South Adelaide Panthers FC
|Full name||South Adelaide Panthers Football Club|
|Ground||O'Sullivan Beach Sports Complex|
|League||National Premier League South Australia|
South Adelaide Panthers Football Club are a soccer club from the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. Panthers play in the NPL South Australia. Their home ground is at the O'Sullivan Beach Sports Complex, known affectionately as Panther Park. Panthers also field Girls teams from U11 - U17 and two Senior Women's teams. The girl's and women's teams are known as the Pink Panthers.
One of the youngest clubs in the FFSA league. The club was founded in August 1997 to provide opportunities for the advancement to senior level for players associated with the South Adelaide Colts Club. The club was originally an attempt to utilise and dominate the south as Noarlunga United and Seaford had limited success despite good youth talent in the area. although they were initially successful many player disputes with management led to much of the youth talent obtained leaving before playing much first team football for the club. The Panthers F.C. as they are affectionately known are the hated rivals of Noarlunga United as a result of player movements, transfer politics and club proximity.
When the club was formed it was jointly owned by the Sporting Star and South Adelaide Colts. The club's initial games were played at the Cove Sports Community Centre - a ground known for its heavy winds. The club has since moved to the O'Sullivan Beach Sports Complex.
The Panthers have fielded young teams in the SASF 2nd Division. After initially struggling the Panthers have steadily improved to become a regular mid table side in the 2nd Division (called the Premier League). The Panthers are currently coached by Aldo Maricic.
In 2008 the club planned a tournament to mark the passing of Tony Macentagert a club president at the time which they named after him inviting local teams from the area. Included were Seaford Rangers F.C., Noarlunga United F.C. and Hallett Cove F.C.(amateur club). South Adelaide beat Noarlunga on penalties in the inaugural tournament and hope to make it an annual event.
After gaining promotion to the South Australian National Premier League in 2013 for the first time in the club's history, the senior men's side became the first club from the South of Adelaide to not only compete in the top South Australian division but to also consolidate their position in the top division finishing 4 points above the relegation zone in 2014.
The club is currently managed by former club captain Danny Graystone who won 3 consecutive Best and Fairest with the club between 2005 and 2007. After leaving the club for Cumberland United Danny went on to captain Cumberland United FC to 2006 Premier League and FFSA Cup successes before moving to The Cove FC in 2011 as a player coach, eventually returning to manage South Adelaide Panthers FC in 2013 following the resignation of former coach Steve Kitchin.
Pink Panthers History
Girls first joined the South Adelaide Panthers in 2005, when two teams, an Under 13 and an Under 15 team were introduced, bringing approx. 32 girls, and their families, to the club. These girls were named the “Pink Panthers”.
The girls were introduced by Jim McGuinness and Sue & Phil Webster who identified a need for girls teams in the South of Adelaide as well as for their daughters, who wanted to play.
Jag Kitchens (Jim’s employer) sponsored the U15 team for their strips and Complete Scaffold sponsored the U13 team for theirs, so there was no financial burden on the club. Since then Complete Scaffold has sponsored all girls teams.
The U13 team won the league
U13 Runners up in League on goal diff. only Under 13’s Cup Final winners at Hindmarsh Stadium (first ever Under 13’s Cup Winners)
Under 15’s team won the league Under 15’s Cup Final winners at Hindmarsh Stadium
Promoted to Div. 2 The team won the league Won Div. 2/3/4Cup Final at Hindmarsh Stadium
Promoted to Div. 1
Promoted to the Premier Division
On September 23, 2012 Tegan Wilkinson played her 100th Senior Women’s Game for the South Adelaide Pink Panthers, being the club’s first female player to achieve this milestone. Tegan has played every year since the start in 2005.
- South Adelaide Panthers are yet to win any silverwear in South Australian senior competitions.
Notable former players