Members of the Amateur League were saddened to hear of the deaths of two very prominent personalities, Howard ‘Chops’ Mutton and Dr. Elix. ‘Doc’ Elix had played for University and the state in the ’30s, then was a member of the Tribunal for 25 years, receiving Life Membership of the Amateur League in recognition of his great service. Chops was a player in the ’40s but achieved fame in the Amateur League as the most successful state coach ever, winning 3 straight carnivals in 1970, ’73 and ’76.
Brilliant and controversial League footballer Phil Carman achieved the rare distinction of becoming one of the very few people to be refused reinstatement in recent times.
The modern scourge of AIDS and hepatitis B was recognised in the Amateur League with the direction given to clubs that any players suffering from bleeding during the course of a game must be taken off the field until the bleeding ceased.
Player Life Memberships had been introduced in 1955, whereby players achieving the distinction of having played 100 gameswithin the Amateur League without having played in another association during that period, were awarded Player Life Membercertificates. The Executive in 1990 decided to increase the requirement to 150 games, as more players were achieving 100 games each year, and it was considered that the award should be reasonably exclusive. 1992 was the first year that the new certificates were awarded. Another decision taken in 1990 was to introduce a ‘300 Club’ for the few players achieving 300 gamesin the Amateur League, and in 1992 the Keith C Sims 300 Club Honour Board was erected at Amateur League House in North Adelaide.
Three clubs departed and a new one was admitted. Immanuel O.S. and Kingswood (formerly National Bank) disbanded, andNorwood Union went into recess for a year. The new club was Cedars. comprised mainly of players with a Lebanese background and which had been playing in the Sunday Association.
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The A1 competition was a three-horse race as the district clubs Port District, Broadview and Kilburn showed they were a class above the rest. Port District made an amazing leap from A2 runners-up to A1 minor premiers, especially as its 1981 mastersRostrevor O.C. could win only five matches. The increasing difficulties faced by old collegiate clubs in trying to compete at A1 level were indicated at the bottom of the A1 ladder where the three old collegiate clubs finished the season.
Played Won L D Pts Port District 18 14 3 1 29 Broadview 18 14 4 0 28 Kilburn 18 12 6 0 24 Goodwood Saints 18 9 8 1 19 Greek Camden 18 9 9 0 18 Adelaide University 18 8 9 1 17 Gaza 18 8 10 0 16 Scotch O.C. 18 7 11 0 14 Rostrevor O.C. 18 5 12 1 11 St.Peters O.C. 18 2 16 0 4
Ian Willmott’s Kilburn had beaten Warren Ploenges’ Goodwood in the last minor round match by 93 points, and so started hot favourites in the First Semi at Alberton Oval. However, the Saints had other ideas as they jumped the Chics to lead by 5 goals in the first quarter, then held on for a 7-point victory 9.9 to 8.8. In the Second Semi at Prospect, David Tiller’s Broadview won the centre breaks and its smaller players caused havoc to beat Steve Curtis’ Port District 14.16 to 10.7. Districts came back in the Prelim. at Alberton to beat Goodwood 15.10 to 7.9, half forward Kevin Spirou kicking 8 goals, but still went into the Grand Final at Alberton as underdogs. The match was umpired by Leo Panzarino and Robert Pearce, and Broadview started well kicking against the wind to go to a three-goal lead. Even though Port District drew level, it looked as though Broadview was in the box seat with the use of the wind in the second quarter, but from then on Port District outplayed the Tigers to lead by 6 goals at half time, and then win the match easily 17.8 to 8.10. Ruckman Craig Lum was inspirational and was well supported by Brenton Owens andSteve McLachlan.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The A2 competition was a 4-way tussle with Brighton District & O.S. up from A3, and the Old Reds looming as a real premiership threat, while Riverside (down from A1) and Sacred Heart O.C. stood out above the rest.
Played Won Lost Pts Prince Alfred O.C. 18 14 4 28 Brighton Dist & O.S. 18 14 4 28 Riverside 18 13 5 26 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 12 6 24 Gepps Cross 18 8 10 16 Kenilworth 18 8 10 16 Tea Tree Gully 18 7 11 14 Seaton Ramblers 18 6 12 12 Greenacres 18 4 14 8 Woodville South 18 4 14 8
Sacred Heart’s form had been good in recent weeks, but it couldn’t match it with Riverside in the First Semi at Blair Athol going down 3.9 to 7.11. The Brighton Bombers under coach Steve Hywood battled it out with Princes in atrocious conditions at Daly Oval to win a low-scoring affair 4.12 to 4.5, and so win their way to an A1 berth in 1993. Riverside coach John Harvey was happy with his team’s endeavour in the Prelim. Final at Norwood when it beat Rick Davies’ Old Reds 17.16 to 13.9, and even happier when he led from the front in the Grand Final at Prospect to out-bustle the Bombers for a 13.12 to 10.14 victory, helped by fine games from Shane Lawson at centre half forward and wingman Dave Austin.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The A3 competition was a very tight affair, with Fitzroy winning 9 of its last 10 matches but failing to make the finals.
Played Won L D Pts Modbury 18 13 5 0 26 Pulteney O.S. 18 12 5 1 25 Rosewater 18 12 6 0 24 Plympton High O.S. 18 11 6 1 23 Fitzroy 18 10 8 0 20 Adelaide Lutheran 18 10 8 0 20 Pembroke O.S. 18 8 10 0 16 St.Michaels O.S. & H. 18 7 11 0 14 Old Ignatians 18 6 12 0 12 West Croydon 18 0 18 0 0
In the First Semi at Brighton, P.H.O.S. under coach Steve Nolis was not intimidated by Steve Muldoon’s Rosewater, and controlled the packs to win comfortably 11.13 to 6.3. Campbelltown Oval was very heavy underfoot for the Second Semi clash between Daryl Lowry’s Modbury and Rob Morrell’s Pulteney, and it was the latter team which took the early initiative to lead all day for a 8.13 to 6.13 victory. The Prelim. Final at Daly Oval was a very even and fiercely contested affair, which Modbury looked like losing with poor goal-shooting until the 29-minute mark of the last quarter, when full forward Brett Wahlert marked strongly on an angle and kicked truly to win the match by just 2 points 8.16 to 9.8. The Grand Final was played at Norwood Oval, and Modbury led by a small margin all day thanks to its fierce attack on the ball, drawing away in the last quarter to win 14.14 to 11.9. Best players for the Hawks were half back Bruce Tonkin and rovers Jim Cluse and Steve Donaldson.
Other Tables and Scores
Walkerville (34), Hectorville (30), North Haven (24), Christian Brothers College OC (22), Burnside Kensington (16), Glenunga (16), Hope Valley (14), Campbelltown Magill (14), Mitcham (8), Edwardstown Baptist (2).
1st S. C.B.C.O.C. 4.6 North Haven 4.5 2nd S. Walkerville 6.8 Hectorville 5.11 Prelim. Hectorville 14.11 C.B.C.O.C. 7.12 G.Fin. Walkerville 13.4 Hectorville 12.8
West Lakes (34), Lockleys (28), Ethelton (26), Adelaide Uni B (22), Ovingham (18), Unley (18), Ingle Farm (16), Flinders University (12), Wingfield Royals (6).
1st S. Adelaide Uni 11.12 Ethelton 11.5 2nd S. Lockleys 16.6 West Lakes 10.9 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 18.7 West Lakes 17.11 G.Fin. Lockleys 8.14 Adelaide Uni 7.10
Glandore (34), Ferryden Park (26), State Transport Authority (26), Colonel Light Gardens (24), Broadview C (22), University of S.A. (16), Alberton United (12), Goodwood Saints C (10), Banksia Park O.S. (8), A.N.Z. Bank (2).
1st S. S.T.A. 9.9 Col Light Gdns 4.9 2nd S. Glandore 14.15 Ferryden Park 3.3 Prelim. S.T.A. 14.10 Ferryden Park 9.13 G.Fin. Glandore 22.23 S.T.A. 9.8
Modbury C (32), Tea Tree Gully C (30), Adelaide Uni E (28), Brighton Dist & O.S. C (26), S.P.O.C. C (18), Kilburn C (14), Salisbury Central (14), Gaza C (14), Cedars (4), Woodville Sth C (0).
1st S. Brighton 5.9 Adelaide Uni 4.9 2nd S. Modbury 14.13 Tea Tree Gully 9.11 Prelim. Brighton 14.14 Tea Tree Gully 10.3 G.Fin. Brighton 20.11 Modbury 7.8
Rostrevor OC C (34), Scotch OC C (30), Adelaide Uni F (26), Greenacres C (20), P.A.O.C. C (14), S.H.O.C. C (12), Ingle Farm C (8).
1st S. Greenacres 17.16 Adelaide Uni 10.13 2nd S. Rostrevor OC 6.10 Scotch OC 3.8 Prelim. Greenacres 14.7 Scotch OC 11.14 G.Fin. Rostrevor OC 23.16 Greenacres 7.9
Port District C (33), Seaton C (30), Old Ignatians C (27), Walkerville C (26), Greek C (20), West Lakes C (14), Gepps Cross C (10), Lockleys C (10), S.M.O.S.H. C (6), Riverside C (4).
1st S. Old Ignatians 8.12 Walkerville 1.6 2nd S. Seaton 9.10 Port District 7.9 Prelim. Port District 17.18 Old Ignatians 9.11 G.Fin. Port District 7.12 Seaton 5.11
Adelaide Luth. C (30), Pembroke OS C (24), Broadview E (22), P.H.O.S. C (20), Kenilworth C (20), Hectorville C (20), Hope Valley C (18), Fitzroy C (10), Burn. Kens. C (10), Ethelton C (6).
1st S. Broadview 9.4 P.H.O.S. 7.5 2nd S. Adel Lutheran 8.10 Pembroke OS 3.7 Prelim. Pembroke OS 8.11 Broadview 7.10 G.Fin. Adel Lutheran 12.12 Pembroke OS 11.5
Pulteney OS C (34), West Croydon C (32), North Haven C (29), Fitzroy D (27), Flinders Uni C (26), Colonel Light Gardens C (24), Rosewater C (22), Campbelltown Magill C (16), Modbury E (12), Mitcham C (10), S.T.A. C (6), Glandore C (6), Adelaide Lutheran D (4), Wingfield C (4).
1st S. Fitzroy 10.8 North Haven 6.4 2nd S. Pulteney OS 11.8 West Croydon 10.9 Prelim. Fitzroy 9.18 West Croydon 5.9 G.Fin. Fitzroy 12.10 Pulteney OS 5.10
Port District (32), Broadview (30), Greek (24), Goodwood (24), Gaza (18), Kilburn (12), Rostrevor OC (12), Scotch OC (10), Adelaide Uni (10), S.P.O.C. (8).
1st S. Goodwood 2.7 Greek 2.5 2nd S. Broadview 7.5 Port District 6.4 Prelim. Goodwood 9.11 Port District 9.4 G.Fin. Broadview 9.13 Goodwood 4.4
Brighton D&OS (30), Tea Tree Gully (30), Gepps Cross (26), P.A.O.C. (26), Greenacres (18), Riverside (18), S.H.O.C. (15), Seaton (13), Woodville South (2), Kenilworth (2).
1st S. Gepps Cross 4.10 P.A.O.C. 1.4 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 3.4 Brighton 2.7 Prelim. Gepps Cross 9.10 Brighton 5.14 G.Fin. Gepps Cross 8.6 Tea Tree Gully 5.7
Modbury (36), Old Ignatians (30), Adelaide Lutheran (28), Rosewater (22), Pembroke OS (20), S.M.O.S.H. (20), Fitzroy (10), P.H.O.S. (8), Pulteney O.S. (6), West Croydon (0).
1st S. Adel Lutheran 7.14 Rosewater 1.7 2nd S. Modbury 7.14 Old Ignatians 3.4 Prelim. Adel Lutheran 7.7 Old Ignatians 6.3 G.Fin. Modbury 15.10 Adel Lutheran 1.2
Walkerville (30), C.B.C.O.C. (30), Hectorville (28), Glenunga (22), North Haven (20), Hope Valley (20), Mitcham (14), Campbell. Magill (10), Burnside Kens. (6), Edwardstown Baptist (0).
1st S. Glenunga 2.10 Hectorville 2.4 2nd S. Walkerville 5.7 C.B.C.O.C. 0.5 Prelim. Glenunga 4.10 C.B.C.O.C. 2.11 G.Fin. Walkerville 8.8 Glenunga 6.4
West Lakes (36), Adelaide Uni (30), Lockleys (28), Ingle Farm (24), Ethelton (20), Flinders Uni (16), Unley (12), Wingfield (8), Ovingham (6).
1st S. Ingle Farm 6.5 Lockleys 4.4 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 4.3 West Lakes 1.4 Prelim. West Lakes 7.11 Ingle Farm 5.7 G.Fin. West Lakes 5.4 Adelaide Uni 4.8
Colonel Light Gardens (36), Broadview (30), Glandore (26), Ferryden Park (19), University of SA (19), S.T.A. (16), Banksia Park OS (16), Goodwood (10), Alberton United (6), A.N.Z. Bank (2).
1st S. Glandore 2.8 Ferryden Park 1.6 2nd S. Broadview 4.1 Col Light Gard 2.8 Prelim. Col Light Gard 8.13 Glandore 6.5 G.Fin. Broadview 7.10 Col Light Gard 5.6
Adelaide Uni (30), Modbury (30), Brighton D&OS (30), Tea Tree Gully (24), Gaza (24), S.P.O.C. (14), Kilburn (12), Woodville South (8), Salisbury Central (6), Cedars (2).
1st S. Tea Tree Gully 5.6 Brighton 1.4 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 8.8 Modbury 6.6 Prelim. Tea Tree Gully 10.5 Modbury 10.3 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 7.9 Adelaide Uni 3.5
Scotch OC (30), P.A.O.C. (30), Rostrevor OC (26), S.H.O.C. (24), Adelaide Uni (14), Greenacres (14), Ingle Farm (6).
1st S. Rostrevor OC 3.6 S.H.O.C. 2.6 2nd S. P.A.O.C. 4.4 Scotch OC 1.5 Prelim. Scotch OC 9.4 Rostrevor OC 5.6 G.Fin. Scotch OC 7.7 P.A.O.C. 6.5
Under 17 Gold
Port District (36), Walkerville (27), Riverside (24), Burnside Kensington (20), Brighton D&OS (16), Goodwood (15), North Haven (6).
1st S. Burns Kens 7.9 Riverside 1.4 2nd S. Port District 5.10 Walkerville 2.3 Prelim. Walkerville 14.9 Burns Kens 3.2 G.Fin. Walkerville 13.11 Port District 8.7
Under 17 Red
Greenacres (36), Gaza (32), Tea Tree Gully (16), Broadview (16), Modbury (15), Gepps Cross (14), Hope Valley (8), Kilburn (7).
1st S. Tea Tree Gully 10.8 Broadview 6.4 2nd S. Gaza 9.8 Greenacres 9.7 Prelim. Greenacres 30.21 Tea Tree Gully 0.4 G.Fin. Greenacres 12.7 Gaza 10.9
Under 17 Division Playoff
Greenacres 9.7 Walkerville 7.9
An A12 competition was held for people with integration difficulties featuring teams from Hectorville, Brighton, Port District, Greenacres, Goodwood and Lockleys. Five rounds were played after which Hectorville beat Greenacres 6.6 to 1.5 in the Final.
Ruckman Craig Lum of Port District was the A1 Pfitzner Medallist, and Michael Gilmour of Kenilworth the A2 Chambers Medallist. Shane Munchenberg became the first Adelaide Lutheran player to win an Amateur League medal with his success in the A3 McKay Medal.
Other medallists were:
- Daryl Newton (Walkerville – A4)
- Jason Otte (Flinders Uni – A5 tie)
- Mike Simpson (Lockleys – A5 tie)
- Andrew Toepfer (West Lakes – A5 tie)
- Mark Rooney (Ferryden Park – A6)
- Kym Murchison (Adelaide Uni – A7)
- Scott Measday (Scotch OC – A8, his second medal)
- Steve Bremert (Walkerville – A9)
- Peter McAllister (P.H.O.S. – A10)
- Niko Gramatika (West Croydon – A11)
- Pat Carbone (Port District – A1 Res)
- Paul Hayter (Gepps Cross – A2 Res tie)
- Shane Doman (Tea Tree Gully – A2 Res tie)
- Francesco Carbone (Rosewater – A3 Res)
- Norm White (Hope Valley – A4 Res)
- Jeff Plowman (Ingle Farm – A5 Res)
- Rob Brown (S.T.A. – A6 Res)
- Bob Bradley (Adelaide Uni – A7 Res)
- Angus Irwin (Scotch OC – A8 Res, his second medal in succession)
- Brett Bennier (Greenacres – Under 17 Red)
- Craig Coombe (Brighton D&OS – Under 17 Gold).
The winner of the Charles Irvine Memorial Trophy for Leading Goalkicker in A1 was Kilburn’s Duane Massey, who kicked 115 goals and became the first A1 player since Tony Risby in 1977 to kick over 100 goals.. Ex-South Adelaide player Steve Schmidof S.H.O.C. won the A2 Peter Haynes Memorial Trophy with 89 goals. A1 and A9 premier Port District was the winner of theNorwich Life Cup for the second year in a row.
Only one senior interstate match was played, that against Victoria at Waverley Park on Monday June 8th as a curtain-raiser to the Crows-Hawthorn match. This was the V.A.F.A.’s centenary year. S.A.’s umpire was Leo Panzarino and the team was as follows:
- Carlaw, Roger hf Broadview
- Cocking, Tim wing Port District
- Crerar, Peter vice captain hb Broadview
- Cross, Neil interchange Scotch O.C.
- Gray, Corey fp Adelaide University
- Handley, Kerry hb Riverside
- Horwood, Chris centre St.Peters O.C.
- Johns, Chris rover Port District
- Kewell, Simon bp Adelaide University
- Kupsch, David hf Broadview
- Muir, Andrew captain follow Adelaide University
- Natoli, Maurice ruck Kilburn
- Owens, Brenton bp Port District
- Panagaris, John fp Goodwood Saints
- Ploenges, Warren fb Goodwood Saints
- Reu, Danny wing Goodwood Saints
- Schmid, Steve chf Sacred Heart O.C.
- Sherry, Tony chb Broadview
- Washyn, Mark interchange Adelaide University
- Wells, Stuart ff Goodwood Saints
- Zilm, Tim interchange Goodwood Saints
S.A. chased guernseys for most of the match as the Vics ran riot in front of their home crowd. The last quarter was more competitive, but by then the game was all over.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 4.4 10.11 16.14 19.18 (132) S.A. 1.2 3.4 3.5 7.7 (49)
Goalkickers: Panagaris 2, Wells 2, Gray, Owens, Reu
Best Players: Ploenges, Johns, Zilm, Gray, Owens, Horwood
The A3-A6 Representative team also played a match against Victoria to celebrate the V.A.F.A.’s centenary. The venue was Elsternwick Park on Sunday June 7th, our umpire was Robert Pearce, and the team was as follows:
- Anderson Glenn A ruck Rosewater
- Apostolopoulos, Danny P fb Glenunga
- Bloffwitch, Kym ruck Walkerville
- Cock, Gary J rover Mitcham
- Cock, Ian D interchange Campbelltown Magill
- Dowd, Mark chb St.Michaels O.S.& H.
- Farrell, Simon P chf Hectorville
- Giles Tony L hb Rosewater
- Harbinson, Merv bp Fitzroy
- Jones, Peter B interchange Ethelton
- McInerney, Graham J bp St.Michaels O.S.& H.
- McNicol, Brendan J interch Adelaide Lutheran
- Munchenberg, Simon hf Adelaide Lutheran
- Newton, Daryl J Walkerville
- Rodda, Marty B Ethelton
- Searle, Troy Rosewater
- Simpson, Andrew Fitzroy
- Simpson, Mike D Lockleys
- Swale, Adrian vice capt Pulteney O.S.
- Window, Peter M captain Walkerville
- Zanker, Tony M Hectorville
S.A. began well under the direction of coach Mike Weatherald’s specially devised strategies, but was unfortunate to lose key players Bloffwitch and Zanker, which let the Vics back into the game. In the second half, the opposition revelled in the heavy conditions and their strength and mud-running skills were too much for a gallant S.A. team.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 2.1 4.10 9.15 13.21 (99) S.A. 3.4 4.4 4.5 7.7 (49)
Goalkickers: Anderson 2, I.Cock, Farrell, Jones, Munchenberg, Window
Best Players: Farrell, McInerney, Harbinson, Searle, Swale, Window
The Under-17 combined team played a Port Pirie combined team at Kilburn Oval on Sunday June 7th and won easily 31.22 to 6.3.