Southern Districts Football Club

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SDFC Football Info Night

The SDFC Football Info night was a great success with an estimated 400 people attending over the two sessions. Premier League Coach Shannon Rusca did extremely well talking tactics, strategies and trying to keep it as simple as he could for the juniors. In all the night went for about 3 hours and was very well received. The SDFC will look at doing this more often. The information night was for all players, parents and carers where we discussed football and all aspects of it. From the rules, to the positions on the ground and what they mean, to basic and complex game strategies and game plays that we use throughout the whole club.

A big thankyou to Rydges Palmerston who hosted the night.

This Weeks Games

Mens P/L v Nightcliff - Sat 7pm - TIO Stadium
Womens P/L v BYE
Mens Div 1 v Pint - Sun 4pm - Asbuild Oval
Mens Div 2 v Banks - Sun 12:00pm -  Asbuild Oval 2
U/18s Boys v B/R Hawks - Sun 2:00pm - Nitmiluk Oval
U/18s Girls v B/R Hawks - Sun 12:00pm - Nitmiluk Oval
U/16s Div 1 v Nightcliff - Sun 12.00pm - TIO Oval 2
U/16s Div 2 v T/Village - Sun 9:00am - TIO Oval 2
U/15s Girls v T/Village - Sun 8:45am - T/Village
U/14s Div 1 v Nightcliff - Sat 11:00am - Nightcliff
U/14s Div 2 v BYE
U/12s Div 1 v Tigers - Fri 6:30pm - TIO 1
U/12s Div 2 v Tigers - Fri 5:15pm - TIO 2

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

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 years since 2006/07 season

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.

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

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SDFC Club Umpires Needed Urgently

Upcoming Course 23rd November

The AFLNT has advised the SDFC that Club Umpires will be required for the following competitions for the remainder of the season.

Under 16s Div 2

Under 14s Div 2

Under 12s Div 2

Under 14s Div 1 and under 15s girls will also require Club Umpires sometimes due to shortages of NTFL umpires.


The SDFC needs people to become Club Umpires and trainging will be provided free of charge by the AFLNT.


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

There will be a Club umpires course held

  • Wednesday 23rd of November
  • 5:00pm to 7:15pm
  • TIO Stadium Oval 2, Marrara

For more information please email


Under 18s Playing in Katherine this Sunday


Both the Under 18s Boys and Girls teams will be playing in Katherine this Sunday.It would be great to see as many people as possible come down and support the teams and make it a day out to enjoy. There are plenty of tourist places to see and with all the over-taking lanes now built between Qarwin and Katherine the drive is quite enjoyable with planty of spots to stop on the way.


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.

Round 6 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 One

Mens Div Two

Mens 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