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.

"Their 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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Krissie Steen Appointed as Senior Women's Coach

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 6 October 2017
Krissie Steen Appointed as Senior Women's Coach

Krissie Steen (pictured above left) has been appointed as the inaugural senior coach of South Adelaide's senior women's team in the expanded SANFL Statewide Super Women's League.

Steen has an impressive resume of coaching experience working with both elite senior and junior programs in both South Australia and New South Wales, including time spent with the Western Bulldogs and GWS Giants women's teams.

Most recently, Steen guided Adelaide University Football Club's women's team to an undefeated South Australian Women's Football League (SAWFL) Division 1 premiership campaign.

Speaking on the appointment, South Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Neill Sharpe said, "Krissie has a genuine passion for football and a coaching resume that backs it up.

"That became very clear during the interview process and we were all left very excited that she would be the very first coach of the South Adelaide Football Club Women's football team.

"Krissie's enthusiasm for football and history of successfully moulding many football programs left us with no doubts that she is the right candidate to start our senior women's program."

Next year, South Adelaide will be fielding an inaugural senior women's team in the expanded SANFL Statewide Super Women's League, with the season set to kick off in February 2018.

Over the past three seasons the Panthers have welcomed two junior female teams to their Talent Pathway Programs, with the Club's Under-17s (formerly Under-16s) playing in three consecutive Grand Finals and claiming premierships in 2016 and 2017.

Krissie Steen

  • Head & Mentor Coach - Adelaide University Football Club Women's Team (Premiers 2017)
  • Opposition Coach WBFC Women's Team - Western Bulldogs Football Club (2014 2015)
  • Performance Analyst UWS Giants - GWS Giants Football Club (2013 2014)
  • Assistant Coach - Sydney Senior Men's Representative Program (2014)
  • Assistant Coach - Sydney Senior Women's Representative Program (2014)
  • NSW Under-18's Youth Girls State Squad Coach (2013 2014)
  • Mentor Coach - National Under-16's High Performance Academy (2014)
  • Head Coach NSW/ACT Under-18 State Cup & Development Program (2013)
  • Senior Head Coach - UNSW Stingrays Women's AFL Team (2013)
  • Head Coach - Sydney University Women's AFL Team (2010 2012)
  • Coach -  UTS Shamrocks Women's AFL Team (2009)
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South Adelaide draft first senior women's players

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 5 October 2017
South Adelaide draft first senior women's players

South Adelaide's senior women's playing list is starting to take shape after claiming 11 talented female footballers in the 2018 SANFL Statewide Super Women's League expansion draft.

With the expansion of the SANFL Statewide Super Women's League to six teams, South Adelaide and Sturt were invited to Adelaide Oval on Thursday morning to participate in an expansion draft to assist with their initial recruitment phase.

The draft "talent pool" was formed from 28 players from the inaugural SANFLW season (seven players from each SANFLW foundation club), as well as a number of players from local leagues based on a season review of the Adelaide Footy Women's League (SAWFL).

Overall 48 players were nominated to be eligible for drafting, with the Panthers and Double Blues each selecting 11 players throughout the morning.

The Club is pleased with the 11 talented girls we have been to secure through the draft, which include selections such as Danielle Goding, who was selected with Melbourne's first draft pick for the 2015 AFL women's exhibition game, and Jessica Foley, who was a WNBL championship player with the Adelaide Lightning.

The Club will field a 35-player squad in 2018, with the list consisting of the 11 players drafted today, junior girls from our premiership-winning Under-17s and other women selected throughout the recent trials held at Hickinbotham Oval.

More updates to come.

South Adelaide Expansion Draft Picks

  • Player Name - Community Club/2017 SANFLW Club (if applicable)

  • Lucy Northcott - Mount Lofty/Norwood
  • Nicole Mark - Salisbury/North Adelaide
  • Jessica Foley - West Adelaide SAWFL
  • Tait Mackrill - Adelaide Uni/Glenelg
  • Elyse Haussen - Flinders University
  • Bree-Anna Leibhardt - Strathalbyn
  • Chloe Isaacson - Strathalbyn
  • Danielle Goding - Morphetville Park/Glenelg
  • Emily Woods - Christies Beach/Glenelg
  • Morgan Tucker - Strathalbyn
  • Stacey Huddleston - Morphetville Park/Norwood
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South Adelaide Football Club - Open Women's Football Trials

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 22 September 2017
South Adelaide Football Club - Open Women's Football Trials

The South Adelaide Football Club is extremely proud to have been granted a licence in the 2018 SANFL Statewide Super Women's League.

To assist with putting together our inaugural squad of players the Club will be holding two open trials on September 27 and October 3.

If you believe you have the talent and commitment to play State level football for South Adelaide's elite football program please complete the form below to register your interest.

To be eligible to play in the 2018 season participants must be 16 years or older as of January 1 2018.

Please note that there are limited spaces available for each trial and participants are only permitted to attend one session.

Trial session dates:

Trial 1

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Location: Hickinbotham Oval

Trial 2

Date: Tuesday, October 3
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Location: Hickinbotham Oval

Click Here to register!

If you have any queries when filling out the form please contact the Club on 8186 8200.
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Joel Cross and Nick Liddle named in The 2017 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 20 September 2017
Joel Cross and Nick Liddle named in The 2017 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year

Panthers onballers Joel Cross and Nick Liddle have been recognised amongst the best players in the SANFL and selected in the 2017 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

It marks the fifth time dual Magarey Medallist Joel Cross has been selected to the annual best 21, having also been named to the side in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. 

After another trademark season of competitive play averaging 24.7 possessions a game, Cross has been selected to line up on a wing and has also been named as vice-captain.

Liddle put in another ultra-consistent season for the Panthers, playing all 18 games and averaging 23.4 disposals.

2017 is the triple Knuckey Cup winner's sixth nomination to the Team of the Year, after being named on the interchange, also earning selections in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Both men were again South's major accumulators throughout the season, finishing eighth and ninth in total possessions won for the competition.

Cross, who earlier in the month was awarded the R.O. Shearman Medal as the SANFL coaches' best player, and Liddle, who chalked up his 150th appearance for the blue and white this season, are expected to be amongst the contenders for the 2017 Knuckey Cup.

Tickets to South Adelaide's Best & Fairest evening are available here.

Fellow Panther Matt Rose was also selected in the initial squad of 40 players for the Advertiser Team of the Year after a versatile season playing across all lines of the ground, but did not make the final cut of 21.

Minor premiers Woodville-West Torrens and Grand Finalist Sturt dominated selection with five players named to the team, with Eagles defender Luke Thompson named as skipper and Double Blues coach Marty Mattner given reigns of the side.

Players were selected on their form across the entire minor round, with AFL-listed players eligible for Macca's League finals also considered eligible for the Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

This year's team will be selected by SANFL's Adam Kelly, Tom Hurley and Zac Milbank, Channel 7's Mark Soderstrom and The Advertiser's Chief SANFL Writer, Warren Partland.

2017 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year

Team of the Year: South pair Joel Cross and Nick Liddle have been awarded selection in the 2017 The Advertiser Team of the Year. Image: The Advertiser


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South Fans can save big at Sportspower's VIP Day!

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 19 September 2017
South Fans can save big at Sportspower's VIP Day!

Proud Panthers sponsors Sportspower Zorich Group are holding a Top Tier VIP Day on Thursday, September 21st, with plenty of savings for all South Adelaide supporters.

Simply show the image above at any Sportspower Zorich Group store - find your nearest store here - from 3pm - close on September 21 to receive 20% off full price products store wide and a further 10% off anything on sale.

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Panthers TV: SAFC U17 Girls Grand Final Highlights

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 18 September 2017
Panthers TV: SAFC U17 Girls Grand Final Highlights

Capping off an undefeated season, our U17 Girls took home the Statewide Super Shield! We've put together some highlights below! 

Click here for a full match report:


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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

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