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March 23, 2017 - TRIAL MATCH- NORTH ADELAIDE V SOUTH ADELAIDE
SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2017 @ HICKINBOTHAM OVAL
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TRIAL MATCH
NORTH ADELAIDE V SOUTH ADELAIDE
SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2017 @ HICKINBOTHAM OVAL

LEAGUE 2:10pm
1 Marlon MOTLOP
2 Matthew APPLETON
3 Keenan RAMSEY
4 Alex BARNS
5 Cameron CRAIG
6 Jordie MCKENZIE
8 Corey GROVE
10 Mitch CLISBY
11 Sam DE LEONARDIS
14 George THRING
15 Tom SCHWARZ
19 Lewis HENDER
21 Alex SPINA
25 Sam WUNDKE
26 Callum WILKIE
29 Michael VIRGIN
31 Jay SHANNON
32 Leigh RYSWYK
35 Chris BARNS
36 James CRAIG
45 Blake HELYAR
59 Mitch HARVEY
 

RESERVES 11:30am
12 Noa CORBETT
13 Luke WHARTON
16 Patrick BOLES
18 Ben DARROU
22 Corey DAVEY
23 Sam GORDON
27 Jonathon HAYES
33 Maris OLEKALNS
34 Lee MINERVINI
37 Mark QUINN
38 Brayden KIRK
39 Sam MCINERNEY
40 Jordon SWEET
42 Dakota NIXON
43 Guy WARD
44 Billy LLOYD
47 Jake WOHLING
48 Connor ROZEE
49 Frazer DRISCOLL
50 Brett KENNEDY
51 Tom ROGERS
52 Tom MATSOULIADIS
55 Zac SLADE
57 Lachie WILSDON
58 Jed WOOLFORD

 

March 23, 2017 - COACHES CORNER – JOSH CARR
North Adelaide coach Josh Carr will take inspiration from Sturt’s dramatic turnaround last year when the Roosters begin their 2017 SANFL Macca’s League campaign.
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North Adelaide coach Josh Carr will take inspiration from Sturt’s dramatic turnaround last year when the Roosters begin their 2017 SANFL Macca’s League campaign.

After watching the Double Blues rise from eighth in 2015 to the premiership in 2016, Carr has noted the blueprint to spark a similar revival at Prospect.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, Carr – who is entering his second year at the helm – is confident his squad isn’t far away from contending given they lost by less than a goal to top three sides Sturt, Adelaide and the Eagles last season.

The Roosters have opted to bolster their key position department during summer, snaring former AFL-listed utilities Tanner Smith (Fremantle) and Keenan Ramsey (Adelaide) while luckless backman Ben Darrou has joined from South Adelaide.

Given North’s Reserves and Under-18 sides played in their respective Grand Finals last year, Carr will also look to promote talent from within at Menzies Crescent.

Players such as Brayden Kirk, Lee Minervini and Jordon Sweet will be given every opportunity to impress as well as 2016 McCallum Tomkins Medallist Dakota Nixon.

The Roosters play a trial match against South at Hickinbotham Oval on Saturday, their last outing before facing Norwood at The Parade in Round 1 on Friday April 7.

March 21, 2017 - NAFC Digital Pass
The NAFC Digital Pass offers Roosters fans a new and exciting way to engage with our great game! 
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See all NAFC Games Broadcast live this season with our Digital Pass!

The NAFC Digital Pass offers Roosters fans a new and exciting way to engage with our great game! 

FEATURES & BENEFITS

See all your Club’s home and away games broadcast live
You can watch your Club’s home and away games live with the SANFL Macca’s League Digital Pass (excludes weekly broadcast match on Channel Seven).The SANFL Macca’s League Finals Series will be available to watch on delay, as these will be broadcastlive on Channel Seven in SA.
Each game stored for the entire season
Missed the game? Don’t worry, you can go back and watch any match from the Season at any time.You can watch your Club’s games anywhere, and anytime (subject to internet quality), including Channel Seven’s Game of the Week.
Games can be accessed via the SANFL website, through the Official SANFL App, or through your SANFL Club App.
You can access your SANFL Macca’s League Digital Pass via the SANFL website, through the Official SANFL App, or your SANFL Club’s official app. Once you have logged in, the system will remember you for future matches.
Game view formatted to fit your device
All content can be formatted to fit your device, whether it’s your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. Content is also available in high definition (720p)
Match conditions
Each game will feature a scoreboard and timeclock within the broadcast, and will have full commentary.
SANFL Clubs will retain subscription fees
Subscription fees for your SANFL Macca’s League Digital Pass will stay at your Club. Becoming a Club member will provide you with a significant discount for both the Season and 30 Day Passes, and will provide you with a way to stay engaged with your Club of support.

2017 NAFC Members will receive a significant discount on the price!

Digital Season Pass:$74.99 April to September.  This equates to just $12.49 per month!
NAFC Member Price:$29.99 for whole season.  This equates to just $4.99 per month!
30 Day Pass (from date of purchase) :$14.99
NAFC Members 30 Day Pass Price (from date of purchase): $5.99 

Purchase your digital pass and Membership in the one transaction on our Membership Page 

Click here to download Digital Pass FAQ'S

March 20, 2017 - North Adelaide Football Club History Tour
NORTH ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY TOUR DETAILS
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NORTH ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY TOUR DETAILS:
Date and Times
Sunday 21 May departing Prospect Oval at 9:30am and returning at about 11am where morning tea will be served
Sunday 21 May departing Prospect Oval at 2pm and returning at about 3:30pm where afternoon tea will be served
Cost
$25 per head (NAFC members), $30 non-members - includes bus tour, expert commentary, souvenir booklet, morning or afternoon tea and opportunity to interrogate the experts.
Bookings
Ring the Club on 8344 8733 and specify numbers and tour preference.  Payment will need to be made at the time of book

March 16, 2017 - TRIAL MATCH TEAM SELECTION
NORTH ADELAIDE V WEST ADELAIDE, FRIDAY 17TH MARCH 2017 @ CITY MAZDA STADIUM
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TRIAL MATCH #2
NORTH ADELAIDE V WEST ADELAIDE
FRIDAY 17TH MARCH 2017 @ CITY MAZDA STADIUM

LEAGUE 7:10PM

2 Matthew APPLETON
3 Keenan RAMSEY
5 Cameron CRAIG
6 Jordie MCKENZIE
7 Tanner SMITH
8 Corey GROVE
9 Matthew MCDONOUGH
10 Mitch CLISBY
11 Sam DE LEONARDIS
13 Luke WHARTON
14 George THRING
15 Tom SCHWARZ
19 Lewis HENDER
21 Alex SPINA
25 Sam WUNDKE
26 Callum WILKIE
30 Max THRING
31 Jay SHANNON
32 Leigh RYSWYK
35 Chris BARNS
36 James CRAIG
38 Brayden KIRK
45 Blake HELYAR
59 Mitch HARVEY


RESERVES 4:45PM 
    
4   Alex BARNS
18 Ben DARROU
22 Corey DAVEY
23 Sam GORDON
27 Jonathon HAYES
29 Michael VIRGIN
33 Maris OLEKALNS
34 Lee MINERVINI
39 Sam MCINERNEY
40 Jordon SWEET
42 Dakota NIXON
43 Guy WARD
44 Billy LLOYD
47 Jake WOHLING
48 Connor ROZEE
49 Frazer DRISCOLL
50 Brett KENNEDY
51 Tom ROGERS
52 Tom MATSOULIADIS
53 Noa CORBETT
55 Zac SLADE
57 Lachie WILSDON
58 Jed WOOLFORD
61 Noa CORBETT

March 16, 2017 - CASUAL CATERING STAFF REQUIRED
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The Club is seeking casual catering staff to work on Home Match days at Prospect Oval this season. This will include working in the canteens, BBQ and other catering outlets.
Come on and join the off field team! To register your interest, please contact Kate Cotter on kate.cotter@nafc.com.au.

March 15, 2017 - SANFL AGM AWARDS
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We would like to congratulate Leigh Ryswyk and Barry Dolman who were both honoured at the 2016 SANFL AGM, held last night at Football Park’s Convention Centre.

LEIGH RYSWYK– SANFL LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Leigh came to Adelaide after two years with the Brisbane Lions, and made his debut for North Adelaide in Round 1 of 2006, against the Eagles at Prospect.
Since then, he has played 199 League games, and is set to play game number 200 in Round one of the 2017 SANFL Macca’s League Season.
He has kicked 192 goals, and has represented South Australia on four occasions.

BARRY DOLMAN – MERIT AWARD
Barry’s service has been hugely influential over 16 years, where he has served on a number of committees, as well as the North Adelaide board, where he was Chair from 2003 -2007.
He was the founder of the NAFC History Committee which is now widely recognised throughout SANFL and the sporting community as one of the most comprehensive of its type.

March 10, 2017 - Mad March - Win a Corporate Box for you and three friends!
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Sign up as an Adult Member before March 31st for your chance to win a Corporate box for you and three others at our first Home Match for Season 2017!

Winner will be announced at our Season Launch Friday 31st March!

 

March 09, 2017 - TRIAL MATCH TEAM LISTS
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Our first Trial Match for Season 2017 is this Saturday at Alberton Oval.

North Adelaide V Port Adelaide
Alberton Oval
Reserves 11:30am & League 2:10pm


LEAGUE

1 Marlon MOTLOP

3 Keenan RAMSEY

4 Alex BARNS

5 Cameron CRAIG

6 Jordie MCKENZIE

7 Tanner SMITH

8 Corey GROVE

9 Matthew MCDONOUGH

10 Mitch CLISBY

11 Sam DE LEONARDIS

13 Luke WHARTON

14 George THRING

15 Tom SCHWARZ

25 Sam WUNDKE

26 Callum WILKIE

29 Michael VIRGIN

30 Max THRING

31 Jay SHANNON

32 Leigh RYSWYK

33 Maris OLEKALNS

34 Lee MINERVINI

36 James CRAIG

42 Dakota NIXON

45 Blake HELYAR

59 Mitch HARVEY

 

RESERVES

19 Lewis HENDER

22 Corey DAVEY

23 Sam GORDON

27 Jonathon HAYES

28 Wyatt PATTERSON

35 Chris BARNS

38 Brayden KIRK

40 Jordon SWEET

43 Guy WARD

44 Billy LLOYD

47 Jake WOHLING

48 Connor ROZEE

49 Frazer DRISCOLL

50 Brett KENNEDY

51 Tom ROGERS

52 Tom MATSOULIADIS

53 Noa CORBETT

54 Hugo BARRY

55 Zac SLADE

57 Lachie WILSDON

58 Jed WOOLFORD

60 Boyd WOODCOCK

March 08, 2017 - Wanted - Cheerleader Choreographer (Coach)
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March 08, 2017 - Cheerleader Auditions
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Click here to Download Audition Flyer

March 08, 2017 - Thank you to our Golf Day Sponsors
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Thank you to all involved in our annual Golf Day being held next Friday March 17th at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club.
We have 25 teams playing on the day and below is a list of our incredibly generous sponsors.
Good Luck teams!

Naming Rights Partner

Copyworld Toshiba 

Hole Partners

Donlan Lawyers 

BGC Industrial Cleaning

Leedam, Sheppard and Associates 

Perks

Drummond Golf 

Coffee World 

J&J Signs 

Adelaide City Jeep 

Todd Tavern Alice Springs 

Mawson Lakes Hotel 

Magnus Nuts 

Patrick of Coonawarra

Neagles Retreat Villa's 

Telstra North Park 

Northern Tavern

Grand North

Step into Life 

Foodland Prospect

Caffe Cena

Prospect Home and Garden

Lee Virgin

Chris McSporran

Italo Bresatz

March 08, 2017 - ASHLEIGH’S AIMING HIGH
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North Adelaide’s Ashleigh Woodland has stamped herself as one to watch after dominating in the Roosters’ victory against West Adelaide on Saturday.

The Round 3 Powerade Star Search nominee, Woodland became the first player to kick four goals in a SANFL Statewide Super League match after her eye-catching display against the Bloods.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 18-year-old said she was relishing the opportunity to challenge herself while playing under the guidance of coach Matt Slade and training with the Crows development list.

An All-Australian U18, Woodland – who measures in at 173cm and 69kg – is a strong-marking key forward, who has recently been used in the ruck by Slade this season.

From Salisbury Football Club, Woodland played 10 years of social basketball before deciding to concentrate on football for the past three seasons.

Having recently graduated from Year 12, the teenager has applied to be a member of the South Australian Police Force.

March 07, 2017 - ROOSTERS READY FOR REDEMPTION
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North Adelaide has its sights set on redemption in Saturday night’s SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League clash against Norwood at City Mazda Stadium.

After losing their Round 1 contest against the Redlegs by 42 points, the Roosters have since clicked into gear with comfortable victories against Glenelg and West Adelaide.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, North coach Matt Slade said he was keen for his team to regain some respect after dishing up a disappointing performance to kick off the inaugural competition on February 17.

Led by exciting young talent Ashleigh Woodland – who booted a game-high four goals – and captain Jess Edwards (23 disposals), the Roosters were able to overcome a patchy performance to beat the Bloods by 29 points.

Slade also singled out promising teenagers Kyesha Christensen and Katelyn Rosenzweig for praise after showing great discipline in performing their roles.

North will tackle Norwood from 8.10pm in the second leg of a double-header at Richmond, with West hosting Glenelg in the first encounter from 6pm. Entry is free.
 

Zac Milbank
CHIEF SANFL WRITER

March 03, 2017 - 2017 LONG SLEEVE GUERNSEY PRE ORDER
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Long Sleeve Guernseys

We are taking pre orders for 2017 NAFC long sleeve guernseys.
Adults sizes are $85 and Kids are $75. Price includes your choice of number on the back.

Adult Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XXLarge, XXXL
Kids Sizes: 0,2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14

If you would like to place an order please email administration@nafc.com.au or contact reception on 8344-8733 during business hours.

Please note: Orders must be placed no later than 5pm Friday March 10.
Guernseys will arrive approximately 5 weeks from the order being placed.

 

March 02, 2017 - Round 2 Powerade Star Search nomination- Chloe Scheer
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Congratulations to Chloe Scheer on her Round 2 Powerade Star Search Nomination.
Round 2 North Adelaide 4.10.34 def Glenelg 3.5.23
Chloe Scheer -17 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals

 

March 01, 2017 - 2017 Leadership Group
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The Club is very pleased to announce our Leadership Group for the 2017 season.  Following an exhaustive process which involved all senior players voting on their preferred leaders, Senior Coach Josh Carr finalised his recommendations to the Board this week.

Our Captain for 2017 will again be Mitch Clisby who has continued to lead by example through a tough summer training program. Vice Captains will be Jordie McKenzie and Max Thring, both of whom have enjoyed a solid pre-season and are ready to provide outstanding support and energy to their captain and coach. George Thring, Marlon Motlop and James Craig complete our six man leadership group, all of whom have taken on greater responsibility among the players, and have themselves ready to go.

We look forward to your support for these young men leading our Club as we rise up in 2017!

 

February 28, 2017 - 2017 North Adelaide Senior List
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2017 North Adelaide Senior List    

#1 Marlon Motlop

#2 Matthew Appleton

#3 Keenan Ramsey

#4 Alex Barns

#5 Cameron Craig

#6 Jordie McKenzie

#7 Tanner Smith

#8 Corey Grove

#9 Matthew McDonough

#10 Mitch Clisby

#11 Sam De Leonardis

#12 Noa Corbett

#13 Luke Wharton

#14 George Thring

#15 Tom Schwarz

#16 Patrick Boles

#17 Mitch Harvey

#18 Ben Darrou

#19 Lewis Hender

#20 Jake Liston

#21 Alex Spina

#22 Corey Davey

#23 Sam Gordon

#24 Kahlin Santillo

#25 Sam Wundke

#26 Callum Wilkie

#27 Jonathan Hayes

#28 Wyatt Patterson

#29 Michael Virgin

#30 Max Thring

#31 Jay Shannon

#32Leigh Ryswyk

#33 Maris Olekalns

#34 Lee Minervini

#35 Chris Barns

#36 James Craig

#37 Mark Quinn

#38 Brayden Kirk

#39 Sam McInerney

#40 Jordon Sweet

#41 Tullio DeMatteis

#42 Dakota Nixon

#43 Guy Ward

#44 Billy Lloyd

#45 Blake Helyar

#46 Jed Woolford

#47 Jake Wohling

#48 Connor Rozee

#49 Fraser Driscoll

#50 Brett Kennedy

#51 Tom Rogers

#52 Tom Matsouliadis

#53 McKenzie Slee

#54 Hugo Barry

#55 Zac Slade

#56 Bryce Purser

#57 Lachie Wilsdon

Player profiles & updated photos will be posted early next week.

Go Roosters!!

 

 

February 24, 2017 - Season Launch
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Season Launch - Friday 31 March


Get down to Prospect Oval on Friday, March 31 as we launch Season 2017!
Watch the team train and enjoy an evening of free entertainment for the whole family including:

  • Membership & Merchandise for sale
  • Face painting & Jumping Caste
  • Kick & Catch and Handball games
  • Photo & Autograph opportunities
  • Meet the players and Josh Carr
  • Guernsey Presentations* 
  • Sponsor stalls 
  • BBQ & Drinks available for purchase
  • Watch Jordon Sweet ‘Shed the dreads’

*Five lucky Rooster Rookie Members will have the chance to present our 2017 Players with their Guernseys. Enter the draw by emailing administration@nafc.com.au with a short description of what you love most about the North Adelaide Football Club. Entries close 5pm Monday 27 March. You must be a 2017 Rooster Rookie Member to enter.

February 23, 2017 - COUNTRY TRAINING CAMP
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Our best Country Under 16 talent attended a weekend camp at Melrose from Friday February 17 to Sunday February 19. With 27 players present they were put through 3 training sessions, along with a 2.2km time trial at 6.45am on the Saturday morning. Two lads from Broken Hill were also present, an area we will also try to source future League players from.

There were also Information sessions held both nights. All in all a great weekend, and I am sure many of these lads will get the opportunity to play Under 16’s for us this year.


Joel Baker celebrating his 2.2k time trial in 7 minutes 39 seconds


Players listening intently to the Coaching Staff

Chairman of the Board, Wayne Jeffries cooking tea Saturday night


The Players and Coaches at the completion of the Camp

February 22, 2017 - Trial Games
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Trial Games


Saturday 11 March
Port V North at Alberton Oval 
Reserves 11:25 am & League 2:10pm 

Friday 17 March
West Adelaide V North at City Mazda Stadium
Reserves 5pm & League 7:10pm

Saturday 25 March
South V North at Hickinbotham Oval
Reserves 11:25am & League 2:10pm

February 20, 2017 - SWEET SHEDS THE DREADS
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Jordon Sweet will be shaving his head to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Jordon's Story: 
I will be shaving my head and losing the Dreads on Friday 31st March at the North Adelaide Football Club Open Training Session and Season Launch.

The reason I have been inspired to shave my head, is that I have a very close family member who has recently been diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer.

The diagnosis shocked our family and due to the fact that some of his immediate family have both passed and also survived other forms of cancer, the news has effected our whole family. This family member also has children of around my age and how they may be feeling is unimaginable as I cant begin to comprehend how I would feel if that was my parent.

Therefore I have chosen the ACRF to help fund further research in hope that one day a cure will be found for all forms of cancer and no person or their families will be a victim of such an evil disease.

Anyone who has ever asked me to "Get a Haircut", please find the generosity to donate to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and help support their aim of eliminating the devastating effects of Cancer.

A dontation page has been set up, if you would like to donate and help Jordon reach his target of raising $1,500
https://give.everydayhero.com/au/sweet-sheds-the-dreads

North Adelaide Football Club Open Training Session & Season Launch
Friday 31st March at Prospect Oval 
5:30-8:30pm 

 

February 17, 2017 - STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN'S ROUND 1 
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STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN'S ROUND 1 

Round 1 is here for the Inaugural Statewide Super Women's League and it is history in the making when our Rooster Women take on Norwood in the first ever match of  SANFL Women's Football tonight at Coopers Stadium. 

With the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League kicking off on Friday Feburary 17, Zac Milbank caught up with Football Operations Manager Tom Hurley to produce a last minute guide to the inaugural competition.

Q – What is the competition’s official name? 

A – The SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League

Q – Which clubs are involved in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League?

A – Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood and West Adelaide

Q – How many players will be on each list?

A – A maximum of 35 which includes up to 3-4 Adelaide Crows development players. There are also 4-5 Adelaide Crows AFL-listed players assigned to each Club.

Q – What was the process in forming each team’s list?

A – First priority was given to an even distribution of talent among the four teams, followed by the geographical location of the player’s residence.

Q – Who are the captains?

A – Cassie Hartley (Glenelg), Jess Edwards (North Adelaide), Rebekka McMahon (Norwood), Louella McCarthy and Kirsty Degabriele (West Adelaide)

Q – Who are the coaches?

A – Narelle Smith (Glenelg), Matt Slade (North Adelaide), Steve Symonds (Norwood), Brooke Copeland (West Adelaide)

Q – When and where will the games be played?

A – The minor round matches will be played in double-header format from Friday February 17 until Saturday March 25 at Coopers Stadium and City Mazda Stadium.  The Grand Final will be played at Peter Motley Oval on Saturday April 1 from 4.30pm

Q – Will the matches be available to watch online?

A – Yes, all of the matches will be live streamed via the SANFL website with live statistics also available

Q – Will there be different rules?

A – Yes, teams will field 20 players for each game with only 16 on the field, four on the interchange. The last possession out-of-bounds rule will be in place however there will also be no cap on rotations, given the likelihood of warm conditions. Quarters will be 20 minutes in length with no time-on while Size 4 footballs will be used.

Q – Will players be subject to the SANFL’s Incident Review Panel?

A- Yes, but like Under-18 level no fines will be issued as penalties.

Q – Will there be similar awards to the men’s competition?

A – Yes, players will compete for a premiership cup and be awarded premiership medallions should they be successful on Grand Final day. A best-and-fairest award similar to the Magarey Medal and a Rising Star type trophy will also be presented at the conclusion of the minor round.

Q – Is there a Heat Policy in place?

A – Yes, for matches with a forecast temperature of 32C or more, SANFL has the potential to reduce the length of quarters, lengthen breaks at quarter-time and half-time and ensure shade is available for access during each change. In extreme conditions, an extended interchange bench may be allowed.

Q – What does it cost to attend the matches?

A – All matches, including the Grand Final, are free entry.

 

COOPERS STADIUM INFORMATION

Gates: 
For the SANFL Women’s League Gate 1, off of the Parade (see map below) will be available for Entry. If crowd permits, Gate 4 (RSL) will also be utilised as an entry point.

Both Gate 1 and Gate 4 (RSL) will be available for exiting the ground after from half time of the second match.

Gates will be open from 5pm with the first match between Norwood and North Adelaide commencing at 6pm.

Car parking: 
Car parking is fairly limited at the oval itself, with the main car park reserved for players and officials on match days.

On street parking is available in the surrounding streets, but we would ask that you respect the home owners by not parking across any driveways.

Food and Drink outlets:
We will have our full range of Stadium food and beverages available for the Women’s League available at the southern (Parade) end of the ground.

Due to the summer time slot we will also have Pimm’s available from the Coopers Hill Bar for those wishing to enjoy the warm weather and great football.

ATM Facility: 
All food, Drink and Merchandise outlets have eftpos and pay wave facilities, but we do not have cash out facilities within the grounds.

The nearest such out let is at the BP across the Parade from Coopers Stadium.

Disabled Parking / Viewing:
There are two disabled car parks available in the Coopers Stadium car park, off of Woods St along with three on Woods St in front of the RSL Hall.

There are two designated disabled viewing areas in front of the Western Stand with wheelchair access from all main gates. 

Seating:
For the Women's League matches the Southern Stand will be free for all those in attendance. 
The Western Stand (Members) is also available for all those in attendance. We ask anyone wishing to sit in the Stand that if a member asks to sit in their seat that this please be respected. 

 

 

February 16, 2017 - Final word from Matt Slade
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As we look to complete our final preparation leading into Round 1, it is very evident that the level of intensity has significantly increased amongst the playing group. The players are at a point whereby they are putting everything on the line with a clear focus and intent on being selected in the side for our first hit out. The group and the coaching staff are extremely anxious as well as excited and raring to go in the anticipation of exerting a fierce attack on the ball at the Parade Friday night.
The girls have come a long way from our first session back on Thursday the 19th of January. I feel that the understanding of how hard players are expected to work and the knowledge of the key principles of play that the girls need to grasp, has been the biggest eye opener throughout the course of our training block. Other challenges that we have faced include; the variety of clubs that the group have originated from, a vast range in fitness and skill levels, as well as general experience and knowledge of the game. In a short period of time we have been determined to bring this group together and work to bridge these gaps amongst our playing cohort. Special mentions must go out to Jess Edwards and Leah Tynan for the self driven commitments they have made to achieving this outcome. Both girls also display an impressive work ethic and are very talented footballers. This made the job of selecting our teams leaders relatively easy, with these two girls filling the main roles.
All the players have had to quickly adjust to the training and extra requirements that come with being a part of this team, while balancing their work or studies in conjunction. The group has shown tremendous resilience to achieve this and the attitudes they have displayed has been spectacular, proving that they are taking this opportunity very seriously and are hoping to make the most of the experience, which strongly supports how we as a coaching panel feel and the expectations that we have strived to instill in the girls.
Our playing group as a whole has shown a clear desire to improve and be the best players they can be. This has been obvious with the level of feedback they have requested and the constant questions that I am presented with from them at each session: 'How can I get better?' and 'What do you think I can work on and improve?'.
As the coach, I can confidently say that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this team. We cant wait to get onto the parade and show exactly what this team is made of. We are determined to establish ourselves as the bench mark of this competition through hard, physical work. Although we would never attempt to presume any outcomes, I am confident that everything that this group does on the field, will be done at absolute peak intensity and we will be content with whatever outcome this type of effort produces. 
Go the Roosters!!!
 
February 15, 2017 - AGM 14.2.16
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Many thanks to the members who were at our AGM on Tuesday evening. Again, it was great to have such a solid turnout (110 members), highlighting how much care our members have for their Club.
 

It was also great to celebrate those long serving contributors to the Club with another volunteer achieving a 5 years’ service milestone (Kira Spicer – Cheerleader) and 2 more to add to the 10 years (John Athanasiou and David Greer). Barrie Newton (League Team Manager) and Graham Radloff (Fundraiser, VP, former Board member) were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution off the field by being awarded Life Membership, and Gary Stork (Trainer) and Colin Richardson (History Committee) were honoured for their continued great service by being awarded Merit Awards.
 

Our Club Person of the Year Craig Brooks, and our Volunteer of the Year Wayne Gilbertson both spoke with great care and emotion about their Club, urging everyone to show their passion and support for the upcoming season.
 

From the election, the Club welcomes new Board member Andrew Souter, whilst Wayne Jeffries was returned to the Board.  Brian Thomas retired as the Presidents Group Board representative at the recent Presidents Group AGM, and has been replaced on the Board by Chris McSporran, so we welcome Chris to the Board also.
 

Our appreciation goes to Bohdan Jaworskyj who has retired after 16 years as President of the Club, and to Brian Thomas who has represented the Presidents Group on the Board for the past 16 years also.
 

Following the meeting, the Board met as it usually does following an AGM, to vote on the specific Board positions.  As a result, Wayne Jeffries was nominated and accepted into the position of Chairman of the Board, and Lee Virgin was nominated and accepted into the position of President of the Board. Malcolm Ellis was nominated and accepted into the position of League Director, and Wayne Jeffries was nominated and accepted into the position of Alternate League Director.
 

Pat Hodby (Finance), Adam Crittenden (Legal) and Susan Girke were nominated and accepted as the Board appointed members.
 

Again many thanks to all those in attendance. Go the Roosters!!

February 14, 2017 - AGM
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Annual General Meeting Details
Venue: North Adelaide Football Club – Function Room
Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Voting: 5.30pm to 7.00pm – voting closes at 7.00pm sharp
Roosters Club AGM: 7.00pm NAFC AGM: Immediately following the RC AGM
Postal voting closes with the Returning Officer on Monday 13th February 2017 at 5.00pm.

February 13, 2017 - Women's Round 1 North V Norwood
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Game Day 
Round 1- Friday Feb 17 at Coopers Stadium 
6:00pm | Norwood v North Adelaide
8:10pm | Glenelg v West Adelaide

ENTRY IS FREE!

Membership & Merchandise Tent-
Membership and a limited range of merchandise will be available during the North V Norwood Women’s match.
We will be set up in front of the southern grandstand from 5pm. 
There will be a kids friendly area set up at the Northern end adjacent to Coopers Corner, which will have free activities and giveaways for kids.
We hope to see you there!

Hear from the Captains of each of the four inaugural teams:

 

February 09, 2017 - Jess Edwards to Captain Women's Team
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The North Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce that Jess Edwards will be our inaugural captain for the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League.

A development player who has been training with Adelaide’s AFL Women’s side, Edwards had an outstanding season last year en route to representing her State as well as winning Adelaide University’s best-and-fairest award.

Standing at 169cm, Edwards is a midfielder who can also read the play across half-back.

”Jess has already taken on a mentoring style role with the group and she has been a huge part of bringing the group together away from scheduled training sessions to promote team bonding,” North Women’s coach Matt Slade said.

Edwards’ deputy will be Leah Tynan, who has been elected as the Roosters’ sole vice-captain.

A best-and-fairest winner with Greenacres last year, Tynan has represented SA on four occasions.

Measuring in at just 163cm, she plays most of her football in attack while also playing off a wing.


February 08, 2017 - Footy Fun Day at Prospect Oval
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Footy Fun Day at Prospect Oval 

We would like to invite all girls aged 5-18 to our Footy Fun Day at Prospect Oval on Wednesday February 22nd.

To register your interest click here

February 03, 2017 - Footy Update
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Footy Update 


The pre-season is close to finishing and the players are looking forward to the upcoming trial game schedule.

The team have performed strongly since November with the majority of the list on the track preparing themselves for the 2017 season.

We have had minimal injury concerns allowing Josh Carr to have strong numbers on the field to implement our structures and game style.

New recruits Keenan Ramsey (Adelaide), Tanner Smith (Fremantle), Matthew Appleton (Eagles), Ben Darrou (South Adelaide) and Noa Corbett (Surfers Paradise) have all settled in and we look forward to seeing them in the red and white colours.

Young players Dakota Nixon, Lee Minervini, Jordon Sweet and Brayden Kirk have adapted well to senior training while the senior group have set high training standards.


The best performers in the fitness testing we have completed this pre-season;

Luke Wharton

Jordie McKenzie

Blake Helyar

Leigh Ryswyk

Matthew Appleton

Tom Schwarz

George Thring

Max Thring

 

The best performers in the weights component of training this pre-season;

James Craig

Cameron Craig

Lee Minervini

Lewis Hender

Corey Grove

Alex Barns

Mitch Clisby
 

We would like to welcome Noa Corbett to the football club. Noa joins the Roosters from Surfers Paradise and is a small forward/midfielder with good speed and competitiveness.Noa was named in the QAFL team of the year for 2016 and finished the season with 43 goals.

Mitch Curnow has unfortunately had to depart the Roosters in 2017 due to increased work opportunities.Mitch completed the pre-season training up until Christmas but can’t commit the required time to the training schedule moving forward. Mitch has given great service to the club since joining the Roosters and we wish him well for his future endeavours both on and off the field.

The players have prepared well to attack the challenges they will face in 2017 and are looking forward to playing a fast and competitive brand of football. Only 36 days before the Roosters are back in action, look forward to seeing you all at the football.

 

Trial Games

Saturday 11 March
Port V North at Alberton Oval 
Times: TBC

Friday 17 March
West Adelaide V North at City Mazda Stadium
Reserves 5pm & League 7:10pm

Saturday 25 March
South V North at Hickinbotham Oval
Reserves 11:25am & League 2:10pm

February 01, 2017 - YOUNG STARS AT THE FOOTY
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YOUNG STARS AT THE FOOTY

We have recently been sent the photo below of a couple of our senior players when they were coming through our junior development program. Reserves Premiership player James Baron (back left), Callum Wilkie (front left), current Adelaide Crow player Harrison Wigg (behind Wilkie), Stephen Tahana (front and centre) & Mark Quinn (blonde hair at the back) all came through the junior system together and are all starting to emerge on the senior track. Big hair must have been the in thing that year!

February 01, 2017 - February Rooster Birthdays
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January 23, 2017 - SLADE SLIPS BACK INTO NORTH ADELAIDE
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SLADE SLIPS BACK INTO NORTH ADELAIDE

North Adelaide coach Matt Slade says he was excited to answer the call to be the club’s inaugural coach in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League.

Previously a League assistant coach with the Roosters from 2011 until 2013, Slade has surrounded himself in the coaches box with fellow Central District premiership team-mates Nathan Steinberner and Yves Sibenaler.

Training began under Slade’s tutelage on Thursday January 17 as his side builds up to its season-opening clash with Norwood at Coopers Stadium on Friday February 17 at 6pm.

The Roosters have been bolstered by some of the state’s most talented female footballers, including Ashleigh Woodland, Chloe Scheer and Jess Edwards, who has already displayed great leadership amongst the playing group.

As announced on the SANFL website last week, the 2017 Statewide Super Women’s League will be played as double-headers across six minor rounds, with the Grand Final being held on Saturday April 1 at 4.30pm.

Zac Milbank

 

January 20, 2017 - INAUGURAL SANFL STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN’S LEAGUE FIXTURE
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SANFL has unveiled its 2017 Statewide Super Women’s League fixture with a blockbuster Friday night season opener at Coopers Stadium on 17th February.

The season will consist of six minor round matches, with all games to be played as double-headers at either Coopers Stadium or City Mazda Stadium.

A highlight will be the round four double-header to be held at The Parade as a curtain-raiser to Adelaide’s AFL Women’s clash with Brisbane.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said it was a great opportunity for the inaugural players and clubs to make their mark on the competition.

The season will culminate in a twilight grand final on Saturday 1st April at Peter Motley Oval, between the top two teams on the ladder.

SANFL is proud to partner with Statewide Super for the inaugural Women’s League.

Statewide Super CEO Richard Nunn said Statewide Super was excited to be the major sponsor of the SANFL Women’s League.

“As South Australia’s local industry fund we’re proud to support local initiatives, and we’re particularly proud of a partnership that supports women playing their chosen sport at a professional level,” Mr Nunn said.

Entry to all Women’s League matches will be free, with plenty of family friendly activities.

Click here to Download 2017 Fixture 

Zac Milbank 
SANFL 


 

January 18, 2017 - 2017 NAFC Copyworld Toshiba Golf Day
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2017 NAFC Copyworld Toshiba Golf Day

We are now taking bookings for the 2017 NAFC Copyworld Toshiba Golf Day at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club on 17 March 2017. 

Date: Friday the 17th March 2017
Venue: Tea Tree Gully Golf Club
Competition: 18 Holes | Teams of four (4)
Breakfast 7am 
Golf Shotgun start 8am
4 Ball Ambrose
Inclusions: Green Fees
Breakfast of Bacon and Egg Sandwiches, coffee & OJ 
Drinks on course 
Two course lunch, including wine, beer and soft drinks
Presentation of Prizes, Raffle & Auction
Dress Code: Private golf course dress standards 
Investment: $125.00 per one (1) player  
$70.00 Lunch Only  
$80.00 Golf Cart (Limited numbers)
Hole sponsor $220 GST Inc. (only 18 available)

Click here to download Golf Day Registration Form 2017
Please complete the entry form and forward it to Jessamy Lutt at the Football Club asap together with the entry fees.

Jessamy.lutt@nafc.com.au or 8344-8733

 

January 16, 2017 - Tourrific
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Join us this Tuesday January 17 at the the Tourrific Prospect Street Party.
Our Players will be in attendance from 6-8pm. Come along and say hello to your 2017 Roosters team, meet the new recruits and join in the fun of tourrific!.
There will be plenty of giveaways, prizes and free fun! Our stall will be set up right across from the Coles on Prospect Road. 

January 11, 2017 - Rooster Birthdays January
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Click on here to see which Roosters celebrate their birthday during the month of January! 
December 22, 2016 - Robert Gerard AO returns to Prospect Oval
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The North Adelaide Football Club is extremely pleased to announce that our Club Patron and highly respected patriarch Robert Gerard AO has returned to Prospect Oval for the 2017 season.

Robert, who continues to work passionately hard for the people of South Australia on key Government infrastructure and stadium projects for our future, along with a host of important charity events, has met with the NAFC Board over recent weeks and has agreed to sponsor the Club through his SmartCar chauffeur driven luxury vehicle company.

SmartCar is part of several businesses in the chauffeur driven vehicle market owned by Robert, which includes the internationally acclaimed Hughes brand. 

From 2017, our supporters will see the SmartCar logo around the Club in the knowledge that they are now able to give their full support back to the man who was critical in the survival of their football club more than a decade before.

We hope to see Robert at a few Roosters matches at Prospect in 2017, so please join us by giving him a big welcome back to his favourite football club (together with the Adelaide Crows of course!)

December 21, 2016 - SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League - NAFC Team List!
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Our squad list has been released for the inaugural SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League, which kicks off on February 17

Erin Phillips -Adelaide FC 

Ebony Marinoff -Adelaide FC 

Chelsea Randall -Adelaide FC 

Anne Hatchard -Adelaide FC 

Ashleigh Woodland - 9/09/1998 - Salisbury/AFC -173cm

Chloe Scheer - 7/09/1999 - Modbury/AFC - 165cm

Jessica Edwards - 20/09/1989 - Adelaide University/AFC - 169cm

Nicole Mark - 2/05/1994 - Salisbury/AFC - 174cm

Brittany Perry - 9/03/1994 - Angle Vale - 165cm

Courtney Jensen - 7/05/1997 - Angle Vale -166cm

Courtney Roberts - 3/08/1995 - Modbury -170cm

Hannah Pavlovich - 13/01/1997 - Salisbury - 167cm

Jasmine Antrobus - 14/05/1995 - Ingle Farm -167cm

Jayme-Lee Sonneman - 30/01/1991 -Salisbury - 171cm

Jenna Maloney -  21/03/1985 - Greenacres -172cm

Jessica Schulz - 28/09/1991 - Adelaide University -164cm

Katelyn Rosenzweig - 29/06/2000 - Angle Vale- 174cm

KathrynReynolds - 18/03/1983 - Port Adelaide -157cm

Kelly Barltrop - 28/03/1993 - Adelaide University - 182cm

Kyesha Christensen - 4/05/1999 - Salisbury 136cm

Leah Tynan - 18/09/1991- Greenacres -162cm

Lesley Burrows- 3/02/1986 - Angle Vale - 173cm

Margaret Varcoe -31/12/1990 -Angle Vale -165cm

Marinet Morgan - 7/09/1981 - Greenacres - 165cm

Melissa Wilson - 8/12/1983 - Greenacres -169cm

Nikki Thompson - 22/11/1999 - Modbury - 166cm

Paige Allan -11/06/1998 -Salisbury -169cm

SarahEllis - 3/02/1987 -Angle Vale -158cm

Shae-Lena PacificoHart - 2/03/1991 - Mount Lofty - 160cm

Tara Anderson -7/11/1992 Ingle Farm -164cm

Teena Leicester -10/03/1993 -Greenacres -160cm

Maddie Willis - Port Adelaide 

December 19, 2016 - Bremerton Wines - Premier Partner for our NAFC Womens Team
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Bremerton Wines - Premier Partner for our NAFC Women's Team!

It is with great pleasure that we announce Bremerton Wines as our Premier Partner for our NAFC Womens team in 2017.

Rebecca and Lucy Willson became the first sisters to run a winery in Australia when in 2004, they began to take over the management responsibilities at Bremerton from their father Craig who could then take a step back and guide his daughters through a launch of a new image and phase of their business.

Beautifully located in the Langhorne Creek wine region, Bremerton Wines have grown from 2,000 cases to approximately 38,000 cases of Bremerton labelled wine since Rebecca and Lucy took the reins, a great achievement and testament to the quality of the people and of course their wines!

When discussing the Partnership with Lucy, it was immediately clear that the environment of team work, passion and persistence created at Bremerton by Rebecca and Lucy would be a great example and inspiration to the players in our new NAFC Womens team.

Please welcome Bremerton Wines to the Roosters!

CONTACT DETAILS:

Bremerton Wines

Langhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek

08 8537 3093

info@bremerton.com.au

www.bremerton.com.au

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December 16, 2016 - Christmas Office Hours
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Office Closure 16.12.16

Our Office is closed from noon today and will re open Monday 9am 19/12/16

We appologise for any inconvenience.
 

Christmas Office Hours

The NAFC admin office will be closed from 1pm Wednesday December 21 and will re-open 9am Wednesday January 11.

Our Membership hotline 1300 234 851 will be closed from 5pm Friday December 23- 9am Tuesday January 3rd, 2017.

Membership can be renewed at any time during the Christmas break via our Membership page.

Membership renewals can also be posted to PO Box 391 RUNDLE MALL   SA   5000

December 15, 2016 - NAFC Women's Coaches
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NAFC Women's Coaches

There has been plenty of work going on behind the scenes regards the exciting introduction of our new NAFC Womens team in early 2017. We are extremely pleased to announce that the Head Coach for our inaugural Womens team is Matthew Slade. Matthew was an assistant League Coach here at Prospect under Josh Francou for three years (2011 – 2013) and prior to that has one of the most enviable SANFL League player records in South Australia, playing 223 League games and 8 League Premierships.  Matt is currently the State Under 15’s schoolboys Head Coach, and is a student of the game in every sense.  We welcome Matt and his family back to the Roosters! 

Matt will be ably assisted by two more former Central District premiership players, Yves Sibenaler (163 League games and 7 League Premierships) and Nathan Steinberner (141 League games at CDFC + 20 AFL games at Port Adelaide and 5 League Premierships).  Please make the NAFC Womens coaching group welcome when you get the chance!

Training at this stage will commence on Thursday 19 January at St Pauls College, and will continue each Tuesday and Thursday for those Roosters fans who want to come out take a look at the newest Roosters team. Selection has already begun, and we hope to announce our final squad before Christmas. The season opener will likely be Friday 17 February, this will be confirmed soon, as will the venue and opposition.

We urge you all to get behind the team and show them true Rooster support!


Matthew Slade 

December 14, 2016 - AGM
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Annual General Meeting Details
Venue: North Adelaide Football Club – Function Room
Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Voting: 5.30pm to 7.00pm – voting closes at 7.00pm sharp
Roosters Club AGM: 7.00pm NAFC AGM: Immediately following the RC AGM
Postal voting closes with the Returning Officer on Monday 13th February 2017 at 5.00pm.
December 14, 2016 - SANFL ANNOUNCES NEW NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER
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SANFL ANNOUNCES MACCA'S AS NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER 

South Australia’s elite football competition will become known as the SANFL Macca’s League following the signing of a major new sponsorship agreement with McDonald’s.

The new two-year agreement builds on a 13-year relationship between the SANFL and McDonald’s South Australia, which has previously sponsored SANFL’s junior football, the Macca’s Cup and Shield competitions and SANFL’s U15, U16 and U18 State teams.

“We have enjoyed a long and close partnership with McDonald’s South Australia who have been outstanding supporters of football at the grassroots and talent development levels across the past decade,” said SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson.

“The fact that they have now elevated their support to the SANFL Macca’s League is testament to the strength of our competition and to their passion for South Australian football.

“To have an internationally-recognised brand of the standing of McDonald’s aligned with SANFL footy at the highest level gives us a great position from which to further grow our game.”

The SANFL Macca’s League sponsorship will see the famous golden arches logo take pride of place alongside the SANFL shield on club guernseys and includes significant branding and activation across the league.

McDonald’s will continue to support the SANFL’s U16 and U18 State teams as part of the new agreement, which runs for the next two seasons with an option for a further four years.

McDonald’s South Australia licensee, Alan Brodie, said “we’re delighted to continue our commitment to the league as well as support grassroots sports across the state to foster new talent. We’re excited to kick off the season with a new opportunity to keep SANFL at the top of the game and the community passionate about sport.”

Zac Milbank 
SANFL 

December 09, 2016 - Football Update – December 2016
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Football Update – December 2016

Pre-season training is underway and the players have returned in good condition to attack the pre-Christmas phase of the program.

Numbers are strong on the track with minimal injuries allowing senior coach Josh Carr to get the required work into the majority of the training squad.

Luke Wharton and Jordie McKenzie have set the benchmark in the fitness component, followed closely by WWT Eagles recruit Matt Appleton and Blake Helyar.

Adelaide recruit Keenan Ramsey has impressed during ball drills while the senior group of players are all training strongly.

Talented 18 year olds Jordon Sweet, Dakota Nixon, Lee Minervini, Jake Wohling and Brayden Kirk have all adjusted well to the senior training load .

Training will finish on Saturday 17th December and return on Monday 9th January in preparation for the 2017 season.

Player Departures

Michael McMahon – Glenunga

Andy Read – Glenunga

Luke Teasdale

Nick Dinham – Rostrevor

Michael McMahon, Andy Read, Luke Teasdale and Nick Dinham recently advised the football club that they won’t be returning in 2017.

All four have given the club strong service in recent years and are well respected within the playing group.

We thank Michael, Andy, Luke and Nick for their contribution and commitment to the North Adelaide Football Club and we wish them well in their future pathways, both on and off the field.

December 09, 2016 - Coaching News
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Coaching News

We welcome Michael Handby and Ryan Burnell back to the coaching staff for the 2017 season.

Michael spent last year as the defensive line coach at South Adelaide and returns to work in the development role vacated by Brad Dodd.

Michael will also be our defensive line coach for the senior group.

Ryan Burnell returns to control the weights program which he was in charge of during the 2012 & 2013 seasons under Josh Francou.

Ryan is returning to Adelaide after 3 years in Newcastle and we look forward to him working with our playing group once again.

 

December 08, 2016 - Membership hotline!
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Our Membership hotline is now up and running! Memberships can now be purchased by calling 1300 234 851
PLEASE NOTE:
Let us know if the Membership is a Christmas gift, so we can arrange a voucher to be sent out in time for Christmas.  All membership packs will be arriving mid February 2017. 

 
December 07, 2016 - VALE Bob Geisler
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VALE Bob Geisler

The North Adelaide Football Club must sadly inform Members and supporters of the passing of Robert (Bob) Geisler.

Bob was not only a club favourite but it is fair to say a “darling” of the 1960’s. Coming from the Broadview area he played football as a Junior Colt at the age of 15. He was a little man with a huge heart.

After having won the Second Eighteen Fairest and Most Brilliant award in 1962 he progressed steadily through our ranks to gain state selection in 1963.

As a Senior Colt in 1960, Bob came under notice having won the Best Wingman award, subsequently being selected in a combined Senior Colts team to play in Victoria.

By 1962 Bob had a great year winning the Second Eighteen Fairest and Most Brilliant trophy by a huge 40 votes.  In this year also he played 7 league games and polled 7 Magarey Medal votes.

The Annual report stated, “The future does look very bright and successful for this young player and his army of supporters….a joy to watch, and he played brilliantly in all positions allotted him. Bob is surely going places in football. 1963 will be his year”.

And it was. He played all 23 games, gained state selection and was one of our best players in the 1963 Grand Final. Unfortunately he suffered a series of muscular injuries in 1964 and 1965, compounded by his extra work in the gymnasium, and his appearances were limited to 21 matches. In 1966 he had recovered and played 18 games thus winning the Most Consistent Player award. The following year he played 20 games, (for 29 goals), and after a heart stopping Preliminary Final, like the rest of the team, was unlucky not to play in the Grand Final that year.

Bob only played a further 14 league games over the 1968 and 1969 seasons before retiring. After football Bob went on to play and coach Norwood Union.

Outside football Bob had a very successful business career.  Studying as a Survey Draftsman, while working with Alexander and Symonds, he became an expert in Hydrographic Surveying and a partner in the firm.

Our thoughts are with Judy and family and Bob's brothers

November 30, 2016 - SANFL Women’s Teams Announced
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The inaugural season of the SANFL Women’s League competition, which kicks off early next year,will be named the ‘Statewide Super Women’s League’ and will feature four teams following a month-long  selection process.

The four clubs selected to be part of the inaugural women’s league are; Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood and West Adelaide.

Late last month all eight SANFL clubs were invited to submit an expression of interest of which six committed to take part in the new elite competition that compliments the AFL Women’s League and provides South Australian women with a critical talent pathway.

SANFL General Manager of Football Adam Kelly said the uptake from clubs to be part of the new level of competition has been truly positive.

“We congratulate the four clubs on their selection as we push forward with preparations to kick off the competition early next year but also thank all eight SANFL clubs for their continued commitment in developing the State’s female talent,” Mr Kelly said.

November 30, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays December
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Do you share a December birthday with a Rooster? 
Click here to see which Roosters are born in the month of December.

November 28, 2016 - AFL Draft
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Congratulations to the following North Adelaide Players who have been drafted to AFL Clubs:

Isaac Cumming - pick #20 to the GWS Giants

Will Hayward - pick #21 to the Sydney Swans

Brandan Parfitt - pick #26 to the Geelong Cats

Jack Graham - pick #53 Richmond Tigers

We would also like to congratulate the following Players who have been Rookie listed:

Kym LeBois - pick #5 to the Carlton Football Club

Ben Jarman- Father-Son selection to the Adelaide Crows 

 

November 24, 2016 - DRAFT INSIGHT
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By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank

Departing North Adelaide development manager Brad Dodd has provided an insight into the Roosters set to be chosen in Friday’s AFL National Draft.

With North forward Will Hayward the only South Australian invited to the AFL Draft, North could have as many as six players with links to the club selected in Sydney.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, Dodd gave his thoughts on other Roosters such as Larke Medallist Jack Graham, classy goalsneak Kym Lebois and Ben Jarman, the son of Crows star Darren.

Northern Territory-bred Brandan Parfitt and Broken Hill boy Isaac Cumming are also strong chances to have their names called from 6pm.

Prolific midfielder Brayden Kirk and ruckman Jordon Sweet, who both tested at the AFL State Combine at Wayville, could be chosen at Monday’s AFL Rookie Draft.

Dodd, who played in the AFL with Fremantle, has headed back home to Western Australia to accept a development role with WAFL club Peel Thunder.

November 24, 2016 - 2016 SA Mock Draft
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As the 2016 AFL National Draft in Adelaide fast approaches, the SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK predicts the South Australians who could be selected on November 25.

FIRST TAKEN
Will Hayward
Height: 186cm
Weight: 76kg
Club: North Adelaide/Walkerville
Position: Medium forward
Plays like: James Sicily (Hawthorn)
Draft Range: 9-15

MID RANGE
Brennan Cox
Height: 194cm
Weight:  90kg
Club:  Woodville-West Torrens/Woodville South
Position: Key position utility
Plays like: Michael Hurley (Essendon)
Draft Range: 20-40

Jack Graham
Height: 183cm
Weight: 85kg
Club: North Adelaide/Tea Tree Gully
Position: Midfielder
Plays like: Scott Thompson (Adelaide)
Draft Range: 20-40

Sam Walker
Height:  188cm
Weight:  82kg
Club:  Glenelg/South Gambier
Position: Defender
Plays like: Dane Rampe (Sydney)
Draft Range: 25-45

MID TO LATE NATIONAL DRAFT
Kym Lebois
Height: 175cm
Weight: 66kg
Club: North Adelaide/Koonibba
Position: Small Forward
Plays like: Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
Draft Range: 35-60

Jonty Scharenberg 
Height: 185cm
Weight:  80kg
Club:  Glenelg/PHOS Camden
Position: Midfielder
Plays like: Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
Draft Range: 35-60

Tyson Stengle
Height: 171cm
Weight: 69kg
Club: Woodville-West Torrens/Portland
Position: Small forward
Plays like: Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
Draft Range: 40-80


Ben Jarman
Height: 173cm
Weight: 70kg
Club: North Adelaide/PHOS Camden
Position: Forward / Midfielder
Plays like:  Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
Draft Range: 40-80

LATE NATIONAL DRAFT TO ROOKIE DRAFT
Mitch Hinge
Height: 187cm
Weight: 82kg
Club: Glenelg/Mundulla
Position: Medium defender
Plays like: Grant Birchall (Hawthorn)

Peter Ladhams
Height: 204cm
Weight:  86kg
Club: Norwood, Modbury FC
Position: Ruck
Plays like:  Kurt Tippett (Sydney)

Jake Pitman
Height:  175cm
Weight:  78kg
Club:  Norwood, Golden Grove FC
Position: Midfielder
Plays like:  Jack Viney (Melbourne)

Conor Noonan
Height: 180cm
Weight: 71kg
Club: West Adelaide/Plympton FC
Position: Medium forward/midfielder
Plays like: Luke Breust (Hawthorn)

Liam Mackie
Height: 186cm
Weight: 73kg
Club: Glenelg/Plympton
Position: Medium defender
Plays like: Ben Stratton (Hawthorn)

Lewis Young
Height: 197cm
Weight: 91kg
Club: Sturt/Mitcham
Position: Key forward/ruck
Plays like: Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)

MATURE-AGE PROSPECTS
Willie Rioli
Height:  175cm
Weight:  74kg
Club: Glenelg/Tiwi Bombers
Position: Small forward
Plays like:  Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)

Andre Parrella
Height:  204cm
Weight:  100kg
Club:  Sturt/Unley High School
Position: Ruck
Plays like:  Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Brett Eddy
Height: 193cm
Weight: 92kg
Club: South Adelaide/Foster 
Position: Medium forward
Plays like: Tom Lynch (Adelaide)

Jarrod Lienert 
Height: 196cm
Weight: 88kg
Club: Sturt/Imperials 
Position: Utility
Plays like: Mark Blicavs (Geelong)

Chris Jansen 
Height: 188cm
Weight: 82kg
Club: Central District/Belconnen 
Position: Midfielder
Plays like: David Mundy (Fremantle)

Emmanuel Irra
Height: 181cm
Weight: 81kg
Club: South Adelaide/Hackham 
Position: Half-back/wing
Plays like: Brad Hill (Fremantle)

 

November 23, 2016 - WILL'S WAIT NEARLY OVER
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By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank

North Adelaide forward Will Hayward is still very much in the dark about his AFL destination as he arrives in Sydney for Friday’s AFL National Draft.

The only South Australian invited to the annual roll call of elite talent, Hayward is tipped to be selected between picks 10 and 18 by several draft experts.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, Hayward said he had recently been interviewed by Adelaide, Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs since his Year 12 exams were completed last week.



The high-flying 18-year-old likes the idea of being selected by the team he barracks for, Adelaide, with pick No.13 but will be excited to join any club who gives him a chance at elite level.

Measuring in at 186cm and 76kg, Hayward has modelled his game around emerging Crows forward Mitch McGovern as the third tall in attack.

Hayward is one of several Roosters expected to have their names called in the nation’s largest city, with Larke Medallist Jack Graham, small forward Kym Lebois and classy midfielder Ben Jarman also high on the radar.

November 21, 2016 - Handby returns to the NAFC
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The NAFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Handby into the Development Coach role made vacant by the departure of Brad Dodd back to WA.  Michael had been an Assistant League Coach with the Roosters from 2013 to 2015, including as our interim senior coach in late 2015, and then under Brad Gotch at South Adelaide as their defensive coach in 2016. It was clear the work he had done at South this season was impressive, noticing the development and improvement of several of their defensive group.

The Development Coach role has been instrumental in enhancing the improvement in many of our young players this season, it has allowed us to build on our talent base with more knowledge and understanding of our players ensuring we have a solid foundation of education and analysis to teach each player.  Michael comes in to the role knowing how important it is, and the influence and guidance he can have on all of the young players throughout the club, as well as assisting in the development of our junior coaches.  In addition, Michael will join Josh Carr’s senior coaching group as our backline coach.

The players are really excited at having ‘Handles’ back at the club, and we look forward to his work in this role in the future.  Please join us in welcoming Michael back to the Club.

 

November 18, 2016 - Ken Farmer SA Sport Hall of Fame
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The North Adelaide Football Club is thrilled that the late Ken Farmer was last night inducted into the SA Football Hall of Fame.

Induction into the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame represents the highest level of recognition and is there to promote the outstanding achievements of this State's greatest athletes and general members. Nominations can be for athletes, teams and general members who each identify as a South Australian.
 

Ken's Achievements

• League Captain – (5) 1934-35; 37-38; 41

• League Coach – (4) 1949-52 (3 GF, 2 Prem)

• Best & Fairest – 1936

• Leading Goalkicker – (13) 1929-41

• 100 goals in a season – (11) 1930-40

• State Coach – 1954

• 17/71 State Games/ Goals

• 2 x Premiership player

• 2 x Premiership coach

• First NAFC to reach 200 games

• Coach B Club - 1948

 

Other Awards

• Best Forward – (5) 1936; 38-41

• Establishing a State Goalkicking Record – 1935

• Best Junior – 1929

• Best Placed – 1937

• Highest Goalkicker – (7) 1929-35

• Second 18s Best Junior – 1928

Media Awards

• Syd Ingerson Fairest & Most Brilliant League Footballer (2) – 1930-31

• Browns Ltd Competition – 1932 (public vote)

Inducted/ Named Awards

  • Australian Football Hall of Fame – 1998
  • SANFL Hall of Fame – 2002
  • NAFC Life Member – 1937
  • NAFC Team of the Century (Full Forward) – 2000
  • NAFC Hall of Fame Legend- 2015
  • Since 1981 SANFL Leading Goalkicker is awarded the Ken Farmer Medal
November 15, 2016 - Tanner Smith joins the NAFC
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The NAFC is pleased to announce the signing of Tanner Smith from the Fremantle Football Club. Tanner, who comes from Horsham in Victoria, has been on the Fremantle list for the past 4 years, playing 4 AFL matches. He is a tall versatile athletic utility who has the running ability to play up the ground at either end and can assist with ruck duties.

Tanner Smith

Age: 22 years old

Height: 196cm

Weight: 93kgs

Clubs: North Ballarat / Fremantle / Peel Thunder

Games: 4 (Fremantle) / 50 (Peel Thunder)

Goals: 2 (Fremantle) / 19 (Peel Thunder)

November 15, 2016 - CHAMPION DATA’S SA TOP 10 PROSPECTS FOR THE AFL DRAFT
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The AFL’s official statistics provider, Champion Data, has released its top prospects for the 2016 AFL National Draft.

CHAMPION DATA’S SA TOP 10
1)    Jack Graham (North Adelaide)
Champion Data says: ’’An elite ball-winner, averaged 25 disposals at the national championships – the equal most of any player. Has an even balance in ball-winning ability, averaging 11 contested possessions and 15 uncontested possessions.’’

2)    Will Hayward (North Adelaide)
Champion Data says: ‘’Unique forward who has all the tricks. Was the No.1 forward at SANFL U18 level for average goals (3.7), score involvements (9.6) and ground ball gets inside 50m (2.9).

3)    Jonty Scharenberg (Glenelg)
Champion Data says: ‘’Is mainly an outside midfielder, averaging 15.5 uncontested possessions a game at the national championships – the second most of any player.’’

4)    Tyson Stengle (Woodville-West Torrens)
Champion Data says: ‘’Averaged the second-most Champion Data ranking points (104) of any small forward at the national championships and ranked No.1 for ground ball gets inside 50m.’’

5)    Jake Pitman (Norwood)
Champion Data says: ‘’No.1 ranked player at the national championships, averaging 139 Champion Data ranking points. Impacted the scoreboard for a midfielder, rating elite for goals (0.8), score assists (1.8) and score involvements (7).
 
6)    Brennan Cox (Woodville-West Torrens)
Champion Data says: ‘’One of the best key defenders of the draft, averaging five intercept possessions and two intercept marks a game at the national championships.’’

7)    Steven Slimming (Sturt)
Champion Data says: ‘’Rated above average for disposals 17.5 at the national championships and gained 339m a game – also ranked above average.’’

8)    Ben Jarman (North Adelaide)
Champion Data says: ‘’Has shown at SANFL U18 level that he has the ability to be an inside midfielder, averaging 26 disposals, 13 contested possessions and six clearances a game.’’

9)    Mitchell Hinge (Glenelg)
Champion Data says: ‘’Reads the play well down back, averaging just under six intercept possessions a game – the second most of any division one player.’’

10)    Peter Ladhams (Norwood)
Champion Data says: ‘’Can win the ball around the ground for a ruckman, averaging 12 disposals a game – the equal most for his position type.’’ 
 
Zac Milbank
SANFL 

November 14, 2016 - NOTICE TO MEMBERS - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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NOTICE TO MEMBERS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Members of the North Adelaide Football Club Inc. and The Roosters Club Inc. will be held in the Function Room, Menzies Crescent, Prospect on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7.00 pm.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Two (2) Positions for a two (2) year term (2017-2018) on the Board of Directors of the North Adelaide Football Inc. will become vacant and nominations from financial members to fill these positions are now invited.  Retiring members are Mr. Bohdan Jaworskyj and Mr. Wayne Jeffries.  Mr. Wayne Jeffries is nominating for re-election.

Nominations must be made on the official form obtainable from the NAFC Administration Office, Menzies Crescent, Prospect or download from website www.nafc.com.au and must be proposed and signed by a current financial member in accordance with Rule 37.3 of the constitution.  Nomination forms are to be received no later than 5.00 pm on Monday 12th December 2016.  Nominees must provide up to a 250 word profile in support of their nomination for distribution to the members.

If required, voting for the above positions will be conducted prior to the AGM from 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm in The Legends Bar or members may apply for a postal vote.  Members requiring a postal vote may obtain an application form from the Club Administration Office during normal office hours or download from website www.nafc.com.au.  Postal voting closes with The Returning Officer on Monday 13th February 2017 at 5.00 pm.

Click here to download Board Nomination Form 

November 11, 2016 - FOOTBALL UPDATE - RECRUITS
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FOOTBALL UPDATE - RECRUITS

The North Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce the signings of Keenan Ramsey, Matt Appleton and Ben Darrou for the 2017 season.

KEENAN RAMSEY
Age:
20
Height: 192cm
Weight: 86kg
Former Clubs: Port Adelaide/Adelaide
Games: 36
Goals: 27

Keenan is a versatile tall who can play at both ends of the ground. Keenan showed in his time on the Adelaide list that he can defend the opposition's tall forward options or play forward and kick goals regularly. He is an elite kick of the football and has the ability to also play through the midfield.


MATT APPLETON
Age: 23
Height: 186cm
Weight: 80kg
Former clubs: Moonta/Woodville-West Torrens
Games: 23
Goals: 5

Matt won the 2015 Reserves Magarey Medal and his assets are his running capacity and his ability to accumulate possessions consistently. Matt is a good first possession player on the inside at the contest who can play a variety of roles through the midfield. Matt joins us from the Eagles and we look forward to him offering our midfield something different to what we currently have on the list.


BEN DARROU
Age: 22
Height: 191cm
Weight: 98kg
Former club: Richmond VFL/South Adelaide

Ben has joined the Roosters from South Adelaide. Ben spent 3 seasons on Richmond's rookie list before his move to Adelaide 2 years ago. He is a quality person who is determined to get his football career back on track after a couple of frustrating seasons interrupted by injury. Ben is a tall defender who reads the play well, has good composure under pressure and can get hold of the football and use it with high efficiency.

We would like to welcome all three players to the Rooster family and we look forward to watching them perform on the field during the 2017 season.

November 10, 2016 - McHappy Day
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Join us for McHappy Day this Saturday November 12th! We will have a few Players at the Collinswood McDonald's store from 11-12noon. 

Funds raised on McHappy Day go towards Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia's (RMHC) essential programs including Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, the Ronald McDonald Learning Program and Ronald McDonald Family Retreats.
Last year McHappy Day raised $3.6m to help seriously ill children and their families - a target we aim to beat in 2016.
Over the last 30 years more than 120,000 Australian families have benefited through RMHC programs. 

Please join us for all the festivities and fundraising for this year's McHappy Day!

November 01, 2016 - Rooster Birthday November
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November 01, 2016 - Melbourne Cup Office Closure
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Our Office will be closed from 1:30pm today due to the Melbourne Cup.
The Office will re-open tomorrow 2.11.16 at 9am. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

October 31, 2016 - Adelaide Crows nominate Ben Jarman
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The Adelaide Football Club has nominated Ben Jarman as a potential father-son recruit at the AFL draft.

The 18-year-old son of two-time Crows premiership player Darren Jarman was eligible to be nominated as a father-son player by Adelaide and Hawthorn because Darren played more than 100 games for both clubs.

Crows General Manager of List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said the nomination was only one part of the process and it was too early to confirm draft selections.

“There are no guarantees for us or Ben,” Reid said.

The AFL draft is November 25.

October 28, 2016 - Tom Schwarz New York Marathon
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This November Tom Schwarz will be pounding the pavement at one of the most famous sporting events in the world – the New York City Marathon!

Just a casual 42km course awaits in the Big Apple, but it will all be worth it as he is raising some vital funds for Little Heroes Foundation to help them support seriously ill children.

The funds raised will help fund the $4 Million ‘Centre for Robotics and Innovation at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will automatically be issued with a receipt via email.

Head over to Tom's page  to support The Little Heroes Foundation and assist Tom in helping reach the fundraising target of $200,000!

Tom's target $3,000

 

October 28, 2016 - 2017 Membership
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Membership for Season 2017 will be launching early November!
If you or someone you know may be interested in signing up, please email contact details through to administration@nafc.com.au and we will send Membership information through as soon as we launch!
October 20, 2016 - Football Update – October 2016
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Football Update – October 2016

Since the end of the 2016 season, we have conducted our end of season reviews and endeavoured to get the commitment of the playing group for 2017.

Our retention of the 2016 list is strong and we are excited by the talent that will join the senior list from the Under 18 program.

We are still waiting on the commitment of a few players, but at this stage the following list is our confirmed departures from this season.

Players that will not be at North Adelaide for the 2017 season;

Joe Anderson – retired

Cohen Thiele – retired

Nick Amato

Josh Gregg – chronic knee issues

Stephen Tahana – moving to Melbourne

Liam Jacka

James Baron

Harrison Slee – ankle injury, requires further surgery

Kieren Smith – country

Derick Wanganeen – country

Jordie Schmidt – country
 

We thank all of the above for their contribution and commitment to the North Adelaide Football Club and we wish them well in their future pathways, both on and off the field.

Recruiting has started and we have spoken to potential players about joining the Roosters for next season.

We will provide updates on player movement when negotiations have been finalised.


The AFL national draft is fast approaching and we had the following players attend the national or state combine testing in recent weeks;

Ben Jarman - national

Jack Graham - national

Will Hayward - national

Brandan Parfitt - national

Kym LeBois – national

Isaac Cumming – national

Jordon Sweet – state screening

Brayden Kirk – state screening

We wish them all the best for the upcoming draft.

Pre-season training for the players starts on Monday 14th November.

Thanks for your passionate support in 2016 and we will provide updates throughout the summer.

October 14, 2016 - Reserves Premiership Photo
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Our 2016 Reserves Premiership photo (below) can be purchased directly from our Club photographer
Deb Curtis- 0437-068-043 
12 x 16” for $35.00 

October 11, 2016 - Bohdan Jaworskyj announces retirement
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To all NAFC members and supporters, Bohdan Jaworskyj, our Club President of the past 16 years, announced his decision to retire from the Board of Directors effective from the next AGM in February 2017. Bohdan announced to the attendees at the Barrie Robran Club Champion Awards last Friday that he had decided it was time to move on and hand the role over to someone else after a long tenure in the role. 

Bohdan reflected on the enormous turbulence which engulfed the club in the early 2000’s, when the club was facing possible extinction due to severe financial difficulties, and the hard work which was done by the Board at the time to put in place the necessary strategies which ensured the financial resurrection of the club.  Today we see the results of this work, the role Bohdan played in pulling it all together was critical with his leadership inspiring.  As Bohdan said last Friday, it was a team effort at Board level which enabled a series of strategies to be played out, and it was the passion of the staff, our supporters, members and sponsors that made it all come together.

The standing ovation he received after his announcement was testament to the gratitude the people in the room had for his work over many years.

We sincerely thank Bohdan and Beth Jaworskyj for their loyalty and commitment to this great club, and we look forward to seeing them both at the football next season and beyond, following the Roosters like they have for the past nearly 50 years.

October 10, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays October
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Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?

Click here to see the October Rooster Birthdays

October 08, 2016 - 2016 Presentation Night award Winners
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Under 16's 

2016  U16 John Sargent Best & Fairest – Connor Rozee
U16’s B&F Runner Up- Boyd Woodcock
Coach’s Trophy- Riley Henriks
Coach’s Trophy- Damien Coyne


Under 18’s

2016 Alan Telfer Best & Fairest Award- Jake Wohling
U18’s B&F Runner Up - Brayden Kirk
Best Team Man - Frazer Driscoll
Most Improved - Tom Matsouliadis
Coach’s Trophy - Dakota Nixon
Coach’s Trophy - Lachlan Wilsdon
Coach’s Trophy - Lee Minervini
Tom Leahy Memorial Trophy for Best First Year  Player - Jake Wohling

 

Reserves

2016 Reserves Fairest and Most Brilliant – Jay Shannon
Reserves Best and Fairest Runner up -Michael Virgin
Donated by the Presidents Group
Third Best Player - Josh Gregg
Donated by Presidents Group
Most Promising Player Award - Billy Lloyd
Donated by the Presidents Group
Doris Boyce Memorial Best Team Man Award - Blake Helyar
Donated by the Presidents Group 
J&G Downie Memorial Coaches Trophy - Mark Quinn
Donated by Wendy Blythe. 
Best Finals Player Trophy -  Jay Shannon
Donated by the Presidents Group

 

League


2016 Barrie Robran Club Champion Award – Jordie McKenzie
Patrons Award for Club Champion Runner Up - Alex Spina
Donated by the President’s Group
Third Best Player - Tom Schwarz
Donated by the Presidents Group
CL Jessop Trophy for League Most Consistent - Max Thring
NAFC Defender of the Year - Alex Spina
Donated by the Presidents Group
NAFC Don Lindner Forward of the Year - Mitch Harvey
Donated by the Presidents Group
Ken Farmer Leading Goal kicker - Mitch Harvey
Donated by the Tom & Di Black from ‘All Action Sport’
Coaches Trophy - Jordie McKenzie
Donated by the Presidents Group
The City of Prospect Council Encouragement Award & RD Lush NAFC Young Player of the Year - Callum Wilkie
Donated by the City of Prospect Council & the Lush Family
The John Phillips Memorial Trophy for Best Club Man – Mitch Clisby

October 07, 2016 - VALE John Donisthorpe
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The North Adelaide Football Club is saddened to inform members of the passing of one of our oldest players, John Donisthorpe. 
John played for the club in the early 1950s and won the Fairest & Most Brilliant for the B-Grade team in 1952.  In that year John also played a few matches for the A-Grade side. He was unable to gain a permanent place in that side owing to the strength of the club at that time. In fact that team won the premiership.
Although he only played a few games for us in the 1950's John continued his association with the club and was at our last past players function only a few months ago. John's brother George was a long time servant of the club and to George and all of John’s family the club extends its sympathies.
 
October 04, 2016 - Susan Girke joins the NAFC Board
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The Board of Directors of the North Adelaide Football Club are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Girke to the Board. Susan comes onto the Board as the ninth Board member taking up the final Board appointee position which has been vacant over recent years.
Whilst Susan’s appointment is in line with the Boards core values as they relate to gender and ethnic diversity, her outstanding career in corporate and consumer marketing will be a huge benefit for the Club as we navigate the commercial challenges ahead.  Susan’s career has included several corporate national sales and marketing roles in the Medical and Pharmaceuticals industries both in Adelaide and interstate, and is currently the Marketing Manager of The Prairie Hotel in Parachilna and The O’Connell Inn in North Adelaide.
Please welcome Susan to our great Club!
September 30, 2016 - Sponsor Signing- North Adelaide Hotel
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We are excited to announce the signing of North Adelaide Hotel as a Platinum Partner for the next two seasons!
Ben Barber and Wife Mandy took over the Daniel O’Connell Hotel on Tynte Street in North Adelaide around three months ago and have worked hard to get the pubs name changed back to its original – North Adelaide Hotel, along with rebranding and updating the interior of the hotel.
We would like to officially welcome them to the club and wish them a successful journey and we can’t wait to be alongside them.

North Adelaide Hotel
165 Tynte Street North Adelaide 
Ph: 8267-4032
Open 7 days 11:00am - Close

September 29, 2016 - Ride for Rhonda
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Ride for Rhonda 

This November, Lewis Hender along with his siblings, two best mates and cousin will be riding over 750kms (over 100kms a day) from Melbourne to Adelaide to raise money for brain cancer research.
Their aim is to raise $50.000, in honour of their Mum Rhonda. 
Head over to their Website or Facebookpage at the links below to read more about their story and how you can help. 

Ride for Rhonda Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Ride4Rhonda
Ride for Rhonda Donation Page: https://priorityresearchqbi.everydayhero.com/au/ride-for-rhonda

September 28, 2016 - Barrie Robran Club Champion Presentation Night
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Alex Spina, Jordie McKenzie, Max Thring who has been North Adelaide's best and fairest player so far this year?
As we look back on the 2016 season, we reflect on Individual performances. Who has stepped up? Who has taken their opportunities? 
The Barrie Robran Club Champion Medal, awarded to North Adelaide's Best and Fairest Player, will be held on Friday 7 October at the Ellington, Hackney Road.
Tickets are $60 per head and includes a 2 course meal. Contact Reception on 8344-8733 to book your seat. 

September 27, 2016 - 2016 SANFL Reserves Premiers
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Congratulations to our Reserves Team who are the 2016 SANFL Reserve Grade Premiers!

Sunday 25 September North Adelaide 15.9.99 defeated WWT Eagles 12.7.79 at Adelaide Oval 

This is the Reserves first Premiership win since 2006.

A full Washup with Best Players & Stats will be posted this afternoon. 


 

September 22, 2016 - Club Statement Under 18's
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The NAFC Board and Management are extremely proud of our Under 18’s performances throughout the season and in particular, how they attacked the finals series and more so, the Grand Final.  Under challenging conditions, the boys remained strong and focussed and applied enough pressure and intensity through the match to find themselves level at the last kick of the day.  Both teams had a few chances to break the game open with scoreboard pressure and put it beyond doubt, but like all finals the opposition kept the pressure on making for one of the most contested Under 18 final matches seen in recent times.  Congratulations to all involved on both sides.

As is the culture of our club, we stand firmly alongside each and every one of our players and are extremely proud of how they fought through much adversity to get themselves into the Grand Final and in a position to win it.  The Club stands by each player even after the final siren.  As a game that relies on nurturing young talent, we are sure that all of the football community is behind all players that put it all on the line both on and off the ground. 

Well done boys, we are excited at the talent and commitment from you all, and really look forward to seeing the future League footballers emerging over the next year or two!

September 19, 2016 - Grand Final Information
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SANFL IGA League Grand Final | Sunday September 25 | Adelaide Oval

U17 SANFL Futures Academy - 9:00am
Reserves Grand Final | Eagles v North - 11:15am
Mental as Anyting (Presented by Coca-Cola) - 1:50pm
IGA League Grand Final | Eagles v Sturt - 2:40pm

 

Ticketing

Category

Pre-Sale Price

Gate Price

Adults

$25

$27

Concession

$20

$22

KIDS U18

FREE

FREE

Pre-sale tickets available through ticketek.com.au* and metro IGA Supermarkets.
Tickets on sale from selected metro IGA stores
Phone Ticketek on: 13 28 49
* Transaction fees apply

Adelaide Oval Football Members, Essential Crows Members, Essential Power Members, and SACA Full Adult Members (transferable cards not valid for entry) all gain entry.

 

Grand Final Car Parking

Car Parks open 7.45am
$18 (East & North) 
Cash payable upon entry, subject to capacity

 

Public Transport

On Grand Final day, ticket holders will be able to travel free on any Adelaide Metro bus, train or tram this year.


After the game

After the match the Function Room Bar will be open from 3-6pm regardless of the result. All welcome! 

September 19, 2016 - Finals Results
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Finals Results

Reserves Preliminary Final
North 19.11.125 def
Norwood 11.13.79

U18's Grand Final
Glenelg 6.20.56 def 
North 8.7.55

September 14, 2016 - BRENTON PHILLIPS-SA Football Hall of Fame
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Brenton Philips- SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee 

Established in 2002 to enshrine those who have made a ‘’most significant contribution to the game of Australian Football’’, the SA Football Hall of Fame now includes 204 players, coaches,
umpires, administrators and media representatives.

Congratulations to Brenton Philips who was last night inducted into the SA Hall of Fame.

As a player, the man known as ‘’Sticks’’ notched up 222 games for North Adelaide in the SANFL, as well as 71 VFL/AFL games for Essendon and Brisbane.
In his memorable career at Prospect, the brilliant midfielder won the Magarey Medal in 1993, and was a two-time Best- and-Fairest.
After retiring as a player, Phillips moved into coaching, guiding Sturt to a drought-breaking premiership in 2002.
He joined the SANFL as Talent Manager in 2007, where he heads up the League’s State Talent program, and is still responsible for the development of the AFL’s stars of tomorrow as the SANFL’s High Performance Manager.
This year marks the tenth year he has been at the helm of the State Under-18 side, in that time leading SA to consecutive National Championships in 2013 and 2014, the first time the Croweaters had claimed the crown since 1995. 

Played: 222 SANFL games (140 goals) with North Adelaide, 1981-85 and 1992-98; 10 AFL games (three goals) with Essendon, 1986; 61 AFL games (30 goals) with Brisbane, 1987-1991.

Coached: Sturt, 2002-2006. SANFL under-age teams, 2007-today.

Honours: Magarey Medal, 1993; North Adelaide best-and-fairest, 1993 and 1994; Sturt premiership coach, 2002; Brisbane VFL reserves premiership, 1991; North Adelaide “Team of the Century”, AFL Under-18 Championship winning coach 2013-2014.

 

September 12, 2016 - Game Results
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Game Results

Under 18’s-
North 15.15.105 defeat 
WWT Eagles 9.7.61

Reserves-
North 15.10.100 defeat 
Glenelg 12.8.80

U14 Girls
WWT Eagles 7.2.44 def
North 5.3.33

U16 Girls
Eagles 7.6.48 def
North 5.9.39

September 07, 2016 - Dakota Nixon- 2016 McCallum Tomkins Medal
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Dakota Nixon- 2016 McCallum Tomkins Medallist

Congratulations to Dakota Nixon who has won the 2016 McCallum Tomkins Medal for the Under-18 Macca’s Cup Competition.
Attracting a total of 23 votes, Nixon finished just one vote ahead of second-placed Stefan Giro from Norwood while Sturt’s Mitch Crowden was placed third with 20 votes.
Nixon is the second North Adelaide player – after Jonathon Hayes in 2014 - to win the McCallum Tomkins Medal since the Under-18 competition’s inception in 2009.

September 05, 2016 - 2016 ADVERTISER SANFL TEAM OF YEAR
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2016 ADVERTISER SANFL TEAM OF YEAR

The final squad of 40 players to be considered for the 2016 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year has been released. This year’s team has been selected by the SANFL’s Adam Kelly, Tom Hurley and Zac Milbank, Channel 7’s Mark Soderstrom and The Advertiser’s Chief SANFL Writer Warren Partland.

 

SQUAD OF 40 

North Adelaide 
Jordie McKenzie
Woodville-West Torrens 
Jared Petrenko, Luke Thompson, Chris Hall, James Boyd, Patrick Giuffreda, Lachlan McGregor, Nick O’Brien, Matthew Goldsworthy, Jarred Allmond
South Adelaide
Brett Eddy, Tom Fields, Brede Seccull, Joel Cross
Sturt
Zane Kirkwood, Kory Beard, Mark Evans, Fraser Evans, Jack Stephens, Aidan Riley, James Battersby
Adelaide
Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Harrison Wigg, Reilly O’Brien, Jonathan Beech
Central District
Justin Hoskin, Chris Jansen, Travis Schiller, Luke Habel, Luke Barmby, Nick Holman 
Port Adelaide
Kane Mitchell, Steven Summerton, Luke Reynolds
Glenelg
Willie Rioli, Josh Scott, Terry Milera, Christian Howard 
Norwood
Sam Baulderstone
West Adelaide
Chris Schmidt

The final 21 players, including the captain, vice-captain and coach of the 2016 Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year, will be announced in IGA League Grand Final week.
 

September 05, 2016 - Elimination Final Scores- 
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Elimination Final Scores- 

U18
North 14.9.93 def
Sturt 6.18.54

Reserves 
North 14.10.94 def
South 13.6.84

September 05, 2016 - Girls Footy-Round 2 Results
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Round 2 Results

U14 Girls
North Adelaide 5.14.44 def
Norwood 2.4.16

U16 Girls
Norwood  10.13.73 def
North Adelaide 1.6.12

September 02, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays- September
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August 29, 2016 - Finals Footy Fixture
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Finals Fixture


Reserves Elimination Final
Sunday September 4
North Adelaide V South Adelaide
11:25 am at City Mazda Oval

U18 Elimination Final
Sunday September 4
North Adelaide V Sturt
11:25am Football Park at Football Park
 

August 29, 2016 - Girls Football-Round 1 Results
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Round 1 Results

U14 Girls
North Adelaide 13.13.91 def
Central Districts 0.0.0

 

U16 Girls
Central Districts 5.12.42 def
North Adelaide 4.6.30
 

August 26, 2016 - Project Discovery Classic
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Project Discovery Classic

The Neil Sachse Foundation is hosting a 3 day cycling classic November 14-16, 2016 to raise money for “Project Discovery”. There is an opportunity for sponsors for the event. Two of the four sponsorship packages includes a cyclist or cyclists in the event.  This provides an excellent opportunity to show case your business via your logo on the Lycra during and after the event.

Project Discovery Classic will head to the Barossa, 30 riders, 3 days and 370 kilometres of cycling beauty. With two days based at the Novotel in Tanunda our riders will experience the region in all its finery.

Kevin O'Keeffe who was involved in Neil’s accident while playing for Fitzroy is one of the key people involved with some other past players like Brent Reilly also making this a success.

Click here to view a PDF version of the sponsorship & event Information booklet.

Project Discovery will change the face of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) by creating a new advanced spinal imaging technique that will advance diagnosis, prognosis and fast track SCI research worldwide.

August 25, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 22 Season 1987
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August 15, 2016 - Annual Members Lottery Results
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Congratulations to the people below who won prizes in our Annual Members Lottery. 

North Adelaide Football Club Members Lottery
Licence Number M13088

1st S Barker (0550)

2nd J Cable (16777)

3rd D Darr (2972)

4th B Saint (18068)

5th S Holstead (17372)

August 14, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 21 Season 1972
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August 11, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 20 Season 1982
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August 10, 2016 - Match Day Information
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Match Day Information 

North Adelaide V South Adelaide
Saturday 13 August
Reserves 11:25am | League 2:10pm

Before the Game-
1991 Premiership Reunion Luncheon-  
$60 per person. Includes; 2 Course meal, beer, wine soft drink & afternoon tea in the Prospect Pavilion.
Malcolm Ellis will interview a selection of 1991 Premiership Team Players. Bookings can be made by calling the Club on 8344-8733.
Bookings close 5pm Thursday 11/8/16. 

1991 Premiership Team to be introduced 

During the Game: 
Vili's Pie Garden will be located at the Southern end of the ground featuring a Craft beer tasting to match the pies. 

Half Time:
Draw Annual Members Lottery $10,000 Cash prize  
Mini League 

Post Match:
Best Player Presentations & Meals from 5:30pm

Bogan Bingo 
18+ Event  
Tickets $35 per head;
Including 3 drink vouchers & nibbles
 

 

August 09, 2016 - Last Presidents Group Luncheon for Season 2016
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August 09, 2016 - Neil Sachse Foundation- Project Discovery Classic Bike Ride
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Neil Sachse Foundation

Neil Sachse along with wonderful support from Kevin O’Keeffe and many others are organising the Project Discovery Classic Bike Ride in November.

Project Discovery, which Neil founded, will change the face of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) by creating a new advanced spinal imaging technique that will advance diagnosis, prognosis and fast track SCI diagnosis, prognosis and fast track SCI research worldwide.                                                   

We are trying to raise $100,000 for the Project Discovery Bike Ride in November. This is for those who can't join the ride.

Please donate whatever you can via the link below AND forward this link to anyone who is true Red White and Blue OR knows anyone who has suffered a Spinal Cord Injury.

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/131120

 

August 05, 2016 - VALE – Lance Tuckey
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VALE – Lance Tuckey

There have been few who can rival the contribution that Lance Tuckey made to the red and white jumper. He played 32 games for the club and kicked 97 goals during his short playing time with the Roosters. However, an even greater contribution was to follow.

Lance was the son of high flying 57- gamer Rooster, Charlie Tuckey, and father of Ian Tuckey who played for North league side in the mid 1970’s.  Lance joined the Roosters B-Grade team in 1946 from the Norwood Union, aged 22. This was shortly after he had been discharged from the Army after the end of World War 2 where Lance had served as a Sapper.

At the modest height of 5’ 10 ½” he was described as a “brilliant forward and ruckman who kicked 56 goals”, and won the Woolly Medal as the leading goal-kicker in that year. He also represented the club in a combined Association Team.

By 1948 Lance had established a place in the senior team and rucked with Allan Galloway, playing 16 games, kicking 60 goals and winning the Best Forward award. After round 4 he had kicked an amazing 20 goals and 2 points. Not surprisingly the club noted him as a “lightening snapshot for goal”.  Twice Lance kicked 9 goals, (9.0 and 9.2).

In 1949 Lance missed the premiership after being injured. A highlight of the season was a 7 goal haul against the Redlegs. He won the Serviceable Play award in this his final year.

In 1956 Lance began the second part of career in the red-and-white jumper playing for the North Adelaide Football Club District Association. At this time that Association was a very strong feeder for the Roosters. That year Lance won the Fairest and Most Brilliant medal in Grade A1 and helped the team win the Advertiser Shield.

Lance coached and played in the North Adelaide District Football Association, coached combined Association sides, and won the Union Championship in 1963.  Lance was still actively playing football until at least 1964. (The author can verify this having played against him that year).  His coaching career continued officially until 1966.

That was not the end for Lance’s association with the red-and-whites. He was to become Patron of the North Adelaide Reserves in the 1970’s.  This team was comprised of many ex Roosters and played successfully out of the old Thompson Memorial Grounds opposite the Buckingham Arms.

Thank you for all those years of service and farewell “Sir Lancelot.”

August 05, 2016 - Girls Football Macca’s Talent Shield
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Girls Football Macca’s Talent Shield

On behalf of the North Adelaide Football Club we would like to thank all players who have signed up for what will be an exciting competition. The season is just around the corner, with our first training session this Tuesday at Prospect Oval.

We are still seeking participants, with all girls in the required age group (born between 2000 and 2004) more than welcome. There is the option of registering at training, or follow the provided link.

https://sanfl.wufoo.eu/forms/sanfl-u14-and-u16-girls-maccas-shield/

Senior players Alex Barns, Mitchell Clisby and Mitchell Harvey are our coaches. Mitchell Harvey is coaching the Under 16s while Alex Barns and Mitchell Clisby will share the Under 14 duties. All coaches are excited to meet the players and get the season underway.  

Details

First Game: Sunday the 28th of August (fixture below)

First Training: Tuesday the 9th of August

When: 4.30-5.30, Arrive 4.20.

Where: Prospect Oval. Menzies Crescent, North Adelaide.

Enter via the changerooms next to the RSL Hall (Cnr. Willcox Ave. and Menzies Crescent)

Fees: $120. Girls will be provided full playing attire (Guernsey, shorts, socks) as well as a NAFC jacket and junior membership.

Post-training we will meet in the function room, where we’ll hand out the apparel and provide access to the registration forms if you haven’t signed up already.

Finally, we look forward to an exciting, fun-filled season! Feel free to spread the word and invite anyone who may be interested.

If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact me

M: 0418170971

E: j_mack99@hotmail.com

See you on Tuesday!

Jordie McKenzie

North Adelaide Girls Football Coordinator

 

August 04, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 19 Season 2004
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August 04, 2016 - Your chance to win Two Adelaide Oval Roofclimb Tickets
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Attend Round 19 North Adelaide V Port Adelaide for your chance to win Two Adelaide Oval Roof Climb Tickets
Fill out an entry form at the Merchandise Booth at Prospect Oval this Sunday 7 August. Winner will be announced at 3/4 Time of the League Match. Strictly 1 entry per person and must be at the game to be eligible to win! 

Match Details: 
North Adelaide V Port Adelaide
Sunday 7 August at Prospect Oval

Reserves 11:25am | League 2:10pm

Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb
Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb will literally take you to new heights at the world-class Adelaide Oval!
This exhilarating adventure will have you travelling along the impressive curved roofline of the Oval as you soak up 360 degree views of the city and beyond. Test your nerve with a lean out point, 50 metres above the ground! With a wide range of climb possibilities, an unforgettable experience awaits – twilight views, sparkling city lights or blue sky in every direction.
August 01, 2016 - Female Super Clinic at Prospect Oval
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August 01, 2016 - UNDER 16 CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE HEAD COACH POSITION AVAILABLE
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August 01, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays- August
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July 30, 2016 - Milestone Games
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JOE ANDERSON

Congratulations to Joe Anderson who will play his 100th SANFL Game this weekend.
Recruited From:
Carlton (previously with Sturt)
North Debut:
Round 2, 2013 against Central at Elizabeth
Games Played &  Goals:
North 61 games & 9 goals
Sturt 38 games & 5 goals
Awards:
Most Consistent Player (CL Jessop Trophy) 2015, Second Best Player 2014, Coaches Trophy  2013, Laid 13 tackles against Glenelg in 2014 (club record) which was only broken this year by Tom Schwarz’s 16.

LEIGH RYSWYK

We would also like to congratulate Leigh Ryswyk who will this weekend receive his SANFl Life Membership. Leigh will play game number 196 for North Adelaide with an additional four State appearances reaching the 200 games required for this recognition. Leigh is closing in on his official 200 games with the Club, which is scheduled Round 1 2017. Leigh has indicated that he is keen to play on next season.

July 29, 2016 - Cohen Thiele Announces Retirement
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Wednesday night at training Cohen informed the Club and Playing Group that he will be retiring from SANFL Football at the end of the year. Cohen has given great service to the Football Club since 2008 and will play out the rest of the season. Cohen has battled back and calf issues this year and hopefully his body allows him to play League Football again this Season. 

July 28, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 18 Season 1974
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July 26, 2016 - Match worn Indigenous guernseys still available
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Own a piece of limited edition North Adelaide Football Club Merchandise designed by Vice Captain Marlon Motlop.

The 9 circles on the guernsey (also on the Boomerang) represent our 9 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander players and their respective Aboriginal country.  
Each circle has 3 layers of dots, representing Women, Men and Children who become connected to NAFC through the players.

Match worn Indigenous Jumper signed by Senior Player $110.
Match worn Guernseys still available: 9,15,19,20, 21 & 32
To purchase call 8344-8733. First in best dressed!
We also have a few extra guernseys that were not worn available for purchase. 

July 21, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 17 Season 1946
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July 21, 2016 - Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships Day 3
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Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at My Money House Oval 

Thursday 21/7/16

U15 Metro-

Central Districts V North Adelaide

Central Districts 12.6.78 Def

North 8.8.56

 

July 21, 2016 - Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships Day 3
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Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at My Money House Oval 

Thursday 21/7/16

U15 Metro-

Central Districts V North Adelaide

Central Districts 12.6.78 Def

North 8.8.56

 

July 21, 2016 - Female Football is back for Season 2016!
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Female Football is back for Season 2016!

 

The Under 14 competition is for players born in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the Under 16 competition is for players born in 2000 and 2001.
A four game season commencing on the 28th of August. Click here to View Fixture 

Training Times-
Tuesday Nights August 9th, 16th & 23rd
Prospect Oval from 4:30pm-5:30pm

No football experience is necessary!

Head over to the SANFL Website to fill out a Registration form today!

Registration is $120 including:
Match Guernsey
Shorts
Socks
Match Day Jacket
NAFC Junior Membership

July 19, 2016 - Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at Prospect Oval
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Under 15 & Under 17 State Championships at Prospect Oval

Tuesday 19/7/16

U15 Metro-

North Adelaide V Norwood 10:30am

North 10.10.70 Def

Norwood 5.4.34

U15 Country-

North Adelaide V Norwood 12:05pm

North 9.14.68 Def

Norwood 7.4.46

U17 Country-

North Adelaide V Norwood 1:40pm

Norwood 15.9.99 def

North Adelaide 6.4.40
 

Wednesday 20/7/16

U15 Metro-

North Adelaide V WWT Eagles 10:30am

North 10.13.73 Def

WWT Eagles 5.5.35

U15 Country-

North Adelaide V WWT Eagles 12:05pm

North 9.7.61 Def

WWT Eagles 3.8.26

U17 Country-

North Adelaide V WWT Eagles 1:40pm

WWT Eagles 16.6.102 def

North 4.4.28

July 18, 2016 - 2016 NAFC Indigenous Guernseys are for sale!
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Own a piece of limited edition North Adelaide Football Club Merchandise designed by Vice Captain Marlon Motlop.
Match worn Indigenous Jumper signed by Senior Player $110. To purchase call 8344-8733. First in best dressed!

We are happy to post anywhere in Australia, but postage costs are additional.

July 15, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 16 Season 1967
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July 12, 2016 - Indigenous Round
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As part of Indigenous Round celebrations, we will be wearing a special one-off Guernsey designed by Vice Captain Marlon Motlop.

Meaning Behind the Guernsey Design-
There are 9 circles (on guernsey, and also on Boomerang) which represent our 9 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander players and their respective Aboriginal country.  Each circle has 3 layers of dots, representing Women, Men and Children who become connected to NAFC through the players.

Match worn guernseys will be available for purchase next week. Further information will be posted after the game on how to get your hands on a signed Indigenous Guernsey. 

Match Details
Norwood V North Adelaide Sunday 17 July
Coopers Stadium

July 12, 2016 - POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – JAKE LISTON
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – JAKE LISTON

The Round 15 Powerade Star Search nominee is Jake Liston! After returning from a stint playing for Meningie, Liston collected 18 disposals and five tackles in the narrow loss to the Eagles at Prospect. Congratulations Jake!!

July 12, 2016 - AIME Mentoring Program – Marlon Motlop & Derick Wanganeen
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SANFL Indigenous Round

AIME Mentoring Program – Marlon Motlop & Derick Wanganeen

In 2005, a then 19 year old uni-student, Jack Manning Bancroft founded the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience or AIME with 25 Indigenous high school students (mentees) and 25 volunteer university students (mentors) in Redfern, NSW.

Fast forward 10 years and by the end of 2015, AIME had grown to support approximately 5,700 mentees with 1,900 mentors across 18 Australian universities across Australia, earning Jack the Award of “NSW Young Australian of the Year 2010”.

AIME is a dynamic educational program proven to support Indigenous students throughout high school and into university, employment or further education at the same rate as all Australian students.  The proven success of the AIME program was highlighted in 2014, when Year 12 attainment rates within the program where 7.2% higher than the National Non-Indigenous rate and a further 35.3% higher than the National Indigenous Rate.

The following, taken from the AIME website, is a snapshot of the program which students are involved in:

  • Year 9 'Interactive' Core Program: 15 weekly 1 hour mentoring sessions at your university campus from April to November, requiring you to step outside your comfort zone for sessions such as Art, Drama, Respect and Hip Hop.
  • Year 10 'Leadership' Core Program: 15 weekly 1 hour mentoring sessions at your university campus from April to November, includes sessions on Racism, Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection, Résumé Building and Writing your First Speech as Prime Minister.
  • Year 11/12 Leadership and Development Core & Outreach Program: 4 x full-day sessions delivered at your university campus across the months of April to November.  Through a range of interactive facilitated sessions the focus is on Year 12 completion and transition/connection to the next chapter of life.
  • AIME Tutor Squads: Squads of AIME Mentors will travel to schools during the 15-week program period to provide further academic and personal support for the students.
  • AIME Outreach Program: AIME will open its doors to Year 9 to 12 students in schools beyond the 30-minute radius of our Core Program and for those who cannot make it onto the University campus each week. Students will have the chance participate in 12 AIME sessions spread across 4 full-day visits to their university campus.

What is AIME’s plan moving forward? In late 2016 and for the first time, AIME will run a Primary School based program Australia wide to connect with an even younger generation.  Then by the end of 2018 support 10,000 Indigenous High School students across Australia, and assist their transition into University, employment or further education, and

In the lead-up to our Round 16 Indigenous Round clash with Norwood (Sun 17th July at Coopers Stadium), we had a chat with our very own Marlon Motlop and Derick Wanganeen who are proud ambassadors of the AIME Program, working with students across SA.   Both have an indigenous background and share the experience of having spent time in an elite football program and believe in the benefits of Mentoring Indigenous youth and giving back to their culture and community.

How and when did you get involved? 

Marlon: “I began working with AIME in 2014 and I am the Program Manager of the South Australian Western Suburbs Program and Senior Program Presenter. “

Derick: “Got involved with AIME when I made the move back to South Australia in 2015, through Marlon. Getting back to SA and playing football again was good but getting work was the main priority. Obviously Marlon and I both play at North Adelaide FC and one night he approached me about a position that was available at AIME and so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the program.   I am a presenter. I run the year 10 Leadership Program, I will present content such as Drugs and Alcohol, Racism, Mentors for life and Identity just to name a few.”

Why did you choose to get involved with AIME? 

Marlon:  “My first introduction to AIME was in Perth in 2013 during a Year 12 session were I was asked to be a guest speaker and share my story with the students. I was taken aback by the interaction between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander High School students and Uni Students, and the sharing of stories and knowledge between the two parties and wanted to be part of the organisation. I enjoyed seeing young students share stories of their background and heritage in front of an older audience, and also their peers which was great.”

What have you gained by working with AIME (skills, experience, knowledge)? 

Marlon:  “AIME has given me the opportunity to share some great stories of our young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander High School students and also help Non-Indigenous people understand the rich history of our people.”

Derick: “The ability to be comfortable with public speaking and speaking in front of a large group of people. Learning more about my people, but also educating people on the history of Aboriginal Australia, what it means to be an aboriginal person and what we have been through.”

What is AIME’s impact on the Indigenous community?

Marlon: “We have now currently connected and worked with over 4,800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across 18 Universities around Australia. Students who complete our program have a much greater chance of attaining their SACE or ATAR.  AIME’s Year 12 attainment rate last year was 7.2% higher than the national Non-Indigenous rate and a further 35.3% higher than the National Indigenous Rate.”

Derick:    “Stats show that Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students that are involved in our programme finish High School and move onto employment or further study at the same rate is every other Australian kid. AIME has a positive impact within our communities.”

Best and Hardest moments of working with AIME Program? 

Marlon:  “Best moments are witnessing students take ownership for their future and being able to see firsthand, their growth in maturity. The understanding around the importance of education is at an all-time high for our young people, which is a massive step in the right direction. On the other hand, I’ve seen the amount of disadvantage from within our community, which stills tells me our country has a long way to go, in order to achieve equality within education.”

Derick:  “Seeing these kids grow in confidence and embrace their Aboriginality are the perks of being involved with AIME, and building new and ongoing relationship with our future leaders within our communities.”

Every ‘Ambassadors of Indigenous Success’ partnership will help change your school’s culture, and enable AIME to work with more Indigenous kids across Australia. If you have any questions please email schools@aimementoring.com.

July 11, 2016 - Round 14 Home Match Raffle uncollected prize. 
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Round 14 Home Match Raffle uncollected prize. 

If you have ticket number 66587 from the Roosters Round 14 match against Adelaide, 
bring in your winning ticket stub to reception during business hours to collect your prize. 

 

July 08, 2016 - AFL Debut- Oleg Markov
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Congratulations to Oleg Markov who has been selected to play his first AFL game for the Richmond Football Club this weekend. We wish Oleg all the best and will be cheering him on Saturday night when Richmond take on the Western Bulldogs.

July 08, 2016 - U16 National Carnival MVP
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Our very own Connor Rozee was awarded the Kevin Sheehan medal and Most valuable Player in the U16 National Carnival earlier today. Congratulations Connor!

We would also like to congratulate the McDonalds Under 16 Team for winning their fourth AFL Under 16 Championship on the Gold Coast today, after defeating Vic Country by 56 points. The SA U16's coached by Darel Hart went through the tournament undefeated. 

July 07, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 15 Season 2005
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July 02, 2016 - Mitch Harvey 50 SANFL Games
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July 01, 2016 - Football Update- Cohen Thiele & Derick Wanganeen
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We wish to confirm that we have been working with and supporting Cohen Thiele through some personal issues, and have agreed with Cohen that he should take a leave of absence from the Club and football in general to concentrate on taking care of these important matters. We will continue to provide internal and external support for Cohen through this period and his return to football will be in line with his progress and confidence in dealing with these personal circumstances.

In addition Derick Wanganeen, who unfortunately has been plagued with ongoing hamstring and knee injuries since he arrived at the Club last year, has advised the club that he believes he needs to take a break from the strenuous training and playing standards of SANFL as he struggles to overcome these injuries.

Derick has struggled for continuity with his training and he can’t get his body to the requirements to play at league level.

Derick is a required player on our list and he will play the remainder of the 2016 season at a lower level.  He is a very popular player among our playing group, and we will sit down with him again at the end of the season to determine where he is at for 2017.

July 01, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 14 Season 1997
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June 30, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays - July
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June 30, 2016 - Jack Graham wins National U18’s Award
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McDonald’s SA Under-18 captain Jack Graham has been awarded the Larke Medal as the best player at the 2016 AFL National Championships.
The first Croweater to win the coveted individual award since 2002, Graham was a standout performer in the midfield throughout the four-match carnival.
Jack was also named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament and will most likely be selected in the AFL Under 18 All- Australian Team, to be announced at the end of this week.

Congratulations Jack!

June 24, 2016 - State U18 Results
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Full time: McDonald's SA U18s 11.10.76 def Vic Country 9.11.65
June 23, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces - Round 13 1938
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June 21, 2016 - POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – STEPHEN TAHANA
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – STEPHEN TAHANA
The Round 12 Powerade Star Search nominee is Stephen Tahana. In his eighth League game, Tahana was rated as one of his team’s best for restricting West’s Aaron Fielke, while also managing 10 disposals, four marks and three tackles. Congratulations Stephen!

June 17, 2016 - Round 12 North Adelaide v West Adelaide
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Round 12 North Adelaide v West Adelaide
Match Day Partner Telstra NorthPark

League 2:10pm | Reserves 11:25am
Prospect Oval

Round 12 Match Day Partner-Telstra North Park
Thanks to Telstra North Park for sponsoring Round 12 here at Prospect Oval.

Telstra North Park have been a Silver Partner of the club since 2012. Located at North Park Shopping Centre Players, coaches, staff, sponsors and members head down and visit Barney for all your Technology and Telstra needs.

''Local isn’t a buzzword for us- it’s the principle that guides everything we do here in the inner north. And we know there are groups in the local community supporting our kids that could use any extra cash they can get.''

Multicultural Month

We are celebrating Multicultural round here at the Prospect Oval. Greek Pastries & Delacies will be in the main entrance. Players will be wearing orange arm bands and we encourage all members to wear a touch of orange to support Cultural Diversity in our game.

Meals
Lunch service in the Function room between 12:00-1:00pm.  Call the Club on 8344-8733 to book a table.

No Dinner on Sunday games. All Members & Supporters are welcome to come back to the Club after the match for a drink and Best Player Presentations from 5:45pm.

Past Player and Officials Day
There will be a Past Players & Officials Function in the Function room. From 12:30-2:00pm in the Function Room. Feel free to have a drink with your favourite Past Player.

Half Time Entertainment
This year, the North Adelaide Football Club have sponsored the Club Clipsal 1000, an epic initiative where Ashley Ralph, Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s General Manager of Partner Programs, will be running 1,000km in ten days to raise funds for charities Variety and the Julian Burton Burns Trust.

Ashley has been a resident of the Prospect area for over eleven years and has had a long association with the NAFC through his own involvement with the league and now has two sons playing in the junior teams.

To get on board and support Ashley with this worthy cause, visit clipsal.com/clubclipsal1000

Look out for the Mascot race at half time!

Lottery
Cheerleaders will be selling lottery tickets around the ground.  Be sure to be in the draw to win $10 000!  Tickets can also be returned to reception or the merchandise booth.
Annual members Lottery is drawn on Saturday 13th August 2016.

Gala Dinner tickets- Last chance to book!
Gala Dinner & Auction Night
Proudly Sponsored by Terry Howe Printing Services 

Our major fundraiser and biggest entertainment night of the year for the Club is again approaching. The NAFC Gala Dinner and Auction evening, this year held on Saturday 25 June at the National Wine Centre on North Terrace, will again be a spectacular night of fun for all the Roosters Community.

The black tie affair, with the a Masquerade theme, will again offer a huge night of entertainment with all current NAFC Players and Partners present, with all Coaches, Sponsors, VP’s and Rooster Members.

The Auction will again offer some unbelievable value, both big ticket items from the Major Auction, and the more subtle bargains from the Silent Auction.

It’s the largest fundraising night of the year for us, and its success over recent years has meant it continues to get bigger and better each year.

Pop into Reception or call us on 8344-8733 to book your tickets.

Tickets $140 Includes; 2 Course Meal & Drinks package.

Membership, Merchandise & Seating are all available from reception & the merchandise booth on game day.

Reception Game Day hours 10:00am-2:00pm

Merchandise Booth 11:30am-4:30pm

June 16, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 12, Season 2006.
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June 15, 2016 - POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – SAM DE LEONARDIS
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – SAM DE LEONARDIS

The Round 11 Powerade Star Search nominee is Sam De Leonardis!
Playing his first League match for the year, De Leonardis was outstanding through the midfield, collecting 27 disposals, 11 clearances and four goals en route to winning the Dean Higgins Medal against Glenelg on Monday. Congratulations Sam!

June 09, 2016 - Entertainment Books
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Entertainment Books are a great fundraising initative for the North Adelaide Rockettes. Each purchase helps the Cheerleaders with 20% of every sale going directly towards their cause!  

For only $65.00 you can discover thousands of value up to 50% off and 2-for-1 for many of the best restaurants, arts, attractions, hotels, travel, shopping and much, much more!

Call the Club on 8344-8733 to secure your book today!
June 09, 2016 - Merchandise Order Arrival
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Our popular Softshell Jackets & Vest are now back in stock.  Sizes available from S - 3XL.

Call the Club to make a purchase today on 8377-8433.

June 09, 2016 - Michael Clinch
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The North Adelaide Football Club would like to advise members & supporters of the departure last week of Michael Clinch.

Michael has had limited opportunities at league level this year and he will finish the 2016 season with Salisbury North in Division 1 of the Amateur League.Michael represented the Football Club in 61 games at league level and we thank him for his service and commitment over this time.

Michael was a popular member of the playing group and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.

June 09, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 11, Season 2007
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June 02, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays June
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May 26, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 10 Season 1980
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May 23, 2016 - WEST END STATE SQUAD
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FINAL SQUAD OF 25

Travis Schiller (Central District)
Willie Rioli (Glenelg)
Christian Howard (Glenelg)
Andrew Bradley (Glenelg)
Mitch Clisby (North Adelaide)
Jordie McKenzie (North Adelaide)

Lewis Johnston (Norwood)
Alex Georgiou (Norwood)
Anthony Wilson (Norwood)
Sam Baulderstone (Norwood)
Steven Summerton (Port Adelaide)
Brett Eddy (South Adelaide)
Cameron Hitchcock (South Adelaide)
Joel Cross (South Adelaide)
Zane Kirkwood (Sturt)
Aidan Riley (Sturt)
Fraser Evans (Sturt)
Jack Osborn (Sturt)
Brodie Martin (Sturt)
Kory Beard (Sturt)
Lachlan McGregor (Woodville-West Torrens)
James Boyd (Woodville-West Torrens)
Jarred Allmond (Woodville-West Torrens)
Nick O’Brien (Woodville-West Torrens)
Luke Thompson (Woodville-West Torrens)

WEST END STATE TEAM SCHEDULE
Monday night – Training at Football Park (6pm)
Wednesday night – Training at Adelaide Oval (5.30pm)
Friday night – Training at Adelaide Oval (5.30pm)
Sunday – Match v VFL at Adelaide Oval (1.40pm)

May 19, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 9 Season 1990
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May 13, 2016 - Marlon Motlop 50 Games
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Congratulations to Marlon Motlop who this week plays his 50th Club Game.



MARLON'S NORTH RECORD
Seasons: 2008-11; 2014-current
Games: 49
Goals: 21
Debut: Rd 9 vs WWT at Woodville.  North won by 20 points.   Debut with Wade Thompson and David Clarke (from South)
Achievements: 2015 Best and Fairest
State Representative: 2015
Fourth Best Player: 2014

May 12, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Season 1994
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May 12, 2016 - State Game Ticket Offer
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South Australia is set to take on Victoria at Adelaide Oval on May 29 and North Adelaide Ticketed Members* will be able to attend for FREE!

With five Roosters named in the squad, this is something no Roosters fan will want to miss!
Simply use your Season or 10 Home match ticket to gain access to the West End State Game

West End State Game - Sunday May 22 - Adelaide Oval
SANFL West End State Team v VFL | 1:40pm
SA U18's v SA U20's | 10:55am

Additional tickets are available for purchase by Clicking here at the same pricing as regular SANFL games -
Adults $14 | Concession $8 | U18's  FREE

*Please not this does not included 5 Home Match passes. 

May 09, 2016 - Home Match Winning Ticket
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The winning ticket for the Round 7 Home Match Raffle is ticket number 54803. If you have this number,  please bring your winning ticket into reception to claim your prize.

Congratulations! 

May 06, 2016 - A letter to all NAFC Supporters
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May 05, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Season 1971
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Click here to view Round 7 Rooster Reminisces 

May 03, 2016 - Football News
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Powerade Star Search Nominee
The Round 6 Powerade Star Search nominee is our very own Callum Wilkie. A steady influence in defence this season, Wilkie chalked up 15 disposals, four clearances and six tackles in our win against Glenelg at Prospect.

U18 State Squad
North Adelaide has seven Players named in the Under 18 State Squad. Congratulations to Ben Jarman, Kym Lebois, Dakota Nixon, Lee Minervini, Jack Graham, Jordon Sweet and Will Hayward.

 

May 03, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays May
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May 01, 2016 - Prostate Cancer Awareness
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Round 6 Match Day is proudly Supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
This Sunday there will be a urologist speaking at the our Presidents Group luncheon, coin donation tins located around the oval and a marquee set up with information about Prostate Cancer. 

 

April 29, 2016 - Past Player & Officials Pre Match Function
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Round 6 Sunday 1 May is the first of three Past Player & Official Functions being held at the Club.
Our Past Players have all been invited to attend drinks in the Function Room between 12:30-2:00pm.
Members and Supporters are welcome to come along and catch up with some NAFC greats.

April 29, 2016 - 2016 WEST END STATE SQUAD
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2016 WEST END STATE SQUAD

Luke Carey (Adelaide)
Luke Barmby (Central District)
Travis Schiller (Central District)
Brad Agnew (Glenelg)
Andrew Bradley (Glenelg)
Christian Howard (Glenelg)
Willie Rioli (Glenelg)
Josh Scott (Glenelg)
Mitch Clisby (North Adelaide)
James Craig (North Adelaide)
Jordie McKenzie (North Adelaide)
Maris Olekalns (North Adelaide)
Leigh Ryswyk (North Adelaide)

Sam Baulderstone (Norwood)
Jarryd Cachia (Norwood)
Alex Georgiou (Norwood)
Lewis Johnston (Norwood)
Andrew Kirwan (Norwood)
Matthew Panos (Norwood)
Anthony Wilson (Norwood)
Steven Summerton (Port Adelaide)
Joel Cross (South Adelaide)
Brett Eddy (South Adelaide)
Tom Fields (South Adelaide)
Cameron Hitchcock (South Adelaide)
Emmanuel Irra (South Adelaide)
Nick Liddle (South Adelaide)
Kory Beard (Sturt)
Fraser Evans (Sturt)
Zane Kirkwood (Sturt)
Brodie Martin (Sturt)
Jack Osborn (Sturt)
Jason Porplyzia (West Adelaide)
Kaine Stevens (West Adelaide)
Jarred Allmond (Woodville-West Torrens)
James Boyd (Woodville-West Torrens)
Chris Hall (Woodville-West Torrens)
Lachlan McGregor (Woodville-West Torrens)
Jared Petrenko (Woodville-West Torrens)
Luke Thompson (Woodville-West Torrens) 

April 28, 2016 - VALE Billy McKenzie
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Click here to read Billy McKenzie Obituary

April 28, 2016 - Roosters Fixture survey- Have your say
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The Board of the NAFC met with the SANFL Commission recently to discuss a range of topics concerning the SANFL.
A major area identified is the falling number of people going to watch each weekend.
The Board pointed out to the SANFL that our last 2 years of draws has seen us lumbered with large blocks of home games lumped close together – 5 out of 6 in 2015 and this year will be 6 out of 9 (both of these falling in the second half of the year), which also will see us play 9 games on Sundays in 2016.
We believe this makes it very difficult for people to plan which games they are able to attend.

Proposal
The Board put forward that the SANFL need to return the draw to a status of Saturday Home games one week Home and an Away game the week after, much like it used to be before we had our AFL sides.
We are therefore proposing a survey of members to see if you agree with our thoughts and we can then relay this information back to the SANFL.

Click on the link below to have your say..
Roosters Fixture Survey

 

April 28, 2016 - Members Only Merchandise
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We have now  officially sold out of Members only caps.
We still have plenty of Members only scarves for you to purchase for just $10.00 each!

 

April 28, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 6 Season 1983
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April 22, 2016 - VALE John Tidswell
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VALE John Tidswell 

The club has lost another legend of the 1950’s, and dual premiership player, ruckman John Tidswell. John was a stalwart of the club during that era and was a “true local” who played for our colts teams from 1946 and was elevated to league in 1949. His family had a business for many years, just one kilometre from the club.

In his league career from 1949 to 1958 John played 162 games and played in both the 1949 and 1952 premiership sides. Standing at a modest 6’ 1” he was thrust from follower into the lead ruckman role with early retirements of Alan Aldenhoven and Colin Tanner. He quickly won the respect of all his team mates. For a player that took on all the great ruckman of his time John was seldom injured. Throughout his career he was “ever-willing to protect the small men in the side from unnecessary buffeting”. This was very relevant during the period of dominance of one particular club of that era.

His work as a follower was always of the highest class, knocking or palming to his rovers with accuracy, and making their job much easier thereby. When resting he mostly played in the back lines, where his high marking, sound judgment, and reliable kicking made him a most valuable player.

1957 was noted as ‘a lion-hearted effort by John throughout the year (he) lifted our ruck into the top bracket. Never admitting defeat, he on many occasions by his strong play all over the ground held us together. No matter where he played, ruck, back-pocket, or when relieving at full-back, John gave of his courageous best and was always an inspiration to the juniors.”

On his retirement the club noted that John was:

“Probably the most consistent, self effacing ruckman the Club has had since the war. John's thoughtful ruck play has been consistently under-rated by football followers generally, but never by his team-mates or Club selectors.”

Surely they spoke of opposition supporters because those of us that saw him play never, never under-rated him – John was always there.

The NAFC Annual Reports of the 1950’s advertised : “ALL SPORTSMEN MEET AT "TIDSWELL'S NORTHERN". As with John - still part of the North Adelaide family.

April 21, 2016 - Rooster Reminisces Round 5 Season 1960
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April 21, 2016 - Funeral details for Tony Skeffington
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The funeral for Tony Skeffington will be held on Tuesday 26 April in the Moet Chandon Pavilion, Morphettville Racecourse, Anzac Highway at 1.00pm.  
Following the funeral, Tony’s family and friends will be heading to The Sunset Bar, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg at 3.30pm. 

April 19, 2016 - VALE Tony Skeffington
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We are deeply saddened by the passing of long time member and one of our most passionate supporters, Tony Skeffington.  Tony was a kind of spiritual leader among the most ardent of Roosters supporters and an integral part of the NAFC cheer squad, and ultimately the grog squad. Tony will be missed in so many areas of the Club, and by so many people.  He touched the lives of supporters, players, coaches, administrators, staff, sponsors and Boards.  Tony will always remain part of the Clubs culture, history and soul, and will be missed by all. Our love goes out to Donna and the family at this time.

April 18, 2016 - North Adelaide Football Club Annual Members Lottery
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The ‘North Adelaide Football Club Annual Members Lottery’ is back for Season 2016

We earnestly seek your support in selling lottery tickets. As this project is our major fundraising activity for the year it is very important that we achieve a good response and result from our Club Members and Supporters.

Tickets are $2.00 each with full proceeds going towards the Youth Development Program. Each book contains 15 tickets at just $2 each. There have only been 1,500 books printed - So your chance of winning is strong!

Prizes up for grabs:

1st Prize $10,000 Cash
2nd Prize- Trip to Kangaroo Island- organised by Aaron Sard at MTA Travel
3rd Prize –NAFC Signed Guernsey
4th Prize -$100 Grand North Voucher
5th Prize - $50 Grand North Voucher


If you or your work place would be interested in selling a lottery book, we would be more than happy to send them out to you . Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 8344 8733.

Lottery books can be returned and collected at our upcoming Home Matches or from reception during business hours.  

Thank you for helping the Roosters!      

April 18, 2016 - 'For the Love of the Jumper'
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The Results from our second 'For the Love of the Jumper' poll are in.
With 38%  of the votes, Terry Von Bertouch was voted the supporters best Player to wear guernsey No. 2.

Head over the the poll to vote each week.
This week we look at the Number 3 jumper – a number worn by some historic players that were prominent players in their time including captains and a Hall of Famer.
Facts, figures and awards are based on seasons covering the period when the player wore the jumper in discussion. Nominations based on those with the most games recorded in the jumper.


 

April 13, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 4 Season 2006
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April 13, 2016 - Please join us in welcoming Tom Schwarz
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We are extremely pleased to announce the arrival of talented midfielder Tom Schwarz to our Club.  Tom, 22, comes to us from the Woodville West Torrens FC where he has played 27 League matches (16 in 2015) culminating in two outstanding performances in their finals series last year, including best on ground in the second semi-final and one of the best players in the Grand Final.

Tom is a good size for an inside midfielder at 185cms, and is well known as a fit, tough highly competitive player at League level.  Senior Coach Josh Carr is delighted to bolster our midfield with such a quality player and person, and looks forward to the added competitiveness and leadership Tom will add to our football program.

Please join us in welcoming Tom to the mighty Roosters!

April 12, 2016 - Major Partner agrees to extend their Support of the NAFC
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It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce to our NAFC community that our Major Partner Copyworld Toshiba has agreed to extend their support of our Club for a further two years following this year. This is wonderful news and comes on the back of an outstanding relationship and understanding of how to work together and what is important to each other.

David Morris, Managing Director of Copyworld agrees, “Our partnership with the North Adelaide Football Club is important to our brand and fits in perfectly with our organisations culture in supporting the community and having key connections to other exciting brands. We certainly see the Roosters as an integral part of where we are going”.

It is a difficult economic environment we are living in at present, and to have such a great business want to support and be part of our future is testament to the strength of our organisations standing and the engagement and goodwill we are growing in our own community.

Please join us in thanking David and his team at Copyworld Toshiba for their support of this great club

April 12, 2016 - Past Players
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The Eagles Past Players have invited North Adelaide Past Players to
North Adelaide vs Eagles at Woodville Sunday April 17.

After entry, $25 from 1.30 – 4.30 includes beer, wine and nibbles.
Come watch the Roosters take on the Eagles and have a drink with some old team mates.

Please let the club know by Wednesday 13/4/16 for catering purposes.

If you require an entry ticket, let the Club know when you RSVP.
We will allocate a single entry pass that will be available for collection this Friday at the Club between 9am-5pm.

 

April 11, 2016 - NAFC Crowd Behaviour
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Disappointingly, some of our supporters behaviour in the outer at Alberton Oval on Saturday was a disgrace. We have received several complaints today from our own supporters who have been so affected by this language and behaviour that they are weighing up whether to continue to attend our matches in the future. This type of immature behaviour is a direct reflection on our Club to all supporters and will not be tolerated. We are currently investigating those who were believed to be involved and if they continue with this behaviour, they will be reported and no longer allowed into SANFL matches.  To those Roosters and Magpies fans affected by this, we sincerely apologise to all.

April 11, 2016 - Training
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Training times for this week 

Monday 11 April, 5:30pm Prospect Oval. 
Wednesday 13 April, 5:30pm Prospect Oval.
Friday 15 April, 5:30pm Prospect Oval. 

April 08, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces Round 3 Season 1991
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April 06, 2016 - Welcome to our new Sponsors for Season 2016
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New Sponsors 

The North Adelaide Football Club would like to welcome our new Sponsors for Season 2016. We encourage all Members to show their support for the companies that contribute to the Club. 

Step into Life Reynella have not only taken on Jordie McKenzie as an employee but also joined the club as a Sponsor.

Andrew and wife Kylie look forward to meeting everyone.

Andrew Roe – silreynella@gmail.com

 

Elite Picture Framing, who frame all of our Guernseys and footballs, are giving back to the club also.

Glenn and Cam are big football fans and we look forward to having them at a game or two!

 

Evolve Massage College are providing massage to our players from February. The aim for this is assist with player injury management.

 

Clayton Church Homes

Residential Care and Retirement Living, with five locations in Adelaide.

CEO Nino DiSisto, along with staff and residents are excited about joining the club and with the Prospect Residential Care based right next to the oval, it is a perfect fit.

Visit www.claytonhomes.com.au for more information on CCH.

 

Schinella’s

Was Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers – Rebranded now to Schinella’s – Your local Market.

Best place to buy all your fresh foods, including bakery, butchers, fruit, veg and specialised foods. Make sure you say g’day to Joe when you are in.

 

O’Connell Inn

Our very first Accommodation Partner. Located on O’Connell Street, the O’Connell Inn features 24 Boutique rooms, all with newly renovated bathrooms.

They are now also open as a Restaurant to the public and will advertise some specialised events with us in the coming months.

Let the girls know you are from NAFC when booking for Rooster discount.

 

Wassail Wine Bar

Just metres from the Oval, Trish and Jud are lifelong Prospect residents.

Great live music, dancing, food, wine and fantastic staff.

95 Prospect Road

 

North Adelaide Fitness Centre

Previous Sponsors, Peter Conroy has joined the club again.

Providing personalised fitness experience in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Offer the best equipment, the World’s best fitness classes and programs to suit you, whether you want to lose weight, tone up or simply feel great.

 

Rachel Sanderson MP                          

State Member for Adelaide, and a loyal Roosters Member and Supporter.

 

Shane McMahon Gardens

Shane upgraded his partnership this year to now feature as naming rights partner for the Online Scoreboard.

Provides garden maintenance for residential properties throughout the Adelaide metro area.



 

 

April 06, 2016 - Members Only Merchandise
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Members Caps & Scarves are now available! Present your voucher at reception to purchase your Members Only Cap and or Scarf for $10 each.

Please Note: Maximum of 1 Scarf and Cap per voucher.

April 05, 2016 - Round 2 Powerade Star Search nominee
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The Round 2 Powerade Star Search nominee is our very own Maris Olekalns!! After an impressive league debut in Round 1, Olekalns collected 10 disposals and five marks while also kicking the final goal of the game against Norwood.Congratuations Maris!

April 04, 2016 - Training Times
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Training Times

Monday 4 April- Recovery session. 

Wednesday 6 April – 5:30pm at Prospect Oval

Friday 8 April – 5:30pm at Prospect Oval 

April 03, 2016 - Electronic Ticketing at Prospect Oval
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Electronic Ticketing

Please be advised that the new SANFL Electronic ticketing system is running for the first time at Prospect Oval today.

If you have purchased a membership with tickets recently and still have not received them,

call in to reception to collect.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our Members, but this is totally out of our control.
All Electronic Tickets are issued by Fortis and are not processed through the Club Office.

Your patience will be appreciated to overcome any teething problems.

Thank you! 

April 01, 2016 - Membership Draw Winner
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Congratulations to Daniel Goodwin who has won our Early Bird Membership Draw. This weekend he will enjoy our Presidents Group Luncheon and Corporate box for himself and five others.

March 31, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces- Round 2 Season 1900
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March 31, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays April
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March 31, 2016 - History Display in the Function Room
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Our History Committee would like to take this opportunity to advise you all that there is a brand new display in the Function Room.
The display pays tribute to the Clubs1991 Premiership win over West Adelaide featuring photos, Footy Budget, Team listing, the Premiership flag and our Premiership t-shirt. 
Our other display cabinets also feature Magarey Medals, Trophies and Cups that have been donated to the Club. 
 

March 31, 2016 - Melrose Camp
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Melrose Camp

Over the weekend of the 14th February, the NAFC Country Squads Camp was held at Melrose. The camp was at the Church of England Camp and was attended by the best young lads aged 16 & 17 from our Country Leagues viz.  Northern Areas, Spencer Gulf and Whyalla.
The camp commenced Friday night with a get to know you which included a game of soccer. Later physical details and a vertical jump test made for a bit more fun amongst the boys.

 Saturday morning saw everyone up for a 3 km time trial which was pretty impressive given the amount of training most had undertaken.  Back for breakfast and then a walk to Melrose Oval for the first skills session supervised as always by U16 coach David Tiller assisted by Marty Keller our Country U15 coach. After skills the boys were entitled to a well earned swim before lunch and then the afternoon session which was attended by the Senior Coach Josh Carr and the Development Coach Brad Dodd.

Both Josh and Brad stayed for a BBQ dinner and then addressed the boys before returning to Adelaide for the U18 trial on Sunday. It was a welcome visit and the first time the Senior Coach had attended in many years.

Sunday morning saw another skills session before a very weary bunch of lads were to make their way to their respective homes.

During the training session a presentation to Richard Cable from Port Pirie was made to recognize his work as North’s Development Squad coach in Port Pirie over the last five years.

Another successful camp to continue the practice that has been continuing for over twenty years. 

 

March 29, 2016 - Injury Report
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INJURY REPORT

PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
SANTILLO, Kahlin- Knee -Round 14/15
McINERNEY, Sam- Hand -Indefinite
SLEE, Harrison- Ankle -Indefinite
BOLES, Patrick- Back -Indefinite
READ, Andy- Hamstring -3-4 weeks
LISTON, Jake -Hip- 3-4 weeks
THIELE, Cohen- Calf- 1-2 weeks
THOMPSON, Wade- Quad- Test
WHARTON, Luke- Hamstring- Test
PATTERSON, Wyatt- Hip- Test
MOTLOP, Marlon- Shoulder -Scan tonight - TBC

March 28, 2016 - Training
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Training times for this week 

Monday 28 March, 5:30pm Prospect Oval. 
Wednesday 30 March, 5:30pm Prospect Oval.
Friday 1 April, 5:30pm Prospect Oval. 

March 28, 2016 - Presidents Group Lunch
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March 25, 2016 - MILESTONE
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Milestones games today for the following NAFC Players:


Ben Jarman - League debut 

Maris Olekalns - League debut

Joe Anderson - 50th Club game

Marlon Motlop- 50 SANFL games

Mitch Clisby - First game as Captain

 

March 24, 2016 - Roosters Reminisces - Round 1
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March 22, 2016 - INJURY REPORT – ROUND 1
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INJURY REPORT – ROUND 1

Kahlin SANTILLO – KNEE – INDEFINITE (APPROX ROUND 14-15)
Harrison SLEE – ANKLE – INDEFINITE
Patrick BOLES – BACK – INDEFINITE
Sam MCINERNEY – HAND – ROUND 8-10
Andy READ – HAMSTRING – ROUND 5-7
Jake LISTON – HIP – ROUND 2-3
Wade THOMPSON – QUAD – ROUND 2-3
Cohen THIELE – CALF – ROUND 2
Luke WHARTON – HAMSTRING – TEST

March 17, 2016 - NAFC V WWTFC
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NAFC V WWTFC 
FRIDAY 18TH MARCH 
THEBARTON OVAL


Reserves 5:30pm | League 7:40pm

LEAGUE
1. Marlon MOTLOP (VC)
2. Joe ANDERSON
4. Alex BARNS
5. Cameron CRAIG
6. Jordie MCKENZIE
8. Corey GROVE
9. Matt MCDONOUGH
10. Mitch CLISBY ( C )
14. George THRING
15. Nick AMATO
17. Mitch HARVEY
19. Lewis HENDER
21. Alex SPINA
25. Sam WUNDKE
26. Callum WILKIE
27. Michael MCMAHON
30. Max THRING (VC)
31. Jay SHANNON
32. Leigh RYSWYK
35. Nick DINHAM
36. James CRAIG
41. Luke TEASDALE
52. Maris OLEKALNS

RESERVES
3. Derick WANGANEEN
7. Michael CLINCH
11. Sam DE LEONARDIS
12. Mitch CURNOW
18. Josh GREGG
23. Sam GORDON
28. Stephen TAHANA
29. Michael VIRGIN
33. Liam JACKA
37. Mark QUINN
38. Jack GRAHAM
39. James BARON
40. Kieren SMITH
43. Wyatt PATTERSON
44. Billy LLOYD
45. Blake HELYAR
46. Brandan PARFITT
48. Jacob FISHER
49. Jonathon HAYES
50. Ben JARMAN
51. Jordy SCHMIDT
53. Sam VENNING
54. Dakota NIXON
57. Jordon SWEET
60. Corey DAVEY

March 11, 2016 - Final Scores
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Final Scores Trial #2

LEAGUE

North 7.13.55 defeat

West 7.9.51

RESERVES 

North 13.13.91

West 11.11.77

March 10, 2016 - Trial #2
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NAFC V WAFC

FRIDAY 11TH MARCH
CITY MAZDA STADIUM


LEAGUE 7:10pm 
1. Marlon MOTLOP (VC)
2. Joe ANDERSON
4. Alex BARNS
5. Cameron CRAIG
6. Jordie MCKENZIE
8. Corey GROVE
9. Matt MCDONOUGH
10. Mitch CLISBY ( C )
11. Sam DE LEONARDIS
14. George THRING
15. Nick AMATO
17. Mitch HARVEY
19. Lewis HENDER
21. Alex SPINA
25. Sam WUNDKE
26. Callum WILKIE
30. Max THRING (VC)
32. Leigh RYSWYK
35. Nick DINHAM
36. James CRAIG
41. Luke TEASDALE

RESERVES 4:30pm
7. Michael CLINCH
12. Mitch CURNOW
13. Luke WHARTON
18. Josh GREGG
23. Sam GORDON
27. Michael MCMAHON
28. Stephen TAHANA
29. Michael VIRGIN
37. Mark QUINN
38. James BARON
40. Kieren SMITH
43. Wyatt PATTERSON
44. Billy LLOYD
45. Blake HELYAR
49. Jonathon HAYES
50. Ben JARMAN
51. Jordy SCHMIDT
52. Maris OLEKALNS
53. Sam VENNING
56. Sam MCINERNEY
57. Jordon SWEET
60. Corey DAVEY
61. Ben LAKIN

 
March 09, 2016 - We want you!
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The SANFL and North Adelaide Football Club are committed to developing the game of football at the local club level. As we all know, the best football experience starts with the best coach. 

We are currently looking for a Zone Coaching Coordinator to work with all the clubs within the NAFC Metropolitan zone. The Zone Coaching Coordinator will work with the SANFL / NAFC and all Club Coach Coordinators to ensure that coaches at our local clubs are the best of any sport here in SA. This includes supporting coach education, assistance with training & drills, and being an adviser when it comes to other coaching matters.

If you love coaching, want to be involved in moving the game forward, and developing the sport our kids love, get involved now. This honorarium position is currently open to expressions of Interest. Please send them to Jason Rivett (SANFL Development Officer – NAFC) jason.rivett@sanfl.com.au 

March 09, 2016 - We want you!
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The SANFL and North Adelaide Football Club are committed to developing the game of football at the local club level. As we all know, the best football experience starts with the best coach. 

We are currently looking for a Zone Coaching Coordinator to work with all the clubs within the NAFC Metropolitan zone. The Zone Coaching Coordinator will work with the SANFL / NAFC and all Club Coach Coordinators to ensure that coaches at our local clubs are the best of any sport here in SA. This includes supporting coach education, assistance with training & drills, and being an adviser when it comes to other coaching matters.

If you love coaching, want to be involved in moving the game forward, and developing the sport our kids love, get involved now. This honorarium position is currently open to expressions of Interest. Please send them to Jason Rivett (SANFL Development Officer – NAFC) jason.rivett@sanfl.com.au 

March 03, 2016 - 2016 COPYWORLD TOSHIBA PRESIDENTS GROUP GOLF DAY
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On behalf of the Presidents Group Golf Day Committee thank you to all who played and supported the  Copyworld Toshiba North Adelaide Football Club Golf Day on 26 February 2016. 

The day was a huge success with great weather, great golf course, good player numbers and strong corporate support.  The day raised funds which the President’s Group will put towards player related projects and welfare initiatives. 

For all the photos, please visit our facebook page. 

 

March 03, 2016 - 2016 COPYWORLD TOSHIBA PRESIDENTS GROUP GOLF DAY
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On behalf of the Presidents Group Golf Day Committee thank you to all who played and supported the  Copyworld Toshiba North Adelaide Football Club Golf Day on 26 February 2016. 

The day was a huge success with great weather, great golf course, good player numbers and strong corporate support.  The day raised funds which the President’s Group will put towards player related projects and welfare initiatives. 

For all the photos, please visit our facebook page. 

February 29, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays March
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Is a birthday incorrect or missing? With many player birthdates still unknown we are always trying to improve our records so please contact Dave O'Hara (0403 012 646) or Barry Dolman(0422 001 853) to provide any further information.

Dave O'Hara (NAFC History Committee)

February 29, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays March
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Is a birthday incorrect or missing? With many player birthdates still unknown we are always trying to improve our records so please contact Dave O'Hara (0403 012 646) or Barry Dolman(0422 001 853) to provide any further information.

Dave O'Hara (NAFC History Committee)

February 26, 2016 - Club Captain & Leadership Group
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2016 Leadership Group

The NAFC is very pleased to announce that Mitch Clisby will captain the Club in 2016.   Mitch is a natural leader, has great respect from everyone involved at the Club, and has been exceptional on and off the field over the preseason period as great support for Senior Coach Josh Carr.

We are equally excited to confirm Max Thring and Marlon Motlop as our joint Vice Captains, and Jordie McKenzie, George Thring and Cameron Craig complete the six man Leadership Group. Max and Marlon have consistently demonstrated the individual professionalism and team care and responsibility we expect from leaders of our young group and Jordie, who was part of the Melbourne FC’s leadership group in 2015, has set very high standards across the board for his teammates over the summer and we know his relentlessness in achieving team goals will be a cornerstone for our playing group. 

George has enjoyed his first pre-season for a few years, and has relished in the extra responsibility of being a player of 100+ games and leader at his Club and has taken his training to a new level. Cameron has grown quickly in stature among his teammates as a young leader and demands more from each of them every session, as he prepares to take his role within the team to a new importance.
Please join us in congratulating Mitch and our leaders as they prepare to take us forward for the season ahead. 


February 26, 2016 - Club Captain & Leadership Group
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2016 Leadership Group

The NAFC is very pleased to announce that Mitch Clisby will captain the Club in 2016.   Mitch is a natural leader, has great respect from everyone involved at the Club, and has been exceptional on and off the field over the preseason period as great support for Senior Coach Josh Carr.

We are equally excited to confirm Max Thring and Marlon Motlop as our joint Vice Captains, and Jordie McKenzie, George Thring and Cameron Craig complete the six man Leadership Group. Max and Marlon have consistently demonstrated the individual professionalism and team care and responsibility we expect from leaders of our young group and Jordie, who was part of the Melbourne FC’s leadership group in 2015, has set very high standards across the board for his teammates over the summer and we know his relentlessness in achieving team goals will be a cornerstone for our playing group. 

George has enjoyed his first pre-season for a few years, and has relished in the extra responsibility of being a player of 100+ games and leader at his Club and has taken his training to a new level. Cameron has grown quickly in stature among his teammates as a young leader and demands more from each of them every session, as he prepares to take his role within the team to a new importance.
Please join us in congratulating Mitch and our leaders as they prepare to take us forward for the season ahead. 


February 25, 2016 - NAFC V NORWOOD
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NAFC V NORWOOD
SATURDAY 27TH FEB 2016
THEBARTON OVAL

LEAGUE
1 Marlon MOTLOP
2 Joe ANDERSON
4 Alex BARNS
5 Cameron CRAIG
6 Jordie MCKENZIE
9 Matthew MCDONOUGH
10 Mitch CLISBY
11 Sam DE LEONARDIS
14 George THRING
15 Nick AMATO
17 Mitch HARVEY
19 Lewis HENDER
21 Alex SPINA
23 Sam GORDON
25 Sam WUNDKE
26 Callum WILKIE
27 Michael MCMAHON
30 Max THRING
31 Jay SHANNON
35 Nick DINHAM
37 Mark QUINN
43 Wyatt PATTERSON
49 Jonathon HAYES
50 Ben JARMAN
52 Maris OLEKALNS

RESERVES
7 Michael CLINCH
8 Corey GROVE
12 Mitch CURNOW
13 Luke WHARTON
18 Josh GREGG
33 Myles MCNAMARA
34 Mackenzie SLEE
36 James CRAIG
40 James BARON
44 Billy LLOYD
45 Blake HELYAR
48 Thomas MATSOULIADIS
51 Jordy SCHMIDT
53 Sam VENNING
54 Dakota NIXON
55 William HAYWARD
56 Sam MCINERNEY
57 Jordon SWEET
58 Jake WOHLING
59 Kym LE BOIS
60 Corey DAVEY
61 Ben LAKIN

February 25, 2016 - NAFC V NORWOOD
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NAFC V NORWOOD
SATURDAY 27TH FEB 2016
THEBARTON OVAL

LEAGUE
1 Marlon MOTLOP
2 Joe ANDERSON
4 Alex BARNS
5 Cameron CRAIG
6 Jordie MCKENZIE
9 Matthew MCDONOUGH
10 Mitch CLISBY
11 Sam DE LEONARDIS
14 George THRING
15 Nick AMATO
17 Mitch HARVEY
19 Lewis HENDER
21 Alex SPINA
23 Sam GORDON
25 Sam WUNDKE
26 Callum WILKIE
27 Michael MCMAHON
30 Max THRING
31 Jay SHANNON
35 Nick DINHAM
37 Mark QUINN
43 Wyatt PATTERSON
49 Jonathon HAYES
50 Ben JARMAN
52 Maris OLEKALNS

RESERVES
7 Michael CLINCH
8 Corey GROVE
12 Mitch CURNOW
13 Luke WHARTON
18 Josh GREGG
33 Myles MCNAMARA
34 Mackenzie SLEE
36 James CRAIG
40 James BARON
44 Billy LLOYD
45 Blake HELYAR
48 Thomas MATSOULIADIS
51 Jordy SCHMIDT
53 Sam VENNING
54 Dakota NIXON
55 William HAYWARD
56 Sam MCINERNEY
57 Jordon SWEET
58 Jake WOHLING
59 Kym LE BOIS
60 Corey DAVEY
61 Ben LAKIN

February 24, 2016 - VALE Neil McCann
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VALE Neil McCann

The club must sadly inform members of the passing of a Rooster legend, Neil McCann.
Neil was one of the most charismatic members of our football club. His toughness on the field was in marked contrast to his life outside football. He was a solid bustling defender who stuck to his opponent like the proverbial leech.
If any football club had a James Bond then Neil was your man.
As a career diplomat, with stunning good looks and persona, Neil was just as impressive in a dinner suit as he was in his football attire. This may have been a help to Neil in his occasional meeting with the League Tribunal. His rapid rise through the ranks of the Immigration Department caused his sudden and early retirement at the end of the 1959 season. He spent thirty years overseas in this field, serving in Athens, Helsinki, Hong Kong and Washington, before returning to Adelaide in 1992, via Perth where he was Federal Director of Immigration.

Neil was a North Adelaide stalwart throughout the 1950s - except, arguably, when it mattered most. When North made the Grand Final of 1951 against Port Adelaide he was unable to take his place in the side owing to a broken thumb. North lost the match by 11 points. Even worse was to follow, for in 1952, when North annihilated Norwood in the Grand Final by 108 points, Neil was watching from the sidelines nursing a fractured leg. He resumed playing in 1953, and carried on until 1959, but the Roosters never again contested a Grand Final during his career.
Club records show: “10 years of service and 150 games for the club and Vice Captain, 1956,7 & 9 and a selector in those years. Reached Interstate standard, being selected on many occasions including the Carnival in 1956.Besides playing, he was a terrific and loyal clubman, always willing to help and protect other team mates. During this time his assistance to the Committee of Management was valued and much appreciated.”

Neil was a local boy and product of our Senior Colts and never lost his connection with the footy club. He presented jumpers at junior schools in his playing days and was a regular attendee at Roosters matches on his return to Adelaide.

  
February 24, 2016 - NAFC Water Runners Wanted
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NAFC Water Runners Wanted

NAFC is looking for volunteer water runners for the 2016 season. 
The requirement of this role would be to assist with on field hydration and running water for our Reserves on game day (home and away generally from 11am – 1:30pm), and to attend one training session a week (wed or fri).  
No experience is necessary; however a CPR and First Aid certificate is beneficial.
If you are interested could you please contact Ashlee Lines (Head Trainer) via e-mail ashlee.lines@nafc.com.au 

February 24, 2016 - NAFC Water Runners Wanted
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NAFC Water Runners Wanted

NAFC is looking for volunteer water runners for the 2016 season. 
The requirement of this role would be to assist with on field hydration and running water for our Reserves on game day (home and away generally from 11am – 1:30pm), and to attend one training session a week (wed or fri).  
No experience is necessary; however a CPR and First Aid certificate is beneficial.
If you are interested could you please contact Ashlee Lines (Head Trainer) via e-mail ashlee.lines@nafc.com.au 

February 24, 2016 - VALE Neil McCann
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VALE Neil McCann

The club must sadly inform members of the passing of a Rooster legend, Neil McCann.
Neil was one of the most charismatic members of our football club. His toughness on the field was in marked contrast to his life outside football. He was a solid bustling defender who stuck to his opponent like the proverbial leech.
If any football club had a James Bond then Neil was your man.
As a career diplomat, with stunning good looks and persona, Neil was just as impressive in a dinner suit as he was in his football attire. This may have been a help to Neil in his occasional meeting with the League Tribunal. His rapid rise through the ranks of the Immigration Department caused his sudden and early retirement at the end of the 1959 season. He spent thirty years overseas in this field, serving in Athens, Helsinki, Hong Kong and Washington, before returning to Adelaide in 1992, via Perth where he was Federal Director of Immigration.

Neil was a North Adelaide stalwart throughout the 1950s - except, arguably, when it mattered most. When North made the Grand Final of 1951 against Port Adelaide he was unable to take his place in the side owing to a broken thumb. North lost the match by 11 points. Even worse was to follow, for in 1952, when North annihilated Norwood in the Grand Final by 108 points, Neil was watching from the sidelines nursing a fractured leg. He resumed playing in 1953, and carried on until 1959, but the Roosters never again contested a Grand Final during his career.
Club records show: “10 years of service and 150 games for the club and Vice Captain, 1956,7 & 9 and a selector in those years. Reached Interstate standard, being selected on many occasions including the Carnival in 1956.Besides playing, he was a terrific and loyal clubman, always willing to help and protect other team mates. During this time his assistance to the Committee of Management was valued and much appreciated.”

Neil was a local boy and product of our Senior Colts and never lost his connection with the footy club. He presented jumpers at junior schools in his playing days and was a regular attendee at Roosters matches on his return to Adelaide.

  
February 23, 2016 - 2016 Guernsey Numbers
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2016 Guernsey Numbers 
NUMBER-NAME

1 Marlon Motlop

2 Joe Anderson
3 Derick Wanganeen
4 Alex Barns
5 Cameron Craig
6 Jordie McKenzie
7 Michael Clinch
8 Corey Grove
9 Matthew McDonough
10 Mitch Clisby
11 Sam De Leonardis
12 Mitch Curnow
13 Luke Wharton
14 George Thring
15 Nick Amato
16 Patrick Boles
17 Mitch Harvey
18 Josh Gregg
19 Lewis Hender
20 Jake Liston
21 Alex Spina
22 Andy Read
23 Sam Gordon
24 Kahlin Santillo*
25 Sam Wundke*
26 Callum Wilkie*
27 Michael McMahon*
28 Stephen Tahana*
29 Michael Virgin
30 Max Thring
31 Jay Shannon
32 Leigh Ryswyk
33 Liam Jacka
34 Harrison Slee*
35 Nick Dinham
36 James Craig
37 Mark Quinn*
38 Jack Graham*
39 James Baron*
40 Kieren Smith
41 Luke Teasdale
42 Cohen Thiele
43 Wyatt Patterson
44 Billy Lloyd
45 Blake Helyar
46 Brandan Parfitt
47 Wade Thompson
48 Jacob Fisher
49 Jonathon Hayes
50 Ben Jarman
51 Jordy Schmidt
52 Maris Olekalns
53 Sam Venning
54 Dakota Nixon
55 Zac Slade
56 Sam McInerney
57 Jordon Sweet
59 Kym LeBois
60 Corey Davey
61 Ben Lakin
62 Lee Minervini

* Number change from Season 2015
Bold signifies new Player 

February 23, 2016 - 2016 Guernsey Numbers
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2016 Guernsey Numbers 
NUMBER-NAME

1 Marlon Motlop

2 Joe Anderson
3 Derick Wanganeen
4 Alex Barns
5 Cameron Craig
6 Jordie McKenzie
7 Michael Clinch
8 Corey Grove
9 Matthew McDonough
10 Mitch Clisby
11 Sam De Leonardis
12 Mitch Curnow
13 Luke Wharton
14 George Thring
15 Nick Amato
16 Patrick Boles
17 Mitch Harvey
18 Josh Gregg
19 Lewis Hender
20 Jake Liston
21 Alex Spina
22 Andy Read
23 Sam Gordon
24 Kahlin Santillo*
25 Sam Wundke*
26 Callum Wilkie*
27 Michael McMahon*
28 Stephen Tahana*
29 Michael Virgin
30 Max Thring
31 Jay Shannon
32 Leigh Ryswyk
33 Liam Jacka
34 Harrison Slee*
35 Nick Dinham
36 James Craig
37 Mark Quinn*
38 Jack Graham*
39 James Baron*
40 Kieren Smith
41 Luke Teasdale
42 Cohen Thiele
43 Wyatt Patterson
44 Billy Lloyd
45 Blake Helyar
46 Brandan Parfitt
47 Wade Thompson
48 Jacob Fisher
49 Jonathon Hayes
50 Ben Jarman
51 Jordy Schmidt
52 Maris Olekalns
53 Sam Venning
54 Dakota Nixon
55 Zac Slade
56 Sam McInerney
57 Jordon Sweet
59 Kym LeBois
60 Corey Davey
61 Ben Lakin
62 Lee Minervini

* Number change from Season 2015
Bold signifies new Player 

February 18, 2016 - Golf Day Auction Items & Sponsors
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2016 Golf Day

With one week to go until our golf day we thought we would post our Auction Items for the day in case there is any interest from people who cannot attend.
If you would like to place a bid, please let Jessamy Lutt know by 12pm next Friday 26th February. Jessamy.Lutt@nafc.com.au

AUCTION ITEMS 
Item1
Hall of Fame football signed by all 8 living Hall of Fame Members.

The football also includes the names of all 20 Inaugural North Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame members
To North Adelaide supporters this item is priceless.
Item 2 
A gourmet barbecue lunch at the home of Andrew (Reg) Pearce for 4 people with special guests Josh Carr and Michael Redden on a date to be agreed.
The food will be delicious and plentiful to be washed down by quality beers and wines from the fabulous Barossa Valley. The food and drinks for this function will be donated by Andrew Pearce and John Neville
This item is valued at over $500.The value of the riveting conversation provided by Josh and Big Mick is priceless.
Item 3
2001 North Adelaide football jumper signed by all the players and donated by Wally Karpiuk.  Some notable players who played for us in 2001 include Tim Cook, Scott Bamford, Ray Ebel, Daniel Hargraves, Luke Ivens, Mark Jamar, Chris Ladhams, Josh Mail, Jared Rivers, Scott Sutherland, Darryl Wintle and Heath Younie.                               
Estimated Value $300.  
Item 4            
A numbered Pro Hart Print titled The Race (number 43 of 275) and valued at over $350.00. This print was donated to the golf day by staunch North Adelaide supporter Lee Virgin.
Item 5             
Lunch for 8 people at the President’s Luncheon at a North Adelaide Football Club Home Game (date to be agreed), with use of the Corporate Box for the afternoon.  The Item includes entry to the ground for 8 people, lunch and drinks at the President’s Luncheon, drinks and nibbles in the corporate box during the game and is valued at over $1,500.00
Item 6             
Golf for 8 players at the beautiful Tea Tree Gully Golf Club on a date to be agreed, with the use of 4 x 2 person ride on golf carts.  After the game relax in the bar with a tasty schnitzel and ice cold beer.
Thanks to Rod Hyde and staff of Tea Tree Gully Golf Club for this donation.
The total value of this auction item is in excess of $650.00
Item  7           
Ladies Pamper package - (A belated Valentines Day gift perhaps)
The package consists of a beautiful gift basket donated by Magnus Fruit Company (take a bow Italo) that includes a bottle of bubbly, a voucher for one night’s accommodation and meal at the Mawson Lakes Hotel, a $50.00 dining voucher from Café Cena, and a 90 minute massage provided by Well Mumma mobile massage
The value of this package is estimated to be in excess of $500.00  

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our Hole Sponsors and donors of the day.

Copyworld Toshiba

Adelaide City Jeep

Andrew Pearce

ASF Audits

Banktech

Bentleys

BGC Industrial Cleaning Products

Caffe Cena

Century 21 Mawson Lakes

Chris McSporran

Coffee World

Drummond Golf

Flashpoint Events

Graham Radloff

Grand North

J&J Signs

John Neville

Leedam Sheppard and Associates & Lee Virgin

Magnus Food Company

Marc Gibbs

Mawson Lakes Hotel

Michael Critchley & Assoc.

NAFC President’s Group

Northern Tavern

Patrick of the Coonawarra

Perks Integrated Services

Step Into Life

Tea Tree Gully Golf Club

Telstra Northpark

Wally Karpiuk

Well Mumma Mobile Massage

February 18, 2016 - Golf Day Auction Items & Sponsors
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2016 Golf Day

With one week to go until our golf day we thought we would post our Auction Items for the day in case there is any interest from people who cannot attend.
If you would like to place a bid, please let Jessamy Lutt know by 12pm next Friday 26th February. Jessamy.Lutt@nafc.com.au

AUCTION ITEMS 
Item1
Hall of Fame football signed by all 8 living Hall of Fame Members.

The football also includes the names of all 20 Inaugural North Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame members
To North Adelaide supporters this item is priceless.
Item 2 
A gourmet barbecue lunch at the home of Andrew (Reg) Pearce for 4 people with special guests Josh Carr and Michael Redden on a date to be agreed.
The food will be delicious and plentiful to be washed down by quality beers and wines from the fabulous Barossa Valley. The food and drinks for this function will be donated by Andrew Pearce and John Neville
This item is valued at over $500.The value of the riveting conversation provided by Josh and Big Mick is priceless.
Item 3
2001 North Adelaide football jumper signed by all the players and donated by Wally Karpiuk.  Some notable players who played for us in 2001 include Tim Cook, Scott Bamford, Ray Ebel, Daniel Hargraves, Luke Ivens, Mark Jamar, Chris Ladhams, Josh Mail, Jared Rivers, Scott Sutherland, Darryl Wintle and Heath Younie.                               
Estimated Value $300.  
Item 4            
A numbered Pro Hart Print titled The Race (number 43 of 275) and valued at over $350.00. This print was donated to the golf day by staunch North Adelaide supporter Lee Virgin.
Item 5             
Lunch for 8 people at the President’s Luncheon at a North Adelaide Football Club Home Game (date to be agreed), with use of the Corporate Box for the afternoon.  The Item includes entry to the ground for 8 people, lunch and drinks at the President’s Luncheon, drinks and nibbles in the corporate box during the game and is valued at over $1,500.00
Item 6             
Golf for 8 players at the beautiful Tea Tree Gully Golf Club on a date to be agreed, with the use of 4 x 2 person ride on golf carts.  After the game relax in the bar with a tasty schnitzel and ice cold beer.
Thanks to Rod Hyde and staff of Tea Tree Gully Golf Club for this donation.
The total value of this auction item is in excess of $650.00
Item  7           
Ladies Pamper package - (A belated Valentines Day gift perhaps)
The package consists of a beautiful gift basket donated by Magnus Fruit Company (take a bow Italo) that includes a bottle of bubbly, a voucher for one night’s accommodation and meal at the Mawson Lakes Hotel, a $50.00 dining voucher from Café Cena, and a 90 minute massage provided by Well Mumma mobile massage
The value of this package is estimated to be in excess of $500.00  

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our Hole Sponsors and donors of the day.

Copyworld Toshiba

Adelaide City Jeep

Andrew Pearce

ASF Audits

Banktech

Bentleys

BGC Industrial Cleaning Products

Caffe Cena

Century 21 Mawson Lakes

Chris McSporran

Coffee World

Drummond Golf

Flashpoint Events

Graham Radloff

Grand North

J&J Signs

John Neville

Leedam Sheppard and Associates & Lee Virgin

Magnus Food Company

Marc Gibbs

Mawson Lakes Hotel

Michael Critchley & Assoc.

NAFC President’s Group

Northern Tavern

Patrick of the Coonawarra

Perks Integrated Services

Step Into Life

Tea Tree Gully Golf Club

Telstra Northpark

Wally Karpiuk

Well Mumma Mobile Massage

February 15, 2016 - Pre Order Merchandise
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February 15, 2016 - Pre Order Merchandise
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February 12, 2016 - 2016 Calendar
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2016 Calendar 

2016 Calendars are now available to purchase from reception for $25.
Includes all NAFC 2016 games and functions.

February 12, 2016 - 2016 Calendar
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2016 Calendar 

2016 Calendars are now available to purchase from reception for $25.
Includes all NAFC 2016 games and functions.

February 10, 2016 - AGM
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Many thanks to the members who were at our AGM on Tuesday evening. It was fantastic to have such a large turnout (140 members), highlighting how much care our members have for their Club.

Although the financials were again very solid for 2015, we all know how much work we have in front of us on the field.  I am sure we all agree that Senior Coach Josh Carr’s presentation on his philosophies and vision was clear and concise and certainly left no questions as to how he intends on taking the Club forward.

It was also great to celebrate those long serving contributors to the Club with another 12 volunteers reaching the 5 years’ service milestone and 3 more to add to the 10 years. David O’Hara’s outstanding contribution off the field was shared with all those present, Leigh Ryswyk was honoured to be awarded Player Life Membership for his 10 years’ service on field, and our Club Person of the Year Peter South spoke with great emotion and passion about getting behind each other.

The Club welcomes new Board members Malcolm Ellis and Simon Trenorden and Lee Virgin also returns to the Board.  Our appreciation goes to the nominees who missed out on a Board position, and we especially thank Bob Fox and Ben Corby for their outstanding contribution as part of the Board over recent years and hope to retain their vital involvement as members of our football support staff team. 

Following the meeting, the Board met as it usually does following an AGM, to vote on the specific Board positions.  As a result, Mr Lee Virgin was nominated and accepted into the position of Chairman of the NAFC, and Mr Bohdan Jaworskyj was nominated and accepted into the position of President of the NAFC. Bohdan will maintain his position as League Director with Mr Malcolm Ellis nominated and accepted into the position of Alternate League Director.

Mr Pat Hodby and Mr Adam Crittenden were again nominated and accepted as the Board appointed members, with Pat maintaining his position as Finance Director.

Again many thanks to all those in attendance. Go the Roosters!!

February 10, 2016 - AGM
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Many thanks to the members who were at our AGM on Tuesday evening. It was fantastic to have such a large turnout (140 members), highlighting how much care our members have for their Club.

Although the financials were again very solid for 2015, we all know how much work we have in front of us on the field.  I am sure we all agree that Senior Coach Josh Carr’s presentation on his philosophies and vision was clear and concise and certainly left no questions as to how he intends on taking the Club forward.

It was also great to celebrate those long serving contributors to the Club with another 12 volunteers reaching the 5 years’ service milestone and 3 more to add to the 10 years. David O’Hara’s outstanding contribution off the field was shared with all those present, Leigh Ryswyk was honoured to be awarded Player Life Membership for his 10 years’ service on field, and our Club Person of the Year Peter South spoke with great emotion and passion about getting behind each other.

The Club welcomes new Board members Malcolm Ellis and Simon Trenorden and Lee Virgin also returns to the Board.  Our appreciation goes to the nominees who missed out on a Board position, and we especially thank Bob Fox and Ben Corby for their outstanding contribution as part of the Board over recent years and hope to retain their vital involvement as members of our football support staff team. 

Following the meeting, the Board met as it usually does following an AGM, to vote on the specific Board positions.  As a result, Mr Lee Virgin was nominated and accepted into the position of Chairman of the NAFC, and Mr Bohdan Jaworskyj was nominated and accepted into the position of President of the NAFC. Bohdan will maintain his position as League Director with Mr Malcolm Ellis nominated and accepted into the position of Alternate League Director.

Mr Pat Hodby and Mr Adam Crittenden were again nominated and accepted as the Board appointed members, with Pat maintaining his position as Finance Director.

Again many thanks to all those in attendance. Go the Roosters!!

February 09, 2016 - Season Launch
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February 09, 2016 - 2016 Cheerleader Auditions
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February 09, 2016 - Season Launch
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February 09, 2016 - 2016 Cheerleader Auditions
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February 05, 2016 - Vale: Graham Ashby
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Vale
Graham Ashby

It is with deep regret that we must inform members the passing of a unique member of the North Adelaide Football Club.

After boarding at Prince Alfred College with the likes of Ray Trenorden, the club finally convinced him to come down from Gulnare to Adelaide as a relatively mature player.

Those of us that were privileged to watch Graham play in the 1960’s saw a footballer who, when frequently moved to centre, could break away from a “Don Lindner centre tap” and with either foot drop the ball deep into the forward zone.  Supporters often wondered with which foot he actually kicked. After only a handful of games in his first season in 1962 Graham was added to the state training squad. In that year Graham kicked 22 goals in 14 matches and was awarded the clubs Best First Year Player award.

In 1963 Graham only played 7 games, but the club noted: “Another of our players who was dogged by an early injury, which caused him to miss many matches. He is an artist when stationed on the half-forward flank position, elusive, marks well, and kicks the ball accurately with either foot. Everything at present points to Graham having a most successful 1964.” He played in the final series for North and was among North’s better players in the 1963 Grand Final where he was North’s top goalkicker in the game. He was awarded the Most Effective Player trophy in this year.

Subsequently Graham kicked 10 goals in 10 games in 1964 but sadly did not play beyond this season.

He retired back to his rural industry roots at the Bundaleer Stud, and played bowls for Gulnare in the mid-north of South Australia. Graham made an exemplary career for himself in the former field becoming a Life Member of the Shorthorn Society.

He also coached Gulnare and Gulnare-Red Hill to five premierships in 12 years and was a life member of the Broughton Football Association and Gulnare Football Club, Rocky River Cricket Association, Gulnare CFS, and the Gulnare Bowling Club.

Survived by his wife Biddie, children Tom, Matt, Jane, Sarah and Rachel, and 13 grand children we remember a North Adelaide star who may have only played for a short time for the club but made a memorable impact.

February 05, 2016 - Vale: Graham Ashby
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Vale
Graham Ashby

It is with deep regret that we must inform members the passing of a unique member of the North Adelaide Football Club.

After boarding at Prince Alfred College with the likes of Ray Trenorden, the club finally convinced him to come down from Gulnare to Adelaide as a relatively mature player.

Those of us that were privileged to watch Graham play in the 1960’s saw a footballer who, when frequently moved to centre, could break away from a “Don Lindner centre tap” and with either foot drop the ball deep into the forward zone.  Supporters often wondered with which foot he actually kicked. After only a handful of games in his first season in 1962 Graham was added to the state training squad. In that year Graham kicked 22 goals in 14 matches and was awarded the clubs Best First Year Player award.

In 1963 Graham only played 7 games, but the club noted: “Another of our players who was dogged by an early injury, which caused him to miss many matches. He is an artist when stationed on the half-forward flank position, elusive, marks well, and kicks the ball accurately with either foot. Everything at present points to Graham having a most successful 1964.” He played in the final series for North and was among North’s better players in the 1963 Grand Final where he was North’s top goalkicker in the game. He was awarded the Most Effective Player trophy in this year.

Subsequently Graham kicked 10 goals in 10 games in 1964 but sadly did not play beyond this season.

He retired back to his rural industry roots at the Bundaleer Stud, and played bowls for Gulnare in the mid-north of South Australia. Graham made an exemplary career for himself in the former field becoming a Life Member of the Shorthorn Society.

He also coached Gulnare and Gulnare-Red Hill to five premierships in 12 years and was a life member of the Broughton Football Association and Gulnare Football Club, Rocky River Cricket Association, Gulnare CFS, and the Gulnare Bowling Club.

Survived by his wife Biddie, children Tom, Matt, Jane, Sarah and Rachel, and 13 grand children we remember a North Adelaide star who may have only played for a short time for the club but made a memorable impact.

February 03, 2016 - Vale Lloyd Weston
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Vale Lloyd Weston:

The North Adelaide Football Club sadly informs members of the passing of club premiership hero Lloyd Weston.

Dashingly good looking, unsurprisingly, Lloyd was the idol of many young North supporters in the 1950’s.

Lloyd was the Tomkins Medal winner and Captain of the Senior Colts in 1950, the same year in which Sim Barbary won the seconds medal, and Ian Mackay the Magarey.

Lloyd was one of the most dashing defenders produced by our Colts teams and was well regarded by opponents for his clean play. Lloyd made his league debut in the next year, 1951. He fitted into the position of back pocket like a veteran; a first class ground player, plenty of determination, and a good kick. He played all 18 League games in that year and was described as “a junior of great promise”. He won the Best Junior trophy in that year, played all 21 games and even kicked one goal (from the back pocket).

In 1952 Lloyd had to win his way back into the side, only playing 9 games, as permanent back-pocket man. An admirable "sticker" as well as a polished and versatile footballer the club considered “he is here to stay” and won a Serviceable Player Award. The following year he played in all 18 matches and won the Best Backman award. Most importantly Lloyd was back pocket in the premiership side which thrashed Norwood by a then record 108 points.

In 1954 “Lloyd Weston. Played his best year of football so far, and on his day has no equal as a back pocket player, who, with his speed and never-say-die attitude, is fast becoming a menace to resting rovers.”  He once again played all 18 games and proved his versatility by winning the Best Forward award.

By 1955 Lloyd had developed into one of the State's best pocket players and enjoyed a most successful season, gaining State honours. The club awarded him Best Placed Man. Unfortunately in this year Lloyd suffered a bad ankle injury which affected his form. Subsequently in 1956 played only 6 games.

By 1957 he was able to fight his way back into the senior team with his dashing football and personal

courage.  Work commitments kept him out of serious sport and he only played 6 matches before retiring at the end of the year.

Survived by his wife Marion, children Julie, Geoff and John and their partners together with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, NAFC remember with great affection, a premiership player, an interstate representative and fine gentleman.

February 03, 2016 - Vale Lloyd Weston
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Vale Lloyd Weston:

The North Adelaide Football Club sadly informs members of the passing of club premiership hero Lloyd Weston.

Dashingly good looking, unsurprisingly, Lloyd was the idol of many young North supporters in the 1950’s.

Lloyd was the Tomkins Medal winner and Captain of the Senior Colts in 1950, the same year in which Sim Barbary won the seconds medal, and Ian Mackay the Magarey.

Lloyd was one of the most dashing defenders produced by our Colts teams and was well regarded by opponents for his clean play. Lloyd made his league debut in the next year, 1951. He fitted into the position of back pocket like a veteran; a first class ground player, plenty of determination, and a good kick. He played all 18 League games in that year and was described as “a junior of great promise”. He won the Best Junior trophy in that year, played all 21 games and even kicked one goal (from the back pocket).

In 1952 Lloyd had to win his way back into the side, only playing 9 games, as permanent back-pocket man. An admirable "sticker" as well as a polished and versatile footballer the club considered “he is here to stay” and won a Serviceable Player Award. The following year he played in all 18 matches and won the Best Backman award. Most importantly Lloyd was back pocket in the premiership side which thrashed Norwood by a then record 108 points.

In 1954 “Lloyd Weston. Played his best year of football so far, and on his day has no equal as a back pocket player, who, with his speed and never-say-die attitude, is fast becoming a menace to resting rovers.”  He once again played all 18 games and proved his versatility by winning the Best Forward award.

By 1955 Lloyd had developed into one of the State's best pocket players and enjoyed a most successful season, gaining State honours. The club awarded him Best Placed Man. Unfortunately in this year Lloyd suffered a bad ankle injury which affected his form. Subsequently in 1956 played only 6 games.

By 1957 he was able to fight his way back into the senior team with his dashing football and personal

courage.  Work commitments kept him out of serious sport and he only played 6 matches before retiring at the end of the year.

Survived by his wife Marion, children Julie, Geoff and John and their partners together with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, NAFC remember with great affection, a premiership player, an interstate representative and fine gentleman.

February 02, 2016 - NAB AFL Academy
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NAB AFL Academy Level Two squad returned from a 14-day high performance training camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and Los Angeles last week.
North Adelaide Players Jordon Sweet and Jack Graham both attended the training camp (Pictured below)

The NAB AFL Academy Level Two Squad includes the best 35 Under-18 players in the country and is coached by Brenton Sanderson
Players in this squad are eligible for the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.

The IMG Academy is world renowned for the development of elite athletes with a focus on responsibility, leadership and determination. Athletes that have attended the academy include Maria Sharapova and Eli Manning. The NAB AFL Academy is key component of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL. 

Jordon Sweet and Jack Graham

Jordon Sweet

February 02, 2016 - NAB AFL Academy
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NAB AFL Academy Level Two squad returned from a 14-day high performance training camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and Los Angeles last week.
North Adelaide Players Jordon Sweet and Jack Graham both attended the training camp (Pictured below)

The NAB AFL Academy Level Two Squad includes the best 35 Under-18 players in the country and is coached by Brenton Sanderson
Players in this squad are eligible for the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.

The IMG Academy is world renowned for the development of elite athletes with a focus on responsibility, leadership and determination. Athletes that have attended the academy include Maria Sharapova and Eli Manning. The NAB AFL Academy is key component of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL. 

Jordon Sweet and Jack Graham

Jordon Sweet

January 29, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays February
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January 29, 2016 - Rooster Birthdays February
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January 22, 2016 - NO UNDER 16 / 18 TRAINING TUESDAY JANUARY 26
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No Under 16 /18 Training Tuesday January 26

Due the Australia Day Holiday there will be no training on this night.
The next training session will be on Thursday January 28 at the Greenacres Ovals

January 22, 2016 - NO UNDER 16 / 18 TRAINING TUESDAY JANUARY 26
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No Under 16 /18 Training Tuesday January 26

Due the Australia Day Holiday there will be no training on this night.
The next training session will be on Thursday January 28 at the Greenacres Ovals

January 21, 2016 - NAFC Trials
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NAFC 2016 Trial Games

Saturday 27th Feb vs. Norwood @ Thebarton Oval - Reserves 10am - League 12noon

Friday 11th March Vs West @ City Mazda Stadium- Times TBC

Friday 18th March Vs Eagles @Thebarton Oval-Times TBC

We will update you with further details when they are finalised. 


January 21, 2016 - NAFC Trials
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NAFC 2016 Trial Games

Saturday 27th Feb vs. Norwood @ Thebarton Oval - Reserves 10am - League 12noon

Friday 11th March Vs West @ City Mazda Stadium- Times TBC

Friday 18th March Vs Eagles @Thebarton Oval-Times TBC

We will update you with further details when they are finalised. 


January 19, 2016 - Heat Policy
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January 19, 2016 - Heat Policy
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January 14, 2016 - Tourrific Prospect
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Come down to Tourrific Street Party, on Prosprect Road next Monday .
Our Players will be there from 7pm, straight after training. 

There will be plenty of giveaways, prizes and free fun!

January 14, 2016 - Tourrific Prospect
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Come down to Tourrific Street Party, on Prosprect Road next Monday .
Our Players will be there from 7pm, straight after training. 

There will be plenty of giveaways, prizes and free fun!

January 01, 0001 - Brandan Parfitt stars for NT U18's
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Classy midfielder Brandon Parfitt delivered a best on ground performance for Northern Territory to show why he will be highly sought after at this year's NAB AFL Draft.
Click here to view article on AFC website 

2017 EVENTS

 

Season Launch and Open training session

Friday March 31, 5:30-8:30pm at Prospect Oval.

Get down to Prospect Oval on Friday, March 31 as we launch Season 2017!
Watch the team train and enjoy an evening of free entertainment for the whole family including:

Membership & Merchandise for sale
Face painting & Jumping Castle
Kick & Catch and Handball games
Photo & Autograph opportunities
Meet the players and Josh Carr
Guernsey Presentations* 
Sponsor stalls 
BBQ & Drinks available for purchase
Watch Jordon Sweet ‘Shed the dreads’

*Five lucky Rooster Rookie Members will have the chance to present our 2017 Players with their Guernseys. Enter the draw by emailing administration@nafc.com.au with a short description of what you love most about the North Adelaide Football Club. Entries close 5pm Monday 27 March. You must be a 2017 Rooster Rookie Member to enter.

 

Round 1

Friday 7th April
Norwood V North Adelaide Football Club
Coopers Stadium – 7:20pm

 

FIRST HOME GAME – Round 2

Friday 14th April
NAFC V Central District
Prospect Oval – 1:10pm

 

NAFC Gala Long Lunch

Sunday 4th June
National Wine Centre
11am – 4:00pm

 

Presentation Night

Friday October 6th
The Ellington Hotel

 

NEWS ARCHIVE

This section contains selected News Articles from 2015 and 2014. Click on Latest News to read 2016 news articles.

 

December 23, 2015 - Lewis Johnston
The NAFC wishes to confirm we have agreed to transfer Lewis
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The NAFC wishes to confirm we have agreed to transfer Lewis Johnston to the Norwood Football Club for a transfer fee we believe acceptable and appropriate in this situation.  It is a frustrating situation we find ourselves in, however we find it pointless holding any player who clearly doesn’t want to play for this great Club.  Josh Carr and his coaches are fully focussed on moving forward and continuing to prepare our playing group for the season ahead.  Josh is very pleased with where our squad is at in its pre-Christmas preparation phase, and there is a real sense of excitement around our young committed group.

On behalf of the Club, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year’s.

December 22, 2015 - Christmas office Closure
Our Office will be closed for the Christmas break
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December 22, 2015 - Rooster Birthdays- January
Do you share a birthday with a Rooster?
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December 14, 2015 - Christmas Wine Sale
Patrick of Coonawarra Wine is on sale at the Northern Tavern
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December 14, 2015 - Vale John Bannon
The North Adelaide Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing
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The North Adelaide Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of our very staunch supporter and No.1 Ticket Holder in our last two Premiership years, John Bannon.

John's long association with the Club began as a Vice President 1979-1993 and No.1 Ticket holder 1983-1993. John never lost his passion for North Adelaide. 

Our thoughts are with Angela and the family at this sad time. 

December 10, 2015 - New Players
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The North Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce the addition of Canberra product Luke Wharton and returning junior Jake Liston for the 2016 season.

Luke Wharton, 191cm & 87kg is a 20 year old developing mid-sized defender who was recommended by former player James Bennett.
Luke joined us at the start of the pre-season and has impressed with his running ability and foot skills.

Jake Liston returns to the club after two seasons playing for Meningie in the River Murray Football League.
Jake was an outstanding junior who progressed through our system and played 2 SANFL league games as a 19 year old.
Jake has presented in great physical condition and has impressed on the track with his fitness and skill level.

We look forward to watching Luke and Jake representing the Roosters in the 2016 season.

December 10, 2015 - 2016 Membership
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Sign up as a North Adelaide Football Club Member before January 31st and enter in the draw to win a Corporate Box for you and five others at our first home match for season 2016. Valued at $1,500!


December 09, 2015 - Lewis Johnston Update
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Lewis Johnston Update 

As previously mentioned, Lewis informed the club that he no longer wished to play for NAFC.  As you could imagine, this came as a huge surprise and disappointment to his coaches and teammates. Since then, we have been working hard to ascertain the sudden reason for the decision, however, as far as we are aware, his position remains unchanged. We will continue to investigate this as part of our due diligence responsibilities to our players and supporters. At this time, Lewis remains a contracted player of the NAFC.

November 27, 2015 - Rookie Draft
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Congratulations to Cameron Hewett who was picked up by the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Rookie draft. Cameron was selected at pick number 28.

We wish Cameron all the best for his AFL Career, and look forward to seeing him in action. 

November 26, 2015 - Lewis Johnston
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In response to the rumour and speculation about Lewis Johnston’s future at the NAFC, we would like to confirm the following.

After several meetings over the past couple of weeks with the Coach and management, Lewis has advised that he no longer wants to be part of the team at the NAFC. Lewis, as we know, has had a terrible 12 months with injury and has played very little football over the past few years.  In addition, a week prior to pre-season training he broke his big toe playing basketball which disappointingly resulted in another period on the sidelines at this crucial time. As our supporters have rightfully demanded, there has been new standards and expectations set at the Club after a horrible season on field, and all players are required to commit fully to the program under Josh Carr.  Lewis doesn’t wish to commit to this, and has indicated he prefers not to play. Lewis has not had his contract cut as rumours suggest, although he was invited in to have his contract discussed with the aim to remind him of his obligations to his Club and teammates off the field. In any case, this meeting never took place and is not the reason for him wanting to leave his teammates.

We all share the disappointment of this with our supporters, however be assured Lewis is a contracted, required player at this Club and therefore is not able to speak with any Clubs without our permission as he knows. We will continue to work with him on the issues he has as we know how talented he could be, but at the same time the new football program will not be compromised by any player who doesn’t want to buy in or play for the Club.


November 26, 2015 - 2015 AFL Draft
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2015 DRAFT

The North Adelaide Football Club would like to congratulate Ryan Burton and Oleg Markov for both getting picked up at this years AFL Draft.

Ryan was selected by the Hawthorn Football Club at pick number 19, and Oleg was selected by Richmond at pick number 50. We wish them all the best as they take the next step in their Football careers, and look forward to watching them closely at their new clubs. 

Ryan Burton

AFL Draft 2015: Pick 19 Hawthorn
Date of Birth: 31/01/1997
Height:  191cm
Weight: 90kg
Junior Clubs: North Adelaide/PHOS Camden
Position: Utility/Forward


Oleg Markov 

AFL Draft 2015: Pick 50 Richmond
Date of Birth: 8/05/1996
Height:188cm
Weight:80kg
Junior Clubs: North Adelaide/Gepps Cross
Position: Medium forward
Honours: Joint winner of Brad Johnson Goal Kicking Test at 2015 AFL Combine


November 17, 2015 - Hall of Fame Inductees *Updated*
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Legend Inductees
Ken Farmer: 
Played 1929-41 (224 games, 1417 goals, 2 premierships); Coached 1948-52 (2 premierships, 3 grand finals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1930-31, League Captain (1934-35, 37-38, 41); Best & Fairest 1936; Leading Goalkicker 1929-41; State Leading Goalkicker 1930-40;  17 State Matches (incl. 71 goals), State Coach 1954; Inducted in Australian Hall of Fame, SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; SANFL Leading Goalkicker awarded after him since 1981

Barrie Robran
Played 1967-76, 1978-80 (201 games, 194 goals, 2 premierships), Coached 1978-80
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1971-72, Magarey Medallist 1968, 1970, 1973, League Captain 1974-77;  Best & Fairest 1967-73 (7 years); 17 State Matches, State Captain 1974; Inducted in Australian Hall of Fame (Legend), SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; League Club Champion awarded medal after him since 2009”

Inductees
Charles Nitschke
Played 1888-1897 (games unconfirmed)
Administration Record: Club Secretary 1888-1890, 1892-1897 (9 years), Club Patron 1900-15; 1919-21 (19 years); Club Chairman 1897; Delegate to the Association 1895, 1902-06; Treasurer to the Association 1899; Donated many and various trophies; SANFL Life Member; Nitschke Memorial Trophy presented for League Most Magarey Votes 1955-73, Best Team Man 1974-77, 1979-80, Most Consistent Backman 1978, Service Award 1981-84

Charles Jessop
Played 1901-10 (114 goals, 156 games)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1902, 1905; League Captain 1907-08; Leading Goalkicker 1901, 1909-10; Best All-Round Player 1906; 3 State Games;  League Trophy named after him since 1998 (from 2003 presented to Most Consistent Player)
Administration Record: Club President 1913-15, 1919-39 (24 years); Club Chairman 1906-11; Club Solicitor; Delegate to the Association 1911

Ernest Johns
Played 1902-1914 (162 games, 216 goals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1902, 1905; League Captain 1914; Leading Goalkicker 1911, 1913-14; 20 State Games (incl. 62 goals)

Tom Leahy
Played 1910-15; 1919-21 (111 games, 58 goals); Coached 1913, 1919
Major Achievements: Magarey Medallist 1913, Premiership Player 1920; League Captain 1915, 1919-21 (Premiership Captain 1920); Best and Fairest 1911, 1914, 1919; 20 State Games; State Captain 1919-21; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; SANFL Life Member; Trophy for Best First Year Player Trophy awarded after him since 2003

Percy Lewis
Played 1912-15, 1919-28 (185 games, 143 goals); Coached 1925, 1930-34 (108 games, 2 premierships)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1920; League Captain 1922-26; Best and Fairest 1922; Leading Goalkicker 1923-24; B Club Coach 1928-29; Colts Coach 1936; 7 State Games
Administration Record: Club President 1940-48 (9 years); Club Patron 1949-50; Management Committee 1920-38 (19 years); Selection Committee 1921-26, 1928, 1931-38 (15 years); Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame

Percy Furler
Played 1922-33 (187 games, 152 goals); Coached 1929 (League); Seconds (1963)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1930-31; League Captain 1928-29, 1931-33 (Premiership Captain 1931); Best and Fairest 1928; Leading Goalkicker 1927; State Captain 1932-33; 18 State Games; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century

H. Ronald Phillips
Played 1940-41, 1946, 1948-53 (139 games, 204 goals)
Major Achievements: Magarey Medallist 1948-49; Premiership Player 1949, 1952, Best and Fairest 1948-49; Leading Goalkicker 1949-52; 10 State Games;  Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century

Ian McKay
Played 1946-55 (164 games, 45 goals)
Major Achievements: Magarey Medallist 1950; Premiership Player 1949, 1952, League Captain 1948-55 (record); Premiership Captain 1949, 1952; Outstanding Performance of the Season Trophy 1950; 14 State Games; State Captain 1950-51; O’Halloran Trophy (Best in State Game) 1946; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century

Jack Forrester
Administration Record: Club President 1965-68; Club Secretary 1948-58; Club Treasurer 1959; SANFL League Delegate 1947-62; Management Committee 1941, 1946-62 (18 years); Selection Committee 1948-52, 1954-55; Finance Committee 1959-62; Donated trophies for over 20 years; Inducted as SANFL and ANFC Life Member

Donald Gilbourne
Played 1949-62 (206 games, 79 goals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1949, 1952, 1960; League Captain 1960-61 (Premiership Captain 1960);  Best and Fairest 1959; 10 State Games; O’Halloran Trophy (Best in State Game) 1957; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; 
Administration Record: Selection Committee 1960-63, 1967-72, 1974; Management Committee 1960-63, 1971

John Blunden
Played 1949-58 (140 games, 2 goals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1949; 1952; Best and Fairest 1956-57; Reserve Magarey Medallist 1953; Senior Colts Best and Fairest 1948; 1 State Game
Administration Record: Club President 1972-75; Management Committee 1952-54, 1957, 1960-67, 1973-75; Delegate to the SANFL 1974-75

Donald Lindner
Played 1954-70 (280 games, 267 goals); Coached 1963-66
Major Achievements: Magarey Medallist 1967; Premiership Player 1960; League Captain 1963-69; Best and Fairest 1958, 1962, 1967; Leading Goalkicker 1955; All-Australian 1961; 16 State Games; Second 18s Best and Fairest 1954; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; SANFL Life Member; Best League Forward Trophy named after him since 2009

Ted Boer
Administration Record: Club Doctor 1954-81 (28 years); South Australia Team Doctor 1974-75; Management Committee 1975-79;  Club Medical Room named after him; Donated extensive trophies throughout all grades

Barrie Barbary
Played 1957-64 (146 games, 63 goals)
Major Achievements: Magarey Medallist 1960; Premiership Player 1960, Best and Fairest 1960, 1964; 19 State Games; O’Halloran Trophy (Best in State Match) 1963; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; Colts Best and Fairest 1956

Robert (Bob) Hammond
Played 1960-73 (234 games, 68 goals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1960, 1971-72; League Captain 1973; Champions of Australia Player 1972; Best Team and Club Man 1969, 1971; 7 State Games;  Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; SANFL Life Member

Bohdan Jaworskyj
Played 1965-72, 1976-78 (201 games, 47 goals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1971-72; Champions of Australia 1973, Reserves Coach 1978; 4 State Games;  Inducted into NAFC Team of the Century
Administration Record: Club President 2002-2015* (current); Club Chairman 2008-2014

Michael Redden
Played 1978-93 (334 games, 141 goals)
Major Achievements: Premiership Player 1987, 1991, Best and Fairest 1983; State Captain 1991;  11 State Games;  Fos Williams Medallist 1988;  Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; Club games record holder; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century

Andrew Jarman
Played 1983-89 (141 games, 86 goals); Coached 2004-2008 (111 games)
Major Achievements: Magarey Medallist 1987; Premiership Player 1987; Best and Fairest 1985, 1989; All Australian 1986-87; 8 State Games; Fos Williams Medallist (Best in State Game) 1986-87, 1989; Inducted into SANFL Hall of Fame, NAFC Team of the Century; Fourth most games coached

Stay tuned..
We are currently working on adding a Hall of Fame section to our website which will showcase each inductee’s achievements and photos. Early next year we’ll have completed our current upgrade to the History section which will include intimate player and games history, all linked, back nearly 120 years!

November 17, 2015 - Jordie McKenzie
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The North Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Jordie McKenzie.
Jordie joins the Roosters after 79 games with Melbourne in the AFL after making his debut in 2009.
Jordie is a midfielder who is competitive at the contest and accumulates possessions around the ground.
Jordie has outstanding leadership qualities and will arrive at Prospect next Monday to join the playing group for pre-season training.

JORDIE MCKENZIE 
Age: 25
Height: 186cm
Weight: 82kg
Original club: Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
AFL debut: Round 17, 2009
AFL games: 79
AFL goals: 10

November 10, 2015 - Football Update – November 2015
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The North Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of 4 new players for season 2016;

Mitch Harvey – 20 years old, 197cm & 94kg. Mitch returns to North Adelaide after two seasons in the AFL with Port Power. Mitch is a key forward who will provide a strong target inside 50 and is a reliable shot for goal.

Matt McDonough – 21 years old, 180cm & 82kg, recruited from Richmond. Matt returns to South Australia and possesses an elite kick and good decision making skills. Matt will play through the midfield

Lewis Hender – 22 years old, 187cm & 90kg, recruited from Glenelg. Lewis is a medium sized midfielder/forward who has a powerful left foot kick who is dangerous around goals.

Sam Gordon – 22 years old, 194cm & 90kg, recruited from Port Magpies. Sam is a key position player who has good speed and provides a strong contest.

We welcome all 4 players to the Roosters for season 2016 and beyond.

Players that will not be at North Adelaide for the 2016 season are;

Greg Gallman – Old Ignatians

Todd Miles – Barossa Districts

Alan Obst – Barossa Districts

Toby Schulz

Jesse O’Brien

Rhys O’Keeffe

Darren Shillabeer – Barossa Districts

Heath Caldwell - Employment in Darwin

Luke Mitchell

Lachie Robinson

We thank all of the above for their contribution and commitment to the North Adelaide Football Club and we wish them well in their future pathways, both on and off the field.


The rest of the 2015 playing list has committed for season 2016.

We are still in discussions with potential recruits and will announce once we have their commitment.


Pre-season training starts Friday 13th November, 5:30pm @ Adelaide Uni Loop.

Pre-season training times are;

Monday & Wednesday @ Prospect Oval, 5:30pm start

Friday @ Greenacres Football Club, bottom oval, 5:30pm start


Check website for updated details.


November 09, 2015 - HALL OF FAME
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20 INAUGURAL INDUCTEES

Charles Nitschke

Charlie Jessop

Ernie Johns

Tom Leahy

Percy Lewis

Percy Furler

Ron Phillips

Ian McKay

Jack Forrester

Don Gilbourne

John Blunden

Don Lindner

Ted Boer

Barrie Barbary

Bob Hammond

Bohdan Jaworskyj

Mick Redden

Andrew Jarman

Ken Farmer (Legend)

Barrie Robran (Legend)




October 30, 2015 - VALE Geoff Fuller
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The Club is saddened to inform supporters of the recent passing of 1952 premiership player Geoffrey Roy (Geoff) Fuller.

Geoff made his league debut for North in 1951 at the age of 21, giving good service in a variety of positions.  He also won an award for Most Unselfish Player in the B team that year.

In 1952 Geoff cemented his place in the league team, playing 19 games and winning the Most Improved Player award.  He was an integral part of the team that won the 1952 premiership, defeating Norwood by a then-record 18 goals. The 1952 Annual Report recorded his achievements thus:

Finally forced his way into the side as centre-half forward and has not since looked back. The position player par excellence, he gave our attack stability and consistency, as well as winning a place in the state seconds. An excellent football brain and a nice eye for marks that look impossible. Two brilliant major round performances.”

Lawrie Jervis noted that the centre-half forward “Has played the position with brains and strength, teaming well with other forwards. Can play wing or centre”.

The following year of 1953 Geoff played 14 games and won the Best Placed Man award, and despite being dogged by injuries he won the Best Team Man award in 1954.  He continued to give good service in 1955, winning an award for Most Unselfish Player.  The 1955 Annual Report had this to say of him:

A cool, steady player who exerts great influence over fellow forwards by his quick-thinking and effective teamwork.”

1956 was Geoff’s final year of league football when he received a Services Rendered Award for his 16 games.

The North Adelaide Football Club acknowledges Geoff’s significant contribution to our Club and salutes one of its premiership heroes.  Our condolences are extended to his family and many friends.

October 19, 2015 - Hall of Fame Competition Winner
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October 12, 2015 - 2015 Presentation Night Award Winners
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Congratulations to all the Award Winners at our 2015 Presentation Night.
Under 16
U16 John Sargent Best & Fairest
Connor Rozee

U16’s B&F Runner Up
Boyd Woodcock

Coach’s Trophy
Mackenzie Slee

Coach’s Trophy
Rian Smoker

Under 18's

2015 Alan Telfer Best & Fairest Award
Ben Jarman & Dakota Nixon

U18’s B&F Runner Ups
Vinnie Rocca & Jordon Sweet

Best Team Man
Lee Minervini

Most Improved
Zachary Slade

Coach’s Trophy
Corey Davey

Tom Leahy Memorial Trophy for Best First Year Player
Kym Lebois


Reserves

2015 Reserves Fairest and Most Brilliant  
Sam De Leonardis

Reserves Best and Fairest Runner up
Donated by the Presidents Group.
Jack Graham

Third Best Player 
Donated by Presidents Group
Wyatt Patterson

Most Promising Player Award
Donated by the Presidents Group
Brandan Parfitt

Doris Boyce Memorial Best Team Man Award
Donated by the Presidents Group 
Nick Dinham

J&G Downie Memorial Coaches Trophy, 
Donated by Wendy Blythe.
Adam Kupsch

Best Finals Player Trophy
Donated by the Presidents Group
Sam De Leonardis 

League
2015 Barrie Robran Club Champion Award
Marlon Motlop

Patrons Award for Club Champion Runner Up
Donated by the President’s Group
Cameron Craig

Third Best Player
Donated by the Presidents Group
Todd Miles

Fourth Best Player
Donated by the Presidents Group
Nick Amato 

Equal Fourth Best Player
Donated by the Presidents Group
Michael Virgin

NAFC Defender of the Year
Donated by the Presidents Group
Cameron Craig

NAFC Don Lindner Forward of the Year
Donated by the Presidents Group
Alan Obst

Ken Farmer Leading Goal kicker 
Donated by the Tom & Di Black from ‘All Action Sport’.
Darren Shillabeer

CL Jessop Trophy for League Most Consistent 
Donated by Fox Finance
Joe Anderson

Harold Macfarlane Memorial Award for Most Magarey Medal votes
Donated by the Presidents Group
Marlon Motlop

Coaches Trophy
Donated by the Presidents Group
Alex Spina

The City of Prospect Encouragement Award
Donated by the Prospect council
Sam Wundke

R&D Lush NAFC Young Player of the Year that recognised the best young talent at NAFC in 2015, and also receives $1000 donated kindly by the Lush Family.
Josh Gregg

John Phillips Memorial Trophy for Best Club Man award.
Mitch Clisby 

October 06, 2015 - Football Update – October 2015
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Football Update 

Since the end of the 2015 League season, we have endeavoured to get the commitment of the senior group for next year.
We can announce that a large majority of the current squad has recommitted for 2016 and we will look to secure the remainder of the playing group soon.
The following established players have all recommitted, giving us a strong core group to work with in season 2016;

Marlon Motlop

Derick Wanganeen

Mitch Clisby

George Thring

Nick Amato

Lewis Johnston

Max Thring

Jay Shannon

Leigh Ryswyk

James Craig

Players that will not be at North Adelaide for the 2016 season are;

Greg Gallman

Todd Miles

Alan Obst

Toby Schulz

Jesse O’Brien

Rhys O’Keeffe

We thank all of the above for their contribution and commitment to the North Adelaide Football Club and we wish them well in their future pathways, both on and off the field.

Recruiting has started and we have spoken to potential players about joining the Roosters for next season.

We will provide updates on player movement when negotiations have been finalised.

September 30, 2015 - Vale Ray Carroll
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Vale Ray Carroll

It is with great sadness that the North Adelaide Football Club must inform members of the passing of Ray Carroll. Born on 4 March 1934, Ray passed away on 5 September 2015.

Ray played 75 games and kicked 5 goals over the seasons 1954-55 and 1957-61.
A true Rooster from his early days, Ray won Best Forward in Junior Colts in 1950.
In 1954 he was one of the first year juniors who gained promotion via Colts to Second Eighteen, thence to senior ranks. Fifty players were tried for the season, and two very prominent juniors, in Don Lindner and Ray Carroll, grained "A" Grade selection. He was noted as very fast, tenacious and fearless, with good overhead work and excellent disposal from the half-back flank.
In 1955 he won an award for Most Improved. He had a bad accident while riding his motor bike late in 1955 which kept him out of the game for 12 months but in 1957 he made a brilliant return to League football. 
From a team point of view Ray’s most successful year was 1960. He played 16 league games that season and was rewarded with the “Sound defensive play” trophy at season’s end. In the preview of the 1960 Grand Final in The News, he was described as a half-back flanker with good anticipation and judgement, with a strong clearing kick and fearless.  Ray was immortalised as an integral part of the team that achieved the ultimate prize when North defeated Norwood by 5 points in the Grand Final, showing his customary speed, judgement and long kick. 
Thus Ray joined his older brother Keith as a North Adelaide Premiership player. Keith had been a member of the 1949 and 1952 premiership sides.

R.I.P. Ray - dashing in both senses.

September 24, 2015 - After the Grand Final
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September 16, 2015 - JORDON SWEET JOINS LEVEL 2 NAB AFL ACADEMY
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JORDON SWEET JOINS LEVEL 2 NAB AFL ACADEMY – NAFC DOMINATE RECIPIENTS
After some outstanding games at Under 18 and Reserves level Jordon has been added to the AFL Level 2 Academy for 2015/2016. He joins Brandan Parfitt and Jack Graham who go from Level 1 this year to Level 2. Like last year only five South Australians received this honour and like last year we have supplied three of the five (Keiran Agius, Ryan Burton and Stephen Tahana were Level 2 in 2014/15.
With a total of 64 Level 2 NAB AFL Academy members for these two years it is amazing that the North Adelaide Football Club can provide 6 of them. 
Whilst Brandan is effectively a product of the NT program, as a SANFL League debutant this year we feel we can claim him a little bit. In that regard we extend out thanks to Wally Gallio, AFLNT Talent & Coaching Manager who suggested to Brandan and us that we would be an ideal Club for him to further develop his football.

The lads head to Melbourne for their first camp AFL Grand Final week, and will get the opportunity to play a game on the MCG on Grand Final day. What a thrill that will be for them.
With four heading to the AFL Draft Camp – Ryan Burton, Stephen Tahana, Oleg Markov and Cameron Hewett  (thirteen from SA), and two attending the State screening (Keiran Agius and Maris Olekalns), it is very clear we have the best talent in the State.

If anyone is wondering why we did not qualify for an Under 18 Grand final here is a list of Under 18 aged players who were unavailable on the weekend.
Ryan Burton-League debut 2014-knee reconstruction
Kahlin Santillo-League Debut 2015-knee reconstruction
Cam Hewett-State U18 2015-fractured scaphoid
Bryce Purser-U18 B & F 2014-broken leg, still eligible for Under 18’s next byear
Sam Ciappina-Reserves 2014,2015-stress fractures to foot

And then those who last weekend helped the Reserves reach the Preliminary Final and will hopefully reward us with a Premiership
Brandan Parfitt-League debut 2015, NT State U18 and still eligible next year
Jack Graham-League debut 2015, SANFL State U18 and still eligible next year
Stephen Tahana-League debut 2014, SANFL State U18
Mark Quinn-SANFL State Under 18, Reserves 2014 and 2015
Maris Olekalns-SANFL State Under 18, Reserves 2014 and 2015

There is plenty to look forward to in 2016!

September 15, 2015 - Hall of Fame COMPETITION
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Entries can be sent to administration@nafc.com.au or you can drop the Entry Form into the Club during business hours. 

September 14, 2015 - NEW DEVELOPMENT COACH APPOINTED
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The North Adelaide Football Club would like to announce Brad Dodd as our new Development Coach for season 2016.

Brad played 50 AFL games for Fremantle and has been the assistant coach at East Fremantle for the past 2 years, becoming the interim coach this season for the last 11 games.

New senior coach Josh Carr believes that Brad will implement an elite development program in the newly created role and he comes highly recommended by many, including current SANFL Football General Manager, Adam Kelly.

Brad will arrive in Adelaide for the start of pre-season training in mid-November and will work full time at the football club.

Brad will also be part of the senior coaching panel as an assistant coach looking after the midfield.

The North Adelaide Football Club would like to welcome Brad Dodd and his family to the Roosters.

September 08, 2015 - Roosters at the Royal Adelaide Show
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The Roosters are going to the Royal Adelaide Show! Teaming up with World Vision Australia, we will be in the Jubilee Pavilion between 2-4pm TODAY!
Pop by to say hello and have your photo taken with Rocket Rooster or your favourite Player! There will be plenty of giveaways and the opportunity to win a Roosters Footy!
Players in attendance: Andy Read, Oleg Markov, Kahlin Santillo and Stephen Tahana.

September 07, 2015 - Results
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Qualifying Final
RESERVES 
North V Port 

Port 14.11. 95 Defeated
North 14.6.90

Semi Finals
UNDER 18's 
North V Eagles 
Eagles 16.12. 108 Defeated
North 5.17.47

September 03, 2015 - Announcement
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The NAFC Board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Josh Carr as our new Senior Coach. We have been through an exhaustive identification process over the past 6 weeks and have had many very good candidates, and the hard work put in has resulted in the appointment of a very high quality person and coach who we believe will deliver an outstanding culture and football program to our Club.  Josh’s appointment has only been approved tonight by the Board (Thursday), for a term of 3 years.  Please join us in welcoming Josh and Karolina with their children Violet and Jude to our great Club

August 31, 2015 - President’s Group Raffle
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President’s Group Raffle
The North Adelaide Football Club President’s Group conducted a raffle over the course of the 2015 season to raise additional funds to be used for player related projects and activities.  The Committee would like to thank prize donors, Drummond Golf Mile End for donating a set of Callaway golf clubs, Graham Radloff for donating a Rooster print painted by a prominent Adelaide artist, and Patrick of Coonawarra for donating 6 bottles of Coonawarra wine.  
The raffle was drawn during the Home Match luncheon on Saturday 29 August and we thank past champion player John Riley for his participation in the draw.

First Prize was won by ticket number 245, Simon Maumill
Second Prize was won by ticket number 145, David Davidson
Third Prize was won by ticket number 446, Phil Ness

Congratulations to all winners and a big thank you to all who bought tickets during the year.

August 31, 2015 - Annual Members Lottery
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Congratulations to the people below who won prizes in our Annual Members Lottery. 

North Adelaide Football Club Members Lottery
Licence Number M12910

1st A Souter (07166)

2nd L Markus (13430)

3rd C Corbitt (01856)

4th S Shuck(09644)

5th J McGivern (00818


August 26, 2015 - Presidents Group Luncheon
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Our last President's Luncheon for the season will feature Past Player John Riley as our guest speaker, along with raffles, an update from Bohdan on the SANFL, and a final message from CEO, Greg Edwards. 
Come along for a scrumptious two course meal, drinks package and afternoon tea. Please book by 12:00pm Thursday 27th.

August 26, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces Round 19 Season 2001 (Saturday 11 August)
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New recruit Tim Cook (2001) – best on ground in North’s great comeback

When your team enters Round 19 (in a 23 game fixture) with one win for the season, trailing by four goals at the last break, playing against a finals contender and on their home soil it just makes sense to expect the match will be another painful, gallant loss.   But occasionally… occasionally… a quarter comes along that restores faith in the never-say-die pledge.   North were never going to win that match at Richmond Oval – but the players thought and proved otherwise.

2001 is not a year to look back on with many magical moments to reflect proudly upon our club history.   The club was going through tough times on and off the field, and after finishing 9th in 2000 the club was again at the wrong end of the premiership table.   As North ventured to Richmond Oval there was nothing left to play for except pride in their jumper, their club and themselves for the last six matches.  West, who had beaten North in their previous two encounters for the year, was sitting fourth and expecting another easy victory to push for a double chance.

Despite good intensity in each contest from the Roosters it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard and they immediately found themselves behind the eight-ball early to trail by nearly three goals at the first break.   A five goal quarter in the second term and outscoring West indicated a competitive effort by the players, but that was exasperated as West stepped up a few gears after the main break with a five-goal to two third quarter.   Despite North’s tremendous resolution and dedication to the cause they found themselves 23 points in arrears and West seemingly in control and heading towards another victory.  

For any remote possibility to cause an upset a good start was required by North yet the opposite took place.   West kicked the first two goals of the term and suddenly the lead extended to 35 points.   As supporters started to pack away their belongings in preparation of a whitewash last term North started to kick back.   North’s spearhead, Daniel Hargraves, who had three goals up to the last term, finished some great work upfield and led an onslaught that staggered and empowered the supporters into football ecstasy.    Before anyone new it North had goaled, and goaled and then goaled again.  Before anyone could believe it they had brought the game back to an even contest.   As exciting as the comeback was, what become more impressive was how North did not stop there.   North rocketed not only into the lead, but maintained its last quarter domination to kick nine goals and shot to a 23-point buffer when the final quarter ended.   In the madness of North’s inspirational comeback they had kicked 9.4 and kept West scoreless.

Naturally, the last quarter fightback was the centre of the media match reports:

“It was much more than a blinding finish that gave North Adelaide its second win of the season… While the burst of 9.4 to no reply was probably the Roosters’ best quarter of footy in about five years, it was set up by three quarters of hard work and perseverance…  North hit the front at the 18-minute mark and never looked like being headed, leaving the West faithful in stunned silence” – The Mail.

Leading the charge was the captivating, enthusiastic and lethal Hargraves.   Kicking three goals in the final term, he made the most of the machine-gun forward advances North relentlessly provided in the last 20 minutes of the match, leading quickly or strongly to gather 10 marks for the match.    Leading the barrage of opportunities were a midfield – often belittled by SANFL counterparts –that gelled remarkably to prove today was the day to show the skills and abilities and orchestrate a losing game back in their favour.   Tim Cook, the stalwart 27-year-old recruit was superb with 22 kicks, nine marks and 12 handballs.   His midfield sidekick, Heath Younie, in his first SANFL season, was just as instrumental as his continued an eye-catching debut year with 16 kicks, eight marks and 17 handballs – all used efficiently and damagingly.   In fact The Mail noted Heath’s performance:

“But Younie was the Roosters’ real ace in the pack, never wasting a possession and providing an extra target in the forward lines.”

Others to join in the avalanche towards victory included wingman Josh Newberry, rebounding defender Luke Holland, cucumber-cool Chris Ladhams and young ruckman Mark Jamar.

The win ended North’s longest losing sequence against West (eight losses commencing in 1998) and the energy and confidence of the stirring victory brought upon a consecutive win against Glenelg in their following match to end a disappointing season on a high note with three wins in the last four games and avoiding the dreaded wooden spoon.

On Magarey Medal night Tim Cook took the three vote honours for the comeback match and Hargraves one, whilst West’s Ed Richardson collected two votes.

In was a comeback for the ages.   In any season for any team a win like that was one that will always be remembered with delight.  But for North in that frustrating season the comeback was simply worth bottling… or at least recalled again 14 years later.

Stats Fact

The 23 point comeback from three-quarter time isn’t Norths greatest comeback margin against West Adelaide.  The best is 26 points in Round 17, 1994.   Ironically, like the 2001 victory, the margin North trailed at the last break was the same margin they ended up winning by (1946 – 26 points, 2001 – 23 points).  What we do know in the 2001 match was that early in the last quarter we were as far as 35 points behind;

North 9.4 is the second highest 4th quarter score at Richmond.  Their best is 11.3 kicked in Round Three, 1991;

Daniel Hargraves’ six goals placed him equal second with two other players in the most goals kicked in a match by a North player at Richmond.   Peter Anderson’s 8.1 in 1964 still is the best performance which is now followed by Heath Younie’s 7.3 in 2006.

Match Details:

North               1.4       6.7       9.10     18.14  122

West                4.3       8.7       13.9     15.9    99

Ground:           Richmond Oval                        Crowd:            1,541

Best Players: Younie, Ladhams, Cook, Casey, Newberry, Fowden, Holland, Hargraves, Jamar

Scorers: Hargraves 6.3, Younie 2.2, Cook 2.2, Casey 2.0, Bamford 1.4, Fowden 1.1, Jamar 1.1, Leal 10, Gluschenko 1.0, Newberry 0.1, Cornelius 0.1

The Team:

F: Daniel Hargraves, Gerald Cornelius, Ben Casey

HF: Chris Ladhams, Jared Rivers, Paris Fowden

C: Scott Bamford, Shayne Broad, Josh Newberry

HB: Luke Holland, Adam Morgan, Travis Gluschenko

B: Daniel Ebert, Ray Ebel, Teghan Henderson

1R: Mark Jamar, Heath Younie, Tiim Cook

Res: Aaron Byerlee, Ryan McGahey, Scott Leal

 

Daniel Hargraves and Heath Younie – important players in North’s final quarter revival

David O’Hara

History Committee

August 25, 2015 - Blast From The Past (Rd 19)
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Merv Hopgood in 1930 team photo

Full Name:  Mervyn Newman Hopgood

Date of Birth:  17 November 1911

Date of Death:  23 August 1984

Seasons Played: 1930; 1932- 1933

Games Played: 11     Goals Kicked: 20

Position Played: Full Forward

Association Record: 70 games, 306 goals

Achievements/ Awards:

Association (Recognition of Goalkicking Record): 1931

Association Highest Goalkicker: 1932

Association Most Improved: 1930

E.H. Woolley Trophy (SANFL Leading Goalkicker in the Association (Reserves): 1931-32

Who is Merv Hopgood?   Probably a good question, as many North Adelaide and SANFL historians will even have to revert to their records to determine who he was and when did he play.   He is a prime candidate in the “could’ve been” department, the “wrong time/ wrong place” scenario that if he played at another period or another club it may have resulted in his name being recorded into SANFL folklore.   But alas it is not.   He was great at his craft in the days where players were generally set into one role.   His role was full forward.   The guy holding him from playing league football?   Ken Farmer.

Back in the 1930s the Reserves competition (as we know it) was called the Association grade – or North’s ‘B’ Grade - and in 1929 17-year-old Hopgood commenced playing in North’s Association side – the same year an 18-year-old Ken Farmer first joined league ranks in North’s A Grade team.

In his first year he kicked 15 goals in 13 games, a moderate contribution but North did see something in him.   He was already a keen clubman and was obviously quick of the mark, as indicated from a story on North Adelaide’s 1930 pre-season social sporting afternoon indicated:

“North Adelaide footballers yesterday contested sprinting events and tennis and cricket matches at a picnic at Willow Park, Long Gull.  Nearly 70 men… made the trip… The North Footballers Sheffield Handicap, which attracted a large field, was decided in four heats, winner of which were M. Hopgood, K. Farmer, R. Munn and (C.)R. Barrett.   In an exciting final the places were filled by Hopgood, Munn, and Barrett.  Hopgood was a forward with the association side last season, and supporters are hopeful that he will reproduce his speed of yesterday and defeat opposing defenders their season….”

Indeed 1930 would be his step into the league side.   After a great start to the season he would quickly earn selection discussion.  With Farmer becoming the goalkicking doyen in the league side Hopgood was already a great back up for Famer, however the question was going to be how the two could work in tandem.   The former situation seemed to be the first to occur, when mid-week prior to the Round Six clash the media reported Farmer had a boil on his knee due to a knock in the previous game and had been told to rest.   The Advertiser was aware of Farmer’s ideal back up:

“It is fortunate that the Red and Whites have a strong reserve force among their association men.  If Farmer is not able to play on Saturday a trial on the forward line for M. Hopgood of the association team should well merit consideration.  He has been performing consistently since the association games began.  In five games he has scored 26 goals in batches of six, four, six, five and five.  In the final practice match he scored 10 goals.”

Whilst Farmer did suit up and played (and kicked six goals) it meant Hopgood had to wait longer for his opportunity – but he did not have to wait too long.    His debut finally arrived two weeks later against Glenelg in Round Eight, when the selectors could not deny his early season goalkicking - snapping 36 goals in his first seven matches (averaging 5.2 per game) - to go unrewarded.   Surprisingly his call-up was not to replace Farmer, but instead centre half-forward Rob Taylor who was injured.    Hopgood’s debut was in a 54-point victory with Merv kicked two goals from his uncustomary centre half-forward position.   His goalkicking partner Farmer bagged a nonchalant nine goals.

Hopgood played five successive games without really being able to contribute strongly on the scoreboard.   Playing at centre half-forward, and on the half-forward flank for his last two games, he could only kick five goals in the five matches, and was subsequently dropped back to the Association team.   The first taste of both Farmer and Hopgood proved a difficult one for Merv, as he saw Farmer continue his extraordinary goalkicking and North winning matches, yet personally he could not find his feet outside the full forward domain.

Hopgood’s only other league appearance for the season was in Round 17 when Farmer missed the match after a motor cycle accident that injured the goalsneak and killed his brother.   When Farmer returned a week later at the commencement of the major round, Hopgood found himself back in the association and had to watch on the sidelines as the Roosters went on to win the league premiership.

He finished the season kicking 43 goals in nine association games, and a further eight goals in his six league appearances.   He collected the ‘B’ Grade award for Most Improved and selected in the Association state team.  The North Adelaide Annual Report noted he him as one of the juniors that “proved themselves worthy of selection.”

With some league experience behind him Hopgood career was on the rise, yet while his goalkicking exploits rose immeasurably it was in the association only.   As Farmer played every game in 1931, Hopgood failed to make a league appearance despite a brilliant season.   As he continued to dominate the goalkicking in the ‘B’ Grade, the media were certainly aware of the reason for his limited league appearances:

“Hopgood, with 79 goals, has passed the previous highest tally for a season in the association.  In addition to this, he scored 10 goals against Broken Hill team.  With three more games to play, including the finals, he may reach three figures.  Hopgood would probably find a place in any other league team. It is bad luck for him that the seniors have Farmer” – The News.

He finished the season having played 18 games and kicked a remarkable 96 goals (5.3 per game) to lead his side to a second consecutive Preliminary Final.   His efforts included seven occasions of six or more goals and easily passed the previous Association record of 70 goals.      Again his ill-timing by playing at the same club as the best goalkicker in the SANFL was brought to light by the newspapers:

“It is unfortunate for Hopgood that a full forward of the calibre of Farmer is a member of the North League side.  Hopgood has had A grade experience, having played six games with the senior team last season” – The Advertiser.

In fact the parallel goalkicking achievements by North’s two full forwards was a talking point through the competition and newspapers:

“North goalsneaks have had their most prolific season on record.  Farmer (A Grade) and Hopgood (association team) both have excellent chances of kicking more than 100 goals for the season.  This would probably constitute a football record” – The News.

Whilst just missing on kicking the ton, the club awarded Merv an association trophy “In recognition of goalkicking record” while also receiving the Woolley Trophy, an SANFL award for the Leading Goalkicker in the Association competition.

Not to be let down by his lack of league appearances the previous year, Hopgood’s 1932 was an ever better season.   He broke his own Association record netting 108 goals in 18 games (6.00 per game) and the side won the Grand Final.  His season included 10 goals in Round Two and 11 goals in Round 13 and was quoted as one with “remarkable accuracy” and many of his goals kicked as a “result of excellent anticipation and good marking.”   Once again his great effort in front of goal drew media coverage and it was pleasing to see some attention drawn away from Farmer and Hopgood featured instead:

Hopgood Breaks B Grade Goalkicking Record

“Mervin Hopgood, the North association team goalsneak broke his own record of 83 (sic.) goals in a season by kicking eight goals in the match against Torrens today, bringing his total for the season to 91.  Hopgood began his football career with the North Adelaide Public School team which he was captain.  Ken Farmer, the champion North goalsneak, was a member of the same side.  He has played only six matches with the senior side.  Hopgood comes from a family of footballers.  His father was a well-known performer in the country, and his grandfather played for Torrens.” – The Mail

He naturally won the Woolley Association Trophy for the second time yet with all this success and goalkicking accomplishments his desire to play league level was blocked with his only league outing the Round 15 match against South when Farmer was ruled out with an ankle injury.   The Club noted his achievements for the season in their 1932 Annual Report:

“Our (association) full forward, M. Hopgood, was again successful in establishing a new goalkicking record, having beaten his own record of 96 goals established last year, by 12, thereby bringing his total to 108 goals in all matches. We congratulate this player upon his wonderful achievement in having won the E. H. Wooley (sic.) Association trophy for the second time in succession.”

With such a consistent performance for limited league opportunities it was strangely surprising that Hopgood didn’t try to pursue his league career at another club.   Certainly in the modern age this would have certainly applied.   Yet in all references on Hopgood there was no indication that he had even raised the thought of moving to another club.

In 1933 Hopgood was finally recognised for his efforts and returned back into league football in Round Three and played four matches in succession.   Amazingly it was not Farmer making way for his league reappearance. However, oddly enough, Farmer did miss the following week due to injury and missing just the one match.   Ironically, the one week that Hopgood played at full forward (in Farmer’s absence) he played his best league game when he kicked five goals in a 17-point win against West Adelaide.  On Farmer’s return the following week Hopgood’s form entitled him to remain in the league side.   The two combined well to kick seven between them (Hopgood 4, Farmer 3).   Hopgood played the following week and while the team had an impressive win against Port Merv failed to score and was subsequently dropped for the next match… and never played league again.

For the remainder of the 1933 season Hopgood player Association kicking 44 goals in the last 12 games of the season.   This would be Hopgood’s final season, ending his career at the end of 1933 at the ripe age of 21 years old.

Not to keep away from the club and the grade he was dominant for many years Hopgood continued his affiliation with both by becoming the ‘B’ Grade Secretary for the 1934 season and continued for a number of years.

Hopgood may have been a success at league level but for the iconic timing of the greatest SANFL full forward who remained his “Berlin wall” into league ranks.   Instead, we are left with the “who knows” question.   Ironically when it was considered he needed Farmer’s unavailability in order for him to play league they actually played in eight of his Hopgood’s 11 league games together.   Despite this trying to work around Farmer, rather than be the man leading from the goal square, did not work for Merv.

The last occasion a similar scenario took place was in 1983 when Sturt’s Ian Willmott kicked 99 goals in their Reserves team.   His brick wall: Rick Davies, who finished with 151 games.

Hopgood’s 108 goals is the only time a North player has achieved this in the Seconds/ Reserves/ B Grade.   His 306 goals are also the most goals recorded in this grade for North ahead of Lionel Speck (266 goals, 1932-36), John Boras (170, 2008-13) and Russell Gehling (153, 1979-85, 1987).

Whether it’s loyalty, respect of their “main” man, content in where he sat, or simply not interested in moving, Hopgood’s career, for the limited league appearances, is quite a story in its own right.

Merv Hopgood (back left) at three quarter time in his debut match (Round 8, 1930) with some North stalwarts including Norm Drew (back - second left), Ken Farmer – front middle, and Ray Munn – front right)

David O’Hara

History Committee

August 25, 2015 - GALLMAN BIDS FAREWELL
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North Adelaide captain Greg Gallman will play his last SANFL match on Saturday after announcing his retirement on Monday night.

Despite being just 26, Gallman told his team-mates at training that he will don the red and white one more time against Sturt at Prospect in Round 19.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, the experienced defender said his constant battles with soft tissue injuries, coupled with an expanding workload off the field played significant roles in his decision-making process.

Making his league debut in 2007 under coach Andrew Jarman, Gallman managed to establish himself in the line-up to play in the Grand Final that year.

However, his wretched run with injury which included a three-year stint with Adelaide in the AFL, ensured he wouldn’t play a game at elite level.

Originally from the Walkerville Football Club, Gallman will finish with 89 league matches to his name when he bids farewell with team-mate Todd Miles at Menzies Crescent.

Gallman has captained the Roosters since the start of 2013, with Miles joining him as co-captain last year.

In his interview, Gallman anoints current deputy vice-captain Mitch Clisby as being a strong candidate to lead the club in 2016.


August 19, 2015 - Blast From The Past (Rd 18)
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The one and only Nick Gill (2007)

Full Name:     Nicholas Hunter Gill

Date of Birth: 25 August 1982

Seasons Played: 2005-2011

Games Played: 100            Goals Kicked: 180

Position Played: Half-Forward, Centre Half-Forward, Anyway

Jumper Number: No. 25

Magarey Medal Votes: 31

Achievements/ Awards:

Grand Finals: 2007

Best Forward: 2005-2006, 2011

Leading Goalkicker: 2006, 2011

Third Best Player: 2005

Most Magarey Medal Votes: 2005

Other Matches:

Finals Appearances: 10

Foxtel Cup (2011)

Media Awards:

The Advertiser Team of the Year: 2005-06, 2011

West End All Stars Team of the Year: 2011

Nick Gill.   The name that brings a smirk to anyone who saw him in action.   Nick Gill was an enigma.   In any match he could bring euphoria into the crowd with high-leaping, tower-leaping marks and uncanny goal kicking and then frustrated the hell out of them with a kick that went more right angles than straight.   But we wouldn’t want anything else.   He was a drawcard if ever there was one.  

“Emu” was recruited to join North’s recently resurgent team for the 2005 season and had a major impact in his first season.   Gangly-looking and a physique that looked brittle enough to break a bone if he fell over, it wasn’t long before we saw what the recruiters saw in him.   He commenced his SANFL career in Round One on a Thursday night match at Norwood where the Roosters continued their 2004 form with a commanding win.   Gilly’s debut was also a young Matt Campbell’s first game too, and both would cause headaches for opposing defenders in coming years.   Nick had a quiet game, but the following week he played a great match at Richmond (in 38 degree heat) when he kicked four goals, named best for North and snatched two Magarey Medal votes… something that he would accumulate throughout the season.   

The 2005 season went parallel for both Nick and North as both produced spectacular seasons.   North were winning more matches than losing, cementing itself for consecutive finals appearances, while Nick’s form was certainly entertaining and at times amusing, but still with skills that no doubt was a catalyst in North’s successful season.   With his partner-in-crime fellow forward Daniel Hargraves they pinched many goals from unsuspecting defenders with their astonishing marking skills, great goal sense and, for Gilly in particular, a mobility and engine which allowed him to run endlessly throughout the whole game.   The season ended in the 1st Semi for North, and for Nick it was a dignified arrival to SANFL football, playing 21 games, kicking 39 goals (second highest for the club) and grabbing the Forward of the Year award and finishing third in the club’s Best and Fairest count.   Gill’s formidable first-season was epitomised by collecting Magarey Medal votes in eight matches for a total of 20.   This was enough to cause a few flutters on award night as he finished a gallant second by only four votes.

Nick’s 2006 season continued his impressive form and would again be a player to watch and enjoy throughout the season.   His style of play was questioned around the club and SANFL, however no matter how awkward his kicking style was renowned for, his ability to find the ball, outmark and outrun ragged opponents, and bring teammates into the match were never questioned.   He opened the season without missing a beat from the previous year, picking up two Magarey Medal votes in a 16 kicks, 12 mark, three-goal game which the Sunday Mail recounted:

“Nick Gill played a thriller for North.   His strong hands and aggressive leaps gathered him 12 marks for the match…”

His form continued in Round two collecting another vote and a wayward 3.6 return in a high-scoring clash against South.   Again the Sunday Mail pinpointed Gilly’s role in North’s victory:

“But the tables turned at the 20-minute mark (of the first term) as the spectacular marking and kicking of centre half-forward Nick Gill set North on the right path, and it fought back with five unanswered goals to be just two points short at the first break.”

By Round Four Nick had already kicked 50 goals for the club (in only 24 games) and it was this match that Nick Gill became a Rooster icon – if he wasn’t previously.   It was this match that Nick Gill took the new generation back to the days where their fore-fathers enjoyed the feats of the majestic Don Lindner with a breathtaking marking and goalkicking performance.   On a Friday night at Adelaide Oval against Sturt North had a smashing victory 27.16 to 13.8, yet it was all about “Emu”, who finished with a match record of 23 kicks, 18 marks, one handball, one free, two against, four tackles and a score of 9.3.    This equated to 193 points for Fantasy Footy lovers.   Six of Nick’s nine goals were in an exceptional second quarter 16-minute burst that words could not describe the unequivocal domination one person could have in a game … but The Advertiser made an attempt:

“Amazing Nick Gill inspired North… to fully open the throttle for one quarter and blast shell-shocked Sturt off Adelaide Oval, setting up a 92-point win last night.  The lanky, high-flying half-forward almost single-handedly tore apart Sturt’s defence in the second term when the rocket-charged Roosters kicked nine goals without a miss to just one point at the 22-minute mark.  That devastating turbo blast belted the Blues into almost total submission in a scintillating brand of fast, open running football that is bringing the fans back to the SANFL;”

“North was simply sensational and Gill a joy to watch as he dominated the packs with his ample 193 cm, 91 kg frame to take repeated contested marks in genuine aerial contests.  He grabbed everything that came within reach – including two juggling one-handers for the night – to please the football purists and remind Rooster fans of… Don Lindner.”

The performance gave Gill The Advertiser Player of the Week in which he reflected the night in his customary light-hearted and laid back perception on life and football:

“Every column on Nick Gill's statistic sheet was overflowing except one on Friday night - handballs.   While the high-flying Rooster forward tore Sturt's defence apart by booting 9.3 and taking a whopping 18 marks, he could only manage one disposal by hand.  "The guys (his team-mates) were saying I was going to do a (Daniel) Hargraves because I've only had about five handballs for the year," Gill said with a laugh.  "No, seriously, I don't mind handballing because I don't like to hog it, it's just that none of it was really on the ground."  That's because the 2005 Magarey Medal runner-up was terrorising the Double Blues in the air and during the second quarter, Gill was simply unstoppable. In a performance rarely seen at any level, Gill pulled in eight contested marks and booted six of his nine goals within a period of about eight minutes.  His second-term effort prompted at least one North fan to brand it the best individual display since legendary Barrie Robran graced Prospect. And it also left The Advertiser's football scribes no choice in selecting the Player of the Week Award for round four.  "I looked up at the time clock (during the second term) and thought it must have been nearing the end of the quarter," Gill, who was yesterday named in the SANFL state squad, said. "But it was only the 16-minute mark so I was really surprised.  "The midfield was just bringing the ball out of the centre so fast and I was just finishing them off. But that can't happen all of the time."

Nick taking one of his 18 marks in his memorable nine-goal performance against Sturt

Gill followed the match with a five-goal performance the following week, before his season became interrupted with niggling injuries which forced him to miss some matches mid-season.   North’s forward double-threat of Hargraves and Gill turned into a triple threat with the emergence of Clint Alleway, who was recruited pre-season but due to injuries played his first match in Round 16.   This combination became one of the most lethal in the competition, and was a major reason for North to carry through to their first Preliminary Final since 1991.   Even more heroic was North’s 1st Semi Final victory over South despite 16 players fit by the end of the match, including Nick, who battled the match out despite one shoulder down yet was able to kick three important goals.   While Gilly’s early season sensational form could not be maintained (how could it) he continued to be a valuable asset up forward and a tough match-up for opposition teams.   His 47 goals edged him ahead to claim the Leading Goalkicker award as well as winning consecutive Forward of the Year awards.

Nick’s career continued to rise to new levels when he was drafted by Adelaide in the 2006 AFL National draft at pick 64 as a 24-year-old mature-age forward option.   He went on to play 17 games over the 2007-2009 seasons, spasmodically playing between his AFL and SANFL clubs during the period.

Keen on continuing the form and success North were setting themselves the club embarked on another promising season in 2007.   With Ben Hart returning to the fold North’s team looked decidedly stronger although the triple threat that commenced in 2006 was adjusted as Hargraves and the club parted ways and Nick’s AFL career made it uncertain for coach Andrew Jarman on what forward arrangement he would have each week.  However with slippery midfielders in Chris Ladhams, Heath Younie and a young key forward Michael Wundke all having great goal sense the scoring avenues were far and wide.     

Despite a hamstring injury delaying the start of his season Gilly still played 11 games for North including the finals series when North reached their first Grand Final since 1991.   He was an important player for the club during the major round and after being named best in the 2nd Semi Final loss brought up his 100th goal for the club in the Preliminary Final triumph over the Eagles in another game where he was a significant contributor.  And, as The Advertiser pointed out, there is only one Gilly:

“Nick Gill was typical Nick Gill, roaming tirelessly to create havoc for the Roosters, while reliable defender Luke Ivens and Ben Hart had an impact.” 

The following weekend was a disappointing loss in the ultimate match and the focus was for 2008 to make the final step.

As ardent supporters would be aware 2008 was a frustrating season.   With a high injury toll and mixed performances North failed to reach the finals for the first time since 2003.   Nick continued his love affair with Roosters supporters but was attracting a new wave of Crows supporters who, like the North fans before them, saw a talented footballer who’s occasional brain-fade kick have you pulling your hair out.   Gilly’s awkward kicking style was becoming a talking point in various football circles as his questionable erratic method meant his accuracy in front of goal was regularly dissected – especially when he would frequently miss simple or easy shots at goal.  But this deficiency was certainly out-weighted by the athleticism and the brilliant contested marking ability that were both effective and crowd-pleasing.   The season saw Nick follow on from the previous year when his trips to Prospect Oval of Football Park were not known until the Thursday night team listings as he played nine for the Crows and only six for North.   In the Round eight loss to Norwood Nick reached his 50th game for the Roosters (and what a bunch of matches they were).   Nick’s form had been tough and as mid-season came The Standard Messenger noticed the improvement in Nick’s game was a “pleasing sight” with his recognisable high-flying marks back on show during a four-goal haul against West.   Playing only six game for the season his best game of the year was undoubtedly against the Eagles in Round 16 when his AFL career was becoming shaky.   Judged best for North by media and the club he failed to poll a vote by the umpires in his 17 kicks, 10 marks and 7.2 performance – including kicking five of North’s first six goals.   The Sunday Mail captured his dazzling display:

“Out-of-form Crows forward Nick Gill single-handedly revived the Roosters in the third term, kicking four goals straight.  His ferocity at the ball led to him being reported for charging, but his attitude inspired teammates and their intensity lifted dramatically after half time.”

The game was Gill’s last for North for the season as North’s finished seventh.   Gill’s playing future was uncertain as his AFL aspirations were getting thin with the Crows building a strong lineup and while Nick showed glimpses of class there was a lack of consistency if his games.   Despite this Nick remained on the Crows list for 2009.

North, under new coach Daniel Healy, didn’t see Nick for most of the season with injuries plaguing his season and limiting him to eight matches, including a confident-boosting first game for the year when he grabbed 13 kicks, 12 marks and four goals in a lost to Central.   He didn’t return to the side until Round seven and in Round nine was moved into the backlines to help the team settle a South surge whilst helping Gill find some form that had been missing.   After another extended break Nick returned for the final two games for the season: the last minor round and the Elimination Final.   After the poor year with injuries and form Gill’s AFL career was ended when the Crows delisted him.   Whilst a disappointing result personally for Nick, for North Adelaide it meant their gifted giraffe was back at Roosters full time.

Nick’s next season was a 17-game return when he played some good footy despite the team playing poorly in a defensive-focussed team plan that wasn’t suited to free and quick ball movement.   Despite less opportunities Gill still featured in some of the best passages of play, and was instrumental in dictating victories at times of his own boot.   This was apparent early in the season as Nick kicked five goals to lead North to a tight win against Sturt.   The Sunday Mail covered his role in the victory:

*“North Adelaide today restored its tarnished reputation as a serious contender with a heart-stopping eight-point win over Sturt.  On the back of five goals from Nick Gill, including two game-busters in the last term, and a super-human effort from ruck-forward Clint Alleway the Roosters eclipsed the Double Blues in the second quarter and withstood a second-half rally at Prospect Oval.”

His goalkicking prowess was clear as he kicked 19 goals for the season, the most he had kicked for the club since 2006.   With a disappointing year the club needed a fresh start and Josh Francou arrived for the 2011 season – and this was just what “Emu” needed.

With his body feeling the best for years and a more offensive attitude in the coaching game plan Gill, with fellow forwards Alleway and Daniel Stewart, enjoyed the wealth of inside 50 forays they were delivered.   Gilly collected 153 marks – the most for the club – and kicked 39 goals to be the club’s leading goalkicker and received the club’s (Don Lindner) Forward of the Year award.   Obtained from marks from the freaky to strong, snaps from the boot from impossible angles or simple shots that floated through in a strange rotation it was Gilly at his best.   A poor start left the club short on reaching the finals, and it was fortunate that Nick was able to play all 20 games, as it led him to reach the great 100-game milestone in the final match of the season.    On announcing his retirement at the end of the season to pursue his radio announcing quest in Queensland Nick finished a seven-year career on a neat 100 games while snagging 180 goals along the way.

He was different, quirky, gangly, exasperating and can bring a grown man to tears with some missed scoring opportunities, but Nick Gill was more a relentless, gifted, dominating, funny, athletic and entertaining player that gave North fans many, many cheerful moments.   His was a one-of-a-kind player that gave opposition coaches nightmares in how to contain a 192cm guy with Lurch-length hands that can run all day and can simply do the impossible more than the possible.   He was simply a joy to watch.

Stat Facts

Of the 120 players to reach triple-figure games for North Gill is one of four to end their career directly on 100 games.  The others are David Cearns, Barry Hearl and Dennis Sachse;

Goals

180 goals is the 26th highest total for North;

7.2 against Central District at Prospect is only second to Dennis Sachse’s 8-goal effort.   Grenville Dietrich (1985), Michael Parsons (1992) and Darren Shillabeer (2014) also have kicked 7 goals;

Also kicked 7.2 against The Eagles in 2008.  This is the second best against them in any match, behind Michael Dittmar’s 8.1 (1991) and joins Josh Gums 7.1 performance in 1998;

9.3 against Sturt in 2006 the 5th highest individual effort against them behind Ken Farmer (13.2, 12.0, 11.7, and 10.6) and joins Darel Hart’s  (1990), Dennis Sachse (1972) and Farmer again (1938) with 9-goal efforts;

The 9.3 is, however, the highest individual goal tally against Sturt at Adelaide Oval;

Kicked 18 goals in finals – equal 9th in club history.

Jumper No. 25

100 games is second to Peter Cloke’s 138;

180 goals is second to John Roberts’ 191;

9.3 (against Sturt) is the highest goal tally in a match.

Awards (or nearly)

One of seven players to finish second in the Magarey Medal count

Individual Records

Gill’s 18 marks against Sturt in Round 4, 2006 is equal second in most marks taken in a match (behind Barrie Robran’s 21 marks in Round 2, 1971)

Nick snapping for another goal – this time against Central in Round 2, 2009

David O’Hara

History Committee

August 18, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces-Round 18 Season 2007 (Saturday 4 August)
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Matthew Wright – a great SANFL debut in 2007

When players look back on their fondest football memories it is premiership successes, finals series and their debut game that are generally the ones that are recollected with the most enjoyment.   The debut match, ironically, may not have been a win for the club nor a great game personally for the player themselves but that moment to run out and play their first league game still remains high on their “special day” list.   So it would not be surprising that when a player performs admirably and the team has a win to boost their finals aspirations it’s going be a game the first gamer is going to remember.   Well that day out happened back in 2007 with Matthew Wright.

By Round 18, 2007, North were heading towards their fourth consecutive finals series after another steady but exciting season.  Sitting third behind Central District and Sturt but only one point ahead of fourth-placed Eagles, North met Norwood at Prospect in a must-win game to give themselves a double chance opportunity.   And from the opening bounce it was clear North were going to be the victors.  

The season saw the new and the old come together to form a really potent team in the red-and-whites.   Ben Hart had returned to North colours for the first time since 1991 after his AFL career had finished and become a catalyst in North’s grand final aspirations while the experienced Scott Bamford, captain Darryl Wintle, the talented Chris Ladhams and the ever-reliable Heath Younie were at their peak form.   There were also new faces as well, with a young man called James Allan having a brilliant first-up season that would bring him individual accolades, defender Damien Cunningham and a forward prospect in Michael Wundke.   But in Round 18 North named another debutant in 17-year-old Matthew Wright.

Coach Andrew Jarman had an ability to see talent quickly, and despite only four reserves games for the season (he played nine in 2006) Wright was selected into the league team.   As any nervous first-gamer they would love Wright was keen on getting a kick early in the match to settle the butterflies and get a taste of the game.   North’s opening term was a solid 4.5 to four behinds, and Matthew Wright had kicked a goal with his first kick in league football (see below for a list this effort places him in).   The match itself was a procession for the Roosters who outscored Norwood in every quarter to win by 57 points.    Wright’s cherished the control North held all over the ground, and proudly slotted in four goals for the match – including his first two goals with his first two league kicks.   With 16 touches to go along with his goal frenzy his dream debut was complete.

Whilst Wright became a new name on the hill and in the grandstands where supporters were impressed it was another player who produced a simply brilliant performance at centre half-forward in the same way the club would regularly see for the following seven seasons.    Clint Alleway, who was recruited the previous year, was playing his 26th game straight (after missing the first half of 2006 through injury) and was becoming an exciting prospect for the footy club.    His ability to dominate a match with his aerial skills and bullocking aggression straightened up North’s forward advances with confidence and trust.    Alleway collected 17 kicks, eight marks and kicked 6.5 – equalling his best goal effort.   During the afternoon’s display he notched up his 50th goal for the season.

The Sunday Mail was keen on recording Allerway’s grand supremacy:

“He was as wayward as he was dominant but North Adelaide spearhead Clint Alleway steered the Roosters to a finals-building 57-point win against Norwood…  Alleway booted 6.5 in a sometimes sublime, sometimes surreal display of clever scouting and hit-and-miss goalkicking that could easily have been a 10-goal haul.  Still, the 191cm centre half-forward’s display – built on eight marks and highlighted with a handful of remarkable pack grabs in unfavourably slippery conditions – was impressive enough to earn him best-on-ground honours.”

While North had other major contributors to the victory, including Chris Ladhams (21 kicks, nine handballs), Heath Younie (28 disposals, nine marks, one goal) and the never-fussed Ben Hart (17 kicks, eight marks) it was young Wright who also received media attention.  Both local papers made a reference to his meteoric rise to league football:

“Even Matt Wright was in the action, threading a blinder from the grandstand pocket with his first kick in league football.  The 17-year old finished with 4.0, three marks and 16 disposals in a memorable first outing” – Sunday Mail;

“Wright’s maiden performance… was highlighted by a brilliant goal with his first kick in league football, when he bent back a snap from the boundary line midway through the first term’ – The Advertiser.

On the following Monday Wright was also featured in an article

“North Adelaide coach Andrew Jarman will tonight prepare dynamo debutant Matt Wright for his next challenge - backing up after his four-goal entrance to SANFL.  Wright's maiden performance in attack for the Roosters was highlighted by a brilliant goal with his first kick in league football, when he bent back a snap from the boundary line midway through the first term.  He was only overshadowed on the scoreboard by centre half-forward Clint Alleway, who finished with 6.5. Jarman said he planned to immunise Wright against a bout of second-game blues against Central District at Prospect on Saturday.  “We tend to hide them around here but somehow they get exposed,” joked Jarman, who also benefited from a 28-possession game from second-game wingman Toby Stribling. “Matty came through our junior program and he's a super kid. He's been hanging around here since he was 13 or 14 and he's got a very good football brain.  “I'll have a chat with him about resetting his goals because he'll get a little bit more attention. He's on centre stage now and your second game in SANFL is normally a poor one, so we'll work on that.  “We're trying to tweak our forward line a little bit.  Matty's got footy smarts and the beauty of him is he can kick a goal and that's what we needed.  That was a great debut for him and he'll never forget it.  Now he's got to get himself ready for Centrals.”

For the record, Wright kicked three goals in his second game and would go on to be a member of North’s Grand Final team at the end of the season.

But it wasn’t his coach and the media who were impressed in his first game.   At the end of the season as James Allan was sealing a Magarey Medal for him and the club, Round 18 votes were cast as such: B. O’Hara (one vote): M. Wright (two votes); C. Alleway (three votes).    Wright collected two votes in his first league game and joined another elite-yet limited list of players to achieve this.

Wright’s career has blossomed since that match at Prospect in 2007, but for those at the game it was another debut we would remember for years to come.

Matt Wright’s performance added him to two illustrious record lists for North:

Goal with First League Kick

Barry Potts; Ian Craig; Barrie Robran; Peter Walsh; Andrew Jarman; Roger Carlaw; Christian Thomson; Doug Smart; Steven Hamilton; Stephen Pech; Chris Robertson; Ryan McGahey; Ryan Viney; Jason Cameron; Joseph Jeffrey Jr.; James McEntee; Justin Casserly; Matthew Wright; Marlon Motlop; Jordan Dodman; Ben Schwarze; Nathan Brown; Jessie O’Brien; Alex Barns; Luke Mitchell; Alan Obst; Ryan Burton

(only those confirmed are included and for their first North matches)

Magarey Medal Votes in Debut match

Adrian McAdam

Jason Roe

Ben Hudson

Nathan Lonie

Michael Wundke

Matthew Wright

Dale Armstrong

Nathan Gordon

Darren Shillabeer

(records from 1987 when round by round votes were first published)

Match Details:

North               4.5       8.6       12.8     18.8    116

Norwood          0.4       3.5       6.8       8.11    59

Ground:           Prospect Oval              Crowd:            2,087

Best Players: Alleway, Ladhams, Younie, Hart, Stribling, Wright, Sporn, O’Hara

Scorers: Alleway 6.5, Wright 4.0, Wundke 2.1, Weatherley 2.0, Younie 1.1, S. Motlop 1.0, McIntyre 1.0, Kaesler 1.0, Ryswyk 0.1

The Team:

F: Michael Wundke, Owen Weatherley, Matthew Wright (debut)

HF: Shannon Motlop, Clint Alleway, Chris Ladhams

C: Leigh Ryswyk, Heath Younie, Toby Stribling

HB: Ben Hart, Andrew McIntyre, Josh Cubillo

B: Matthew Krieg, Josh Coulter, Shane Schubert

1R: Daniel Wakelin, Trent Sporn, Dean Howard

Res: Brett O’Hara, Tate Kaesler, Brett White

 

Brilliant players in the victory – Centre Half-Forward Clint Alleway

and Ruckman Brett O’Hara

David O’Hara

History Committee

August 06, 2015 - NORTH HAVE HIGH DRAFT COMBINE NUMBERS
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4 North Adelaide players are part of the 13 South Australians who have been invited to the AFL Draft Camp from October 8 -11 at Ethiad Stadium.

Ryan Burton, Cameron Hewett, Oleg Markov and Stephen Tahana have received invitations.

Keiran Agius and Maris Olekalns will attend the SA State combine to be held on Sunday October 18. 12 other South Australians will attend this session

NAB AFL ACADEMY  
Jack Graham, a Level 1 member last year, has been named in the squad of 30 Level 2 Academy recipients. He is one of 4 South Australians in this group. This continues our good record at this Academy after we had 3 of the 6 SA players last year – Keiran Agius, Ryan Burton and Stephen Tahana.

Whilst we did not directly have any players in the Level 1 Academy, Dominic Grant who represented NT at the State Under 16 Championships has already played for our Under 16 team. He is down at Rostrevor College and will be part of our Under 18 Squad next year.

Congratulations to all players on their personal achievements.

August 05, 2015 - Kick to Win
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Attend any SANFL IGA League match between Rounds 16-19 and SANFL Finals* and you could be one of 10 lucky SANFL fans to ‘kick to win’ on SANFL Grand Final Day
Following each round, five supporters from each SANFL Club will be entered into the final draw to kick to win at the 2015 SANFL IGA League Grand Final. 
The more games you attend, the more chances you have to win!
* Elimination Final, Qualifying Final, 1st Semi Final and 2nd Semi Final

August 05, 2015 - Blast From The Past (Rd 17)
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Peter Cloke (1976)

Full Name: Peter Bruce Cloke

Date of Birth: 2 July 1951

Seasons Played: 1975-81

Games Played: 138            Goals Kicked: 108

Position Played: Centre Half-Forward, Centre Half-Back

Jumper Number: No. 25

Magarey Medal Votes: 108

Achievements/ Awards:

Best & Fairest: (2) 1975, 1979

Player of the Year: 1975

Second Best Player: (2) 1977, 1980

Third Best Player: 1976

Service Award (Arthur Roberts Memorial): 1981

Most Magarey Medal Votes: 1979

Harold McFarlane Memorial: (2) 1978-79

Leading Goalkicker (tie): 1978

Finals Appearances: 1 (1975 Elimination Final)

State Matches: (1) – 1979

Media Awards:

The Advertiser Team of the Year: 1979

If anyone who witnessed Peter Cloke in full flight at North Adelaide was asked what was it that made him so good it would be “great hands.”   As much as Don Lindner is remembered for his gravity-defining leaps, Peter Cloke left opposition forwards, Roosters supporters and teammates speechless in the strength, regularity, dominance and brilliance in his marking – his greatest tool of his trade.   His ability to stop opposition advances with such finality with his remarkable grabs was one of the most entertaining features for Rooster fans during the late 1970s/ early 1980s.   And his performances nearly brought himself and the club a Magarey Medal.

Cloke came to Adelaide in 1975 from VFA club Oakleigh for a fresh football start at a time when the Roosters were is a state of transition.   Many of the players that brought the club back-to-back flags in 1971-72 had moved on or retired, and coach Mike Patterson had a new bunch of players to work with.   Cloke’s arrival brought optimism and experience to the club (he played a number of games for Richmond) and his football knowledge would greatly assist the playing group.   In fact Cloke immediately hit his straps as he was named best for North in their season-opener victory against South Adelaide.   Playing at centre half-forward, his 26-disposal, 10 marks and two goals couldn’t provide a better start to his SANFL career.  The following weekend, despite a loss to West Adelaide, Cloke collected a staggering 23 kicks, 10 handballs, a remarkable 16 marks and three goals to prove the first game was no fluke.   It was an incredible arrival to Prospect, and even by that stage the 185 cm (6’1”) shining light already had North supporters in the palm of his hand.

Although remembered more fondly as a centre half-back – where he carved most of his history – he spent a great number of games as a centre half-forward, particularly earlier in his career.   Even in his first season Cloke was used at both ends of the ground - a frequent arrangement during matches or seasons when the club needed someone of his ability to dictate matches or lend assistance where needed.    His first season was a standout in anyone’s level, let alone a first-year player.   Playing every match, Cloke was quickly a respected inclusion within the club and throughout the SANFL competition.   While his insane marking was the feature to most comments and discussion, he already showed signs of teamwork and consistency the middle-of-the-road club needed.

The media loved watching Cloke in action, as highlighted below:

“But the star of the show, catching and holding the spotlight from overture to curtain-down, was centre half-back Cloke whose marking may not have reached the dizzy heights of Robran and Stringer but outstripped them for sheer strength and consistency” – The Advertiser (Round 12);

“The Roosters only ray of sunshine came from Peter Cloke, who worked overtime to keep Norwood out.  Cloke is a great worker for his team.  His strong, dependable marking make him a pleasure to watch” – Sunday Mail (Round 14).

North made their way into the Elimination Final after scrapping into the finals series but was immediately bundled out by Port in a heavily inaccurate game (Port won 11.32 to 8.20).   Cloke finished the season as he started: being named best for North in a superb performance collecting 24 kicks and 14 marks at his customary half-back line.   What Cloke and the club wouldn’t have known was that this Final was to be their only one during Peter’s seven-season career at North Adelaide.

Cloke’s debut season could not have been better individually, collecting the club’s Best and Fairest award, polling the most Magarey Medal votes (14) for the club and the club playing finals.   As the NAFC 1975 Annual Report recorded:

Peter Cloke, the Fairest and Most Brilliant Player, is congratulated for his excellent effort. His outstanding displays of brilliant football and team-work rightly earned for him the honour of winning the converted trophy.”

His Best & Fairest honour was the 8th occasion a North player received the honour in their first season (three more have achieved this since).

Not surprisingly Cloke amassed the most marks (187), handballs (197) and disposals (507) of any North player: an incredible achievement considering his role as a key forward/ backman.   His 187 marks were at an average of 9.8 per game!

It would be hard for any player to recreate such a successful debut season and while he didn’t achieve the personal accolades as 1975 he remained an integral ingredient in North league side.   He was immediately in the best players when the season commenced, named North’s best in a 125-point hiding in Round One – an ominous sign in the club’s demise to 8th for the season.   Cloke continued to be a drawcard in a tough North period, and he remained a safe and reliable performer week in, week out.   He was a treat for the various media who saw his type of football perfect to promote and glorify the game in print.   It was not surprising for Cloke to be referred to during match reports – in particular about how his game was filled with pulsating grabs – many from out-positioned or outnumbered contests – and clearly above most of his teammates in ability:

“North was kept in the game by the ineffectiveness of the Central forwards, a super solo effort from Peter Cloke and a single-minded checking display by full back Alan Howard.  Cloke, North’s best attacking player in the first quarter, was an outstanding defender when deployed loose behind centre in the second.  He maintained his form throughout the second half in a best afield performance that kept alive North hopes of snatching a win until the closing minutes” – The Advertiser (Round Seven);

“Peter Cloke, who each week pushes his body and mind to breaking point for North, played a wonderful game at centre half-back…” – The Advertiser (Round 18).

Cloke was awarded the Third Best Player behind two other towering strengths of the club: Rodney Robran and Bohdan Jaworskyj.

After a disappointing season North were keen to amend the spiral downward yet 1977 ended up similar to the previous season to finish 8th in consecutive years and remain a struggling club in the competition.   Despite great clubman in Barry Stringer, Bohdan Jaworskyj and John Plummer providing experience and youngster Trevor Hill showing great signs, a lack of quality depth made it tough for coach Patterson.   Cloke, however, showed his versatility when he played the majority of the season at centre half-forward to create a strong and reliable passage into attack.  It resulted in a 39-goal return to be second in the goalkicking list behind Rodney Robran’s 59.   He remained a highlight package for the Roosters and finished second behind Barry Stringer in the Best and Fairest count.   His 186 marks again led the team’s tally (including game highs of 17 against Woodville in Round three and Port in Round 16) and weekly presented supporters with his uncanny aerial skills.   This was again a part of North matches that media could not overlook:

“Woodville needed a Peter Cloke on Saturday.  It would have beaten North Adelaide with a high marking, long kicking centre half-forward like Cloke” – The Advertiser (Round 12);

“In the first term he (Tony Roach) and captain Barry Stringer on a wing created chances for Peter Cloke who is an outstanding high mark and a centre half-forward most coaches dream about” – The Advertiser (Round 20).

Despite this being only his 3rd season a SA Football Budget interview early in the season highlighted his ongoing chronic osteo-arthritis in his right hip, with Peter claiming, “I have pain killing injections before each game which help but my legs get a bit sore on Saturday nights….”  For a man with this issue weekly, his strength in mind and body were never brought onto the ground when he ran out on match days.

Cloke’s 50th game came up in Round 14 in the same game as his 50th goal showing his unfailing ability to be a very consistent contributor.   Unfortunately for Peter the game was one to forget in a hurry as Glenelg smashed the Rooster by a deplorable 147-points.

After a poor couple of seasons coach Mike Patterson decided to part with North and the club maestro Barrie Robran took the helm.   Sadly for Barrie the 1978 squad he had to work with were not the club’s best ensemble, and in his first year the club dropped to the bottom of the premiership table with five wins.    Cloke remained a versatile option for Robran, and it was not surprising to see him switched between key position roles up forward and down back, either within a match or between games, such was his versatility.   In his role up forward Cloke was able to provide scoring options in a struggling group of forward arsenal and his 28 goals proved a good return, giving him and onballer John Baruzzi joint leading goalkickers for the season.   His football was again promoted by journalists amazed by his skills:

“North, after looking beaten several times, finally put it all together to knock South off Adelaide Oval.  And the man mainly responsible for the Roosters victory was Peter Cloke.  He dominated the centre half-forward position with 17 marks and 17 kicks…  Some of his marking had to be seen to be believed and coach Barrie Robran was full of praise after the game” – Sunday Mail (Round Eight).

The start of the 1979 season arrived full of promise, and four consecutive victories (including sensational wins against Port and reigning-premiers Norwood) early in the season gave promise to an exciting and successful season.   Whilst flirting all year with a chance of a finals appearance North were left outside the top five on percentage only.   For Peter Cloke it was another sensational season as he returned to his formidable role controlling the half-back line and denying many attempts for opposition to break through his wall.   With Brenton Hartfield joining North as a strong marking forward ally, Cloke revelled in defence.   His counter-attacks and rebounding from defence continued to be a feature along with his continued freakish marking ability as the media, again, were proud to promote:

“On a brighter note for North both Cloke and Wayne Stringer put in encouraging performances with Cloke showing the sort of guts and determination that (Barrie) Robran expects of all his men” – Sunday Mail (Round One)

Cloke’s performance earned him justified internal club recognition when he was awarded his second Best and Fairest Trophy, but external as well.   He was honoured with state selection, allocated a position in The Advertiser’s Team of the Year and was narrowly defeated in the Magarey Medal, finishing five votes in arrears (in 1979 six votes were awarded per match) behind the winner in a tight count.

After narrowly missing the finals in 1979 the new decade was aimed to see some finals glory.  With developing players in David Tiller, Mick Redden, John Riley and Greg McAdam rich in talent and ably supported by classic stalwarts in the two Robrans (Barrie and Rodney) and Stringers (Barry and Wayne) North were building a strong playing list.   However the season just didn’t “click” and North dropped back to 8th at the conclusion of the year.   Cloke was continuing to shine as a tireless contributor in all types or results be it disappointing losses or gratifying wins.   He reached his 100th game for the club against Woodville in Round Four’s 73-point win.

Again he was featured in match reports during the season:

“The irresistible Peter Cloke, with a string of those stupendous Cloke marks, made sure that chance (Torrens’ revival) came and went” – The Advertiser (Round 6);

“Others to shine for North were Old Glue Fingers, Peter Cloke (another staggering 15 marks at centre half-back), the richly talented centreman Greg McAdam and Craig Stanbridge at centre half-forward” – Sunday Mail (Round 16).

With youngster Greg McAdam a clear winner of the Best and Fairest trophy, Cloke still finished second behind him in both the Best and Fairest (his 4th top two result in six seasons) and Magarey Medal count.  

Mike Nunan took the role as league coach in 1981 and with the change the club headed into a new direction with young talent and new history on the agenda.   With experienced players in Barry Stringer and Rodney Robran limited during the season due to injuries Cloke’s leadership and experience was crucial to stabilise the raw talent at Prospect.  While the club finished 8th (again) there were signs of something to come in the years to come.

Newspaper columnists were still not tired of Cloke’s match displays, and clearly defined his on-field footy magic:

“There were many architects in North’s win but Peter Cloke in defence was magnificent.  He marked strongly all day and continually repelled the Bulldogs thrusts at goal” – Sunday Mail (Round 2);

“And without Peter Cloke in the last line of defence North would undoubtedly have gone down by more than a paltry four points” – Sunday Mail (Round 6);

Peter Cloke was allowed to mark uncontested too often, and surely the ONLY way you can out-mark or even spoil HIM is at least to try.  The Advertiser (Round 14);

With his well-publicised hip issues getting tougher to meet the SANFL increasing fitness demands Cloke retired at the end of the 1981 season with his last game a disappointing 37-point loss against West Torrens in the last minor round.   On announcing his retirement, the supporters would lose one of the most exciting footballers the club was honoured to witness.    Cloke joined Tatiara Football League in 1982 as captain-coach, winning the Mail Medal in his first season with them.

Cloke’s distinguished career was missing a premiership but that was the only thing that slipped through his grasp during a brilliant seven seasons at Roosterland.   All those who had the privilege to eyewitness him in action will reflect with great respect and appreciation of the magical games, leaps and battles he played.

Cloke in Stats

With such an incredible history in the aerial department of the game it isn’t surprising that Cloke is featured strongly in this department.  In North’s recorded history he features highly in this and many other categories:

Marking

187 marks in 1975 is the 2nd highest taken in a season (behind Peter Bennett’s 194 in 1989);

186 marks in 1977 places him 4th as well in the above list;

Such was his marking consistency Cloke features five times in the top 30 marks taken in a season;

1150 marks (8.3 per game) has him 5th in Most Marks (total).   This includes 10 occasions where he took 15 marks or more in a match.

Awards

Cloke’s 1975 Best and Fairest win is one of 11 players to achieve this honour for North in their debut season.   Other recipients in this list include Tom Mackenzie (1905), Jeff Pash (1938), Barrie Robran (1967-tie), Ryan O’Connor (2003) and James Allan (2007);

Cloke’s two Runner-Up Best and Fairest awards places him with eight others who have finished second in the count two or more times.   Others include Terry von Bertouch (four times), Mick Redden (three), John Riley (two) and Darryl Wintle (two);

Cloke’s Runner-Up in the 1979 Magarey Medal count is one of eight players North have received this result.  Others unlucky Roosters include Lyle Griffen (1952), Darel Hart (1987), Brodie Atkinson (1992 and 1994), and Nick Gill (2005);

Cloke received 108 Magarey Medal votes (some years within the two-umpire voting system).  This places him 4th in total votes received behind Barrie Robran, Ian McKay and James Allan.

Miscellaneous

138 games – most games in No. 25 jumper

108 games – 3rd most goals in No. 25 jumper (behind John Roberts and Nick Gill);

138 games – 4th highest without playing in a Grand Final (behind Mark Jeffries, Neil McCann and Alan Burton).


Peter Cloke as supporters used to see him – even leaping over team-mates (Rodney Robran)

David O’Hara

History Committee

August 04, 2015 - POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE
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POWERADE STAR SEARCH NOMINEE – STEPHEN TAHANA 
The Round 16 Powerade Star Search nominee is our very own Stephen Tahana. Originally from Gepps Cross, Tahana impressed in his first league match this season, collecting 14 disposals, two tackles, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s across half-back.
Congratulations Stephen!

August 04, 2015 - Roosters Reminisces Round 17 Season 1936
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Ken Farmer (in 1937) with a right foot snap (on the outside of the foot), watched by the great Harold Hawke

North supporters have spent countless afternoons at Prospect Oval glancing at the scoreboard throughout the course of the match and, depending on which team’s score is adjusted, express with jubilance or dejection as the new score is updated by the scoreboard stewards.   However it was the updating of scores at another ground that North supporters were regularly glancing upon during the last minor round match of 1936 as a remarkable afternoon of results unfolded to bestow North into a freakishly unexpected finals spot.

To appreciate the scenario we need to go back to the penultimate minor round (remembering that in 1930s minor round series went for 17 rounds only).   With only the top four teams playing off in the major round Norwood and North were fighting for 4th position with Norwood holding the spot by percentage only – and met in a Round 16 battle that everyone expected will determine who will grab the last major round position.    Despite a good start by North it was the Redlegs who went on to defeat North by a painful 40 points and, as The Advertiser pointed out:

“Norwood, to all intents and purposes, put North Adelaide out of the premiership fight and practically clinched its own occupancy of fourth place….”

So Round 17 arrived with questions to be answered.    With the final round remaining Norwood sat in 4th with 10 wins and a percentage of 53.69%.   North, in 5th with nine wins, held a percentage of 51.72% - thus a deficit of 1.97%.   In North Adelaide’s favour the expectations was for North and Norwood to end on matching wins and losses with Norwood’s percentage to take them into the finals.   This was due to the fixture having Norwood playing league leaders Port at Norwood Oval while North ventured to Adelaide Oval to take on 7th placed Glenelg.   Despite the victory expectations the percentage inferiority was equivalent to 20 goals.   It was to be a “so close yet so far” season for the Roosters.   But the Roosters thought otherwise.

With nothing to lose North shot out from the opening bounce like a bullet and it was obvious early North were not going to be defeated and were prepared to give it all for the major round spot.   North were playing great team-work “of the highest order” and, as The Advertiser commented:

“The pace was furious, and the determination of the North Adelaide men was irresistible.  North Adelaide played desperate and daring football, and used its weight freely and to good effect.  In view of its marking ability, North Adelaide wisely concentrated on a long-kicking game, and thus gave the spectators a brilliant high-marking treat.”

The result was a nine-goal opening quarter and by half time had broken the game open after kicking 13 goals and leading by 40 points.

In the meantime at Norwood Oval the home side trailed by 21 points.   While both results were good for North, the margins were no way near the level to allow North to sneak into the finals.

But this was all about to change.    Ken Farmer, the great goalkicking machine, was quiet by his standards with three goals in the first half became the inspiration for a clinical display of offensive football.   With Harold Hawke, playing a “sterling” game in his first game for the season, North exploded with a 18.13 second half score to Glenelg’s paltry 2.3.   It was exhilarating and explosive entertaining football.    Famer’s third quarter contribution was an incredible seven of the team’s eight goals the Roosters kicked in the term, and he continued in the final term with another five (of North 10 goals).   In all he kicked 12 goals in the half to finish with 15 goals for the match.

By the final siren, North had kicked a remarkable 31.16 – the second highest score kicked in the SANFL at that time – and defeated the Tigers by a whopping 146 points.

The second half onslaught was captured by the written media:

“In the third quarter North Adelaide overwhelmed Glenelg by sheer force and pace.   Eclipsing Glenelg in every department… North swept to the attack, and Farmer kicked five goals in succession.  It was a fine display of fast, high-marking football and the game lost nothing of excitement because of the discrepancy in the score, for with Port Adelaide leading Norwood, there was just a chance that North Adelaide by amassing a huge majority score, might scrape into the final four” - The Advertiser

With the margin blowing wider and wider every minute the focus on the match at Norwood Oval intensified, and supporters of the red-and-whites were keen on seeing updated scores of the game provided by the scoreboard attendant.    As Port certain winners by three quarter time, the thought of North making the percentage gap was all that everyone wanted to know.    And by some miracle, they did.

The Monday papers were all over the amazing result with The Advertiser claiming “Rarely has a league football minor round ended so sensationally as this season’s did.”

The headline says it all

The result of the percentages were as follows:

North (won by 146 points): 51.72% to 53.57% (increase of 1.85%)

Norwood (lost by 16 points): 53.69% to 53.18% (decrease of 0.51%)

North scraped into the finals by 0.39%

From the carnage that North plundered there were a number of contributors, with Farmer, not surprisingly, the star of the match.   The Advertiser highlighted some of North’s best players:

“Farmer played brilliantly to defy the close checking and vigorous spoiling methods of the opposing backmen.  Two of his goals were gained from shots which needed to be seen to be believed.  The accuracy of his kicking might be judged from the fact that in this huge tally of goals he scored only three behinds;”

(Amos) Bottroff made full use of whatever opportunities came his way, and cleared dashingly, frequently with spectacular runs up the field;”

(Don) Phillis did great work in the forward lines, and (Fred) Stigwood played his usual clever, vigorous game both when roving and when in the forward lines;”

(Harold) Hawke and (Owen) Martin, although playing at opposite ends of the field, were strong in high marking, and long and accurate in their kicking.”

With the performance and outcome that allow North to not only win by such a margin but also the effects to the final four that was the result from it, many questioned if all teams were playing “fair ball” and rumours that the game was “fixed” was raised.   The League held a meeting on the following Monday, but as reported by The Advertiser the following day, no evidence was found and Glenelg vehemently denied any wrongdoing:

“Reference was made at the meeting of the Football League last night to rumors (sic.) that Glenelg had played injured men in its team against North Adelaide;  that it had not taken the match seriously; and that few of its players had trained during the week.  Mr. C. Hayter (Port Adelaide), submitted a motion, seconded by Mr. C. McArthur (Port Adelaide), that the chairman (Mr. T.S. O’Halloran, K.C.) should be appointed a commissioner to enquire into the match”.   Glenelg’s official (Mr. S.W. Brooks) shot back at the meeting declaring, “You are trying to make Glenelg look a bigger fool that it made itself look on Saturday… Such statements are wrong.  I am a selector and every man in that side trained last week.”   The motion was defeated.

Surprisingly it appeared Port’s committee members, and not Norwood, who were concerned with the previous weekend’s results!

Just to prove their entry into the final series was not a waste, North went on to defeat South by 28 points in the 1st Semi Final before being knocked out by Port, the eventual premiers, in the Preliminary Final.

The Roosters score and result, obviously, brought with it a number of records:

North score of 31.16 (202):

Broke our previous highest score of 26.16 (vs Norwood) in 1934;

Remains the third highest ever score kicked (behind 1972’s 34.22 against South and 1982’s 33.24 against Torrens);

Was the second highest SANFL score at that time (and only the third 30+ goal effort) up to and including 1936;

North’s 146-point winning margin:

Broke their biggest winning margin (replacing 110-point win against West in 1897);

Remains their third biggest margin (behind 1972’s 178-point win vs South and 160-point win vs Sturt in 1990);

Other facts:

The score and margin remains the best against Glenelg;

North’s 8.9 (3rd term) and 10.4 (4th term) remain their best quarters against Glenelg;

Farmer’s 15 goals was the 4th occasion he had kicked 15 or more in a match and remains the best haul against Glenelg by any North player.

Match Details:

North               9.1       13.3     21.12   31.16  202 (146)

Glenelg            1.47     5.11     6.13     7.14    56

Ground:           Adelaide Oval                          Crowd:            4,457

Best Players: Farmer, Bottroff, Phillis, Stigwood, H. Hawke, Martin

Scorers: Farmer 15.3, Phillis 4.4, Stigwood 4.2, H. Hawke 3.3, Oatway 2.1, S. Burton 1.2, Foulis 1.0, Warhurst 1.0, Hayden 0.1

The Team:

F: Denis Hayden, Ken Farmer, Fred Stigwood

HF: Sidney Burton, Harold Hawke, Donald Phillis

C: Arthur O’Donnell, Cliff Mount, Alan Burton

HB: L. Albert Smart, A. Amos Bottroff, Royce Melvin

B: George Foulis, Harry Fleet, Owen Martin

1R: Albert Oatway, Don McInnes, Dudley Warhurst

Res: Edward O’Halloran


Sid Burton (North’s 1936 Captain)

Do you have copies of match or player photographs???

The club is always searching for historical photos of players and the team from yesteryear (preferably originals rather than ones from the paper).   If ANYONE has any that the club could obtain a copy of please contact me (David O’Hara) on 0403 012 646 or Barry Dolman on 0431 810 185.   The club is always trying to expand their photo collection and you may have a photograph of a player or a game the club has never had.

David O’Hara

History Committee

August 03, 2015 - VALE Alan Mead
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Vale Alan Mead

The North Adelaide Football Club has lost one of its great servants and unsung heroes in Alan Mead.

Alan first became involved with the Club in 1982 when, as State Manager for Dunlopillo, he became a donor of a weekly player award and of trophies for the Best and Fairest players in both the League and Reserves. These latter two awards were won by John Riley and brother Stephen Riley respectively in that first year!

He continued this support in 1983 as well as supporting our senior and junior Cheer Squads and the Rockettes in their inaugural year. Additionally, he became a Vice President and continued in that capacity until 1992.

From 1984 to 1986, his company was the joint major sponsor of the Club along with Adelaide Pest Control. During this period he continued donating weekly player awards and trophies and supporting the Cheer Squads whilst also sponsoring a player.

From 1987 to 1991 his company was both a corporate sponsor and player sponsor, continuing with corporate sponsorship in 1992.

Alan joined the History Committee in 2006 to assist Colin Richardson in cataloguing and storing our memorabilia.  Together they worked at least one day each week in the History Room undertaking these tasks, a far more arduous commitment than you might imagine. The Committee maintains a database of the Club’s memorabilia (about 6,000 items) which, at that stage, included an image of each photograph but not of other items like trophies, jumpers etc. Alan almost immediately set about the task of photographing all of these items and continued until every item was represented in the catalogue. The fabulous work carried out by Alan and Colin was recognised in 2008 when they were named NAFC Volunteers of the Year.

In 2003, the legendary professional photographer Keith Stevens donated the negatives of all the photographs he had taken at Prospect Oval over many years. There were thousands of negatives, not in any particular order and not identified in any way. The Committee had grappled with the problem of somehow producing positive images from these negatives without incurring enormous costs and had eventually purchased a special scanner to convert the negatives into positive digital images. When Alan learnt about this issue, he immediately volunteered to undertake this enormous task. It was a painstaking task which he undertook at home over many years, and which would have accounted for countless hours of his time. Of course Alan wasn’t content with merely converting the images; he set about trying to identify as much as he could about each photo - the players, the year and even the date!

Sadly, his deteriorating health prevented him from completing this enormous task but the finish line was in sight. The History Committee will now see the project through to its conclusion but we will always be indebted to Alan for his tireless efforts and the incredible amount of work he did on this and other projects.

As if his work with the History Committee was not enough, Alan answered a call to become the Reserves Team Manager in 2009, a position he held until 2014.  He was also the Property Steward in 2013-2014.

In total, Alan devoted over 20 years of service to our Club in a variety of capacities. Perhaps because of the many roles he had undertaken and the intervening years, it does not seem that he has received the official recognition from the Club that he so richly deserved. If ever there was a case to award posthumous Life Membership, Alan Mead would have to be the obvious candidate.

Above all, it was Alan’s endearing personality that won him so many friends and admirers within our Football Club. Always cheerful and un-assuming, he was dedicated and committed to everything that he took on and the consummate professional in his work. He will be sadly missed by us all.

It was a wonderful tribute and an act that would have made Alan so proud when his grandson Lachlan sang the Club song at Alan’s funeral. 

We send our condolences to Carol, Amy and Martin, Tim and Cathy, Emily, Bianca, Lachlan and Eli. 

Barry Dolman

Chairman, History Committee

July 31, 2015 - 50 Games
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After playing his league debut in Round 14, 2010 Mitch Clisby reaches his 50th game for the Roosters this weekend.

Mitch debuted against the Eagles with fellow first gamers Dylan Dempsey and Simon Potts at Prospect and went on to play three more games in his first season.   It was the same season he was captain of the Reserves side.
Wearing number 33, Mitch became a regular player in the following season to play 10 more games however 2012 was his break-out year.   As a rebounding half-back flanker Clisby was instrumental in the sides return to finals action and was named in the best player list in all their three finals matches.  On Clisby’s season coach Josh Francou stated: “And I've been a massive wrap for Mitch Clisby since day one. I like him across half back but he played wing, forward and on ball (against Glenelg) and ended up with 29 touches. He's had a terrific year.”

His outstanding season culminated in finishing 4th in the Club’s Club Champion award, collecting the Young Player of the Year award and Melbourne picking him up as a Rookie in the AFL 2012 National Draft.
After two seasons at Melbourne Clisby returned to North this season and been one of the most consistent performers throughout the season.

David O’Hara
NAFC History Committee


July 30, 2015 - AFL Combine Invitations
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Twelve South Australian Footballers have been invited to this years AFL Combine in Melbourne, to be held at Etihad Stadium from Thursday October 8 to Sunday October 11.
The AFL Combine will see as many as 76 of the nation’s brightest teenagers challenged physically and mentally in front of AFL scouts.

South Australians selected:
Matthew Allen (Glenelg) 194cm, 90kg 

Riley Bonner (West) 191cm, 79kg
Ryan Burton (North) 190cm, 82kg
Aaron Francis (West) 190cm, 86kg
Cameron Hewett (North) 187cm, 70kg
Oleg Markov (North) 187cm, 78kg
Wayne Milera (Central) 182cm, 71kg
Andre Parrella (Sturt) 203cm, 96kg
Luke Partington (Norwood) 180cm, 75kg
Mason Redman (Glenelg) 184cm, 77kg
Will Snelling (West) 177cm, 68kg
Stephen Tahana (North) 183cm, 77kg


July 29, 2015 - Lachlan and his Roosters
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The above photo was taken today at Alan Mead's Funeral. Lachlan (Alan's Grandson) and a few of the Roosters Players that attended the Funeral Service .Lachlan is a very passionate Roosters Supporter like his Grandfather.


July 29, 2015 - Blast from the Past Round 16
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Theo ‘Hank’ Lindner with his big brother Don (left) after the 1963 Grand Final

Full Name:     Theodore Paul (Hank) Lindner

Date of Birth: 27 March 1937

Seasons Played: 1959-1964 ; 1966-1967

Games Played: 126            Goals Kicked: 4

Position Played: Defence

Jumper Number: No. 3 (108 games), No. 5 (4), No. 11 (13), No. 21 (1)

Magarey Medal Votes: 32

Achievements/ Awards:

Premiership Player: 1960

Grand Finals: (2) – 1960, 1963

Best Team Player: 1966

Third Best Player: 1961

Most Consistent Player: (2) – 1962-63

Most Consistent Follower: 1964

Best Placed Man: 1960

Most Magarey Medal Votes (Nitschke Memorial): 1959

Finals Appearances: 7 matches

State Matches: (4) – 1960, 1961 (3 games)

For a number of SANFL footballers their career is overshadowed by a brother whose glorified feats and success are deservedly published and recorded throughout the SANFL (and for some Australia-wide) folklore and history.   Yet there are times the “other” brother’s career, whilst not as individually honoured, should not be flippantly disregarded.    And in North Adelaide’s history we have had this in a number of occasions: Barrie Robran’s extraordinary career diverted the attention from some of the brilliant and important  performances and achievements of his brother Rodney is one example.   Only in recent times the Jarman brothers – Andrew and Darren – can lay claim to both have their careers jointly emphasised.   But back in the 1960s when the ‘Great’ Don Linder was sweeping a stellar career before him with his magnificent high marking and swash-buckling performances, Theo ‘Hank’ Lindner wasn’t doing too bad either.

By 1959 when ‘Hank’ played his first league game his older brother Don was a settled and significant icon in both North Adelaide and the SANFL competition.    Although whilst there were just two years separating the two siblings ‘Hank’ commenced his career at 22 years old – five years after Don’s first season.   He settled in quickly into a team that had finished third the season prior and looked to be heading in the right direction.   The season didn’t go as planned and North could only win four games (out of 18) including a 12-game losing streak.

Lindner debuted in the opening match of the season and went on to play in every game.  Named as a back pocket from his first game, this would be his home for the majority of his career.   His performance for a first-year player was impressive and even received the most Magarey Medal votes for North (10) and named best for North in only his second game.

What would remain an essence in his career, Lindner would be regarded as much for his physical persona and strength as he would his football skills and ability.   Yet in his first season his presence on the ground was still a work-in-progress (perhaps as he was still finding his feet at league level) and this was highlighted in Round 13 of his opening season:

(John) Bubner and Hank Lindner, probably the two strongest men in the side, were the most gentle, giving no thought to slowing up an opponent with a solid bump, blocking, protecting and making matters easier for their smaller men as (John) Tidswell did so ably last year” – T.A.

But oh, did he learn fast ….

1960 saw an incredible transition in the club who, under new coach Jack McCarthy, rose from the disappointing previous season to go all the way to Grand Final glory.   In only his second season Theo experienced the ultimate goal for any footballer as he was one of the 20 who played in the premiership side alongside his dynamic brother.   Hank’s form was brilliant and to such a level that he was honoured with a position in the State match against Victoria at the MCG.   In his week to week role in North’s defence he was becoming a reliable asset taking strong contested marks and a powerful kick that cleared defence accurately and regularly.  

Comments by media promoted his role in the team and showed he learnt from questions to his efforts in his first season::

“When he (T. Lindner) stops an attack you get the same sense of finality;  this is for keeps, he seems to say, and he kicks the ball back in the obvious determination that it shall not return” – Jeff Pash, The News (Round 1);

“‘Hank’ Lindner’s terrific physical strength was clearly demonstrated at Kensington Oval when he went through in a full-chested charge and, without laying a hand on any of them, bounced three fair-sized Glenelg players off his frame like table tennis balls” – The Advertiser (Round 5).

The NAFC Annual Report were glowing in Lindner’s performance for the season:

T. (Hank) Lindner: A member of the strongest last link of defence.  Great strength, combined with fairness and ability, resourcefulness and cheerfulness, he fulfilled all the anticipations as to his future.  Hank Lindner… assisted Pop (Faggotter)and they combined splendidly to defeat their opponents.

The next couple of season couldn’t maintain couldn’t ride the wave of their premiership success and in both seasons finished outside the Top five.   Hank continued to provide wonderful service to the team, and in 1961 was a member of the State Carnival team and represented the state in their three matches.   As both he and Don represented the state in the same game, it would no doubt have been one of their special football moments and sit up along with their 1960 premiership as teammates.  During 1961 Theo reached his 50th game (in only his 3rd season).   North’s Annual Report write up on Lindner carried a sign of respect to his performances:

Theo (Hank) Lindner: Excellent season. He won the Club's third Fairest and Most Brilliant Award. Strong, fearless, and cheerful, he gave all towards the team's success. Recognition was granted when he was selected to go to Brisbane to play in the Carnival team - (1961);

Hank Lindner: Won the Most Consistent award and did play consistently well. He could have been a shade below his 1961 form (1962).

Now a settled and experienced member of the North league side, Theo, after playing under Don as captain over the past two seasons, saw him also take over the role as coach for the 1963 season.    It proved a successful venture as Don led the side into a Grand Final only to be defeated by a powerful Port side.   While Don was creating his own headlines, Theo was playing some spectacular games.   After such a consistent career and missing only four games in his first 84 matches, Lindner missed seven successive games due to injury leading up to the finals.   This only brought the best out of Hank, who produced his best in the most important games of the season – the finals.    After being named third best in the team’s 1st Semi Final victory, Hank’s brilliance and tactical coolness was evident in the club’s tight two-point victory in the Preliminary Final.   In a 25 kicks, 10 mark, seven handball execution it was his two “magnificent” marks in defence late in the game that saved the game for the Roosters.    Not to be outdone, Lindner continued his form into the final, being named best in a “lion-hearted” display for the team in a gallant loss.

Once again the North Adelaide Annual Report reviewed each player, and Lindner was again respectively praised:

“Theo (Hank) Lindner:  What a pity we lost his services for seven matches through injury. Hank is an inspiration to our team. Tough, fearless, strong and very fair, he is a good mark and strong kick. The games he played in the major round of matches were invaluable.”

1964 saw North’s see-sawing 1960s decade continue as they again dropped from Grand Finalist to outside the finals the following year – this time finishing 8th and only above the first-year clubs in Central District and Woodville.   Lindner’s 100th game milestone arrived in the team’s Round 12 victory over West Torrens, and his trusted consistency and game accomplishments earned him his second successive Most Consistent Player award.

1965 was a tough season for Hank - and his family – as a tragic loss in the family interrupted his season and he did not play any league matches, instead playing 10 reserve games.

Lindner returned to the league side in Round Four, 1966 and quickly returned to his dedicated, brave, rebounding football.  Now the third most experienced player (behind brother Don and Ray Trenorden) Lindner’s season ended with the Best Team Player award despite playing only 15 games.   At the end of the season North returned to finals footy which ended in a disappointing Preliminary Final defeat.

Hank’s career ended in 1967 when he only played three games to end his eight season, 126-game career that was filled with team lows and glorious highs while personally installing a highly effective, combative and flourishing career throughout his league appearances.   He left the game as a state representative, premiership player and a 100-game champion at his club.   Many, many other players would be jealous of his regime – even if his big brother did take a bit of the limelight!

Stat Info

Quirky Stat – Hank has the record for most games played (126) having only kicked four goals.   Glynn Trescowthick is second with 116 games;

Lindner’s 108 games in the Number 3 jumper is second behind Darel Hart’s  155 games;

Hank’s 126 games, combined with his brother Don’s 280, are second in Games played by one family.    This is an amazing achievement when you consider the leading family, the Pash’s, had four4 family members recording their 442^ games (some played in an era when not all team lineups were published).   The Lindner’s surpass other well-known and established North families such as the Robrans, Stringers, Rileys, Burtons, Bamfords, Jarmans, Gilbournes and Lehmanns.

‘Hank’ Lindner showing his strength against West in Round 4, 1962

Outnumber but always determined:  Lindner against West in 1963 1st Semi Final as Bob Hammond looks on

David O’Hara

History Committee

July 28, 2015 - Funeral Details
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The funeral for Alan Mead will be held tomorrow at Charles Berry & Associates, 200 Magill Road Norwood. The service will begin at 10 am, all North Adelaide supporters are welcome to pay their respects to Alan.

July 27, 2015 - Roosters Reminisces Round 16 Season 1990
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Darel Hart:  The man with leather poisoning in North’s 1990 win against Sturt

Darel Hart had an incredible and illustrious career at the North Adelaide Football Club.   He led by even example before being named captain, went on to captain (a premiership) and coach the club and won more matches of his own back that are too many to mention.  But in one game in 1990 he played a match that forced the club statisticians to constantly find space beside his name to record his afternoon’s data while the historians were checking their own lists as he led the club to a record-breaking victory.

During the late 1980s, early 1990s North and Sturt matches were not ones to generally reflect on with any glowing memories.   North were regular finals contestants while Sturt were collecting wooden spoons.  Entering the second half of the 1990 season it was evident this arrangement was continuing.  North were redeeming their 1989 Grand Final debacle with a steady season that saw them enter the match with nine wins from their 15 matches while Sturt were sitting bottom with only two wins.

A red-and-white victory was certainly expected… even by a substantial margin.   What wasn’t expected was the outrageous final margin and the performance – both statistically and as a faultless footballer at the top of his game - by their captain.

The match started sluggish despite the immediate evidence that Sturt were going to be outclassed all afternoon.   A three-goal to nil term by North failed to clearly present the domination that was already evident across the ground.   The Roosters amended the ascendency to reflect better on the scoreboard in a powerful second term assault resulting in a 9.5 blitz to Sturt’s solitary goal.   While the North forwards in Ashley Bond, Trevor Dixon and Peter Bennett were dominating their positions and accepting plenty of shots at goal, North’s defence – led by the evergreen Trevor Clisby and the young Sean Tasker – was totally miserly by disallowing Sturt any scoring opportunity.

The half time margin of 73-points could result in the leading side to rest on their laurels.   Sadly for Sturt but extreme joy for the North supporters this wasn’t the case and North continued their onslaught – in fact even raising the gears to another level.   Over the course of the second half North kicked a further 15.10 to Sturt’s paltry 2.1.    The final margin – an astonishing 160 points – broke a number of records.   What was intriguing was North achieved this result despite not kicking 10 goals or more in any quarter but rather holding their opponents to a small total.

The margin wasn’t as unexpected as first thought.   The Football Times reported: “North’s mammoth win against Sturt was no surprise to the majority of footy punt supporters.  North’s 91-plus win again returned under $2 - $1.85 for a 50 cent investment.”

Any margin like this clearly breaks a number of records with many still lasting today including:

Highest score against Sturt;

Biggest Winning Margin against Sturt;

Sturt’s Lowest Score at Prospect;

Best second quarter (9.5) by North against Sturt at Prospect;

9th Highest Score against any team;

2nd Biggest Winning Margin against any team.

While the scoreboard gave a clear insight to how North utilised their control over proceedings the statistics certainly supported their ball-possession domination.   North finished with 471 disposals – the most in their recorded history.   This included 251 kicks and 220 handballs.

Individually it even became more incredible and fascinating.  Captain Darel Hart efforts were outstanding.   Not only was he like a dog off a leash around the ground but still contributed significantly and accurately with six straight goals.   He was simply everywhere to finish with a staggering personal tally of:

Kicks: 36;  Marks: 9;  Handballs: 21;  Frees For: 3;  Frees Against: 5; Goals: 6; Behinds: nil

For Fantasy Football followers Hart’s efforts would have given you 201 points!

Hart’s 36 kicks are the club’s highest recorded in any match for North, while his 57 disposals clearly leads any other North individual accomplishments (the second highest is Barrie Robran’s 48 disposal effort in 1973).    In fact considering a match is played for approximately 110 minutes Hart’s 57 disposals means he collected a disposal every two minutes throughout the whole game!   A remarkable achievement (the VFL/AFL record is 53).

The midfield supremacy was supported by the creative Darren Jarman (32 kicks, 14 handballs – 46 disposals), flamboyant Adam Saliba (11 kicks, 22 handballs), no-nonsense David Sanders (22 kicks, 8 handballs), and reliable Steven Barratt (31 disposals) who all regularly became involved in North’s ball passages.

Trevor Clisby, as reliable as always, notched up an incredible 30-possession match (10 kicks, 20 handballs) from his key defensive position of centre half-back.

Another surprise was the Magarey Medal votes.   Despite the Football Times (5-4-3-2-1 voting system) and the Football Budget (3-2-1 system) giving Hart best of ground votes, it was Adam Saliba who earned three votes from the umpires with Hart receiving two and Clisby one.   Surprisingly Saliba didn’t poll any votes in the two publications referenced.

Match Details:

North   3.3       12.8     19.11   27.18  180

Sturt    0.1       1.1       2.2       3.2       20

Ground:Prospect Oval              Crowd:            3,341

Best Players: D. Hart, Jarman, Sanders, Clisby, Tasker, Barratt, Saliba, Bennett

Scorers: D. Hart 6.0, Bond 4.4, Jarman 3.2, Dixon 3.1, Bennett 2.3, Redden 2.1, Sanders 2.1, Saliba 2.1, Barratt 2.0, Parsons 1.1, Vanzetta 0.4

The Team:

F: Michael Parsons, Ashley Bond, Trevor Dixon

HF: Adam Saliba, Peter Bennett (150th game), Darren Vanzetta (debut)

C: Steven Barratt, Darren Jarman, David Sanders

HB: Tim Perkins, Trevor Clisby, Sean Tasker

B: Rod Saunders, Simon Trenorden, Bradley Ryan

1R: Michael Redden, Kim Klomp, Darel Hart

Res: Neil Craig, John Riley


Other major contributors to the victory: Darren Jarman and Ashley Bond

Do you have copies of past matches???

Sadly no footage of this game is held by the club but if ANYONE has a copy of this or any game/ highlights please contact me (David O’Hara) on 0403 012 646 or Barry Dolman on 0431 810 185.   The club is always trying to expand their match collection and you may have a game the club is looking for.

David O’Hara

History Committee

July 24, 2015 - VALE Alan Mead
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our great clubmen, Alan Mead.  Alan, our Reserves Team Manager and Property Steward, passed away early this morning after battling a brain tumour over the past 12 months. Alan’s long involvement with the Club began as a Vice President and Major Sponsor in the early 1980’s and was a tireless member of our History Committee.

Alan will be sorely missed by the players, coaches, training room staff and his legion of friends at the Club. Our thoughts are with Carolyn and family at this time.”

July 23, 2015 - TOO MANY MILES FOR TODD
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TOO MANY MILES FOR TODD

Experienced North Adelaide defender Todd Miles has announced he will retire at the end of the 2015 IGA League season.

Miles, who is set to feature in his 129th match against Central District at Prospect on Sunday, has confirmed he will play out the rest of the Roosters’ minor round campaign.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 30-year-old said increasing travel demands, due to his employment, played a major role in his decision.

Currently living at Gilles Plains, Miles drives to Tanunda each day for work while also making the trek back down to Prospect for the Roosters nearly every night of the week.

The former Woodville-West Torrens backman said making the decision now allowed North officials to plan for his departure, which could include recruiting a replacement this summer.

Miles is also keen to continue nurturing aspiring backmen Cameron Craig and Sam Wundke, two players the former North captain believes could enjoy 5-10 year careers at Menzies Crescent.

A member of the victorious West End State team in 2014 against the VFL, Miles won North’s best-and-fairest in 2013, the year the Roosters came agonisingly close to winning the premiership against Norwood at AAMI Stadium.

Hear Interview here 

ZAC MILBANK 

July 23, 2015 - Grandstand Attendant Required
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We are looking for a volunteer to assist with Grandstand ticketing on Home Match Days

You will be required to:
Check grandstand passes at the last three home matches of the year. 
Be available on the following dates; Saturday August 1st, Saturday August 8th and the weekend of August 29th/30th
between the hours of 11:30am- 4:30pm

You will receive a complimentary ticket into Prospect Oval and be able to watch most of the game in the comfort of the Grandstand.

If you think this is something you may be interested in contact Allira Ryan on 8344-8733 or email allira.ryan@nafc.com.au


July 22, 2015 - Make a Wish Foundation
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It's the The Good Guys Charity Round and we are proudly supporting our Charity Partner- Make a Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish mission is pure, simple and, importantly, tangible: to grant children (under 18 years of age) with a life threatening medical condition their cherished wish, providing magic and joy for them and precious memories for their family.

This is the fourteenth year of partnership between the North Adelaide Football Club and Make-a-Wish.  To celebrate, $1 from every ticket sold at the gates this weekend will go directly to the Foundation.

Already have a match day ticket but want to support Make a Wish?
You can purchase a ticket in our Home Match Raffle and go in the running to win a cash prize of $100, drawn at half time of the League Match. Alternatively, you can make a donation at Make-a-Wish. 


July 22, 2015 - Jan Stirling to be inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame
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Congratulations to Jan Stirling who has been inducted into the FIBA Hall Of Fame. Jan has been at the North Adelaide Football Club as our Leadership Coach since the beginning of the 2015 Season.

Jan will join superstar Michael Jordan and seven other inductees for International Basketball’s most Prestigious Hall.

She becomes only the fourth Australian, and the first Australian woman, inducted by FIBA, following Al Ramsay (2009), Lindsay Gaze (2010) and Andrew Gaze (2013).

Congratulations Jan!

July 22, 2015 - Blast from the Past Round 15
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Daniel Hargraves celebrating the emotional victory against Glenelg in Round 13, 2001

Full Name:     Daniel Alexander Hargraves

Date of Birth: 6 December 1975

Seasons Played: 2000-06

Games Played: 126            Goals Kicked: 391

Position Played: Full-forward

Jumper Number: 35 (1st game), 23

Magarey Medal Votes: 24

Achievements/ Awards:

Ken Farmer Medallist: 2002

Leading Goalkicker: (6) – 2000-05

Best Club Man (John Phillips Memorial): 2001

Third Best Player: 2002

Fourth in Best and Fairest: 2001

Sixth Best Player: 2000

Most Magarey Medal votes: 2002

Forward of the Year: 2004

State Matches: (2) – 2001, 2002 (9 goals)

Media Awards:

The Advertiser Team of the Year: (2) 2001, 2002

As far as flamboyant goes, Andrew Jarman will always be remembered as one of those to lay claim to that title at North in the 1980s.  Continue onward 20 years later and Daniel Hargraves would effortlessly fit into the description perfectly.   Hargraves was the typical full-forward.   With striking blonde hair, a tall, strong build and a confidence that held firm despite erratic team performances, you had the colourful full forward who thrived on the adulation of the supporters.  But like Jarman a generation earlier, you need to back up the attitude with results and, like Jars, “Hargy” definitely completed that task in abundance.

After a six season career in the AFL, Hargraves was delisted by Fremantle at the end of the 1999 season and ventured to Adelaide for a fresh start and another chance at returning to the AFL.   It was a great achievement for North to sign Hargraves, as the previous season season proved disastrous for the club by claiming the wooden spoon with two wins.   However North, with Hargraves and fellow new arrivals in Daniel Motlop (Shannon’s younger brother) and Adam Morgan through the internal draft, were hoping to become a competitive team again and head up the premiership table.

Hargraves had the pleasure of joining a limited amount of players whose first game was a draw when North opened their account with South at Noarlunga.   Hargraves kicked three goals in his opening game.

The season was a tough one for the club to finish 8th although Hargraves’ 48 goals for the season was a successful and impressive effort despite limited opportunities and lack of clean ball entry.   His aerial skills and strength was highlighted by taking the most marks for the season (112).   Daniel’s successful season saw him finish sixth in the Best and Fairest count and collect four Magarey Medal votes, with two matches against Glenelg Hargraves best performances in front of the sticks. In Round 14 his four goals in the last quarter (and six for the game) carried the team to an emotional victory (third win for the season) while in Round 20 his seven goals wasn’t enough to peg the nine-point lead Glenelg had at the end of the match.   It was this game that the media first highlighted his personal performance when the Sunday Mail wrote:

“In a game otherwise dominated by the mosquito fleet of both sides, Hargraves stood head and shoulders above the other players on the ground.  Hargraves proved too tall and strong for a succession of Glenelg defenders… all trying in vain to stop the one shining light in the Roosters attack.  The… forward booted three first-half goals to keep North in the game and then exploded after the break, kicking three goals in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, the second from a superbly strong mark he took after camping underneath a high, floating ball.”

The recent poor performances saw Chris McDermott depart as coach and Darel Hart returning to the role he left back in 1995.   However it would prove 2001 through to 2003 as extremely disappointing seasons with the club again sitting at the wrong end of the premiership table and a finals series a fair distance from reality.    Hargraves, however, could not do much more than he was as he continued to be a focal point for the players on the ground and an icon for supporters off it.   In fact 2001 he kicked 72 goals – his best season – with his seven goals in the season opener against West leading the way.     It was this game he notched his 50th goal for the club while he reached the distinction of 100 club goals in the Round 13 victory over Sturt (in only his 32nd game).   In fact the Round 13 contest was a special victory as it ended North’s 19th consecutive losses (a club record) that commenced in Round 15, 2001.   It was a sweet victory, after losing the lead during the final term to fly away with the last four goals of the game to record a 23-point victory.   Later in the season, in Round 19, North again produced a come from behind win that is still remembered fondly for anyone that was at the match.   Playing West at Richmond, North trailed by 35 points early in the final quarter (after kicking the first two goals of the quarter) and another loss was in motion.   Hargraves, as it always seemed to be the case, was the catalyst for the comeback, as he kicked three of the nine goals North kicked to not only hit the lead but run away with an exciting victory.  

These two victories aside, 2001 was not much to reflect upon yet Daniel’s 72 goals placed him second on the Ken Farmer Medal tally.   Considering the team only won four matches, it was an amazing personal achievement.    This was also the highest tally for a North player since John Roberts’ 80 goals back in 1988!   Hargraves’ feats earnt him the first of two state selections going on to kick five goals in South Australia’s win.   He was also recognised by the club with the honourable Best Club Man trophy (John Philips Memorial) – a highly respected trophy at presentation night.

2002 produced another torrid season for North but for the brilliant spearhead it produced some scintillating performances.   In Round Four at Noarlunga Hargraves was at his damaging best kicking nine of North’s 13 goals to lead them to a 14-point win.   Hargy had seven of North’s eight goals at half-time, taking the old-timers back to the Ken Farmer years when he dominated the scoreboard in similar fashion.   As the Sunday Mail reported:

“Nine-goal full forward Daniel Hargraves has spearheaded North Adelaide to its first win of the season... Hargraves was magnificent for the Roosters, kicking seven goals in the first half when the game was up for grabs and putting the finishing touches on the win with two last-term goals after South had closed to within one point.”

The effort presented him his first three-vote Magarey Medal effort, with the nine-goal haul the most for a North player since Darel Hart in 1992… but better things were to come…

When a full forward has a day where everything goes your way and you are living the perfect “day-out” you need to capitalise on it, and Daniel Hargraves did this in Round 20 against South at Adelaide Oval.   In a astounding display or quick leading, strong marking and exceptional accuracy, Hargraves kicked 13 goals without a miss to give the club a much-need victory.   His 13 goals were culminated with two four-goal quarters (first and last) to become the first double-figure haul for a North player since 1986 (Grenville Dietrich) and the most kicked since 1967 (Dennis Sachse).   The Advertiser covered his accomplishment:

“Every now and again in the life of a footballer, a day comes along where nothing, just nothing, can go wrong.  For North Adelaide full forward Daniel Hargraves, Saturday afternoon was one of those special times ... It took him 10 minutes to make an impact... But when he did make his presence felt, it was to kick-start one of the most satisfying games of his career... While most players dropped in and out of the game, Hargraves’ supremacy continued” – T.A.

The 20-goal effort by the team was also a significant score as it was the first time the club had scored 20 goals or more since Round Three, 2000 (53 games ago), which highlighted the dependability for Hargraves to score regularly and highly for the team.

Hargraves reached further personal milestones during the course of the season, achieving his 50th game in Round 12 while kicking his 150th goal in Round 11 – forlornly both were losses.   His 50th game was also quite an achievement in that he had not missed a match since debut – an event not matched by many footballers who enter league ranks.

Hargraves finished the season with 68 goals, however unlike the previous year he was clearly ahead in the SANFL goalkicking and was deserving of the Ken Farmer Medal – the club’s first since 1987 (John Roberts).  His zest for football and his outgoing persona was integral factors in maintaining stability in a troubled period but it was obvious his results on the ground were just also important and successful.   2002 saw Hargraves play a second state match, finish the season with 11 Magarey Medal votes – the most he collected in a season to finish 8th in the count, awarded Third in the club’s Best and Fairest count and received his second selection in The Advertiser Team of the Year.

2003 produced one of the worst seasons for the North Adelaide Football Club with a solitary victory for the season.  Hargraves 48 goals in a team lacking in skills and scoring opportunities was a credit to his ability.  This was highlighted by the Sunday Mail, in North’s Round Three loss to Norwood when Hargraves recorded his 200th goal:

Danny Hargraves..., and Heath Younie, who, unlike others didn’t waste touches, gave their all but repeatedly ball-handling errors under pressure eventually cost North dearly.”

With poor seasons in club terms it wouldn’t have be surprising for Daniel to contemplate changing clubs, especially when there had been considerable interest in him both prior to his SANFL career and moreso after four consistently influential seasons.   However a new dawn greeted North in 2004 under the newly appointed Andrew Jarman.    The new coach brought optimism and a more offensive style to their football – both ingredients full forwards thrive upon.   Jarman’s coaching attitude fitted in with Hargy’s and it appeared a great formula for the club.   The Roosters played quality football, brilliant performances and high-possession football not seen for many years.    In attack Hargraves, along with teammates Damon White, Heath Younie and the silky Jason Roe reaped havoc for defenders throughout the season.   Hargraves kicked 66 out of the 296 goals kicked by the team – the most since his arrival – but with five players kicking over 20 goals the pressure on Hargraves as the solitary goal option was no longer an issue.   Yet he still conjured some great games with six tallies of five goals or more.    In Round Seven’s win against West Adelaide Daniel collected three votes for his six goals, but as The Advertiser surmised:

“Hargraves was the obvious standout with six goals but he was impressive as much for his work at ground level and out of goal range as for his accurate boot.”

In Round 19 the club celebrated a wonderful victory at Alberton after trailing by 20 points at the last break.   With Daniel Wakelin and Scott Bamford influential in the middle of the ground it was the enigmatic full forward who led the fightback.   The Sunday Mail covered the victory and Hargy’s role in the grand comeback:

“The creative genius of … Andrew Jarman and the enigmatic flair of goal-ace Daniel Hargraves manufactured a thrilling 19-point come-from-behind win which pushed Port Adelaide out of the top five… But all would have been lost if not for the goalkicking qualities of Hargraves who gave everything in a desperate last term, kicking three goals of his six goals with a dominate strong-body marking performance within 25 metres of goal.  He also handed out one to whippet-like Scott Bamford with a quick reflex which put a seal on the confidence-building contest in a similar fashion of North’s champion teams of the 1980s.”

September saw North reach the finals for the first time since 1997, and Hargraves was again an influential player.   In North’s first Elimination Final victory, Daniel kicked seven goals - the most by any North player in an Elimination Final.  The game also saw Hargraves reach 300 goals for the club – the 5th Rooster ever to achieve this milestone.   While North were bundled out of the finals series in the 1st Semi, there were enough signs that the club was on the right track.

For Daniel and other North players who played in the early 2000s a season of wins and enjoyable football was a breath of fresh air.   2005 and 2006 continued this wave of entertaining football with an exciting brand of football that was pulsating in enjoyable to watch and the high goal-scoring wonderful to see.  Hargraves and co continued this offensive, fast football as they ventured towards consecutive finals campaigns.   Hargy reached 50 goals again for the season, with help by a dominant midfield bridge with the likes of Chris Ladhams, Scott Bamford, Darryl Wintle and Matthew Krieg.   In Round Five Daniel joined the club’s illustrious 100-game list and would go on to kick his 350th goal in Round 21.  2005 saw the arrival of Nick Gill, a gangly, loveable and exciting forward accomplice and together became a lethal forward combination.    Despite failing in the 1st Semi Final for the second time North were on a wave that predicted higher positions in seasons to come.

Season 2006 was to become a bittersweet one for Hargraves.   While he enjoyed the euphoria of being part of another finals campaign which saw the club reach the Preliminary Final, it would also be his last season as a Rooster.   Despite playing 15 games for 39 goals, knee and back injuries were becoming an issue and his missed seven matches mid-season.   With Heath Younie and Chris Ladhams becoming small goalkicking machines, Nick Gill causing havoc and becoming a massive influence in the forward lines and the new, strong forward recruit Clint Alleway proving damaging up forward, it was determined by the club in October to part ways with Daniel.   His last game was North’s Preliminary Final loss against the Eagles.   During the season he kicked five goals twice, and finished 4th in the goalkicking list.

Daniel’s goalkicking season breakdown showed his consistency

2000 – 48; 2001 -72; 2002 -68; 2003 -48; 2004 -66; 2005 -50; 2006 – 39

Hargraves will always be remembered as a player rated highly in any fan favourite poll, and was adored and appreciated by the supporters for his charisma, player/ fan interaction, wonderful match performances and goalkicking heroics.   As well as loyalty to the club, his 391 goals/ 126 matches covered club periods of extreme lows and great highs yet he remained a clubman through and through, excelling any expectations the club had back in 2000.   He brought enjoyment into the supporter’s afternoons when the matches themselves could understandably be forgotten.  Hargy efforts, on the other hand, will never be forgotten.

Miscellaneous Records

Games: 126 games places him equal 65th in all time games list

Jumper (No. 20):   Hargraves hold the No. 20 Jumper games (125) and goals (388) record for the No. 20 jumper

Debut: Played 50 Games from debut (only 11 players have achieved this feat).

Goalkicking Records and Facts

391 goals – 3rd highest in club history (behind Ken Farmer’s 1417 and Grenville Dietrich’s 400)

13.0 in a match – equal highest by a North player (not including Farmer) one of only 13 occasions a North player has kicked 13 or more.

13.0 – last time a North player has kicked 10 goals or more

With any successful forward it is not surprising to see them in club goalkicking records.   Whilst no one at North can get remotely close to the great Ken Farmer and his goal exploits, Daniel certainly is high on a number of significant listing.

5 goals or more - 36 times

5 goals – 20 times (2nd to Ken Farmer’s 29)

6 goals – 10 times (equal 2nd with Grenville Dietrich and Dennis Sachse)

7 goals – 4 times (equal 2nd with William McKenzie, Dennis Sachse and John Roberts)

9 goals – 1 time

13 goals - 1 time (equal 2nd with Ross Lehmann and Dennis Sachse)

Hargraves was the Club’s Leading Goalkicker on six occasions.    This has him equal to ‘Bos’ Daly (1902-07) and second to Ken Farmer’s 13 occasions.

Holds two records for Most Goals in a particular round:

13.0 – Round 20 (2002)

7.4 – Elimination Final (2004)

Holds one record for Most Goals at a Ground:

9.3 – Noarlunga Oval (2002)

Holds one record for Most Goals Against a Club (total):

41 goals (Woodville-West Torrens).  

He is 2nd in totals goals against Glenelg, South Adelaide and West Adelaide

Holds one record for Most Goals At A Ground (total):

28 goals (Elizabeth), 29 goals (Noarlunga) and 28 goals (Richmond)

He is 2nd in totals goals at Alberton and Woodville

‘Hargy’ against Port in Round 16, 2005

David O’Hara

History Committee

July 21, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces Round 15 Season 1959
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Three prominent players in the 1959 season – Peter Sheppard, Don Gilbourne and Barrie Barbary

There are wins, and there are wins.  It stands to reason that anytime your club finishes the game in front at the final siren it is an enjoyable moment, but occasionally there are minor round victories that come along which are a step above the norm and in 1959 in Round 15 North experienced one of those kinds of triumphs.

North entered the 1959 season with an air of optimism after finishing top at the conclusion of the 1958 minor round before getting knocked straight out of the finals with two successive losses.   With captain-coach Peter Koerner back for his second season, the losses of recognised class footballers in Dean Stringer, Colin Tanner, John Blunden, John Tidswell and Ralph Rogerson were compensated with Brian Gambling, Bob Pascoe, Barry Kent and young talent Theo Lindner and Trevor Hughes.   Yet it wasn't to be.   After a promising 31-point win in the opening match against Norwood the Roosters spiralled down the premiership ladder, and by Round 14 after 12 consecutive losses sat bottom of the ladder and were described by the media as a shadow of the mighty red-and-whites of the early 1950s.   A second win against Norwood in Round 14 wasn’t enough to lift them from underside of the league table.

Round 15 saw North back at Prospect Oval and facing second-place West Adelaide, who had comfortably beaten North twice during the season already.    So it was expected that the result was inevitable with North no chance of coming out victors… but we are talking about football.

In fact North surprised their own supporters – let alone their opponents – immediately as they held their own from the first bounce, were competitive and surprisingly led by one point at half time.   The two Lindner brothers, Theo and Don, were in fine form at each end of the ground (Don in attack, Theo in defence) while Ray Trenorden was conspicuous on his forward flank.  

West, as any good side would be expected to do, returned from the break and went about stamping their authority in the match, raising the bar and their intensity to break free from the persistent Roosters to hold a match winning 20-point buffer at the final break.

But on this day North were not lying down.   With the odds against them the Roosters rallied throughout the final term, edging their way back into the match.    A five-goal to two last quarter, on the back of the irresistible Don Lindner, hit the lead entering time-on of the quarter and, with no further score attributed to either side in a pulsating final few minutes, held on to record an enthralling victory.   As The Advertiser reported:

“North is a potent league force again, with... Don Lindner, back to his best.  North supporters were carried to dizzy heights of ecstasy as their team was lifted to victory on Lindner’s high-leaping back and explosive boot.  Twice in the thrilling final minutes Lindner soared for breath-taking marks and booted goals to give North a one-point lead;”

Don Lindner, in his sixth season, was one of the great players in the game, and it was not only surprising that it was him to lead the charge to the club’s win, but the fashion he did it, with remarkable acrobatic marking skills that regularly denied gravity.    He finished the game with six goals, while half-back Stan Simmons and Theo ‘Hank” Lindner were stalwarts and impenetrable in defence.

Malcolm Whitford, North’s gangly, tall, speedy wingman, in his 50th game, was named in the best players but was highlighted for his efforts in running the time down late in the match (a standard practice these days, but not so much in 1959):

“The state of the game at Prospect Oval was reflected sharply in lanky North Adelaide wingman Malcolm Whitford’s approach to free kicks in the last quarter.  With North leading by a point Whitford walked slowly back, took time to pull up his socks and moved in with deliberate care to take his kick.  Three minutes later he was sprinting…”- T.A.

The win lifted North to 7th (in an eight-team competition) and that is where they remained for the final three minor round games.

In a season which provided more lows than highs, the victory was definitely one to saviour.

Match Details:

North 2.3       7.8       8.10     13.13 (91)                  

West 5.7       7.7       11.12   13.12 (90)

Ground:           Prospect Oval                          Crowd:            7,000

Best Players: Simmons, T. Lindner, D. Lindner, Gilbourne, Johnston, Whitford, Trenorden

Scorers: D. Lindner 6.3, Sheppard 2.2, Trenorden 2.0, Koerner 1.1, Marsh 1.1, Yates 1.0, Potts 0.2, Johnston 0.1, Barbary 0.1, Whitford 0.1, rushed 0.1

The Team:

Forwards:        John Woore, Don Lindner, Barry Potts

H-Forwards:    Peter Koerner, Graham Johnston, Ray Trenorden

Centre:                        Barrie Barbary, Ron Hewett, Malcolm Whitford

H-Backs:         Stan Simmons, Bob Pascoe, Ray Carroll

Backs:             Don Gilbourne, Alan Cheek, Theo ‘Hank’ Lindner

1st Ruck:         John Bubner, Neville Marsh, Peter Sheppard

Reserves:         Barry Yates, Brian Lynch


Malcolm Whitford – North’s speedy wingman who was important in North’s victory

David O’Hara

History Committee

July 20, 2015 - Free Entry for All NAFC Members
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For further information visit Morphettville 

July 20, 2015 - Presidents Luncheon
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July 17, 2015 - U15 Grand Final
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Under 15s Metro Final Score

Glenelg 5.9 39
defeated
North 5.5  36

Full match wrap up will be posted on Monday.

July 15, 2015 - State Championship Results
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U15 Metro 

North Adelaide 9.7.61 defeated Eagles 2.2.14

U15 Country

Eagles 11.4.70 defeated North Adelaide 6.2.38

U17 Country

Eagles 11.5.71 defeated  North Adelaide 5.4.34


July 15, 2015 - Blast from the Past-Round 14
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New boy on the block - Lucas Herbert in his first season at North (1997) at 19 years old

Full Name:     Lucas James Herbert

Date of Birth: 13 September 1977

Seasons Played: 1997-2000; 2002-03

Games Played: 101            Goals Kicked: 61

Position Played: Ruck

Jumper Number: 2 (one game in No. 45)

Magarey Medal Votes: 32

Achievements/ Awards:

Runner Up Best and Fairest: 2000

C.L. Jessop Trophy (Special On-Field Performance): 2002

Fourth in Best and Fairest: 1998

Most Magarey Medal votes: 1998

Media Awards:

The Advertiser Team of the Year: 2000

Lucas Herbert was one of those players who went about his business of playing football without any fuss or fanfare.   At 199cm he was an iconic figure in the Roosters side during the turn of the century, and was a prominent player for the club during a period of tough times.

After four games for Glenelg North picked up the lanky 19 year-old for the 1997 season to boost their options of taller, mobile players.   Herbert’s first game with his new club was the first game of the season and, with debutants Tim Davis, Ben Casey and Graeme Kellett and fellow new recruit Jason King, found the going tough in a 65-point loss against Norwood.    Herbert collected one mark and one kick for the match (kicking a behind) playing at centre-half forward, however he found himself lined up for the following week’s game against Sturt.   In fact, Herbert would end up playing every match as coach Chris McDermott tested his versatility by trying him in key roles in attack, defence and ruck.   While throughout his career he would be used around the ground, it was in ruck where he would settle and play his best football.   In the Round Nine victory against the Eagles, Herbert rucked against strong opposition with his 21 disposals (most he ever collected in a match), eight marks and 17 hit-outs rewarded by collecting his first Magarey Medal vote – and remain North’s first ruckman for the remainder of his career.  

In some ways Herbert experienced the club’s best season during his career in his first year as the team went on to contest in two finals – a victory over Sturt and a 1st Semi loss to Centrals.   These would be Herbert’s (and the club’s) only two finals appearances during his 100-game, six-season career.

Herbert, with fellow debutant Davis, played in every match of their first season.   In fact Herbert continued to play every game in his first two years at North to notch 42 games from debut.   It was a remarkable rise for Lucas, who continued his solid 1997 form to have a splendid 1998 season, finishing 4th in the Best and Fairest and receiving the most Magarey Medal votes for the team (11) and the most in a season personally (that totalled 32).

Herbert’s deft palm work at ball-ups and his strength and height was formidable around the ground, but his internal strength to play at his optimum was always evident – despite his quiet, even shy demeanour.

In Round Six, 1998 in a sizzling one-point win at Alberton Herbert – on collecting two Magarey Medal votes - was at his best:

“Herbert... has etched out a new reputation as a deft tap ruckman who is equally determined when fighting for the ball at ground level” – The Advertiser

Regularly named in the best players and collecting umpire votes Herbert’s never-say-die attitude was noted by the Sunday Mail after North’s Round 19 loss to Glenelg:

“In the first half (Tim) Nunan almost single-handedly kept North in the game and in the third quarter his drive took them into the lead.  In fact Nunan and big man Lucas Herbert were playing their hearts out for North, but in football a duet is not enough to win” - S.M.; 

Herbert finally missed a North match in Round One, 1999 for a justifiable reason… the following night he played his first AFL game for Adelaide.   He wonderful 1998 season resulted in Adelaide Crows selecting him at number 48 in the 1998 National Draft.   He would go on and play 14 games for them throughout the season before being delisted at the end of the year.

1999 was a like a bag of mixed lollies for Herbert, who enjoyed the lights and stardom of the AFL although could not consolidate his opportunity despite solid performances in a North team that was poor in team talent and skill and languishing at the bottom of the ladder.   In Round 16 a strange situation took place, as Adelaide Crows coach Malcolm Blight benched Herbert for the entire match and used midfielder Trent Ormond-Allan to ruck against the Bulldogs Scott Wynd.   Critical was North coach Chris McDermott, who would have loved Herbert assist his depleted team which were trounced at Noarlunga.   Even the media found the whole arrangement awkward:

“The Roosters, convincingly beaten in ruck... must have winced when they discovered their big man Lucas Herbert spent the entire match on the bench for the Crows, as part of a pre-game tactic, against the (Western) Bulldogs” – The Advertiser.

Despite this hiccup Herbert continued his personal improvement as shown in North’s Round 20 loss to Eagles when he collected three Magarey Medal votes:

“In a gruelling, crunching game, the Roosters refused to wilt under the pressure and were served superbly by big man Lucas Herbert, who was strong in the ruck and dominant around the ground” – Sunday Mail

The new century saw Herbert return full time at North in undoubtedly his best season.   North’s season was poor with a struggling league team yet Herbert’s individual contribution did not waiver, his contested football improving and his ability to adapt to any challenge reassuring for coach McDermott.   This was highlighted when he moved into the centre half-forward role mid-year to assist a struggling forward line lacking potency and scoring options.

Herbert’s performances were recognised by being named in the best players in 14 matches, finishing second behind captain Scott Sutherland in the Best and Fairest voting and being rewarded with a position in The Advertiser Team of the Year – his one and only induction. 

Indications of his performances were highlighted during the seasons match reports:

“Big man Lucas Herbert alone stood out for the Roosters, dominating the ruck and making his presence felt around the ground, particularly in defence.  But apart from his effort the North cupboard was virtually bare” – The Advertiser (Round Nine versus Central);

“Showing how vital ruckman Lucas Herbert is for North, the big man should have been benched as early as the first quarter with a hip injury.   Instead, a few local anaesthetics later, he was back on the ground continuing an entertaining duel with Matthew Clarke, Simon Crawshay and Dean Brogan” – Sunday Mail (Round 11)

His toughness was questioned only by persona rather than commitment to a contest, and his physical and emotional strength was evident after a sickening collision with full forward Daniel Hargraves in the first five minutes of the Round 17 clash against Port at Adelaide Oval.   Neither player took any further part in the game however were available for the following weekend’s match.

For a fresh break, a way of recharging the batteries, an increase to his role in the police force, or a desire to remove himself from the rigors of SANFL football, Herbert decided to play a season at Edwardstown Football Club in 2001.

2002 and 2003 saw North as a club in turmoil yet Herbert returned to provide some experience, height, creditability and aerial strength.   His consistent season was rewarded with the C.L. Jessop Trophy for “Special On-Field Performance.”   In 2003, with the club achieving another wooden spoon with one win and two draws, Herbert was the catalyst in ensuring North got one point in their second draw of the season when Herbert goaled from 40 metres out after the siren to level the scores:

“When North Adelaide players embraced their ruckman Lucas Herbert after he kicked an after-the-siren goal at Prospect Oval yesterday, fans could have been mistaken for thinking that he had won the game for them” – The Advertiser (Round 12 versus Norwood)

As bookends of his SANFL career season 2004 saw Herbert leave North and return to Glenelg, the club North recruited him from eight years before.  After enduring a terrible period if North’s history, it would be deservedly fitting they he remained around when the Andrew Jarman-era saw a fresh start and enjoyable and finals football return to Prospect.

Stat Corner

Lucas reached 101 games over his six seasons.   Whilst this is a great achievement, it does place Lucas with 19 other unfortunate North footballers who played over 100 games but not play in a Grand Final;

Herbert’s handy rucking skills sits 3rd in North’s recorded history for hit-outs with 1,454.   He was only passed last year by James Craig having sat behind the mercurial Mick Redden daunting 7,027 hit-outs in second position until then;

Herbert is 4th behind three other Roosters to play 100 games of more in the Number 2 jumper.   These other three are Terry Von Bertouch (153), Clint Alleway (129) and Steven Sims (112).

Herbert was a respected, highly talented, strong and skilful player who shone out in a dark era.    The club would have been more successful if there were more of his ability and courage floating around the league team during his time.


Outta the way… Lucas Herbert flying high against Norwood in Round 15, 1998 with team-mate Mark Hollitt as his step ladder

David O’Hara

History Committee



July 14, 2015 - North V Norwood U15 & U17
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Today at Prospect Oval there are three games of Junior Footy kicking off at 10:30am

U15 Metro North Adelaide V Norwood
North Adelaide defeated Norwood 14.14.98 to 1.0.6

U15 Country North Adelaide V Norwood 
North 5.6.36 defeated Norwood 5.2.32

U17 Country North Adelaide V Norwood
North 7.6. 48 were defeated by Norwood 8.5. 53

The canteen will open and merchandise for sale at reception. 

July 14, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces-Round 14 Season 2000
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For thousands of fans, supporters and barrackers a football club is more than just a football club.   In fact for them it is more than a game… more than part of their life… it can be their life, and their club is as close to them as family members. Supporters are the most consistent component in a club.   Footballers, not matter how great and long their careers may be, have a start and finish date, and the loyal supporters witness their every game.  But while the players move on the supporters continue to attend the games and will see sons of former players they previously watched grace the same grounds as their fore-fathers.    Officials all handle their roles with aplomb, but like footballers they will enter and depart their roles while supporters in the grandstands, the outer or behind the goals will continue to be at the games cheering their favourite club for decades – even more than half a century!   It is with this notion that Round 15’s reminiscent match is not so much about a come-from-behind victory, or an amazing score kicked, but rather a moment that bonded the footballers and the supporters of this club more than most victories could provide.

The turn of the century was not a pleasant time for North Adelaide on the football ground.   After finishing bottom in 1999 North’s first win in the 2000 season (Round Three) was their first victory since Round Seven the previous year.    With a draw and two wins, North met cellar-dwellers Glenelg in Round 15 who were also playing out a disappointing season and sat only one point behind North.

It was never going to be the match of the round – 8th versus 9th - and perhaps it wasn’t, but it did involve two teams battling for pride and their jumper and in the meantime attempting to distance themselves from the lowest rung on the premiership ladder.  

North entered the game following five losses that included two 100-points thrashing by West Adelaide and Central District while Glenelg’s results were not much better.   North started shoddy in front of goals, scoring a single goal from eight scoring shots, while Glenelg were only marginally better.   The contest remained tight in a low scoring first three quarters, and by the last break it was the Tigers that held a small lead of nine points.    But the final quarter, led by the charismatic and classy Daniel Hargraves at full forward, was the Roosters quarter as they piled on eight goals in a sizzling display not witnessed by supporters for years, let alone months.   In fact North had only kicked eight goals in a quarter twice before over the previous four seasons!

“Hargy” rattled on four goals to finish with a handy bag of six as North’s midfield controlled the stoppages and our defence stood firm.   Scruffy Ben Setchell, the in-and-under John Platten look-alike, was superb dishing out 30 touches from under packs, around the ground and linking players into better positions to move the ball positively; captain Scott Sutherland, a man who defied the toughest of on-field tribulations by any North captain, as well as fighting his own injury demons over the years, was defiant on the half-back line while the rough-looking Mark Hollitt continued to thwart Glenelg forward entries.   In ruck Lucas Herbert and Cameron Roberts were instrumental in providing the midfielders first use of the ball.   Setchell’s 15 kicks, 15 handballs earned him three Magarey Medal votes while the flamboyant Hargraves six-goal contribution earned him two.

The Sunday Mail was keen to highlight the captain’s efforts:

“Sutherland was the architect across half-back pushing forward and working tirelessly to create opportunities further afield;”

Jason Cameron was on debut and couldn’t wish for a more enjoyable start as he joined the historical group of players to kick a goal with their first league kick.

While the win – in fact any win in that period - was sweet the match couldn’t be noted as a remarkable victory to be embraced into the finer wins the club has assembled over their long career.   In fact, this match was more historic for what happened after the game….

In the emotion of the moment, North players, led by Simon Peucker, decided that rather than head directly into the change rooms to enjoy the victory, made an impromptu diversion into the crowd in front of the western grandstand (since demolished and is now the gym) and joined supporters in an exuberant and passionate version of the club song.   It had been a very long time since the song had been sung with so must gusto and feeling… and I know, this writer was one of the fortunate supporters to join in the moment.

The spasmodic occasion was pivotal to the supporters who had endured years of forgetful losses and sad trips back to the car after tragic matches, but on this afternoon the smile on supporters leaving the ground was wider than the Cheshire Cat.   It garnished any uncertainty they had in regards to following the club through such a painful period.   Sure, the win was only against the bottom side, and we still sat a poor 8th on the ladder, but that solitary embrace between players and supporters sealed the bond supporters held with that club.

This writer admits that he left the game emotional and recall stating to his father, “That moment… that is why I love this club.”  I’m sure others walking away had felt the same.

North did not win another game that season and finished with three wins, 1 draw and 17 losses.   And it wasn’t until 2004 when the Andrew Jarman-era transformed excitement and success back into the club.   But the song that was sung after a 8th versus 9th battle was enough for supporters to know that they were supporting the club they loved – be it through thick and thin.

Match Details:

North  1.7       4.11     7.12     15.13  103 (16)

Glenelg            2.4       5.6       9.9       13.9    87

Oval:    Prospect Oval                          Crowd:            2,077

Best Players: Sutherland, Hollitt, Roberts, Setchell, Herbert, Hargraves, Bamford, Morton

Scorers: Hargraves 6.2, Motlop 2.3, Herbert 2.1, Bamford 1.2, Cameron 1.1, Sutherland 1.0, Leal 1.0, Peucker 1.0, Setchell 0.2, Pech 0.1, rushed 0.1

The Team:

Forwards:Stephen Pech, Daniel Hargraves, Daniel Motlop

H-Forwards:Wade Chapman, Lucas Herbert, Jason Cameron

Centre: Scott Bamford, Ben Setchell, Darryl Wintle

H-Backs:Josh Newberry, Ben Nichol, Scott Sutherland

BacksRay Ebel, Mark Hollitt, Scott Peucker

1st Ruck:Cameron Roberts, Aaron Byerlee, Daniel Morton

Reserve:Scott Leal, Paris Fowden

Two stars of North’s victory: Ben Setchell and Scott Sutherland

David O’Hara

History Committee

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July 13, 2015 - Justin Clarke is the Lions's very own Ironman!
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Former Rooster, Justin Clarke is the Brisbane Lions’ very own Ironman – and the statistics prove it.

The 21-year-old, who played his 50th Senior game on Sunday, spends 97.5 per cent of game time on the field – more than any other player in the AFL. The closest is Fremantle’s Garrick Ibbotson with 95.5 percent.

View full article at Brisbane Lions 


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July 09, 2015 - Blast from the Past-Round 13
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Full Name:Paul Kennett           

Date of Birth: 18 December 1924         

Died:3 September 2006

Seasons Played: 1948-1954

Games Played: 114                           

Goals Kicked: 113

Position Played: Half-Forward

Achievements/ Awards:

Premiership Player: (2) 1949, 1952

Grand Finals: (3) 1949, 1951-52

Serviceable Play: (2) 1952-53

(Ray Forrestal Memorial) Fairest & Most Brilliant in Grand Final: 1952

Best Forward: (2)1950-51

Best Placed: (2)1948-49

Finals played: 7 games, 7 goals

Timing is everything – and Paul Kennett would have been one player to endorse this statement.  In a period of great club success and brilliant, historic players in the side Kennett was a consistent and wonderful success albeit less publicised.   But his career is one to reflect with great praise and respect.   And he holds one club record that may never be broken…

1948

After playing in the juniors at West Torrens Paul found himself cleared to North Adelaide in April 1948 after West Torrens didn’t see much future in him.  His ability was witnessed in the trials and impressed selectors so much he was selected for the opening match of the season.

The season did not start well as North lost their first five matches albeit the margins minimal.   Kennett was named in the best players in the first match, and like North had to wait until Round Six with a victory over Port to enjoy his first taste of league success.   The poor start forgo any finals chance and North finished a competitive 5th.   The left-footer Kennett enjoyed a great first season as a reliable goalkicking half-forward playing every game (17) in his debut season and kicking 18 goals.  He was presented the trophy of Best Placed for his creditable year and even collected two Magarey Medal votes.

The 1948 NAFC Annual Report noted him (with Allan Odgers) as two newcomers who “give promise of developing into two very brilliant players…”

1949

With new coach Ken Farmer replacing the respected Haydn Bunton Snr. confidence was high that the great man would help chase an elusive premiership.   The club had some impressive players with the ilk of captain Ian McKay, Ron Phillips, Jeff Pash, Darcy Cox and Morrie Arbon and just required a coach to get the best out of the team.   And Farmer did it in 1949 with the club’s first premiership since 1931.  Kennett again fulfilled his role, playing every game and kicking 15 goals and receiving the Best Placed club trophy.

Whilst not a player of state level recognition, Kennett continued to justify his continuous league service with pure consistency and trust that he would play his role to perfection.  In fact Kennett was named in North’s Best Players in the first five games of the season, and 12 out of the 19 games played.

The NAFC Annual Report added that “Paul's play throughout the year was marked by determination and will to get the ball at all costs.  His position on the half-forward flank was another strong-post, thus creating, with Jeff Pash and Ron Phillips, the strongest half-forward line in the League.”  On reflection what better way for Kennett to commence his career on a half-forward line with two SANFL icons and two Magarey Medallists!

The strength of this line was evident in the Round 11 victory over Norwood when The Mail highlighted “The North half-forward line almost totally eclipsed their opponent.”   In that same match The Mail also singled out Kennett’s game: “Kennett gave an outstanding display of marking, position play, and long, perfectly directed drop-kicking.”

1950

Despite the success of 1949 and the quality of players within the team North’s 1950 season was not as the club would have hoped.   North had another sluggish start and could only reach 4th position mid-year but missed the finals to finish 5th.   Kennett’s season was again reliable without any fanfare but a position the club acknowledged that can be trusted upon to be competitive in every match.   NAFC Annual Report were clear on how pleased they were of Kennett’s output when they wrote “Paul's position play on a half-forward flank has become a strongpoint through which many successful moves pass. Paul played throughout the season with brilliance and determination.”

In Round 14 he reached his 50th game – as well as kicking his 50th goal – which highlighted his ability to be a goalsneak and scoring backup to the prominent key forwards.

1951

North got back into full swing in 1951 and flew out of the gates to record eight wins in the first nine matches.   A lapse mid-season was not enough for them to drop lower than second however a strong Port Adelaide led for the majority of the season and were too good against The Cocks in the Grand Final to win by 11 points.   By now Kennett was becoming one of the stalwart players and by the end of the season was the 6th experienced player at the club.   His experience and settled role as half-forward flank – he did not really play in any other position apart from centre half-forward on occasions – provided the club another season of reliable service and a strength in attack.   Again, the NAFC Annual Report responded to his season by stating:  “A very tenacious half-forward flanker.  Is a left-foot kick and has a good right turn and a strong kick. Has been one of our most consistent players throughout the year and occasionally brings off some phenomenal marks.”

Despite players like Ron Phillips (who topped North goalkicking with 53 goals), Dean Stringer, Geoff Fuller and Don Gilbourne amongst the star forward line Kennett was awarded Best Forward for the second consecutive year – a true indication of the club’s respect and awareness of his proficiency in his half-forward role.

Despite the solid season he was disappointing in the finals, and, like the club, wanted to go the next step in 1952.

1952

North’s 1952 season didn’t start well when they were sitting seventh after losing their first two games however this all changed from Round Three when they won their first game of the season.   What hindsight will now show is that from that win North only lost one more match in the season – an eight-point loss to Torrens – as they embarked on a 12-game winning sequence to climax in the historic Grand Final victory over Norwood.    Kennett was again in the thick of the season, playing every match with his usual trustworthiness and although probably not at the level of previous years, his position in the team was never in doubt and is one who never lulled in a bad performance.

However he reached the pinnacle of his season and career at the same time the club reached their dizzy height of premiership glory.   Kennett’s Grand Final performance was superb, kicking four goals and earning the club’s Best & Fairest trophy when they handed out the Grand Final performance trophies.   His bag of four goals included his 100th league goal.   If there was a “Jack Oatey” award for Best Player in the Grand Final back in those days, Kennett’s name would have been added after his performance.

Once again the NAFC Annual Report provided a detailed account of all the players from the season, summed Kennett’s season as such: “Another splendid year at half-forward right, with all the old virtues at their best, particularly the ability to grip the ball in the air while coming forward fast against opposition.   Now regarded as one of the best half-forwards in the competition, Kennett’s dash and defiant left-foot dropkicking makes him an eye-catching figure in the team.”

1953

Kennett’s form continued into his sixth season despite the club again producing a slow start to the season (losing the first five matches) and just missing the finals to finish 5th.   Kennett recorded his 100th game in Round Seven in a win over Sturt where he was named Norths best player.

While the club were aware of Kennett’s weekly quality of service he put in each match his low profile made media attention limited.   However occasionally he received deserving accolades.  In Round Three’s loss to West Torrens he was highlighted with the great Ron Phillips:

“From the viewpoint of perfection of accomplishment Kennett and Phillips must be rated high.  With limited opportunities they rarely made a mistake.”

An article by The Advertiser’s Allan Reval was glowing of Paul’s match against Glenelg in Round 12 with particular appreciation of how he handled his position:

“Glenelg had no answer to attacks launched through North Adelaide half-forward Paul Kennett’s flank on Saturday.  I was impressed by the almost perfect way Kennett played his position.  Invariably his work was finished off with a well-directed drop-kick.”

His role on a very strong line for the team was also highlighted by The Mail for the same game:

“What a half forward line North have developed - Kennett, Fuller and Gilbourne!  If any one factor can be attributed to North’s win this is it, for with such brilliant, fast and clever players forward of centre, North always went into attack with confidence.”

Kennett received his second consecutive Serviceable Play trophy as recognition for his season

1954

After the previous season Kennett’s business responsibilities changed to the level that he was not able to continue the dedication to play league football.   However there was also a changing of the guard at North as Kennett (and Don Gilbourne) were surprise omissions for the opening match as North were to debut eight players as the start of a rebuilding team.   Kennett continued to play at the Association (Reserves) team giving them valuable experience and support.  He notched 11 games for the Association whilst still popping up for three league games spread throughout the first half of the season.   The Annual Report recognised his continued effort – though different to previous years:

“Veteran of the side, and a player of great experience.  Paul advised the selectors early in 1954 that he would not be available for League matches.  His assistance with our Second Eighteen, where his ability was of the greatest help, was much appreciated.  

Paul continued his association with the club by became a Vice President in 1959 through to 1966 when he became one of the Foundation Members for The Roosters Club on 31 December 1965.

Paul is remembered as a successful premiership player at North Adelaide who achieved great heights without the fanfare and whistle-blowing accolades others received around him.   His was the perfect example of the nonchalant team player.

A Record He May Never Lose

What was astonishing about Paul’s career that from his debut game in Round One, 1948, he went on to play 111 consecutive games ending in the final match of season 1953 (Round 18).   This meant he played six consecutive seasons from debut without missing a game.   A phenomenal performance defying form slumps and injuries.   The feat can be noted in its admiration when you view his closest rivals to the title:

Most Consecutive Games

111 games – Paul Kennett (Rd 1, 1948 to Rd 18, 1953)

72 games – Sid Burton (2nd S, 1930 to Rd 12, 1934)

65 games – Jack Beeching (Rd 1 1946 to Rd 14, 1949)

58 games – Tim Cook (Rd 1, 2001 to Rd 21, 2003)

55 games – Daniel O’Brien (Rd 1, 1909 to Rd 7, 1913)

Most Seasons Playing Every Game

Kennett played six seasons in which he played every game.   North have five players to have achieved this more times:

8 Seasons – Norm Pash and Ernest Johns

7 Seasons – John Earl, Alex Ewers and Ken Farmer

Mixed Up Guernseys

During Paul’s career players were not as cemented in a Guernsey number as players in recent decades.   This is highlighted by the various jumper numbers Paul wore during his career, namely No. 9 (18 games), 12 (20), 15 (58), 20 (1) and 23 (17).

The photo (from The Advertiser in March, 1949) includes newly appointed coach Ken Farmer and Paul Kennett (right) prior to his second season (apologies for quality)

David O’Hara

History Committee

July 08, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces Round 13 Season 1960
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What makes a great coach?  They certainly need to have a solid game plan; an ability to know both their own as well as the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses; to ensure the players reach a level of skill and fitness to meet his coaching demands; and more than anything else he needs to have that undeniable requirement to motivate his players to play at their absolute best.   And in 1960 North found a pearler!

Jack McCarthy wasn’t the name North supporter’s had in mind after Peter Koerner and the club parted ways following poor 1958 and 1959 seasons and the club were looking for a new coach.   For one reason, McCarthy had only coached two seasons at league level – Port Adelaide’s League in 1949 (finishing 6th) and their Seconds in 1959 (finishing premiers) and they were surrounded by considerable years coaching junior grades.   But the North selectors saw experience, talent and coaching wisdom in the 48 year-old and he was given the position as North’s league coach.   He would also be the SANFL’s oldest coach out to the eight competing teams for season 1960.

He was known for his fine tactical knowledge, his ability to assess player moves within matches to help swing the game in his favour, and he was tough.    He was known as ‘General’ McCarthy in view of his hard (but fair) regime over the players.

North’s turnaround in form and success was immediate.   After winning eight of the first 12 matches the ‘cock-of-the-north’ were sitting second and were up against the pace-setters Port Adelaide in a top-off-the table clash at Alberton Oval.

For anyone previewing the match and referring to their recent battles they would have Port winning (again).   Port had won 19 from the previous 21 encounters, including the past five, and North were venturing to Alberton Oval, a ground they have lost in 10 of their previous 11 visits.

McCarthy was not one to let records get in his path, and he used his enthusiasm, his positive attitude and his ability to motivate his team with a wonderful pre-game address which was highlighted by a simple statement -game which meant so much:

“This is only a patch of land with grass on it, so go out there and own it.”

This statement, if addressed by someone with less respect and lacking inspirational voice and presence may be treated as a flippant comment, but McCarthy’s optimistic perspective in reminding the players not to be intimidated wherever they were playing created an air of reassurance and self-belief that, all jokes aside, flowed through the player’s veins.

And so the Roosters ran onto the ground with McCarthy’s stimulating pre-game speech echoing in their thoughts – and what an effect it had!   North burst out of the blocks and dominated the first term, kicking four goals to one and led by 19 points at the first break.  In fairness North’s quarter was with a slight breeze, but any lead against the mighty Ports was beneficial early in a game.   Port, as any good side would do, fought back and got to within less than a goal at the main break, and after North again broke clear on the scoreboard in the dominant third term to lead by 38 points at the last change North, yet McCarthy knew Port will sail home with the increasing breeze behind them.

And then the master tactician made a decision that would win him the match.

Today it would be a natural and regular move, but in 1960 McCarthy clearly had tactical traits before his time.   He used ‘Hank’ Lindner, initially playing back pocket but also acting as second ruck, to remain in defence when rucking to help counter the Port forward assaults.   And he was brilliant in thwarting the attacks, with his strong, towering intercept marks and physical strength, while his ability to read the play at a high level belied his 30 games.   The defence were inexperienced with only the great Don Gilbourne’s 150 games shadowing the rest, including Malcolm Montgomery and future champion Bob Hammond playing their first seasons, recording less than 50 games each.

The result: While North only registered a point they held the Magpies to 2.4 for the quarter to give the fearless Roosters a 22-point victory.

‘Hank’ – younger brother of Don – gave such a brilliant performance he was awarded The Advertiser ‘Footballer of the Week.’

The Advertiser emphasised some of the North’s performance:

“North’s win proved that it has the physical and tactical equipment to win a premiership.  It outplayed and out-thought Port in the second half and was much more resourceful in overcoming deficiencies in attack.”

“The tactical highlight … were the magnificent defensive ruck play of ‘Hank’ Lindner and the self-sacrificing efforts of… Alan Cheek and … Bob Hammond.  In the back pocket almost all of the time Port kicked with the wind… and sculling around centre when North had the breeze in the third quarter, Lindner marked everything within reach.”

The match gave the players the bolt of confidence that substantiated North’s new-found talent and advocated their position at the pointy end of the premiership table.   They only lost one further game (a six-point loss to Norwood) on their successful quest to the 1960 Grand Final and the taste of premiership success.   After the Ken Farmer-coached 1952 premiership glory the 1950s provided little for North Adelaide Football Club to celebrate, but ‘General’ McCarthy ensured that North rode high once again.


‘Hank’ Lindner in 1961 taking one of his trademark strong grabs.   Don Gilbourne is sitting waiting for the drop ball that didn’t come.

Match Details:

North               4.5       7.6       12.10   12.11  (83)

Port                  1.4       6.9       6.9       8.13    (61)

Oval:    Alberton Oval                          Crowd:            11,500

Best Players: T. Lindner, Thomas, Barbary, Gilbourne, Bubner, Trenorden

Scorers: Pascoe 3.2, Thomas 2.2, Hewett 2.1, Hughes 2.1, D. Lindner 1.1, Bubner 1.0, Trenorden 1.0, Sheppard 0.1, Whitford 0.1, T. Lindner 0.1, Barbary 0.1

The Team:

Forwards: Peter Sheppard, Bob Pascoe, Alwin Faggotter

H-Forwards:Michael Whitford, Don Lindner, Trevor Hughes

Centre:Barrie Barbary, Ray Trenorden, Ron Hewett

H-Backs: Brian Gambling, Alan Cheek, Malcolm Montgomery

Backs:Don Gilbourne, Bob Hammond, Theo ‘Hank’ Lindner

1st Ruck:John Bubner, Barry Kent, Billy Thomas

Reserve:Michael Codd, Ray Carroll


Jack McCarthy celebrating after winning the 1960 Grand Final

David O’Hara

History Committee

July 07, 2015 - Indigenous Round
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This week, the SANFL celebrates Indigenous Round, acknowledging the contribution made by Indigenous people to South Australian football.
To engage the community in the design aspect of our guernsey, we ran a competition with the senior school students at Black Friars Priory School to come up with the best Guernsey design which met the agreed criteria. With over thirty high quality entries, the winners cheque for $200 was awarded to Brayden Nicol at a recent school assembly by our Football Development Manager, Neil Sanders. When we take on the Panthers this Sunday at Hickinbotham Oval, our League team will be proudly wearing Brayden’s design.

Marlon Motlop is looking forward to wearing the guersney. “I’m proud to be in a position to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the vehicle of playing football, and I really love this Guernsey design’’ Motlop said.
The Jumpers will be Auctioned off after the game.

Current Senior Level Indigenous Players at North Adelaide:
Keiran Agius
Joe Anderson
Michael Clinch
Kym Edwards
Marlon Motlop
Brandan Parfitt
Brendon Jackson
Kyall Jackson
Jay Shannon
Keiren Smith
Derick Wanganeen



Brandan Parfitt recently represented the Northern Territory at the National Under 18 Championships. Brandan, who joined North Adelaide at the start of the 2015 season from Darwin, was rewarded for his exceptional performances by being named the MVP of the Northern Territory for the Championships. He received further recognition by being named in the All Australian side which was selected from all the teams that competed.
We would like to congratulate Brandan on this elite achievement and we look forward to watching his exciting talents for the rest of the season with the Roosters.


July 07, 2015 - Footy School
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Footy School is over for another year.  We had a fantastic turn out at prospect Oval over the past two days with over 80 participants this term alone.

Special thanks to our coaches: 

Mitch Clisby
Cameron Craig
James Craig
Sam Wundke
Alex Spina
Nick Dinham
Derick Wanganeen
Ryan Burton 
Liam Jacka 
Alex Barns 

Looking good in their red and white!

July 02, 2015 - Under 18 State Representatives
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The North Adelaide Football Club would like to congratulate all players that represented themselves and our club during the National U18 State Championships: Stephen Tahana, Will Combe, Maris Olekalns, Oleg Markov, Mark Quinn, Jack Graham and Keiran Agius.

Yesterday SA played their final game, but were unlucky as Vic Metro kicked the winner with 20 seconds to go.  Some of our boys played vital parts in the game with Tahana and Combe being named in the best.

“North Adelaide defender Stephen Tahana was creative off half-back, capping another promising performance with a nice goal on the run from 40m in the third term.  And while a snap shot goal to Maris Olekalns in the 18th minute of the final term put the visitors back in front, SA's arch-rival found the answer when it mattered most on the goal-line.”

For those unaware Brandan Parfitt was playing in the Northern Territory U18 side, after some stand out performances, he was named MVP for the NT throughout the carnival, so we would like to congratulate Brandan.  Brandan was playing as an underage player and still has a year left, so we look forward to seeing him develop and play next year.  Brandan was also fortunate to play a game last year as a 16 year old, a promising future for this young man.

We look forward to seeing our State Players return, they have represented themselves extremely well throughout the carnival and wish them luck come the draft.

SCOREBOARD

Victoria Metro  0.1  1.4  5.5  10.6 (66)
South Australia  3.6  4.9  6.10  8.13 (61)

BEST - Victoria Metro: Gresham, Galluci, Balic, Moore, Smith, Silvagni.
South Australia: Partington, Parella, Milera, Tahana, Combe.

GOALS -
Victoria Metro: Crocker, Kerbatieh 3, Gresham, Batty, Gallucci, Moore.
South Australia: Ladhams 2, Scharenberg, Snelling, Brind, Tahana, Redman, Olekalns.

At Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

SA MVP - Will Snelling (West Adelaide)

June 30, 2015 - Blast from the Past Round 12
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Diesel Perkins doing what he did best – clearing North’s defence with defiance

Full Name:     Timothy Roy Perkins

Date of Birth: 2 August 1969

Nickname: Diesel

Seasons Played: 1990-1996

Games Played: 120            Goals Kicked: 23

Position Played: Defender

Jumper Number: 41 (1990), 15 (1991-96)

Magarey Medal Votes: 25

Achievements/ Awards:

Premiership Player: 1991

Grand Finals: 1991

League Captain: (3) 1994-96

League Vice-Captain: 1993

League Best & Fairest: (2) 1992 (tie), 1995 (tie)

Third Best Player: 1993

Major Sponsor’s Trophy: 1995 (tie)

Arthur Roberts Memorial Trophy: 1990

Martin Family Trophy: 1994

Clipsal Trophy: 1992

Service Award:  1990

Finals Games: 9 games, 2 goals

State Matches: 1 game

Media Awards:

The Advertiser Team of the Year: 1991-92, 1995

Football Plus/ ABC Team of the Year: 1995

During the 1990’s there was no player at North Adelaide that was admired by supporters more than Timothy Perkins for his tough, aggressive, die-by-the-sword kamikaze, fearless yet highly talented football.   During his seven seasons he experienced the highs and lows face on, never once dodged or avoided a hard hit, never once afraid to show his support in a fierce battle, and the supporters went along for the ride.

Perkins arrived in 1990 when North Adelaide were still smarting from their disastrous 1989 Grand Final performance, and became an icon of his era as he quickly, and clearly,  become a strong leader and man amongst men.    Coming from Queensland Tim played seven Reserves games to start the season and finally got his league opportunity in Round Eight.   Despite the shocking 60-point drubbing against Glenelg he showed enough for the selectors to continue with him.  In fact he played every game onwards for the season, culminating in a disappointing Preliminary Final thumping by Port Adelaide.   Initially starting as a half-forward, he was first named on the half-back flank in the Round 14’s 135-point defeat over West – and he found is on-ground home.  

Perkins experienced the highest football euphoria in his second season, when his football took a great leap forward and he became a significant piece of the 1991 premiership puzzle.   His form was building throughout the season, receiving his first Magarey Medal vote in Round 21 against West before producing a memorable finals series.    He was part of a “miserly” defence which included Steve Riley, Rod Saunders and imports Steven Barratt and Bradley Ryan, and in the Quarter Final against Eagles showed the rest of the SANFL what North supporters had seen all season:

“Half-back flanker Tim Perkins, clearly the outstanding player on the ground, had a host of willing, daring allies on which to rely” – from The Advertiser

A few weeks later Perkins was playing in his first Grand Final and was brilliant and daring as he exploded from his half-back line, relentlessly denying West Adelaide access into our defensive 50, and was so attacking he produced the goal of the game as he streamed through the centre during the last term to place a nail in the West Adelaide coffin.    Darel Hart was award the Jack Oatey medallist for his seven-goal performance, yet many North fans would not have been surprised or disappointed if ‘Diesel’ went to the dais to collect the medal.

His solid season earned him a position in The Advertiser’s Team of the Year, although surprisingly he did not receive any club trophies.

The lack of recognition through the club’s trophy presentation in 1991 was squashed in 1992, when – in another respected and great season – he was the recipient of the first of his two Best and Fairest honours when he equalled the award with captain Kim Klomp, as well as earning a consecutive position in The Advertiser’s Team of the Year.   An example of his style and performance was revealed by The SANFL Football Budget after his Round 18, three Magarey Medal voting effort against Norwood when they wrote:

“North Adelaide centre half-back Tim Perkins has tamed most opponents because he has the knack of sticking close and mostly keeping in front.  He takes strong marks, bumps hard, reads the play cleverly and drives the ball well into attack.  These facets were evident at Norwood... when he was close to best afield.”

His first milestone match, his 50th game, was in Round 20 in a high scoring win against South.

Perkins’ aggressive and tough football occasionally blinded his brilliant skills and football brain, as his reading of the play further up the field led to his ability to restrict his opponent whilst still playing an offensive role from the backlines.   His performances caught the eyes of the AFL Kangaroos selectors, who drafted him at Number Four in the mid-season draft.   Perkins knocked back the opportunity to continue his alliance with the Roosters.

It wasn’t surprising that Perkins joined the leadership group in 1993 when he was named Vice-captain behind old-timer/ new-captain Mick Redden, although he had been showing leadership without a badge in previous years.  

Like any brilliant performer Perkins continued to play great football and dominate the half-back line, despite the club struggling for the first time since his arrival.   1993 saw North start their rebuild after many significant successful players had retired or moved on, but Tim stepping up to the plate for the team was simply the norm.

During the season Perkins’ performances earned him his one and only State match, in South Australia’s loss at the WACA.   First year Captain Darel Hart saw Perkins’ significant role in the Roosters team, stating him as “an inspiration.”   Perkins’ came third in the Best and Fairest to certify his consistency, and his 114 marks (1st), 314 kicks (2nd), 195 handballs (2nd) and 509 disposals (2nd) signalled his ability to find the footy.

His continued sterling form again caught the AFL eye and was selected by Adelaide at the 1993 mid-season draft at pick number four.   Again, Perkins decided to remain at North Adelaide and never pursued an AFL career.

The last few years were a struggle for the club, who floated around the middle of the pack without dominating nor struggling against all opponents, reaching the finals in 1995 to finish 4th.   Perkins, however, was only embracing the expectations placed upon him, and was named captain for season 1994 after Redden’s retirement.   Niggling injuries kept him to 15 games (out of a possible 22) yet his first season as captain was consistent without any outstanding brilliance - although after Round 22’s victory over South The Advertiser commented on Perkins steady performance:  

“Captain Tim Perkins has excelled at centre half-back, both physically and verbally.”

1995 quelled any thought he was losing his touch as his leadership, rebounding brilliance and “lead-by-example” performances carried the club into the finals series.   In fact the season turned out one of Perkins most rewarding ones personally, notching up his second Best and Fairest victory (tied with Tim Nunan), The Advertiser’s Team of the Year for the third time, as well as finding a position in Football Plus/ ABC Team of the Year.  He also recorded his 100th game for North in a two-vote Magarey Medal match against West in Round 14.   Once again the media were keen to record Perkins admirable performances through the season:

“North's defence eventually became the launching pad for most of its attacks.  Captain Tim Perkins and former Sturt skipper Jay Viney ruled across the half-back line and their tough approach gave younger team-mates further upfield, such as wingman Scott Bamford and Nigel Allan, the confidence to run in numbers" – The Advertiser;

“Had Glenelg focused on quelling North's busy half-back line, where Tim Perkins was outstanding and Jay Viney only slightly less so, and the centre square creativity of Nigel Allan, Tim Nunan and Brodie Atkinson, it might have endured.  Inevitably, it became a spectator…;”  The Advertiser;

“Port displayed all its usual character and toughness to push North to the limit, but the Roosters, led by captain Tim Perkins and electrifying rover Brett Mancini played inspired football throughout to withstand everything Port offered.  North's pace, back-up and supreme teamwork stunned Port early…" – The Advertiser.

Perkins final season, 1996, under new coach Michael Flynn, proved a mixed season with niggling injuries again hampering him to remain consistently on the field, missing five games early in the year.   Maybe due to the niggles that began to interrupt his football, but Perkins decided it was time to retire from football at the end of the season

Perkins was a player that could carry the weight of the team’s perils on his shoulders and, in the more difficult of seasons and times, would simply ask for more to jump onboard.   He was hard as nails, and many opponents felt the wrath of a bullocking Perkins charging out of defence to pump the ball directly and long into our forward zone.   His football was not full of exquisite skills with flair – more the dour and determined class of footballer - and sometimes pushed the physicality line, but he was the player you dearly loved on your side.  He was a breath of fresh air for the supporters and players, and was incredibly consistent in his football.   There was no doubting that his nick-name “diesel” summed his on-field attitude.

Miscellaneous Records

Jumper Records

No. 15: 104 games - 2nd most games played in No. 15 (30 behind Alan Howard)

No. 41: 16 games - 2nd most games played in No. 41 (four behind Nick Kurzel)

Individual Stats

18 marks in a match – Round 7, 1992 (equal second most in a match)

28 handballs in a match – Round 23, 1993 (highest in North’s recorded history)


‘Diesel’ clearing defence with backup from North’s Ben Armstrong, Scott Hodges and Brenton Phillips in Round 16, 1996

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 30, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces Round 12 Season 1940 (Saturday 6 July)
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A look back at a memorable match from each round

Round 12

Season 1940 (Saturday 6 July)


Ken Farmer taking one of his contested marks during his remarkable 23-goal afternoon

When you read a football score and a team kicks twenty or more goals you would presume the team has completed a comfortable victory with various players enjoying slotting away a goal or two and perhaps one player enjoying a ‘day out’ and kicking a nice handful of goals.   But in 1940 Ken Farmer – the ‘Bradman of Goalkickers’ – and one that had experienced many ‘day outs’ in front to goals – had a day that would be talked about across the nation, and continues to be referred to 75 years later.  

Farmer was simply unique.   By Round 12, 1940 he had already kicked over 1,000 goals and more than 100 goals over his 10 season’s journey.    For supporters, players, clubman and the average Joe footy fan it is simply hard to fathom how a player can consistently kick goal after goal, match after match, over such a long career.   On his retirement after the 1941 season he had played 224 games (North record at the time) over 13 seasons and finished with an average of 6.33 per game which overshadows AFL greats Tony Lockett (4.8), Jason Dunstall (4.6), Gordon Conventry (4.2), and Doug Wade (4.0).

But to outdo his own high goalkicking achievements in his later years – and by a lengthy margin – when he kicked an astonishing 23 goals in a match is simply mind-blowing.   Whilst the team defence seen in SANFL/AFL games these days were not around in that era, neither were the slick ball movement directed to forwards seen in recent few decades, and Farmer had defenders with more leeway to scrag and hold than they do nowadays.  Farmer was not overly tall either, standing at 180cm (5’11” in the old days) but just had natural ability and a determination to succeed in every contest.   Also North’s playing list in many of his seasons were not strong (North played only five finals series in his 13 seasons).

But Farmer’s career is for another time.   Of all his goalkicking feats nothing comes past his performance in Round 12, 1940, in a match that was of little substance except that both teams were middle of the road fighting for pride.   North had lost their previous two and having a disappointing season.   Farmer, as usual, was continuing to kick regular bags of goals however, surprisingly for Farmer’s standard, had only kicked a double figure tally once for the season in Round Seven.  

The game itself was a non-event by half time.   After a sloppy first quarter where neither side made any significant impact it was North who edged out to a six-goal lead by half time, and Farmer kicking nine out of the club’s 10 goals.   The News did witness North’s better style when they noted:

“Fast to the ball, the northerners passed accurately, and gave their opponents an object lesson in open play.”

The advantage of a goalkicker with Farmer’s ability provides his team a clear direction and North used it to great effect.   The Advertiser’s report of the match highlighted this strategy:

With Farmer cleverly making position to receive the ball or outmarking two and sometimes more opponents in straight-out competition in the air, North Adelaide had a definite objective, and this had a remarkable uplifting influence on its general play.  Instead of attacking about uncertainly and running round in aimless circles, as did West Torrens, it went confidently to the ball, picked it up cleanly and dispatched it Farmer-wards with the minimum of hesitation.”

As the margin continued to grow, so did Farmer’s personal quota to the point that the match, and margin, were insignificant behind Farmer’s heroics.   Farmer’s goals were initially earned with brilliance but his teammates also saw the opportunity that was ahead of their great forward which The Advertiser’s report continued with:

For the first three quarters Farmer earned all his 14 goals.  In the last quarter, with West Torrens trailing by 10 goals behind and playing with the shamefaced spirit of a team 30 goals in arrears, North Adelaide, after playing good football to get the ball forward, had eyes only for its champion goalkicker.  Nevertheless, Farmer’s consummate skill prevented the match from becoming ridiculous as a spectacle.”

Coming into the last term and with 14 goals, the chance of recording a new personal record was certainly in the firing line.   Prior to the match Farmer’s best feats were 16 goals – once in 1933 and again in 1935.   That record was quickly snapped up early in the final term.  In fact the historical moment was not forgotten by the crowd and caused a skirmish in the crowd (which proved as much interest in various media papers):

“When Ken Farmer kicked his 17th goal for the match… the ball landed in the crowd on the mound.  There was a vigorous scuffle for the ball with which the forward had beaten his own record.  A man, who prematurely considered himself the luckiest man on the ground, gained possession and, ball under arm, began a determined dash for the nearest exit.  For few beatific seconds he knew the thrill of possession of the successful souvenir hunter.  Then a Rugby-like tackle by an equally determined Farmer fan brought him crashing to earth.  The treasure forgotten in the surge of ire which followed, tackled and tackler found vent for their feeling in a prolonged bout of fisticuffs.  Another ball was obtained by the umpire, the game continued, and the crowd, delighted by the return in entertainment for its admission fee, divided its attention between the fighting hero-worshippers on the mound and the rain of goals from Farmer’s boot in the arena” – The Advertiser

Suffice to say the ball in question was collected by a North official and subsequently mounted and presented to Farmer as a memento.

The quarter continued and North – and their spearhead – were unrelenting in their flurry of six-pointers.   At the end of the quarter the Roosters kicked 10 goals – with an amazing nine goals to Famer’s boot.

At the final whistle the result was a 105-point win to the Northerners, and Ken Farmer finished with 23.6 of the team’s 26.11 score.

Just looking at the quarter-by-quarter breakdown is still hard to comprehend how one player can achieve what he did:

Farmer and team goals per quarter

1st: 4.0 kicked all 4.2

2nd: 5.2 out of 6.4

3rd: 5.1 out of 6.1 goals

4th: 9.3 out of 10.4 goals

Total: Farmer - 23.6, The Rest of North’s team – 3.5

And one of Farmer’s behinds hit the post!

During the afternoon Ken took his goal tally for the season from 70 to 93.   Remember – we are talking about Round 12!   As an example, North’s last 100-goal forward John Roberts, had 62 after Round 12 in 1987, and Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin had 60 in 2009 when he was the last AFL player to kick 100 goals.

If not breaking a historic record was enough Farmer also notched up some other noteworthy records during the course of the afternoon, namely:

Farmer 23rd goal equalled the SAFA/ SANFL record with Anthony ‘Bos’ Daly when he kicked the same amount in a game in 1893;

His 23rd goal also broke Collingwood’s Gordon Conventry’s 1299 Australian aggregate record;

Farmer 23rd goal registered his 1300th goal;

Farmer’s 17th goal broke his previous record of 16 goals (twice)

It was hard for the media – and all within football circles – to not focus just on Ken on reflecting the match.   The Mail, however, gladly conveyed their pleasure in a first-year North player when they wrote:

“(Colin) Aamodt, at centre wing was brilliant today.  This young recruit improves with every game, and today he covered himself in glory, his pace and foot passing being a big factor in North’s success.”

Accolades near and far were sent personally and publicly to Farmer – too many to mention them all - but including:

Victoria’s Gordon Conventry – Farmer’s parallel in the VFL - who’s Australian aggregate record was broken by Farmer during the afternoon;

‘Bos’ Daly – former SANFL player who shares the 23 goals record;

The News revealed that “North champion forward is to receive a letter of congratulations from the South Australian Football League… The decision was made at the league meeting last night following a motion moved by the Torrens delegates.”

With so many message Farmer responded by saying:

“I am grateful to my friends throughout Australia for their many messages, and I hope they will realise that it would be almost impossible to reply to each of them individually.”

The match result itself took second place in state and interstate newspapers (and other tabloids) as they all found space to mention the 23-goal exploits, including The Advertiser, The Mail, The News and Chronicle (from Adelaide), The Bunypip (Gawler), Sunday Times, Mirror and The West Australian (Perth), Examiner (Launceston), The Mercury (Hobart), Barrier Miner (Broken Hill), Sunday Mail (Brisbane), Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga), Truth (Sydney) and The Argus (Melbourne) – even the Narrandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW)!

Fantasy Points

Those who love their Dream Team/ Fantasy points would certainly have Ken Farmer in their team if it was around in the 1930s.   He’d be picked by everyone playing.   Taking into account that individual statistics were not provided matches back in those dates and based purely on what we know (ie 23 goals (6 points each), 6 behinds (1 point each), and 29 kicks (3 points each) his score was already a remarkable 231.   And this doesn’t include marks, tackles, handballs, and probably a couple of frees thrown in!   It wouldn’t be surprising if his score was close or past the 300 points-score!!

Who could have predicted so much couple happen in one afternoon at Prospect Oval!


A copy of a budget from the day with Farmer’s goal tally recorded.   Photo provided by Peter Neville, whose father Robert Neville played in the match

Match Details:

North 4.2       10.6     16.7     26.11 (167)

Torrens 2.3       4.6       6.14     8.14 (62)

Oval:Prospect Oval                          Crowd: 4,700

Best Players: Farmer, Aamodt, K. West, A. Burton, Summersides, Furler, Martin

Scorers: Farmer 23.6, Summersides 1.2, Neville 1.1, A. Burton 1.0, L. Melvin 0.1, Pearce 0.1

The Team:

Forwards:Ken West, Ken Farmer, Alan Burton

H-Forwards:Robert Neville, John Reilly (debut), Frank Pearce

Centre:Colin Aamodt, Bobbie Furler, Lindsay Mills

H-Backs: Norman Virgin, Gordon Hogan, James Hogan

Backs: Lance Melvin, Owen Martin, Keith Bowden

1st Ruck:Lionel Bennetts, Ron Phillips, John Summersides

Reserve:Albert Oatway


Anyone who has witnessed viewing Ken Farmer’s astonishing “scrap-books” would have seen originals of many of the accolades and messages Farmer received.   The books are currently loaned to the State Library and are immaculate in detail and design, covering his playing and coaching career from 1929 to 1952… as well as general SANFL and Australian memorabilia and articles as well.

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 24, 2015 - Girls Football
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June 24, 2015 - Blast from the Past-Alec Ewers
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‘Duck’ Ewers in 1910

Full Name:Alexander Hearn Ewers

Date of Birth: 26 December 1877                  

Date of Death: 5 February 1934

Nickname: Duck

Seasons Played: 1898-99; 1902-1912

Games Played: 157            Goals Kicked: 1

Position Played: Defender/ Full-Back

Achievements/ Awards:

Premiership Player: (2) 1902, 1905

Grand Finals: (3) 1902, 1905-06

Service as Back Man: 1905

Consistent Play: 1906

Efficient Services: 1910

Valuable Services: 1912

Finals Games: 12 games, nil goals

State Matches: 8 games

NAFC Life Member in 1913

Defenders tend to get the raw deal.   The midfielders get the limelight for their high disposals and ability to roam around the ground to constantly fall under the umpire’s eye when votes are determined.    Up the other end of the ground the forwards are basked in glory for their goalkicking exploits and factored in various club records.   And then there’s the backman.   They are hardly recognised despite the important role in limiting their opponents scoring opportunities without fanfare or accolades.   Everyone knows North proudly had the best full back in SANFL history in Ian McKay, but before he was a twinkle in his father’s eye North had another defender-come-full back who was arguably the best in the business during his era.   And he went by a nick-name of ‘Duck.’

Alex (or Alec) Ewers was a striking man who held a tall physique and whilst not solid in frame, was still strong to match it with the best forwards around the late 1890s and early 1900s.   His brother, Fred, had already been a household name for North supporters and even led the club’s goalkicking for two seasons in his 43-known games (not all team lists wre provided in his time), while another brother,  Christian, was also playing floating around the football club.

Ewers played his first game in the opening match of the 1898 season at a time North Adelaide were still treated as a second tier club, with limited press promotion and a team still working to establish itself against the mighty clubs of Port, South and Norwood.   However without the benefit of thorough match reports (newspapers or club records) the fact he played his first 11 matches consecutively entertained the though he settled into league football very well.

North won six games in 1898, however dropped to bottom in 1899 with only one win for the season.   As a defender Ewers would have been at the busiest end of the ground in most matches, but was holding his own in his new role of full-back.   A unique event occurred in Round Two when Alex and Christian, both who played in the opening game, were joined by their brother Fred to play against West Adelaide at Jubilee Oval.   It was the first time North had the pleasure of three brothers representing North the one game.   This quirky record would only happen to North with three other sets of brothers over the next 130-odd years: Bernard, Tom and Vincent Leahy in 1910; Dennis, Neil and John Sachse in 1974 and Barry, Wayne and Alan Stringer in 1981.

A personal milestone happened in Round Four (Ewers’ 15th game) when he kicked a goal.   Yes it doesn’t sound like much, but it will when I refer to this later.

Little is found as to why Ewers missed the end of 1899 and the whole of 1900 and 1901 when the club, with the electoral system in place (this was the commencing of club zoning), commenced its first golden era.   Before his break the club were struggling at the bottom of the table, and he returned to a club with its first premiership on display in the clubrooms and a dominant team.  

Whatever the reason was it didn’t affect Ewers on his return, as he settled back into his reliable, consistent and miserly role at full back.   He had football “royalty” to make his job easier, with the class of Norm Claxton, John Rees, Norm Pash and captain John Reedman in the side.   The reward was instantaneous as the club went on to win their second flag.

Over the next few seasons Ewers’ impact on the SANFL grew to become a respected and leading backman in the competition.   Despite the role of goalkeeper (the term used in those days for full-backs) he was regularly listed in the best player’s lists.   Whilst North - as a club and the matches they played - received more print space individual recognition was not featured as part of the write-up (in those days match articles were merely a play by play guide of each play during the game).  If personal recognition was featured it was the “stars” of the game or a dominant forward – certainly not the comprehendible and non-nonsense full back.

Ewers reached his 50th game in 1904 and then in 1905 had one of his memorable seasons.   Not only did he enjoy the riches of the club’s third premiership victory but also he experienced his first taste of state representation when he played in the state’s two interstate matches for the season in his recognised full-back role.

North’s club trophies were not clear in Ewers earlier seasons, with the Best and Fairest the only player mentioned in some seasons.   However with the trophy winners finally published through media it wasn’t surprising to see Ewers collect his share.  In his meteoric 1905 season he also collected North’s trophy for “Service as Back Man” – nowadays would be known as Defender of the Year.

One newspaper, Quiz, saw the interest in highlighting the players within the matches and in 1905 made reference on Ewers efforts:

“‘Duck’ Ewers put another excellent performance, and his readiness to adapt himself to all emergencies was shown to marked advantage” – Round Seven

In 1906 North again produced quality football but finished second to another strong team in Port.   Despite the loss of the premiership flag match, ‘Duck’ still played his role in fine fashion ending another unfailing season to collect North’s Consistent Play trophy.   His confidence in holding the fort at full-back saw him refrain from simply punching the ball away from the full-forwards but turning defence into attack by running the ball out of the backlines,   Not surprisingly he was again featured throughout the season in the Quiz player recaps”

“‘Duck’ Ewers was just as good as he always is.  As a back man he is almost invincible” – Round 5

“‘Duck’ Ewers also kept up his reputation as a defender” – Round 8;

“‘Duck’ Ewers also deserves praise as  a great defender” – Round 11;

 “Ewers in the defence department for Norths was a host in himself – safe and sure always” – Round 12;

“Ewers (in goal) defended in his usual praiseworthy style” – Round 14;

“‘Duck’ Ewers made a remarkably clever back man, and brought forth rounds of applause by his clever play” – 2nd Semi Final;

 “‘Duck’ Ewers turned the Ports back times out of number, and was awfully consistent back” – Final

It is worth pointing out that where the nick-name ‘duck’ came from is anyone’s guess.   This is not referenced anywhere – it just suddenly appeared to become a nick-name always mentioned when regarding him.

Ewers formed a strong backline in their quest for the 1906 flag, as The Register stated in their End of Season Review:

T. McKenzie (sic), Ewers, and H. Pash formed an almost impregnable half-back.”

The great heights North adorned during the first years of the 1900s had slowly waned by 1907.  While there was still talent within the team the ability was not as deep and new bunch of youngsters were finding their feet.   Ewers was now the most prominent backman and his reputation and respect had grown with it.   His football was still receiving plaudits inside and out of the club as he beat his opponents with regularity and talent.   Even his praise was gaining in their respect:

“‘Duck’ Ewers, of the North Adelaide Club, took the fancy of the large crowd at Adelaide Oval last Monday.  His dashing defence and great runs were the theme of admiration;”

“Ewers brought down the house repeatedly.  He never made one mistake in his defence.  I doubt if there is a more solid man to save his goal than this consistent back man” – both in Round 5;

“Ewers repelled hot attacks on his citadel particularly well, and generally speaking his kicking off was worthy of special mention;”

“‘Duck’ Ewers played a back game good enough for a king to see; he always does” – both in Round 8.

In 1908 Ewers continued his stellar career and not surprisingly was selected to represent South Australia for the Interstate Carnival held in Melbourne.  His judgement and reading of the play was noted, and as the Quiz reported, “‘Duck’  Ewers was just the man in goal, his kicking against the wind was simply immense.”   In the same season Ewers reached his 100th match for North in their 61-point thumping of Sturt.

Over his final seasons Ewers was not slowing down and collected club awards for Efficient Service (1910) and Valuable Services (1912).   In Round six, 1912, Ewers became only the 4th North player to play 150 games for the club.

1912 was to be his 13th and final season as his career hit a hurdle when he fell ill in 1913 which confined him house-bound for some weeks.   North Adelaide were quick to recognise his service to the club.   As stated in the 1912 NAFC Annual Report:

“In recognition of long and faithful service rendered to the Club by Mr. Ewers, your Committee has conferred upon him the highest honour at its disposal, viz:- the Life Membership of the Club.”

Records

Playing in the backlines does not allow you to feature in many records, but Ewers did:

Ewers 157 games ranks him 38th on North’s all-time Games Record list;

Ewers consistency to remain dependable in his game, avoid being reported and generally remain injury-free is highlighted by his ability to have played every match of the season for seven out of 13 seasons.   This is equal second to Norm Pash and Ernest Johns who each had eight seasons playing every match;

Remember Ewers kicking a goal back in 1898?   This was worth noting as Ewers holds the club record of the most games played with only one goal kicked.   The current runner-up in this list is George Carter with 66 games – 91 games behind ‘Duck’;

Together the three Ewers brothers: Alec, Christian and Fred played 201 games for North.  These games could quite easily be more as Fred in particular played in an era that team lists wre not published and minimal names were mentioned in match reports.  Even so, they are one of only 17 families that have recorded 200 or more games for North.

After retirement the club would often see him at games supporting the new genre of North players.    Ewers passed away in 1934 after a brief illness at the (still) young age of 56.

His sporting success was not surprising as not only did his two brothers represent North at League level but he, his brothers and other sibling were successful in many sporting fields with Alec Ewers himself also regarded as a very good baseballer and fast sprinter.

‘Duck’ will not be remembered by many outside the club, but internally his career, success, and blood, sweat and tears over 150 games and 13 seasons will be forever appreciated by the club.


Ewers (right) with North captain John Reedman in 1909

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 23, 2015 - Presidents Group Luncheon 27.6.15
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June 23, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces- Round 11 Season 1983
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Rooster Reminisces
A look back at a memorable match from each round

Round 11

Season 1983 (Saturday 11 June)

“Hail the New North Hero!”

That was the title of the South Australian Sunday Mail the day after North Adelaide’s Grenville Dietrich unleashed an incredible goalkicking display to lead his side to an inspired victory.

1983 saw the foundations laid by coach Mike Nunan over the previous couple of years begin to flourish.   The young, highly-skilled and team-focussed kids were about to unleash a start of a memorable era, and this match was one game that helped offer optimism that what they were working on can succeed.

North had played Central in Round Two and were humiliated by such a margin (83 points) that encouraged coach Mike Nunan to place his players through training drills at three-quarter time.   By the time the two teams clashed again in Round 11 North had lost the past four matches and were sitting 6th yet still striving for a finals position that they have not seen for years, while Central were 7th with the same amount of wins and fighting for the same finals spot.

The Saturday afternoon was perfect for football at the spacious Elizabeth Oval with Central the early pacesetters kicking the first five goals of the match before North – and full forward Grenville Dietrich – got going with the livewire forward kicking three goals in a five-minute burst to close the margin at quarter time.    Central slowly stretched the lead during the second quarter to create a nice lead.   In fact North had as much of the play as the Bulldogs and had it been more accurate in front of goals would have possibly led at the main break.   The second quarter continued as a tight tussle in an openly played match.   The third quarter commenced and North seized on the challenge before them.   Michael Redden was dominating the ruck as well as being influential across the ground while ball magnets David Tiller and captain John Riley were dynamic through the midfield.   North’s offensive-style would prove fruitful as they booted six goals to three to hit the lead at the last change by a solitary point.   During the quarter the mercurial Dietrich continued his goal frenzy, collecting three goals for the quarter and eight for the match.   His marking was high and strong, leads were fast and his shots for goal precise.    Playing a remarkable and dominating game, Grenville had kicked eight of North’s 12 goals – similar to the way older supporters may have recalled when the great Ken Farmer dominated Roosters goal tallies 50 years earlier.

The last quarter was set for a brilliant and fierce contest with a lot on the line to play for and it lived up to the expectations.   Central hit the lead with a couple of early goals but then Grenville exploded again, taking freakish marks and kicking with deadly accuracy, and with four goals for the quarter resulted in his team taking the lead.   Riding on the wave of confidence that filtered through the team North ran away with a 20-point victory and a win to keep them biting at the heels of those inside the “Top Five.”   In fact the 18.16 (124) remains North’s highest score kicked at the oval.

Any of the 4,600 crowd could only applaud at the performance of Dietrich on the day.   At the conclusion of the game his personal scoring contribution was 12.3 – the most by any player (friend or foe) at Elizabeth Oval at that time and his third of nine occasions he would kick a bag of 10 or more.   His 12 goals came from 16 kicks and an amazing 15 marks… and no handballs.  Coach Mike Nunan, not one to over-praise his players stated “He became a leader today.”   An ironic twist would surface in later years when Dietrich himself declared that his remarkable day out was even more extraordinary as he had spent the previous night – and up until 4am – “socialising” with a Central selector!

It was Dietrich’s day, and you know you are having a good day when everything is going your way.   According from the man himself when he recalled, “I kicked one from the pocket and kicked the ground at the same time and went straight under Steven Boehme's armpit, then the (Channel Seven) camera showed Mick (Nunan) on the sidelines shakin' his head.......it was hilarious.”  But his tally was also due to some brilliant footballers up the field who gave him textbook delivery with their meticulous and lethal skills.   John Riley, the club centreman and captain, played the pivot role with poise and calmness North supporters regularly saw from him as he collected 16 kicks and 12 handballs to bring so many teammates into the game.   The Advertiser could not hold back in highlighting his game when they wrote “… one had to admire the control and cool football brain of captain John Riley at centre and all points beyond.”   David Tiller, his vice-captain, collected 24 kicks in a 28-disposal match with his left-foot slicing through the Central defence to find the leading forwards regularly, while the astonishing Mike Redden was the catalyst in the centre square with the amazing ruckman stats of 11 kicks, 10 marks, 10 handballs and 46 hit outs.  

The Sunday Mail continued their rapture of the North players and their victory:”

“The win was essential for North Adelaide’s finals’ chances this season and the Rooster players all attacked the ball with vigor which showed they knew how important the points were.”

“Apart from the heroics of the new, slim-line Dietrich, North’s 20-point win… was in no small way due to the bit efforts of Mick Redden and David Tiller.  Redden gave another of his superb solo rucking performances, grabbing 10 telling marks and gaining 46 hit-outs.  Follower Tiller played another tireless running game, setting up countless opportunities with his long, raking left-foot kicks.

The frenzy of goals by Grenville were the start of a three-week purple patch as he kicked nine and eight in the following two weeks to guide the team to victories – and a spot in the top five was accomplished.

Match Details:

North:3.6       6.8       12.13   18.16 (124)

Central :5.1       10.3     13.6     16.8 (104)

Oval: Elizabeth Oval   Crowd: 4,657

Best Players: Dietrich, Tiller, Redden, J. Riley, Antrobus, Campbell, Sanders

Scorers: Dietrich 12.3, Antrobus 2.2, J. Riley 1.0, Sanders 1.0, Campbell 1.0, Phillips 1.0, Gehling 0.3, McAdam 0.1, Tiller 0.1, Bennett 0.1, Mason 0.1, rushed 0.4

The Team:

Forwards:Peter Bennett, Grenville Dietrich, Tony Antrobus

H-Forwards:David Sanders, Matthew Campbell, Jamie Mason (debut)

Centre:Russell Gehling, John Riley, Brenton Phillips

H-Backs: Michael Armfield, Steven Hay, Malcolm Ellis

Backs:Stephen Molloy, Trevor Clisby, Stephen Riley

1st Ruck:Michael Redden, David Tiller, Greg McAdam

Reserves:David Wildy, Paul Zoontjens

One of Grenville’s 15 grabs during his day-out

** Have you got any photos (not paper cuttings) of players or matches or past matches?   The Club is always looking at continually increasing their visual memorabilia – in particular photos or match videos.   If you have any you would like to donate (or possibly allow the club to obtain a copy of it) we would be very interested.   You can contact David O’Hara (0403 012 646) or Barry Dolman (0422 001 853)

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 23, 2015 - Brothers In Arms –Three Roosters Brothers Representing North
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Brothers In Arms – Three Roosters Brothers Representing North

Sam Wundke joins a unique yet small group of three brothers to represent the club at league level.

Sam has followed in the footsteps of older brothers Michael (played season 2007, 2010) and James (2010) and together will be only the 7th set of three brothers to play for North.

The previous "threesomes" are:

EwersAlec (1898-99; 1902-1912), Christian (1899, 1901) and Fred (1893-1897, 1899-1903);

LeahyBernard (1910-13, 1915), Tom (1910-15, 1919-21) and Vincent (1910-11, 1919);

HawkeAlbert EG (1928-29), Harold (1927-28, 1930-34, 1936-37, 1939-40), and Hedley (1934, 1937, 1939, 1945);

SachseDennis (1967-68, 1970, 1972-75), John (1974, 1976, 1978) and Neil (1970-74);

StringerAlan (1981-82), Barry (1971-81) and Wayne (1975-82); and

HollandBen (1995), Luke (1996, 2000-01) and Nick (1992).

From the list above only Ewers, Leahy, Sachse and Stringer had the distinction to play together in at least one match for North.

Dave O’Hara
History Committee


June 22, 2015 - Match Report (vs Centrals 20 June)
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Dear Fellow Roosters,

Let's be absolutely honest!!

What we as a club displayed on Saturday was totally unacceptable and embarrassing. I could try hiding behind the injuries we suffered early in the game which meant we had no bench halfway through the second quarter, but that would just be a copout.

I could remind you all of the large number of injuries and first choice players still unavailable, but again, another copout.

As a team and as a club we must take ownership of such a performance.

I would like to discuss one Statistic with you, Tackles.

When a side has 155 more possessions than you and as a team we lay only 27 tackles, it is totally unacceptable and again, an embarrassment. In fact at any level of football let alone SANFL, it would be unacceptable.

We had 13 players who had one tackle or less and with efforts like that there will be consequences at the selection table, but obviously we can't make 13 changes in one week.

What we will be doing is continually rotating players through until we find those who are willing to show that competitive desire and will to win required to be a league footballer at North Adelaide.

We simply can't afford to select players on potential or past performances. The time is now for our playing group, and all that matters are the actions we as a coaching group see on the training track and on the field on game day.  There are no places to hide.

I look forward to seeing you this week at Prospect to see which players stand up.

Michael Handby

June 19, 2015 - Letter to Supporters
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Dear fellow Roosters,

First of all I would like to acknowledge the responsibility I feel to all of you whilst coaching the team for the remainder of the year.

The North Adelaide Football Club is one I have come to love over my years here. From being thrown an SANFL Lifeline as a player to then retiring and being asked by then senior coach Josh Francou to join him as an assistant. 

During this time I have learned so much about the club and coaching but three key points really stick out to me.  These three points are what I believe make North Adelaide special:

1.We are a strong benchmark club in the SANFL off the field, and we have among the best facilities and resources in the league made available to our football program. 

2.Without doubt we have the most committed supporters in the SANFL. Whether it be those of you in the grandstand, the outer wing, the cricket club or those who every home game congregate at the southern end, your loyalty and passion is to be admired

3.North Adelaide has its own brand of football and when we are true to the North Adelaide brand of football more often than not we win more games than we lose.

I can't promise you specific results on how many games we may win or lose for the remainder of the season, however what I can promise you is that over the coming weeks you will see changes in the way we play and those players who show the will and desire to win will be rewarded at selection.

Finally, I invite all of you to join me and the rest of the coaches back in the clubrooms for a drink after our home games. I encourage you to come and speak to me and the other coaches and share your thoughts on the game of football in general.

Michael Handby

June 18, 2015 - Patrick of Coonawarra Wine Tasting
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June 17, 2015 - Gala Dinner
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Our 2015 Gala Dinner and Auction Night was held on Saturday June 13th at The National Wine Centre. 

Once again, the night was a huge success in fundraising for the club and this would not have been possible without the amazing contributions of all our donors. 

Please see attached those donors that helped us achieve such success. Please support those who support us. 

2015 Donor List 

June 16, 2015 - Official Club Statement
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The Board of the North Adelaide Football Club confirm that it has terminated its Coaching Agreement with Senior Coach Ken McGregor, effectively immediately.  The Club will install League Assistant Coach Michael Handby to take the reins for the rest of the 2015 season, ably supported by Assistant Coach Darren Mead. Other changes will be made to the interim coaching structure later in the week.

 The football program has been under review over recent weeks and a number of areas were identified as being below the high performance standards the club had in place through 2012 and 2013 where the Club had reached successive Preliminary and Grand Finals respectively. Following discussions with Ken, it was clear to both parties that he did not have the time available to reset and meet those standards and expectations, and re-establish the Club as a highly competitive force within the SANFL competition. 

We wish Ken and his family all the best in their future pursuits.

Bohdan Jaworskyj
Club President

June 15, 2015 - School Holidays at North Park
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If you're looking for something to do with the Kids these School Holidays, then head down to North Park Shopping Centre on Friday July 10.

Your favourite Roosters will be at the Centre between 11am-2pm, handing out posters, running handball competitions and taking photos.

Hope to see you there!

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June 12, 2015 - Baby Ryswyk
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Leigh and Jess Ryswyk have welcomed their new daughter into the world last night.  Paige Elizabeth was born 11 June, weighing 6’10 and 50cms!

Mum and bub are healthy and recovering well. Congratulations to the proud parents and big brother Hayden!


June 11, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces Round 10 Season 1986 (Saturday 7 June)
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Occasionally there are matches that don’t appear on paper to be a contest worth recalling.   In particular those who know nothing about the game except by looking at the scores and result and not having witnessed the contest nor been aware of the background preceding it.   The second match in the 1986 Round 10 double-header at Football Park between North Adelaide and West Adelaide can lay claim to be one of those games.   No massive scores kicked; no goalkicker having a field day; no player collecting a mountain of stats.   But this is one match worth reflecting on, and hopefully with the background presented it will allow an appreciation why it is a match worth reminiscing.

By Round 10 North Adelaide had continued their 1985 form and led the premiership table with seven wins from nine games.   Their strongest opposition at that point were West Adelaide, sitting second with only one less win.   The late game at Football Park promised a grand spectacle of attacking style and skills on show – and it lived up to the hype.

North’s background leading up to the game has validly in presenting.   North were at the end of an incredibly tough playing period in terms of matches played.   As Grand Finalists in 1985 the club were automatically involved in the Foster Cup competition that was played mid-week during the league season.   Having defeated Melbourne and Collingwood along the way, North lost to Hawthorn in the semi-final on the proceeding Tuesday before the match.   Also a number of players including Matthew Campbell, Grenville Dietrich, Mick Redden, Andrew Jarman and David Robertson played one or two Interstate matches over the previous weeks.  

By the time the clash against West arrived it was to be North’s 18th match in 13 weeks.   Nothing like the AFL bargaining agreement of a minimum of six-day break per game!   With the physicality of so many matches played, the test was on North’s young-bodied brigade to be able to withstand their tougher opponent.    However the challenge was made even harder with injuries forcing a significant amount of quality players from the side.   North entered the match without stalwarts ruckman Mick Redden, John Riley, David Tiller, David Robertson, the brilliant Tony Antrobus and the goalkicking magnet Grenville Dietrich (who had kicked 48 goals in the first 8 premiership matches).   North were also coming of a loss: a 43-point wake-up call against Norwood.

Newspapers predicted all these factors would be enough for West to take the points without much resistance.  The Advertiser predicted North’s assignment was already tough “…without more players (available) because of injury. It (North) appears to have to big a task and the Bloods should continue their winning form.” 

The first half was tightly contested and unknown North footballers were holding their own against a more experienced and recognisable Bloods.  At half time both teams had inaccurate scores although West held a two-goal lead before a six-goal third term had North less than a goal in front at three quarter time.   This is despite the team losing Peter Bennett and Trevor Hill to injuries during the course of the match.

With the Football Park lights on as the afternoon turned into early evening, it wasn’t surprising that West Adelaide would take a hold of the last quarter to break the game open and hold a decisive lead.  But they did not expect the fightback by the younger, inexperienced North outfit.    In the last half of the quarter North not only fought back, but hit the lead and then ran away with a four-goal victory.   The unknown heroes had kicked eight goals in a brilliant last quarter filled with courage, skill, determination and persistence.

John Brealey, Dietrich’s replacement, was a target in front of goals to collect five himself, but it was the young midfield that would have put a smile on coach Mike Nunan.   Names like Darren Jarman who, in only his 12th game collected 21 kicks and kicked the sealing goal, oozed grace and finesse that would become a regular feature of his career; David Sanders, the under-rated yet consistent and intelligent ball magnet picked up 26 touches with no fanfare – just results; Darel Hart, a brilliant rover playing his 50th game for North, collected 22 kicks and 13 handballs to be the catalyst in North’s victory, and Mike Parsons, shouldering the first ruck role against the respected Mark Mickan collected 17 possessions around the ground while winning 12 hit outs.

The media recognised the upset victory and were ready to praise the North team:

“West Adelaide… should have massacred a battle-weary and injury-riddled North Adelaide.  Instead, they were outgunned, outmanoeuvred and outplayed” – The Advertiser

“… some of the less heralded North players – like Darren Jarman, David Sanders, Kim Klomp and Peter Bennett – stepped into the limelight in the absence of Tiller, Redden, Antrobus, Dietrich and Co” – The Advertiser

Darren (Jarman), just 19, showed what an extra-ordinary talent he is in playing a major part in North’s victory” – The Advertiser

David Sanders grabbed his chance by the throat and throttled the life out of West” – Sunday Mail

Stan Wickham, writing for the Football times, was more than impressed:

“North Adelaide has proved without doubt that it’s the best team in our competition after its win over West – against all odds – last Saturday.  What made it all the more commendable was that the Roosters were up against the second best team which was challenging them for outright leadership.. Personal and team discipline had to be very prominent for the Roosters to pick themselves up after the week’s events had seemingly decimated their composure following the Foster’s Cup drubbing (against Hawthorn).  Only good sides pick themselves up from the gutter to ride the heavy going of public opinion and media prophecy.  North is a good side, a damn good side.  It has proved that point clearly now.” 

It was a victory that, now having substance, makes the scores and result more appealing.

Match Details:

North               2.6       6.12     12.14   20.20 (140)

West                4.6       8.13     11.17   16.20 (116)               

Oval:    Football Park (Double Header)            Crowd:            12,441

Best Players: Hart, D. Jarman, Sanders, Klomp, Bennett, Campbell, Parsons, Armfield

Scorers: Brealey 5.0, Poynton 3.4, Klomp 3.0, Bennett 2.1, D. Jarman 2.1, Hay 2.1, Hill 1.2, Campbell 1.1, Sanders 1.0, Hart 0.1, Armfield 0.1, Trenorden 0.1, rushed 0.7

The Team:

Forwards: Peter Simmons, John Brealey, Peter Bennett

H-Forwards:Kim Klomp, Simon Trenorden, Michael Poynton

Centre: Trevor Hill, Andrew Jarman, Matthew Campbell

H-Backs: Stephen Hay, Trevor Clisby, Michael Armfield

Backs: Stephen Riley, Paul Arnold, David Wildy

1st Ruck: Michael Parsons, Darren Jarman, Darel Hart

Reserves: Kevin Fischer, David Sanders

 

Two prominent players from the victory – Peter Bennett and David Sanders

David O’Hara

History Committee


June 10, 2015 - Blast from the Past
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Michael Parsons as a Football Times centre-spread in 1986

Full Name: Michael Wayne “Bristles” Parsons

Date of Birth: 3 October 1960             

Date of Death: 24 April 2009

Seasons Played: 1983-87; 1990-92

Games Played: 137 Goals Kicked: 187

Position Played: Ruckman/ Forward Pocket

Jumper Number: 20/28

Achievements/ Awards:

Premiership Player: (2) 1987, 1991

Grand Finals: (4) 1985-87; 1991

Jack Oatey Medallist: 1987

Leading Goalkicker: 1991

4th Best Player: 1986

Service Award: 1987

Finals Games: 16 games, 24 goals

Other Games: 21 games, 9 goals

If ever a player could say that have had the definition of a football fairytale career Mike Parsons can certainly put his hand up.   From a guy playing state basketball his 1983 decision to swap the round Spalding ball to the oval Sherrin ball was a decision that would ultimately lead him to successfully became an icon in the SANFL competition.

Coach Mike Nunan had an eye for talent.   Entering the second half of the 1983 season Mike Redden, North’s dominant No. 1 ruckman, was injured for an uncertain but long period and only a young, raw and fragile Peter Bennett his only back up.   A call went out and he enticed gangly 203cm Michael Parsons to try out at North for a run.   As The Advertiser (when reflecting back in 1986) said about his arrival:

“Parsons, in the words of coach Mike Nunan, had the football knowledge of a two-year old when he joined North.   Parsons had played for two years at under-19 level in his native Launceston and he arrived at Prospect with an abundance of natural ability, an astute mind, but very little else.”

After one Reserves game Parsons was thrust into the league side in Round 16.. and the rest is history.

Parsons’ ability to learn the craft of football via on the fly was incredible as it was eye-catching.   After observing the red-haired first game The News wrote:

“He has had one of the most meteoric rises in football... and North Adelaide ruckman Michael Parsons could be forgiven for still being in a state of shock.  And while the Roosters lost, the bearded Parsons caught the eye.”

Parsons picked up eight kicks, five marks, 10 handballs and 14 hit outs in the 67-point loss to the eventual premiership team (West).  His first ever goal, kicked off the ground in the goal square, and the schoolboy-like enthusiastic reaction and enjoyment of kicking it was a trait that would rub off on his teammates with his energy and determination already on show.    Parsons debut offered promise of some solid assistance to our ruck where skilled players in the calibre of Greg McAdam and David Tiller and youngers Tony Antrobus and Matthew Campbell needed someone to assist them getting first use of the ball.  

Parsons effectiveness was demonstrated as he went on to play every game thereon for the remainder of the season.  Upon champion ruckman Mick Redden’s return in Round 20 rather than being dropped Mike Nunan reshuffled him to become second ruck and pinch-hit up forward – a combination that would bring success and victories over the years to come for the red-and-whites.

There was an air of uncertainty (but a growing importance to North) in Parsons’ sporting future throughout the season. The Advertiser picked this tug-of-war battle after North’s come-from-behind win against South in Round 19 that catapulted North into fifth position:

“His (Mike Parsons) hard-working, hard-running effort in the last quarter epitomised North’s performance and Nunan might consider pinching Parsons’ basketball.  The National Basketball League star has a future in football if he can be convinced to stay.”

Parsons, like the team, was swept on the emotional wave of the 1983 resurgence and enjoyed the team success to finish 4th, including the memorable Elimination Final against South.   After the Elimination Final victory he was interviewed and when asked by Channel Seven’s Peter Marker if he still enjoyed basketball more than football, his slightly-embarrassed “no” sent his teammates into cheers behind him.  

Parsons uncertainly continued into 1984 as he announced himself unavailable for North early in the season, playing his first game in the Round 10 win against (ironically) West Adelaide.  It was only North’s second victory for the season yet Parsons reappearance at Prospect was seen as a positive step for the team.   Parsons season saw his continued development in areas of skills, reading the ball and game, getting in the right positions and building his strength.   Surprisingly Parsons was always deemed an accurate kick for goal.  He collected 10 Magarey Medal votes in his 12 games for the season.   In Mick Redden’s absence for the Round 19 game (ironically against West) Parsons was named best on ground with a 21-disposal, 20 hit out contribution.   From The Advertiser:

“North simply had too many guns for West.  It had a winning centreline, a defence which was quick, tall and mean, effective forwards and dominance in the rucks, where Mike Parsons played superbly.  Parsons… played an exceptional game.  His height gave North first use of the ball at centre bounces and his marking and surprising agility for a man of 203 centimetres won many vital touches.  North would do well to hide his basketball shoes next year.”

North ended a disappointing season with some optimism for the following season and Parsons would be a significant contributor for the club’s rise over the coming years.

1985 and 1986 were glorious years for North only to fail in the Grand Final   During this period North and Parsons played some exceptional matches.   Parsons by now had committed fully to football and his development was growing with rapid ability.   His presence up forward as a foil for full forward Grenville Dietrich was a huge arsenal for the team, and his goal contribution of 37 (1985) and 25 (1986) reflected this.   In the 1985 Preliminary Final Parsons’ three goals (including his 50th SANFL goal) was pivotal in getting North into their first Grand Final since 1973.   In 1986 he continued his good form as he registered his 50th game in Round Six’s extraordinary victory against South (after being down by 38 points) and finished 4th in the club’s Best and Fairest count.   A reason for his rise in the voting was taking on more responsibility as first ruck during the second half of the season, allowing the evergreen Mick Redden to rest more in the forward lines.  As Parsons himself commented jovially about their partnership, “When Mike is leading the ruck he has a bit of trouble seeing the clock and doesn’t realise it’s time to change until about the 20-minute mark of each quarter.  I’m thinking of getting him a pair of glasses for Christmas.”  

Coach Mike Nunan was also impressed with Parsons continual adaptability of his new sport.  Commenting (date unknown) on Parsons successful transition to football he said:

“Mike’s learnt a lot in a small time.  The fact that he has become an integral part of the team is a credit to his ability to learn concepts.   He brought a new dimension into the offensive role of a ruckman.  He’s a good offensive thinker.” 

In regards to his ball skills Nunan continued:

“When he first started he would stand and jump to take a mark.  That was a throwback to his basketball days.  Now he can take three steps and then jump which, at his height, makes him almost unbeatable.”

Parsons marking ability and his mobility to get to contests around the ground was evident when he topped the clubs marks for the season with 125.   In fact his resilience can be indicated that he played every game North played for the 1986 season – a total of 32 senior games, built from 24 premiership matches, five Escort Cup games and three Fosters Cup games.   Only Paul Arnold registered the same game tally for the season, and in fact these are the most senior games any North player has played in a season in the club history!

North’s 1987 is club folklore.   Winning 21 out of 24 matches including an 87-point Grand Final victory was simply an incredible and joyful experience for the club.   “Bristles” missed one match for the season and was one of the players instrumental in the club’s astonishing season.  If Parsons thought his football couldn’t get any better, his superb Grand Final performance earned him the Jack Oatey Medal – North’s first incumbent.   Not only were his six goals crucial but his physical authority and the presence he played was a significant factor in North getting the break early and setting the match winning first quarter ascendancy.   Not afraid of swinging the odd fist, Parsons was reported amongst a number of players who, basically, did what they needed to do to ensure a long-awaited premiership.

The 1987 Grand Final match could not give Parsons a better stepping stone to try his luck in the AFL, and Sydney selected him at number 10 in the 1987 National Pre-draft.   He played three seasons at Sydney in a 25-game career and, having “fortunately” missed the 1989 Grand Final demise returned for the start of the club’s retribution in 1990.

After (finally) serving his 1987 Grand Final suspension Parsons returned to the Roosters league side in their Round Six clash.   His arrival was short lived as he was reported the following week against Sturt and copped another five-game suspension.   When Parsons finally returned he remained in the side for the remainder of the season until their 1st Semi Final victory when he was injured early in the match and did not play in the following weekend’s Preliminary Final loss.    During the season Parsons achieved a personal milestone in registering his 100th game.   It was a memorable game in itself, as any supporter would know if you mention Bradley Ryan/ Michael Aish in the same breath…

1991 saw North Adelaide finally atone for the 1989 Grand Final disappointment despite the season not being as dominant as some previous years.   North won 14 games, drew one, and was sitting 3rd when the finals started.   Unlike the previous year North’s final series was nothing short of sensational, with a comfortable win against the Eagles, before knocking of the highly fancied South in the 2nd Semi Final.   The Grand Final was remembered as a bloodbath by those judging only by media hype and misinformed information.  Those who witnessed the game recall which team were focussed on the ball and the other (West) only on the man.   North won by 75-points, had a 43 to 18 scoring shot demolition which all gives insight on which team was interested in playing footy.   Parsons season was solid as he and Redden filled the ruck and the absent full forward role for the majority of the season and his goalkicking ability resulted in him claiming the leading goalkicker award with 46 goals.   As The Advertiser picked up his versatility was important to the team during the Round Three clash against (ironically) West:

“That giant of a man, Michael Parsons, replaced young Michael Dittmar at full forward and he provided instant headaches to the Bloods brains trust.”

Parsons had now been part of North’s two premiership successes.   Not surprisingly Parsons, along with Sims and co.  spent the first few weeks of 1992 in the sin-bin with his league return not until Round 16 through suspension and injuries.  But he welcomed his return with his best ever goalkicking haul in a match – seven straight in an 11-goal win against Central.  

North reached the finals series but straight set losses knocked them out to end any back-to-back premiership opportunities.   The small 1st Semi Final loss would be Parsons last match in an illustrious, flamboyant, entertaining, uncompromising, enthralling career.

Interesting Facts

Finals Experience

Over his eight seasons Parsons participated in 16 finals.   This holds him equal 8th in club history.   His 24 goals in finals places him 5th in the club history for this category.

Tallest Players

Mike Parsons’ 203 cm height is actually second in North’s recorded history.   Only Jordan Dodman (205) is recorded taller than him.  His stood 1cm taller than Daniel Currie.

Jumper

Most supporters will remember Parsons in the Number 28 jumper – and understandably so.   However in his first season, 1983, he wore Number 20 in the nine games he played that year.   He changed to Number 28 the following year until the end of his career, and still holds the record for games (128) and goals (184) for the jumper.   Incidentally, the reason for the change of number is not known considering no one went on to use the Number 20 jumper until Doug Smart in 1986.

Individual Stats

Parsons’ 1,373 hitouts in his career are the 5th highest in the club’s recorded history.   He also took 650 marks to place him 16th in this category

‘Bristles’ Parsons died in 2009 but he left North supporters years of great memories in one of the most exhilarating and pleasurable periods in North’s history.  His personal success and his role in the club’s premiership glory will live on forever.


First gamer: Parsons in his debut match already making an impact in more ways than one.

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 05, 2015 - Player Update
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Alek Kangur has decided to finish the season for Keith in the KNTFL. Alek recently received a job promotion at his company and is required to travel regularly throughout the week. Unfortunately he cant commit the time required for training. Alek is a professional and quality young man and we wish him well.
Will Dalwood recently had a discussion with Coach Ken McGregor about his position in the side after struggling to cement a regular spot this season. After weighing up his options,Will has notified the club that he will finish the season with his brother at PAC in the Amateur League. Will has been a great Club man since crossing from Norwood and we wish him all the very best.
Daniel Kulikowski went to see his surgeon early in the week. Unfortunately he received the news that he requires more surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the season. 

June 03, 2015 - Blast from the Past Round 9
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Richard in action against South in 1992

Full Name: Richard Herbert Edward Gerke  

Date of Birth: 18 February 1972

Seasons Played: 1992-98

Games Played: 132                           

Goals Kicked: 43

Position Played: Half-Back/ Wing/ Midfield

Jumper Number: 6

Achievements/ Awards:

Runner Up Best and Fairest: 1997

3rd in Best and Fairest: 1996

The Advertiser Team of the Year: (2) 1996-97

Football Plus/ ABC Team of the Year: 1996

State Games: 2 games, 3 goals

Richard Gerke arrived at the Roosters for the 1992 season after seven games for Woodville in 1990 and looking for a fresh opportunity at League level.   Commencing as a defender Richard ended up playing in various positions during his seven seasons at the Roosters and would prove a highly valuable contributor to the club.

Richard’s arrival prior to the 1992 season saw him surrounded by new teammates still basking in the glory of their 1991 premiership success but his debut, in Round Five, was at a time of major concern after the club had lost their opening four games.   North also lost the Round Five bout against the Eagles – their fifth consecutive loss since their Grand Final heroics the year before and the first time the club had lost five in a row since 1985.   A reality check was given to North and coach Mike Nunan would have had the whip cracking to try and get the wheels in motion for 1992.   Named on the half-back flank Gerke’s performance was enough to see him selected the following week.   In fact Gerke would continue to play all remaining matches (20) and the first 12 the following year to record 32 consecutive games from debut, proving his instantaneous efficiency and output for his new club.

Despite the shocking start North were able to settle to win 13 of their last 17 minor round games to reach a surprising 3rd at the minor round conclusion only to lose their two finals matches in different fashions: a 100-point thumping by the Eagles and then a narrow six-point loss to Glenelg in the First Semi.   While Gerke was finding his feet a league level he was able to experience finals action in his first season.

1993 came with massive changes to its playing list with many experienced players retiring including captain Kim Klomp, premiership players Michael Parsons, Steven Sims, Stephen Riley and Craig Burton while youngsters Jason Blair, Simon Trenorden and Adam Saliba all left the club for various reasons.   Also coach Mike Nunan retired after 12 seasons with Darel Hart taking the role.   Gerke was suddenly one of the new breed of players the club would be relying on to lead the next wave of talent and success.  

It would prove a tough battle to replace so many quality players and North’s 1993 season saw them slump to 7th with six wins.   Gerke was one of 41 players used during the season, however his 18 games proved again his consistency and prominence to the new player regime.  He collected his first Magarey Medal votes in the club’s first game of the season (loss to Port) and whilst not the recipient of any club awards produced a solid season on his flank.   His dependable form continued in 1994 playing a variety of defensive roles as the young side improved from the previous year to miss the finals by one win.   Gerke collected more votes from the umpires in a 29-possession game across half-back in one of the team’s biggest wins of the season: an 81-point win against Sturt.   Gerke also celebrated two  50th game milestones: his total SANFL games (Round Two) and then for the club in Round 17.

Throughout his early career at North Gerke’s role was in defence - predominantly at half-back - however he was occasionally called to assist at full back despite his 184cm (6 ft.) size light frame.   His demure also gave a perception Gerke was not one for the physical contests which couldn’t be further from the truth.   Regularly did supporters see Gerke protect teammates in any “rough-and-tumble” skirmishes, and was not one to shirk an incoming body impact.   Occasionally his rush of blood got the better of him and his over-zealous physicality would see him off to the tribunal.   But it was one of his traits the supporters loved.

North returned to finals action in the following season finishing 4th.   Gerke continued his role in defence for the first half of the season with his services noticed by The Advertiser in the Round Three loss to Central when they pointed out “North’s defence even managed to initiate attacks, particularly through the run of half-back Richard Gerke.”   Midway through the season Gerke was pushed up the field for a few weeks to assist a struggling forward line.   This proved crucial in North’s clash against West in Round 14 when Gerke kicked a career-best four goals to help North hold off the fast finishing West by four points. Gerke’s versatility was put to the test again as he returned to defence in Round 19 and again with immediate results.   Supporters may recall the match at Woodville when North won in the wet 5.11 to 3.9.   The Advertiser and his coach both praised his role:

Glenn Sandford led the way for the Roosters with a faultless display at centre half-back… Close behind Sandford were tough-as-nails half-back flankers Richard Gerke and Jay Viney.  Both had more than 20 possessions, with Gerke earning plenty of praise from Hart for his tight-checking of Crow Wayne Weidemann.”

1996 was another tough season for the club but it was the season Gerke emerged as one of the SANFL’s finest players.  This coincided with a new coach – Michael Flynn – and a move upon the wing.   While the team failed to return to another finals campaign (finishing 6th) Gerke, with teammates Tim Nunan and Magarey Medallist Josh Francou, would enjoy personal success.   Gerke was like a dog left of his leash as he was a damaging wingman who would regularly find the ball and provide the forwards clean ball entries.   His defensive side was still on show and one that was keen to tackle and keep his opponents worried about his resilient aggression.  Gerke’s performances earnt him state selection and a place in both The Advertiser and Football Plus’ Teams of the Year.   He collected his first club trophy coming third in the Best and Fairest and statistically collected the most kicks (240) and marks (78) for the club and second most in handballs (160) and disposals (400).  In Round 13 Gerke recorded his 100th SANFL match.

Gerke’s respect and brilliant form continued to grow in 1997 as he and the club enjoyed a successful season.   As North’s finals yo-yo continued to return to the major round after two seasons Gerke was again a prominent player for North and the competition.   Round Two saw him record his 100th game for the Roosters played in a historic first night game at Norwood Oval (for premiership points)    As a wingman last season Gerke was now moved into the midfield as he took more of a ruck-roving role for the remainder of his career where he exhibited great poise and wonderful football, but was also involved in a number of strange moments.    One was in Round 13 when he required several stiches after clashing heads with Stephen Rowe (Norwood) with the trainer having difficulty closing the wound due to fragments of Rowe’s eye-tooth being embedded in Gerke’s eyebrow.  Surprisingly (or perhaps not for those that knew his combatmanship and ferocity) Gerke suited up and played the following week.   

That following week Gerke collected best on ground Magarey Medal votes against Port in another memorable match both on and off field.   North defeated highly fancied Port by 58-points kicking an amazing accurate 20.4 while off-field there was an incident when Port’s Roger Delaney was struck by a rock.   With the circus media covering the incident for days blaming North supporters it was proven it was a poorly-aimed Port supporter who inflicted the wound.   Gerke’s midfield work was instrumental in the victory as he worked with ruckman Wayne Rosenboom and rover Danny Morton in a strong and skilled first ruck combination.

The following match Gerke was influential in the result in a different way during a tight battle against Sturt at Adelaide Oval.   The Sunday Mail grabbed the moment when they documented “A brilliant left-foot, running goal from Richard Gerke with 15 seconds left saw North Adelaide snatch a last-grasp draw with Sturt.”   It was the first draw in a North-Sturt clash since 1937 and despite a poor performance by the team Gerke’s snap at least gave them one-point to take away from the game.

North ventured into the Elimination Final to face Sturt on a very wet afternoon and Gerke was one of North’s best in a dour, physically tough match which North prevailed by seven points.  In a fierce battle teammate Mark Jeffries was reported and suspended for four weeks.  Gerke was also reported but cleared due to the umpire mistakenly reporting the wrong player that Gerke supposedly hit.   North’s season ended the following week.

At season end personal awards were presented to a deserving Gerke from the club and media.    After representing South Australia in the interstate match for a second occasion during the season Gerke was runner-up to Danny Morton in the Best and Fairest and was named in The Advertiser Team of the Year for the second consecutive year.   He collected 12 Magarey Medal votes (second highest for the club) during a brilliant season including top billing in the above Round 14 clash and in Round Six (in a loss to Central) and Round 21 (win against Port).   Statistically Gerke was again accumulating high numbers for the team and topped the handballs (248) and disposals (510) categories whilst coming second in kicks (262) and marks (91).

Richard’s last season was an unflattering season for the club and would be the start of a tumultuous and discouraging period in North Adelaide history.   The re-introduction of the old white “V” jumper saw North win only five games in the 20 games played.  Gerke’s season was restricted with niggling injuries that kept him to 13 games and whilst he still provided genuine service he decided to end his league football at the conclusion of the season.   By his final match (Round 19, 1998) Gerke had amassed 132 games for the red-and-white only missing 13 matches during the period.  A sign of consistency with a pinch of luck injury-wise.

Unfortunately for Gerke his career didn’t find the team success all players strive for and this places Richard in a couple of unwanted club record lists.   His 132 games rate him 7th in North’s list of highest games for a non-premiership player, and 5th in highest games without playing a Grand Final.

Richard wore the mighty Number Six jumper and his 132 games places him second behind Trevor Hill’s 146 for the most games in the jumper but above other memorable No. 6 players of Geoff Paull (108) and Ron Hewett (105).

Gerke is another past player that, whilst not remembered as a premiership player or one of the immortal greats at the club, can still be remembered by supporters and clubmen as one who gave his all and produced a proud and respected career at Roosterland.

Marc Marshall handballs to the running Richard Gerke in Round 23, 1994

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 02, 2015 - Rooster Reminisces -Round 9 Season 2013
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Round 9

Season 2013 (Sunday 2 June)

By Round Nine the season has settled down and the teams are starting to define where they will end up on the premiership table.   In 2013 the top of the table was tight with West holding top position.  North were sitting fourth but held equal wins with second place Norwood after some gallant victories.   The Sunday blockbuster between two form sides was greeted by a glorious afternoon for football and the match was staged for an expected high-standard contest.

A sluggish start by North forced them to play catch up for the whole match.   West dictated play early although recruit Nathan Gordon (who was in a purple patch of goalkicking form) kept the Roosters in touch at halftime kicking all North’s three goals in the second term.   Matthew Wright was raking up touches in a surprise return from AFL duties and state defender George Thring was continuing his best football sweeping up West attacks.

The third term continued with North slightly pegging the gap back to within 15 points by the last break in the low scoring match.   Requiring a good start in the last quarter to put some pressure back on West the opposite occurred as West kicked away with the first two goals in the last quarter to shoot to a 27-point margin 12 minutes into the final term.

The suddenly it began to happen.   A goal to North was followed by another, all the time supporters thinking any comeback was left too late.   Another goal brought a buzz throughout the crowd and suddenly North were back into the contest that they were never expected to be in.  With minutes dwindling away North were less than a goal down having entered time on.   Another advance forward through the grandstand wing found youngster Max Thring in the clear on the 50m arc.   With a pensive crowd awaiting his kick, The Advertiser covered the exciting moment:

Max Thring put the Roosters in front with an amazing goal from the boundary 25-minutes in, and five-goal hero Nathan Gordon sealed the deal minutes later…;” 

Max Thring’s goal, in front of the southern grandstand, brought thunderous cheer to the North faithful.   It was fitting that, through great team work and clean sharing of the ball from the middle of the ground to the forward line, Gordon sealed the match with a magic snap that was his 5th for the match and a victory for the club.   The final siren blew with jubilant delight from the home ground supporters.   North simply dictated the final term with 52 more disposals in the quarter and kicked the final six goals of the match to record a memorable victory.

Andrew Moore was brilliant in the middle with 27 touches and a staggering 15 marks, Gordon’s five goals capped off his 21 disposal, 13 marks, and six inside 50s effort and Will Dalwood was solid in defence.   The umpires also thought Max Thing’s match-winning goal polished off a great match as he collected the three Magarey Medal votes, with midfielders Andrew Moore (2) and Jay Shannon (1) collecting the other votes.

The victory was full of praise from various outlets.   Coach Josh Francou stated the stirring comeback “as the best win in his time at the helm.”   The Advertiser also found praise for the club and its players:

“North Adelaide is now undoubtedly a genuine premiership contender having beaten every other major challenger – Norwood, Central District and the Eagles – this season;”

“Gordon was the best player on the ground and while Matthew Wright and Andrew Moore were influential in the midfield, they didn’t dominate for four quarters.  But they didn’t have to as Chad O’Sullivan, George Thring, Matt Campbell and Nick Amato contributed.”

Match Details
North           1.3     4.4     8.8     14.10     (94)

           West            3.1     7.4     11.5   13.7          (85)             

Oval: Prospect                         Crowd:  2,781

Best Players: Gordon, Moore, Wright, Dalwood, O’Sullivan, Amato, M. Thring, Shannon

Scorers: Gordon 5.2, Langford 3.1, Amato 2.0, M. Thring 1.2, Moore 1.1, Campbell 1.1, O’Sullivan 1.0, Shannon 0.2, Wright 0.1

The Team:

Forwards:  Nathan Gordon, Tom Langford, Chad O’Sullivan

H-Forwards:  Cohen Thiele, Daniel Stewart, Joe Anderson

Centre:  Matthew Campbell, Andrew Moore, Nathan Blee

H-Backs:  Luke Ivens, William Dalwood, George Thring

Backs:  Jake Keller, Todd Miles, Michael Clinch

1st Ruck:  James Craig, Max Thring, Matthew Wright

Reserves:  Nick Amato, Jay Shannon, Kriston Thompson

James Craig dishes out a handball to Andrew Moore during the match

Best on Ground Max Thring weaves past his West opponent

David O’Hara

History Committee

June 01, 2015 - Injury Update
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PLAYER NAME-NATURE OF INJURY-TIME EXPECTED TO RETURN
BURTON,Ryan-Leg-Indefinite
BARNS,Alex-Cheekbone-9-10 weeks
KULIKOWSKI,Daniel-Wrist-6 weeks
JOHNSTON,Lewis-Ankle-5 weeks
THIELE,Cohen-Knee-3-4 weeks
MITCHELL,Luke-Back-2-3 weeks
DE LEONARDIS,Sam-Ankle-1-2 weeks
SHANNON,Jay-Ankle-Test
WANGANEEN,Derick-Ankle-TBA

Ryan Burton- Leg. No date has been set for Ryan’s expected return. Ryan is progressing on a monitored program and we will be guided by his improvement.

Alex Barns- Cheekbone. Alex has had surgery and is expected return is Round 15. Is currently walking laps and starting light weights.

Daniel Kulikowski- Wrist. Daniel will start non weight bearing cardio this week (bike, X-Trainer, Climber etc) and will be restricted for the next 3 weeks. Hopefully back in 6 weeks.

Lewis Johnston – Ankle. Lewis has started walking, bike riding and rehabilitation exercises for his ankle. Is progressing as expected currently, looking at approx. 5 weeks.

Cohen Thiele-Knee-Cohen has been training well with the main group and has been given the all clear by his surgeon to start full training (including competitive drills) aiming to play in the next 3-4 weeks.

Luke Mitchell-Back. Luke has begun training with the main group and is aiming to make a return to Football in round 10 v Centrals. Luke’s treating physician has given him the all clear to start competitive training and he has made good progress over the past 3 weeks.

Sam DeLeonardis-Ankle- Sam had surgery on his ankle to remove a plate last Tuesday (26th May) and is likely to miss 1-2 weeks.

Jay Shannon- Ankle. Jay has been struggling with ankle soreness for the past 3-4 weeks. Jay required rest and barring any mishap at training this week, should be available to play against Glenelg.

Derick Wanganeen – Ankle. Derick got his ankle caught under his Norwood opponent in a tackle on the weekend and was unable to finish the game. Will need scans to diagnose the extent of the injury.


June 01, 2015 - Home Match Raffle
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The winner of this weeks Home Match Raffle was ticket number 29968. If you have this, please bring your stub into reception to collect your prize.

May 28, 2015 - Women's Round
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To promote the increasing participation of Women in football, the SANFL will have their first Women’s round this weekend.
At North Adelaide, Women are involved in all areas of the Football Club including administration, medical, volunteers, cheer leading and management.
Our two venue managers, Kate Cotter (Northern Tavern) & Tania Hubbard (Grand North) are both Women and at a home game, Women feature prominently in the setting up for the day ahead.

On the football front, Jan Stirling has joined the Club this year as our leadership/high performance coach who has international experience and has been involved in elite programs for many years.
Head Trainer Ashlee Lines is in charge of the medical team which also features;
Lucy Hyde & Diana Walker - massage therapists
Laurie Haynes – trainer & physio student
Dominique Condo – Club dietician. Dominique communicates with the players about their food, hydration and health requirements to prepare for training and game day.
All have specific roles and are vital components of getting the players prepared to play football.

We thank all Women who contribute to the Football Club in some capacity and look forward to celebrating their involvement in football this Saturday afternoon at Prospect Oval. 


May 26, 2015 - All Woman team keeps NAFC Juniors on the playing Field.
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Our Under 16 and Under 18 medical Staff is made up entirely of females. They are led by Head Trainer Chloe Parslow, who is also a practicing physiotherapist. Whilst being very mindful of their injuries they do a great job in ensuring players return to the field as soon as they can. Chloe is assisted by Jenna Bown, our physiotherapist and Lisa McMurtrie, who has also worked with the Seniors and has assisted the State Under 16’s for several years. They have been joined this year by Tayla Ling, who helps out on training nights and match days if one of the other girls have prior commitments.

They are all very dedicated to the cause, and ensure our Junior program is well catered for in this area.


May 21, 2015 - Entertainment Books
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May 20, 2015 - Blast From The Past (Rd 8)
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‘Bos’ Daly’s 1906 Sweet Nell Card

Full Name: Anthony Joseph ‘Bos’ Daly                     

Date of Birth: 9 April 1874        

Died: 21 August 1942

Seasons Played: 1902-1907; 1909; 1912

                       Games Played: 93                             
Goals Kicked: 235

Position Played: Full Forward

Achievements/ Awards:

Premiership Player: (2) 1902; 1905

Grand Finals: (3) 1902; 1905-06

Leading Goalkicker NAFC: (7) 1902-07; 1912

Consistent Training And Goalkicking: 1912

Best Goalkicker: 1906

Trophy Awarded in 1905 (reason unknown)

SANFL Hall of Fame: Inducted 2002

Prior to joining the newly-developed North Adelaide club Anthony ‘Bos’ Daly was an established and highly recognised football superstar of his era.   He had already been playing for nine seasons with various teams – in fact North Adelaide was the fifth club he played league football with.   He was the first regarded “spearhead” forward having kicked hundreds of goals and a goalkicking icon including 23 goals in a match at Kensington in 1893 that remains a league record (though equalled).  His place kick was exquisite and his accuracy faultless.   He brought North Adelaide experience, success and proved to be an established and trustworthy focal point in front of goals.    And history would show his arrival proved advantageous in North’s recent success to continue.

North were in their first golden era, having clawed their way out of the doldrums of the late 1890s to record an astonishing first premiership in 1900.   North finished 3rd in 1901 despite a strong season and the recruitment of Daly for 1902 was seen as a great plus for the club.

Daly first donned the red and white outfit in Round Four, 1902 against West Adelaide at Adelaide as a 28-year-old and immediately impacted the scoreboard kicking six goals in a comfortable 54-point victory.

The Register acknowledged his instantaneous effect on his new team:

“A. Daly, who donned the North Adelaide guernsey for the first time, was chiefly responsible for their superior position.  He was brilliant.  Out of eight shots he sent the leather through the posts six times, and with two exceptions the kicks were splendid ones.”

A five goal haul the following week against Sturt set him on his way and he continued to kick 24 goals for the season as the club finished the minor round with nine wins and three losses before taking out the (Grand) Final against South to record their second flag.

Ironically the club’s three losses for the season were the first three games of the season prior to Daly’s debut in Round Four.   Corresponding with his first appearance the club remained undefeated for the remainder of the season.

1903 was another successful season for North winning 10 games, losing one and drawing one to finished 2nd when the finals commenced.  Sadly a poor Semi Final bundled the team out and left them 3rd at the end of the season.   Daly, however, was at his brilliant best, kicking 57 goals.  He played every game (13 matches) for the season kicking at least one goal in every match and knocking up ‘bags’ of nine, seven (twice) and six.   His 57 goals placed him as the season’s leading goalkicker for the competition.

It was easy for teammates to continually kick to successful full-forwards – even if on occasions it may not have been the preferable or correct option.  In Round Six The Advertiser picked this flaw in a North match when they stated:

“Earle (sp.) had a splendid opportunity to score, and he threw away his chance in trying to ‘feed’ Daly.  The wearers of red and white in the pavilion howled with indignation, but the mischief was done and it had to be atoned for.  The Norths did not have to wait long to make amends for the slip, for Daly, soon imparted a solatium to the wounded feelings of the Northern supporters by scoring another goal.”

In Round Seven Daly kicked his 50th goal for North (in his 23rd game) to become only the second player (behind James Matthews) to bring up the milestone.

In Round Nine he was again in the media limelight after one of his seven-goal hauls – this time in a 105-point smashing against West Torrens.   The Advertiser noted:

“A. Daly, the reliable goalkicker of the Norths, was in fine form, and he managed to get the ball passed on to him in splendid style.  He kicked seven goals, and one of these, in the second quarter, was from a shot not a great distance past the centre of the ground.”

In fact North’s score of 23.14 was the first time North kicked 20 goals in a match, and it would be until Round Five, 1921 when they would achieve it a second time.

His personal success was rewarded with the club presenting him a goal medal, donated by Secretary Charles Nitschke, for his goalkicking record.   The 57 goals attained were the most for the club in a season, easily beating the previous record of 27 kicked by Charlie Jessop two seasons earlier.

1904 saw North’s dominance drop marginally as new players struggled early in the season and despite a stronger second half of the season North were knocked out in the Semi Final for a consecutive season finishing 4th on the ladder.   During the season (Round 11) Daly’s 100th goal for North was registered in only his 30th match for the club.   This was the first time a player had kicked 100 goals for North.  Unlike nowadays when all these quirky records are recognised no doubt the significant achievement would have bypassed the club and Daly himself at the time.   Whilst remaining consistent Daly finished with 26 goals for the season despite missing some games early in the season.  Fellow forward Ernest Johns was a great foil for Daly as he notched 25 goals himself to provide a two-man goalkicking combination.

The following season would prove another historic one for the club.  North led the competition all season and with 12 wins from their 14 matches were deserved premiers.   Daly was influential and reliable with his goalkicking with 32 goals for the season to be the SAFA leading goalkicker for the year (surprisingly none were kicked in the Final).  His efforts were certainly assisted when you consider the calibre of footballers bring the ball down the field towards him including Tom Mackenzie, Harold and ‘Araby’ Pash and captain John Reedman.  

Despite the low scores clubs kicked throughout the period Daly’s consistency was evident when you consider he produced 37 consecutive matches - from Round 10, 1902 to Round Eight, 1905 – when he kicked at least one goal in every game.  During that period he kicked 120 goals.

Daly’s routine when lining up for a shot at goal was well-known in those days, as he would drop his cap (many players wore caps in those days) on the mark to assist the umpire in ensuring the player on the mark did not sneak over it.   An incident took place against Port in Round Two (1905) which The Advertiser highlighted:

“Daly marked.  It is a peculiarity of the crack kick when he gets the ball within fair kicking distance to fling his cap on the spot where he receives the mark.  Goslin (Port) kicked it away.  A Northern restored the cap to its original place.  Goslin kicked it away in another direction.”

1906 saw the team play very erratic football to claim a six win, six loss season yet still finished 3rd after the home and away contests.   Playing top team Port in the Semi Final their experience shone out to win by 22 points and keep Port goalless (kicking 0.12).   However despite winning the (Grand) Final against Norwood Port’s Challenge allowed them a second opportunity and they took the match by 21 points.   Daly was doing his part, kicking his average of two to three a game.  His standout game was Round 11 against Sturt when he collected seven of North’s ten goals in the match including four in the last quarter.   The Register reported:

“... Daly for the red-and-whites proved a gem.  Out of six place kicks he raised the flags every time.”

His five goals in the (Grand) Final win against Norwood were also a rewarding result as well as reaching 150 goals for North in Round Six (again the first player to achieve this feat).

In 1907 the club dropped away and although reached the finals were no threat and were bundled out in the first week.  After missing the first two games Daly returned for the Round Three encounter against Sturt.   His reputation was evident as The Register highlighted:

“Daly, however, stripped for the red-and-whites, and his reappearance was hailed with satisfaction.  The champion proved himself as skilful as ever with the ball, and his goal shooting was beyond reproach.”

After a break in 1908 Daly returned in 1909 but could only play eight games and register 14 goals as the team finished outside the top four.  His limited games allowed Charlie Jessop to be the club’s leading goakicker with 16 gaols.   One exceptional accomplishment that Daly reached was in Round 10 when became the club’s first 200th goal scorer. 

After a second break from the club Daly returned to what would be his swansong season in 1912.   The club had dropped in performances and this continued in 1912 as they finished 7th.

It was evident that whilst still a unique and experienced contender, age and younger bodied opposition were starting to absorb his dominance.   In The Register’s end of season review of North that noted…:

“At the start E. Johns, the well-known goalkicker, did not play, and although he and the veteran Daly were eventually together in the artillery they were so closely watched by younger and stronger rivals that it was difficult for them to do the work that they were once capable of performing in the hottest company.  Daly, in spite of his years, however is well up on the goalkicking list (24), which shows that he is still a thorn to the opposition.”

The closing of the 1912 season was Daly’s last league match in a very distinguished career at North and throughout the SANFL.   It was suitable that his last goalkicking effort was a respectful five-goal handful and the Evening Journal noted this:

“Perhaps the next valuable player was Daly, and he shaped better than ever before this season.  He kicked five goals, and many of them were obtained only after much tricky and persistent play.”

His year by year goals at North read:

1902 – 11 games, 24 goals

1903 – 13 games, 57 goals (SANFL Leading Goalkicker)

1901 – 10 games, 26 goals

1905 – 14 games, 32 goals (SANFL Leading Goalkicker)

1906 – 15 games, 40 goals

1907 – 10 games, 18 goals

1909 – 8 games, 14 goals

1912 – 12 games, 24 goals

TOTAL – 93 games, 235 goals

In a sign of his consistency and ability to be prepared for every match in four of his eight seasons he played every game of the season.  

During his eight seasons at the club he was also a distinguished State representative playing eight times and kicking 15 goals for South Australia.

‘Bos’ Daly’s goalkicking records are probably more impressionable 100 years ago than at that time – a testimony of his brilliant performances that his feats in front of goals have stood the test of time at the club.   His 235 goals remains 11th on the all-time goalkicking aggregate list – a great achievement considering 100 years have passed with hundreds of footballers playing since with more games per season and higher goals kicked per game.   In fact of the 19 players to have kicked 200 goals or more for North Daly’s 2.53 average is the 6th highest behind greats like Ken Farmer (6.33), Grenville Dietrich (4.60), Dennis Sachse (3.58) and Daniel Hargraves (3.10).

A remarkable player... a remarkable career.


Daly from the 1910 Club’s Team photograph.

David O’Hara

History Committee