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South Australian Amateur Football League

Adelaide Footy League
Adelaide footy logo.png
SportAustralian rules football
Founded8 March 1911; 110 years ago (1911-03-08)
Inaugural season1911
No. of teams67 (Men)
17 (Women)
Country Australia
TV partner(s)Nine Network (2018)
Official websiteadelaidefootball.com.au

The Adelaide Footy League, formerly known as the South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL),[1] is a semi-professional[2] Australian rules football competition based in Adelaide, South Australia. Comprising sixty-seven member clubs playing over one hundred and ten matches per week, the SAAFL is one of Australia's largest Australian rules football associations.

The league currently provides competition across eight Senior divisions with Reserves grades, accompanied by a separate C grade competition, all from Divisions 1 to 7. There are also two under 18 divisions named Red and Yellow divided by area.

History

Semaphore Central FC (current Port District FC), 1914 Premiers

The league was officially formed on 8 March 1911 and the first match was played on 6 May 1911. With the exception of recesses during the two World Wars, the competition has been continuous since that time.

The South Australian Football Association (later to be renamed to South Australian National Football League) had existed as a competition since 1877, but by the early 1900s was structured on an "electorate system" where players qualified for clubs on the basis of electoral boundaries. Adelaide University Football Club was keen to field a team in the SAFA competition and applied each year from 1906 to 1910. Each time the application was rejected as it was felt the inclusion of a university team would threaten the electorate system.

In 1910 the Adelaide University Sports Association thought the case for admission to SAFA would be strengthened if the University had a team playing successfully in regular competition. It was felt that this could be achieved by forming a purely amateur league with other clubs not already in an association.[3] By late 1910 Glenferrie, Marlborough and St. Bartholomew clubs had agreed to join with University to form the new association based on amateur principles. By 1911, as preparations were in hand for the inaugural season, the four clubs had become five with the inclusion of St. Francis Xavier. The clubs also had agreed to admit late applicant Semaphore Central for the 1912 season.

In that first season only three ovals were used for matches - Jubilee Oval, Price Oval and University Oval. Price Oval (now known as Hawthorn Oval) in Mitcham and University Oval (at the corner of Sir Edwin Smith Avenue and War Memorial Drive) both still exist today. The Jubilee Oval however was built upon by the university in 1946.

Throughout the history of the league there have been many clubs join and leave the league. Affiliation peaked in 2001 with 72 clubs.[4] Of the founding clubs, only Adelaide University remains.

The 2010 season marked the 100th year of the league, with the last day in September won by Henley, who won their first Division 1 premiership in history.

2017 the league decided to change its name from the South Australian Amateur Football League to the Adelaide Footy League.[1]

Division 1

Club-by-club summary

This table summarises the total Division 1 premierships and grand finals from 1911 to 2020.

Club Premierships Most Recent
Premiership
Most Recent
Grand Final
Runners Up Grand Finals
Adelaide University [note 1] 23 1999 2006 20 43
Port District Football Club [note 2] 12 1972 1977 10 22
Goodwood Saints 9 2020 2020 3 12
Adelaide College [note 3][note 4] 7 1982 1982 7 14
Broadview 6 2004 2004 6 12
Exeter [note 3][note 5] 5 1948 1955 4 9
Riverside [note 3][note 6] 3 1984 1990 7 10
Kilburn 3 2001 2001 3 6
Underdale United [note 3] 2 1934 1938 5 7
Payneham [note 3] 2 1978 1978 3 5
Rostrevor OC 2 2017 2020 3 5
Gaza 2 2011 2011 2 4
Greek Camden [note 3] 2 1991 1991 2 4
Kenilworth 2 1930 1930 2 4
PHOS Camden 2 2002 2002 1 3
Flinders Park 2 1977 1977 1 3
St. Peters OC 2 2012 2012 0 2
Walkerville 2 1953 1953 0 2
West Adelaide United [note 3] 2 1937 1937 0 2
Kingswood [note 3] 2 1915 1915 0 2
Henley 1 2010 2012 2 3
Payneham NU 1 2019 2019 2 3
Tea Tree Gully 1 2018 2018 1 2
Prince Alfred OC 1 2016 2019 1 2
Port District 1 1992 1994 1 2
Greek [note 3] 1 1985 1985 1 2
Seaton Ramblers 1 1973 1973 1 2
Rosewater 1 1957 1957 1 2
Woodville 1 1947 1946 1 2
Greenacres 1 1988 1988 0 1
Salisbury North 0 - 2013 2 2
Sacred Heart 0 - 2011 2 2
Edwardstown [note 7] 0 - 1996 1 1
Glenunga 0 - 1978 1 1
SA Railways Institute 0 - 1941 1 1
Prospect [note 3] 0 - 1921 1 1
Henley & Grange [note 8] 0 - 1920 1 1
St. Francis Xavier [note 3] 0 - 1912 1 1
Glenferrie [note 3] 0 - 1911 1 1
Notes
  1. ^ Previously known as "University" until 1969.[5]
  2. ^ Semaphore Central and Exeter merged to form "Port District FC" in 1979. Nevertheless, PDFC set its date of establishment in 1873, as a continuity of Semaphorce Central.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Defunct club.
  4. ^ Previously known as Adelaide Teachers College from 1972-79, Teachers College from 1935-72, Teachers Training College from 1923-34.[5]
  5. ^ Semaphore Central and Exeter merged to form "Port District FC" in 1979. Exeter had been founded in 1924 and is considered defunct, with Port District being a continuity of Semaphore Central
  6. ^ Merged with Alberton United and Ethelton to form Portland in 1997.[5]
  7. ^ Moved to Southern Football League in 2009.
  8. ^ The current "Henley Sharks Football Club" was formed in 1994 as a merger of the Henley Districts, Old Scholars and Greek FC.

Grand Finals

The following list summarises the Division 1 Grand Finals from 1911 to 2019.[6]

Year Premier Score Runner-Up Score Ground
1911 University 14.15 (99) Glenferrie 5.11 (41) University Oval
1912 University 12.9 (81) St. Francis Xavier 5.11 (41) University Oval
1913 Kingswood 5.8 (38) Semaphore Central 4.6 (30)
1914 Semaphore Central 6.12 (48) University 4.11 (35) Norwood Oval
1915 Kingswood 8.11 (59) Semaphore Central 5.11 (41)
1920 University 10.18 (78) Henley and Grange 2.11 (23)
1921 University 9.10 (64) Prospect 7.11 (53)
1922 University 9.9 (63) Semaphore Central 8.4 (52)
1923 Semaphore Central 6.10 (46) University 5.5 (35) Norwood Oval
1924 Semaphore Central 6.10 (46) Teachers Training College 5.9 (39) Norwood Oval
1925 Semaphore Central 9.16 (70) Kenilworth 7.6 (48) Norwood Oval
1926 University 9.15 (69) Semaphore Central 7.18 (60) Norwood Oval
1927 Kenilworth 10.18 (78) University 10.9 (69) Belair National Park
1928 Semaphore Central 10.13 (73) Kenilworth 4.11 (35) Thebarton Oval
1929 University 11.11 (77) Semaphore Central 10.10 (70) Jubilee Oval
1930 Kenilworth 12.15 (87) University 12.13 (85) Glenelg Oval
1931 Semaphore Central 12.11 (83) Underdale United 9.16 (70) University Oval
1932 University 14.11 (95) Underdale United 11.13 (79) Jubilee Oval
1933 Underdale United 6.15 (51) University 6.10 (46) Thebarton Oval
1934 Underdale United 11.11 (77) University 8.11 (59) Norwood Oval
1935 St Peter's O.C. 13.8 (86) Underdale United 10.13 (73) Unley Oval
1936 West Adelaide United 11.19 (85) Underdale United 10.8 (68) Thebarton Oval
1937 West Adelaide United 10.3 (63) Prince Alfred O.C. 7.10 (52) Prospect Oval
1938 Semaphore Central 14.12 (96) Underdale United 10.10 (70) Alberton Oval
1939 Exeter 15.11 (101) Payneham 15.9 (99) Prospect Oval
1940 Exeter 11.11 (77) Semaphore Central 5.12 (42) Alberton Oval
1941 Exeter 10.16 (76) S.A. Railways Institute 8.6 (54) Woodville Oval
1946 Woodville 8.13 (61) University 9.5 (59) Alberton Oval
1947 Exeter 14.14 (98) Woodville 6.8 (44) Alberton Oval
1948 Exeter 8.10 (58) Semaphore Central 6.8 (44) Woodville Oval
1949 Semaphore Central 8.11 (59) University 4.10 (34) Alberton Oval
1950 Walkerville 5.12 (42) Exeter 6.3 (39) Thebarton Oval
1951 University 6.8 (44) Exeter 5.13 (43) Thebarton Oval
1952 University 13.17 (105) Exeter 10.7 (67) Thebarton Oval
1953 Walkerville 8.10 (58) University 7.8 (50) Alberton Oval
1954 University 19.11 (125) Rosewater 10.4 (64) Alberton Oval
1955 University 18.5 (113) Exeter 7.7 (49) Alberton Oval
1956 Semaphore Central 11.8 (74) University 6.10 (46) Payneham Oval
1957 Rosewater 8.19 (67) Semaphore Central 6.13 (49) Kensington Oval
1958 Riverside 8.11 (59) University 6.13 (49) Alberton Oval
1959 Semaphore Central 15.10 (100) Riverside 8.17 (65) Kensington Oval
1960 University 6.4 (40) Semaphore Central 2.6 (18) Alberton Oval
1961 University 8.6 (54) Kilburn 3.8 (26) Alberton Oval
1962 University 8.14 (62) Teachers College 7.5 (47) Alberton Oval
1963 Teachers College 5.7 (37) University 3.7 (25) Alberton Oval
1964 Payneham 11.11 (77) University 10.8 (68) Norwood Oval
1965 University 14.15 (99) Riverside 3.18 (36) Alberton Oval
1966 Teachers College 9.11 (65) University 3.7 (25) Alberton Oval
1967 Teachers College 8.10 (58) University 7.8 (50) Alberton Oval
1968 University 9.10 (64) Teachers College 6.5 (41) Alberton Oval
1969 Adelaide University 7.8 (50) Teachers College 4.7 (31) Alberton Oval
1970 Semaphore Central 8.16 (66) Teachers College 6.15 (51) Alberton Oval
1971 Teachers College 15.16 (106) Seaton Ramblers 8.14 (62) Alberton Oval
1972 Semaphore Central 13.11 (89) Adelaide Teachers College 13.9 (87) Alberton Oval
1973 Seaton Ramblers 14.8 (92) Payneham 10.6 (66) Alberton Oval
1974 Adelaide University 16.11 (107) Payneham 7.5 (47) Adelaide Oval
1975 Adelaide University 14.15 (99) Flinders Park 4.9 (33) Adelaide Oval
1976 Flinders Park 19.20 (134) Adelaide University 10.12 (72) Richmond Oval
1977 Flinders Park 9.13 (67) Semaphore Central 5.14 (44) Richmond Oval
1978 Payneham 12.20 (92) Glenunga 9.8 (62) Richmond Oval
1979 Adelaide College 18.13 (121) Broadview 15.10 (100) Adelaide Oval
1980 Broadview 17.12 (114) Adelaide College 4.18 (42) Adelaide Oval
1981 Adelaide College 7.14 (56) Riverside 6.5 (41) Adelaide Oval
1982 Adelaide College 16.10 (106) Riverside 11.10 (76) Adelaide Oval
1983 Riverside 15.7 (97) Adelaide University 11.11 (77) Adelaide Oval
1984 Riverside 14.15 (99) Greek 11.14 (80) Norwood Oval
1985 Greek 16.9 (105) Riverside 11.11 (77) Alberton Oval
1986 Adelaide University 11.17 (83) Riverside 12.8 (80) Adelaide Oval
1987 Broadview 12.6 (78) Greek Camden 7.15 (57) Adelaide Oval
1988 Greenacres 11.13 (79) Broadview 11.11 (77) Adelaide Oval
1989 Broadview 18.13 (121) Greek Camden 2.8 (20) Adelaide Oval
1990 Greek Camden 18.12 (120) Riverside 12.15 (87) Alberton Oval
1991 Greek Camden 9.12 (66) Kilburn 9.10 (64) Alberton Oval
1992 Port District 17.8 (110) Broadview 8.10 (58) Alberton Oval
1993 Broadview 14.7 (91) Kilburn 9.17 (71) Adelaide Oval
1994 Kilburn 10.15 (75) Port District 8.9 (57) Adelaide Oval
1995 Kilburn 14.18 (102) Broadview 11.15 (81) Adelaide Oval
1996 Adelaide University 21.12 (138) Edwardstown 13.9 (87) Adelaide Oval
1997 Goodwood Saints 11.9 (75) PHOS Camden 10.8 (68) Adelaide Oval
1998 Broadview 18.13 (121) Goodwood Saints 8.6 (54) Adelaide Oval
1999 Adelaide University 5.13 (43) Goodwood Saints 5.12 (42) Adelaide Oval
2000 PHOS Camden 7.5 (47) Broadview 6.6 (42) Alberton Oval
2001 Kilburn 19.5 (119) Adelaide University 14.7 (91) Adelaide Oval
2002 PHOS Camden 11.17 (83) Adelaide University 10.12 (72) Adelaide Oval
2003 Gaza 10.15 (75) Broadview 7.9 (51) Adelaide Oval
2004 Broadview 9.11 (65) Goodwood Saints 8.10 (58) Adelaide Oval
2005 Goodwood Saints 13.10 (88) Gaza 8.5 (53) Adelaide Oval
2006 Goodwood Saints 18.11 (119) Adelaide University 10.12 (72) Alberton Oval
2007 Goodwood Saints 19.16 (130) Gaza 11.7 (73) Thebarton Oval
2008[7] Goodwood Saints 13.9 (87) Salisbury North 9.4 (58) Thebarton Oval
2009[8] Goodwood Saints 11.13 (79) Henley 8.12 (60) Thebarton Oval
2010[9] Henley 11.6 (72) Sacred Heart OC 7.5 (47) Thebarton Oval
2011 Gaza 10.13 (73) Sacred Heart OC 9.15 (69) Thebarton Oval
2012 St Peter's O.C. 15.13 (103) Henley 13.15 (93) Adelaide Airport Stadium
2013[10] Rostrevor OC 17.9 (111) Salisbury North 10.9 (69) Adelaide Airport Stadium
2014[11] Goodwood Saints 14.10 (94) Rostrevor OC 7.7 (49) Adelaide Airport Stadium
2015 Goodwood Saints 12.7 (79) Payneham NU 7.9 (51) Adelaide Airport Stadium
2016 Prince Alfred OC 10.13 (73) Tea Tree Gully 6.10 (46) Adelaide Airport Stadium
2017 Rostrevor OC 10.8 (68) Payneham NU 3.13 (31) ALDI Arena
2018 Tea Tree Gully 13.15 (93) Rostrevor OC 9.9 (63) ALDI Arena
2019 Payneham NU 12.4 (76) Prince Alfred OC 10.12 (72) Guardall Security Stadium
2020 Goodwood Saints 9.12 (66) Rostrevor OC 7.8 (50) Norwood Oval

Current Clubs

The following table summarises the member clubs of the league for the 2017 season.

  Playing in Division 1
  Playing in Division 2
  Playing in Division 3
Club Men's Grades Women's Grades Website Nickname Home Ground Founded Joined
Adelaide Lutheran 7, 7R, C6 5 http://www.alsportsclub.com.au/ Bulldogs Park 21 (Mirnu Wirra) 1969 1985
Adelaide University 1, 1R, 7, 7R, C1, C5, C6 1, 1R, 3 http://www.bobneil.com/ Blacks Park 10 (Warnpangga) 1906 1911
Aldinga 6 Sharks AMAC Oval 1879 2017
Angle Vale 2, U18R http://www.anglevalefc.com/ Owls Angle Vale Sport Complex 1998
Athelstone 2, 2R, C2, U18R http://www.athelstonefc.org.au/ Raggies Max Amber Sportfield 1904 1996
Blackfriars Old Scholars 5, 5R https://web.archive.org/web/20070503170115/http://www.bosfc.com/ Hounds Park 2 (Pardipardinyilla) 2005 2006
Blackwood U18B http://www.blackwoodfootballclub.com.au/ Woods Blackwood Hill Reserve 1912
Brahma Lodge 6, 6R, C6 https://web.archive.org/web/20081005054035/http://brahmalodgefc.sportzvault.com/ Tigers Brahma Lodge Oval 1962 1996
Bridgewater-Callington 6 http://www.bridgewatercallingtonraiders.com/ Raiders AZTEC Oval 2013 2018
Brighton Districts and Old Scholars 1, 1R, C1, U18B Brighton Bombers Brighton Oval 1991 2017
Broadview 2, 2R, C2, U18R 4 http://www.broadviewfc.com.au/ Tigers Broadview Oval 1928 1964
CBC Old Collegians 5, 5R, C5 https://web.archive.org/web/20080705192211/http://www.cbcoc.com.au/ Dolphins King Rodney Park

(Ityamai-Itpina)

1978 1978
Central United 7, 7R https://web.archive.org/web/20100324235612/http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cufc Bulldogs Mofflin Reserve 1962 1995
Christies Beach 1, 1R, U18R http://www.cbfcsaints.org/ Saints Bice Oval 1963 2016
Colonel Light Gardens 4, 4R, C4 http://www.clgfc.org.au Lions Mortlock Park 1931 1931
Eastern Park 4, 4R, C7 3 https://web.archive.org/web/20080309010217/http://www.epfc.com.au/ Demons Dwight Reserve 1962 1995
Edwardstown 4, 4R, C4, U18B http://www.edwardstownfc.com.au/ Towns Edwardstown Oval 1919 2016
Elizabeth 6, 6R, C6 http://www.elizabetheagles.com.au/ Eagles Elizabeth Oval 1956 1995
Fitzroy 6, 6R, C5, U18Y 1, 1R http://www.fitzroyfc.com.au/ Lions Sam Johnson Sportsground 1987 1987
Flinders Park 3, 3R, C3, U18R, U18B https://web.archive.org/web/20080518075151/http://www.flindersparkfc.com.au/ Reds Flinders Park No. 1 1927 1933
Flinders University 7, 7R 3 https://web.archive.org/web/20170218100029/http://www.football.flindersclubs.asn.au/ Crabs Flinders Uni Oval 1966 1966
Gaza 2, 2R, C2, U18Y 3 https://web.archive.org/web/20070216041716/http://www.gaza.com.au/football.html Eagles Klemzig Oval 1921 1962
Gepps Cross 4, 4R, C4, U18Y http://geppscross.homestead.com/ Rams Duncan Fraser Reserve 1952 1984
Glenunga 5, 5R, C6 http://glenungafc.com.au Rams Webb Oval 1954 1960
Golden Grove 2, 2R, 7, 7R, U18R 4, 5 http://www.ggfc.com.au/ Kookaburras Harpers Field 1995 1996
Goodwood Saints 1, 1R, C1, C7, U18R U18B http://www.goodwoodsaints.com.au/ Saints Goodwood Oval 1985 1985
Greenacres 5, 5R 2 https://web.archive.org/web/20090912050327/http://saafl.asn.au/stats/clubs.php?cName=Greenacres Dragons Edward Smith Reserve 1967 1973
Happy Valley 3, 4 http://hvfc.com.au/ Vikings Happy Valley Sports Club 1951 2017
Hectorville 4, 4R, C4, U18Y https://web.archive.org/web/20090912051316/http://saafl.asn.au/stats/clubs.php?cName=Hectorville Hounds Daly Oval 1961 1990
Henley 2, 2R, C2, C7, U18R U18B http://www.henleysharks.com.au Sharks Henley Oval 1906 1920
Hope Valley 5, 5R, C5, U18Y U18B https://web.archive.org/web/20090930170356/http://saafl.asn.au/stats/clubs.php?cName=Hope%20Valley Demons Hope Valley Sporting Club 1906 1987
Houghton Districts 6, 6R https://web.archive.org/web/20091025063327/http://www.hdfcraiders.com.au/ Raiders Houghton Memorial Oval 1995 1995
Imperial (Murraylands Swans) 6 Swans AZTEC Oval 2018
Ingle Farm 6, 6R, C6 3 http://www.inglefarm.org.au/snr_football.htm Bulldogs Rowe Park 1968 1989
Ironbank-Cherry Gardens 6 https://www.ibcgfc.com.au/ Thunderers Cherry Gardens Oval 1985 2017
Kangarilla/Onkaparinga Valley 6 http://www.onkas.com.au/ Double Blues/Bulldogs Kangarilla Recreation Ground 1901/1967 2017
Kenilworth 5, 5R, C5, C7, U18B 5, U18R https://web.archive.org/web/20080513045914/http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=kfc Kookaburras St. Marys Park 1907 1924
Kilburn 4, 4R, C4 http://www.kfcc.com.au/ Knights Blair Athol Reserve 1923 1958
Lockleys 1, 1R, C1, U18 http://www.lockleysfc.com.au/ Demons Lockleys Oval 1951 1986
Mawson Lakes 6, 6R 3 http://www.mawsonlakesfc.com.au/ Saints UniSA Mawson Lakes Oval 1978 1993
Mitcham 3, 3R, C3 U18B http://www.mitchamfootballclub.websyte.com.au/ Hawks Price Oval 1908 1968
Mitchell Park 7, 7R http://www.mitchellparkfc.com/ Lions Mitchell Park Oval 1969 2001
Modbury 1, 1R, C1, C4, C6, U18Y 2 http://www.modburyhawks.org.au Hawks Modbury Oval 1862 1988
Morphettville Park 4, 4R, U18B 1, 1R, 4, U18R http://www.mpscroos.com.au/ Roos Kellett Reserve Oval 1958 2017
Mount Barker 2, 6 http://mountbarkerfootballclub.org.au/ Barkeroos Howard Lane Oval 1967 2016
Mount Lofty District 2, 5 http://www.mtloftydevils.com.au/ Devils Heathfield Oval 1987 2016
Nairne Bremer United 5 https://www.nbufc.com.au/ Rams Nairne Oval 1978 2017
North Haven 4, 4R, C4, C6 4 North Haven Facebook Magpies Largs North Oval 1935 1980
Old Ignatians 2, 2R, C2, C6 5 http://www.oifc.com.au/ Iggies Park 25 (Narnungga) 1972 1972
Para Hills 7, 7R http://www.phfc.com.au/ Big Reds The Paddocks 1974 1995
Payneham Norwood Union 1, 1R, C1, C6, U18R 2 https://web.archive.org/web/20080513005802/http://www.paynehamfalcons.com.au/home.html Falcons Payneham Oval 1995 1996
Pembroke OS 2, 2R, C2 http://www.pembroke.sa.edu.au/page.php?section=517 Kings Haslam Oval 1932 1932
PHOS Camden 2, 2R, C2, U18B http://www.phantomsfc.com.au/ Phantoms Camden Oval 1994 1994
Plympton 3, 3R, C3 http://www.plymptonbulldogs.com.au/ Bulldogs Plympton Park 1937 1996
Pooraka 5, 5R, C5 https://web.archive.org/web/20080108072954/http://www.poorakafc.com.au/ Bulls Lindblom Park 1920 1996
Port Adelaide Women 1, 1R https://www.facebook.com/PAWFC/ Magpies Ethelton Oval 2003
Port District 1, 1R, C1, U18R http://www.pdfc.com.au Magpies Largs Reserve 1979 1984
Portland 3, 3R, C3, U18Y http://home.iprimus.com.au/aurbow/ Thunder Riverside Oval 1997 1997
Prince Alfred OC 1, 1R, C1, C4 https://web.archive.org/web/20080511212207/http://www.paocfc.com/ Reds Park 9 (Tidlangga) 1926 1926
Pulteney 6, 6R, C4 5 https://web.archive.org/web/20060820230548/http://www.pulteney.sa.edu.au/posa/football.html Navy Blues Morgan Oval 1936 1936
Rosewater 5, 5R, C5, U18B http://www.rosewaterfc.com.au/ Bulldogs Eric Sutton Oval 1885 1949
Rostrevor OC 1, 1R, C1 https://web.archive.org/web/20070829184358/http://www.rostrevor.sa.edu.au/flexipage.aspx?PageId=150 ROCS Cambelltown Oval 1923 1974
Sacred Heart OC 2, 2R, C2, U18B http://www.shocfc.com/Football/Default.htm SHOCs Sacred Heart College 1968 1968
Salisbury 4, 4R, C4, C7 1, 1R, U18R http://freeteams.net/Salisburyfootballclub/index.html Magpies Salisbury Oval 1883 1995
Salisbury North 1, 1R Salisbury North Facebook Hawks Salisbury North Sports Club 1953 1996
Salisbury West 6, 6R, U18Y Salisbury West Facebook Tigers Salisbury West Oval 1965 1970
Scotch OC 2, 2R, C2 5 www.scotchoc.com.au None Price Memorial Oval 1929 1929
Seaton Ramblers 3, 3R, C3 Seaton Ramblers Facebook Rams Pedlar Oval 1958 1961
Smithfield 4, 4R 4 Smithfield Facebook Panthers Smithfield Oval 1965 1995
SMOSH West Lakes 3, 3R, C3 U18R SMOSH West Lakes Facebook Lions Jubilee Reserve 1996 1996
St Pauls's OS 7, 7R http://spocfc.com.au/ SPOCs St. Pauls College 1928 1928
St. Peters OC 1, 1R, C1 http://spocfc.com.au/ SPOCs The Caterer Oval 1928 1928
Tea Tree Gully 1, 1R, 7, 7R, U18R U18B http://www.gullies.com.au Gullies Petaringa Oval 1862 1988
Trinity OS 6, 6R http://www.tosfc.com.au Lions Trinity College Gawler Campus 2006 2006
Unley Mercedes Jets 2, 2R, C2 http://unleyjets.com.au// Jets Kingswood Oval 1970 1970
Walkerville 3, 3R, C3 http://www.walkervillefc.com.au/ Cats Walkerville Oval 1901 1936
West Croydon 6, 6R 4 West Croydon Facebook Hawks Fawk Reserve 1961 1974
Westminster OS 3, 3R Westminister OS Facebook Dragons Glandore Oval 1969 1969
Woodville South 5, 5R, C5 Woodville South Facebook Cats Nieuvision Oval 1890 1979

Controversy

Violence and Abuse

The league has received media publicity over a number of incidents occurring at matches in recent years.

2005

  • After the 2005 Division 4 Grand Final, Salisbury West forfeited promotion, had premiership points deducted for the 2006 season and five players received a total of 38 games suspension following a number of violent incidents during their heavy loss to Payneham Norwood Union.[12]

2011

  • Spectators at West Croydon were approached by sex workers during junior games to offer their services.[13]

2012

  • 19 May - Police were called after a spectator wielded a knife and another used a broken beer bottle as a weapon in a fight during a match between Ingle Farm and Trinity Old Scholars. Ingle Farm had to hire security guards and ban drinking in certain areas for their remaining home games of the season.[14]
  • 10 June - Three players were allegedly involved in an incident where their names were signed in permanent marker on a bar whilst representing the SAAFL in Tasmania as part of the Under-23 representative team.[15]

2013

  • 25 May: An alleged brawl involving up to 20 people occurred in the car park during a match involving Smithfield and Ingle Farm.[16]
  • 25 May: A Westminster Old Scholars player was allegedly attacked with a glass bottle during a match.[16]
  • 1 June: A Central United player was banned for life following a 'disgusting' act where he smeared faeces on the door of the umpires' changeroom following a match against Blackfriars Old Scholars.[17]
  • June: One player was sentenced to eight months jail following a "coward punch" against an opponent in a C2 Division match between Adelaide Lutheran and Seaton Ramblers.[18]
  • 15 June: Aboriginal Salisbury North coach Eugene Warrior was racially abused by a Henley supporter.[19]
  • 20 July: Two Smithfield players reported for striking a player and abusing umpires resulted in the Smithfield club being suspended from the league for the rest of the season.[20]
  • 7 September: Police were called after the Division 7 Grand Final between Ingle Farm and Angle Vale was called off with 10 minutes remaining when a wild brawl broke out between spectators.[21]
  • 27 September: A Salisbury North player was banned for life as a result of an incident in the Division 1 Grand Final, and two other Salisbury North players were also suspended.[22][23]
  • Central United had 10 Category A reports during the season, resulting in a combined total of 36 games suspension, with one player banned for life.[24]
  • Salisbury North had eight suspensions for a total of 35 games.[24]
  • Salisbury West punished three players who abused umpires by forcing them to officiate games without pay.[24]

2014

  • Smithfield were reinstated to the competition with stipulations around player behavior. An incident in its Under 18 team involving umpire abuse and intimidation resulted in that team being withdrawn. Its coach was suspended for 18 months, one player was suspended for 8 matches, two other players suspended for four and two games. The club was also fined $2,000, and the A-Grade and B-Grade teams were penalised 8 premiership points each.[25][26]
  • Central United were deducted nine premiership points as a result of a player being suspended for spitting at and striking another player in a game played on 19 July 2014 against Blackfriars Old Scholars.[27]
  • Salisbury and Ingle Farm's Under 18 teams were each deducted six premiership points for involvement in a wild melee.[27]
  • A North Pines player was suspended for 32 weeks, resulting in a life ban, for attempting to headbutt, threatening and abusing an umpire and racial vilification during a Division 7 Semi-Final against Adelaide University. The match resulted in a forfeit after the North Pines team walked off the field to protest the umpiring and three of its players being reported.[28] The team's coach was suspended for 12 months, every North Pines player was suspended for 4 games (suspended until the end of the 2017 season) and North Pines was fined $2000.[29]

2015

  • An Eastern Park player was suspended for ten weeks for recklessly knocking out an umpire's tooth in an on-field collision on 12 April 2015.[30]
  • Ingle Farm were forced to forfeit their C4 game against Pulteney on 9 May 2015 as a result of the club having no players available to play after a bench clearing brawl against Rosewater the previous week.[31] One Ingle Farm player was banned for life after being identified as the instigator by the league's investigation committee.[32]
  • Salisbury's Under-18 Coach was suspended for the rest of 2015 and all of 2016 for failing to stop a melee that occurred during an Under-18 game against Mitcham on 10 May 2015, and for misleading the tribunal during the investigation. The club was also fined $500, one player suspended for six games, and the team was forced to forfeit its following two games due to lack of players.[33]
  • A Rosewater player was suspended for four matches for abusing and threatening an umpire during their 13 June game against Pulteney.[34]
  • Salisbury North were deducted eight premiership points for each of their teams and fined $4,000 following an incident in a C-Grade game against Plympton on 18 July. A player was suspended for 10 games for striking and misconduct, and the C-Grade team was suspended for the remainder of the season.[35]
  • Four people were arrested, including two allegedly armed with knives, following a brawl between two warring families during a junior game between Rosewater and West Croydon.[36]
  • Eastern Park and Salisbury West forfeited their junior games for one week as a result of an incident involving shoving and verbal abuse between parents from both clubs at an under-12 game on 2 August.[37]

2016

  • A Rosewater player was suspended for eight games for abusing and threatening an umpire during their 18 June game against CBC Old Collegians.[34]
  • A Rosewater player was suspended for 20 years and the club suspended from the competition after he pleaded guilty to striking an umpire in a Division 5 game against Blackfriars Old Scholars on 16 July.[34][38] Another player was reported for undue rough play in the same game and refused to leave the ground until the umpire asked the Rosewater coach to remove him from the ground.[34] Further controversy occurred the following weekend when a picture showing players doing an obscene hand gesture with a caption reading "f*** u saafl" was posted by a senior player to social media.[39]

2017

  • North Pines avoided expulsion from the league after a club official ran onto the field during play and twice punched an opposition player. The official was suspended for seven years, and the club was ordered to employ a full-time security guard at all home games.[40]
  • Salisbury North were deducted 6 premiership points after a player was suspended for four matches for abusing and threatening a Division 1 reserves umpire.[41]

2018

  • Salisbury West's captain received a 27-game suspension for four incidents, including breaking an opponent's jaw, during a home Qualifying Final against Trinity Old Scholars which resulted in a life ban; this more than doubled the Adelaide Footy League's threshold of 12 weeks. Despite Salisbury West winning the game by nine points, the club was ejected from the finals and suspended from the league for the rest of the year.[42]
  • Salisbury North were deregistered from the league after a player received an eight-week suspension for striking, and the league suspended all three of Salisbury North's senior teams for the rest of the 2018 season for breaking an amended affiliation agreement (AAA) regarding poor on-field behaviour[43]

Unbalanced Competition

The league received media coverage in 2014 due to extreme scores in a number of games.

  • Consideration was given to reorganising the divisional structure after Kilburn Football Club, in Division 3, was beaten by a combined 736 points in their first two games of the season, whilst forfeiting their B-Grade matches on the same two occasions.[44] Kilburn later forfeited an A-Grade game against Salisbury when a few players misunderstood the start time and a few others could not find their way to the ground.[45]
  • Brahma Lodge were relegated from the Division 4 competition after losing a number of players.[46]
  • Mitchell Park and Flinders University were both reduced to one team each, with Flinders University taking the place of Mitchell Park's reserves in the Division 6 Reserves competition, due to an exodus of players.[47]
  • Blackfriars Old Scholars set a new SAAFL record score when they posted 71.30 (460) in a 429-point win against Angle Vale in Division 6.[48][49] This resulting in the Angle Vale coach, Peter McMillan, quitting[50] the following Tuesday night at a crisis meeting[51] and being replaced by Reserves coach Rob Warren.
  • Wingfield Royals forfeited a match in Division 7 against Smithfield on 24 May following six straight losses by an average of 198 points.[52]
  • Both Kilburn (in Division 3 against Pembroke Old Scholars) and Angle Vale (in Division 6 against Ingle Farm) forfeited their A-Grade games on 5 July.[53]
  • Salisbury West requested to be relegated from Division 3 to Division 5 after losing more than half their squad when they did not pay them for the second half of the 2014 season.[54]

Governance

An attempt to oust then President Gino Capogreco in October 2013 failed when the vote was defeated at an extraordinary meeting of the league.[55] Mr. Capogreco was accused of altering a document and physically threatening a board member.[56][57] Mr. Capogreco was later defeated at the following AGM.

See also

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