2 (68)
Mark Kemp kicked 2 goals and Paul Kemp 1.
Monday June 12th 1989 North Hobart
V.F.A. 21.15 (141) Aust. Amateurs 2.3 (15)
The final match against the V.F.A. was a non-event as the Victorians overwhelmed the Amateurs with their superior skill, pace and strength. However, the Amateurs were feeling the effects of the two hard marches leading up to the final.