The distinguished and very popular Patron of the Amateur League, John ‘JB’ Day, died in late 1990. A former player and administrator for Adelaide University, he had also managed several state teams and was internationally recognised in the field of dentistry. Another distinguished personality in leading kidney specialist Tony Clarkson succeeded JB as Patron. A dual Hone medallist, Tony had been a star amateur footballer with Adelaide University before gaining recognition as one of the state’s best League ruckman culminating in state selection.
After six years of major sponsorship from Carlton and United Breweries, a 4-year sponsorship agreement was signed with the S.A. Brewing Company, which was actively involved in sponsorship of sport in South Australia. The Brewery also sponsored the umpires who had a new coach in Peter Francis, replacing Geoff Creek after a 3-year stint. Peter also had the invaluable support of umpiring stalwart Rex Lambert.
Several name changes for clubs occurred in 1991. Kenilworth Colonel Light, which had been formed by the amalgamation of Kenilworth and Colonel Light Gardens in 1986, was split back into the two original clubs. Brighton High Old Scholars amalgamated with Brighton (from the S.A.F.A. and a former amateur club) to form Brighton District and Old Scholars; National Australia Bank was renamed Kingswood; Norwood Districts reverted to its original name Hectorville; and South Australian Institute of Technology was renamed University of South Australia. Mile End Cats had been advised its application for re-affiliation would not be approved due to problems with its players and supporters, and so it joined the Northern Metropolitan Football Association. Para District Uniting and Woodville District both disbanded.
New coaches at A1 level included Daryl West (Adelaide Uni), Owen Kelly (Gaza), Warren Ploenges (Goodwood Saints), Rod Burton (Riverside), David Tiller (Scotch OC), and Grant Lyon (S.P.O.C.). Former S.P.O.C. coach Glen Elliott was appointed coach of Broadview, but resigned mid-season as the players were not responding to his coaching methods.
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Greek Camden was again the dominant team in A1 losing only two matches in the minor round, the first of these against Gaza which ended its run of 27 winning matches. Goodwood Saints performed very well in its first season of A1 to finish in the Four, while Riverside was relegated for the first time since 1972.
Played Won L D Pts Greek Camden 18 16 2 0 32 Kilburn 18 14 4 0 28 Goodwood Saints 18 14 4 0 28 Adelaide University 18 10 8 0 20 Scotch O.C. 18 8 8 2 18 Gaza 18 8 10 0 16 St.Peters O.C. 18 6 12 0 12 Broadview 18 5 12 1 11 Riverside 18 4 14 0 8 Greenacres 18 3 14 1 7
Goodwood Saints opened strongly in the First Semi at Alberton Oval, then had to withstand a challenge from the Blacks before breaking away in the last quarter to win 21.19 to 16.6. Greek Camden led throughout in the Second Semi against Kilburn at Prospect Oval, helped by the Chics poor use of the ball and inaccurate goal shooting, the final score being 14.16 to 10.20. Kilburn then had a 10-goal second quarter in the Prelim. Final at Alberton to defeat Goodwood 19.11 to 13.16, and so lined up against Greek for the fourth time in the season looking for its first victory. The Grand Final was played at Alberton Oval under umpires Allen Robertson and John Olson. For a time it looked as though Kilburn was going to win the one that mattered, as it kicked 3 goals in as many minutes to level the scores at the 12-minute mark of the last quarter, and with the wind at its backs and Maurice Natoli winning the rucks, it looked likely winners. However, the last 15 minutes belonged to Greek as Coach Shane Reardon, half forward Jack Solomon and follower Rob Morrell combined to keep the ball in the Greek forward line and win the match 9.12 to 9.1. Best for Greek were captain Michael Morgan at half back and on the ball, centreman Peter Young and centre half back Tim Johns.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Two teams from opposite ends of the city – Rostrevor O.C. and Port District – showed the way in A2.
Played Won L D Pts Rostrevor O.C. 18 16 2 0 32 Port District 18 15 3 0 30 Woodville South 18 12 5 1 25 Kenilworth 18 10 8 0 20 Seaton Ramblers 18 9 8 1 19 Gepps Cross 18 9 9 0 18 Prince Alfred O.C. 18 9 9 0 18 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 5 13 0 10 West Croydon 18 3 15 0 6 Pulteney O.S. 18 1 17 0 2
The First Semi Final at Glenelg Oval was no contest with Woodville South scoring 25.18 to Kenilworth’s 3.7. The Second Semi at Norwood was much closer, and Rostrevor, despite being down by 5 goals midway through the third term, wore Ports down to win 16.10 to 14.8. In the Prelim. at Norwood, Port outscored the Cats into the breeze, then kicked seven goals to one in the second quarter, eventually winning 18.17 to 11.10. The Grand Final was played at Prospect Oval, and was a close tussle until Rostrevor again broke clear in the last quarter to win 16.13 to 11.13. Peter Beltrame turned in a best-on-ground performance for Rostrevor, and was well supported by his captain Brian Carey who kicked 5 goals, Danny Deptula and John Rush.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The A3 table had a look of sameness at the top. Former S.A.F.A. clubs Brighton, Tea Tree Gully and Modbury were all equal with Pembroke O.S. on 28 points
Played Won Lost Pts Brighton Dist & O.S. 18 14 4 28 Tea Tree Gully 18 14 4 28 Modbury 18 14 4 28 Pembroke O.S. 18 14 4 28 Plympton High O.S. 18 11 7 22 Fitzroy 18 9 9 18 Old Ignatians 18 6 12 12 Rosewater 18 4 14 8 Burnside Kensington 18 2 16 4 North Haven 18 2 16 4
The First Semi at Daly Oval between Modbury and Pembroke resulted in both teams scoring 13.11 at the end of normal time. Under the Amateur League rules, an extra two quarters of 10 minutes each had to be played, and this time it was Pembroke in front 14.14 to 13.13. Brighton kicked accurately in the Second Semi at Blair Athol Reserve, but still failed by 9 points against Tea Tree Gully losing 11.1 to 11.10. The Bombers came roaring back however in the Prelim. at Glenelg, destroying Pembroke 19.20 to 8.8, and then led brilliantly by ruckman Gerry Walsh, rover Mike Hywood and follower Wayne Smith, went all the way to easily beat Gullies in the Grand Final at Norwood 28.7 to 17.9.
Other Tables and Scores
Adelaide Lutheran (32), St.Michaels OS&H (29), Hope Valley (25), Christian Brothers College OC (24), Edwardstown Baptist (18), Glenunga (18), Mitcham (12), Campbelltown Magill (10), Ethelton (10), Adelaide Uni C (2).
1st S. Hope Valley 13.9 C.B.C.O.C. 11.14 2nd S. Adel Lutheran 15.6 S.M.O.S.H. 11.12 Prelim. S.M.O.S.H. 14.21 Hope Valley 11.9 G.Fin. Adel Lutheran 17.1 S.M.O.S.H. 14.14
The Grand Final in A4 saw Adelaide Lutheran kick 17 goals in 18 scoring shots, thus winning the premiership with 10 less scoring shots than its unfortunate opponents.
There was good and bad in A5. Flinders University celebrated its Silver Jubilee, while Immanuel OS folded midway through the season. At the end of the minor round, old rivals Walkerville and Hectorville were on top. Walkerville (34), Hectorville (30), Lockleys (26), West Lakes (22), Ingle Farm (16), Unley (16), Flinders Uni (12), Norwood Union (12), Ferryden Park (12), Immanuel OS (0).
1st S. Lockleys 14.10 West Lakes 13.5 2nd S. Walkerville 16.10 Hectorville 7.17 Prelim. Hectorville 19.11 Lockleys 14.11 G.Fin. Hectorville 21.13 Walkerville 19.14
Ovingham (32), State Transport Authority (26), Wingfield Royals (26), A.N.Z. Bank (24), University of S.A. (23), Banksia Park OS (16), Glandore (16), Kingswood (11), Woodville South (6).
1st S. Wingfield 17.8 A.N.Z. Bank 9.6 2nd S. Ovingham 24.14 S.T.A. 19.10 Prelim. Wingfield 16.17 S.T.A. 17.7 G.Fin. Ovingham 13.16 Wingfield 13.15
Alberton United (30), Broadview C (26), Colonel Light Gardens (26), Goodwood C (26), Adelaide Uni E (22), Gaza C (14), S.P.O.C. C (14), Salisbury Central (10), P.A.O.C. C (8), Greenacres C (4).
1st S. Col Light Gdns 24.21 Goodwood 9.5 2nd S. Alberton Utd 21.13 Broadview 12.15 Prelim. Broadview 16.16 Col Lt Gdns 15.14 G.Fin. Broadview 12.20 Alberton Utd 11.9
Tea Tree Gully C (34), Kilburn C (30), Brighton D&OS C (24), Modbury C (24), Rostrevor OC C (20), Scotch OC C (16), Ingle Farm C (12), Adelaide Uni F (12), S.H.O.C. C (6), Hope Valley C (2).
1st S. Brighton 19.15 Modbury 13.12 2nd S. Kilburn 22.14 Tea Tree Gully 8.13 Prelim. Brighton 16.15 Tea Tree Gully 14.6 G.Fin. Brighton 19.11 Kilburn 6.11
Port District C (34), Riverside C (32), Walkerville C (24), S.M.O.S.H. C (20), Greek C (20), Old Ignatians C (16), Lockleys C (14), Gepps Cross C (12), Adelaide Lutheran C (6), Burnside Kensington C (2).
1st S. Walkerville 14.9 S.M.O.S.H. 8.3 2nd S. Riverside 14.9 Port District 8.3 Prelim. Port District 17.19 Walkerville 11.7 G.Fin. Riverside 18.10 Port District 12.10
Pembroke O.C. and Hectorville had a close tussle in round 3 resulting in a tie 12.17 to 13.11. It got just as close in round 12 when the two teams met again and the final score was 12.10 to 12.10! Seaton C (36), West Lakes C (30), Pembroke OS C (24), Broadview E (22), Hectorville C (20), Fitzroy C (14), Kenilworth C (12), Ethelton C (11), Mitcham C (6), Ferryden Park C (5).
1st S. Pembroke OS 12.9 Broadview 4.10 2nd S. Seaton 18.14 West Lakes 4.5 Prelim. West Lakes 12.16 Pembroke OS 10.12 G.Fin. Seaton 11.11 West Lakes 11.3
Plympton High OS C (28), C.B.C.O.C. C (24), Fitzroy D (24), Campbelltown Magill C (22), Wingfield C (20), University of SA C (19), S.T.A. C (17), Flinders Uni C (14), A.N.Z. Bank C (10), Norwood Union C (2).
1st S. Campb Mag 13.7 Fitzroy 12.5 2nd S. P.H.O.S. 12.14 C.B.C.O.C. 4.6 Prelim. C.B.C.O.C. 9.8 Campb Mag 6.11 G.Fin. P.H.O.S. 10.2 C.B.C.O.C. 8.6
Adelaide Uni (34), Kilburn (28), Greek Camden (22), Broadview (22), Scotch OC (20), Goodwood (19), S.P.O.C. (17), Greenacres (10), Gaza (6), Riverside (2).
1st S. Broadview 7.11 Greek 6.9 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 7.11 Kilburn 6.3 Prelim. Broadview 13.8 Kilburn 5.7 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 6.3 Broadview 3.5
Port District (34), Rostrevor OC (32), Woodville South (28), P.A.O.C. (24), Seaton (20), Gepps Cross (12), S.H.O.C. (11), Kenilworth (10), Pulteney OS (7), West Croydon (2).
1st S. Woodville Sth 14.7 P.A.O.C. 6.5 2nd S. Rostrevor OC 6.12 Port District 4.9 Prelim. Port District 14.12 Woodville Sth 4.4 G.Fin. Port District 7.13 Rostrevor OC 2.9
Brighton D&OS (34), Tea Tree Gully (32), Modbury (26), Fitzroy (22), Pembroke OS (20), Old Ignatians (18), P.H.O.S. (11), Rosewater (9), Burnside Kensington (6), North Haven (2).
1st S. Modbury 15.3 Fitzroy 7.6 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 11.10 Brighton 11.1 Prelim. Brighton 12.9 Modbury 4.2 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 9.5 Brighton 7.9
Adelaide Uni (29), Adelaide Lutheran (29), S.M.O.S.H. (28), Campbelltown Magill (26), Hope Valley (20), C.B.C.O.C. (20), Ethelton (16), Glenunga (6), Edwardstown Baptist (4), Mitcham (2).
1st S. S.M.O.S.H. 8.7 Campb Mag 2.13 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 10.9 Adel Lutheran 9.10 Prelim. Adel Lutheran 6.7 S.M.O.S.H. 3.6 G.Fin. Adel Lutheran 12.12 Adelaide Uni 5.5
Walkerville (36), Hectorville (30), Ingle Farm (26), West Lakes (22), Lockleys (20), Norwood Union (16), Flinders Uni (13), Unley (9), Ferryden Park (8), Immanuel OS (0).
1st S. Ingle Farm 12.14 West Lakes 4.15 2nd S. Walkerville 16.9 Hectorville 6.2 Prelim. Ingle Farm 16.4 Hectorville 12.7 G.Fin. Walkerville 10.14 Ingle Farm 7.13
S.T.A. (30), University of S.A. (30), Wingfield (28), Ovingham (26), Glandore (25), A.N.Z. Bank (15), Woodville South (14), Banksia Park O.S. (6), Modbury D (6). Modbury entered in round 9 to play in place of Kingswood who had not played a match.
1st S. Wingfield 14.15 Ovingham 4.3 2nd S. S.T.A. 13.6 Univ of SA 11.7 Prelim. Univ of SA 13.12 Wingfield 4.5 G.Fin. S.T.A. 10.16 Univ of SA 8.5
Greenacres (30), Adelaide Uni (28), P.A.O.C. (26), Broadview (18), Goodwood (16), Alberton United (16), S.P.O.C. (16), Colonel Light Gardens (16), Salisbury Central (8), Gaza (6).
1st S. P.A.O.C. 14.7 Broadview 8.4 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 10.7 Greenacres 9.5 Prelim. Greenacres 14.8 P.A.O.C. 9.7 G.Fin. Greenacres 9.7 Adelaide Uni 7.5
Brighton D&OS (30), Scotch OC (26), Kilburn (26), Tea Tree Gully (26), Rostrevor OC (24), S.H.O.C. (18), Modbury (14), Adelaide Uni (10), Ingle Farm (4), Hope Valley (2).
1st S. Kilburn 11.8 Tea Tree Gully 10.8 2nd S. Scotch OC 5.13 Brighton 6.4 Prelim. Brighton 11.11 Kilburn 3.11 G.Fin. Scotch OC 10.7 Brighton 8.5
Hope Valley (30), Port District (30), Broadview (26), Greenacres (24), Gaza (21), Tea Tree Gully (20), Brighton D&OS (20), Rosewater (20), Walkerville (14), Riverside (5), Goodwood Saints (4), Gepps Cross (2).
1st S. Broadview 11.9 Greenacres 9.3 2nd S. Hope Valley 15.12 Port District 7.10 Prelim. Port District 15.11 Broadview 10.5 G.Fin. Hope Valley 13.7 Port District 11.6
Dynamic state utility player Shane Moore became the first Kilburn player to win an A1 medal, while Kevin Spirou became Port District’s highest medal winner (for one year only) when he won the A2 medal. Fitzroy coach Merv Harbinson was the A3 McKay Medallist.
Other medallists were:
- Graham McInerney (SMOSH A4)
- Greg Cox (Ferryden Park A5)
- David Trevaskis (Banksia Park OS A6, his second medal)
- Jeff Mann (Col Light Gdns A7)
- Gary Morrow – (Modbury A8)
- David Ciccolella – (SMOSH A9, his second medal)
- Grant Reeves (West Lakes A10)
- Scott ‘Scooter’ Bayly (PHOS A11 tie)
- Simon Clarke (Campbelltown Magill A11 tie)
- Brando Iannella (Greek A1Res)
- Sean Ryan (ROC. A2Res)
- Dean Anderson (Modbury A3Res)
- Greg Lutzer (Campb Magill A4Res)
- Tony Howlett (Norwood Union A5Res)
- Parry Papadopoulos (Ovingham A6Res)
- Lloyd Rigney (Greenacres A7 Res)
- Angus Irwin (Scotch OC A8 Res)
- Anthony Brdar (Rosewater U17 tie)
- Danny Grantham (Broadview U17 tie).
The A1 leading goalkicker was Scotch O.C.’s full forward Clay Chaplin who kicked 77 goals. Dave Klenner of Gepps Cross kicked 90 goals in A2, including a record bag for his club of 17 against West Croydon in round 4. Round 4 was a big day for goalkickers as Gareth Wright kicked 16 for P.H.O.S. (equalling the club record held by Paul Christie), Lockley’s coach Nick Genovese kicked 13, Kilburn coach Ian Willmott kicked 12, former state player Brian Carey kicked 11 for Rostrevor O.C., and Kenilworth star Tony Fiore scored 10.
The Norwich Life Cup was won by Port District who won the A2 Reserve premiership and was runner-up in A2, A9 and Under 17.
The new state coach was former Adelaide College star Evan Katsaros, replacing Tony Roach who was coaching Sturt Reserves. As a lead-up to the Perth carnival, a trial match was played against a combined South Adelaide team at University Oval on Saturday May 18th which the amateurs won by 16 points. The following squad for the carnival contained 8 players from Greek Camden and 8 from Kilburn.
- Belton, Paul Rostrevor O.C.
- Crerar, Peter Broadview
- Cross, Neil Scotch O.C.
- Economou, John Greek-Camden
- Glasson, John Kilburn
- Hank, Tom Greek Camden
- Kewell, Simon Adelaide University
- Killian Andrew Riverside
- Lauder, Gavin Kilburn
- McClure, Trevor Kilburn
- McCormack, Noel Greek Camden
- Moore, Shane Kilburn
- Morgan, Michael captain Greek Camden
- Morrell, Rob Greek Camden
- Muir, Andrew vice captain Adelaide University
- Natoli, Maurice Kilburn
- Roocke, Michael Kilburn
- Salisbury, Justin Glenunga
- Sapranidis, Simon Greek Camden
- Stewart, Duane Kilburn
- Vozzo, Craig Greek Camden
- Whelan, David Goodwood
- Wilkins, Michael Broadview
- Willmott, Ian Kilburn
- Young, Peter Greek Camden
Sunday June 9th 1991
S.A.Team v W.A.
S.A. jumped out well to lead by 4 goals at quarter time, but then was outplayed in the second quarter after an injury to Peter Young temporarily unsettled the team, which proved extremely costly in the context of the carnival as a whole.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final W.A. 1.3 7.10 12.13 18.16 (124) S.A. 5.2 7.2 12.4 15.7 (97)
Goalkickers: Willmott 6, Glasson 2, Lauder 2, Muir 2, Belton, Morrell, Vozzo
Best Players: Muir, Crerar, Morgan, Willmott, Morrell, Stewart
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 3.5 8.9 16.16 23.20 (158) Tasmania 0.4 2.5 4.6 5.9 (39)
Wednesday June 12th 1991
S.A.Team v Victoria
The Vics looked the better side in the first three quarters, gaining a lead of 5 goals by the beginning of the final quarter. Another goal to Victoria seemed to seal the match, but then in an amazing turnaround, S.A. piled on 8 goals without reply, hitting the front for the first time in the match at the 28 minute mark. Justin Salisbury made a big difference to the team when he came off interchange to play in ruck.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 3.1 5.5 6.8 14.9 (93) Victoria 4.6 8.8 10.15 11.17 (83)
Goalkickers: Natoli 3, Hank 2, McCormack 2, Moore 2, Whelan 2, Muir, Salisbury, Young
Best Players: Crerar, Whelan, Young, McClure, Muir, Salisbury
1Q 2Q 3Q Final W.A. 8.4 14.7 21.14 29.15 (189) Tasmania 0.4 2.5 4.6 5.9 (39) Saturday June 15th 1991
S.A.Team v Tasmania
S.A. needed a big win against Tasmania and then rely on Victoria beating W.A. by a small margin. The team did well to swamp Tassie by 136 points, but W.A. spoiled the party by hammering Victoria and so winning its first ever carnival. 1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 6.5 11.9 17.17 26.22 (178) Tasmania 1.2 2.5 5.5 6.6 (42)
Goalkickers: Glasson 6, Wilkins 4, Hank 3, Natoli 3, Muir 2, Sapranidis 2, Belton, Kewell, Moore, Roocke, Stewart, Young
Best Players: Young, Muir, Cross, Salisbury, Crerar, Wilkins
1Q 2Q 3Q Final W.A. 1.5 6.8 11.14 18.18 (126) Victoria 1.4 4.5 4.8 6.11 (47)
At the conclusion of the carnival, six S.A. players were selected in the All-Australian team. Andrew Muir had the honour of being the fourth Adelaide University player to be named All-Australian captain, and the other members were Peter Crerar, Trevor McClure, Maurice Natoli, David Whelan and Peter Young.
An Under-17 combined team had a hollow victory over a Port Pirie team 14.10 to 0.5 at Port Pirie on Sunday 9th June.