ASF Release First $20,000 for South's Junior Development Fund

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 8 December 2016
ASF Release First $20,000 for South's Junior Development Fund

By Matt Sampson | @msamps23

South Adelaide Football Club is pleased to reveal that the Club has received its first instalment of donations to the Junior Development Fund from the Australian Sports Foundation, with a $20,000 cheque arriving at the Club earlier this week.

Last month, South Adelaide Chairman Andrew Luckhurst-Smith announced South Adelaide was aiming to raise $200,000 to ensure the Club's junior programs would be fully funded over the next two years.

Mr Luckhurst-Smith called upon the Club's members and supporters to make a tax deductable donation to the cause and was pleased to see many have already made a generous contribution.

"The response we have received towards the Junior Development Fund has been fantastic so far," said Mr Luckhurst-Smith.

"Our junior teams have shown significant improvement over the past five years. Meanwhile, we have seen three very talented juniors in Caleb Daniel, Sam Draper and Emmanuel Irra progress through our Talent Pathway and into the AFL system in recent years.

"The Club remains committed to continuing to nurture the growth of the talent within our recruiting zone. However, we need assistance to ensure these programs are adequately funded.

"We still have a way to go to reach our goal, but the Club is extremely thankful for the support we have already received.

"I earnestly call on anyone with an interest in the South Adelaide Football Club to consider making a tax deductable donation. Every bit counts."

To make a tax deductable donation to South Adelaide's Junior Development please click here.

Panthers Junior Sam Draper Rookie Listed to Essendon

 

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Hickinbotham Oval to host back-to-back AFL pre-season games in 2017

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 7 December 2016
Hickinbotham Oval to host back-to-back AFL pre-season games in 2017

By Matt Sampson | @msamps23

Hickinbotham Oval will play host to back-to-back AFL pre-season games in March 2017.

As part of the AFL's newly named JLT Community Series, the Adelaide Crows will face off against Brisbane Lions in Noarlunga from 3:40pm, Saturday, March 11.

Meanwhile, Panthers fans could get a first look at Brett Eddy and Emmanuel Irra in Power colours as Port Adelaide clash with Hawthorn the following afternoon (12:40pm, Sunday, March 12).

Click here to view the full JLT Community Series Fixture

JLT Community Series Matches in Noarlunga

Saturday 11 March
Adelaide Crows vs Brisbane Lions
Hickinbotham Oval, Noarlunga, 3:40pm

Sunday 12 March
Port Adelaide Power vs Hawthorn Hawks
Hickinbotham Oval, Noarlunga, 12.40pm

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Emmanuel Irra speaks to PantherTV about being rookie listed to Port Adelaide

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 3 December 2016
Emmanuel Irra speaks to PantherTV about being rookie listed to Port Adelaide
 
Emmanuel Irra speaks to PantherTV about being rookie listed to Port Adelaide

To help support the Panthers Talent Pathway and future Panthers stars check out the South Adelaide Football Club Junior Development Fund.
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Sam Draper speaks to PantherTV about being rookie listed to Essendon

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 2 December 2016
Sam Draper speaks to PantherTV about being rookie listed to Essendon

 
South Adelaide junior Sam Draper speaks to PantherTV about being rookie listed to the Essendon Football Club.

To help support the Panthers Talent Pathway and junior stars like Sam check out the South Adelaide Football Club Junior Development Fund.
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South Adelaide Welcome Fleurieu Milk Company to the Team

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 30 November 2016
South Adelaide Welcome Fleurieu Milk Company to the Team

South Adelaide Football Club Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe (centre) pictured with Fleurieu Milk Company Sales Manager, Clay Sampson (left) and General Manager, Nick Hutchinson (right) in front of a Fleurieu Milk Company delivery truck at Hickinbotham Oval.

The South Adelaide Football Club is excited to announce a new partnership with Fleurieu Milk Company, connecting the Club with one of the southern regions fastest growing businesses.

The partnership will see the Fleurieu Milk Company logo appear on the right thigh of South Adelaide Football Club's game-day shorts, as well as all dairy products used in South Adelaide's bistro, Jimmy Deane's, be supplied by Fleurieu Milk.

"In a time where it is becoming increasingly important to buy local and support home-grown products, South Adelaide are excited to be able to connect with such a prominent brand within our Zone," said South Adelaide Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe.

"It is great to know that when people come to eat at our bistro that we can confidently say they are supporting South Australian produce through our use of Fleurieu Milk products.

"Fleurieu Milk's support will also help us to continue to grow our senior and junior football programs, which we see as a great win-win for the southern community."

Fleurieu Milk Company General Manager, Nick Hutchinson said supporting a fellow South Australian organisation was also important in their decision to partner with the Panthers.

"Fleurieu Milk are extremely excited to be partnering with the South Adelaide Football Club in what will no doubt be a long term relationship," said Mr Hutchinson.

"South Adelaide play a critical role in the southern suburbs community and want to enhance this even further going forward, which we love to hear.

"We are proud to link with likeminded organisations and know that together we can continue to play our role in growing and improving the Southern region.

"I look forward to sitting back and enjoying a Fleurieu Milk Iced Coffee whilst watching the Panthers kick away to another victory at Hickinbotham Oval in 2017."

Nestled in the foothills of the South Adelaide Zone at Myponga, Fleurieu Milk Company began in 2006 with a vision to make farming a sustainable profession for the next generation. Low farm gate prices from dairy processors caused three local farming families to come together, collaborating to produce their own differentiated brand targeted at a niche market within South Australia.

The emphasis of all Fleurieu Milk products is quality. They take pride in knowing their milk tastes exactly how milk should taste. They avoid adding any additives, thickeners and preservatives to their products, wanting them to remain as natural as possible.

Fleurieu Milk produce a range of dairy products including white milk, yoghurt and flavoured milks. The company has gone from strength to strength, now selling products to all regions of South Australia, as well as products going in to Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. On top of this they recently began exporting to Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia and see these export markets as large opportunities in the coming years. 

Whilst growth continues, the company wants to ensure a large emphasis remains on community involvement. Local community support is absolutely vital to our success and is undoubtedly what got them off the ground 10 years ago. They want this two-way relationship to continue as much as possible which is why Fleurieu Milk is quite proud to be partnering with the South Adelaide Football Club.

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Three Panthers Selected in AFL Rookie Draft

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 29 November 2016
Three Panthers Selected in AFL Rookie Draft

By MATT SAMPSON | Twitter @msamps23

A pair of Panthers will be heading to the Power while a talented young tall is now a Bomber after Brett Eddy, Emmanuel Irra and Sam Draper were selected in the AFL Rookie Draft.

High-flying Eddy was selected by Port Adelaide with the 26th pick of the 2017 Rookie Draft. The talented Panthers spearhead finally getting a well-deserved shot at the AFL after being overlooked after injuring his knee as a 21-year-old and again at the end of 2014.

Check out Brett Eddy's 2016 Ken Farmer Medal Highlights

"We are thrilled to see Brett get a chance at his AFL dream," said Panthers Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe.

"Brett has been a fantastic player during his time at South Adelaide and has arguably been the best forward in the competition over the past couple seasons.

"There are not too many guys that get drafted at 27 years of age. For Brett, it is certainly a reward for effort over numerous years and we look forward to seeing him compete at the next level."

Check out some highlights from the "Excitement Machine"


 

Also heading to Alberton is Ugandan-born Irra, who will join the Power as a Category B Rookie (a special Rookie category designated for code-hoppers or international talents).

"Emmanuel has grown in leaps and bounds in his last few years at South Adelaide," said Sharpe.

"From a raw debutant in 2011, to Reserves Best and Fairest in 2014, League Most Improved Player in 2015 and selection in the initial SANFL State Squad in 2016, his development as a footballer is evident.

"He is an exciting player to watch and it is clear why he caught the eye of Port Adelaide. We wish him the best of luck with the Power."

Check out Sam's highlight reel below


Young Panther Sam Draper enjoyed a whirlwind start to his career at South Adelaide. A former soccer player, the 203cm ruckman became a Bomber (with the first pick of the Rookie Draft) after picking up a footy just nine months ago.
 
"Sam had a unique introduction to our talented player pathway, having joined us in March coming from a soccer background," said Panthers Talent Manager, Tony Bamford.

"He worked hard to gain the respect of his team mates and coaches in the first weeks. His transition to football was made easier by his thirst for knowledge and feedback, which made him very coachable.

"He started out playing as a tall defender to allow him an opportunity to see the game from behind the ball initially. He was always destined to end up in the ruck due to his size and mobility. His athleticism is great for his size, he has a sound skill base and is nice and competitive.

"He will learn a lot about ball movement styles, running patterns and defensive structures now he is in the AFL system.

"We wish him all the very best."

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South Adelaide Under-18s do the #MannequinChallenge

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 24 November 2016
South Adelaide Under-18s do the #MannequinChallenge
 
Who said preseason couldn't be fun? Our Under-18s had a crack at the Mannequin Challenge during a recent weights session at Hickinbotham Oval.
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Help us Farewell Gotchy

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 23 November 2016
Help us Farewell Gotchy

Help us farewell departing Senior Coach Brad Gotch and wish him well in his new venture with Collingwood.

Join us in the Peter Darley Room at Hickinbotham Oval from 6:30pm this Friday to give Brad your best wishes as we thank him for his wonderful service to the Club over the past three years.

All are welcome to this free event.

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Garry Hocking appointed as new Senior Coach, as Brad Gotch departs for Collingwood

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 21 November 2016
Garry Hocking appointed as new Senior Coach, as Brad Gotch departs for Collingwood

Image: Port Adelaide Football Club website

The South Adelaide Football Club wishes to inform its members and supporters that Garry Hocking has been appointed the Panthers new Senior Coach, following the departure of Brad Gotch to Collingwood in 2017.

The Panthers moved swiftly to  appoint highly credentialed Garry Hocking as our new Senior Coach for season 2017.

Hocking brings a wealth of coaching experience to South Adelaide, holding a coaching resume that includes roles with Western Jets, Peel Thunder, Geelong Falcons, Port Adelaide Power and Port Adelaide Magpies.

Garry is also familiar with the SANFL competition, having coached Port Adelaide Magpies during their first two seasons as Port Adelaide's AFL affiliated SANFL side, including the 2014 SANFL Grand Final.

Garry Hocking's playing career was illustrious. As a 274-game player for Geelong, he was also a four-time Best & Fairest winner with the Cats and a four-time All-Australian. He is also a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, Geelong Hall of Fame, Geelong Team of the Century.

Brad Gotch, who has been at the helm of the Panthers since the 2014 season, informed the Club last week that he would accept an offer to join Collingwood in 2017.

South Adelaide Football Club Chairman, Andrew Luckhurst-Smith praised Gotch for his positive contribution to the Panthers and declared the Club was not surprised that the AFL had coming calling for his services.

"Brad Gotch has been a fantastic ambassador of the South Adelaide Football Club since his appointment as Senior Coach," Andrew said .

"Whilst a Premiership remained elusive during Brad's tenure as Senior Coach, we believe his work has set the Club up for a sustainable period of success in the future.

"It is sad to see someone of Brad's character and ability depart our Club, but we are not surprised that someone of his talent had been called upon by the AFL.

"On behalf of everyone at South Adelaide, I wish Brad and Michelle the very best in the future. Both have made a very positive impact on our Club. I am sure Brad will be successful in our national game wherever he plies his trade."

Brad explained that being closer to his family in Victoria and the lure of returning to the AFL influenced his decision to leave South Adelaide, but also mentioned that he believes he is leaving a Club in a strong position to compete for years to come.

"The main instigator to go back [to Victoria] was my family, but also the opportunity to get back into the AFL system," said Gotch.

"I was previously a coach with Collingwood for eight years and was a part of two Grand Final sides and won a Premiership with its VFL affiliate Williamstown during my time there.

"My decision to leave was a tough one, but was made a little bit easier by the fact I believe South Adelaide is really well placed for the future. They know what has to be done to achieve the ultimate success.

"I will certainly miss the people. That will be the hardest thing. I've had a great affiliation with all the people at South and I couldn't have loved my three years with the Club any more than I did."

After joining South Adelaide prior to the 2014 season, Gotch coached the Panthers to 36 wins, 22 losses and a draw, including Finals campaigns in 2014 and 2016.

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Croweater Catch-Up - Dylan Whimpress

Posted by Zac Milbank on 9 November 2016
Croweater Catch-Up - Dylan Whimpress

Image: Matt Loxton - The Advertiser

South Adelaide's Dylan Whimpress has looked to Port Adelaide's Jasper Pittard as he hopes to have his name called in the AFL National Draft.

Whimpress played one game for the McDonald's SA U18 team this year is a rebounding defender who uses his left foot kick to advantage off half-back.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 18-year-old said he often watched Pittard closely either live at the Adelaide Oval or on television.

Measuring in at 185cm and 70kg, Whimpress has shown impressive loyalty to the Panthers, sticking with the club despite moving north of the city to the rural town of Freeling.

The aspiring Physical Education teacher also plays a mentoring role to his four younger brothers, often walking them to school each morning.

Whimpress tested strongly at October's State Combine, winning the 20m Sprint and the Standing Vertical Jump while also placing third in the Repeat Sprint.

 

 
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