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Meet Peter & Peter - The Men Behind the Cup

Meet Peter & Peter - The Men Behind the Cup

7 July 2016

The SANFL rivalry between South Adelaide and Glenelg has endured the decades, with countless famous encounters having been played between the city's southern most teams.

In 1992 the two clubs established the Carey-Darley Cup, which honours their great rivalry and the legacies of club and South Australian icons Peter Carey and Peter Darley.

Both men were both premiership players, team captains, best and fairest winners and ruckman for their respective clubs, whose careers also briefly intersected in the early 1970s. If that wasn't enough to link these legends, they also have freakishly similar names.

Each year South and Glenelg face off for the rights to take home the Cup. The match is held at alternating home grounds each year and has the score of the game etched into the base of the Cup.

Entering 2016, South hold a commanding 16-9 record in Carey-Darley Cup clashes and have won the past five encounters.

Peter Darley

Peter began his league career with South Adelaide in 1962 while still a schoolboy at Prince Alfred College.

One of South Australia's greatest footballers, he was an integral part of the 1964 premiership side playing in the ruck for the Panthers. His dependable marking, strong bodywork, and endless stamina were a feature in that game and throughout his career.

In spite of serious cartilage problems in the following year he came back to complete 206 league games and 13 state games before he retired in 1974.

He was captain-coach of South Adelaide from 1967 to 1969, and captain again in 1971; he also went on to top the club's goal kicking in 1974.

Peter was South Australian captain in 1968 and 1970 and he won All-Australian selection in 1969. Runner up for the 1964 Magarey Medal, he tied with Barrie Robran in 1968, but was ineligible because he had received a one match suspension for telling an umpire that he was wrong (to put it nicely).

Peter's services were sought by Fitzroy, Hawthorn, Geelong and Richmond, but his winning of the Knuckey Cup a record seven times typified his intense loyalty to South Adelaide, which has been reflected in his decision to donate his trophies back to his club.

In 2002 Darley was named as the first ruck of "South Adelaide's Greatest Team" and as an inaugural member of the club's Hall of Fame. In the same year, he was also inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame as an inaugural member and he is remembered around the South Adelaide Football Club as one of its greatest champions.

Have a look at the footage from Peter Darleys 200th game in 1974 against Sturt at Unley Oval.


Peter Carey

Peter Carey played for the Glenelg football club from 1971 until 1988 and currently holds the league record for most games played with 448 appearances. This is due to his loyalty to South Australia when he was unable to be lured to Melbourne despite the Demons attempting to lure him across the border in the 1972/73 off season.

Carey also represented the South Australian side on 19 different occasions, was the inaugural winner of the Fos Williams Medal as South Australia's best player in State competition against Western Australian in 1981 and was twice named an All-Australian (1979 and 1980).

Carey started his career playing on the half forward line, using his height and strength in attack for the tigers. In 1973 he led the club in goals scored with 70, during which season he kicked an amazing 11 majors against North Adelaide.

1973 was the first of Carey's three premierships, leading the way up forward he kicked six goals in the Grand Final against the Roosters. In the following season Carey moved into the ruck where he provided first shot at the ball for his rovers for the rest of his career.

From 1983 until 1988, Carey represented the Tigers as club captain, during which time he added back-to-back premierships in 1985 and 1986 to the club's tally.

During his time in the SANFL and at Glenelg, Peter was presented with the club's Best and Fairest award three times, in 1975, '79 and '81.

In 2002, Peter Carey was named as an inaugural member of Glenelg's Hall of Fame and South Australian Hall of Fame, and later in 2009 was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Check out Peter Carey 300th game highlights which happened to be played against South Adelaide in 1984.


The Rivalry between South Adelaide and Glenelg is one which has lasted through generations past and will continue through the ages. What better way to commemorate the battles between the Panthers and Tigers than by celebrating the careers of these two premiership ruckmen.

Make sure you get to Gliderol Stadium this Saturday to see all the action of the 2016 Carey-Darley Cup.

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