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Four South Adelaide Champions inducted into SAFC Hall of Fame

Four South Adelaide Champions inducted into SAFC Hall of Fame

8 October 2019

A quintuplet of past South Adelaide champions were inducted into the SAFC Hall of Fame on Saturday night. 

At the 2019 Knuckey Cup, four past South Adelaide champions were rightfully inducted into the South Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame. 

In the first round of inductions since 2015, a former captain and the winner of the 1980 Knuckey Cup, Shane Butler was the first to be inducted on the night. 

After a stellar career that spanned 12 seasons across 285 games that placed him second on the all-time list of the most games played behind Stuart Palmer, Butler was recognized for his contribution to the football club. 

The North Gambier product who was a fierce competitor across the centreline or half forward flank, Butler arrived in 1977 were he would go on to play in four-night Premierships in 1978, 1979, 1984 and 1986.

He remains arguably one of the best footballers in South Australia to never be selected to represent his state.

Shane Butler
South Adelaide Player 1232
285 Games
133 Goals
1980 Knuckey Cup winner
Night Premierships 1978, 1979, 1984 & 1986
Captain 1988 & 1989
Coach 1996
Debut Round 1 vs West Adelaide 02/04/1977
Shane Butler accepted his Life Member certificate. Image: Nick Hook Photography
The second inductee of the night was Alfred 'Shaver' Marlow, who was recognised as one of the best players in the 1890s.
Marlow was noted as being a tough hard player, who could kick equally well with both feet while playing across the half-back flank.
The 1892 South Adelaide side was renowned for being extremely rough, and in that side, Marlow was the only player not to give away a free-kick.
Having a break out year in 1895, it is noted that had the Magarey Medal been introduced three years earlier, then there is a chance Marlow would have won it.
After he called time on his 15-year career including six Premierships and representing South Australia on three occasions, Marlow would go on to hold a place on the South Adelaide committee in two stints from 1905-1909 and again from 1913-1919 (1914-1918 no competition was held due to World War 1). 
Alfred 'Shaver' Marlow
South Adelaide Player 227
165 Games
81 Goals
Premiership Player 1892, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1898 & 1899
State Representative 1893, 1894 & 1901
South Adelaide Committee 1905-1909 & 1913-1919
Debut Round 15 vs Medindie 29/08/1890
Alf's grandson Geoff Marlow accepts the Hall of Fame certificate on behalf of Alf Marlow. Image: Nick Hook Photography

Ron Hateley was the next South Adelaide champion to be inducted for his outstanding career at the South Adelaide Football Club. 

The man affectionately known as 'Snake' after apparently being bitten by one at a training camp, Hateley went on to win the 1976 Knuckey Cup in just his third season at the Panthers.

Playing on the wing, Hateley once kicked 8-goals and also noted in his speech the instruction that was given to him from senior coach Haydn Bunton Jr. was to 'go where you want'. 

The tall and thinly built wingman from Tantanoola, Hateley would go on to represent South Australia on four occasions across his 11-year career. 

Having broken his leg in the 1979 Qualifying Final, Hateley came back in 1980 and continued to produce reliable football for the Panthers until his retirement. 

Ron Hateley 
South Adelaide Player 1188
216 Games
210 Goals
Knuckey Cup winner 1976
State Representative on four occasions 
Debut Round 1 vs West Adelaide 07/04/1973

Ron Hateley is inducted into the South Adelaide Hall of Fame. Image: Nick Hook Photography 

The final inductee into the South Adelaide Hall of Fame was another former captain in John Schneebichler. 

Schneebichler encapsulated football in the 80s, with a lace-up jumper, tight shorts and of course a glorious mustache. 

He was workmanlike and a thoroughly dependable league footballer who enjoyed a successful 13-season career with the Panthers, where he rose through the ranks before making his senior debut in 1975.

After making his debut, and playing in the 1979 Grand Final Schneebichler went on to represent South Australia on two occasions in 1983 & 1984 

For his final three years at South Adelaide, Schneebichler was named captain before moving to Glenelg in his last season of League football in 1988. 

John Schneebichler
South Adelaide Player 1221
234 Games
351 Goals
South Adelaide Captain 1985, 1986 & 1987
State Representative 1983 & 1984
Debut Round 5 vs Port Adelaide 03/05/1975
John Schneebichler is presented with his Hall of Fame certificate by South Adelaide Chair, Margaret Nyland AM. Image: Nick Hook Photography. 

The South Adelaide Football Club would like to congratulate Shane, Alf, Ron and John on their deserved induction into the South Adelaide Hall of Fame. 

About the Author:Jonathon Parker

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