- affiliation with the SANFL
- development of night football
- development of an SAAFL website
- development of a strategic plan
- development of risk management strategies
- the introduction of licensed products
- development of a code of behaviour
- introduction of a Final Five
This hectic schedule of events was a challenge to any new incumbent who would need a wide range of skills in managing the League and dealing with nearly 70 clubs, some of who lacked proper internal management. After an extensive search for a qualified replacement, Mark Shadiac was appointed to the position. Mark had had a long involvement with football including playing over 100 games for Rostrevor Old Collegians, and had many years experience as a Catholic school principal. He came with excellent people skills to support the continuation of John’s many projects, and immediately arranged new sponsorship fromCity Holden & Dale Wood Electricity Brokers.
Another retiree in the League was Amateur League stalwart Les Davoren. Les had given countless years of continuous service to football in South Australia. Amongst a wide variety of roles the more prominent included
- umpiring in the SANFL
- a member of the SAAFL Umpires’ Board
- the first full-time executive officer of the SAAFL
- SAAFL umpires’ coach
For the last few years Les had spent many hours as the League’s Radio 5RPH presenter, its Sportsbeat journalist, and a member of the SAAFL tribunal. Now it was time to put the feet up. His replacement at 5RPH was Mark Baylis, and Peter Argent took over the Sportsbeat role aided by a team of volunteers.
Other new appointments included Mike Humphreys (former SANFL umpire) as umpires’ coach and Peter Hamilton as his assistant coach. During the season, David Bailes umpired his 1000th game of which 400 were in the SAAFL.
A new resource for the SAAFL was Jason Lehmann, the SANFL’s development officer for the metropolitan area. He provided a link with the SANFL for such things as coaches’ and trainers’ nights, development of juniors and volunteers, access to grants and assistance in developing business plans.
Now that the SAAFL was affiliated with the SANFL it was subject to the Affiliated Leagues Council salary cap regulations. Clubs were limited to total payments of $35,000 p.a. for items such as the following:
- payments made under contract
- match payments
- board or rent subsidies
- best & fairest payments excluding medals and trophies
- after match awards above a total of $200
- coaches’ fees above $10,000
- FBT on football payments
- superannuation contributions
- above-award salary payments
- travel subsidies where travel is less than 100km per round trip
Payments not included in the salary cap included
- head trainer’s fee
- training staff fees
- bus hire
- medical expenses
- after-game/training refreshments (reasonable)
The stability of the League was evident in 2004 with 68 clubs again affiliated, the only change being Glandore having a name change to Kaurna Eagles. New coaches were appointed as follows:
- Adelaide Uni – Sean Jackson, former coach of reserves teams at Sturt and the Eagles
- Edwardstown – Matthew Dent, former player at Sturt, Fitzroy and Western Bulldogs
- Gaza – Greg Anderson, former Port Adelaide and Essendon player and South Adelaide coach. Gaza’s 2003 premiership coach Wayne Weidemann had accepted the position of assistant coach at West Adelaide
- Kilburn – Gary Peach, former coach at Christies Beach, Tailem Bend and PHOS Camden
- PHOS Camden – Glen Sandford, former player at Collingwood, North Adelaide and Norwood, and current player with PHOS
- Pooraka – Paul Dittmar, former Pooraka player and coach of Fitzroy
- Seaton Ramblers – Mark Brant, former reserves coach at PHOS Camden, then coach of St. Pauls and Salisbury West. Mark replaced Scott Hodges who had moved to the Port Magpies as assistant coach
The first two rounds of the finals were played at the home grounds of the higher-place teams to allow the successful clubs some revenue raising and to relieve the pressure of finding suitable ovals.
Rostrevor returned to Division 1 for the first time since 1992 and performed well early in the season to finish the minor round in sixth place, but 2002 premiers PHOS Camden slumped to finish ninth.
Div 1 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
Salisbury North, coached by Greg Phillips, enjoyed the home ground advantage in the elimination final against Sean Jackson’s Adelaide Uni. The Hawks effectively won the match in the first quarter scoring 7 goals to a behind, and finished with 14.11 to The Blacks’ 10.4. In a prophetic statement Phillips commented “anyone can win the title from here”. Under new coach Greg Anderson, Gaza looked the goods in the Qualifying Final at Klemzig Oval thrashing Jason Roe’s Broadview 23.22 to 6.4. The Tigers now looked shaky, but straight kicking at home in the First Semi against the Hawks gave them a narrow victory 15.5 to 12.14. Another close tussle decided by accuracy in front of goals occurred at Goodwood Oval in the Second Semi where Trevor Hill’s Saints booked a Grand Final spot by scoring 16.6 to the Eagles’ 14.10. The Eagles started narrow favourites in the Prelim. at Prospect Oval, but an 8-goal second quarter was enough for the Tigers to pluck the Eagles 16.13 to 10.10. The Grand Final at Adelaide Oval was an arm-wrestle with each team taking turns to out-muscle the other. The Saints led narrowly throughout the first half, then the Tigers hit the front in the second and held on for a 7-point victory 9.11 to 8.10. It was a marvellous turnaround after their 20-point drubbing in the Qualifying Final.
Div 2 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
In Division 2, the challenge was to see who could come second as the competition turned out to be a one-horse affair absolutely dominated by a rampant Henley. An influx of players from Woodville-West Torrens including former premiership player David Niemann were the core of a classy outfit that regularly thrashed its opponents to finish the minor round undefeated. The main interest then was the fight for fifth spot which seemed to be between Scotch & Flinders Park, as after round 14, third-placed Kilburn, down from Div 1 with new coach Gary Peach, looked safe with 8 wins and 2 games clear of sixth-placed Flinders Park. However, in an amazing end to the minor round, the Knights managed just one victory in the next 3 rounds. Then in round 18 they played Scotch who were 2 match points behind, and as added security the Knights had 2 per cent and a game over Flinders Park. However, the Knights self destructed and went down to Scotch by 17 goals whilst Parks beat Pooraka by 7 goals to move ahead of Kilburn by just 1 per cent and claim fifth spot. An even worse fate awaited the other Div. 1 demotee Pooraka who finished 2004 with just 7 match points to join Walkerville in relegation to Div. 3
|Tea Tree Gully||18||15||3||0||30|
|St. Peters O.C.||18||6||11||1||13|
Coach Nick Pesch’s joy at his team’s 11th-hour surge into the finals lasted only a week as the Parks lost the Elimination Final at Thebarton to Matt Kluzek’s Scotch by 8.12 to 14.16. In the Qualifying Final at Kilburn, Kevin Baker’s Tea Tree Gully never really recovered from its 108-point trouncing the week before at home to the Sharks, and went down to Mark Moody’s Woodville South by 5.12 to 12.10, then lost the First Semi at Thebarton to Scotch 8.6 to 15.10. As expected, Grant Levy’s Sharks pulverised the Cats at Shark Park in the Second Semi 32.10 to 4.11, and then enjoyed another week off as the Cats & Scotch fought it out in the Prelim. Final at Thebarton for the dubious honour of a spot in the Grand Final. After trailing by 16 points early in the last quarter, the Cats recovered some form and kicked 9 goals to win 16.13 to 8.15. So the good news for the Cats was a spot in Div. 1 in 2005: the bad news was a Grand Final against the Sharks at Thebarton where the red and whites managed to score two goals against undefeated premier Henley’s 13.15.
Div 3 Premiership Table
(as at the end of the minor round)
The top 4 teams in Div. 3 were all serious contenders for the flag.
|SMOSH West Lakes||18||15||3||0||30|
|Sacred Heart O.C.||18||14||4||0||28|
|Prince Alfred O.C.||18||13||5||0||26|
As expected, Damien Herzick’s Salisbury Magpies lost the Elimination Final at Payneham Oval to Bruce Lennon’s PAOC Reds 9.10 to 13.11, while in the Qualifier at Salisbury, Dave Whelan’s SHOC beat Paul Dorian’s Eastern Park Demons 13.10 to 8.7. The Demons then travelled to Payneham in the First Semi only to be 11 goals down without reply in the first quarter and a final siren loss of 9.10 to the Reds’ 31.11. The Second Semi at West Lakes was closer, but Dave Sorby’s SMOSH Lions still had a comfortable win 10.12 to 7.10. The Prelim. Final at Norwood Oval was an Old Scholars derby, and after an even first half the Reds pulled away to defeat the Hearts 25.13 to 14.10. Alberton Oval was the venue for the Grand Final where the Reds continued their brilliant finals form by running out easy victors 13.7 to the Lions’ 6.6.
Other Results and Scores
Modbury (32), Rosewater (30), Pembroke OS (28), Plympton (20), North Haven (20), Pulteney OS (16), Para Hills (14), Unley (8), Kaurna Eagles (8), Hectorville (4)
Fitzroy (36), Glenunga (28), C.B.C.O.C. (26), Ingle Farm (22), Mitcham (18), Brahma Lodge (16), Smithfield (14), Golden Grove (12), Mitchell Park (8), Greenacres (0).
|1st S.||CBCOC||20.15||Ingle Farm||11.5|
Adelaide Lutheran (32), Westminster OS (30), Adelaide Uni (24), North Pines (18), Central United (18), Kenilworth (16), Lockleys (16), Elizabeth (14), Hope Valley (8), Paralowie (4).
|Elim.F||Central Utd||15.15||Nth Pines||5.20|
|1st S.||Westminster||12.10||Central Utd||10.10|
|2nd S.||Adel Luth||20.12||Adel Uni||8.13|
|G.Fin.||Adel Luth||12.13||Adel Uni||5.10|
Colonel Light Gardens (34), Wingfield (26), Houghton Dist. (26), West Croydon (25), Henley (24), Tea Tree Gully (22), Gaza (18), Flinders Uni (15), St.Pauls OS (12), Eastern Park (10), Western Warriors (8).
|2nd S.||Col Lt Gdn||19.11||Houghton||12.8|
|G.Fin.||Henley||13.5||Col Lt Gdn||8.10|
Rostrevor OC (32), Salisbury North (30), Broadview (28), Goodwood (24), Adelaide Uni (18), Edwardstown (14), Port District (14), PHOS Camden (8), Seaton (8), Gepps Cross (W).
|1st S.||Goodwood||9.10||Salis Nth||6.6|
Div 9 North
Cedars (34), Salisbury West (26), Athelstone (26), Adelaide Uni (26), Payneham NU (23), Modbury (21), Golden Grove (10), North Haven (6), Kilburn (4), Woodville South (4).
|1st S.||Payneham||14.11||Salis West||9.17|
Div 9 South
Scotch OC (34), SMOSH WL (30), Prince Alfred OC (26), Flinders Park (24), Plympton (18), Walkerville (16), St.Peters OC (14), Pembroke OS (10), Sacred Heart OC (8), Unley (0).
Div 10 North
Adelaide Uni (30), Fitzroy (30), Central United (22), Ingle Farm (20), Athelstone (20), Hectorville (10), Salisbury (8), Portland (4).
|1st S.||Ingle Farm||15.6||Central Utd||6.6|
|2nd S.||Adel Uni||15.6||Fitzroy||5.4|
|G.Fin.||Adel Uni||11.8||Ingle Farm||9.6|
Div 10 South
Ovingham (36), Adelaide Uni (30), Mitcham (22), Adelaide Lutheran (22), Old Ignatians (12), Kenilworth (12), Pulteney OS (10).
|1st S.||Mitcham||14.13||Adel Luth||5.3|
|2nd S.||Ovingham||12.18||Adel Uni||7.3|
Div 1 Res
Adelaide Uni (26), Goodwood (25), Gepps Cross (24), PHOS Camden (21), Salisbury North (20), Rostrevor OC (19), Broadview (18), Gaza (18), Port District (9), Seaton (0).
|1st S.||Gepps Cross||9.12||Salis Nth||8.2|
|2nd S.||Adel Uni||9.5||Goodwood||4.6|
Div 2 Res
Henley (36), Scotch OC (28), Tea Tree Gully (26), Edwardstown (21), St.Peters OC (20), Flinders Park (14), Walkerville (13), Woodville South (8), Kilburn (8), Pooraka (6).
Div 3 Res
SMOSH WL (34), Eastern Park (30), Sacred Heart OC (22), Salisbury West (19), Salisbury (18), Portland (18), Prince Alfred OC (18), Athelstone (14), Old Ignatians (7), Payneham NU (0).
|2nd S.||SMOSH||10.6||Eastern Pk||5.9|
Div 4 Res
Modbury (30), Pembroke OS (30), Plympton (28), Rosewater (26), Hectorville (18), Pulteney OS (18), North Haven (12), Para Hills (10), Unley (6), Kaurna Eagles (2).
Div 5 Res
Fitzroy (36), Glenunga (28), Golden Grove (26), CBCOC (26), Ingle Farm (18), Mitcham (18), Mitchell Park (12), Brahma Lodge (12), Smithfield (4), Greenacres (W).
|2nd S.||Golden Gve||8.8||Fitzroy||5.5|
Div 6 Res
Adelaide Lutheran (34), Adelaide Uni (30), Central United (26), Westminster OS (24), Hope Valley (20), Lockleys (18), North Pines (10), Paralowie (8), Kenilworth (8), Elizabeth (2),
|Qual.F||Adel Uni||11.11||Central Utd||8.3|
|1st S.||Central Utd||18.7||Hope Valley||9.6|
|2nd S.||Adel Uni||8.12||Adel Luth||6.7|
|Prelim.||Adel Luth||1.11||Central Utd||8.4|
|G.Fin.||Adel Luth||6.8||Adel Uni||3.1|
Div 7 Res
Henley (34), Tea Tree Gully (32), Eastern Park (28), Houghton Dist. (24), Colonel Light Gardens (22), St.Pauls OS (22), West Croydon (14), Gaza (14), Flinders Uni (12), Wingfield (10), Western Warriors (8).
|Elim.F||Col Lt Gdns||12.11||Houghton||9.6|
|1st S.||Eastern Pk||8.10||Col Lt Gdns||6.4|
Div Under 17 North
Eastern Park (28), Hope Valley (26), Modbury (26), Central United (26), Golden Grove (22), Salisbury (16), Kilburn (14), Tea Tree Gully (14), Salisbury North (8).
|1st S.||Modbury||16.16||Central Utd||12.21|
|2nd S.||Hope Valley||10.13||Eastern Pk||6.12|
|G.Fin.||Hope Valley||11.11||Eastern Pk||10.13|
Div Under 17 Central
Portland (36), Gepps Cross (29), SMOSH WL (24), West Croydon (19), Fitzroy (13), Walkerville (12), Port District (11), Rosewater (0).
|1st S.||SMOSH||18.12||West Croydon||4.6|
|2nd S.||Portland||21.20||Gepps Cross||9.1|
Div Under 17 South
Henley (28), Goodwood (26), Flinders Park (21), Edwardstown (20), Mitcham (20), PHOS Camden (12), Lockleys (6), Plympton (3).
|1st S.||Edwardstown||17.12||Flinders Pk||12.13|
Julian Wait of Port District was the Division 1 Pfitzner Medallist for 2004 winning with 17 votes, just one vote ahead of Gaza’sPaul Merritt. The same numbers separated Div. 2 winner Matthew Whelan of Kilburn from runner-up Luke Pastyn of Henley who had won the year before. The Div 3 McKay medal was a three-way tie between Trent Ormond-Allen of SMOSH West Lakes,Matthew Paul of Eastern Park and Adam Virgin of Portland, each with 15 votes. Other medal winners were
- Matthew Jolly (D4 – Modbury)
- Chad Bourke (D5 – Fitzroy)
- Mark O’Connell (D6 – Central United)
- Aaron Musolino (D7 – Houghton)
- Jamie Russo (D8 – Salisbury North)
- Todd Ruch (D9N – Athelstone)
- Nathan Davidson (Plympton) and Steven Wodson (SMOSH WL) D9S tie
- Thang Tran (D10N – (Fitzroy)
- John Leach (D10S – Ovingham)
- Shane Hailes (D1R – Salisbury Nth)
- Mark Young (D2R – Edwardstown)
- Kim Savage (D3R – Eastern Park)
- Brenton Burford and Bradley Myers both of Modbury D4R tie
- Shaun Grant (D5R – Fitzroy)
- Wesley Legrand (D6R – Adelaide Uni)
- David Walters (D7R – Eastern Park)
- Ryan Paget (U17N – Salisbury)
- Matthew Travis (U17C – Gepps Cross)
- Paul Smith (U17S – Flinders Park)
As in 2003, the leading goalkicker in Division 1 was the winner in Division 2 the previous year. This time it was Rostrevor’s Drew Litster with 71 goals who pulled off the double, and Denis Iljcesen of Henley kicked 47 in Division 2, both 2004 state players.
Three representative matches were played in 2004. The senior state team played Victoria, and an Under 23 team and an Under 17 team each took on respective teams from the Southern League.
The senior state game was played on July 3rd at Elsternwick Park and the following players represented the SAAFL.
- Abell, Luke chb Broadview
- Bartell, David int Goodwood Saints
- Bell, Nathan hfr Goodwood Saints
- Brosnan, Paul J int Gaza
- Douglas, Adam hbr Henley
- Egan, Nick chf Port District
- Holland, Darren bpl Henley
- Iljcesen, Denis wr Henley
- Keatly, Matthew hfl Kilburn
- Litster, Drew fpl Rostrevor O.C.
- Merritt, Paul centre Gaza
- Niemann, David ff Henley
- Pearce, Joshua fpr Broadview
- Pohlner, Malcolm bpr Goodwood Saints
- Sandford, Glenn capt ruck PHOS Camden
- Seal, Nathan int Port District
- Smith, Peter rover Gepps Cross
- Tessman, Joel wl Salisbury North
- Trimboli, Marcus v.c. hbl Rostrevor O.C.
- Van Soest, Shannon fb Tea Tree Gully
- Wait, Julian follower Port District
- Watkins, Ben int Rostrevor O.C.
Once again the Vics proved far too strong, jumping away to a 30-point lead at quarter time with the aid of the wind, then blowing it out to 85 by stumps. Despite the big margin, coach Gary Peach was pleased with his players’ commitment recognising that the Vic team was just too talented. Playing strong games for S.A. were full back Van Soest (who kept the Vic full forward goalless), and Watkins in ruck.
- Goalkickers: Litster 2, Bartell, Pearce, Smith, Trimboli
- Best Players: Van Soest, Watkins, Trimboli, Wait, Pearce, Pohlner.
Two All Australian teams were announced. The first was the team of the year for 2004 in which S.A. had the following five representatives.
- Bartel, David Goodwood Saints
- Egan, Nick Port District
- Van Soest, Shannon Tea Tree Gully
- Wait, Julian Port District
- Watkins, Ben Rostrevor O.C.
The second All-Australian team was based on performance over the three years of the championship series. S.A.’s representatives were as follows:
- Jacques, Jeremy Seaton Ramblers
- May, Trevor Broadview
- Sandford, Glenn PHOS Camden
- Trimboli, Marcus Rostrevor O.C.
- Van Soest, Shannon Tea Tree Gully
- Wakelin, Daniel Goodwood Saints
- Wayne, Weidemann Kilburn
An Under-23 representative team coached by John Kernahan played a senior team from the Southern Football League at Glenelg Oval on Saturday June 12. The team was as follows:
- Abbott, James hbl St Peters O.C.
- Chadwick, Sam follower Rostrevor O.C.
- Dawson, Sean wr Tea Tree Gully
- Fairhurst, Steve hfl Smithfield
- Farrer, Graham chb St Peters O.C.
- Golding, Daniel rover Tea Tree Gully
- Hart, Ben ff Fitzroy
- Jessen, Karl v.c. ruck Tea Tree Gully
- Klemasz, Ryan int Gaza
- Linke, Matt bpr St. Peters O.C.
- Magarey, Paul hbr Adelaide University
- Manning, Kane chf Salisbury North
- O’Donovan, Oliver hfr Scotch O.C.
- O’Malley, Tom fb Scotch O.C.
- Parks, Chad int Kilburn
- Perry, Darren bpl Port District
- Peterson, Trent fpl Woodville South
- Stringer, Matt int Flinders Park
- Tuckey, Andrew int Smithfield
- Vanderloo, Josh capt. centre Adelaide University
- Vanderloo, Kris wl Adelaide University
- Wright, Tom fpr Henley
As with the senior state team, the Under 23s started the match badly and was forced to play catch-up football, hitting the front by one point early in the last quarter only to tire in the last 15 minutes.
- Goalkickers: Dawson 2, Hart 2, Parks 2, Chadwick, Magarey, Manning, Peterson
- Best Players: Tuckey, Chadwick, J.Vanderloo, Stringer, Jessen.
The Under 17s, coached by Kevin Hart, played two representative matches in 2004 and the results were as follows:
Monday May 17, Unley Oval SAAFL 13.13 Hills League 3.2
Saturday June 12, Glenelg Oval Southern League 10.3 SAAFL 6.13