After 15 years as Chairman, Graham Bert did not seek re-appointment and was replaced by John Dicker. Dicker had been Treasurer of the Amateur League for 12 years, and in recognition of his services was awarded Life Membership. The new Treasurer was Executive member Chris Sando. There was also a new Umpires’ Coach as Ian Wallace, formerly Chairman of the Umpires’ Board, replaced Peter Francis.
Unfortunately for the Amateur League, its main publicity outlet Football Times was not published, and so premiership tables and match previews appeared in Sports Beat instead. The Sunday Mail also assisted by printing the A1 to A6 premiership tables each week along with all scores.
Norwood Union, which had gone into recess in 1992, was welcomed back in 1993 along with three newly-formed clubs, Adelaide High O.S., North Pines and St. Pauls O.S. However, three clubs disbanded because of difficulties in attracting players. A.N.Z. Bank did not form and so completed the demise of bank teams in South Australian competition, while Edwardstown Baptist’s departure left Adelaide Lutheran as the only church team in the SAAFL. More surprising was the demise of University of S.A., although with its recruiting potential its absence would probably prove to be only temporary.
It was decided to experiment with the final 5 system of finals in the Under 17 division where there was 12 teams. The obvious advantage of such a system was the opportunity for an extra team to compete in the finals, although with only 10 teams in most other grades its general relevance was not so obvious. However, some interesting results were occurring under the traditional Page system of a Final Four. In both 1992 and 1993 the winners of the Second Semi Finals in all of the top three grades A1, A2 and A3, all lost their respective Grand Finals. Folklore had it that under the Page system it was a definite benefit to win the Second Semi, because that guaranteed a place in the Grand Final and a rest while the Preliminary Final was being played. However, the psychology and tactics of football seemed to be becoming as important as player fitness and skills. Hence, a team losing the Second Semi could regroup, look at its deficiencies and the strengths of its opponent, and build up momentum to the Grand Final by playing in the Preliminary Final. Whether this was the case or not, some very hot favourites for the flag were beaten in 1992 and 1993.
A1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Kilburn, coached by former state coach Tony Roach, was generally regarded as premiership certainties in A1, being unbeaten until round 17 when Roach’s old club Broadview whipped them by 8 goals. Brighton District & O.S. did well enough in its first season of A1 to stay, but Riverside and Scotch O.C. were relegated to A2.
Played Won L D Pts Kilburn 18 17 1 0 34 Broadview 18 15 3 0 30 Port District 18 11 7 0 22 Adelaide University 18 11 7 0 22 Goodwood Saints 18 10 8 0 20 Greek Camden 18 9 9 0 18 Brighton District & O.S. 18 8 10 0 16 Gaza 18 4 14 0 8 Riverside 18 3 15 0 6 Scotch O.C. 18 2 16 0 4
The First Semi between Port District and Adelaide Uni at Blair Athol Reserve was keenly contested until the last quarter when Port kicked clear, helped by a match-winning 8 goals from Ashley Crack, to win 16.19 to 12.10. In the Second Semi at Alberton, Broadview looked completely inept scoring only 2 goals in the first three quarters then finishing with 7.13 to Kilburn’s 13.17. Broadview’s poor form made them the underdogs against Port District in the Prelim. Final at Alberton, but it proved far too classy and thrashed Port 21.14 to 13.7. Kilburn went into the Grand Final at Adelaide Oval as one of the hottest favourites in years, but the day was overcast and no sooner had the match begun, than it started to rain and continued to rain the whole match. The smaller Broadview players led the way in their fierce determination and attack on the ball, and with the Kilburn forwards well held, the Chics were never able to assert any authority over the match. A blast from Roach at three-quarter time and some urging by the famous ‘Mound Men’ up at the score-board bar motivated a mini-recovery, but Broadview withstood every challenge to win 14.7 to 9.17.
A2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
In A2, Seaton Ramblers coached by Peter Kelly was far superior to the other teams during the minor round, and when the finals began was unbeaten at the top of the table. Who its opponents would be in the finals was uncertain, however, right up until round 18. S.H.O.C., Kenilworth and Rostrevor O.C. all had 11 wins, trailed by S.P.O.C. with 10, and Kenilworth had to play Seaton while S.P.O.C. took on Rostrevor. S.H.O.C. was playing Princes, so any 3 of the 4 could make the finals. The two favourites were S.H.O.C. and Rostrevor, but as it turned out S.P.O.C. beat Rostrevor causing the latter to miss fourth place on percentage.
Played Won L D Pts Seaton Ramblers 18 18 0 0 36 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 12 6 0 24 St. Peters O.C. 18 11 7 0 22 Kenilworth 18 11 7 0 22 Rostrevor O.C. 18 11 7 0 22 Tea Tree Gully 18 8 10 0 16 Modbury 18 8 10 0 16 Prince Alfred O.C. 18 7 11 0 14 Gepps Cross 18 3 15 0 6 Pulteney O.S. 18 1 17 0 2
Both Semi Finals were one-sided affairs, with Kenilworth somewhat surprisingly thrashing S.P.O.C. 21.7 to 10.7, and Seaton making themselves unbackable for the premiership by annihilating S.H.O.C. 26.15 to 10.9. Kenilworth started warm favourites in the Prelim. Final, but after an even first quarter S.H.O.C., coached by former Norwood player Duncan Fosdike, got on top to win 19.8 to 13.9. S.H.O.C. was virtually given no hope in the Grand Final against undefeated Seaton, but in an amazing first quarter at Prospect Oval, ran all over Ramblers to score 9.5 to 2.1. From then on Seaton played catch-up football, but despite kicking 13 goals to 8 was defeated by S.H.O.C. 17.12 to 15.10. This was S.H.O.C.’s first A2 premiership, and only its second ‘A’ premiership since being founded in 1968.
A3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The A3 competition was stronger than usual in 1993 with the demotion of Greenacres and Woodville South from A2, and the promotion of Walkerville and Hectorville from A4. Walkerville was easily the best side in the competition, while Fitzroy could count themselves unlucky to finish fifth for the third year in succession.
Played Won L D Pts Walkerville 18 17 1 0 34 Greenacres 18 13 5 0 26 St.Michaels O.S.& H. 18 12 5 1 25 Plympton High O.S. 18 11 7 0 22 Fitzroy 18 11 7 0 22 Hectorville 18 9 8 1 19 Adelaide Lutheran 18 8 10 0 16 Rosewater 18 4 14 0 8 Pembroke O.S. 18 2 16 0 4 Woodville South 18 2 16 0 4
In the First Semi, P.H.O.S. proved too quick for S.M.O.S.H. winning 16.12 to 12.16, while Walkerville was too classy for Greenacres in the Second Semi winning 15.22 to 11.11. Greenacres bounced back to easily account for P.H.O.S. 18.12 to 9.19 in the Prelim., then in a particularly aggressive display in the Grand Final, surprised all by easily beating Walkerville 17.12 to 11.9.
Other Tables and Scores
Lockleys (32), Hope Valley (24), West Croydon (22), Old Ignatians (22), Burnside Kensington (20), Campbelltown Magill (18), Glenunga (16), Christian Brothers College OC (14), Adelaide Uni C (6), North Haven (6).
1st S. West Croydon 17.14 Old Ignatians 11.10 2nd S. Lockleys 20.13 Hope Valley 10.5 Prelim. West Croydon 17.8 Hope Valley 14.12 G.Fin. Lockleys 16.12 West Croydon 10.12
Unley (28), Glandore (28), Ethelton (26), Ferryden Park (24), Ingle Farm (20), Mitcham (14), West Lakes (14), Flinders Uni (12), State Transport Authority (10), Ovingham (4).
1st S. Ferryden Park 14.8 Ethelton 10.18 2nd S. Unley 18.15 Glandore 10.10 Prelim. Glandore 22.17 Ferryden Park 11.10 G.Fin. Unley 13.9 Glandore 12.12
Banksia Park OS (32), Goodwood Saints C (30), Col Light Gardens (26), Broadview C (24), Alberton Utd (24), Norwood Union (18), Brighton D&OS C (14), Modbury C (8), Wingfield (4).
1st S. Col. Lt. Gdns 18.17 Broadview 11.13 2nd S. Banksia Park 21.11 Goodwood Sts 18.9 Prelim. Col. Lt. Gdns 20.17 Goodwood Sts 12.12 G.Fin. Col. Lt. Gdns 18.13 Banksia Park 12.14
North Pines (36), Adelaide High OS (30), St. Pauls OS (26), Tea Tree Gully C (24), Cedars (20), Greenacres C (14), Gaza C (12), Adelaide Uni E (10), Kilburn C (4), St.Peters OC C (4).
1st S. St. Pauls OS 12.22 Tea Tree Gully 9.7 2nd S. North Pines 15.19 Adel High OS 13.13 Prelim. St. Pauls OS 9.15 Adel High OS 10.8 G.Fin. North Pines 14.10 St. Pauls OS 6.12
North Pines became only the second Amateur League club (after Croydon in 1981) to go through the season undefeated in its year of foundation.
Rostrevor OC C (32), Port District C (30), Scotch OC C (28), Seaton C (28), Salisbury Central (22), Prince Alfred OC C (14), Pembroke OS C (10), Kenilworth C (8), Adelaide Uni F (7), Adelaide Lutheran C (1).
1st S. Scotch OC 16.18 Seaton 6.5 2nd S. Rostrevor OC 14.6 Port District 13.10 Prelim. Scotch OC 17.11 Port District 3.7 G.Fin. Rostrevor OC 12.8 Scotch OC 11.9
Walkerville C (34), S.M.O.S.H. C (34), S.H.O.C. C (26), Lockleys C (24), Old Ignatians C (20), Ingle Farm C (14), Gepps Cross C (12), Greek Camden C (10), Woodville South C (4), West Lakes C (0).
1st S. Lockleys 12.12 S.H.O.C. 11.10 2nd S. Walkerville 11.8 S.M.O.S.H. 10.8 Prelim. S.M.O.S.H. 8.12 Lockleys 5.5 G.Fin. S.M.O.S.H. 17.12 Walkerville 11.10
Riverside C (32), Broadview E (28), Fitzroy C (26), North Haven C (24), Hectorville C (16), Colonel Light Gardens C (16), P.H.O.S. C (16), Hope Valley C (12), Burnside Kensington C (10), Ethelton C (0).
1st S. North Haven 15.14 Fitzroy 11.6 2nd S. Broadview 9.13 Riverside 8.12 Prelim. Riverside 16.19 North Haven 6.9 G.Fin. Riverside 18.14 Broadview 7.12
C.B.C.O.C. C (33), Mitcham C (28), Gaza E (27), Flinders Uni C (25), Rosewater C (25), Ingle Farm D (24), Glenunga C (14), Fitzroy D (12), Modbury E (10), Campbelltown Magill C (8), North Pines C (4), S.T.A. C (4).
1st S. Flinders Uni 17.12 Gaza 7.12 2nd S. C.B.C.O.C. 24.23 Mitcham 3.2 Prelim. Flinders Uni 16.15 Mitcham 13.6 G.Fin. C.B.C.O.C. 15.17 Flinders Uni 5.5
Goodwood Saints (36), Port District (30), Broadview (26), Brighton D&OS (22), Kilburn (20), Gaza (16), Riverside (12), Adelaide Uni (10), Scotch OC (6), Greek Camden (2).
1st S. Broadview 15.9 Brighton 14.9 2nd S. Goodwood Sts 23.10 Port District 8.10 Prelim. Broadview 15.6 Port District 12.3 G.Fin. Broadview 9.15 Goodwood Sts 6.13
Rostrevor OC (34), Seaton Ramblers (26), Modbury (24), Tea Tree Gully (22), S.H.O.C. (22), S.P.O.C. (20), P.A.O.C. (18), Gepps Cross (10), Kenilworth (4), Pulteney OS (0).
1st S. Tea Tree Gully 11.13 Modbury 11.11 2nd S. Rostrevor OC 14.11 Seaton 11.9 Prelim. Seaton 17.7 T Tree Gully 11.10 G.Fin. Rostrevor OC 8.7 Seaton 7.7
S.M.O.S.H. (34), Walkerville (30), Greenacres (30), Adelaide Lutheran (22), Pembroke OS (16), Hectorville (16), Fitzroy (14), P.H.O.S. (10), Rosewater (8), Woodville South (0).
1st S. Greenacres 11.9 Adel Lutheran 10.11 2nd S. Walkerville 15.15 S.M.O.S.H. 7.9 Prelim. S.M.O.S.H. 15.9 Greenacres 11.5 G.Fin. Walkerville 9.5 S.M.O.S.H. 1.13
Adelaide Uni (31), Old Ignatians (28), C.B.C.O.C. (25), Hope Valley (24), Lockleys (18), Glenunga (18), Campbelltown Magill (12), North Haven (12), Burnside Kensington (10), West Croydon (2).
1st S. C.B.C.O.C. 15.16 Hope Valley 8.2 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 11.11 Old Ignatians 8.9 Prelim. C.B.C.O.C. 10.6 Old Ignatians 10.4 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 14.17 C.B.C.O.C. 7.4
Ingle Farm (34), Mitcham (28), Glandore (26), Ethelton (24), Unley (24), West Lakes (16), Ferryden Park* (10), Flinders Uni* (8), S.T.A. (8), Ovingham (2). * Ferryden Park v Flinders Uni drew twice!
1st S. Glandore 14.9 Ethelton 10.11 2nd S. Mitcham 9.20 Ingle Farm 8.4 Prelim. Glandore 12.9 Ingle Farm 8.11 G.Fin. Mitcham 15.18 Glandore 2.8
Goodwood (34), Colonel Light Gardens (30), Broadview (28), Brighton D&OS (26), Alberton United (20), Banksia Park OS (18), Modbury (12), Wingfield (8), Norwood Union (4).
1st S. Brighton 15.10 Broadview 13.6 2nd S. Goodwood Sts 12.5 Col. Lt. Gdns 11.8 Prelim. Brighton 17.11 Col. Lt. Gdns 5.13 G.Fin. Goodwood Sts 11.12 Brighton 5.5
Adelaide Uni (26), St.Pauls OS (26), Greenacres (24), Adelaide High OS (22), North Pines (21), S.P.O.C. (18), Tea Tree Gully (17), Gaza (14), Kilburn (8), Cedars (4).
1st S. Greenacres 16.14 Adel High OS 11.13 2nd S. St. Pauls OS 14.21 Adelaide Uni 12.14 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 17.14 Greenacres 10.4 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 20.15 St. Pauls OS 5.5
Adelaide Lutheran (34), P.A.O.C. (32), Rostrevor OC (26), Port District (26), Adelaide Uni (18), Salisbury Central (11), Seaton (10), Scotch OC (9), Kenilworth (8), Pembroke OS (6).
1st S. Rostrevor OC 11.15 Port District 5.13 2nd S. P.A.O.C. 30.10 Adel Lutheran 6.2 Prelim. Rostrevor OC defeated Adel Luth on forfeit G.Fin. P.A.O.C. 14.11 Rostrevor O.C. 8.4
Under 17 (15 rounds only)
Gepps Cross (28), Modbury (28), Port District (25), Greenacres (23), Burnside Kensington (16), Hope Valley (14), Goodwood Saints (14), Tea Tree Gully (12), Kilburn (8), Brighton D&OS (8), North Haven (4), Norwood Union (0).
Elim Fin. Greenacres 14.9 Burns Kens 9.10 Qual Fin. Port District 18.13 Modbury 6.2 1st S. Modbury 11.7 Greenacres 6.9 2nd S. Gepps Cross 22.12 Port District 11.8 Prelim. Port District 13.17 Modbury 8.8 G.Fin. Gepps Cross 16.5 Port District 9.9
Adelaide University rover Ben Higgins became the 9th University player to win the A1 Best and Fairest Medal.
The A2 medal was shared between Sacred Heart captain Mike Collett, and former North Adelaide and All-Australian amateur player Jamie Mason, who had previously won the A1 medal in 1986 and was now coaching Kenilworth. Former Essendon and West Adelaide footballer Merv Harbinson won the A3 medal playing for Fitzroy, and star West Croydon forward Rorey Poole was the A4 medallist. Ferryden Park captain Mark Rooney won the A5 medal, his second medal in succession.
The other medallists were:
- Craig Jardine (A6 – Banksia Park OS)
- Wayne Pitt (A7 – North Pines)
- Angus Irwin (A8 – Scotch OC, his third medal in succession), Mark Modra (A9 – S.M.O.S.H.)
- David Simons (A10 – Riverside)
- Steve McLean (A11 – Ingle Farm)
- Anthony Wesley (A1 Res – Goodwood)
- Bob Harley (A2 Res – Seaton)
- Steve Putland (A3 Res – S.M.O.S.H.)
- Tom Hancock (A4 Res – Adelaide Uni, the third Hancock brother to win a medal)
- Bob Brown (A5 Res – S.T.A., his second medal in succession)
- Robert Priest (A6 Res – Broadview)
- Andrew Rathmann (A7 Res – Adelaide High OS)
- Mathew Rice (A8 Res – Port District)
- Mathew Gregory (U17 – Greenacres)
Steven Mazey of Kilburn was the leading goalkicker in A1 with 88 goals, and Brenton Kovaleff of Seaton kicked 97 in A2.Walkerville received some compensation for losing the A3 Grand Final by winning the Norwich Life Cup for the most successful club in the Amateur League.
Evan Katsaros was again coach of the senior state team which played two matches. The squad was as follows:
- Atkins, Sam St.Peters O.C.
- Cocking, Tim Port District
- Cornish, Steve Brighton Dist. & OS
- Finnis, Joel Adelaide University
- Harvey, John Riverside
- Ker, John St.Peters O.C.
- Klaebe, Brenton Kilburn
- Lauder, Gavin Kilburn
- Lister, Damien Kilburn
- Miles, Grant Adelaide University
- Moore, Shane Kilburn
- Muir, Andrew vice captain Adelaide University
- Owens, Brenton Port District
- Philcox, Phillip Kilburn
- Ploenges, Warren captain Goodwood Saints
- Ryan, Bradley Plympton High O.S.
- Sherry, Tony Broadview
- Simpson, Jon Port District
- Smith, Warren Goodwood Saints
- Spirou, Kevin Port District
- Vanzetta, Darren Kilburn
- Whelan, David Goodwood Saints
- Zilm, Tim Goodwood Saints
Duane Massey and Des Hicks both from Kilburn were the emergencies.
Saturday June 5th 1993
S.A.Team v Western Australia
Leederville Oval, Perth
Tony Grantham was S.A.’s umpire for the match against W.A. which did not start well as S.A. quickly fell 4 goals behind at the start. However, the team recovered to hit the front in the second quarter, and then with Brenton Klaebe dominating across half back, and Tim Zilm and Gavin Lauder playing well on the ball, S.A. increased its lead to win comfortably despite three late goals by W.A..
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 4.4 8.6 10.8 12.10 (82) W.A. 5.2 5.4 6.6 9.10 (64)
Goalkickers: Spirou 4, Cornish 2, Cocking, Finnis, Harvey, Lister, Philcox, Zilm.
Best Players: Klaebe, Lauder, Zilm, Sherry, Finnis, Ker.
Sunday June 13th 1993
S.A.Team v Victoria
The match against the Vics was played at Football Park as a curtain-raiser to the Adelaide Crows match against Footscray. Leo Panzarino was S.A.’s umpire, and both teams had their share of the ball in the first half, with the Vics making more of their opportunities. Unfortunately, in the second half the visitors ran all over a dispirited S.A. to win by 68 points.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 1.5 5.9 9.11 14.17 (101) S.A. 1.3 3.4 4.5 4.9 (33)
Goalkickers: Lauder 2, Spirou, Vanzetta.
Best Players: Ryan, Ploenges, Sherry, Ker, Owens, Smith
The A3-A6 Representative team under coach Mike Weatherald played Victoria at Goodwood Oval on Saturday 12th June. S.A.’s umpire was Chris Evans, and the team was as follows:
- Apostolopoulos, Dan fb Glenunga
- Armstrong, Morgan ruck Woodville South
- Bailey, Dean chf Plympton High O.S.
- Bates, Andrew follower Rosewater
- Byrnes, Simon hb C.B.C.O.C.
- Cock, Gary rover Walkerville
- Cox, Mark interchange West Croydon
- Dowd, Mark fp St.Michaels O.S.& H.
- Fewster, Brad hf St.Michaels O.S.& H.
- Harbinson, Merv v.c. follow Fitzroy
- Hensing, Shaun hf Greenacres
- Jones, Peter fp Ethelton
- Laan, Damien ruck Hectorville
- Martin, Darren hb Plympton High O.S.
- McInerney, Graham chb St.Michaels O.S.& H.
- Poole, Rorey wing West Croydon
- Turnbull, Chris rover Fitzroy
- Warner, Peter bp Greenacres
- Window, Peter capt. wing Walkerville
- Wright, Garth ff Plympton High O.S.
- Zanker, Tony centre Hectorville
S.A. began well with the breeze to lead by 38 points at quarter time, then played magnificently to restrict the Vics to just 1.2 in the second quarter while scoring 3 goals itself. After half time it was all one-way traffic, as the S.A. players grew in confidence and inflicted on Victoria its biggest loss in interstate football ever, exceeding the 60-point margin in 1985 and the 63-point margin in 1930.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 6.9 9.9 14.14 16.19 (115) Victoria 1.1 2.3 4.6 7.9 (51)
Goalkickers: Wright 7, Harbinson 2, Jones 2, Bailey, Cox, Dowd, Hensing, Zanker
Best Players: Byrnes, Wright, Harbinson, Zanker, Bates, Poole.
The Under 17 combined team played matches against Port Pirie and Riverland. Once again the team was too strong for Port Pirie winning 21.10 to 5.8 at Port Pirie on June 13th, but losing by 9.6 to 21.9 against Riverland at Barmera on June 26th.