Southern Districts Football Club

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Big Saturday for Crocs Seniors teams at Home

After a big Sunday Home Game day last round five Crocs teams play at Home again this Saturday. Both the Under 18s team, The Mens Div One and both the Premier League teams play very imporatant games. The Mens Premier League will looking to back up form the last round strong win against St Marys but the Buffs will push the Crocs as they always do so the Crocs need to play very well, the Womens Premier League played very well against Waratah even though they lost and can push hard this week for a win, The Mens Div One had a 25 Goal win against St Marys last Sunday and need another win after losing thier first games of the season, the Under 18s girls had a great win against Waratah on the weekend and the Under 18s Boys are undefeated so far this season to sit equal top on the Ladder on points with Nightcliff.

The action kicks off at 815am with the Under 18s girls followed by the Under 18s Boys at 10am, the Womens premier League, Mens Div One and the main game of Mens Premier League play at Midday, 2pm and 4pm respectively. There will be a function after the main game so stick around and hopefully celebrate a great day for the Crocs. All SDFC members have free entry. A good chance to bring the whole family down to support the Crocs with only two more Home Games later in the season.

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

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

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

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

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.

The club is very busy updating memberships email lists, so if you know someone who is a member and are not receiving Newsletter emails yet please let them know all should be by next week. Please forward these newsletters on them. you can access the newsletters at the club website with a lot of other information and on Facebook SDFCCROCS

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A big thankyou to all

A big thankyou to all our volunteers helping at Home Games at the gate, the bar, and with memberships and merchandise. It is greatly appreciated and an opportunity to contribute and understand what happens behind the scenes. Great to see players from different Seniors teams working behind the bar and people like Life members Alan Hagan and Anthony Venes working on the gate. And another Life Member Alan Smith doing time keeping for the Premier League. Rob Jeffery who on the weekend was time keeper for two games, Annette Duffy and Renee Elliot who are sports trainers. Peter and Locky Mullins helping out with water during the games, and all the scoreboard attendants. These are only just a few people and as the season goes on hopefully we can recognise all of them in the newsletters, so if you see one of our volunteers say a big thankyou and if you cant help out yourslef maybe shout them a drink or a hot dog or sandwhich. 


This Saturday volunteers required from 3-5pm in the Bar. Please call Alastair Wise. Volunteers required in the Canteen for an hour each from 12noon to 6.00pm. Please Call Ves on 0418894504 to arrange your time. Please wear closed in shoes. 


Meals on this Thursday night will be Corned Silverside, veges and sauce. Roast lamb rolls for supper after the game on Saturday night.  


Membership cards are available for the home games this weekend. Please pick yours up from the Club.


Outstanding merchandise might be arriving late next week and we will advise when available for collection to complete your membership quota. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have been so overwhelmed with the response to memberships, with extra members and players. It's a testament to our club with our member numbers now over 350!  

Great highlights on CROCSTV

See highlights of the Round 3 Mens Premier League playing against St Marys on CROCSTV. Click on the picture below.

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

Under 16s Div Two

Mens Div Two

Mens Div One

Mens Premier League

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. The Boys Under 18s team coached by Mens Premier League Captain Matt Cannard is undefeated after three very good wins to start the season and the Girls Under 18s team is developing well too with a win on the weekend.

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 are doing a great job too. 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 this week. 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.

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

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



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