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Time Update: Round 17

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 10 August 2021
Time Update: Round 17

The SANFL have announced a change to the start time to our Round 17 match. 

South Adelaide's Round 17 clash against North Adelaide has been pushed back to the new time of 2:35pm. 

The SANFL announced the Round 17 change on Tuesday morning.

The game will be televised live on Channel 7, subject to change. 

Round 17

South Adelaide vs North Adelaide (Flinders University Stadium)

Saturday, August 14

League 2:35pm

Reserves 11:55am

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MRS Property Match Report Round 16: vs Central District

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 9 August 2021
MRS Property Match Report Round 16: vs Central District

MRS Property Match Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 16 - X Convenience Oval - 07/08/21

South Adelaide3.39.611.1114.1498
Central District4.

Goals: Haren, Horne 3, Fitt 2, Biemans, Haines, Heaslip, Overall, Tarca, Wilkinson
Best: Horne, Broadbent, Skinner, Haines, Griffiths, Schwarz

The Panthers retain the Mayors Cup: South Adelaide stormed home with a 52-point win over Central District at X Convenience Oval on a clean-swept Saturday.

Trailing by four points at quarter-time, the Panthers kicked away with six second-half goals to record an impressive Mayors Cup win, 14.14 (98) to 7.4 (46).

There were many standout players in the blue and white as eight collected 20 plus touches. But it was Joe Haines who led the way with a team-high 28 possessions and 12 marks. Also impressive was Jason Horne who finished with 22 touches and 3 goals.

This win finished off the Panthers clean sweep of the Bulldogs, with South Adelaide claiming wins in the Under-18s, Reserves and League, replicating the similar result of their Round Eight clash against Central District.

However, this clean sweep did not come easy as the Panthers were forced to hold off a fast-starting Bulldogs outfit.

Matthew Broadbent helped the Panthers win the first clearance of the game, but a free-kick saw the side fall metres short of registering the first inside 50—which would instead fall the way of the Dogs.

After spending the majority of the opening minutes defending, the Bulldogs broke through with the opening major of the match.

However, just minutes later, Ben Haren made his presence felt up forward by kicking the Panthers first of the day. He would strike again just two minutes later with his second of the game.

Continuing to enjoy his time back up forward, Haren then made it three marks for three goals with the final score of his trifecta coming during the late stages of the opening term.

Yet despite having three goals scored from the once-defender, the Panthers still headed into the first break facing a narrow 3.3 (21) to 4.1 (25) deficit.

This deficit would not last long as Broadbent and Horne linked up out of the centre, allowingLiam Fitt to gain possession and send a thumping kick inside 50—which was plucked out of the sky by Sam Overall, whose goal just 45 seconds into the second term brought the lead with it.

From assisting them to scoring them, Horne then followed up minutes later by forcing a turnover and quickly snapping truly.

As the Bulldogs began to flood the Panthers forward 50, South Adelaide still managed to find some inroads, such as through Anthony Biemans thumping goal midway through the term.

Then just minutes later and sensing his opportunity to join the goalkickers, Haines gained possession, sidestepped his opponent, and kicked a huge goal as the Panthers began to run away with the momentum.

Finishing off his standout quarter was Horne, whose thumping goal gave the Panthers a 9.6 (60) to 5.1 (31) lead at halftime. However, the Panthers would have to play out the remainder of the match without Reece Milsomwho suffered a head knock.

The Panthers were provided with plenty of first looks at the footy courtesy of Bailey Griffiths, who finished with 32 hit-outs. Meanwhile, Hayden Sampson continued to show his pace while also gathering 25 disposals and 13 marks.

Central District tried relentlessly to claw themselves back into the match and they almost found the perfect start, but Biemans was able to take a desperate intercept mark deep with Dogs forward territory.

This then began a stretch of no-goals from either side, which would not be broken for seventeen minutes until Ben Heaslip gathered the bouncing ball and snapped from close range.

The Bulldogs replied just two minutes later with their first major since the third minute of the second term. Returning the favour was Fitt, who also struck for the Panthers just two minutes later.

After the dust had settled from this mini-goal kicking frenzy, the Panthers held an 11.11 (77) to 6.2 (38) lead to their name.

The Panthers continued to push on towards the win during the final term as Bryce Gibbs, 26 touches and 7 clearances, continued to provide plenty of ball movement through the middle. Meanwhile, Sam Skinner was also showing his strength down back with 12 marks.

A minute into the final term, Eamon Wilkinson joined the goalkickers, while Fitt followed up minutes later with his second of the day.

Then, midway through the final term, Jake Tarca opened his goalkicking accountant—with this goal helping the Panthers to claim the impressive final scoreline of 14.14 (98) to 7.4 (46).

The Panthers then took the long journey back down south, with the Mayors Cup and a chance at the double chance come finals time.

The Panthers will return home for the first time in a month when they face off against North Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 14 August, from 2:10pm.

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MRS Property Reserves Match Report Round 16: vs Central District

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 9 August 2021
MRS Property Reserves Match Report Round 16: vs Central District

MRS Property Reserves Match Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 16 - X Convenience Oval  - 07/07/21

South Adelaide3.25.26.311.470
Central District0.

Goals: Freitag 4, Gaden 3, Sladojevic 2, McCreery, C.Sampson
Best: Freitag, Lovering, Gaden, Sawford, Hindes, Sladojevic

The Underdogs defeat the Bulldogs: The South Adelaide Reserves stun Central District with a 41-point upset at X Convenience Oval on Saturday.

Although they were facing the Bulldogs, it was the underdogs who came away with the points after the Panthers pounced with an 11.4 (70) to 4.5 (29) win.

There were many standouts for the Panthers. Fraser Turner led the way with a game-high tally of 30 touches and a team-high 10 marks, while Damon Freitag and Sam Gaden combined for 7 goals.

After suffering a tough defeat just two weeks prior and heading into the first match post-lockdown, the bottom-placed Panthers had to contend with the third-placed Bulldogs.

But right from the opening term, it looked as if the Panthers were determined to make a statement as Freitag and Daniel Sladojevic combined with 2 goals within 4 minutes to hand South an early buffer.

Then during the dying minutes,Jake McCreery stepped up with a late goal to hand the Panthers a 3.2 (20) to 0.1 (1) lead at the first change.

The second term mirrored the first, but this time Freitag combined with Gaden for 2 goals within 8 minutes to make sure the Panthers kept the lead at the main break.

While they were strong up forward, the Panthers defence was also impressive, with Jack Elsworthy and Lachlan Williams helping keep the Dogs at bay.

The Bulldogs threatened to come back during the third term, and they nearly did but the blue and white were able to steady through a Connor Sampson goal.

Sampson’s goal meant the scoreline at the final break read 6.3 (39) to 3.4 (22) but this was certainly not the safest of margins—however, the Panthers made sure to put the game to bed.

Freitag got things going with his third major of the match during the opening minutes of the final term. Then, with 10 minutes played, Gaden waltzed in to score to bump the Panthers lead up to 5 goals.

From scoring to setting them up, minutes later Gaden then set it up to Sladojevic who was able to pluck it from the air, go back, and drill the match sealing goal.

Freitag then finished off his match in style with a strong contested mark against three opponents, before going back and kicking truly after the siren to signal the 11.4 (70) to 4.5 (29) win.

This win sees the Panthers lift themselves off the bottom of the table, and they now sit three matches out of finals with three games to play.

The South Adelaide Reserves will look to replicate this form when they face off against North Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 14 August, from 11:30am.

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Under-18 Match Report: Round 15 vs Central District

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 9 August 2021
Under-18 Match Report: Round 15 vs Central District

Under-18 Match Report

South Adelaide vs Central District
Round 15 - Flinders University Stadium - 07/07/2021

South Adelaide7.415.821.1223.16154
Central District1.

Goals: Delean 5, Pilmore, Schirmer 4, Kirkland, Mitton, Pearsons 2, Birt, Howes, Inthavong, Rogers
Best: Mitton, Rogers, Delean, Schroder, Pilmore, Birt

A dominant display by the South Adelaide Under-18s saw them defeat Central District by 104 points at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.

The Panthers hastily built an impressive lead by kicking 15 goals during the first half before continuing to storm home towards a convincing win, 23.16 (154) to 7.8 (50).

There were many strong contributors for the Panthers including the under-16 premiership duo, Tom Schirmer and Jack Delean, who combined for 9 goals. Meanwhile, Luke Mitton was especially impressive with 26 touches and 2 goals.

With the race for top spot heating up, the Panthers pounced out of the box early with 4 unanswered goals within the opening 12 minutes.

By the time Delean had managed to register his third goal of the opening term, the boys in the blue and white had already broken away with a 7-goal lead.

Mitton got things going during the second term by registering his second major of the match, then Ryan Pearsons followed suit with 2 goals within 5 minutes.

Registering 20 more marks than the opposition, the Panthers managed to dictate the majority of the game while also having a damaging effect when moving forwards as they collected 39 scoring shots from their 49 entries.

Some of those who helped the Panthers dictate the match included Isaac Birt who finished with 21 disposals and 9 marks and Cooper Rogers who collected a total of 23 touches and 8 clearances.

Holding an outstanding 15.8 (98) to 3.2 (20) lead at halftime, the Panthers did well to not rest on their morals but continue to push on, while at the opposite end of the scale the Bulldogs must gain credit for continuing to push on while the match was well out of reach.

Bailey Pilmore celebrated his fourth goal of the game during the third term as the Panthers managed to bump the lead up to triple digits before the final break.

Leading by just over 100 points, the final term was goal for goal between the two sides and the final siren would signal the dominant 23.16 (154) to 7.8 (50) win.

This was a much-needed percentage boost as the Panthers stare down the final stretch of minor season matches. The under-18s will look to keep this winning form going when they face off against North Adelaide at Prospect Oval on Saturday, 14 August, from 11:00 am.

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BETTA Team Selection: Under-18 Round 15 vs Central District

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 5 August 2021
BETTA Team Selection: Under-18 Round 15 vs Central District

The South Adelaide Under-18s return to play to face the Dogs. 


In what seems like a lifetime ago, the South Adelaide Under-18s will return in what is a key match for the Panthers top two aspirations.

Last time out, the Panthers handed top of the table Glenelg their third loss of the season with a hard fought 10-point win in tough conditions. 

Skipper Dylan Brown will return for the Under-18s having recovered from injury. 

Isaac Birt also comes back into the side along with Heath TreloarCameron Kirkland, Austin Hogg, Charlie Duncan, Hugh Daniell and Ryan Pearsons.

All the action kicks off from 11:30 am at Flinders University Stadium. 

The 2021 SANFL Digital Pass will once again stream all Under-18's matches, which can be purchased here.

South Adelaide Members receive a discount on the Digital Pass which can be purchased here.

As per SA Health requirements, people attending must check in via the COVIDsafe QR Code, wear a mask and be seated whilst consuming food or beverages. 

Grandstand seating is also at 50% capacity, and social distancing of 1.5m must be adhered to at all times. 

What: Panthers vs Bulldogs
Where: Flinders University Stadium 
When: Saturday, August 7, 11:30 AM
Watch: Live via SANFL Digital Pass

Round 15 South Adelaide vs Central District presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living


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BETTA Teams Selection: Round 16 v Central District

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 5 August 2021
BETTA Teams Selection: Round 16 v Central District

The Panthers name four additions to the squad that will face the Dogs. 

With a much needed extended break, the Panthers will make a few changes to the squad ahead of the longest road trip in football to the Ponderosa.

Luke Bogle returns to the squad after a string of good performances in the Reserves along with long time defender Tyson Brown.

Joining them are tall timbers in Damon Freitag and Bailey Griffiths. 

The Panthers and Bulldogs will also be facing off for the annual Mayors Cup.

Established in 2004, the cup recognises both clubs communities, the City of Onkaparinga and City of Playford, which share similar geographics, demographics and challenges, both within the local community and football landscape.

Since a drought breaking win in 2016, the Panthers have taken four of the last five Mayor Cups. 

Joel Cross and City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Erin Thompson with the Mayor's Cup after last years win over Centrals at Flinders University Stadium. Image: Nick Hook Photography

Meanwhile the Reserves are also back in action this week against the third placed Centrals after a tough day at the bay last time out. 

Of the last five meetings between the two teams, the Panthers have won four from the last five including the last two. 

All the action kicks off on Saturday morning with the Reserves from 11:30am followed by League at 2:10pm.

Spectators at SANFL matches are permitted based on density of 1 person per 2sqm (between 3,000 and 4,000 max depending on stadium capacity).

Masks are mandatory for spectators.

All consumption of food and beverage must be seated.

Grandstand seating limited to 1 person per 2sqm.

COVIDSafe protocols apply QR Code check-in, COVID Marshals in attendance, 1.5m physical distancing

What: Panthers @ Bulldogs
Where: X Convenience Oval
When: Saturday, August 7. League 2:10pm | Reserves 11:30am 
Tickets: Adult $16, Concession $10, Children under 18 FREE.
Watch: Stream via the SANFL Digital Pass

Round 16 South Adelaide @ Central District presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living

In: Griffiths, Bogle, Brown, Freitag
Out: - 

Round 16 Reserves South Adelaide @ Central Disgrict presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living


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Rick Watts to return as Senior Women's Coach

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 5 August 2021
Rick Watts to return as Senior Women's Coach

2019 Premiership Women's Coach Rick Watts returns in 2022.


Having stepped down at the end of the 2020 campaign off the back of the Panthers third consecutive trip to the Grand Final, Rick Watts will return to the helm for the 2022 SANFLW season.

Watts stepped away last year due to having started a family but is happy to pick up where he left off.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to return to South Adelaide" said Senior Women's Coach Rick Watts

"Having a year away from the top job has allowed me to recharge, while also spend some time much needed time with my new family.

"We have a good base to build from and I can't wait to get stuck into it."

While Watts will return to the top job in 2022, he maintained involvement with the program in 2021 undertaking a match day role as bench coach.

With proposals currently being considered for the SANFLW competition to undergo further expansion next year, South Adelaide CEO Neill Sharpe is happy that Watts will return to Flinders University Stadium.

"Ricks commitment to our women's program is unquestionable, and to welcome him back for the 2022 season is really pleasing."

"Rick has played an important role in the success of our women's program over the last four seasons and we're looking forward to what is in store for 2022."

"Noarlunga is where I belong, and to begin the next chapter with an amazing group of people is really exciting"

- Rick Watts

Rick Watts

  • Senior Head Coach South Adelaide Senior Women (Premiers 2019, Runners-up 2020)
  • 2019 Advertiser SANFLW Team of the Year Coach
  • Assistant Coach South Adelaide Senior Women (Premiers 2018)

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SANFL crowds update

Posted by SANFL on 4 August 2021
SANFL crowds update

SANFL is pleased to announce that SA Health has today granted approval for crowds of 50 per cent venue capacity at SANFL matches this weekend.

Under the easing of restrictions, SANFL Clubs will be permitted to operate match days this Saturday, August 7 under their existing Covid Management Plans but with reduced capacity, which is in line with the one person per two sqm density.

SANFL Chief Executive Officer Darren Chandler said this effectively will allow crowds of between 3,000 and 4000, depending on the capacity of each of the four host clubs' venues Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide and West Adelaide.

The SANFL showdown between Adelaide and Port Adelaide, the curtain raiser to the AFL Showdown at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, will be played with no crowd.

The match will be broadcast live and on demand on SANFL Digital Pass and radio SEN SA.

Mr Chandler said the decision to allow crowds at SANFL Club venues was welcome news on the back of yesterday's announcement that up to 1000 spectators would be permitted to attend community football matches in SA this weekend.

He said the League, on behalf of SANFL Clubs, thanked loyal Club Members and supporters for their ongoing patience and understanding as they continue to work through the challenges of safely delivering a full season of football in a Covid environment.

"We're privileged and thrilled to have footy back being played in South Australia this weekend with spectators, however ensuring the health and safety of participants, volunteers, supporters and the broader community remains paramount," Mr Chandler said.

"In line with State Government directions, masks must be worn at all times by spectators at outdoor sporting events, including SANFL matches, except while eating or drinking."

Mr Chandler said he strongly encouraged everyone in the football community to continue to do the right thing when attending matches this weekend and adhere to the measures put in place by SA Health and SAPOL to allow competitive sport to safely resume.

These include wearing a mask, QR Code (or manual sheet) check ins, social distancing, seated food and beverage consumption and hygiene.

"Everyone attending matches this weekend must play their part in helping to mitigate any risk of transmission of COVID-19 and assist with any requirement for future contact tracing," he said.

All matches are available live and on demand on SANFL Digital Pass.

Spectators at SANFL matches are permitted based on density of 1 person per 2sqm (between 3,000 and 4,000 max depending on stadium capacity)

  • Masks are mandatory for spectators
  • All consumption of food and beverage must be seated
  • Grandstand seating limited to 1 person per 2sqm
  • COVIDSafe protocols apply - QR Code check-in, COVID Marshals in attendance, 1.5m physical distancing

Central District v South Adelaide | X Convenience Oval | 2:10pm | SANFL Digital Pass

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Round 16 Preview

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 4 August 2021
Round 16 Preview

Panther Preview: Can the Panthers get a perfect start to footy post-lockdown?

If a week is a long time in footy, then two weeks must feel like an eternity. But this is still not as long as the drive between these two teams.

To make up for lost time, we thought we would have a Panther-Preview and look towards our Round Sixteen clash with Central District.

These two SANFL clubs are separated by the longest distance in the competition. Sitting at opposite ends of Adelaide and currently, they sit at opposite ends of the premiership table.

South Adelaide come into the match with an 8 and 6 record, and the fourth-placed Panthers will look to kick off things post-lockdown with a much-needed win over the ninth-placed Bulldogs, who currently sit with a 3 and 11 record.

The South Adelaide faithful would be eager to see a repeat of this year's Round Eight result, which saw the Panthers break away from relentless Bulldogs to win, 17.10 (112) to 12.12 (84). However, the long drive up north to X Convenience Oval is one of the more difficult hikes in footy, especially if you want to take home the two points.

Yet the Panthers will take the long drive-in good spirit since their last trip to Elizabeth during the 2020 season ended in an 11.12 (78) to 5.4 (34) win for the blue and white.

This performance was eerily similar to the 2019 edition, in which the Panthers came away with an 11.13 (79) to 7.7 (49) win.

2018 was the most recent time that the Panthers had to take the long drive home from X Convenience Oval without the points, as the 2018 game was an absolute nail-biting yet heart-breaking five-point loss, 11.9 (75) to 12.8 (80).

The Panthers and Dogs will also be playing for the annual Mayor's Cup. 

The two teams will be desperate to kick things off post-lockdown with a win, and for the Panthers, a double-chance in the finals is still within striking rangeit all adds up to make this a welcoming match for footy's return.

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Fixture Update: Round 16-19

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 30 July 2021
Fixture Update: Round 16-19

The SANFL confirm an updated fixture for rounds 16-19

Having emerged from the 7-day lockdown, the SANFL on Friday afternoon have released an updated fixture for the remainder of the 2021 SANFL StateWide Super League, Reserves and Under-18 competitions.

No rounds were lost as a result of the lockdown, with all remaining matches going ahead. 

Of the changes, the original fixture between the Panthers and West Adelaide has now been moved to round 19.

All other games remain as planned with the Panthers taking on Centrals at X Convenience Oval on August 7. 

The 2021 SANFL StateWide Super League Final Series will kick off on the weekend of September 11 at Adelaide Oval, with the Grand Final being pushed back to the 2nd of October. 

Round 16

Central District vs South Adelaide 
X Convenience Oval
August 7, 2:10pm 

Round 17

South Adelaide vs North Adelaide
Flinders University Stadium 
August 14, 2:10pm

Round 18

Port Adelaide vs South Adelaide
Alberton Oval

Round 19

South Adelaide vs West Adelaide
Flinders University Stadium
September 4, 2:10pm

Updated Reserves Fixture

Updated Under-18 Fixture


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