Tall Timber Locked in for 2018

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 20 October 2017
Tall Timber Locked in for 2018

Key forwards Sam Overall and Ben Haren have re-committed to South Adelaide and will play on in 2018.

Both men played key roles in the Panthers restructured forward line in 2017, but had their season cut short by injury.

Ben Haren finished the year as South's leading goal kicker (hitting the scoreboard in all but two of his 13 games) and also chalked up his 50th game of SANFL football along the way.

Meanwhile, Sam Overall showed flashes of brilliance early in the season, slotting multiple goals in his first six games (including bags of four and five) and impressing with his strong marking up forward before injuring his knee midway through the season.

South look forward to having these two talented talls back and firing in 2018!

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Daniel Bass Calls Time on SANFL Career

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 20 October 2017
Daniel Bass Calls Time on SANFL Career

South Adelaide ruckman Daniel Bass has called time on his SANFL career.

Bass' retirement comes after 101 games and 32 goals in the famous blue and white.

The big ruckman affectionately known as 'Bassy' debuted for the Panthers in 2010 after being allocated to the Club via the SANFL Mini Draft following his Rookie Listing by Port Adelaide.

An imposing presence around the stoppages, the former basketball notched his 100th appearance for the Panthers in 2017 and will be fondly remembered by South supporters for his last second heroics in kicking the winning goal against the Adelaide Crows SANFL team in 2016.

The Club thanks Daniel for his sterling service over the past eight years and wishes him and partner Sophie well in the next chapter of their life.

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Pair of Panthers Returning for 2018

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 19 October 2017
Pair of Panthers Returning for 2018

Panthers duo Matt Rose and Abe Davis have committed to South Adelaide for season 2018.

Vice-captain Matt Rose enjoyed another consistent season in blue and white, finishing third in Knuckey Cup voting.

Playing in a variety of new roles in 2017, Rose was also recognised for his reliable play by being named in the Advertiser Team of the Year squad of 40.

The big bodied utility has played 74 games for South since coming to the Club from Port Adelaide and averaged 22.7 touches through 18 games in 2017.

Abe Davis played 13 games in his debut season for the Panthers, after being recruited to the Club from the Sydney Swans.

Thanks to the Panthers injury woes in 2017, Davis also displayed his versatility throughout the year, starting the year in the midfield and ending as a key forward.

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Panthers TV: Season Review

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 19 October 2017
Panthers TV: Season Review

See the best from Season 2017 below! 



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Panthers Recruit Drafted by GWS Giants

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 19 October 2017
Panthers Recruit Drafted by GWS Giants

South Adelaide star recruit Courtney Gum has been selected by the GWS Giants in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

Gum, who has signed to play for the Panthers in the 2018 SANFL Statewide Super Women's League, was snapped up by the Giants with pick 25 of the AFLW National Draft.

The inside midfielder enjoyed a standout 2017, claiming the inaugural SANFL women's best and fairest medal and coaches' award, while also putting in a remarkable peformance in Adelaide University's SAWFL D1 Grand Final win, kicking seven goals.

Pleasingly for South, Gum remains eligible to compete for the Panthers following the conclusion of the AFLW season and may even qualify for Finals competition depending on the Giants success throughout the year.

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Panthers Pair Retire From SANFL Football

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 16 October 2017
Panthers Pair Retire From SANFL Football

Panthers 100-gamers Peter Rolfe and Xavier Gotch have announced their retirement from SANFL football.

Both South Adelaide stalwarts revealed their retirement from state league football at the Club's best and fairest on Saturday night.

Rolfe joined the Panthers in 2008, bursting onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager from the Northern Territory.

A fan favourite for his exciting style of play, Rolfe often shone in front of goals and his Goal of the Year effort against Sturt in 2014 will go down in Panthers folklore.

Gotch was recruited to South from Williamstown in 2010 and soon blossomed into one of the competitions best midfielders.

Diminutive in height, but always tough around the contest, 'Gotchy' claimed the coveted Knuckles Award (awarded to the player that contributes the most one-percenters and team KPIs each season) in 2014 and finished third in Knuckey Cup voting in 2015.

Also departing the Club are versatile midfielder Roland Ah Chee and local recruit Rigby Barnes.

South Adelaide thanks these talented men for their contribution to the Club and wish them well in all future endeavors.

Thanks for the Memories: Xavier Gotch gets a kick away against the Bulldogs, while Peter Rolfe lays a shepherd. Image: Nick Hook Photography.

Peter Rolfe

Playing Record
2008 - 2017
101 games
153 goals

David Kantilla Memorial Trophy (Best First Year League Player) - 2008

Xavier Gotch

Playing Record
2010 - 2017
132 games
34 goals

Knuckles Award - 2014
Third Best & Fairest - 2015

Roland Ah Chee

Playing Record
2013 - 2017
21 games
4 goals

Rigby Barnes

Playing Record
2016 - 2017
32 games
36 goals

David Kantilla Memorial Trophy (Best First Year League Player) - 2016

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Nick Liddle claims 2017 Knuckey Cup

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 14 October 2017
Nick Liddle claims 2017 Knuckey Cup

Nick Liddle has claimed the 2017 Knuckey Cup after yet another ultra-consistent year for the Panthers.

The hard-nosed midfielder joins rarefied air as a four-time winner of South Adelaide's highest individual accolade, with only FJ Tully (1929, '30, '33 and '35) and David Kappler (1985, '87, '88 and '91) also claiming quadruple cups.

Liddle finished Saturday night's count on 113 votes, earning his fourth best and fairest gong just four votes clear of triple-winner Joel Cross, with reliable utility Matt Rose rounding out the top three with 101 votes.

In a disappointing year for South, Liddle was one of the shining lights. He rarely put in a poor performance and his consistency was reflected in his strong polling from the coaches as he led the count from the outset.

Joel Cross did mount a late charge, winning four consecutive best on grounds to close the season, but Liddle's consistent brilliance proved too much to reel in. However, Cross did maintain his record of never finishing worse than second in Knuckey Cup voting since joining the Club in 2011.

Liddle's success firmly cements his legacy amongst South Adelaide's greatest players, with only Club legends Jim Deane (six - 1948, '49, '51, '53, '56 and '57) and Peter Darley (seven - 1963, '64, '66, '67, '68, '72 and '73) boasting more Knuckey Cups in their cabinets.

Earlier in the evening Alex "Reggie" Moyle was awarded the J.L. Brown Trophy as the Reserves Best & Fairest, while son of 2002 Knuckey Cup winner Clay Sampson, Hayden Sampson took out the Centre of Excellence Under-18s Best & Fairest.

See below for a full list of award winners and leaderboards from all grades.

Senior Award Winners

Knuckey Cup (Best & Fairest): Nick Liddle
Runner-Up Best & Fairest: Joel Cross
Third Best & Fairest: Matt Rose
Cibo Espresso Colonnades Fans MVP: Nick Liddle
Milestone Chemicals Players' Player Award: Joel 
Player Trademark Award (peer voted): Joel Cross
Flinders University League Most Improved Player: Ben Heaslip
League Leading Goalkicker: Ben Haren (23 goals)
Knuckles Award (Best Defender): Luke Durdin
Dr Jim Harley/Frank Brown Memorial Trophy (Best Clubman): Brede Seccull
David Kantilla Memorial Trophy (Best First Year League Player): Cody Szust

Junior Award Winners

Best & Fairest: Hayden Sampson
Runner-Up Best & Fairest: Sam Whitbread
Third Best & Fairest: Liam Fitt
Leading Goalkicker: Job Colwell (34 goals)
Flinders University Most Improved: Darnell Tucker
Best Team Man: Jonty Manuel
Colin & Peter Haines Trophy (Best Junior Clubman): Ryan Mayes
Fred & Mavis Whitwell Trophy (U18 Rising Star): Robert Irra

Knuckey Cup Leaderboard

1. Nick Liddle - 113
2. Joel Cross - 109
3. Matt Rose - 101
4. Luke Durdin - 90
5. Brad Crabb - 87
6. Matt Rankine - 86
7. Nic Schwarz - 84
8. Joseph Haines - 83
9. Ben Heaslip - 79
10. Tom Fields - 75

Reserves Leaderboard

1. Alex Moyle - 86
2. Jesse McKinnon - 83
3. Alex Aurrichio - 82
4. Joseph Tyllis - 78
5. Coby Helyar - 67
6. Bryce Damin - 65
7. Ben Millman - 64
8. Ryan Need - 61
9. Robert Badger - 57
10. Cody Szust - 56
10. Jordan Taylor - 56

Under-18 Leaderboard

1. Hayden Sampson - 56
2. Sam Whitbread - 53
3. Liam Fitt - 49
4. Jonty Manuel - 46
5. Cameron McGree - 42
6. Luke Bogle - 41
6. Darnell Tucker - 41
8. Bodie Sowter - 40
9. Job Colwell - 38
9. Eamon Wilkinson - 38

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Building Burgers for McHappy Day

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 13 October 2017
Building Burgers for McHappy Day

A host of SANFL players will be flipping burgers on Saturday October 14 when they throw their support behind McHappy Day.

South Adelaide's Scott Taylor, Richard Newell, Ben Heaslip, Connor Fairlie, Ben Millman and Jake Tarca will be appearing at various McDonald's outlets across the Panthers metropolitan and country zone.

Celebrated across Australia, McHappy Day raises much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, with a target of $4 million set this year for seriously ill children and their families.

These funds are put towards accommodation and other products and services required by families who are affected by serious illness, helping their child on the road to recovery.

RMHC provide a home-away-from-home to families while their child undergoes treatment for serious illness or injury at a nearby hospital, ensuring that families can stay close together.

There are currently 16 houses in Australia, which provide over 8,400 families per year with accommodation and support services while their child undergoes treatment at a nearby hospital.

Other support services offered by RMHC include Family Rooms, which provide a relaxing haven within hospitals giving families a break from the stress of many hours spent by their child's bedside, and The Ronald McDonald Learning Program that currently helps over 1,200 children a week catch up on missed schooling.

Since opening the doors of its first house in 1981, RMHC has supported more than 106,000 families.

Now in its 27th year, McHappy Day provides customers with the chance to purchase a Big Mac for just $2, the entire proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.


West Adelaide

Noarlunga 10am-11am
Scott Taylor and Richard Newell

Happy Valley 10am-11am
Ben Millman and Connor Fairlie

Victor Harbor 10am-11am
Ben Heaslip and Jake Tarca

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Garry Hocking set to depart Panthers to pursue AFL opportunity

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 11 October 2017
Garry Hocking set to depart Panthers to pursue AFL opportunity

Garry Hocking mans the whiteboard at South Adelaide. Image: Nick Hook Photography

The South Adelaide Football Club wishes to inform its members and supporters that Senior Coach Garry Hocking will be departing the Club to take up a coaching opportunity with AFL Club Collingwood in 2018.

Hocking, who was appointed to the coaching role at South in November 2016, informed the Club earlier this week that he had accepted an offer to join Collingwood's AFL ranks in 2018.

Panthers Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe thanked Hocking for his contribution to the Club over the past 11 months and wished him well in his new role with the Magpies.

"Garry's level of professionalism and wealth of experience from his time within the AFL environment has been a welcome addition to our Club over the past year," said Mr Sharpe.

"While it is disappointing to lose Garry it is the reality of the environment we are in that when people get great opportunities at AFL level that they will take them and go with our best wishes.

"The Club has clearly benefitted from having highly talented coaches in recent years that are in demand throughout the industry. We will immediately start the process to find the next one."

Hocking thanked the Panthers for the opportunity to continue his passion for coaching.

"Thank you to the South Adelaide Board for showing their faith in me and offering me the senior coaching position. I am truly thankful for the opportunity South Adelaide provided me to lead a group of talented young men," said Mr Hocking.

"Thank you to the players, staff, volunteers, sponsors, members and supporters for embracing me during my time with the Club. I've thoroughly enjoyed it and will always look fondly at the relationships I have forged over the last year.

"The decision to leave South Adelaide is not one I made lightly, but I am confident the Club is well placed for success in the near future. I hope the success the Club craves comes in the near future. It is certainly deserved.

"Meanwhile, I am excited by the chance to coach within the AFL ranks again and am looking forward to the next challenge in my coaching career."

In his sole season at the helm of South Adelaide, Hocking coached the Panthers to an eight win, 10 loss record, and narrowly missed Finals qualification by 2.42% on the last day of the SANFL Macca's League season.

South Adelaide will advertise the now vacant Senior Coaching role in the near future.

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ResourceCo further their support of Panthers men and women

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 9 October 2017
ResourceCo further their support of Panthers men and women

Photo: Panthers senior women's coach Krissie Steen was all smiles after Panthers Joint Major Partner ResourceCo revealed they have extended their sponsorship with South Adelaide to include a Premier Partnership with the Club's Female Football Program. Image: South Adelaide Media

South Adelaide Football Club is thrilled to announce ResourceCo will continue as a Panthers Joint Major Partner for a further two seasons, while also expanding their support for the Club as a Premier Partner of South Adelaide's Female Football Program.

The extended agreement between one of Australia's largest resource recovery businesses and the South's most prominent sporting organisation will continue their successful partnership through to the end of 2019.

The partnership will see the ResourceCo brand remain on the front of South Adelaide's iconic men's playing strip, while also claiming pride of place on the chest of the Panthers senior women's guernsey as they begin their inaugural campaign in 2018.

"South Adelaide Football Club is absolutely thrilled to be extending our partnership with ResourceCo for a further two seasons," said Panthers Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe.

"As a Joint Major Partner since 2015, ResourceCo have played a significant role in providing financial backing to invest in our football programs, both senior and junior, community programs and members and supporters.

"ResourceCo shares our passion to grow football in the South at all levels and we are delighted that they have expanded their support to also include a Premier Partnership of our elite Female Football Program.

"As a Club we have been immensely proud of the success of our junior girls since the introduction of the SANFL junior girls competition in 2015 and are eagerly anticipating our senior women's team running out for their inaugural season in 2018.

"However, these programs are not possible without adequate financial support. I thank Simon Brown (ResourceCo CEO) and his team for assisting us to invest into the development of the youth of the South.

"There support has been remarkable over the past two seasons and we look forward to the exciting years ahead."

Speaking on the expanded partnership, ResourceCo Marketing Manager, Hannah Davis said, "ResourceCo have been a proud Joint Major Partner of the South Adelaide Football Club Men's team for the last two seasons."

"We are now extending this partnership to including the inaugural South Adelaide Women's team and we could not be prouder to further support the club as a whole through this partnership.

"Our ongoing support is our way of giving back to the community, especially in the Southern Area.

"With the season kicking off in February 2018, it is bound to be an exciting year for women's football and the six teams that make up the SANFL Statewide Super Women's League."

ResourceCo is an integrated resource recovery business operating state of the art processing facilities to manufacture a wide range of quality, recycled products from various material streams. They are one of the largest recycling businesses in Australia, accepting and processing over 2 million tonnes of waste per annum.

ResourceCo commenced operations as a concrete crushing business in 1992 with one employee; today the business employs over 400 skilled staff in 20 locations across South Australia, Victoria and internationally in Singapore and Malaysia.

Are you interested in aligning your business with South Adelaide's exciting new senior women's program?

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2017 Fixture

Round 16

South Adelaide vs Eagles
Venue: Hickinbotham Oval
Time: 2:10pm, SATURDAY August 12

Round 17

South Adelaide vs Sturt
Venue: Peter Motley Oval
Time: 2:10pm, SATURDAY August 19

Round 18

South Adelaide vs Adelaide
Venue: Hickinbotham Oval
Time: 2:10pm, SATURDAY August 26

Club contact details

Address: 1 Lovelock Drive, Noarlunga Downs SA 5168

P: (08) 8186-8200 | F: (08) 8326-6800 | E: reception@safc.com.au

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