Southern Districts Football Club

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Halloween party this Saturday Night

Don't forget the first social event for this season is happening THIS Saturday night!

The women's side is holding a Halloween party @ the club house.

Prizes for best dressed so get your spooky on and join us for a night of horrors..

Jared Brennan mark nominated for 'Play Of The Round'

One the best plays from Round 4 NTFL action is this hanger in the goal square by none other than former AFL star Jared Brennan from SDFCCROCS Check it out a great goal square grab from Saturdays game against Buffs!

Head to  and VOTE  for JB! for a chance to WIN the fantastic prize of a 3 month F45 Training Darwin membership valued at $680

This Weeks Games

Mens P/League v Tiwi - Sat 3pm - Real Estate Central Oval
Womens P/League v Nightcliff - Sat 10:30am - TIO Stadium
Mens Div One v Wanderers - Sat 12:30pm - TIO Stadium
Mens Div Two v Nightcliff - Sat 5:30pm - TIO Oval 2
Under 18s Boys v Nightcliff - Sat 8:45am - TIO Stadium
Under 18s Girls BYE Round
Under 16s Div 1 v Buffs - Sun 9:00am - TIO Oval 2
Under 16s Div 2 v Nightcliff - Sun 11:00am - TIO Oval 2
Under 15s Girls v Tiwi - Sun 10:15am TIO Stadium
Under 14s Div 1 v Nightcliff - Sat 12:00pm - Tracey Village
Under 14s Div 2 v To be announced
Under 12s Div 1 v Bulldogs - Fri 6:40pm - TIO (airport end)
Under 12s Div 2 v Razorbacks - Fri 5:30pm TIO (airport end)

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 - Vesna, Melissa and Joanne

These three ladies are from one of the founding families of the SDFC and Mel and Jo were kids when the club was formed by people like mum Vesna and their dad Frank Carbone Snr. On the weekend at the Crocs Home Game there they were running the canteen for the club that their family, their own families and their extended families have been involved with most of their lives.

All of the boys (the Carbone boys) have played for SDFC and most of their sons and nephews and in Vesna's case most of her Grand Children. Paul Carbone (Vesna's oldest son) is a foundation player in just about every grade the club entered into the NTFL in the 1980's and including being a Inaugural 'A' Grade player when the club played in the first year of League in the NTFL. Then there is Joe and Frank Jnr who along with Paul are not only champion Litchfield Bears Rugby League players who within the early years of the SDFC became SDFC Premiership junior players for the Crocs too. You only have to ask any old timers at the Bears about the Carbone boys and the Junior and A Grade Premierships they played in.

Jo has been the current club Secretary for the last three seasons and it is not her first time on the Comittee. She has been on the Crocs committee three different times spanning over the clubs history.

So next time you see these ladies say thankyou very much for their and their families commitment and dedication to the SDFC, without them the club wouldnt be here and as great as it now..

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

If you would like to add any information to the newsletters please email

Womens Premier League

Big three weeks for the Crocs

Well, that wraps up a busy three week home-games effort by the Southern Districts Football Club! That includes all our players, trainers, volunteers, local supporters, volunteers and Committee. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to start the club's season off with a huge impact to the Crocs - both off and on the field

We're next at home on 17 and 18 December 2016. School holidays commence and Xmas footy! Yay! Keep an eye out for our upcoming social activities at the Clubhouse, starting from this Saturday's Halloween event from 7pm. Premiers return off the plane from Tiwi and arrive shortly after. Prizes for best Halloween dressed.

Details for Sealink Ferry are down below

Have a super weekend and we'll see you around Southern Districts Crocs #snap#snap

Ferry to SDFC Premier League vs Tiwi Bombers game


For any supporters who are wanting catch the ferry over to the Tiwi Islands to support the Crocs Premier League please contact Sealink Ferry.. click on the picture below for times ..



10 years celebration function - 3rd December

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 SDFC had a great season and along with the two Grand Final wins the club won the NTFL Club Championship Award as well. The League and Under 16s teams had already taken out the Minor Premierships by finishing on top of the ladders in the 'Home and Away' season games before the finals started.

Brothers Shane, Andrew and Luke Hodges all played in the Reserves Grand Final which they unfortunatley lost but did the club proud. Shannon Rusca, Captain of the League Grand Final winning team had his brother Robbie (Robert who was a club champion in the League teams of the 80 and 90s) playing in the Reserves Grand Final. And Tom O'Shaughnessy who played played in the League Grand Final had his younger brother Jack playing in the under 16s Grand Final winning team.

For more achievements that season read the story at the bottom left of this newsletter.

There will be function held on the 3rd of December at the Michael Long Learning Centre at TIO Stadium. Already 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.

50 games for Allison

Well done to Womens Premier League player Allison Wilson who has played her 50th game for the SDFC. Allsion is a inaugural player for the Crocs Womens side playing from when the club first entered a Womens team into the NTFL in the 2013/14 season. Allison was so keen to play footy when moving from down south to Darwin as soon she heard that the Crocs were entering a team she couldn’t wait to get here. Allison has the great honour of being the first Womens player to play 50 games for the SDFC. A great effort and has her name in the clubs History pages..

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

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 this Saturday night organised by the Womens Premier League team. 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.

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

Under 18s Girls

Under 18s boys

More photo's of the Round 4 Mens Premier League, Mens Div One and Mens Div Two teams on the SDFCCROCS Facebook page..

Go Crocs this weekend..

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