Panthers pounce on Eagle Karpany

Posted by Matt Sampson on 3 December 2018
Panthers pounce on Eagle Karpany

South Adelaide are pleased to announce the signing of new recruit Malcolm Karpany.

Karpany, 23, heads to Noarlunga having spent five years with the West Coast Eagles after been taken at pick 31 in the 2013 national draft.

An exciting wing-forward, with explosive pace, a penetrating kick and good evasive abilities, Karpany played seven AFL games during his time with the Eagles for six goals.

"We are very happy to be able to recruit Malcolm to the club," said Panthers senior coach Jarrad Wright.

"He is a hard-working outside runner, with a beautiful left foot and we are really excited to see the class he can bring to our team connecting between our defensive and forward halves.

"His spatial awareness and elusiveness is top class and he can also push forward and kick goals. I think our supporters will really enjoy watching him play.

"I spent some time with him at Woodville-West Torrens as Reserves coach when he was coming through the Under-18s and he was a top talent then.

"After five years with the Eagles in the AFL system his leadership and footy smarts will be a great asset both on the field, but also in working with the exciting young players we have coming up to the senior ranks."

Speaking on his move, Karpany said he was excited by a change of scenery and to play SANFL football.

"I am just keen to get started," he said.

The Club has really welcomed me with open arms. I am keen to get started and play alongside all these good players at League level.

"I feel like the SANFL competition is really strong. That's one thing I am excited about.

"It is also exciting to represent a new club. I feel like the move is going to be good for me. Fresh start, new people.

When asked what Panthers members and supporters can expect from him, Karpany said he was looking forward to showcasing his abilities for the Panthers.

"I think I am a crafty player with a good skill set.

"I love to run, use my pace and work rate out on a wing and also push forward."

Malcolm Karpany is #SouthProud...are you?

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Panther Academy High Performance Testing at Flinders University

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 3 December 2018
Panther Academy High Performance Testing at Flinders University

Take a look inside the High Performance Training camp for our Panthers Academy.

Our partnership with Flinders University has opened doors for some amazing mutually beneficial collaborations.

Our Panthers Academy camp exposes our young players to elite standard high performance training and testing, while offering real life experience for Bachelor of Sport Health and Physical Activity students.


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Abe Davis signs for season 2019

Posted by Matt Sampson on 29 November 2018
Abe Davis signs for season 2019

South Adelaide is pleased to announce that Abe Davis has re-committed to the Panthers for season 2019.

The former Sydney Swan enjoyed a break out second season in Noarlunga after an injury-restricted debut year.

The strong on-baller played all 19 games for South in 2018, racking up 23.2 touches per contest while also proving an effective weapon up front with 15 goals on the year.

Bothered by an ankle injury in 2017, Davis blossomed into one of the competitions more intimidating midfield presences in 2018, averaging 4.7 clearances and 5.2 tackles around stoppage.

His improved play did not go unnoticed, as he claimed third place in Knuckey Cup voting and stormed home to a fifth placed finish on the Magarey Medal leader board, polling 11 votes in his last six games.

"We are pleased Abe has committed for season 2019, coming of a career-best year in the SANFL," said Panthers senior coach, Jarrad Wright.

"His game really improved as he found some continuity in his football, being injury free and playing a consistent position as big-bodied midfielder.

"He became a really important player for us and has grown into one of the better big mids in the competition.

"His strength around the contest and ability to also head forward, take a catch and kick goals will be important for our team."

The Panthers also welcome Palmerston recruit Kyle Emery into the fold for 2019.

The former Gold Coast Academy member is a dangerous medium forward, who heads to Noarlunga after plying his trade in the NTFL over the past few seasons.

Abe has committed for 2019...have you #SouthProud

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Pair of Panthers taken in AFL Draft!

Posted by Matt Sampson on 23 November 2018
Pair of Panthers taken in AFL Draft!

Two South Adelaide juniors have been given their chance at the AFL after the conclusion of today's national and rookie drafts.

Strong-bodied midfielder Tom Sparrow was the first Panther to have his name called, as the Melbourne Demons snapped up the Bridgewater/Callington junior with pick 27 in the national draft.

He becomes the first Panther taken in the national draft since Caleb Daniel was selected at pick 46 by the Western Bulldogs in 2014 and the highest pick since Ryan Griffen also made his way to Whitten Oval with pick three of the 2004 draft.

A contested animal, known for his attack on the football and speed and power away from stoppages, Sparrow was a member of South Australia's Under-18 National Championship winning side earlier in the year, notching 17 touches in the title decider against Victoria Metro.

His football talents kept him busy during 2018, splitting time between State committments, South Adelaide and captaining Prince Alfred College's First XVIII.

Through eight Under-18s games Sparrow averaged 22.2 disposals, 6.1 clearances and six tackles per contest, while also notching two Reserves games with the Panthers during the season.

Next cab off the rank was exciting small forward/midfielder Jake Tarca, who will re-unite with former teammate Nathan Kreuger at Geelong after being called at pick 68 by the Cats.

Originally from the Encounter Bay Football Club, Tarca kicked 27 goals in his 15 games with South's Under-18s this season, averaging 13.3 touches in the process.

An exciting talent with plenty of x-factor, he was among the Panthers best performers in their Under-18 Grand Final against Woodville-West Torrens, slotting four goals as the most damaging forward on the ground.

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Keegan Brooksby to pursue AFL opportunity

Posted by Matt Sampson on 20 November 2018
Keegan Brooksby to pursue AFL opportunity

South Adelaide can reveal that ruckman Keegan Brooksby will pursue an AFL opportunity in 2019.

Brooksby's management has informed the club that he has been offered another chance at the AFL via the newly revamped rookie rules.

Previously-listed AFL players who have spent a season or greater away from an AFL list no longer need to be selected through the draft to find an AFL lifeline.

These players can now sign with a club of their choice during the pre-season supplemental selection period (SPP) between December 1 and March 15.

This will be Brooksby's second crack at the AFL, having played 14 games with the Gold Coast Suns between 2015 and 2017.

The Panthers skipper enjoyed a stellar 2018 SANFL season, playing all 19 games, finishing second in Knuckey Cup voting and being selected as captain of the 2018 Advertiser Team of the Year.

"It is very exciting for Keegan to get another chance to prove himself at the highest level," said Panthers Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe.

"He is an outstanding player and his form over the last season speaks for itself.

"He certainly deserves this opportunity and we wish him well in the next phase of his AFL career."

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Brad Crabb signs on for 2019

Posted by Matt Sampson on 19 November 2018
Brad Crabb signs on for 2019

South Adelaide stalwart Brad Crabb has signed on for the 2019 season.

The Kangaroo Island native has put pen to paper to extend his career with the Panthers into a 13th season.

Recruited from Western Districts in South Adelaide's country zone on Kangaroo Island, Crabb worked his way through the Panthers junior programs before making his SANFL League debut in 2007.

The strongly-built defender soon established himself within the senior team and has played a key role within the team for more than a decade.

Currently sitting 16th on the Panthers list for most League appearances all-time, Crabb is edging closer to his 200-game milestone, something that has not been achieved by a South Adelaide player since Trent Mills in the early 2000s.

Speaking to SAFC Media, Crabb cited unfinished business following the Panthers finals exit and his approaching milestone as motivators to play on.

"It was pretty disappointing the way we went out in 2018. We want to try and achieve a bit more," said Crabb.

"It would definitely be good to get to 200 games, but I still need to have a good preseason and get in the team."

Crabb also declared he was excited continue playing with close friends Joel Cross and Nick Liddle, who have also re-committed for 2019, while also helping nurture the exciting youth coming through the ranks.

"They (Cross and Liddle) are great blokes I've got to know really well. It is good to be able to do another season with them," said Crabb.

"It's funny when you're young you don't have any responsibilities, but as you get older and play a few more games you realise you actually have to be a bit more mature and lead the team a little.

"A lot of these guys coming through a really good lads I have been able to follow for a few years now (in the juniors). It should be exciting times ahead.

The club looks forward to seeing Crabby go around again and hopefully celebrating another significant achievement in an already great career in Noarlunga!

Brad Crabb

Playing Career

197 games
6 goals


Club captain (2015 - 17)
SANFL Advertiser Team of the Year selection (2015)
Knuckles Award (2010 & 2016)
Best Clubman (2013 & 2018)
Equal third Knuckey Cup voting (2015)
Most Improved Player (2008)
South Adelaide Football Club Life Member (2016)

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2019 SANFL Rule Changes

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 13 November 2018
2019 SANFL Rule Changes

SANFL has announced a raft of rule changes to be introduced from 2019 in the SANFL Statewide Super League, in line with the majority of the AFL's adjustments to playing conditions.

The introduction of a restriction on starting positions before each centre bounce, increased freedom from kick-ins and the repealing of the "hands in the back" rule in marking contests highlight the new laws which have been ratified by the SA Football Commission.

SANFL General Manager Football Adam Kelly said SANFL's Laws of the Game Committee believed the rule changes would enhance those introduced by SANFL in 2016, such as the successful last possession out of bounds rule and interchange rotation cap.

Kelly said the committee supported the objectives that led to the introduction of change by the AFL.

"These changes in match conditions respond to fans wanting free-flowing passages of play and one-on-one contests, and they support more instinctive play and players being able to showcase their skills and differences," Kelly said.

The SANFL competition has transitioned from the low scoring, high stoppage numbers of season 2015.

"Stoppage numbers have decreased over the past three years, with the average number dropping to 60 in 2018 from 84 in 2015," Kelly said.

"In comparison to other State Leagues, we have gone from the highest number of stoppages to the lowest and from the lowest scoring to the highest.  This year's Grand Final was the highest scoring in 35 years."

Confirmation of the rule changes coincide with today's announcement by SANFL of a new three-year naming rights partnership with Statewide Super, with the competition to be now known as the SANFL Statewide Super League.

Some rules will continue to differ between the AFL competition and SANFL, including the last possession out of bounds rule.

Kelly said SANFL would also continue to use the 25m penalty and have a cap of 60 on interchange rotations (as opposed to the AFL competition cap of 90).

Details of the rule changes follow:

1. Traditional Playing Positions at Centre Bounce

Implementation of a traditional set up at centre bounces clubs must have six players inside both 50-Metre arcs, with one player required to be inside the goal square. Four midfield players are positioned inside the centre square with the wingmen required to be placed somewhere along the wing (no closer to either goal than the centre square line).

2. Kick-ins

Kick-ins from a Behind, a Player will no longer need to kick to himself to Play On out of the Goal Square.

Following a Behind, the man on The Mark will be positioned 10 metres from the top of the Goal Square (currently 5 metres).

No opposition player can enter the area shown with the dotted line until the designated kicker has played on or been called to play on from the goal square. Any opposition player already in the area when the behind is scored must be actively exiting the area.

3. Marks / Free Kicks (Deep D50)

For all defenders who take a mark or gain a free kick within 9 metres of their own goal, the man on the mark for the attacking team will be brought in line with the top of the goal square (which is 9 metres).

4. Umpire Contact

Players will be prohibited from setting up behind the Umpire at each centre bounce.

5. Application of 25-Metre Penalty

Allowing the player with the ball to advance the mark by 25 metres without the infringing player delaying the game.

In addition, the player with the football will be able to play on during the advancement of the 25-metre penalty.

6. Kicking for Goal post-siren Centre of Goal Line

A Player who has been awarded a mark or free kick once play has ended will now be able to kick across their body using a snap or check-side kick. The player shall dispose of the football directly in line with the man on the mark and the goal.

7. Marking Contest

'Hands in the Back' rule interpretation to be repealed, allowing a player to place his hands on the back of his opponent to protect his position in a marking contest but not to push the player in the back.

8. Ruck Contests Prior Opportunity

A Ruck player who takes possession of the football while contesting a bounce or throw up by a field Umpire or a boundary throw in by a boundary Umpire, will not be regarded as having had prior opportunity. Where there is uncertainty over who is the designated Ruck, the Ruck for each team will continue to nominate to the field Umpire. SANFL Rules still permit a "third man" contesting the ruck contest.

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Statewide Super Teams With SANFL State League

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 12 November 2018
Statewide Super Teams With SANFL State League

SANFL today announced an exciting new naming rights partnership, with its men's State League to be known as the SANFL Statewide Super League from 2019.

The three-year partnership will see Statewide Super extend its existing partnership with footy in South Australia from the Statewide Super Women's League, and Mini-league, to the State League men's competition.

"Statewide is a respected and proud South Australian organisation with strong existing ties with football right across the State. We're thrilled to have them on board as naming rights partner for our elite men's and women's competitions," SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said.

"This is a tremendous boost for SANFL footy the strongest men's State League in the nation and stands our League competition in great stead for the future.

"It's also exciting that 2019 will go down in history as being the first year every one of our eight SANFL Clubs will be represented in both the men's and women's Leagues, with Central District and the Eagles entering the Statewide Super Women's League."

While the 2019 Statewide Super League fixture is still to be finalised, SANFL today confirmed the men's Premiership season will kick off on Friday, March 29, with the Grand Final to be held at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, September 22.

The traditional Anzac Day clash between grand finalists North Adelaide and Norwood will be hosted by North at Prospect Oval on Thursday April 25.

"After a successful season 2018 culminating in a 20-year record crowd of over 40,000 at the Grand Final, next year is shaping up to be another great season of local footy with exciting talent across the 10 competing clubs," Mr Parkinson said.

The 2019 Statewide Super Women's League will comprise 10 minor round matches and a three-week finals series playoff between the top four. The season will commence on the weekend of February 16-17, with the Grand Final to be played on the weekend of May 25-26.

"We will look to continue to grow the number of Statewide Super League and Women's League double-headers after great success with this programming in season 2018, highlighted by the crowd of almost 8,000 that attended the ANZAC Day clash at Unley Oval," Mr Parkinson said.

Statewide Super has partnered with the SANFL League since 2016 and held the naming rights to the SANFL Statewide Super women's league since the competition's inception in 2017.

It is also naming rights partner of the Mini-League competition, played during the half-time break of SANFL men's League matches.

Statewide CEO Richard Nunn said the organisation was extremely proud to stand alongside SANFL as an organisation that supports initiatives at the heart of this great State.

"At Statewide Super, we are committed to South Australians and the things that are important to them. Sport and, in particular, footy is a huge part of the fabric of our culture in the state, and we are proud to help provide opportunities and pathways for kids, women and men, from grassroots through to the elite level," Mr Nunn said.

He said the organisation would continue to proudly support the SANFL women's league and grassroots football in South Australia, with the new significant agreement with the men's State league a natural fit to the partnership with SANFL.

"We feel that this sponsorship is the next logical piece of the puzzle in our ongoing and valuable journey with SANFL," Mr Nunn said.

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Montana McKinnon named to AFL Women's Academy Squad

Posted by Matt Sampson on 9 November 2018
Montana McKinnon named to AFL Women's Academy Squad

Young Panthers ruck Montana McKinnon has been named in the 2019 NAB AFL Women's Academy squads.

McKinnon, 17, is one of only two South Australian girls selected in the 48-player announcement by the AFL this afternoon.

Montana's selection adds to her rapidly growing list of football accolades.

Earlier this year she played a role in South Adelaide's inaugural SANFLW premiership, while also taking part in South Australia's U18 girls state campaign, earning SA's MVP and All-Australian honours.

As part of the academy, Montana will receive a NAB AFL Women's Academy scholarship that provides high performance camps and personal development opportunities over a 12-month period. 

The first of three camps will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from December 16, 2018.

Montana will also join AFLW club training sessions throughout the AFLW preseason.

AFLW Talent Manager Aasta O'Connor said after just two years the NAB AFLW Academy is achieving great results.

"At the recent NAB AFLW Draft, 19 Academy players joined AFLW clubs," Ms O'Connor said.

"With four further expansion teams entering the AFLW competition in 2020, the high performance coaching we provide these players is even more important."

The 2019 NAB AFLW Academy squad has been selected after the 2018 NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships by a newly formed AFLW Academy Advisory group which has representatives from AFLW clubs and AFL state bodies; Bree Brock (Brisbane Lions), Trent Cooper (Fremantle), Alan McConnell (GWS Giants), Darren Flanigan (AFL Victoria), Luke Power (AFL), Luke Brennan (AFL), Gary Nicholls (AFLW Academy), Nicole Livingstone (AFL) and Aasta O'Connor (AFL).

Level Two squad (born 2001 unless stated)

Lillian Doyle (Grafton, NSW/ACT)
Georgia Garnett (Kellyville/Rouse Hill Magpies, NSW/ACT)
Tarni White (Coorparoo, Qld)
Charlotte Hammans (Bond University, Qld)
Kitara Farrar (South Cairns Cutters, Qld)
Belle Dawes (Wilston Grange, Qld)
Dee Heslop (Yeronga, Qld)
Lily Postlethwaite (Moreton Bay Lions, Qld)
Serene Watson (Bond University, Qld)
Ellie Hampson (Hermit Park Tigers, Qld)
Jaimi Tabb (Woodville-West Torrens, SA)
Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide, SA)
Mia King (Launceston, Tas)
Millie Brown (Murray Bushrangers, Vic)
Sophie Molan (GWV Rebels, Vic)
Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons, Vic)
Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights, Vic)
Molly McDonald (Dandenong Stingrays, Vic)
Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons, Vic)
Isabella Shannon (Dandenong Stingrays, Vic)
Laura McClelland (Eastern Ranges, Vic)
Gabrielle Newton (Northern Knights, Vic)
Isabella Grant (Western Jets, Vic)
Cleo Saxon-Jones (Western Jets, Vic)
Lucinda Cripps (Dandenong Stingrays, Vic)
Emma O'Driscoll (born 2000, Swan Districts, WA)
Tayla Pescud (Swan Districts, WA)
Mikayla Bowen (Swan Districts, WA)
Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle, WA)
Courtney Hodder (born 2000, Peel Thunderbirds, WA)
Rosie Deegan (Subiaco, WA)

Level One squad (all born 2002)

Tarni Evans (Queanbeyan Tigers, NSW/ACT)
Zimmie Farquharson (Calamvale Leopards, Qld)
Annise Bradfield (Southport, Qld)
Alyssa Bannan (Northern Knights, Vic)
Olivia Barber (Murray Bushrangers, Vic)
Alice Burke (Sandringham Dragons, Vic)
Ellie McKenzie (Northern Knights, Vic)
Tyanna Smith (Dandenong Stingrays, Vic)
Olivia Meagher (Eastern Ranges, Vic)
Maggie Caris (GWV Rebels, Vic)
Isabella Simmons (GWV Rebels, Vic)
Tarni Brown (Eastern Ranges, Vic)
Isabelle Pritchard (Western Jets, Vic)
Abbey Dowrick (Subiaco, WA)
Brianna Hyde (Swan Districts, WA)
Mikayla Hyde (Swan Districts, WA)
Sarah Verrier (Peel Thunderbirds, WA)

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South Adelaide AGMs 2018

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 5 November 2018
South Adelaide AGMs 2018

The South Adelaide Football Club wishes to advise members that the Annual General Meetings for the South Adelaide Football Club Inc and South Adelaide Footballers Club Inc will be held in the Peter Darley Room at Hickinbotham Oval from 7pm Monday, 17 December 2018.

Notification of Election

Marketing Director - 3 Year Term: who preferably has skills and experience in marketing and promotions.

Hospitality Director - 3 Year Term: who preferably has skills in liquor and gaming and the administration of licensed clubs.

Property Director - 2 Year Term (vacant position): who preferably has skills and experience in the development of commercial property and asset management generally.

Nominations are open for candidates for the above positions. To be eligible, you need to be a financial member of the South Adelaide Football Club as of 31st October 2018.

To notify your interest, please contact the Chief Executive Officer via reception to arrange for a nomination form to be forwarded. You will be required to ensure that two financial members sign your nomination form. Nominations close 5:00pm Friday, 23rd November 2018. For further information, please contact Jonathon Parker on 8186 8200 or

Notice of Motion

Pursuant to clause 21.4 of the Constitution, a member who intends moving a motion at the Annual General Meeting must give notice in writing and the terms thereof to the Chief Executive Officer no later than 5pm Friday 23rd November 2018.


When: 7pm Monday, 17 December 2018
Where: Peter Darley Room, Hickinbotham Oval, 1 Lovelock Drive, Noarlunga Downs
Advise to Members: please click here

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  • SANFLW Round 2

    Norwood vs South Adelaide
    Venue: Coopers Stadium
    Date: Friday, February 22
    Time: 7:45pm

  • SANFLW Round 3

    West Adelaide vs South Adelaide
    Venue: City Mazda Stadium
    Date: Friday, March 1
    Time: 7:30pm

  • SANFLW Round 4

    South Adelaide vs North Adelaide
    Venue: Flinders University Stadium
    Date: Friday, March 15
    Time: 6:30pm

  • SANFLW Round 5

    South Adelaide vs Woodville-West Torrens
    Venue: Flinders University Stadium
    Date: Saturday, March 23
    Time: 3:45pm


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