‘With a brand new SANFL IGA League Season kicking off in just under four weeks, now’s the time to get on board with South Adelaide and join as a member!
Thanks to Malaysia Airlines and Venture Holidays, if you sign up as a member of an SANFL Club before the start of the 2014 SANFL IGA League Season, you will be automatically entered in the draw to win one of two luxury holidays to Malaysia!
First prize will receive economy class flights, and six nights’ accommodation for two, staying at the Shang-Ri-La Golden Sands Resort in Penang.
Second prize will receive a flights and accommodation package for two, staying four nights at the Shang-Ri-La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinablu.
Entering is easy - simply join as a new Member, or renew your 2014 Membership with any SANFL Club* before the first game on Thursday 3 April.
All SANFL Members who have purchased a 2014 SANFL Club Membership product prior to Thursday 3 April, will be entered into the draw.
Can’t get to games? Don’t worry - you can still support South Adelaide by purchasing a general membership!
*Open to financial 2014 members of SANFL Clubs over the age of 18. Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power Members) are not eligible to enter.
Full terms and conditions available here.
South Adelaide is poised to begin an exciting new era in season 2014 under the guidance of AFL-experienced mentor Brad Gotch.
Watch the video to learn of Gotch’s path to Noarlunga, as well as his plans for the Panthers in his first year at the helm.
Carlton recruit Frazer Dale, star midfielder Nick LIddle and newly-appointed co-captains Nick Murphy and Josh Thewlis also provide an insight into what has unfolded at Hickinbotham Oval during summer.
Murphy to Co-Captain South
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
South Adelaide’s Nick Murphy has been recalled to the Panthers’ leadership group, with the hard-working midfielder to join Josh Thewlis as co-captain in 2014.
Murphy, who captained the club in 2011 and 2012, has regained his mantle under new South coach Brad Gotch, who has engaged the popular ‘’Leading Teams’’ model.
‘’Watching from afar as I’ve done for the past few years you heard about Nick’s (leadership) attributes,’’ Gotch said.
‘’Then when I got here I wanted to make a clean slate with everything so we brought in Leading Teams and decided to follow that process.
‘’If you are going to do anything properly then you have to back that system. And the system was that everyone gets judged from day one of this season, irrespective of past seasons and what’s gone on.
‘’Nick has been tremendous in that.’’
A player-driven vote at the Panthers’ recent summer training camp in Victor Harbor ensured Murphy and Thewlis won the respect of their peers.
‘’Nick got the second most votes, Josh got the most and it was nearly a whitewash with those two in front,’’ Gotch said.
‘’And you just can’t discount that as you can only be judged on your behaviour. So it was a no-brainer for me.’’
After being elevated to the Panthers’ captaincy last year, Thewlis is certain to benefit from Murphy’s support as he enters the twilight of his SANFL career.
‘’In 2003, at (VFL club) Williamstown, I had co-captains,’’ Gotch said.
‘’I have only ever done it once while I’ve been coaching but it just made a lot of sense. Josh is 30 and he didn’t have the best year last year. But he’s really keen and has got a second wind.
‘’He’s got certain attributes which are brilliant in leadership and Nick really complements him.
‘’Nick has a few traits that Josh doesn’t have so when you combine the two of them, it is exactly what you are looking for (in a captain).’’
The pair headlines an eight-man leadership group at Noarlunga in 2014, with loyal backman Brad Crabb, ruckman Keegan Brooksby and reliable midfielder Xavier Gotch joint vice-captains.
Former Eagle Nathan Daniel, small defender Tarak Redigolo and star on-baller Nick Liddle round out those charged with leading the Panthers this season.
‘’Coming to South, we’ve got to develop the leadership side of things,’’ Gotch noted.
‘’So to have a few more guys interested (in leadership), we really need to encourage that.’’
Seccull and Taylor suffer ankle injuries!
South Adelaide midfielders Brede Seccull and Scott Taylor have suffered ankle injuries and will face close to three months on the sidelines.
Seccull injured his at the South Adelaide camp a fortnight ago and underwent surgery last week. Taylor injured his ankle at training last Friday and scans revealed this week he will also need surgery.
South Adelaide Football Manager Neill Sharpe said it was disappointing for both boys who had put in the hard yards over pre-season.
“It’s frustrating on the eve of the season to suffer an injury like this. Especially for Brede who suffered a similar injury to his other ankle in our first pre-season game last year.
“But boys are very strong characters and should get back fairly quickly.”
Senior Squad Pre-Season Camp
Our Senior Squad will be kicking off their Pre-Season Camp Friday Night the 7th of February! The Camp is going to be held at Victor Harbor. If you would like to come and watch, the sessions that will be open are:
Saturday 8th February:
6:30-8:30am: Flinders Parade - Conditioning session.
10:30-12pm: Victor Harbor Primary - Football Session.
1:30-3pm: Flinders Parade - Beach Bi-athlon
3-4pm: Flinders Parade - Beach Volleyball.
Sunday 9th February:
10:30-12pm: Victor Harbor Football Club - Football Session
2014 SANFL Trial Matches
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
South Adelaide will be the only club to play four games before round
one as the SANFL trial match schedule is close to being finalised.
The only SANFL club to remain undefeated during last year’s
pre-season, South will begin its 2014 campaign with a 4x20 minute
encounter against Port Adelaide on March 8 at Alberton Oval.
The Panthers will then tackle Norwood, Sturt and Adelaide before
opening their premiership season against West Adelaide at Hickinbotham
Oval on Saturday April 5.
‘’The theory is quite simple as we were going to play an internal
trial on March 8 before Port rang us up and asked if we wanted to play a
shorter game,’’ South football manager Neill Sharpe said.
‘’It (playing against opposition) gives us a chance to push guys
through all of those matches. We will manage our guys through our
program (in pre-season) as we have about 60 guys training with us.
‘’It will give us a good opportunity to have a look at everyone.’’
With only long-term knee victims Peter Rolfe and Sam Richman on the
injury list, South is well-placed to take a measured approach to
pre-season under new coach Brad Gotch.
‘’We’ve got a new coach and a new head of conditioning so things are different to last year immediately,’’ Gotch said.
‘’They’ve got some different ideas on things. In our last two trials, we should be pretty close to playing our best side.’’
Adelaide’s SANFL team will kick off its pre-season against Sturt at
Max Basheer Reserve on Saturday March 8 as part of its Members Day.
Former North Adelaide captain Clint Alleway could face his former
club for the first time when Glenelg clashes with the Roosters on
Saturday March 22 while ex-Magpie Justin Hoskin could confront his old
side when Central hosts Port on the same day at 2.10pm.
Four trial matches will be conducted on the evening of Friday March
28 as clubs seek to give their players maximum rest before the opening
round of the premiership season on April 4.
TRIAL MATCH SCHEDULE
Saturday March 8
Port Adelaide v South Adelaide (Alberton Oval) 9.45am
Adelaide v Sturt (Max Basheer Reserve) 10am
Saturday March 15
Central District v Glenelg (Playford Alive Oval) 2.10pm
South Adelaide v Norwood (Hickinbotham Oval) 7.10pm
Friday March 21
West Adelaide v Norwood (City Mazda Stadium) 7.10pm
Saturday March 22
South Adelaide v Sturt (Hickinbotham Oval) 2.10pm
Woodville-West Torrens v Adelaide (Max Basheer Reserve) 10am
Central District v Port Adelaide (Playford Alive Oval) 2.10pm
Glenelg v North Adelaide (Venue and Time TBC)
Friday March 28
Port Adelaide v North Adelaide (Alberton Oval) 6pm
Norwood v Woodville-West Torrens (Coopers Stadium) 7.40pm
South Adelaide v Adelaide (Hickinbotham Oval) 7.40pm
Glenelg v West Adelaide (City Mazda Stadium) 7.10pm
Saturday March 29
Sturt v Central District (Playford Alive Oval) 2.10pm
Richman faces his 3rd Knee Reconstruction
South Adelaide defender Sam Richman will undergo his third reconstruction on his left knee after re-injuring it prior to Christmas.
The injury happened innocuously at pre-season training as he bent to pick up a ball and felt a pop. Initial scans showed cartilage damage only. However, during the operation this week it was discovered that Sam had again damaged his ACL.
Football Manager Neill Sharpe said it wasn’t the type of news Sam was expecting when he awoke from his operation.
“It’s terrible news for Sam. He’s a really good lad, who clearly loves his footy and had been working well to come back from his second operation.
“He re-injured in such minor fashion.”
Richman will undergo the surgery in a fortnight. Sharpe said the Club will continue to provide as much support for Sam as it can.
Richman’s last League game was the Panther’s finals loss to the Eagles in 2011. He first injured his knee the Reserves in Round 2 of 2012 and then again in Round 3 of 2013 in his third Reserves game for the year. Sam has played 20 League matches for the Panthers, kicking two goals, and made his League debut in 2010 in round 12.
Panther Paving a new Path
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
South Adelaide recruit Frazer Dale knows all about making
the most of a second opportunity.
Not because the former Carlton utility has experienced this
but the advice of his uncle, and former Australian cricketer Adam, is already
Struggling to break into the Victorian First XI, Adam Dale
headed to Queensland in search of his big break on the domestic stage.
The consistent swing bowler went on to become a mainstay for
the Bulls while also representing his country in two Test matches and 30 One
After battling for a berth with AFL club Carlton, Frazer
Dale – who was delisted by the Blues last year - has now turned his attention
to the SANFL.
‘’He (Adam Dale) has been a massive influence on me sporting
wise,’’ said Frazer Dale, 188cm and 80kg.
‘’He thought it was a great idea when I mentioned it to him
and he took me through a bit about what he did when he went across (to
‘’It was about a change in lifestyle, a change in location
and a fresh start. After playing a couple of years in the VFL (with the
Northern Blues) I think I was just ready for a change to a new league.
‘’For him, it was about opportunity and a change in
environment which he thought would be great for me as well.’’
From the Panthers’ point of view, the relationship between
Frazer and Adam played a significant role in ensuring Noarlunga was Frazer’s
‘’There was a bit of a connection with my Uncle Adam who
played cricket with Seb Gotch (South coach Brad Gotch’s son) at the Melbourne
Cricket Club,’’ said Frazer Dale, who played two AFL games for Carlton in 2012.
‘’But it wasn’t only that, when I came across for a look I
really liked Brad and some of the things he saw in my game which he thought he
could help me with.
‘’We’ve only briefly discussed my role but he (Brad Gotch)
sees me developing my game into the midfield while also using the versatility I
have to play back and forward.’’
Set to study a Physical Education degree at Flinders
University, the 20-year-old has no shortage of former Carlton team-mates to
test himself against in 2014.
Former Blues Aaron Joseph and Pat McCarthy have joined
Glenelg while Dale has already linked up with North Adelaide pair Luke Mitchell
and Rhys O’Keefe.
‘’I hope they all go really well as they are all great
fellas,’’ said Frazer Dale, who also played for the highly regarded Assumption
‘’I caught up with Luke and Rhys on the weekend and they
have said they are really enjoying it over here so far.’’
Five Players in 2014 SANFL Country Talent Player Program-Monday 13th Jan
We had 5 of Our Country Players participate in
the '2014 SANFL Country Talented Player Program' at Immanuel college on
Saturday and Sunday. The players were:
Connor Mellow (Yankalilla FC)
Travis Bartlett (Yankalilla FC)
Brad Borrillo (Victor Harbor FC)
Lachlan Borrillo (Victor Harbor FC)
Damian Dowzard (Goolwa Port Elliot FC)
Past Player Julian Farkas returns to SAFC as Our Zone Development Officer-Wednesday 8th Jan
Julian a Past Player of The South Adelaide Football Club is
now our Part-Time Zone Development Officer, and will be working alongside
Talent Manager Tony Bamford three days a week.
Julian started at our club through the Development Squad
program, which was then known as the special squads and played League football
from 1995 to 1997. He was a
midfielder/forward and the very first player to kick a goal at Hickinbotham
After retiring from League football Julian moved to Canberra
and completed several diplomas in: Sports Development and Sports and
Recreation. He then worked at East Lake
Football Club in Canberra as a Junior Development Officer and Manager. Along with this role he did coaching at
Junior and Senior Level as well as playing.
Upon Julian’s return to Adelaide he started his role at Port
Adelaide Football Club initially as their Development Manager. He also coached their U18’s side and worked
alongside Tony Bamford.
Julian has returned to South and is looking forward to his new
role. He will be: coaching the U16s
side, connecting regularly with local clubs, identifying talent within our zone,
mentoring in the Panther Academy Program and assisting Tony with administration
of all Junior Programs. Tony Bamford
says, “as a club we are lucky to have a former Past Player working in our
Football Department with Julian’s experience in Junior Development, and passion
for maximising our zone”.
Pictured: Julian Farkas with Panther Academy
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CALEB SETS CRACKING PACE
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
South Adelaide livewire Caleb Daniel has
impressed as the 2014 SANFL Under-18 Academy launched its campaign with a
two-day camp at St Mark’s College last weekend.
One of 56 of SA’s most talented players selected in next year’s squad,
Daniel burst onto the scene this year to average 17 disposals in 10
league matches with the Panthers.
And the 17-year-old midfielder has certainly made his intentions clear
for next season after finishing inside the top-10 in five categories
Recording an impressive Level 15-7 to lead the way in the Beep Test,
Daniel was also ranked in the top-five for the 20m sprint and 3km time
He also posted strong scores in the Nathan Buckley Kicking Test and Matthew Lloyd Clean Hands Test.
‘’It is a mark of his professionalism that he was able to look after
himself (during the off-season) and present himself in good nick,’’
SANFL High Performance Manager Brenton Phillips said of Daniel, who
measures in at just 166cm and 66kg.
‘’He’s played league football to a reasonable standard so that will also give himself every opportunity next year.’’
‘’From my point of view it gives me a quick snapshot of the talent coming through,’’ Phillips said.
‘’And the needs required moving forward. I walked away from it on Sunday
quietly confident that we have got enough talent to compete strongly at
next year’s championships.’’
The SANFL Under-18 Academy will meet again in February next year for a
week of training at Max Basheer Reserve leading up to an internal trial
match at AAMI Stadium on February 15.
BEEP TEST – TOP FIVE
Caleb Daniel (South) 15-7
Ethan Haylock (Eagles) 15-3
Harry Vick (West) 15-0
Alex Neal-Bullen (Glenelg) 14-4
Jake Johansen (Port) 14-3
20M SPRINT – TOP FIVE
Oleg Markov (North) 2.92 seconds
Jack Elsworthy (Eagles) 2.96 seconds
Jack Donkersley (Glenelg) 2.97 seconds
Brett Turner (West) 2.97 seconds
Caleb Daniel (South) 2.99 seconds
3km TIME TRIAL – TOP FIVE
Billy Stretch (Glenelg) 10.01
Ethan Haylock (Eagles) 10.04
Harry Vick (West) 10.04
Alex Neal-Bullen 10.05
Caleb Daniel 10.09