South Australian Amateur Football League

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South Australian Amateur Football League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 SAAFL Season
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 8 March 1911
Inaugural season 1911
Country  Australia
TV partner(s) Nine Network (2014)
Official website www.saafl.asn.au/
South Australian Amateur Football League
General Information
Founded 8 March 1911, South Australia
League Stadium Adelaide Airport Stadium
Website [2]
Division 1 (2013)
Premiers Rostrevor OC
Relegated to D2 Broadview & PHOS Camden
Division 2 (2013)
Premiers Portland
Promoted to D1 Portland & Port District
Relegated to D3 Kilburn & Modbury
Division 3 (2013)
Premiers Payneham NU
Promoted to D2 Scotch OC & Payneham
Relegated to D4 Eastern Park
Division 4 (2013)
Premiers Plympton
Promoted to D3 Plympton
Relegated to D5 CBC Old Collegians & Greenacres
Division 5 (2013)
Premiers Kenilworth
Promoted to D4 Kenilworth & Woodville South
Relegated to D6 Fitzroy & West Croydon
Division 6 (2013)
Premiers Westminster OS
Promoted to D5 Westminster OS & Colonel Light Gardens
Relegated to D7 Adelaide Uni
Division 7 (2013)
Premiers Ingle Farm
Promoted to D6 Ingle Farm & Angle Vale
Division 8 (2013)
Premiers Modbury
Promoted to D7 Modbury & SMOSH West Lakes

The South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL), currently known as the Channel 9 Adelaide Football League is a semi-professional[1] Australian rules football competition based in Adelaide, South Australia. Comprising sixty-seven member clubs playing over one hundred and ten matches per week, the SAAFL is one of Australia's largest Australian rules football associations.

The league currently provides competition across 8 Senior divisions with Reserves grades, accompanied by a separate C grade competition, all from Divisions 1 to 7. There are also two under 18 divisions named Red and Yellow divided by area.

History[edit]

The league was officially formed on 8 March 1911 and the first match was played on 6 May 1911. With the exception of recesses during the two World Wars, the competition has been continuous since that time.

The South Australian Football Association (later to be renamed to South Australian National Football League) had existed as a competition since 1877, but by the early 1900s was structured on an "electorate system" where players qualified for clubs on the basis of electoral boundaries. Adelaide University Football Club was keen to field a team in the SAFA competition and applied each year from 1906 to 1910. Each time the application was rejected as it was felt the inclusion of a university team would threaten the electorate system.

In 1910 the Adelaide University Sports Association thought the case for admission to SAFA would be strengthened if the University had a team playing successfully in regular competition. It was felt that this could be achieved by forming a purely amateur league with other clubs not already in an association.[2] By late 1910 Glenferrie, Marlborough and St. Bartholomew clubs had agreed to join with University to form the new association based on amateur principles. By 1911, as preparations were in hand for the inaugural season, the four clubs had become five with the inclusion of St. Francis Xavier. The clubs also had agreed to admit late applicant Semaphore Central for the 1912 season.

In that first season only three ovals were used for matches - Jubilee Oval, Price Oval and University Oval. Price Oval (now known as Hawthorn Oval) in Mitcham and University Oval (at the corner of Sir Edwin Smith Avenue and War Memorial Drive) both still exist today. The Jubilee Oval however was built upon by the university in 1946.

Throughout the history of the league there have been many clubs join and leave the league. Affiliation peaked in 2001 with 72 clubs.[3] Of the founding clubs, only Adelaide University remains.

The 2010 season marked the 100th year of the league, with the last day in September won by Henley, who won their first Division 1 premiership in history.

Division 1[edit]

Club-by-club summary[edit]

This table summarises the total Division 1 premierships and grand finals from 1911 to 2013.

Club Premierships Most Recent
Premiership
Most Recent
Grand Final
Runners Up Grand Finals
Adelaide University1 23 1999 2006 20 43
Semaphore Central5 12 1972 1977 10 22
Adelaide College2 7 1982 1982 7 14
Broadview 6 2004 2004 6 12
Goodwood Saints 6 2009 2009 3 9
Exeter5 5 1948 1955 4 9
Riverside3 3 1984 1990 7 10
Kilburn 3 2001 2001 3 6
Underdale United 2 1934 1938 5 7
Payneham 2 1978 1978 3 5
Greek Camden 2 1991 1991 2 4
Kenilworth 2 1930 1930 2 4
Flinders Park 2 1977 1977 1 3
PHOS Camden 2 2002 2002 1 3
Kingswood 2 1915 1915 0 2
Walkerville Football Club 2 1953 1953 0 2
West Adelaide United 2 1937 1937 0 2
Gaza 2 2011 2011 2 3
Greek 1 1985 1985 1 2
Henley 1 2010 2012 2 3
Port District 1 1992 1994 1 2
Rosewater 1 1957 1957 1 2
Seaton Ramblers 1 1973 1973 1 2
Woodville 1 1947 1946 1 2
Greenacres 1 1988 1988 0 1
St. Peters OC 2 2012 2012 0 2
Edwardstown4 0 - 1996 1 1
Glenferrie 0 - 1911 1 1
Glenunga 0 - 1978 1 1
Henley & Grange 0 - 1920 1 1
Prince Alfred OC 0 - 1937 1 1
Prospect 0 - 1921 1 1
SA Railways Institute 0 - 1941 1 1
Sacred Heart OC 0 - 2011 2 2
Salisbury North 0 - 2013 2 2
St. Francis Xavier 0 - 1912 1 1
Rostrevor OC 1 2013 2013 0 1

Denotes club is now defunct.
1Previously known as University until 1969.[4]
2Previously known as Adelaide Teachers College from 1972–79, Teachers College from 1935–72, Teachers Training College from 1923-34.[4]
3Merged with Alberton United and Ethelton to form Portland in 1997.[4]
4Moved to Southern Football League in 2009.
5Semaphore Central and Exeter merged to form Port District.

Grand Finals[edit]

The following list summarises the Division 1 Grand Final games from 1911 to 2013.[5]

Year Premier Score Runner-Up Score Ground
1911 University 14.15 (109) Glenferrie 5.11 (41) University Oval
1912 University 12.9 (81) St. Francis Xavier 5.11 (41) University Oval
1913 Kingswood 5.8 (38) Semaphore Central 4.6 (30)
1914 Semaphore Central 6.12 (48) University 4.11 (35) Norwood Oval
1915 Kingswood 8.11 (59) Semaphore Central 5.11 (41)
1916 Suspended due to war
1917 Suspended due to war
1918 Suspended due to war
1919 Suspended due to war
1920 University 10.18 (78) Henley & Grange 2.11 (23)
1921 University 9.10 (64) Prospect 7.11 (53)
1922 University 9.9 (63) Semaphore Central 8.4 (52)
1923 Semaphore Central 6.10 (46) University 5.5 (35) Norwood Oval
1924 Semaphore Central 6.10 (46) Teachers Training College 5.9 (39) Norwood Oval
1925 Semaphore Central 9.16 (70) Kenilworth 7.6 (48) Norwood Oval
1926 University 9.15 (69) Semaphore Central 7.18 (60) Norwood Oval
1927 Kenilworth 10.18 (78) University 10.9 (69) Belair National Park
1928 Semaphore Central 10.13 (73) Kenilworth 4.11 (35) Thebarton Oval
1929 University 11.11 (77) Semaphore Central 10.10 (70) Jubilee Oval
1930 Kenilworth 12.15 (87) University 12.13 (85) Glenelg Oval
1931 Semaphore Central 12.11 (83) Underdale United 9.16 (70) University Oval
1932 University 14.11 (95) Underdale United 11.13 (79) Jubilee Oval
1933 Underdale United 6.15 (51) University 6.10 (46) Thebarton Oval
1934 Underdale United 11.11 (77) University 8.11 (59) Norwood Oval
1935 St Peters O.C. 13.8 (86) Underdale United 10.13 (73) Unley Oval
1936 West Adelaide United 11.19 (85) Underdale United 10.8 (68) Thebarton Oval
1937 West Adelaide United 10.3 (63) Prince Alfred O.C. 7.10 (52) Prospect Oval
1938 Semaphore Central 14.12 (96) Underdale United 10.10 (70) Alberton Oval
1939 Exeter 15.11 (101) Payneham 15.9 (99) Prospect Oval
1940 Exeter 11.11 (77) Semaphore Central 5.12 (42) Alberton Oval
1941 Exeter 10.16 (76) S.A. Railways Institute 8.6 (54) Woodville Oval
1942 Suspended due to war
1943 Suspended due to war
1944 Suspended due to war
1945 Suspended due to war
1946 Woodville 8.13 (61) University 9.5 (59) Alberton Oval
1947 Exeter 14.14 (98) Woodville 6.8 (44) Alberton Oval
1948 Exeter 8.10 (58) Semaphore Central 6.8 (44) Woodville Oval
1949 Semaphore Central 8.11 (59) University 4.10 (34) Alberton Oval
1950 Walkerville 5.12 (42) Exeter 6.3 (39) Thebarton Oval
1951 University 6.8 (44) Exeter 5.13 (43) Thebarton Oval
1952 University 13.17 (105) Exeter 10.7 (67) Thebarton Oval
1953 Walkerville 8.10 (58) University 7.8 (50) Alberton Oval
1954 University 19.11 (125) Rosewater 10.4 (64) Alberton Oval
1955 University 18.5 (113) Exeter 7.7 (49) Alberton Oval
1956 Semaphore Central 11.8 (74) University 6.10 (46) Payneham Oval
1957 Rosewater 8.19 (67) Semaphore Central 6.13 (49) Kensington Oval
1958 Riverside 8.11 (59) University 6.13 (49) Alberton Oval
1959 Semaphore Central 15.10 (100) Riverside 8.17 (65) Kensington Oval
1960 University 6.4 (40) Semaphore Central 2.6 (18) Alberton Oval
1961 University 8.6 (54) Kilburn 3.8 (26) Alberton Oval
1962 University 8.14 (62) Teachers College 7.5 (47) Alberton Oval
1963 Teachers College 5.7 (37) University 3.7 (25) Alberton Oval
1964 Payneham 11.11 (77) University 10.8 (68) Norwood Oval
1965 University 14.15 (99) Riverside 3.18 (36) Alberton Oval
1966 Teachers College 9.11 (65) University 3.7 (25) Alberton Oval
1967 Teachers College 8.10 (58) University 7.8 (50) Alberton Oval
1968 University 9.10 (64) Teachers College 6.5 (41) Alberton Oval
1969 Adelaide University 7.8 (50) Teachers College 4.7 (31) Alberton Oval
1970 Semaphore Central 8.16 (66) Teachers College 6.15 (51) Alberton Oval
1971 Teachers College 15.16 (106) Seaton Ramblers 8.14 (64) Alberton Oval
1972 Semaphore Central 13.11 (89) Adelaide Teachers College 13.9 (87) Alberton Oval
1973 Seaton Ramblers 14.8 (92) Payneham 10.6 (66) Alberton Oval
1974 Adelaide University 16.11 (107) Payneham 7.5 (47) Adelaide Oval
1975 Adelaide University 14.15 (99) Flinders Park 4.9 (33) Adelaide Oval
1976 Flinders Park 19.20 (134) Adelaide University 10.12 (72) Richmond Oval
1977 Flinders Park 9.13 (67) Semaphore Central 5.14 (44) Richmond Oval
1978 Payneham 12.20 (92) Glenunga 9.8 (62) Richmond Oval
1979 Adelaide College 18.13 (121) Broadview 15.10 (100) Adelaide Oval
1980 Broadview 17.12 (114) Adelaide College 4.18 (42) Adelaide Oval
1981 Adelaide College 7.14 (56) Riverside 6.5 (41) Adelaide Oval
1982 Adelaide College 16.10 (106) Riverside 11.10 (76) Adelaide Oval
1983 Riverside 15.7 (97) Adelaide University 11.11 (77) Adelaide Oval
1984 Riverside 14.15 (99) Greek 11.14 (80) Norwood Oval
1985 Greek 16.9 (105) Riverside 11.11 (77) Alberton Oval
1986 Adelaide University 11.17 (83) Riverside 12.8 (80) Adelaide Oval
1987 Broadview 12.6 (78) Greek Camden 7.15 (57) Adelaide Oval
1988 Greenacres 11.13 (79) Broadview 11.11 (77) Adelaide Oval
1989 Broadview 18.13 (121) Greek Camden 2.8 (20) Adelaide Oval
1990 Greek Camden 18.12 (120) Riverside 12.15 (87) Alberton Oval
1991 Greek Camden 9.12 (66) Kilburn 9.10 (64) Alberton Oval
1992 Port District 17.8 (110) Broadview 8.10 (58) Alberton Oval
1993 Broadview 14.7 (91) Kilburn 9.17 (71) Adelaide Oval
1994 Kilburn 10.15 (75) Port District 8.9 (57) Adelaide Oval
1995 Kilburn 14.18 (102) Broadview 11.15 (81) Adelaide Oval
1996 Adelaide University 21.12 (138) Edwardstown 13.9 (87) Adelaide Oval
1997 Goodwood Saints 11.9 (75) PHOS Camden 10.8 (68) Adelaide Oval
1998 Broadview 18.13 (121) Goodwood Saints 8.6 (54) Adelaide Oval
1999 Adelaide University 5.13 (43) Goodwood Saints 5.12 (42) Adelaide Oval
2000 PHOS Camden 7.5 (47) Broadview 6.6 (42) Alberton Oval
2001 Kilburn 19.5 (119) Adelaide University 14.7 (91) Adelaide Oval
2002 PHOS Camden 11.17 (83) Adelaide University 10.12 (72) Adelaide Oval
2003 Gaza 10.15 (75) Broadview 7.9 (51) Adelaide Oval
2004 Broadview 9.11 (65) Goodwood Saints 8.10 (58) Adelaide Oval
2005 Goodwood Saints 13.10 (88) Gaza 8.5 (53) Adelaide Oval
2006 Goodwood Saints 18.11 (119) Adelaide University 10.12 (72) Alberton Oval
2007 Goodwood Saints 19.16 (130) Gaza 11.7 (73) Thebarton Oval
2008[6] Goodwood Saints 13.9 (87) Salisbury North 9.4 (58) Thebarton Oval
2009[7] Goodwood Saints 11.13 (79) Henley 8.12 (60) Thebarton Oval
2010[8] Henley 11.6 (72) Sacred Heart OC 7.5 (47) Thebarton Oval
2011 Gaza 10.13 (73) Sacred Heart 9.15 (69) Thebarton Oval
2012 St.Peters 15.13 (103) Henley 13.15 (93) Adelaide Airport Stadium
2013[9] Rostrevor 17.9 (111) Salisbury North 10.9 (69) Adelaide Airport Stadium

Current Clubs[edit]

The following table summarises the member clubs of the league for the 2014 season.

Club Divisions / Grades Website Nickname Founded Joined
Adelaide Lutheran 5, 5R, C3 http://www.alfc.com.au/ Bulldogs 1969 1985
Adelaide University 1, 1R, 7, 7R, C1, C2, C4 http://www.bobneil.com/ Blacks 1906 1911
Angle Vale 7, 7R http://freeteams.net/anglevalefootballclub/ Owls 1998 2007
Athelstone 3, 3R, C2 http://www.athelstonefc.org.au/ Raggies 1904 1996
Blackfriars Old Scholars 6, 6R http://www.bosfc.com/ Hounds 2005 2006
Blackwood 8 http://www.blackwoodfootballclub.com.au/ Woods 1882 2014
Brahma Lodge 5, 5R http://brahmalodgefc.sportzvault.com/ Tigers 1962 1996
Broadview 2, 2R, C2, U18R http://www.broadviewfc.com.au/ Tigers 1928 1964
CBC Old Collegians 5, 5R, C3 http://www.cbcoc.com.au/ Dolphins 1978 1978
Central United 6, 6R http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cufc Bulldogs 1962 1995
Colonel Light Gardens 5, 5R, 8R http://www.clgfc.org.au Lions 1931 1931
Eastern Park 4, 4R, C4, U18R http://www.epfc.com.au/ Demons 1962 1995
Elizabeth 5, 5R, C2 http://www.elizabetheagles.com.au/ Eagles 1956 1995
Fitzroy 6, 6R, C2, U18Y http://www.fitzroyfc.com.au/ Lions 1987 1987
Flinders Park 2, 2R, 7, U18Y http://www.flindersparkfc.com.au/ Reds 1927 1933
Flinders University 6R http://football.flindersclubs.asn.au Crabs 1966 1966
Gaza 1, 1R, C1, C7 http://www.gaza.com.au/football.html Eagles 1921 1962
Gepps Cross 2, 2R, C1 http://geppscross.homestead.com/ Rams 1952 1984
Glenunga 4, 4R, C4 http://glenungafc.com.au Rams 1954 1960
Golden Grove 4, 4R, 8, 8R, U18R http://www.ggfc.com.au/ Kookaburras 1995 1996
Goodwood Saints 1, 1R, C1, C7, U18Y http://www.goodwoodsaints.com.au/ Saints 1985 1985
Greenacres 5, 5R http://saafl.asn.au/stats/clubs.php?cName=Greenacres Dragons 1967 1973
Hectorville 4, 4R, C4 http://saafl.asn.au/stats/clubs.php?cName=Hectorville Hounds 1961 1990
Henley 1, 1R, 7, 7R, U18Y http://www.henleysharks.com.au Sharks 1906 1920
Hope Valley 4, 4R, C2, U18R http://saafl.asn.au/stats/clubs.php?cName=Hope%20Valley Demons 1906 1987
Houghton Districts 7, 7R http://www.hdfcraiders.com.au/ Raiders 1995 1995
Ingle Farm 6, 6R, C4, U18R http://www.inglefarm.org.au/snr_football.htm Bulldogs 1968 1989
Kenilworth 4, 4R, C3, C7 http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=kfc Kookaburras 1907 1924
Kilburn 3, 3R, C7 http://www.kfcc.com.au/ Knights 1923 1958
Lockleys 6, 6R, C4 http://www.lockleysfc.com.au/ Demons 1951 1986
Mawson Lakes 6, 6R, C4 http://www.mawsonlakesfc.com.au/ Saints 1978 1993
Mitcham 3, 3R, C3 http://www.mitchamfootballclub.websyte.com.au/ Hawks 1908 1968
Mitchell Park 6 http://www.mitchellparkfc.com/ Lions 1969 2001
Modbury 3, 3R, 7, 7R, C4, U18R http://www.modburyhawks.org.au Hawks 1862 1988
North Haven 5, 5R, 8, 8R, U18Y North Haven Facebook Magpies 1935 1980
North Pines 7, 7R North Pines MySpace Redbacks 1993 1993
Old Ignatians 3, 3R, C1 http://www.oifc.com.au/ Iggies 1972 1972
Para Hills 5, 5R, C4 http://www.phfc.com.au/ Big Reds 1974 1995
Payneham Norwood Union 2, 2R, 8, 8R, U18R http://www.paynehamfalcons.com.au/home.html Falcons 1995 1996
Pembroke OS 3, 3R, C3 http://www.pembroke.sa.edu.au/page.php?section=517 Kings 1932 1932
PHOS Camden 2, 2R, C1, U18Y http://www.phantomsfc.com.au/ Phantoms 1994 1994
Plympton 3, 3R, C2, U18Y http://www.plymptonbulldogs.com.au/ Bulldogs 1937 1996
Pooraka 4, 4R, C4 http://www.poorakafc.com.au/ Bulls 1920 1996
Port District 1, 1R, C1, U18Y http://www.pdfc.com.au Magpies 1979 1984
Portland 1, 1R, C2, U18Y http://home.iprimus.com.au/aurbow/ Thunder 1997 1997
Prince Alfred OC 2, 2R, 8, 8R, C3 http://www.paocfc.com/ Reds 1926 1926
Pulteney OS 4, 4R, C3 http://www.pulteney.sa.edu.au/posa/football.html Navy Blues 1936 1936
Rosewater 6, 6R, C4, http://www.rosewaterfc.com.au/ Bulldogs 1885 1949
Rostrevor OC 1, 1R, C1 http://www.rostrevor.sa.edu.au/flexipage.aspx?PageId=150 ROCS 1923 1974
Sacred Heart OC 2, 2R, 7, 7R, U18Y http://www.shocfc.com/Football/Default.htm SHOCs 1968 1968
Salisbury 3, 3R, 8, 8R, C7, U18R http://freeteams.net/Salisburyfootballclub/index.html Magpies 1883 1995
Salisbury North 1, 1R, C1, U18R Salisbury North Facebook Hawks 1953 1996
Salisbury West 4, 4R Salisbury West Facebook Tigers 1965 1970
Scotch OC 2, 2R, C3 http://www.scotchoc.com.au/?catalog_id=203&category_id=3211 None 1929 1929
Seaton Ramblers 3, 3R, C2 Seaton Ramblers Facebook Rams 1958 1961
Smithfield 7, 7R, U18R Smithfield Facebook Panthers 1965 1995
SMOSH West Lakes 2, 2R, 7, 7R, U18Y SMOSH West Lakes Facebook Lions 1996 1996
St. Peters OC 1, 1R, C1 http://spocfc.com.au/ SPOCs 1928 1928
Tea Tree Gully 1, 1R, 8, 8R, U18R http://www.gullies.com.au Gullies 1862 1988
Trinity OS 5, 5R, C4 http://www.tosfc.com.au Lions 2006 2006
Unley 3, 3R, C1, U18Y http://unleyjets.com.au// Jets 1970 1970
Walkerville Football Club 2, 2R, C1 http://www.walkervillefc.com.au/ Cats 1901 1936
West Croydon 6, 6R West Croydon Facebook Hawks 1961 1974
Westminster OS 5, 5R Westminister OS Facebook Dragons 1969 1969
Wingfield Royals 7 http://saafl.asn.au/club/Wingfield+Royals Royals 1954 1982
Woodville South 4, 4R, C3, U18Y Woodville South Facebook Cats 1890 1979

Controversy[edit]

Violence and Abuse[edit]

The league received media publicity over a number of violent incidents occurring at matches programmed during season 2013. Some significant events include:

  • May 25: An alleged fight involving up to 20 people in the car park at a match involving Smithfield and Ingle Farm.[10]
  • May 25: A Westminster Old Scholars player allegedly being attacked with a glass bottle during a match.[10]
  • June 1: A Central United player was banned for life following a 'disgusting' act where he smeared faeces on the door of the umpires' changeroom following a match against Blackfriars Old Scholars.[11]
  • June: One player was sentenced to 8 months jail following a "coward punch" against an opponent in a C2 Division match between Adelaide Lutheran and Seaton Ramblers.[12]
  • June 15: Aboriginal Salisbury North coach Eugene Warrior was racially abused by a Henley supporter.[13]
  • July 20: Two Smithfield players reported for striking a player and abusing umpires resulted in the Smithfield club being banned from the league.[14]
  • September 7: Police were called and the Division 7 Grand Final between Ingle Farm and Angle Vale was called off with 10 minutes remaining when a wild brawl broke out between spectators.[15]
  • September 27: A Salisbury North player was banned for life as a result of an incident in the Division 1 Grand Final. 2 other Salisbury North players were also suspended.[16][17]
  • Central United had 10 Category A reports during the season resulting in a combined total of 36 games and a life ban.[18]
  • Salisbury North had 8 suspensions for a total of 35 games.[18]
  • Salisbury West had to resort to punishing 3 players who abused umpires by forcing them to officiate games without pay.[18]

Earlier Issues[edit]

  • 2005 Div 4 Grand Final - Salisbury West forfeited promotion, had premiership points deducted for the following season and 5 players received a total of 38 games suspension following a violent incident during their heavy loss to Payneham Norwood Union.[19]
  • 2011 - Spectators at West Croydon were approached by Sex Workers during junior games to offer their services.[20]
  • May 19, 2012 - Police were called after a spectator wielded a knife and another used a broken beer bottle as a weapon in a scuffle against Trinity Old Scholars. Ingle Farm had to hire security guards and ban drinking in certain areas for their remaining home games for the season.[21]
  • June 10, 2012 - Three players were allegedly involved in an incident where their names were signed in permanent marker on a bar whilst representing the SAAFL in Tasmania as part of the Under-23 representative team.[22]

Later Issues[edit]

  • Smithfield were reinstated to the competition with stipulations around player behavior. An incident in its Under 18 team involving umpire abuse and intimidation resulted in that team being withdrawn, its coach being banned for 18 months, one player being suspended for 8 matches, 2 other players suspended for 4 and 2 games each, the club being fined $2,000, and the A-Grade and B-Grade teams being penalised 8 premiership points each.[23][24]
  • Central United were docked 9 premiership points as a result of a player being suspended for spitting at and striking another player in a game played on 19 July 2014 against Blackfriars Old Scholars.[25]
  • Salisbury and Ingle Farm's Under 18 teams were each penalized 6 premiership points for involvement in a melee.[25]
  • A North Pines player was suspended for 32 weeks, resulting in a life ban, for attempting to headbutt an umpire, threatening an umpire and racial vilification during a Division 7 Semi-Final against Adelaide University. The same game resulted in a forfeit when the North Pines team walked off the field in protest against three of its players being reported.[26] The incident resulted in the coach being suspended for 12 months, every North Pines player suspended for 4 games (suspended until the end of 2017 season) and a $2000 fine for the North Pines club.[27]

Unbalanced Competition[edit]

The league received media coverage in 2014 due to extreme scores in a number of games.

  • Consideration was given to reorganising the divisional structure after Kilburn Football Club, in Division 3, was beaten by a combined 736 points in their first two games of the season, whilst forfeiting their B-Grade on the same two occasions.[28] Kilburn later forfeited an A-Grade game against Salisbury when a few players misunderstood the start time and a few others could not find their way to the ground.[29]
  • Brahma Lodge were dropped from the Division 4 competition after losing a number of players.[30]
  • Mitchell Park and Flinders University were both reduced to one team each, with Flinders University taking the place of Mitchell Park's reserves in the Division 6 Reserves competition due to mass losses of players.[31]
  • Blackfriars Old Scholars set a new SAAFL record score when they posted 71.30 (460) in a 429 point win against Angle Vale in Division 6.[32][33] This resulting in the Angle Vale coach, Peter McMillan, quitting[34] the following Tuesday night at a crisis meeting[35] and being replaced by the Reserves coach Rob Warren.
  • Wingfield Royals forfeited a match in Division 7 against Smithfield on May 24 following 6 straight losses by an average of 198 points.[36]
  • Both Kilburn (in Division 3 against Pembroke Old Scholars) and Angle Vale (in Division 6 against Ingle Farm) forfeited their A-Grade games on July 5.[37]
  • Salisbury West requested to be dropped down 2 divisions from Division 3 to Division 5 due to losing more than half their squad when they did not pay them for the second half of the 2014 season.[38]

Governance[edit]

An attempt to oust then President Gino Capogreco in October 2013 failed when the vote was defeated at an extraordinary meeting of the league.[39] Mr. Capogreco was accused of altering a document and physically threatening a board member.[40][41] Mr. Capogreco was later defeated at the following AGM.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ History, SAAFL.
  4. ^ a b c Entry and Exit of Clubs
  5. ^ [1], SAAFL
  6. ^ 2008 Grand Final
  7. ^ 2009 Grand Final
  8. ^ 2010 Grand Final
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