South Adelaide are pleased to announce the signings of Soriah Moon and Alannah Rochow.
The former Tiger and Redleg respectively have made their way up the express way to Flinders University Stadium for the 2021 SANFL StateWide Super Women's League season.
Moon comes from a basketball background playing with the Sturt Sabers.
Moon also played for Glenelg in the 2020 SANFL StateWide Super Women's League season before playing for Flagstaff Hill in the SFLW.
Senior Coach Andrew Brockhurst said he is excited in what Moon will add to the side.
"Soriah is a tall running Ruck/Mid who plays forward has had an amazing 18 months of Football".
"She played 8 games for Glenelg before playing in a premiership for Flagstaff Hill, and also won the Best on Ground medal in the Grand Final"
"Soriah is also a successful Basketballer playing for Sturt and also winning a premiership with them in 2020."
In the games in which Champion Data stats were available in 2020, Moon had a season high 24 Hitouts against the Bloods and averaging 17.5 hitouts for the first four games.
Joining Moon at the Panthers is former Redleg and Happy Valley native Alannah Rochow.
2020 was Rochow's first season back in football after taking 2019 off.
Playing four matches for the Redlegs in 2018, Rochow returned to Norwood in 2020 at SANFL level playing six games before playing in the Happy Valley Women's Premiership.
"We're really happy to welcome Alannah to South Adelaide and are keen to see her in action" said Senior Coach Andrew Brockhurst.
"Alannah is a speedy running machine who has a beautiful left foot kick and will replace some of the pace we have lost"
"It's great to see that Alannah is starting to feel at home with her winning the recent 1.5k time trials"
"She has a fantastic fitness base and is setting herself for a big season"
With some final list changes completed, the South Adelaide Football Club would like to thank Airlie Schirmer, Elke Jarvis, Brooklyn Kraft, and Nat Gibbs for their commitment and effort to the football club.
We also welcome into the 2021 Senior Women's Squad Leah Bailey (Yankalilla), Ella Besley (Reynella), Brooke Boileau (Mt Compass), Jemma Ellis (Yankalilla), Jaimi Griffen (Aldinga), Jorja Hooper (Happy Valley), Tess Huxtable (Encounter Bay), Brooke Kleinig (Flagstaff Hill), Jaimee Millard (Victor Harbour), Renee Moon (Goolwa/Pt Elliot), Emily Smith (Willunga) and Katie Whish (McLaren Vale).
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The Panthers welcome Mitch O'Neill and Fraser Turner to Noarlunga in 2021.
The Tasmanian duo will head to South Australia for the first time in 2021 and will do so in the blue and White.
Former West Coast Eagle Mitch O'Neill was taken at pick 25 of the 2019 rookie draft.
The 176cm midfielder is a prolific ball winner who also has elite agility which is showcased through his ability to step through traffic.
He is also clean overhead with a long, penetrating kick and averaged 22.2 disposals at 74% efficiency and 5.5 marks playing for the Allies in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, where he also earned Under-18 All-Australian honours for the second time.
"Mitch is a quality young developing player who has the ability to play inside or out." Said senior coach Jarrad Wright
"A strong competitor who has great ball winning ability and will add plenty to our midfield and we are looking forward to getting Mitch into the program and getting to work."
Former Richmond Tiger Fraser Turner will also join O'Neill at Flinders University Stadium for 2021.
Drafted to the Tigers with pick 58 in the 2018 national draft, turner was the youngest player taken in that draft class at just 17-years old.
Prior to being drafted, Turner had experience playing in the Tasmanian State League for the Clarence Football Club where he played 3 games in 2018.
The 186cm mid/defender also played 15 games for Richmond's VFL side incuding the 2019 VFL Grand Final win over Williamstown by 3-points.
"Fraser is an elite runner who can cover the ground through wing/half back." Wright said.
"His running capacity will be a perfect fit at Flinders University Stadium."
"Fraser has a terrific work ethic and played some strong VFL footy and played in Richmond's VFL premiership in 2019."
"It is very exciting to get Fraser to the club to continue his development."
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South Adelaide induct six life members at the 2020 Annual General Meeting
Last night at the clubs Annual General Meeting, the South Adelaide Football Club celebrated the life member inductees for 2020, Nick Hook, Barry Pollard, Greg Dwiar, Daryl Heath, Matthew Battams and Robin White.
Nick Hook, the first inductee of the evening first started volunteering at the club in 2000 by doing match reports for the clubs website.
From 2003-2012 Nick took on more of a role in managing the whole of the clubs website as editor, content generator, photographer and videographer.
Outside of creating content, Nick also served as the Reserves team manager from 2005-2007.
From 2004 Nick was endorsed as the clubs official photographer, a position that he still holds today.
Since the inception of the Southern Community Christmas Carols, he as been the official photographer and also assisted in creating the program.
The second inductee of the night was long time volunteer Barry Pollard.
Originally coming to South Adelaide in 1979 from Woodville, Barry has held a whole range of roles within the club.
From 1979 to 1986, Barry served as the Marketing and Promotions manager as well as the Footballers club manager for 2 years.
In 1986, then club president H.M.Beck noted that Barry was responsible for achieving the highest financial results for fundraising at the time.
Moving into the new millennium, Barry volunteered in assisting with events from 2002-2003 before becoming the voice of South Adelaide home match days from 2004-2013.
Other positions included Chairman's lunch assistance, annual auction assistance and 2 years on the Panther Club committee.
From 2014, Barry has still volunteered when he can, and still runs his famous 'first goal kicker raffle' at pre match lunches, including our most recent 'Back to the 90s' lunch.
Long time volunteer and sponsor Greg Dwiar first became involved with the Panther Club in 1982 after a board member visited Greg about membership.
In 1984, Greg first became a player sponsor of now Senior Women's Coach, Andrew Brockhurst.
Greg also sponsored other players along the journey including Ryan Griffen up until 2004.
Back in the St. Mary's days, Greg was Vice Chairman for 2 years and Chairman of the Panther Club for 9 years.
Greg has also been the Club Doorman for 4 years, Assistant Property Steward for 3 years, where he also supplied monogrammed towels for the players from 1991-2012.
Greg has been a stalwart of the Panther Club where he still cooks the BBQ on game day, something he has sone since 1995, and helps with the organising of the Knuckey Cup Port and Wine.
Three past players were also inducted as a life member last night.
To be eligible as a South Adelaide Football Club life member, a player must play more than 150 SANFL league matches or given 10 years of service at League level.
The first inductee was Daryl Heath, South Adelaide player number 1388.
Making his debut in Round 1, 1989 against West Torrens, the ruck would go on to play 160 games and kick 62 goals.
Matthew Battams was the second player to be inducted.
Becoming the 1396th player to represent South Adelaide in a league match, Matthew made his debut in Round 1, 1990 against Woodville starting on the wing.
Over his 8 year career, Matthew would play 158 matches and kick 33 goals.
The final player to be inducted would be Robin White.
The 1245th South Adelaide player would make his debut on the half back flank in round 7, 1978 against West Adelaide.
Robin played 154 matches across 6 years, but his most memorable moment would be 1982 where he would be adjudged the winner of the Knuckey Cup.
5 Year Service Merit Certificate
- Jarrad Wright (Coaching)
- Michael Handby (Coaching)
- Paul Brown (Bench Assistant)
10 Year Service Merit Certificate
- Boyd Austin (U18 Assistant Coach)
- Bronte Enright (Player Wellness Officer & League interchange steward)
The South Adelaide Football Club would again, like to congratulate all recipients from the night.
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Malcolm Karpany, Tom Whittlesea and Mark Noble depart the Panthers.
Karpany, who was recruited to the Panthers in 2019 when he returned to South Australia after five seasons with the West Coast Eagles.
Taken at pick 31 of the 2013 national draft, Karpany played seven games for West Coast from 2014-2018.
As a Panther Karpany played 22 matches and kicked 17 goals in two seasons, including a match-winning four goal performance in this year's semi-final.
Due to returning to his home town of Moonta to take up employment, Karpany advised the club that he won't return in 2021.
"We have all witnessed Mal's talent and ability to break a game open off his own boot." said senior coach Jarrad Wright
"It's unfortunate to lose such a quality person and player like Mally out of our program, but he knows the door is always open should he return to Adelaide. "
"We do thank him for his commitment to the club over the past 2 years and wish Taylah (partner), Koen (son) and Malcolm all the best back home with their family."
Tom Whittlesea and Mark Noble both joined the Panthers seeking greater opportunities at League level.
Whittlesea played 39 games for South Adelaide after making his way to Flinders University Stadium in 2018 from Woodville West Torrens.
Noble, who moved to Victoria at the end of last season, returned in 2020 due to COVID.
He also played 39 games after joining from West Adelaide.
The South Adelaide Football Club would like to thank Malcolm, Tom and Mark for their contribution to the club and wish them all the best for the future.
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South Adelaide Football Club team up with world leading sports brand PUMA.
In a brand new three year deal which will see PUMA become the official apparel partner for the Panthers, Puma Teamwear will be supplying the team's playing and performance apparel, as well as the Club's retail apparel range.
"We're extremely excited to enter into a new era with a world class and renowned brand like PUMA" said South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe.
"The quality of the gear they produce is unmatched, plus being aligned to an icon like Puma is great for the club"
"This deal will also mean that we can stock a larger range of high quality merchandise for the Panthers faithful"
South Adelaide players, Alex Cailotto and Jaslynne Smith show off new PUMA merchandise.
PUMA are also the official apparel partner of AFL Clubs Richmond and Carlton.
On the international stage, PUMA also service EPL powerhouses Manchester City (including Melbourne City F.C.), A.C Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Olympique de Marseille, Valencia, and PSV Eindhoven to name a few.
Scott Davidson, CEO TLA Merchandise, Puma's Team Wear Licensee in Australia, said that they are extremely excited to partner with South Adelaide and showcase the Puma Brand and introduce new product and merchandise services in South Australia's premium competition.
"Puma has a long and successful history in Football and feel our partnership with South Adelaide is a perfect fit as an iconic and traditional Club in the highly competitive SANFL competition."
"We are invested in the Club and look forward to delivering the highest quality merchandise range for players, staff and supporters and look forward to a long and successful journey."
The new line of 2021 PUMA South Adelaide Merchandise will be available to purchase soon!
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The Panthers are pleased to welcome Bryce Gibbs to Flinders University Stadium for 2021.
The number 1 pick of the 2006 National Draft, Gibbs will take his services to South Adelaide.
Senior coach Jarrad Wright said that this was part of the process to help strengthen the Panthers midfield and also help develop the Panthers youth with his playing experience.
"It's exciting for our club to be able to attract a player of Bryce's experience and calibre."
"We were the second youngest league team in the competition throughout season 2020 and we had seven players under the age of 20 in our preliminary final side."
"Bryce will play a huge role in the development of our youth and but also add the experience and class to the midfield we need to take us another step forward in 2021."
Gibbs made his debut for Carlton in Round 1, 2007 where he would go on to play 231 games before returning to South Australia at the end of 2017, where he would play 36 games for the Crows.
New recruit Bryce Gibbs said he is really excited about the position that the club is in.
"I'm very excited, I still think I've got a lot to give in leadership and to come to a club that has a good mix of seasoned SANFL players and youth, it was a really good fit."
"I think the club is in a really good position, obviously had a pretty strong finals campaign last season."
"I feel as a player I can add to the group and can hopefully take us to the next step and that's to make and win a Grand Final."
"I will hopefully be able to help fast track the development of these kids who have the desire of playing senior footy at South, and who also have aspirations to play AFL."
"I've build some really good skills and experience over my 14-year career, and i think it would have been a waste if I had stepped away from this level of footy as I can pass on these skills and knowledge to these young players."
When asked if what Matthew Broadbent did in 2020 was a contributing factor to his decision, Gibbs said that he wants to find the love for the game like Broadbent did this year.
"Speaking to Matt (Broadbent), he found the love for footy again after a tough couple of years at the end of his AFL career, he really enjoyed the enthusiasm and energy that the kids brought."
"That was certainly very appealing, and I can relate to Matt, not through the injury side, but the last couple years of my AFL career had it's ups and downs and challenges"
"What I got out of that was that I want to enjoy my footy a bit more, and South Adelaide will give me the opportunity to do that."
"Really looking forward to meeting all the boys once we come out of lockdown."
Gibbs will also take-on a role with the Club within its underage talent programs.
As Player Development Manager Bryce will work closely with Talent Manager and Under-18 Coach Mark Clayton in the developing and mentoring footballers in the Club's talent pathway and throughout its Southern zone.
The silky midfielder/half-back won the John Nicholls Medal as Carlton's best and fairest player in 2014 and achieved top-five finishes in eight of his 11 seasons at Princes Park.
In his debut season he also took home the Blues Best First Year Player award in 2007.
Gibbs captained SA's Under-16 team and played in the National Under-18 Championships, earning All Australian honours.
Over the 2018 off-season, Gibbs married his long-term partner Lauren Tscharke.
The pair have a son named Charlie and a daughter named Madison.
The South Adelaide Football Club would like to welcome Bryce, Lauren, Charlie and Madison to the Panther family.
- SA Under-16 Captain
- National Under-18 Championships, All Australian.
- Pick 1, 2006 National Draft
- 231 games for Carlton 2007-2017
- 36 games for Adelaide 2018-2020
- 152 goals
- John Nicholls Medal 2014
- Best First Year Player 2007
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The Panthers are pleased to announce that former player Andrew Brockhurst will lead the Panther women in 2021.
Brockhurst succeeds premiership coach Rick Watts, who stepped down at the end of the 2020 season to focus on his newly started family.
After a successful year at the helm of the Flagstaff Hill open women's team, who took out the SFL open Women's Premiership, South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe said that the club is looking forward to the next stage in the women's program.
"Andrew is the first former player to have a daughter play at the Club, so has been heavily invested in recent years with female football and the Panthers."
"The Club is delighted with the appointment and we are confident that Andrew and the team will continue to push forward our outstanding senior women's program."
Senior Women's Coach Andrew Brockhurst said he is looking forward to working with the experienced and well respected team at the Panthers.
"I am excited to be given this opportunity to coach this playing group, back at the club where I started my football career."
"I have a strong belief in individual player development so will be working very hard with every player on our list to improve their skills, game awareness and ensuring that their experience at the South Adelaide Footy club is a positive one."
"I started playing at South as a 16 year old and have very happy memories of my time here as a player, so it's fantastic to now see 16 year old girls being given the same opportunities to play the sport they love at an elite level."
New South Adelaide Senior Women's Coach, Andrew Brockhurst in action for the Panthers in the mid-1980s.
In 2019, Brockhurst coached the South Adelaide Under-15 Development Squad where they won all four games.
As mentioned previously, Brockhurst also coached the Flagstaff Hiff open women's side where they finished second, and went on to claim the premiership over Reynella with a strong display in windy conditions.
Prior to coaching, Brockhurst also played 131 games for the Panthers having made his debut in round 13, 1985 against West Torrens.
At the end of the 1987 season he made his way to Fitzroy as pick 4 in the 1987 National Draft, where he would play 38 games of AFL/VFL football before returning to South Adelaide in 1991 for two seasons before hanging up the boots.
With a senior coach now in place South Adelaide will begin to finalise its playing list ahead of the start of pre-season.
- 131 games for South Adelaide
- 97 goals
- 38 games for Fitzroy, pick 4 1987 draft
- SANFL state selection 1991, squad selection 1992
- South Adelaide Best Team Man award 1987, 1992
- 3rd place 1987 Knuckey Cup
- 2017 Under-15s Flagstaff Hill boys - SFL Premiers
- 2019 Christies Beach women's - A grade assistant coach
- 2019 B Grade coach - Adelaide Footy league 5th
- 2019 South Adelaide Under-15 Female Development squad coach - undefeated
- 2020 Under-17.5s Flagstaff Hill boys assistant coach - SFL Premiers
- 2020 Flagstaff Hill women's senior coach A Grade - SFL Premiers
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Balfours and South Adelaide announce the Balfours Scholarship for aspiring footballers.
The South Adelaide Football Club is pleased to advise that two young footballers are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship, courtesy of key partner Balfours, that will greatly assist them with their preparation for the 2021 season.
Seventeen-year olds Jason Horne and Gypsy Schirmer were advised at the Club's Best & Fairest night that they would each receive a scholarship to the value of $5000.
South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe said the Club and Balfours had planned to introduce the scholarship initiative last season before COVID took hold.
"We're extremely grateful to Balfours that they have decided to double-up on the scholarship recipients for next season. Balfours are a fantastic partner of South Adelaide and we are extremely grateful for their support.
"These scholarships will greatly assist Jason and Gypsy prepare the best they can for next season."
The Balfours scholarship will provide an aspiring young footballer from the South Adelaide zone with the financial assistance to support their physical preparation for the season with areas such as strength and conditioning, medical and physio, on-field equipment (boots, runners etc) and any technology needs that might aid their development.
David Crotti, Joint-CEO Balfours Bakery, said, "Balfours has been a proud partner to the South Adelaide Football Club and footy clubs at all levels of competition for many years."
"From the clubs to the players, and the supporters, we believe the game is crucial to the fabric of South Australian society."
"This latest initiative with the South Adelaide Football Club is further demonstration that Balfours really is for the game."
Balfours is Australia's oldest baked goods manufacturer having been established by James Calder and Margaret Balfours in Rundle Mall, 1853.
Today, Balfours manufactures and distributes sweets and savouries to all parts of Australia exclusively from its oven door in Dudley Park, South Australia.
Balfours is proudly South Australian family-owned and operated.
South Adelaide gun Jason Horne (left) with Balfours Joint-CEO David Crotti (middle), South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe (middle) and promising South Adelaide Women's player Gypsy Schirmer (right) after the announcement of the Balfours Scholarship. Image: Nick Hook Photography.
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New recruit Matthew Broadbent claims the 2020 Knuckey Cup while Adelaide Crows Draftee Teah Charlton wins the 2020 Women's Best and Fairest.
In his first season in the blue and white, former Power star Matthew Broadbent had a stellar season where he claimed his first Knuckey Cup.
Coming down to the last game, Broadbent narrowly edged out four time Knuckey Cup winner Joel Cross by one vote.
In his ten seasons with the Panthers, Cross has won the Knuckey Cup four times and the Mark Rawlins Trophy (Runner up B&F) five times.
Finishing third after another great season was the silky defender in Joseph Haines.
For the first time, the South Adelaide Football Club were able to also hold the Women's Best and Fairest on the same night as the Knuckey Cup.
The recent Adelaide Crows draftee and Panthers talent pathway product in Teah Charlton took home her first senior South Adelaide Women's Best and Fairest award.
It was a break out season for Charlton who benefited form some extra minutes in the midfield in 2020.
Another 2020 recruit in Tahlia Meyer, who was also picked up in the AFLW draft at the beginning of October, made her mark after finishing as runner up.
who caps off another solid season having took home his second consecutive Reserves Runner-Up Best & Fairest
After finishing runner up in 2019, young bull Max Clifton had another stand out season to claim the inaugural Mark Naley Medal.
Following the passing of club legend Mark Naley, the South Adelaide Football Club has decided to name the Under-18 best and fairest medal in honour Mark who also had a significant involvement with the Junior program.
Another rising star in Talon Copley finished as runner up followed by Jayden Little.
Congratulations to all the award winners on their outstanding achievements.
See below for a full list of award winners and leader boards from all grades. Click here to see the gallery from the night.
Senior Award Winners
Knuckey Cup (Best & Fairest)
Mark Rawlins Memorial Trophy (Runner-Up Best & Fairest)
Third Best & Fairest
J.L. Brown Trophy (Reserves Best & Fairest)
Reserves Runner-Up Best & Fairest
Onsite Rental Group Fans MVP
Best in Finals
League Trademark Award
Flinders University League Most Improved Player
League Leading Goalkicker
Sam Overall (26 Goals)
Reserves Trademark Award
Dr Jim Harley/Frank Brown Memorial Trophy (Best Clubman)
David Kantilla Memorial Trophy (Best First Year League Player)
Women's Award Winners
Best & Fairest
Runner-Up Best & Fairest
Third Best & Fairest
Lauren Buchanan & Indy Tahau
Jess Kirk (18 goals)
Flinders University Most Improved
Junior Award Winners
Mark Naley Medilist (U18 Best & Fairest)
Runner-Up Best & Fairest
Third Best & Fairest
Brayden Cook (26 Goals)
Flinders University Most Improved
Under-18 Trademark Player
Colin & Peter Haines Trophy (Best Junior Clubman)
Fred & Mavis Whitwell Trophy (U18 Rising Star)
Knuckey Cup Leader Board
1. Matthew Broadbent - 100 votes
2. Joel Cross - 99 votes
3. Joseph Haines - 93 votes
4. Ben Heaslip - 91 votes
5. Jake Summerton - 89 votes
6. Hayden Sampson - 85 votes
7. Reece Milsom - 84 votes
8. Sam Overall - 78 votes
10.Nic Schwarz - 77 votes
Eamon Wilkinson - 77 votes
Knuckey Cup voting: following each game, South Adelaide's senior coaches grade every player on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during that game. The player who polls the most total votes throughout the season is declared the winner of the Knuckey Cup.
Women's Leader Board
1. Teah Charlton - 80 votes
2. Tahlia Meyer - 69 votes
3. Lauren Buchanan - 68 votes
Indy Tahau - 68 votes
4. Jaslynne Smith - 67 votes
5. Nicole Campbell - 56 votes
7. Czenya Cavouras - 54 votes
Lisa Whiteley - 54 votes
Lucy Northcott - 54 votes
10.Jess Kirk - 51 votes
Hannah Munyard - 51 votes
Gypsy Schirmer - 51 votes
Women's Best and Fairest voting: following each game, South Adelaide's senior women's coaches grade every player on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during that game. The player who polls the most total votes throughout the season is declared the winner of the Women's Best and Fairest.
Reserves Leader Board
1. Jake McCreery- 82
2. Tyler Davies - 71 votes
3. Marcus Lippett - 66 votes
4. Billy Cameron - 59 votes
5. Tarik Illingworth - 58 votes
6. Cooper Machin - 56 votes
7. Sam Whitbread - 55 votes
Lachlan Williams - 55 votes
10.Aaron Douglass - 54 votes
Tyler Oliver - 54 votes
Danny Juckers - 54 votes
J.L.Brown Trophy voting: following each game, South Adelaide's reserves coaches grade every player on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during that game. The player who polls the most total votes throughout the season is declared the winner of the J.L.Brown Trophy.
Under-18 Leader Board
1. Max Clifton - 99 votes
2. Talon Copley - 88 votes
3. Jayden Little - 87
4. Isaac Birt - 84 votes
5. Harry Spacie - 83 votes
6. Brayden Cook - 82 votes
7. Liam Nye - 78 votes
8. Arlo Draper - 76 votes
Jack Flett - 76 votes
10. Dylan Brown - 72 votes
Mark Naley Medal voting: following each game, South Adelaide's junior coaches grade every player on a scale of 0-10 based on their performance during that game. The player who polls the most total votes throughout the season is declared the winner of the Mark Naley Medal.
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The South Adelaide Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Fame member and premiership player Bob Schmidt after a long battle with illness.
Described as a hard-disciplined half-back flanker, Bob made the position his own over a 164 game and 10 year career with the Panthers.
He demonstrated a fearless, rugged approach that tended to intimidate opposing players. He is well remembered around the club for his enthusiasm, club spirit, and extreme fitness, typified by his reappearance on the training track two days after having a finger amputated.
A member of the 1964 Premiership team then Coach Neil Kerley called him "the best half back I have seen in the League and its most efficient player, with no weakness in his game".
Bob represented South Australia in 11 games and in the 64 point win over Victoria in 1965 the great Ted Whitten was shifted off him after being thoroughly stitched up.
In 1965 Bob won the Knuckey Cup and was included in the South Adelaide Hall of Fame in 2002 after being chosen on the half back flank in South Adelaide's greatest ever team.
Former team mate Peter Darley, who went to Black Forest Primary School with Bob, remembers him fondly.
"I've known Bobby for a long time having gone to Primary School together and it's sad to hear of his passing. He was a good bloke and a great contributor for South Adelaide. He was unassuming and a good character, but he was a hard player."
Bob went to Unley High School which had in their team were 11 players that went on to play SANFL League football, the majority with Sturt, but did include future South team mates Peter Judd and Dick Roennfeldt.
He did try to sign with Sturt but lived 100 metres outside their zone so couldn't register.
In 1961 he played for Adelaide Teachers College and in 1962 when the College had a bye he went out for a game with South's Colts, instead he was selected in the South League team making his debut at 18, ironically against Sturt.
Bob retired from the SANFL in 1971 and then coached Onkaparinga Valley from 1972-75, winning two Mail Medals. He finally hung up the boots in 1980.
The South Adelaide Football Club sends its condolences to his wife Inger and their children Leanne, David and Adrian.
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