Southern Districts Football Club

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Season kicks off this weekend

The 2016-17 NTFL season kicks off this weekend with all Seniors grades and Under 18s games. The 10 year anniversary season for the Premier League since winning their last Premiership kicks off on Saturday at Gardens Oval against the team they beat in that Grand Final, Waratahs. The Coach of the Crocs on that day was Michael McLean who is now coaching Waratahs. The Captain of the Crocs in the Grand Final win and Nichols Medal winner that season, Shannon Rusca is now the Coach of the Crocs.

Mens P/League v Waratah 4:00 pm Sat 8 Oct Gardens Oval
Womens P/League v Buffs 4:00 pm Sat 8 Oct Asbuild Oval
Mens Div 1 v Waratah 2:00 pm Sat 8 Oct Gardens Oval
Mens Div 2 v Jabiru 2:00 pm Sat 8 Oct Asbuild Oval 2
U/18s Boys v Buffaloes 12:00 pm Sat 8 Oct Asbuild Oval
U/18s Girls v Buffettes 10:15 am Sat 8 Oct Asbuild Oval

Juniors will be commencing games next weekend

For all game times and venues please click here


Memberships and Apparel

The club has a great range on club apparel and memberships available this year. Please come to the club on training nights to have a look..

Click here for membership forms


Players Registration

All players must be registered online to be able to play. This is compulsory with the NTFL. Players please click on the link below to register to play for the 2016-17 NTFL Season. SDFC club memberships are available on training nights at the clubs home ground Norbuilt Oval, Freds Pass reserve.

Players Registration click here


Womens Playing number rules for the 2016/17 NTFL season

Under 15, Under 18 and Senior Women’s Teams competing in the NTFL shall have no more than the following maximum number of players per team: Twenty four (24) players with sixteen (16) on the field and eight (8) interchange. If during a match playing numbers for either team fall below 12, for any reason, the provisions of clause 20.7 of the Laws of Australian Football shall apply. If a junior girls team is unable to field sixteen (16) players for a match, the umpire(s) may commence the match as scheduled if each team has at least twelve (12) players provided each team has equal playing numbers on the playing arena during the course of the match.

The SDFC celebrates two very big milestones this season

35 years of NTFL

In the 1981/82 NTFL season Southern Districts Football Club entered a senior team into the Northern Territory Football League Sunday ‘C’ grade competition. In the 1982/83 season this competition became the Northern Territory Football Association

The club also fielded a NTFL Under 15s team as well, this team were the future seniors players and a number of them played in the first A Grade team six years later.

Over the years the club entered teams into the various grades of the NTFL.

1983/84 Under 13s
1984/85 Under 17s (Junior Colts)
1985/86 Reserves and Under 19s (Senior Colts)
1987/88 League ( A Grade)

To read more history of the club please download a PDF below. It is a work in progress and information gathered from the Internet, NT State Library, NT News and Litchfield Times articles and Football Insights. If you can add or amend any info please let us know.

History Yearly Breakdown PDF

10 years Premierships

The upcoming 2016/17 NTFL season marks the 10th anniversary of the 2006/07 NTFL season SDFC Premier League and Under 16s Premierships. It is also the only season the SDFC has played in the Reserve Grade Grand Final but lost to Waratah. If anyone has any photos or clips or stories from that season it would be great to share.

The 2006/07 season was Michael McLean's first year as Premier League Coach, Shannon Rusca won the Premier League Nichols Medal, NT News Player of the Year and Coca Cola/ABC Player of the Year, Ashley Wedding won the Premier League leading goal kicker Dennis Dunn Trophy kicking 117 goals for the season, Kyle Archibald won the Chaney Meadal for Best on Ground in the Premier League Grand Final. Two players from the clubs first Premier League's Premiership in the 1997/98 season (Bill Feeney jnr and Gerard Atkins) returned to the Crocs to play in the clubs 2nd Premiership. Keegan Dingo, Ben Ah Mat and Matt Cannard who all played in this season are now SDFC Player Life members. Ben and Matt are now also NTFL Life members. Shane Shewring also a SDFC & NTFL Player Life Member and 97/98 Premiership player played most of the season in the Premier League but mised out the Premiership playing in the Reserve Grade Grand Final.

Two of the Under 16s players from that season (Steven May and Troy Taylor) would go on to be Drafted to the AFL, Steven May won the leading goal kicker for the Under 16s competition with 46 goals, Troy Taylor won the Russell Jeffrey Medal for BOG in the Under 16s Grand Final and Rhys Mason won the Hickman Medal for U/16s competition Best and Fairest for the season tieing with two other players from other clubs.

Other club Honours can be read veiwed on the club website and click on the HISTORY tab.

The SDFC has some great sponsors and we thank them all for their very valuable contribution. Without sponsors sports clubs would not exist. Visit our website and get to know our great sponsors. Please use them and let them know your a Crocs supporter or member or player and thank them for supporting this great club.

For further information please
Phone: 0419 717 067

SDFC Home Ground: Norbuilt Oval, Freds Pass Recreational Reserve, Bees Creek, NT