Southern Districts Football Club

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Crocs Seniors teams have Home Games this Sunday

The action kicks off at 815am with the Under 18s Boys followed by the Womens Premier League at 10am, The Mens Div Two, Mens Div One and the main game of Mens Premier League play at Midday, 2pm and 4pm respectively. All SDFC members have free entry. They are great days a good chance to bring the whole family down to support the Crocs.

Beau Schwarze

Kane Davis

Steven Stewart

Zac Smith

The Mens Premier league have played very well the first two games with a lot of experienced players not playing yet the side has been able to give debuts to a few players. 16yo Beau Schwarze who won the NTFL Under 14s 2013/14 season Gunderson Medal has stepped up and has been a standout, Zac Smith who won the NTFL Under 18s Abala Medal last season made his debut last Sunday and played along side his brother Sam. And the chance has come about for Div one players Kane Davis and Steven Stewart to be promoted into the Premier League side and both have played very well. Kane shows he is very strong and pulled off two great tackles in the round 1 game against Waratah.

The Mens Div One team have lost their first two games but will improve and it is great to see juniors stepping up to play in this side. The really great thing to see is 16 of the 23 players on Sunday being former SDFC Juniors now playing in this team.

The very large contingent of SDFC junior grades started their games in round 2 and had mixed results. A Standout performance was in the Under16s Div One with Jayden Cooper-Cunningham kicking seven goals in his team's win.

The club though needs many volunteers and as many helpers as possible on all game days especially Home Games, please contact the club even if you can only help out for a couple of hours it will make a big difference.

For a map of Norbuilt Oval and games over the season at Norbuilt Oval please click here

To see all the Crocs teams dates and times for games for the season please click here

People within the club – know more about them

This week the former players now in coaching and team staff roles at the Crocs.

There is so much experience within the coaching and the team staff now at the Crocs and the benefits are flowing along through to the players. Many of these people have vast experience in football.

Current Mens Premier League Coach Shannon Rusca is a two time SDFC Premier League Premiership player (one as the Captain), Nichols Medallists, former Brisbane Lions AFL player, a member of the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century, a former NT rep and NT Thunder player. Shannon is also involved in coaching with the NT Thunder coaching program.

Ryan Ayres who came to the Crocs last season and is very popular is a former NT Rep, Darwin Buffaloes and Waratah player who was drafted to Melbourne Football Club in the 2001 Rookie draft and played in Victoria without playing a AFL game. He then went on to play North Adelaide in the SANFL before returning to the NT.

Bruce Jarmyn a Crocs Premier League Premiership player, three time SDFC Premier League Best and Fairest winner, NTFL Nichols Medallist, SDFC Player Life Member, member of the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century, former SDFC Premier League Captain and NT rep player.

Shane Shewring an Inaugural SDFC Premier League player at the age of 17yo when the SDFC first entered the NTFL Premier League grade in the 1987/88 season, a SDFC Player Life Member and the clubs first NTFL Player Life Member, Premier League Premiership player, former SDFC Premier League Captain, a member of the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century and NT rep player.

Matt Cannard current Mens Premier League Captain and current Under 18s Boys coach is a NTFL Nichols medallist, SDFC Premier League Premiership player, two time SDFC Premier League Best and Fairest winner, NTFL and SDFC Player Life Member, named Captain of the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century and a former NT Thunder player.

Bill Feeney Jnr, the current Womens Premier League Coach is a two time SDFC Premier League Premiership winning player, NTFL and SDFC Player Life Member, member of the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century, in his early seasons with the Crocs premier League team he won Most Improved, Most Consistent, Best defender and Best Team man awards and was a NT rep player.

Gerard Atkins a two time SDFC Premier League Premiership player, one of those as Captain when he won the Channey Medal for best on ground for kicking eight goals, two time NTFL Leading Goal Kicker, five time SDFC Leading Goal kicker kicking 393 goals in 152 games, member of the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century and NT Rep player.

Jeff Lloyd a former Crocs juniors and Premier League player in his second season coaching the newly formed Under 18s Girls team.

Tarmon Elliot a former Crocs Juniors and Seniors player and two time juniors Premiership winning coach.

Sean Bowden one of three Alice Springs brothers to play AFL, he played for Richmond and is a former Crocs Juniors Coach and father of current players Michael and Connor. Sean is also a Crocs sponsor.

Peter Lake originally from Alice Springs is the current Under 16s Div One Coach after coaching the side to a Premiership last season. He was an assistant Coach of the Premier League last season. Peter is also involved with NT Thunder Coaching program.

Nathan Finn played a couple of seasons in the Mens Div Two team and has Coached juniors for the last few seasons. He Coached the Under 14s Div One team to the Grand Final last season which they had won comfortably until the game was awarded to the other team as the Crocs had a sin-binned player return to the field too early.

Other former SDFC players in Andrew Reed and Mark Pisani are in the roles they have had over the last couple of seasons as Mens Div One and Mens Div Two Coaches respectively. 

Earn some cash being a SDFC Club Umpire

A great way to keep fit and meet people and if you are Club Field Umpire for juniors games you get paid. All Under 16 Division 2 and Under 14 Division 2 matches will require club field umpires for all matches this season. All Senior Men’s Division 2 matches will require club goal umpires.

Once accredited, the club FIELD umpires will be:

• Paid 70% of the current NTFLUA rates (on club invoice after rounds 11 & 19)
• Given a FREE “Basic Umpires Kit” which contains a whistle, cap, wristbands and drawstring bag
• Club field umpires will be given a 2016/17 NTFL season pass

Game Photos

If you are at games and take photos please share them with us on Facebook. It would be great to see some photos of the Crocs teams playing. Click on the photos below to see more pics on the SDFCCROCS facebook page

Mens Div One Round 2

Mens Premier League Round 2

Mens Div Two Round 2

Crocs Poster

To launch the 2016/17 season the NT News printed Football liftout. The SDFC page is very impressive. If you would like a copy of the liftout contact the club and you can pick it up or get it posted to you, the liftout is free. There is plenty available.

Click here if you would like to download a copy of the SDFC page

Great news stories out of the CROCS

There are so many positive news stories happening at the Crocs this season. Along with the so many young players playing in the seniors teams and seeing their development and Crocs juniors getting chance in the Mens Premier League side it is really getting back to Grass Roots footy for the SDFC. Mens Div One players are getting a run in the Premier League side and playing very well. Juniors are having a run in the Mens Divisions teams and playing very well as well. The young Premier League Womens team under the coaching of Bill Feeney jnr is getting stronger and are coming together very well, and have already notched up a win after only two rounds. The Boys Under 18s team coached by Mens Premier League Captain Matt Cannard is undefeated after two very good wins to start the season and the Girls Under 18s team is developing well too.

Looking at the coaching and team staff personal of the club now is very impressive also with many of them being former Crocs juniors, Premier League players, Nichols Medallists, Premiership winners, NTFL and SDFC Player Life Members and current Premier League players as well.

Many people going down to the club to watch the games over the weekend saw it was very refreshing with seeing the culture building at the club in the senior grades. Seeing players in each grade working in the bar on a roster and the supporters being able to be served by players was so great to see. And they did a great job too. With another two seniors Home Game days over the two weekends plenty more helps are required to volunteer. Any little bit of help is muchly appreciated. Please contact the club to offer to help out.

Along with the seniors players helping out with the bar each senior team is also having a turn at organising an event over the season. The first one being on the Saturday Home Game in two weeks time. Hopefully have some more info in the next newslatter. It’s all come about from the stability of the seniors teams with a core group of players in each team each season and coaches who have been in their roles over a few seasons. Great to see all now getting involved in the clubs activities.

All teams at the SDFC have now all appointed coaches with the last two positions taken up by a SDFC champion former player in Gerard Atkins who coached last season in his debut juniors coaching role and the other team coached by two current Mens Premier League players in Michael Bowden and Matthew Duffy.

So much positivity the future is looking very bright.

Keep the 3rd of December free in your calendar

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.

There will be function held on the 3rd of December at the Michael Long Learning Centre at TIO Stadium. Already 13 players from the Premier League Premiership winning team now living interstate have committed to coming up for the event. It is not only a event for the players it is a event for all club spporters. All supporters are welcome. With the interest so far the event is going to be a great one. More info will be out in the newsletters soon. For further inquiries via a facebook page please click here

This weeks CROCSTV

See highlights of the Round 2 Mens Premier League playing against Palmerston on CROCSTV. Click on the picture below.

CROCS 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 year Premiership celebration

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.

The Under 16s had a outstanding season going through the season undefeated in the home and away games and the finals. 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.

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

CROCS Playing In Superules Carnival

SDFC Vice President Dave Sanderson and SDFC Mens Div One Coach Andrew Reed played recently in the 50yo and over Australian Masters Carnival. 

Reedy was ringed in as a under aged player.

NT beat Victoria Metro in first game, beat Queensland in the second game and lost narrowly to NSW/ACT in the third and final game.

Ian Grazoli, a 'Townies' player in the local Superules comp won the Best and Fairest for the 50s and was selected in the 'All Australian' side along with other 'Townies' Shane Carrol and Paul Pritchard.

Dave and Reedy play for the local SDFC affiliated Superules team the 'Feral Flyers' another 'Feral Flyer' Phil Clarke also played for the NT team.

Top pic: Dave Sanderson
(pic taken last season)

Bottom Pic: Andrew Reed

Reedy stepped in when the Vic women's (demonstration) team lost their playing coach on the first day. Donna played for Victoria as the NT did not have a women's side. The age of the women ranged from 20-45 and the three teams competing were Vic, NSW and Qld.

Next year there will be a Masters Women's competition at the Masters Carnival in Geelong.

Under 18s boys

Under 14s Div One

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