Port Adelaide and District Football Association

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The Port Adelaide and District Football Association (PADFA) was an Australian rules football competition based in the western and north-western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia until it folded at the end of the 1952 season.[1]

It was first formed in 1921 as the Port Adelaide and Suburban Football Association under the auspices of the Port Adelaide Y.M.C.A., initially as a church based competition.[2]

Following World War I, the association reformed,[3] between 1921 and 1923 was known as the Port Adelaide and Suburban Church Football Association, and in 1924 was renamed the Port Adelaide and District Football Association.[4]

Controversy[edit]

  • The competition made the news in 1915 when late during the Grand Final, an Ethelton player kicked his Port Catholic opponent after he was beaten to the ball. Multiple fights broke out on the field as a result. Ethelton, who held a small margin at the time, lost the lead, and as a result, the match. When the siren sounded, several hundred spectators stormed the ground fighting. A number of people were injured.[5][6] Ethelton went on to win the Challenge Final for the Premiership the following week.[7]
  • The association came into potential legal trouble in 1923 when a group of footballers calling themselves the "Rosewater Catholics" nominated a team in the place of the existing club of that name. The existing Rosewater Catholic club that participated in the previous season were instructed to adopt a new name to avoid confusion. Father Gearon, the Parish Priest of Rosewater, was given special permission to state his case for his team and not the new team.[8] It is not known which team eventually participated as Rosewater Catholic.

Member Clubs[edit]

Club Years Participating Notes
Abattoirs 1915
Albert Park 1910–15,[2] 1920–32
Alberton Baptist 1911–12,[2] 1920–22
Alberton Church United 1915, 1924–30[9]
Alberton Juniors 1915
Alberton Methodist 1911–13,[2] 1920
Birkenhead 1915, 1933
Birkenhead Junior 1929–41
Birkenhead Sports 1947–52[10]
Brighton 1936
Camden 1936
Central Junior 1911[2]
Eastwood -1952[1]
Ethelton 1913–15, 1920–52
Exeter 1931,[11] 1949 Semaphore Central Juniors (1931)
Glanville Methodist 1920
Kilkenny Terminus 1933
Kilkenny United 1927–1933
Largs Bay 1932–33
Naval Cadets 1915
Ottoway 1933–35
Peterhead 1933
Peterhead Mission 1920
Port Adelaide Methodist 1912–13
Port Catholic 1914–15[12]
Port Adelaide Church United 1920–23
Port Adelaide Congregational 1911–13[2] Port Congregationalist (1911)
Port Junior 1912
Queenstown 1912–15 Queenstown Church of Christ (1912)
Riverside 1933–48[13]
Rosatala 1922–1933 Rosatala Church United (1922–31)
Rosewater 1920–48[13]
Rosewater Catholic 1922–23
Semaphore Baptist 1911[2]
Semaphore Central B 1949
Semaphore Park 1934–50[14]
Semaphore Church United 1920–23
St. George 1913
Woodville 1938–39[15]
Woodville Catholic 1922–24

Premierships[edit]

A-Grade[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1956". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Port Adelaide Association". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 25 March 1911. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Football - Port and Suburban Association". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 14 February 1920. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Port Adelaide District Football Association". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 3 April 1924. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Riotous Footballers Create Unseemly Scenes - Freefights on Alberton Oval". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 23 August 1915. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Match - A General Melee". The Register (Adelaide). 23 August 1915. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Football - Port Adelaide Association Premiership Won by Ethelton". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 31 August 1915. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "A Football Trouble - An Association Threatened with a Writ". The Register (Adelaide). 3 May 1923. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1931". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1953". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1932". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Football - Port Adelaide and Suburban Association". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 25 August 1914. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1949". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1951". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Bloch, Fred. "SAAFL History - 1940". South Australian Amateur Football League. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Albert Park Club". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 20 March 1912. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Port Adelaide and Suburban Association". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 22 September 1913. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Football - Port Adelaide Club". The Register (Adelaide). 10 March 1921. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Premierships". Rosewater Football Club. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Footballers Get Together - Social at Port Adelaide". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 22 September 1923. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Port Adelaide District Football Association". The Register (Adelaide). 8 October 1928. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Football at Alberton - Proceeds for Charity". The Mail (Adelaide). 25 August 1928. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Junior Association". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 6 October 1930. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Port Adelaide - Final". The Mail (Adelaide). 16 September 1933. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Port Adelaide District - Final". The Mail (Adelaide). 15 September 1934. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Premiers of Associations Play Match". The Mail (Adelaide). 19 September 1936. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Riverside Premier of Port District". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 6 September 1937. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "Port Adelaide - Grand Final". The Mail (Adelaide). 10 September 1938. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "Junior Football - Port District Association". The Mail (Adelaide). 18 September 1948. Retrieved 9 November 2013.