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Panthers Impress at the AFLW Draft Combine

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 21 July 2021
Panthers Impress at the AFLW Draft Combine

South Adelaide draft hopefuls, Gypsy Schirmer and Tahlita Buethke, put their skills on display during the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft Combine.


The build-up to the AFLW Draft is nearly over, and the draft prospects from around the country have taken part in their state's Draft Combine in hopes of bettering their chances come draft day.

From the six South Australians that were invited to take part in this year's NAB AFLW Draft Combine, two of them are proud Panthers and they both performed extremely well.

Gypsy Schirmer, a product of the Panthers Junior Talent Pathway, finished first out of the South Australian contingent in the 20-Metre Sprint, with a time of 3.295 seconds.

"A bit shocked if I'm honest," Gypsy said when asked about her sprint results. "My pace has always been an upside to my game and enjoy showcasing it when I can."

"So, to get that result was quite special, considering all the talent in the SA combine this year," she said.

Gypsy Schirmer competes in the AFL agility test during the South Australian AFLW Draft Combine. Image: Mark Brake/AFL Photos

Gypsy's other results also included finishing within the top three for the Agility Test (8.610 seconds), the Running Vertical Jump (48cm) and the Standing Vertical Jump (45cm).

This means that, out of the six tests performed at the Draft Combine, Gypsy finished within the top three for four of them.

Overall, Gypsy says the Draft Combine was a "very rewarding experience".

"It's the kind of experience you watch and follow all through your football career hoping to one day be able to do it yourself, so to have the opportunity was very exciting," Schirmer said.

Tahlita Buethke, who is also a product of the Panthers Talent Pathway, displayed her signature pace with some impressive results from the Draft Combine.

From the South Australian contingent of invitees, Tahlita finished first in the Agility Test with a time of 8.517 seconds.

"I know I have the speed because I came from netball and that's what we worked on lots. I was hoping I would get a good time for this test," Tahlita said when asked about her agility results.

"Getting invited to the Draft Combine was just an unreal experience and I hope more girls get the opportunity to have a go at the Daft Combine," she said.

Tahlita Buethke runs in the 20 metre sprint during the South Australian AFLW Draft Combine. Image: Mark Brake/AFL Photos

These two Panther Pathway Products, one from McLaren in the Great Southern Football League and the other from Christies Beach in the Southern Football League, have both been consistent performers for South Adelaide's senior side for the past two seasons.

"They (South Adelaide) have given me the ability to play football in a semi-professional environment to really elevate my game and gain exposure in the process," Schirmer said.

"Which has allowed me to grasp these opportunities along the way which I am very grateful for," she said.

"The skills and professionalism that I have learnt from South, both on and off the field, will be valuable for whatever the next stage is in my career."

Schirmer was also the recipient of the Balfours Scholarship for aspiring footballers to assist with her preparation going into her draft year. 

These proud Panthers will learn what the next stage in their football careers are when the AFLW Draft kicks off on Tuesday, July 27, from 6pm.

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SA Restrictions: Update June 20

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 20 July 2021
SA Restrictions: Update June 20

South Adelaide Football Club and Jimmy Deane's Bistro suspend operations effective immediately.

As per the recent news from the South Australian Government regarding a 7-day lockdown, the Football Club would like to advise that the football administration and license club will suspend operations until further notice. 

Further updates will be provided in due course once more information is available from the SANFL and South Australian Government. 

Updates will be provided via and the clubs social media channels. 

Stay safe.

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Posted by SANFL on 19 July 2021

COVID-19 update

SANFL is currently reviewing today's announcement by the State Government on restrictions and is gaining a greater understanding of the impact for this weekend's matches.

Once further information is available, updates on all SANFL matches scheduled for this weekend will be provided.

We will be adhering to State Government directions to ensure everyone in the community remains safe and hope we can resume full activity as soon as possible.

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MRS Property Match Report Round 15: vs Glenelg

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 19 July 2021
MRS Property Match Report Round 15: vs Glenelg

MRS Property Match Report

South Adelaide vs Adelaide
Round 15 - ACH Group Stadium - 17/07/21

South Adelaide0.
Glenelg 3.5 5.7 7.11 10.13 73

Goals: Broadbent, Fitt, Gibbs, Horne, Overall, Schwarz, Tarca, Tucker
Best: Gibbs, Broadbent, Overall, Cailotto, Schwarz

South Adelaide's final quarter fightback falls just short of the ladder-leading Tigers at ACH Group Stadium on Saturday.

The Panthers managed to bring the lead to within a straight kick midway through the final term before the Tigers managed to break away to hand South Adelaide the bitter 18-point defeat, 8.7 (55) to 10.13 (73).

Playing his fiftieth SANFL match, Bryce Gibbs finished with 27 disposals, 14 tackles, 7 clearances and a goal. The 2020 Knuckey Cup winner, Matthew Broadbent, was also a strong performer with 24 disposals, 6 tackles, 6 clearances and a goal.

The Panthers suffered from a slow start, with some wayward kicking and costly errors seeing them go through the opening term without a major score.

However, with the wind at their back during the second term, the boys in the blue and white were able to claw themselves back into the contest.

The Panthers first major of the day came from a quick snap from Broadbent during the second term.

Then, as the Panthers began to put some pressure on the Tigers, they were able to force a turnover, allowing Jake Tarca to send it deep inside forward 50 where Liam Fitt was able to take a strong contested grab, go back, and kick a much-needed goal.

This newfound momentum soon ended as a costly free-kick handed the Tigers a steadying goal, which momentarily dried up the scoring.

As the second term entered stoppage time, Nic Schwarz was able to intercept the ball and kick from beyond the arc where his long-range kick dribbled through for a goal.

The Panthers began to find their feet, Tarca was able to cut off a Tiger pass and kick truly after the siren to bring the deficit down to nine points at halftime.

Glenelg threatened to break away once again during the third term, but Jake Summerton and Joe Haines helped minimise the damage. Haines would go onto finish the match with 23 disposals and 11 rebound 50s while Summerton held the competition's leading goalkicker to just one major for the day.

After receiving some unsportsmanlike attention from the crowd and players alike, Darnell Tucker silenced them with a classy snap to hand the Panthers their first of the third. Then, Jason Horne kicked truly from close range to cut the deficit down to 11 points at the final change.

Sam Overall opened the scoring during the final term to bring the lead within a straight kick. Then just minutes later Glenelg replied with a goal to remake the two-goal buffer.

At this stage, the Panthers had increased their pressure around the ball, with the side collecting 92 tackles before the final siren compared to Glenelg's 68.

After a tense eleven-minute patch with no scores from either side, Gibbs was able to catch his opponent holding the ball before playing on and kicking truly from the forward flank.

With just five points between the Panthers and the win; they pushed for one more late goal only to have the ball rebound out of defence and a costly free almost handed the Tigers the match-winner, but it struck the post.

Being let off, the Panthers attempted to go end to end but once again it came rebounding towards the Tigers goal, and this time Summerton was dragged down as the ball bounced over the top for the match-sealing goal.

With the result all but done, the Tigers won the clearance and added another goal to bump the final score to 8.7 (55) to 10.13 (73).

South Adelaide will look to bounce back when they face off against West Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 24 July, from 2:10pm. 

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Under-18 Match Report: Round 14 vs Glenelg

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 19 July 2021
Under-18 Match Report: Round 14 vs Glenelg

Under-18 Match Report

South Adelaide vs Glenelg
Round 14 - Flinders University Stadium - 17/07/2021

South Adelaide2. 43
Glenelg 0.1 2.4 2.7 4.9 33

Goals: Delean 2, Bradley, Hoeck, Howes, Inthavong
Best: Bradley, Jones, Schirmer, Hayes, Mitton, Verrall

Panthers claim Redemption: The South Adelaide Under-18s defeated the ladder-leading Tigers by 10-points during a hard-fought clash at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.

The Panthers, who currently sit just one point below the second spot, managed to dig deep and hold off the fast-finishing Tigers to claim the impressive win, 6.7 (43) to 4.9 (33).

Impressive for the Panthers was Lachlan Hayes, who finished with a team-high of 27 disposals and 8 marks. While up forward, Jack Delean was a strong performer with two goals.

The last time these two faced off was Round Seven, and the Tigers came out on top with a 103-point win. However, from the first bounce, it looked as if the Panthers had a different outcome in mind for this clash.

Playing in tough conditions, scoring was hard to come by throughout the match and the opening term was no exception.

Glenelg opened the scoring with a behind after just a minute of play but the next score, which was also the first major of the game, would not come until the seventeenth-minute mark when Delean opened his account.

Then Noah Howes struck late to hand the Panthers a promising 2.0 (12) to 0.1 (1) lead at the first break.

The second term was Glenelg's turn to use the conditions to their advantage and, with two goals in as many minutes, they took the lead.

But mirroring the opening term, the Panthers had the answer as Hugo Hoeck stepped up with the lead-taking goal during the dying minutes of the first half.

After some close calls from Glenelg, Angus Bradley got things going during the third term with a much-needed goal. Minutes later, Delean struck as well with his second major of the match.

However, the goals once again dried up, but more importantly, the Panthers entered the final break holding a 5.3 (33) to 2.7 (19) lead. Yet they still had to defend against the Tigers who would come home with the favourable conditions.

The three-goal lead was quickly cut to one as the Tigers struck within the second minute of play. It would be some time before they would register their next onebut this cut the Panthers lead to just 4 points.

Holding a four-point lead with six minutes left, the Panthers showed their composure and class as they were able to steady and, thanks to Lachlan Inthavong, bump their lead back up to 10 points.

The siren would sound minutes later to hand the Panthers the hard-fought 6.7 (43) to 4.9 (33) win.

South Adelaide Under-18s will look to keep this fine form going when they clash with West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium on Saturday, 24 July, from 11:30am.

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MRS Property Reserves Match Report Round 15: vs Glenelg

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 19 July 2021
MRS Property Reserves Match Report Round 15: vs Glenelg

MRS Property Reserves Match Report

South Adelaide vs Glenelg
Round 15 - ACH Group Stadium  - 17/07/21

South Adelaide0.
Glenelg 3.4 6.5 13.9 19.13 127

Goals: Freitag 2, Brown, Williams
Best: Brown, Elsworthy, Douglass

A tough day at the office: The South Adelaide Reserves fell to a 96-point defeat against the ladder-leading Tigers at ACH Group Stadium on Saturday.

The bottom-placed and injury-plagued Panthers were no match for the ladder-leading Tigers, with the final score reading a dismal 4.7 (31) to 19.13 (127).

Continuing to improve since returning from injury was Tyson Brown, who finished with 17 touches, 4 tackles and a goal. Having to defend against 55 inside 50s, Jack Elsworthy finished with 18 disposals and 7 tackles.

After going scoreless during the opening term, the Panthers found some relief during the second term with two goals from Damon Freitag. But even with these, the side entered halftime facing a 2.2 (14) to 6.5 (41) deficit. 

The third term saw the Tigers well and truly break the game open as, with the wind at their backs, they registered seven unanswered goals.

The final quarter was the Panthers term to use the breeze, and both Brown and Lachlan Williams got on the board with their first majors.

But the Tigers continued to storm away, booting five unanswered goals to end the final term which handed the Panthers a sour 4.7 (31) to 19.13 (127) loss.

The South Adelaide Reserves will look to bounce back when they clash with West Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday, 24 July, from 11:30am.

Are you on board for 2021?


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Fixture Update: Round 15

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 16 July 2021
Fixture Update: Round 15

The SANFL have announced a change to the start time to our Round 15 match. 


South Adelaide's Round 15 clash with Glenelg has been brought forward one hour to 1:35pm. 

The SANFL announced the Round 15 change on Friday morning.

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

Round 15

South Adelaide vs Glenelg (ACH Group Stadium)

Saturday, July 17

League 1:35pm

Reserves 10:55am


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BETTA Team Selection: Under-18 Round 14 vs Glenelg

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 15 July 2021
BETTA Team Selection: Under-18 Round 14 vs Glenelg

The South Adelaide Under-18s face the Tigers at Flinders University Stadium.


Coming off a dominant performance over the Redlegs last week off the back of a four goal haul from Jack Delean, the Panthers turn their attention to the top placed Glenelg. 

There are a number of changes with nine players coming into the extended squad, that will be cut to 22 by the start of the game on Saturday morning. 

Rhys GallifordHeath TreloarLachlan InthavongAiden GraysonCameron Kirkland, Austin Hogg, Charlie Duncan, Hugh Daniell and Jaxon Sampson who is the son of former South Adelaide captain and scoreboard attendant Clay Sampson, all come into the squad. 

The under-18s will be without their skipper in Dylan Brown along with Riley Brown, Koby Cockshell and Isaac Birt

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.

If you are attending the game, you will be required to sign in using the COVID safe check in.

What: Panthers vs Tigers
Where: Flinders University Stadium 
When: Saturday, July 17, 11:30 AM
Watch: Live via SANFL Digital Pass

Round 14 South Adelaide vs Glenelg presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living


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BETTA Teams Selection: Round 15 v Glenelg

Posted by Jonathon Parker on 15 July 2021
BETTA Teams Selection: Round 15 v Glenelg

The Panthers make one forced change for their clash against the Tigers on Saturday.


After a successful road trip to Victor Harbour, the Panthers look to build momentum against the top of the table Tigers. 

Sitting undefeated, the Tigers will be a tough task which will be made tougher by the loss of Dual Magarey Medallist Joel Cross

Cross will miss just his third game since joining the Panthers in 2011. 

In more positive news, the speedy Mitch O'Neill has recovered from his slight hamstring strain and will come in for the injured Cross. 

Tyson Brown has also been named in the squad having successfully made it though the Reserves match last week. 

Bailey Griffiths and Luke Bogle round out the additions to the squad. 

2021 recruit Bryce Gibbs will also notch up his 50th SANFL Statewide Super League match.

Before being drafted with the first pick by Carlton in 2006, Gibbs played 29 games for Glenelg. 

During his time with the Crows, Gibbs played seven SANFL matches followed by his 13 to date with the Panthers. 

Gibbs has fitted in well at Noarlunga averaging 26.7 disposals, 5.6 tackles and 106.2 ranking points per game and has also hit the scoreboard with eight goals so far in 2021.

His first goal in the blue and white was also named the Channel 7 Goal of the Week back in Round 3

Meanwhile the Reserves are up and about coming off back to back wins for the first time this year, with a one goal win over the Redlegs at a foggy Flinders University Stadium.

However, there will be a few changes for the Reserves with Daniel Sladojevic coming out due to soreness.

Jesse McKinnon, Liam Nye and Sam Whitbread also have been hit with the injury bug and will miss this week. 

The last three meetings between the Panthers and Tigers at the bay have been split one a piece including the draw in 2019, which was also the Channel 7 Game of the Week. 

All the action kicks off on Saturday morning with the Reserves from 11:55am followed by League at 2:35pm which is live and free on Channel 7. 

What: Panthers @ Tigers
Where: ACH Group Stadium
When: Saturday, July 17. League 2:35pm | Reserves 11:55am 
Tickets: Adult $16, Concession $10, Children under 18 FREE.
Watch: Live and Free on Channel 7 or 7 plus.

Round 15 South Adelaide @ Glenelg presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living

In: O'Neill, Griffiths, Bogle, Brown.
Out: Cross (Injury)
Milestone: Bryce Gibbs 50 SANFL Games. 

Round 15 Reserves South Adelaide @ Glenelg presented by Hilton's Betta Home Living


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Southern District Spotlight

Posted by Jayden Bartlett on 14 July 2021
Southern District Spotlight

Great weekend for South Adelaide's zone as the Southern Districts claims their first SA Men's Country Championship in six years while the women's side finishes third.


While the Panthers got the job done during all of their three clashes on the weekend, our zone was also busy playing in the 2021 Think! Road Safety SA Country Football Championships at Victor Harbor.

The Southern Districts, which is made up of players from the Kangaroo Island, Southern, and Great Southern Football Leagues, only suffered one defeat between their men's and women's sides.

The men's side kicked off their championship pursuit with an 8.9 (57) to 3.4 (22) win over Eastern, before then narrowly getting over the top of Murray South East, 4.7 (31) to 3.5 (23).

After winning both of their matches, the Southern District men then faced off against Central in the Grand Final, which ended in a decisive victory for the blue and white, 11.17 (83) to 6.4 (40).

Southern Districts player Sam Tharaldsen celebrates a goal during the 2021 SA Country Football Championships men's grand final at Victor Harbor Oval. Image: SANFL

Having won the 2019 SA Country Championships in Port Pire, the women's side begun their title defence in a different fashion.

Facing off against Murray South East, the Southern District women's side registered 1.6 (12) compared to their opponents 2.3 (15); which in a two-match format, denied them the chance of defending their title.

However, the women's side bounced back spectacularly with a 10.5 (65) to 0.0 (0) win over Eastern.

Members of our 2021 SAFCW Squad, Georgia Pennifold, Layla Rogers, and Ella Besley, were named as the three best players during this clash, respectively.

Southern Districts players Layla Rogers, Caitlin Ross, Sheena Peters and Katrina Munzberg along with Craig Roberts (runner), Dillon Bilney (Coach) and Amy DiFabio (Trainer). Image via McLaren Football Club Facebook

After finishing with a 1-1 record, the women then faced off against Western in the battle for the third spot.

Yankalilla-listed Panther, Leah Bailey, kicked two majors as the Southern District's went on to claim an 8.8 (56) to 1.2 (8) win.

Southern Districts' ruck, Rachel Searle, earned a spot in the Team of Championships, along with Panther players, Caitlin Ross, Georgia Pennifold, and Layla Rogers.

"It felt really good especially playing alongside not only my local girls but also alongside the South girls in the one team," Layla Rogers said.

"Definitely is overall a great weekend though, since experiencing it in Port Pirie in 2019 it's always a great experience just to have some fun and also make some new friends"

"Especially interacting with the players you play against as well, the Country Champs bring players who play against each other together as one." 

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