SAAFL History – 2003

Affiliation with SANFL was finally announced in June. The SAAFL became a founding member of the SA Country & Metropolitan Football Council comprising 12 directors from the country and metropolitan areas and chaired by Justice Kevin Duggan. Agreement had been reached on most issues with only clearances & transfer fees to be finally resolved. The SA Football Commission became the head body governing football in S.A. and was independent of the SANFL clubs. The next level in the hierarchy was the SANFL Board of Directors usually comprised of the general managers of each of the League clubs. Then came the Football Council of the affiliated leagues. Clearance applications would be subject to a 14 day processing period, and if no reply was received during this period, then the player was deemed cleared. This was a variation on the previous SAAFL rule where no response after 14 days triggered a permit and the player was not technically cleared. As with previous SAAFL policy, the only allowable reason for refusing a clearance application was outstanding unpaid subscriptions, not “required player” or monies owing other than subscriptions. The main advantages of affiliation seen at the time were:

(1) financial:

(a) the SAAFL would receive financial support for public liability and death cover insurance. In effect the amateurs would get double the amount of coverage at no increased cost:

(b) Transfer fees would be paid to amateur clubs whenever one of their players transferred to an SANFL club.

(2) profile:

affiliation would make the SAAFL a part of the bigger football scene, both in South Australia and Australia, through its involvement with the SA Country & Metropolitan Football Council.

Under the financial arrangements for affiliation with the SANFL, a new basic compulsory death and disability coverage was organised for clubs. This cover, together with coverage for Public Liability and Professional Indemnity, was an important component of the newly developed risk management policy. Further improvements to the League’s insurance coverage were planned for 2004.

After much discussion with all stakeholders including clubs, umpires, and the League Tribunal, a Code of Behaviour was formulated governing expected behaviour of all participants on and off the field, with notification of further developments in 2004.

No new clubs entered in 2003 and the only club to not reaffiliate was Salvation Army. Newly-appointed coaches included Greg Phillips (ex Port Adelaide and Collingwood) at Salisbury North, Trevor Hill (ex North Adelaide) at Goodwood Saints, Gary Tredrea at Port District.

It was Gaza’s centenary year and a shuffle of the pack saw Wayne Weidemann transfer from Kilburn to coach Gaza with Andrew Jarman continuing as a player (forward pocket specialist until needed in the centre). The Eagles had a brilliant season finishing the minor round on top for the first time, while Broadview and newly-promoted Gepps were the main dangers.

Premiership Tables

Div 1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team

Gms

w

L

D

Pts

Gaza18144028
Broadview18135026
Gepps Cross18126024
Adelaide University18117022
Goodwood Saints1899018
P.H.O.S. Camden18810016
Seaton Ramblers18810016
Salisbury North18711014
Pooraka1841408
Kilburn1841408

Trevor Hill’s Goodwood surprised Warren Ploenges’ Uni in the Elimination Final at Woodville kicking 8 goals in the 3rd quarter to win 11.11 to 5.11, while Neil Rawlings’ Gepps Cross beat Jason Roe’s injury-depleted Broadview in the Qualifying Final atSalisbury 8.6 to 5.13. However, the Tigers regained most of their injured players and beat Goodwood at Norwood Oval in the First Semi 11.12 to 8.10. Gaza meanwhile showed superlative form to demolish the Rams at Prospect Oval 19.16 to 9.12. This left the 3 northern clubs to fight for the title. The Prelim. Final was played Alberton where the Tigers kicked straighter to defeat the Rams12.7 to 9.15 after leading by just 2 points at the last change and the breeze against it in the final quarter.

In the Grand Final at Adelaide Oval, the Eagles held the Tigers in the first quarter then used the wind advantage to lead 5.6 to 0.3 at half time with coach Weidemann starring. By three-quarter time the lead had been stretched to 7 goals, and despite a strong fight back by the Tigers in the last, Gaza celebrated its first Division 1 title with a 10.15 to 7.9 victory.

Div 2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

In Division 2, Port District under Gary Tredrea were determined to make their stay a brief one and finished minor premiers, even on points with Greg Mellor’s Rostrevor OC. At the other end of the table, Mark Brant’s Salisbury West’s visit to Div. 2 was equally brief.

Team

Gms

w

L

D

Pts

Port District18162032
Rostrevor O.C.18162032
Henley18117022
Scotch O.C.18117022
Edwardstown1898119
Tea Tree Gully1899018
Woodville South18711014
Flinders Park18512111
Sacred Heart O.C.1841408
Salisbury West1811702

Paul Page’s Edwardstown had beaten top side Port District in round 18 to secure a spot in the finals, but were over-run in the second half of the Elimination Final at Woodville by Matt Kluzek’s Scotch who scored 13 goals to 1 in that half to win 18.10 to 2.8. Grant Levy’s Henley surprised by beating Rostrevor 6.9 to 4.6 in the Qualifying Final at Glenelg Oval. The First Semi was played at Norwood where Rostrevor was too good for Scotch scoring 15.7 to 9.15, while Henley gave District a fright in the Second Semi scoring 7 goals in the second quarter but were outplayed in the last to go down 10.9 to 13.14. The Prelim. was played at Salisbury, and Henley’s good finals form was a cause for concern for the Rockers, but ace goalkicker Drew Litsterbooted 7 to lead a Rostrevor victory 15.10 to 12.5 and promotion to the big time in 2004. Districts were warm favourites going into the Grand Final at Woodville, but the match was a hard tough slog where accuracy in front of goals became all-important and the left-footers took advantage – Rostrevor 9.4 to Port District 6.10

Div 3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

The top two teams in Division 3 had come into the division from opposite ends, Marty Poole’s Walkerville down from D2 and Andy Miller’s Eastern Park up from D4. Para Hills, who had beaten Eastern Park in the Div. 4 Grand Final in 2002, finished at the opposite end of the table.

Team

Gms

w

L

D

Pts

Walkerville18144028
Eastern Park18126024
St. Peters O.C.18126024
Payneham N.U.18117022
Old Ignatians18108020
Athelstone18108020
Prince Alfred O.C.18810016
Portland18612012
Hectorville1841408
Para Hills1831506

In heavy conditions at Kilburn Oval, Duane Stewart’s Old Ignatians beat Darren Allman’s Payneham 6.6 to 6.3, and at Norwood Oval. Grant Lyon’s Saints beat Eastern Park by 8.19 to 2.4. The First Semi was played at Salisbury and Eastern Park bounced back defeating Old Ignatians 12.12 to 11.3, while Walkerville romped home in the Second Semi at Kenilworth against neighboursSPOC 15.13 to 8.4. Edwardstown was the venue for the Prelim. Final where SPOC earned another crack at the Cats and promotion to Division 2 by beating Parks 16.10 to 11.13. The Grand Final was held at Prospect Oval (conveniently for both teams) and Walkerville proved too strong for the old scholars winning 13.4 to 9.4 and so back to Division 2 for hopefully a longer stay.

Other Tables and Scores

Div 4

Salisbury (30), SMOSH W.L. (30), Plympton (22), Glandore (21), Modbury (20), Pembroke OS (16), Unley (16), Pulteney OS (16), Smithfield (8), Greenacres (1).

Elim.F

Glandore11.11Modbury10.9

Qual.F.

SMOSH2.10Plympton1.3

1st S.

Glandore19.13Plympton10.7

2nd S.

Salisbury11.8SMOSH7.13

Prelim.

SMOSH18.12Glandore12.6

G.Fin.

SMOSH12.11Salisbury4.3

Div 5

North Haven (32), Rosewater (32), Fitzroy (26), Mitchell Park (18), C.B.C.O.C. (16), Glenunga (16), Mitcham (14), Ingle Farm (12), Hope Valley (8), Elizabeth (6).

Elim.F

CBCOC16.12Mitchell Park10.8

Qual.F.

Rosewater13.7Fitzroy8.9

1st S.

Fitzroy10.19CBCOC9.7

2nd S.

Rosewater17.21North Haven11.8

Prelim.

North Haven10.18Fitzroy8.9

G.Fin.

Rosewater14.9North Haven9.6

Div 6

Golden Grove (28), Brahma Lodge (28), Westminster OS (28), Adelaide Lutheran (26), Kenilworth (19), Lockleys (17), Central United (12), Cedars (10), North Pines (10), Flinders Uni (2)

Elim.F

Adelaide Luth11.13Kenilworth8.3

Qual.F.

Westminster3.6Brahma Lodge2.1

1st S.

Brahma Lodge12.7Adelaide Luth8.9

2nd S.

Golden Grove7.12Westminster7.3

Prelim.

Brahma Lodge14.13Westminster13.10

G.Fin.

Golden Grove16.7Brahma Lodge9.9

Div 7

Adelaide Uni (34), Tea Tree Gully (30), Paralowie (26), Colonel Light Gardens (22), Henley (22), Gaza (2), West Croydon (16), Wingfield (14), Western Warriors (14), Edwardstown (10), Houghton Dist. (6), Port District (2),

Elim.F

Henley8.4C.L.Gardens5.2

Qual.F.

Paralowie9.2T T Gully7.8

1st S.

Henley13.14T T Gully5.15

2nd S.

Adelaide Uni18.9Paralowie10.7

Prelim.

Henley11.9Paralowie10.6

G.Fin.

Adelaide Uni7.9Henley6.8

Div 8

Goodwood (34), Salisbury North (28), Adelaide Uni (24), Athelstone (22), Eastern Park (20), Pooraka (20), Seaton (12), Broadview (12), PHOS Camden (6), Kilburn (2)

Elim.F

Eastern Park5.7Athelstone5.6

Qual.F.

Salisbury Nth6.3Adelaide Uni5.4

1st S.

Eastern Park3.5Adelaide Uni3.4

2nd S.

Goodwood8.8Salisbury Nth2.5

Prelim.

Eastern Park12.3Salisbury Nth10.10

G.Fin.

Goodwood15.6Eastern Park2.3

Div 9 North

Modbury (32), Gepps Cross (25), Salisbury West (22), Walkerville (20), Payneham NU (15), Golden Grove (14), Adelaide Uni (10), Ingle Farm (6).

1st S.

Walkerville12.7Salisb West9.6

2nd S.

Modbury8.7Gepps Cross3.12

Prelim.

Gepps Cross13.11Walkerville5.5

G.Fin.

Gepps Cross11.7Modbury9.2

Div 9 South

Scotch OC (36), Rostrevor OC (26), Flinders Park (22), Sacred Heart OC (22), SMOSH WL (22), St.Peters OC (18), Prince Alfred OC (14), Woodville South (10), Old Ignatians (5), Adelaide Uni (3).

Elim.F

SMOSH7.10SHOC4.9

Qual.F.

ROCS11.9Flinders Park7.6

1st S.

Flinders Park10.7SMOSH8.8

2nd S.

Scotch OC10.9Rostrevor OC3.7

Prelim.

ROCS7.8Flinders Park5.8

G.Fin.

Scotch OC10.4ROCS5.6

Div 10 North

Portland (30), North Pines (27), Adelaide Uni (25), Athelstone (22), Eastern Park (20), Hope Valley (16), Hectorville (14), North Haven (14), Fitzroy (12), Greenacres (0).

Elim.F

Athelstone9.15Eastern Park6.2

Qual.F.

North Pines8.11Adelaide Uni3.9

1st S.

Athelstone6.7Adelaide Uni3.5

2nd S.

Portland8.10North Pines5.4

Prelim.

North Pines16.8Athelstone8.6

G.Fin.

North Pines9.7Portland6.6

Div 10 South

St.Pauls OS (35), Unley (24), Plympton (21), Pembroke OS (21), Ovingham (17), Adelaide Lutheran (12), Mitcham (12), Pulteney OS (2).

1st S.

Pembroke OS11.11Plympton6.5

2nd S.

St. Pauls OS7.6Unley0.1

Prelim.

Unley9.11Pembroke OS7.5

G.Fin.

St. Pauls OS13.10Unley0.7

Div 1 Res

Gepps Cross (31), Adelaide Uni (30), Goodwood (30), Gaza (27), Pooraka (16), Kilburn (16), Broadview (14), PHOS Camden (10), Salisbury North (6), Seaton (0).

Elim.F

Gaza17.15Pooraka2.6

Qual.F.

Adelaide Uni7.11Goodwood6.9

1st S.

Goodwood11.15Gaza5.7

2nd S.

Adelaide Uni10.11Gepps Cross4.1

Prelim.

Goodwood6.10Gepps Cross0.5

G.Fin.

Adelaide Uni7.6Goodwood6.3

Div 2 Res

Rostrevor OC (30), Tea Tree Gully (28), Scotch OC (26), Sacred Heart OC (22), Henley (20), Port District (16), Edwardstown (16), Woodville South (10), Salisbury West (10), Flinders Park (2).

Elim.F

SHOC7.8Henley3.2

Qual.F.

T.T.Gully7.8Scotch OC3.7

1st S.

SHOC8.9Scotch OC7.7

2nd S.

ROCS11.8T T Gully2.11

Prelim.

T T Gully13.6SHOC7.7

G.Fin.

ROCS7.7T T Gully5.4

Div 3 Res

Walkerville (28), Eastern Park (26), St.Peters OC (26), Prince Alfred OC (24), Portland (24), Athelstone (22), Old Ignatians (14), Payneham NU (8), Hectorville (6), Para Hills (2).

Elim.F

PAOC3.5Portland3.2

Qual.F.

SPOC10.0Eastern Park6.5

1st S.

PAOC9.6Eastern Park6.9

2nd S.

Walkerville4.6SPOC4.4

Prelim.

PAOC9.7SPOC5.7

G.Fin.

Walkerville10.6PAOC3.2

Div 4 Res

SMOSH WL (34), Salisbury (29), Plympton (28), Modbury (23), Pulteney OS (20), Unley (18), Pembroke OS (16), Smithfield (4), Glandore (4), Greenacres (4).

Elim.F

Pulteney OS5.7Modbury4.7

Qual.F.

Salisbury8.9Plympton3.4

1st S.

Plympton7.11Pulteney OS6.5

2nd S.

SMOSH10.6Salisbury5.9

Prelim.

Plympton17.7Salisbury6.7

G.Fin.

SMOSH12.11Plympton2.8

Div 5 Res

North Haven (31), Hope Valley (28), Ingle Farm (26), Rosewater (24), Fitzroy (23), Mitcham (18), CBCOC (14), Mitchell Park (10), Glenunga (4), Elizabeth (2).

Elim.F

Fitzroy9.2Rosewater8.2

Qual.F.

Hope Valley9.7Ingle Farm5.9

1st S.

Fitzroy7.7Ingle Farm4.13

2nd S.

North Haven11.9Hope Valley6.3

Prelim.

Fitzroy8.12Hope Valley6.10

G.Fin.

Fitzroy7.6North Haven5.11

Div 6 Res

Westminster OS (34), Adelaide Lutheran (32), Golden Grove (28), Kenilworth (20), North Pines (20), Central United (18), Lockleys (12), Brahma Lodge (8), Flinders Uni (8), Cedars (0).

Elim.F

Kenilworth9.10North Pines3.7

Qual.F.

Adelaide Luth8.7Golden Grove6.11

1st S.

Kenilworth6.10Golden Grove5.11

2nd S.

Westminster9.5Adelaide Luth6.8

Prelim.

Adelaide Luth10.10Kenilworth7.7

G.Fin.

Westminster13.8Adelaide Luth6.7

Div 7 Res

Adelaide Uni (34), Tea Tree Gully (30), Paralowie (28), Henley (26), Gaza (24), Edwardstown (18), Colonel Light Gardens (16), Houghton Dist. (14), Wingfield (12), Western Warriors (10), West Croydon (4).

Elim.F

Henley4.13Gaza0.7

Qual.F.

Paralowie8.7T T Gully5.16

1st S.

Henley10.8T T Gully7.4

2nd S.

Adelaide Uni17.5Paralowie3.7

Prelim.

Henley11.9Paralowie10.6

G.Fin.

Adelaide Uni10.5Henley v5.8

Div Under 17 North

Hope Valley (35), Eastern Park (30), Salisbury (24), Salisbury West (19), Broadview (16), Modbury (10), Tea Tree Gully (8), Salisbury North (2).

1st S.

Salisb West11.7Salisbury8.24

2nd S.

Hope Valley15.9Eastern Park12.5

Prelim.

Eastern Park8.12Salisb West4.10

G.Fin.

Hope Valley11.7Eastern Park6.6

Div Under 17 Central

Fitzroy (32), SMOSH WL (28), Portland (26), Payneham NU (24), Port District (14), Walkerville (12), Rosewater (6), West Croydon (2).

1st S.

Portland 12.15Payneham`11.10

2nd S.

Fitzroy25.13SMOSH9.6

Prelim.

Portland12.10SMOSH5.9

G.Fin.

Fitzroy16.9Portland3.8

Div Under 17 South

Edwardstown (30), PHOS Camden (24), Henley (24), Goodwood (24), Flinders Park (21), Plympton (20), Lockleys (20), Mitcham (13), Kenilworth (2), Seaton (2).

1st S.

Goodwood19.16Henley6.3

2nd S.

PHOS10.14Edwardstown11.6

Prelim.

Goodwood12.1Edwardstown12.11

G.Fin.

PHOS10.15Goodwood6.5

Awards

The Division 1 Pfitzner Medal was won by Gaza premiership coach Wayne Weidemann (topping off a brilliant season) with 19 votes, closely pursued by Goodwood’s Matt Spencer and Broadview’s Mark Jones with 18 and 17 votes respectively. The Div. 2 voting was much more skewed as Luke Pastyn of Henley was 4 votes clear of his nearest rival. The Div 3 McKay medal was won by Princes’ Sean Tanner with 22 votes.

Other medal winners were

  • Stephen Couzner (D4 – Salisbury)
  • Jake Watts (D5 – North Haven)
  • Gareth Allen & Guy Marshall (D6 – both Westminster OS)
  • Matthew Loffler (D7 – West Croydon)
  • Mike Lawton (D8 – Goodwood)
  • Andrew Eisner (D9N – Modbury)
  • Adam Williams (D9S – Scotch OC)
  • Michael Teague (D10N – Hectorville)
  • Myles Cooper (D10S – St. Pauls OS)
  • Mark Polkinghorne (D1R – Gepps Cross)
  • Phillip Doyle (D2R – TTG)
  • Craig Bevan (D3R – Portland)
  • Brenton Burford (D4R – Modbury)
  • Trent Glennon (D5R – Hope Valley)
  • Peter Reynolds (D6R – Brahma Lodge)
  • David Paull (D7R – TTG)
  • Daniel Capogreco (Salisbury) and Edward Lindsay (Eastern Park) U17N tie
  • Emmanuel Tsoutouras (U17C – Fitzroy)
  • Atila Blumberg (Lockleys) and Adam Hartlett (Edwardstown) tied in U17S

The leading goalkicker in Division 1 was the winner in Division 2 the previous year, Salisbury North’s Andrew Pascoe who kicked 75 goals, and Drew Litster of Rostrevor OC kicked 103 in Division 2.

Interstate

As part of the new tri-state, triennial Championship, W.A. visited S.A. for the first time since 1995. The match was played atWoodville Oval on Sunday June 1st and the S.A. coach was Gary Peach. The S.A. team was as follows:

  • Byrnes, Daniel int Flinders Park
  • Cash, Gerald D ff Sacred Heart OC
  • Cattermole, Jarad B bp Woodville South
  • Contin, Josh R hf Broadview
  • Godden, Luke N follow Salisbury North
  • Harrison, Wade int Gepps Cross
  • Harvey, Ryan J bp Kilburn
  • Kuzek. Matthew centre Scotch OC
  • May, Trevor L int Broadview
  • Pastyn, Luke fpl/rov Henley
  • Peterson, Trent E fp Woodville South
  • Pohlner, Malcolm J hb PHOS Camden
  • Roche, Aaron M hf Gaza
  • Sandford, Glen chf capt. PHOS Camden
  • Smith, Peter rov Gepps Cross
  • Spehr, Luke N wing Gepps Cross
  • Spencer, Matthew T chb Goodwood Saints
  • Story, Josh A int/ruck PHOS Camden
  • Swann, Tim J int Pooraka
  • Trimboli, Marcus hb vc Rostrevor OC
  • Truscott, Shaun int/foll Kilburn
  • Van Soest, Shannon fb Tea Tree Gully
  • Vertudaches, Des wing Tea Tree Gully
  • Wakelin, Daniel R ruck Goodwood Saints

Gaza coach Wayne Weidemann was a late withdrawal through injury. S.A. surprisingly made many errors in the first half and were finding it difficult to match the pace of the Sandgropers. Down 11 points at half time, S.A. seemed a different team in the second half scoring 8.6 to nil in the third quarter to effectively end the contest. Rovers Peter Smith and Luke Pastyn. half forward Sandford, on-baller Kluzek and wingman Vertudaches found the ball at will as W.A. could only score 2 points in the second half.

1Q

2Q

3Q

Final

S.A..

3.3

5.4

13.10

16.14 (110)

W.A.

5.5

6.9

6.9

6.11 (47)

  • Goalkickers: Sandford 3, Peterson 2, Roche 2, Smith 2, Cash, Cattermole, Godden, Kluzek, May, Spehr, Vertudaches
  • Best Players: Smith, Sandford, Kluzek, Pastyn, Wakelin, Vertudaches

An Australian team was selected after this match and the match between Victoria and W.A. in Perth and S.A. had 7 representatives as follows:

  • Trevor May Follower
  • Sandford, Glen Centre half back
  • Peter Smith Interchange
  • Marcus Trimboli Half forward
  • Van Soest, Shannon Forward pocket
  • Vertudaches, Des Wing
  • Wakelin, Dan Back pocket

An Under 17 team played the Hills League in the curtain raiser at Woodville Oval and won 20.8 to 8.5.

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