Five Panthers have hung up the boots following the end of the 2021 season.
Five stalwarts of the South Adelaide Football Club have called time on their SANFL careers. 100 game players Alex Cailotto and Ben Haren as well as Tyson Brown, Nic Schwarz and Anthony Biemans have all advised the Club they will not be returning in 2022.
Tyson Brown played 81 games for the Panthers since making his debut in 2011 having started in South’s U18s after joining the Club from Cove.
The dour defender has had a tough run with injuries over the journey, including missing the 2018 Elimination Final due to concussion and going down with a serious hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the 2016 Qualifying Final.
A former Woodville West Torrens junior Nic Schwarz made his debut in 2013. Nic Schwarz played 90 games and took out the League Trademark award in 2016.
Injuries also plagued the midfielder over his time at the Panthers, however Schwarz finished his career in fine form by taking out the 2021 Best in Finals award.
Utility Alex Cailotto also calls time on his 120 game career.
As a key defender, the former Glenelg junior was reinvented as a ruck in 2019 having to cover the mid-season drafting of Michael Knoll, and again in 2021 with the loss of Paul Hunter.
Not only that, the two time Dr. Jim Harley & Frank Brown Memorial Trophy (Best Clubman) winner showed he could also play up forward and certainly enjoyed a celebration.
Haren made the switch to Noarlunga in 2015 where he would go on to notch up 114 SANFL league matches, 14 for the Magpies and 100 for the Panthers.
Taking out the leading goal kicker award in 2017, Haren was also a versatile player making his presence felt down back, but could also impact the scoreboard, shown by his 73 career goals.
The hard-nosed Biemans was a crowd favourite at Noarlunga making his Panthers debut in 2018.
Another Panther who has had a tough run with Injury caps off his career with 83 games, 37 for the Panthers and 46 for Port Adelaide.
South Adelaide CEO thanked the five players and noted that each have made valued contributions to the club and he wished them success going forward.
"It's certainly sad to have Tyson, Nic, Ben, Alex and Anthony call time on their careers. All have been great servants and were highly regarded and respected within the football club. Certainly our supporters would have seen they gave their all each week." said Sharpe.
"We thank each of the boys for the sacrifices they have made and dedication they have shown, especially over the last two seasons, and wish them well going forward.”
81 Games, 12 Goals
Debut Round 13, 2011 vs Eagles
South Adelaide Player 1680
2016 Most Improved Player
90 Games, 40 Goals
Debut Round 8, 2013 vs Centrals
South Adelaide Player 1703
2016 Player Trademark Award
2014 Runner-Up Reserves Best & Fairest
2021 Best In Finals
120 Games, 25 Goals
Debut Round 20, 2013 vs Port Adelaide
South Adelaide Player 1709
2013 J.L. Brown Trophy (Reserves Best & Fairest)
2019 Dr. Jim Harley & Frank Brown Memorial Trophy (Best Clubman)
114 Games, 100 for South Adelaide, 14 for Port Adelaide, 73 Goals
SAFC Debut Round 1, 2015 vs Glenelg
South Adelaide Player 1719
2017 Leading Goalkicker
83 Games, 37 for South Adelaide, 46 for Port Adelaide, 46 Goals
SAFC Debut Round 1, 2018 vs Glenelg
South Adelaide Player 1739
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South Adelaide is pleased to announce that senior coach Jarrad Wright has inked a new deal until the end of 2024.
The deal will see Senior Coach Jarrad Wright remain at Noarlunga until at least the end of 2024, meaning his tenure will be the longest since Haydn Bunton, Jr. who served as coach from 1975-1982.
South Adelaide Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe said the Club was confident of the direction it was heading under Wright's leadership.
"We're really pleased to be able to extend Jarrad's time at the club and are excited with the direction going forward," said Sharpe.
"The way Jarrad has been able to develop the football program and the culture of the group over the last four seasons has been outstanding."
Since taking on the role of senior coach at the end of 2017, Wright has guided the Panthers to three finals appearances in 2018, 2020 and 2021, including back-to-back final series for the first time since 1991/1992, and back-to-back Preliminary Finals, a feat that was last done in 1964/1965.
Senior Coach Jarrad Wright in action during this years Semi Final against Norwood. Image: SAFC Media
Jarrad Wright said that he was looking forward to continuing in the role.
"I'm really excited to continue on at South Adelaide, it is a terrific club and I am proud to be able to lead them for a further 3 years." said Wright
"To be consistently playing finals shows that we are tracking on the right path and the end result is not far away."
"We have some exciting talent being produced through our pathway and with further improvements to our list and hard work over the pre-season I'm confident we can continue to challenge."
Prior to being appointed as senior coach at South Adelaide, Wright underwent an extensive coaching apprenticeship that included stints as an assistant coach at both Woodville-West Torrens and South Adelaide, guiding the Eagles Reserves to back-to-back premierships and taking control of his own program at Henley Sharks and leading them to a premiership in the Adelaide Footy League.
In 2019 and 2021 Wright was selected as an assistant coach for the West End State team that took on WA.
Also a talented player, Wright was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with pick 35 of the 2001 AFL National Draft, after leading South Australia's Under-18s, and spent two years on their list through their premiership successes of the early 2000s under the tutelage of the great Leigh Matthews.
Wright's playing career also included over 100 Senior State League games with South Adelaide, Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL) and the Brisbane Lions (QAFL) and an Under-17s premiership with the Eagles.
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SAFC Football Department staff changes.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 season the South Adelaide Football Club will undergo some significant change to its coaching and backroom staff.
After 27 years of service Head Trainer Doug Stevens has called time on his outstanding career.
A SAFC Life Member and AFL Merit Award recipient Doug has been a part of the club since its arrival at Noarlunga.
Doug Stevens receiving his Merit Award certificate in 2017.
Also retiring is long serving League Team Manager Luke Axford.
Luke started at the club as a statistician in 2004 which he did for 2 years before stepping up as the League Team Manager, a position that he has held for 15 years.
Luke and his partner Jackie at the 2021 Knuckey Cup.
The Coaching staff will also undergo change with League Assistants Ben Warren, Chad Simmons, Nick Manhood and Reserves Coach Michael Handby all moving on.
Both Michael Handby (Morphettvale FC) and Nick Manhood (Mt Compass FC) will take up coaching opportunities in the Southern Zone.
South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe thanked all for their contribution to the Club.
“The last two years have been especially challenging for all our staff members and our players balancing the impact of Covid, family, employment and their football commitments.”
“They’ve made a terrific commitment to the Club. The efforts of Doug and Luke are what football clubs are all about. So is the connection that former players such as Ben, Nick and Michael have with the Club they previously played for. A newcomer to the Club Chad too certainly embraced the opportunity.
“We have been fortunate to have them involved and wish them well in their future on and off the football field.”
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SAFC Football Department Restructure.
The South Adelaide Football Club has finalized appointments following the restructure of its Football Department to meet the growing demands of SANFL Football competitions.
Former Adelaide Crow Brent Reilly has been appointed to the position of General Manager – Football and Jonathon Parker will return to the football program in the role of Female Football and Football Operations Coordinator.
Brent had a 203 game career with the Crows and has served as an Assistant Coach and Development Coach from 2017 to 2021.
Forced to retire through injury in 2015, Brent joined the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and providing advice and leadership in resilience and wellbeing for athletes and business people.
Jonathon filled the role as SAFC Women’s Football Coordinator from 2018 to 2020 before relinquishing the role to concentrate full-time as Marketing, Media & Partnership Manager.
South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe said it was pleasing to welcome someone of Brent’s calibre to the role and to be able to provide a full-time resource for the expanding female football programs.
“Brent’s had strong AFL playing and coaching experience who will provide significant experience to our football program."
"It’s extremely pleasing to have someone of his standing join the South Adelaide Football Club and support the programs led by League Coach Jarrad Wright, SANFLW Coach Rick Watts and underage programs of Mark Clayton and Bryce Gibbs.
“It’s great to have Jono Parker also return to a role that he previously did such a good job in with the opportunity to now commit greater focus to it.”
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Balfours and South Adelaide announce the 2022 recipients of the Balfours Scholarship for aspiring footballers.
The Balfours Scholarship, to the value of $5000, will greatly assist the two footballers 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.
At the 2021 Knuckey Cup held on Friday night, South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe announced that the 2022 recipients in U18 Will Verrall (Christies Beach FC) and senior Women’s squad member Brooke Boileau (Mt Compass FC).
"We're extremely grateful to Balfours that they have decided to again continue to support this great initiative."
"Balfours are a fantastic partner of South Adelaide and we are extremely grateful for their support."
"These scholarships will greatly assist Will and Brooke prepare the best they can for next season."
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 Under-18 big man Will Verrall after being announced as the male recipient of the 2022 Balfours Scholarship. Image: Nick Hook Photography
South Adelaide Women's young gun Brooke Boileau announced as the female recipient of the 2022 Balfours Scholarship. Image: Nick Hook Photography
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Bryce Gibbs caps off a stellar season by claiming the 2021 Knuckey Cup while Nicole Campbell wins the 2021 Women's Best and Fairest.
Returning to the SANFL full time, former Blue and Crow Bryce Gibbs has taken out the 2021 Knuckey Cup in his maiden year with the Panthers.
Gibbs' return to form was confirmed when he was joint winner of the 2021 Magarey Medal along with the Eagles James Tsitas.
Gibbs averaged 27 disposals, six tackles and six clearances in 2021.
He had eight games with 30 or more or disposals, including two games of 36 disposals.
The South Adelaide Football Club also held the 2021 Women's Best and Best and Fairest where Nicole Campbell took out the honours after a big season for the Panthers.
Having been drafted to the Crows from the Panthers, Campbell was then delisted at the end of 2020, returning to the SANFLW for the whole season.
Averaging 15 disposals, Campbell's presence was felt in the Panthers midfield.
South Adelaide games record holder Jaslynne Smith finished as runner-up after her best season to date.
Nephew of former Panther Trevor Mitton, Luke Mitton took out the 2021 Mark Naley Medal.
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.
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
Liam Fitt (31 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
Jaimi Griffen & Montana McKinnon
Jorja Hooper (11 Goals)
Flinders University Most Improved
Junior Award Winners
Mark Naley Medilist (U18 Best & Fairest)
Runner-Up Best & Fairest
Third Best & Fairest
Jack Delean (35 Goals)
Flinders University Most Improved
Colin & Peter Haines Trophy (Best Junior Clubman)
Fred & Mavis Whitwell Trophy (U18 Rising Star)
Knuckey Cup Leader Board
1. Bryce Gibbs - 137 votes
2. Joseph Haines - 130 votes
3. Hayden Sampson - 118 votes
4. Sam Skinner - 116 votes
5. Jason Horne-Francis - 112 votes
6. Alex Cailotto - 102 votes
7. Jake Summerton - 101 votes
8. Matthew Broadbent - 99 votes
9. Ben Haren - 93 votes
10. Joel Cross - 92 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. Nicole Campbell - 68 votes
2. Jaslynne Smith - 57 votes
3. Jaimi Griffen - 49 votes
Montanna McKinnon - 49 votes
5. Gypsy Schirmer - 47 votes
6. Brianna Wedding - 45 votes
7. Tahlita Buethke - 43 votes
8. Soriah Moon - 41 votes
9. Jorja Hooper - 40 votes
Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg - 40 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. Jesse McKinnon - 85 votes
2. Nic Kraemer - 77 votes
3. Zac Dumesny - 75 votes
Sam Hindes - 75 votes
5. Tate Lovering - 74 votes
6. Jake McCreery - 72 votes
7. Fraser Turner - 69 votes
8. Danny Juckers - 65 votes
9. Jack Elsworthy - 61 votes
10. Aaron Douglass - 59 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. Luke Mitton - 121 votes
2. Lachlan Hayes - 109 votes
3. Cooper Rogers - 102 votes
4. Dylan Miller- 101 votes
5. Riley Jones - 100 votes
6. Isaac Birt - 99 votes
7. Will Verrall - 87 votes
8. Hugo Hoeck- 75 votes
9. Dylan Brown - 74 votes
10. Nick Schroder - 73 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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South Adelaide Football Club to make Football Department changes.
Following the conclusion of the 2021 season the South Adelaide Football Club has restructured its football department to meet the demands of the changing football landscape.
The Club will implement two new positions, General Manager – Football and Female Football/Football Operations Co-ordinator.
As a consequence of these changes Football Manager Warren Ploenges will not be continuing with the Club.
South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe thanked Warren for his contribution as Football Manager for the past five years.
“Warren has had a long association with the Club most recently as Football Manager and is respected throughout football and the southern zone. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Sharpe said the challenges of the greatly reduced SANFL salary cap and the addition of an extra Women’s team in 2022 had forced the Club to review its structure.
“Covid has had a significant impact on the game with the reduction in player payments and now we are looking at having close to 55 female footballers on our SANFLW list. We need to run best practice programs in our Men’s and Women’s both on and off the field, and feel these changes were necessary to allow us to do that.
“Our junior programs will also grow in 2022 with the U16s playing a full season. Next season is shaping up as a busy year, with the SANFL also proposing continued growth in underage programs in future years.”
The Club is looking to make appointments to these positions in the coming weeks.
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MRS Property Match Report
South Adelaide vs Glenelg
Preliminary Final - Adelaide Oval - 24/09/21
Goals: Horne-Francis 3, Roberts 2, Schwarz
Best: Horne-Francis, Sampson, Schwarz
The Fairy Tale Ending Stops Short: South Adelaide suffered a 28-point defeat at the hands of Glenelg during Friday night's Preliminary Final at Adelaide Oval.
The Panthers' 2021 season has come to a close after the side struggled to overcome a classy Glenelg outfit, 6.13 (49) to 11.11 (77).
Having come from fifth place, the Panthers had to battle it out as the underdogs during their previous two finals and, facing off against the Minor Premiers, the Preliminary Final was their toughest challenge yet.
The Tigers put the Panthers on the back foot early with 2 unanswered goals within the opening 5 minutes of the match.
Anthony Biemans gave the Panthers their first decent look inside 50 after intercepting a Tigers' pass – but a holding the ball call went unrewarded, allowing the Tigers to quickly rebound.
Midway through the opening term, Magarey Medallist Bryce Gibbs helped South gain another promising look inside 50 and this time Matty Roberts was able to take a strong mark and drill the Panthers' first major of the match.
The Panthers' final promising attack was beaten by the siren, which sent the side into the first break facing a 1.1 (7) to 2.4 (16) deficit.
Roberts got things going during the second term after strolling past the Tigers' defenders, who forgot to play by the whistle, to boot his second of the day.
South Adelaide, who began to chip through Glenelg's numbers and pressure, snatched the lead after an eye-catching Horne-Francis goal.
From kicking to assisting, Hornet then caught a Tiger holding the ball before passing it off to Schwarz, whose thumping goal gave the Panthers a 10-point lead.
However, the Tigers were able to kick 3 answered goals within stoppage time – handing the Panthers a 4.4 (28) to 5.8 (38) deficit at the main break.
Two costly frees during the opening minutes of the third term only saw the deficit grow for the boys in the blue and white – that was until Sam Overall and Fraser Turner linked up at half-forward to help break through the Tigers defence.
This quick-play saw the Panthers attack deep and Horne-Francis was able to sprint past and soccer his second major of the day.
Midway through the third term, Eamon Wilkinson helped keep the pressure up after a desperate chase down tackle at half-forward – but still, the side struggled to find that elusive goal.
Joe Haines and Jake Summerton did their best to keep the dangerous Tiger attack at bay but, after back-to-back interceptions were reversed due to frees, the yellow and black broke through with a late goal.
Facing a 5.6 (36) to 8.10 (58) deficit at the final break, the Panthers desperately attacked during the opening minutes of the fourth term.
However, within the first 9 minutes, the side amassed just 4 behinds – 2 of which struck the post.
Some desperation by Hornet saw him mark with the flight of the ball, and smoothly snap the side's much-needed goal – but the Tigers would ultimately run away with the game with two goals to close the match.
The siren would sound to signal the 6.13 (49) to 11.11 (77) defeat, ending the Panthers' season in the process.
Although not the fairy tale ending that Cross deserved, the Panthers faithful were able to give the number 19 a fitting farewell as he left the ground for the final time.
And the loss, despite hurting, was a tough end to a great run – since most outsiders had ridden the Panthers off after their Round 18 defeat to Port Adelaide, only for the boys to prove that they were not "just making up the numbers".
The late finals run, despite the abrupt ending, certainly made the faithful South Proud.
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Bryce Gibbs and James Tsitas claim the 2021 Magarey Medal on Monday evening.
Having made the move to the Panthers at the start of the 2021 campaign, the former Blue and Crow takes home the SANFL's highest individual honour.
Gibbs was a big factor for the Panthers during their 2021 season, which ended in the Preliminary Final against Glenelg on Friday night.
Gibbs averaged 27 disposals, six tackles and six clearances in his return to the SANFL on a full time basis.
He had eight games with 30 or more or disposals, including two games of 36 disposals,
Gibbs becomes the eighth Panther to take home the Magarey Medal with 21 votes.
The Eagles James Tsitas also polled 21 votes, making it the first tie for the Magarey Medal since retiring Panther Joel Cross shared the 2012 Magarey Medal with Brad Symes.
In his acceptance speech, Gibbs thanked the club and cited his move to the Panthers as a key reason for his reignition of passion and enjoyment for the game.
"To the South Adelaide Football Club, thank you so much for getting the passion, and the love of footy back for me again"
Gibbs also thanked his wife Lauren for her outstanding support along with his family.
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Panthers make four additions to the squad that will face Glenelg on Friday night.
Returning to a Preliminary Final for the second consecutive year, a feat that was last done in 1964/65, the Panthers will make four additions to the squad.
2020 Knuckey Cup winner Matthew Broadbent unfortunately will miss due to re aggravating a hamstring niggle in the first quarter last week.
Ben Haren will play his 100th SANFL StateWide Super League match for the Panthers on Friday night.
Haren celebrated his 100th SANFL match earlier this year having played 14 for the Magpies.
Senior Coach Jarrad Wright talked to SANFL's Zac Milbank about tomorrow nights Preliminary Final and highlighted how close this playing group are.
Earlier in the week, Liam Fitt was named as a finalist for the Channel 7 Goal of the Year with his effort in round one against Adelaide.
In the last 98 seasons, the Panthers and Tigers have only met twice in a finals series, in 1992 and 2011 and will face each other for the second year in a row.
Tomorrow night will be the first time both teams have met in a Preliminary Final.
The prime time Preliminary Final gets underway from 7:15pm on Friday night at Adelaide Oval against Glenelg.
Gates are open from 4:45pm and South Adelaide PUMA Merchandise will be available from the Merchandise outlet in the Riverbank stand.
Fans are reminded that no tickets will be on sale at the gate and must be pre-purchased online through Ticketek here.
What: Panthers vs Tigers
Where: Adelaide Oval
When: Friday, September 24, 7:15 pm
Tickets: Adult $18, Concession $12, Children under 18 FREE. No tickets will be sold at the gate. All tickets must be purchased online via Ticketek.
Listen: SEN 1629 FM, SEN app, ABC Grandstand Sports 891 AM
Watch: Live and Free on Channel 7 or 7 Plus
Preliminary Final South Adelaide vs Glenelg presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living
In: Tarca, Turner, Kappler, Bogle
Milestone: Haren 100 South Adelaide games.
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