SAAFL History – 1999

1999 was significant in that it saw the retirement of Alan Statton, the League’s General Manager who had served in office for 41 years. A special cocktail party was held at the Strathmore Hotel North Terrace on March 12 where people who had worked with Alan including interstate officials gathered to wish him well in retirement. Then at the pre-season dinner on March 17 held at the Adelaide Recreation Centre in Sturt Street Adelaide, Alan was presented with a signed Bradman bat from the clubs. Taking over as General Manager of the League was John Leak.

Another change was the renaming of the Norwich Life Cup. Following the insurance company’s withdrawal of their sponsorship, Tower Life Australia stepped in to fill the breach and so donated the Tower Champion Club Cup and a cheque for $5,000 to the champion club in the League. The inaugural winner was Adelaide University with 4 teams in Grand Finals and 2 premierships including the Division 1 premiership.

The profile of the League was raised by a regular Friday morning Amateur hour on 5RPH hosted by Les Davoren. Les gave out the teams in Divisions 1 to 3, and interviewed coaches and officials from around the League.

Since the introduction of a second division in 1928, it had been practice with few exceptions for the two bottom sides in a division at the end of a season to swap places with the two top sides from the next division down. This practice had allowed clubs undergoing change to find their appropriate levels in the grading structure. However, on occasions it did cause problems for clubs who, whilst having completed a successful season and playing in the Grand Final, were losing several players for the following season and so not were well placed for promotion to a higher division. This seemed to become more of a problem the higher the divisions involved, and particularly in going from Division 2 to Division 1. Hence the delegates agreed to change the rules to allow a club which had played in the Grand Final to stay in the same division for the following season provided only that one of the two bottom clubs in the division above did not wish to be relegated and either club had not exercised this option the previous season.

Another rule change was to allow four interchange players in all finals, and to foreshadow a Final Five for Division 1 and 1 Reserve in 2000.

The Kilburn Football Club, innovative as ever, had powerful light panels constructed at Blair Athol Reserve at a cost of about $130,000 funded by the Club, the Port Adelaide and Enfield Council and the state government under its job creation incentive. This coup followed an $800,000 grant from the former Enfield council two years previously to develop a community centre at Blair Athol Reserve involving several sports. The lights were officially opened on Friday August 6th when Kilburn played Tea Tree Gully at night following a pre-match dinner with invited guests.

TransAdelaide – long-serving out. Wingfield went into recess, Golden North & Salvation Army in

In Division 1, a split round was programmed to allow the Div1 1 finals to start a week after the lower divisions. Early in the season 1998 premiers Broadview struggled and after 4 rounds were winless at the bottom of the ladder. Port District and Kilburn were the early leaders with Uni and Goodwood close behind, but in the second half of the season Broadview were the big improvers winning 7 matches in succession. With one round to play it was very tight at the top with Goodwood and Kilburn equal on 26 points, followed by Uni on 24 and Broadview and Port District on 22. To finish in that order, Goodwood had to win against bottom team Tea Tree Gully, Kilburn against 6th-placed PHOS Camden, Uni against Henley (8th), and Broadview against Athelstone (7th). In a round of big upsets, only Goodwood and Uni fulfilled their contracts. Broadview lost to Athelstone to give up their finals berth to Port District, and Kilburn lost to PHOS Camden to give up the double chance to Uni.

Premiership Tables

Div 1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Played Won L D Pts Goodwood Saints 18 14 4 0 28 Adelaide University 18 13 5 0 26 Kilburn 18 13 5 0 26 Port District 18 12 6 0 24 Broadview 18 11 7 0 22 P.H.O.S. Camden 18 8 10 0 16 Athelstone 18 7 11 0 14 Henley 18 6 12 0 12 Edwardstown 18 5 13 0 10 Tea Tree Gully 18 1 17 0 2

After scraping into the four, Port District coached by Damian Angove went on with the job in the First Semi at Prospect Oval by beating Steve O’Connor’s Kilburn 10.12 to 8.10 after the scores were level at three-quarter time. On the same day, Goodwood under coach Paul Page jumped the Blacks at Blair Athol Reserve to lead by 29 points at half time. The Blacks, coached by Peter Simmons, played better in the second half but still went down 7.4 to 8.12. The Prelim. Final was played at Prospect Oval and only 4 points separated the teams at lemons, but the Blacks stormed home kicking 5 goals to 2 in the last quarter to win 14.11 to 12.7.

To celebrate the end of the millennium, the Grand Final was played on a Friday night under lights at Adelaide Oval. A President’s Dinner preceded the match and spectators were treated to under-age matches and a replay of the Division 12 Grand Final before the Reserves took the field in pouring rain and some hail. The main game was played in constant drizzle and developed into a tight tussle so that scoring was difficult. Only ten goals were scored and all at the scoreboard end. Goodwood led by 10 points at the start of the last quarter, 5.8 to 3.10, and controlled the play for the first ten minutes or so but failed to add another goal. Goals to Uni’s James and Arnold tied the score at the 19 minute mark, then a scrambled behind just before the siren was enough to give the Blacks victory, 5.13 to 5.12. Winning the last Div 1 premiership of the 20th century was particularly sweet for University as they had also won the first when the League was formed in 1911, and were the only remaining foundation member.

Division 2 featured keen competition for a place in the finals. Salisbury North had improved on its ’98 form while Glandore handled the jump in grade with aplomb. Demoted Pooraka and Sacred Heart were well placed early in the second round, and Gepps Cross and Scotch were winning enough to stay in the race. Sacred Heart slipped after round 14 when their captain Kym Welsby was injured, and along with Scotch who won 11, missed the final cut.

Div 2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Played Won L D Pts Pooraka 18 13 4 1 27 Salisbury North 18 12 5 1 25 Glandore 18 12 6 0 24 Gepps Cross 18 12 6 0 24 Scotch O.C. 18 11 6 1 23 Sacred Heart O.C. 18 10 7 1 21 Gaza 18 9 7 2 20 Seaton Ramblers 18 5 13 0 10 Rostrevor O.C. 18 3 15 0 6 SMOSH West Lakes 18 0 18 0 0

In a high-scoring Semi at Daly Oval, Glandore defeated Gepps Cross 25.11 to 17.10. There was a sensation in the Second Semi at Edwardstown Oval where Salisbury North, who had scored only 6 goals to three quarter time and trailed by that margin, kicked 7 to I in the last to score a two point victory over Pooraka 13.13 to 13.11. Worse was to follow for Pooraka in the Prelim. Final at Daly Oval as Dudley Achee and Shannon Goldsmith dominated to give Glandore victory by 33 points. The Grand Final was played at Norwood Oval where Glandore continued their good form to set up a 3-goal advantage over Salisbury North at three quarter time, then ran riot kicking 9 goals in a brilliant last quarter to win the flag 19.8 to 7.13 giving the Eagles back-to-back premierships.

There were 4 college teams entering Division 3 in ’99, including demoted St. Peters O.C. who had never previously been lower than Division 2. Old rivals P.A.O.C. also came down with first-year coach Ian Steel in command. Paul Weston was coach of Saints and Wayne Mahney coach of Walkerville. Greenacres were the best team in the minor round, but Plympton lost its last 4 matches to miss the finals and let Princes in.

Div 3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Played Won L D Pts Greenacres 18 16 2 0 32 Walkerville 18 13 5 0 26 Old Ignatians 18 13 5 0 26 Prince Alfred O.C. 18 10 8 0 20 Plympton 18 9 9 0 18 Flinders Park 18 7 11 0 14 St. Peters O.C. 18 7 11 0 14 Unley 18 7 11 0 14 Pembroke O.S. 18 5 13 0 10 Payneham N.U. 18 3 15 0 6

Princes turned it on in the third quarter of the Semi Final against Old Ignatians at Panther Park kicking 6 goals to 1 and winning 13.11 to 6.8. Minor Premiers Greenacres shortened their price for the flag when they over-ran Walkerville in the last quarter of the Second Semi at Edwardstown and won 10.13 to 6.5. The Prelim. Final at Panther Park saw Walkerville jump Princes to lead by 3 goals at half time and then hold on to win by 2, 9.9 to 7.7. The Dragons were hot favourites in the Grand Final at Daly Oval, but the Cats kicked 5 in the second quarter and led by 3 goals at half time. The margin was still only 15 points going into the last quarter, but the Cats finished off the Dragons by scoring 3 goals to 1 for a surprising 10.14 to 6.11 victory.

Other Tables and Scores

Div 4: Salisbury West, (31), Eastern Park (31), Portland (26), Hectorville (20), Lockleys (18), Modbury (16), Mitcham (16), Glenunga (14), Rosewater (8).

1st S. Portland 18.16 Hectorville 8.14 2nd S. Salisb. West 12.14 Eastern Park 11.13 Prelim. Eastern Park 10.12 Portland 5.12 G.Fin. Salisb. West 10.10 Eastern Park 10.8

Div 5: West Croydon (34), St. Pauls OS (32), Smithfield (22), Woodville South (18), Elizabeth (16), Burnside Kensington (16), C.B.C.O.C. (12), North Haven (12), Fitzroy (10), Adelaide Lutheran (8). 1st S. Woodville Sth 10.12 Smithfield 7.16 2nd S. West Croydon 19.14 St.Pauls OS 12.11 Prelim. St.Pauls OS 13.9 Woodville Sth 7.12 G.Fin. St.Pauls OS 8.8 West Croydon 6.4

Div 6: Para Hills (30), Pulteney OS (28), Golden Grove (24), Kenilworth (21), Hope Valley (17), Adelaide High OS (16), Salisbury (16), Ingle Farm (14), Central United (12), North Pines (2).

1st S. Kenilworth 11.15 Golden Grove 9.13 2nd S. Pulteney OS 25.12 Para Hills 6.6 Prelim. Kenilworth 8.10 Para Hills 5.8 G.Fin. Pulteney OS 11.10 Kenilworth 7.5

Div 7: Brahma Lodge (28), Houghton Districts (24), Broadview (20), Colonel Light Gardens (20), Adelaide Uni (20), Henley (18, Port District (14), Athelstone (0).

1st S. Broadview 9.8 Col Lt Gdns 9.6 2nd S. Brahma Ldge 15.13 Houghton 14.10 Prelim. Houghton 7.10 Broadview 6.10 G.Fin. Houghton 12.20 Brahma Ldge 13.11

Div 8: Tea Tree Gully (28), Flinders Uni (26), Ovingham (26), Adelaide Uni (22), Portland (20), Eastern Park (8), Rostrevor OC (8), Pembroke OS (6).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 15.4 Ovingham 11.9 2nd S. Tea Tree Gully 13.14 Flinders Uni 9.6 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 9.8 Flinders Un I 6.11 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gully 13.13 Adelaide Uni 10.17

Div 9 North: Adelaide Uni (34), Paralowie (30), Pooraka (28), Kilburn (24), Modbury (20), Salvation Army (14), Salisbury North (10), Greenacres (8), Gepps Cross (8), Salisbury West (4).

1st S. Kilburn 21.11 Pooraka 5.6 2nd S. Adelaide Uni 13.18 Paralowie 7.4 Prelim. Kilburn 12.16 Paralowie 6.4 G.Fin. Adelaide Uni 14.14 Kilburn 6.3

Div 9 South: Goodwood Saints (34), Edwardstown (34), PHOS Camden (28), P.A.O.C. (26), Scotch OC (22), Seaton Ramblers (16), Adelaide Uni (16), S.P.O.C. (14), Walkerville (12), Flinders Park (8), Old Ignatians (6).

1st S. PHOS Camden 29.17 P.A.O.C. 2.5 2nd S. Goodwood Sts 13.8 Edwardstown 4.6 Prelim. PHOS Camden 9.8 Edwardstown 2.9 G.Fin. PHOS Camden 10.7 Goodwood Sts 8.14

Div 10 North: Payneham NU (34), Gaza (30), Golden Grove (26), Fitzroy (18), Woodville South (18), Hectorville (14), North Haven (14), Golden North (14), North Pines (12).

1st S. Golden Grove 11.16 Fitzroy 5.4 2nd S. Payneham NU 8.9 Gaza 6.9 Prelim. Gaza 6.9 Golden Grove 2.8 G.Fin. Payneham NU 17.5 Gaza 5.14

Div 10 South: SMOSH West Lakes (32), Sacred Heart O.C. (32), Mitcham (22), Colonel Light Gardens (16), Plympton (16), Pulteney O.S. (14), Unley (6), Adelaide Lutheran (6).

1st S. Mitcham 12.7 Col Lt Gdns 2.10 2nd S. SMOSH WL 13.12 SHOC 3.6 Prelim. Mitcham 6.9 SHOC 2.9 G.Fin. SMOSH WL 6.13 Mitcham 6.10

Div 1 Res: Goodwood Saints (34), Broadview (28), Adelaide Uni (26), Edwardstown (22), Henley (20), Athelstone (14), Tea Tree Gully (12), Port District (10), PHOS Camden (10), Kilburn (4).

1st S. Adelaide Uni 9.13 Edwardstown 2.6 2nd S. Broadview 9.6 Goodwood Sts 7.1 Prelim. Goodwood Sts 17.10 Adelaide Uni 4.6 G.Fin. Goodwood Sts 6.15 Broadview 5.3

Div 2 Res: Pooraka (32), Salisbury North (30), Scotch O.C. (30), Sacred Heart O.C. (24), Gepps Cross (18), Glandore (14), Seaton Ramblers (12), Gaza (10), SMOSH West Lakes (6), Rostrevor O.C. (4).

1st S. S.H.O.C. 11.4 Scotch OC 8.7 2nd S. Pooraka 14.13 Salisb. Nth. 3.8 Prelim. S.H.O.C. 8.12 Salisb. Nth. 6.4 G.Fin. Pooraka 10.10 S.H.O.C. 10.6

Div 3 Res: Pembroke O.S. (29), St. Peters O.C. (28), Walkerville (26), Prince Alfred O.C. (22), Payneham N.U. (22), Greenacres (16), Old Ignatians (16), Plympton (11), Unley (8), Flinders Park (2).

1st S. P.A.O.C. 6.11 Walkerville 7.2 2nd S. S.P.O.C. 10.10 Pembroke OS 7.2 Prelim. P.A.O.C. 5.8 Pembroke OS 4.4 G.Fin. P.A.O.C. 10.4 S.P.O.C. 7.13

Div 4 Res: Portland (32), Hectorville (30), Salisbury West (28), Modbury (26), Eastern Park (22), Lockleys (14), Glenunga (10), Rosewater (10), Mitcham (8).

1st S. Salisb. West 9.7 Modbury 4.9 2nd S. Portland 18.8 Hectorville 9.8 Prelim. Hectorville 7.7 Salisb. West 6.10 G.Fin. Portland 10.17 Hectorville 10.14

Div 5 Res: Elizabeth (32), Fitzroy (30), West Croydon (24), St. Pauls O.S. (22), Woodville South (21), Adelaide Lutheran (18), Smithfield (14), North Haven (11), C.B.C.O.C. (4), Burnside Kensington (4).

1st S. West Croydon 12.12 St. Pauls OS 3.5 2nd S. Fitzroy 13.9 Elizabeth 6.10 Prelim. West Croydon 4.10 Elizabeth 3.3 G.Fin. Fitzroy 8.8 West Croydon 6.4

Div 6 Res: North Pines (33), Pulteney O.S. (30), Golden Grove (26), Para Hills (23), Ingle Farm (22), Adelaide High O.S. (16), Hope Valley (14), Salisbury (12), Central United (2), Kenilworth (2).

1st S. Golden Grove 12.7 Para Hills 9.11 2nd S. Pulteney O.S. 8.7 North Pines 6.6 Prelim. North Pines 8.8 Golden Grove 6.4 G.Fin. North Pines 11.7 Pulteney O.S. 7.3

Div 7 Res: Adelaide Uni (28), Broadview (28), Henley (24), Colonel Light Gardens (24), Houghton Districts (20), Athelstone (10), Port District (8), Brahma Lodge (2).

1st S. Henley 12.8 Col Lt Gdns 5.5 2nd S. Broadview 12.3 Adel Uni 9.6 Prelim. Adelaide Uni 5.11 Henley 1.8 G.Fin. Broadview 10.5 Adel Uni 7.10

Div 8 Res: Portland (32), Adelaide Uni (30), Tea Tree Gully (28), Flinders Uni (20), Pembroke O.S. (14), Ovingham (12), Eastern Park (8).

1st S. Flinders Uni 15.9 Tea Tree Gully 2.6 2nd S. Portland 6.6 Adelaide Uni 4.7 Prelim. Flinders Uni 8.8 Adelaide Uni 7.5 G.Fin. Portland 7.14 Flinders Uni 6.10

Div Under 17 Gold: Salisbury West (32), Tea Tree Gully (32), Broadview (26), Salisbury North (24), Eastern Park (24), Para Hills (14), Gepps Cross (12), Salisbury (10), Golden Grove (4), Athelstone (2).

1st S. Salisb. Nth. 10.6 Broadview 5.7 2nd S. Tea Tree Gly 12.12 Salisb. West 10.10 Prelim. Salisb. West 15.8 Salisb. Nth. 14.13 G.Fin. Tea Tree Gly 14.6 Salisb. West 8.10

Div Under 17 Blue: Payneham N.U. (30), Woodville South (30), SMOSH West Lakes (30), Port District (26), Portland (22), Plympton (14), North Haven (12), Henley (6), Seaton Ramblers (4), Rosewater (4).

1st S. Port District 20.8 SMOSH WL 13.5 2nd S. Payneham NU 19.29 Woodville Sth 8.7 Prelim. Port District 17.15 Woodville Sth 7.10 G.Fin. Port District 16.7 Payneham NU 6.9


State captain Justin Salisbury of Broadview won the Division 1 Pfitzner medal with 25 votes, 3 ahead of Athelstone’s Troy Kerwood. The Div. 2 Chambers Medal was shared between Scotch’s Jon Ker and Salisbury North’s David McIntyre with a modest 15 votes each. Kristian Segale of Old Ignatians won the Div 3 McKay medal with 20 votes. Other medal winners were Matthew Jolly (D4 – Modbury), Jason Soar (D5 – West Croydon), Darren Beer (D6 – Para Hills), Aaron Musolino (D7 – Houghton Districts), Peter Martin (D8 – Tea Tree Gully), Leigh Fitzgerald (D9N – Adelaide Uni), Brett Smallacombe (D9S – Edwardstown), Kym Ashworth (D10N – Payneham NU), Greg Dittmar (D10S – Plympton), Tom Charlton (D1R – Adelaide Uni), Colin Kirkwood (D2R – Pooraka), Michael Leach (D3R – Pembroke OS), Michael Schwidder (D4R – Portland), Neill Symonds (D5R – Fitzroy), Craig Ginn (D6R – Pulteney OS), Neil Sporton (D7R – Athelstone), Shane Ball (D8R – Tea Tree Gully), Andrew Lindsay (U17G – Eastern Park), while Russell Martin (Port District), Jadd Brooker (Plympton), and Brian Harris (SMOSH WL), all tied in Under 17 Blue. The leading goalkicker in Division 1 was Edwardstown’s Brad Smith who kicked 85 goals, and Shannon Goldsmith of Glandore led Division 2 with 65.


One senior match was played, against the V.A.F.A. at Elsternwick Park on Sunday June 13. Bob Cross was coach and the team was as follows:

  • Arnold, Evan fp Adelaide University
  • Carberry, Matthew w Edwardstown
  • Carter, Michael hb (d.v.c.) Pooraka
  • Drummond, Nick int Adelaide University
  • Flesfader, Daniel int Kilburn
  • Growden, Trevor foll Kilburn
  • Harvey, Ryan bp Kilburn
  • Haythorpe, Russell int Kilburn
  • Hurley, Dale chb Edwardstown
  • Kemp, Paul centre Broadview
  • Ker, Jon rover Scotch O.C.
  • Kitschke, Damian ruck Sacred Heart O.C.
  • Maddern, Simon fb Port District
  • McGahan, Shane bp (v.c.) Adelaide University
  • McLachlan, Chris wing Port District
  • Puccini, Christian rover Adelaide University
  • Salisbury, Justin chf (capt) Broadview
  • Smith, Rohan hf Port District
  • Spencer, Matthew hf Goodwood Saints
  • Trimboli, Marcus hb Rostrevor O.C.
  • Tylor, Mark ff Port District
  • Watts, Jake int Port District

Conditions were bitterly cold with a strong northerly wind, and the Vics with first use of the breeze led by only two goals at quarter time.. However, S.A. struggled to kick straight in the second and so were still two down at the long break. Things were even in the third until the last ten minutes when the Vics piled on five goals to lead by six at lemons, and then ran away in the last to win by 66 points.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 4.4 5.5 10.10 15.11 (101) S.A. 2.3 3.9 4.9 4.11 (35)

Goalkickers: Arnold 2, McLachlan, Tylor

Best Players: Kemp, Growden, Maddern, Ker, Carter, Haythorpe

The Representative team participated in a lighting carnival at Berri Oval on Saturday June 12. Coach was Tony Roach and the team was as follows:

  • Abbott, Matthew Unley
  • Bartel, Daniel Pooraka
  • Chapman, Will Old Ignatians
  • Charles, Reg Greenacres
  • Darrington, Scott Payneham N.U.
  • Davies, Kent Mitcham
  • Gould, Chris Tea Tree Gully
  • Gregory, Mathew Greenacres
  • Herzick, Damien Salisbury North
  • Kalleske, Michael Portland
  • Kennedy, Ryan Salisbury North
  • Marshall, Paul Portland
  • Meier, Brenton Pembroke O.S.
  • Palmer, John (Capt) C.B.C.O.C.
  • Payne, Clinton Gepps Cross
  • Pietsch, Paul Pooraka
  • Priestly, Stefan Mitcham
  • Simpson, Cori Woodville South
  • Smitham, Todd St. Pauls O.S.
  • Turner, Lachlan (vc) St. Peters O.C.
  • Zanker, Tony Burnside Kensington

Each match was of two 20-minute halves, and in the first against the Murray Mallee, late goals were enough to win a low-scoring match 4.5 to 1.1. Chapman, Herzick, Payne and Turner kicked the goals.

The second match against Broken Hill was a topsy turvy affair as we kicked 5.0 to 1.3 against the wind, only to see our opponents hit the front late in the match. However, a three-goal burst at the death knock gave us the match 9.2 to 6.5. Bartel kicked 3 goals, and singles were scored by Herzick, Kalleske, Priestly, Simpson, Smitham and Zanker. The third match was the Grand Final under lights against the Riverland. The match was very tight throughout but a late goal to our opponents gave them a 12-point victory 4.4 to 2.4, our goals scored by Simpson and Smitham.

Best players over the three games were Zanker, Turner, Priestly, Marshall, Davies and Abbott. The final placings were follows: P W L Pts Riverland 3 3 0 6 SAAMFL 3 2 1 4 Murray Mallee 3 1 2 2 Broken Hill 3 0 3 0

An Under 17 Representative Team played the Hills League at Mount Barker Oval on May 30th and won 7.2 to 4.6. An Under 17 team played the Hills Association at Mount Barker on Sunday May 30th and won 7.2 to 4.6.


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