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Sachse, Neil Frederick

Preferred Name: Neil
Born: 3 January 1951
Deceased: 25 August 2020
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 86 109
Other 3 5
State 5 1
Total 94 115

Neil played 94 games including 5 State games from 1970 – 1974, was a Premiership player with the Roosters in 1971 and was an important part of the team in our early ’70’s dominance including the win against Carlton in the 1972 Championship of Australia. 

Following in the footsteps of his elder brother, Dennis, Neil was recruited from Gepps Cross in 1967 and was the leading goalkicker in the Colts for that year. In 1968 he was the Colts Best and Fairest, he polled the most McCallum Medal votes for the club and was awarded the Most Outstanding Colts or Thirds player trophy.

In 1969, despite only being 18 years of age, Neil spent the season playing Seconds football and he not only won the Best First Year Player Award but he also won the H.G. Stock Medal as Best and Fairest for the Seconds.

After a successful junior career he made his league debut in Round one of 1970, initially playing at full back. Later in his first year he moved to the other end of the ground. He finished the season as the club leading goalkicker with 37 goals in the minor round and he scored 6 goals in North’s first semi final loss to Glenelg.

Such was Neil’s form in his second year of league football that he was chosen to make his Interstate debut for South Australia and played in matches against Tasmania and Western Australia. He was an important member of the 1971 premiership side and was high in the best players in the Grand Final playing at Centre Half Forward and scoring 2 goals. He was again the leading goalkicker for the club with 37 goals

Neil was a key member of the side in 1972 but unfortunately broke his thumb in the second last minor round game and thus missed both the Second Semi Final and the Grand Final because of this injury. His importance to the club was underlined though when he was rushed back into the side for the Champions of Australia match against Carlton and Neil was high in the best players for North playing at Centre Half Forward. At the end of the season he was awarded the Best Utility Player trophy

Until 1973 Neil often played as a key position forward but in 1973 he played mainly at Centre Half Back. Settled in the one position he improved upon his previous fine form and represented the state at Centre Half Back against Victoria at Adelaide Oval. Neil was Centre Half Back in the North team that narrowly lost the 1973 Grand Final. Neil was runner up to Barrie Robran in North’s Best and Fairest Award.

As an  aside Neil won the Advertiser Super Kick competition for that year.

North’s form fell away in 1974 but through no fault of Neil. He was a tower of strength, once again playing mainly at Centre Half Back. He played arguably his greatest game ever when he dominated the Interstate clash against Western Australia playing Centre Half Back. He repelled attack after attack and was unanimously voted as best man on the ground thrashing future VFL star, Gary Sidebottom. He was North’s third best player for the season and was awarded the most determined and dedicated player. It seemd appropriate that Neil should be awarded this trophy at what was to be the finish of his North Adelaide career. Neil’s career at North could be best described as being determined and dedicated.

Neil moved to Footscray in the VFL in 1975 and in his second VFL match was left a quadriplegic after an accidental collision with an opposition player.  Following the accident, Neil dedicated his life to raising funds and awareness for the treatment and research of spinal cord injury.  The Neil Sachse Foundation has raised millions of dollars and in 2009 Neil was awarded the ‘Premiers Award for Outstanding Community Achievement in South Australia’ at a ceremony at Governors House.

Neil passed away in August, 2020

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
04/04/1970 West Torrens Won 0
11/04/1970 South Adelaide Won 0
18/04/1970 Port Adelaide Lost 0
02/05/1970 Norwood Won 0
16/05/1970 Woodville Lost 0
30/05/1970 Sturt Lost 0
06/06/1970 Glenelg Won 5
15/06/1970 South Adelaide Won 2
27/06/1970 Port Adelaide Lost 5
04/07/1970 West Torrens Won 5
25/07/1970 Woodville Won 3
01/08/1970 West Adelaide Won 6
08/08/1970 Sturt Lost 6
15/08/1970 Glenelg Won 3
22/08/1970 Port Adelaide Lost 2
05/09/1970 Glenelg Lost 6
01/05/1971 West Adelaide Won 4
08/05/1971 Port Adelaide Won 4
17/05/1971 Glenelg Won 5
22/05/1971 South Adelaide Won 1
29/05/1971 Sturt Won 1
05/06/1971 Central District Won 2
14/06/1971 Tasmania Won 0
19/06/1971 Norwood Won 3
26/06/1971 West Torrens Won 6
03/07/1971 Western Australia Won 1
10/07/1971 West Adelaide Won 3
17/07/1971 Port Adelaide Lost 4
24/07/1971 Glenelg Won 1
31/07/1971 South Adelaide Won 1
14/08/1971 Port Adelaide Lost 0
11/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 0
25/09/1971 Port Adelaide Won 2
02/10/1971 Hawthorn Lost 4
01/04/1972 Glenelg Won 0
08/04/1972 Sturt Lost 0
15/04/1972 Norwood Won 0
25/04/1972 Port Adelaide Lost 0
29/04/1972 Woodville Won 2
06/05/1972 Central District Lost 1
13/05/1972 South Adelaide Won 6
20/05/1972 West Torrens Won 6
27/05/1972 West Adelaide Won 4
03/06/1972 Glenelg Won 0
08/07/1972 Woodville Won 0
15/07/1972 Central District Won 0
22/07/1972 West Adelaide Won 0
05/08/1972 South Adelaide Won 0
19/08/1972 Central District Won 0
14/10/1972 City-South Won 1
15/10/1972 Carlton Won 0
07/04/1973 West Torrens Won 0
14/04/1973 Norwood Won 0
21/04/1973 Woodville Won 0
25/04/1973 Port Adelaide Lost 0
05/05/1973 West Adelaide Won 0
12/05/1973 Victorian Football League Lost 0
19/05/1973 Sturt Lost 0
26/05/1973 Glenelg Won 0
02/06/1973 South Adelaide Won 0
11/06/1973 Central District Won 0
28/07/1973 Sturt Lost 0
04/08/1973 South Adelaide Won 0
11/08/1973 Central District Won 1
18/08/1973 Port Adelaide Won 0
25/08/1973 Norwood Won 1
01/09/1973 Central District Won 0
08/09/1973 Sturt Lost 0
15/09/1973 Norwood Won 0
22/09/1973 Sturt Won 0
29/09/1973 Glenelg Lost 0
06/04/1974 Sturt Lost 0
13/04/1974 West Torrens Won 0
20/04/1974 Woodville Won 0
25/04/1974 Glenelg Lost 0
04/05/1974 Central District Lost 0
11/05/1974 South Adelaide Won 0
18/05/1974 Western Australia Won 0
20/05/1974 Port Adelaide Lost 0
25/05/1974 West Adelaide Won 0
02/06/1974 Victorian Football League Lost 0
08/06/1974 West Torrens Won 0
17/06/1974 Sturt Lost 0
22/06/1974 Woodville Lost 0
29/06/1974 Glenelg Lost 2
06/07/1974 Central District Lost 0
13/07/1974 South Adelaide Won 2
20/07/1974 Port Adelaide Lost 1
27/07/1974 West Adelaide Lost 1
03/08/1974 Norwood Won 0
10/08/1974 Glenelg Lost 1
17/08/1974 Central District Lost 0
24/08/1974 Norwood Lost 0
31/08/1974 Sturt Lost 1

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