Southern Districts Football Club

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Matt Cannard - A Club Great career ends

Would like to thank everyone for the kind words an support over the last couple of days, on Saturday I decided to hang up the boots and retire from footy, probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do but the right choice for my body, thank you to my wife for your support over the years and my beautiful 3 kids who I had the chance to run out onto the ground with them a memory I will never forget, I owe a lot to this great game that has given me everything that I have today, to the Southern District Footy Club I will be forever great full of the memories and friendships that are life long, I look forward to the next chapter that life will offer.

Matt Cannard

SDFC League Games - 260. League Captain 2008-2016
SDFC & NTFL Player Life Member

2009/10 - NTFL Nichols Medal
2009/10 - ABC Player Of The Year
2005/06 - SDFC Best & Fairest & Most Courageous
2006/07 - SDFC Coahes Award & Most Courageous
2007/08 - SDFC Best Team Man & Players Player
2008/09 - SDFC Best & Fairest & Players Player
2009/10 - SDFC R/U Best & Fairest & Players Player
2010/11 - SDFC R/U Best & Fairest * & Leading G/Kicker
2011/12 - SDFC R/U Best & Fairest
2012/13 - SDFC Players Player
2013/14 - SDFC Players Player
* Shared R/U with Ben Ah Matt

2007/08 Co/Coach U/18s Premeirship with Andrew Hodges
Current U/18s Boys Coach

06/07 Reunion - Agreat night it was

Click on the pic above to see more pics of a great day..

Twenty of the players from the 2006/07 League premiership winning team gathered at TIO Stadium on Saturday to watch the current side play and have a function that evening. A special day was to unfold with the players in the change room when Coach Shannon  Rusca announced that Captain Matt Cannard was announcing his retirement. Then they watched the game from a corporate box and then off to the function at which all of the current Premier League players and many other people attended. Many stories were told and the Coach from that season Michael McLean and other team staff were in attendance. Shirts were presented to commemorate the day. MC Mark O’Shaunghnessy did a great job and many other people including past President Ray McCasker got up and spoke along with Michael McLean. A great night was had by all. And the day overall will be something special for all who attended.

Jared Brennan doing a great job

Check out the great work Crocs Mens premier League player Jared Brennan has been doing at the Michael Long Learning & Leadership Centre this year!

It was the final intake of remote students for 2016 at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre last week, with a group of boys visiting from Groote Eylandt. MLLLC Manager, Rychelle Vines and teacher aide, Jared Brennan tell us about the program and reflect back on the year that was as we follow the boys around for a jam-packed week of activities at the MLLLC.

Australian Rules Football, The Passionate Game

Australian Rules Football, is a game that inspires passion. The skills, the physicality and the spectacle, add in the emotions of joy, disappointment, expectation and frustration and it is no wonder the game goes hand in hand with passion. There wouldn’t be too many of us who have spent any considerable time involved with the game,  that have not let that passion get the better of us at some time.

Every one of us though, whether we are involved in the game itself or spectating, have to learn to not let that passion get the better of us. This is even more pertinent when we are involved in children’s sports.

It is when people allow this passion to control them, rather than them control the passion, then the line between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour can be crossed.

Beside the fact that the AFLNT has a code of conduct that all officials and spectators must abide by, once you cross that line, or even approach it, you can start to take away the enjoyment of those around you, as well as those participating.

No one has the right to do this!

It’s great to see such a large Croc family coming along to watch our games. Barracking, supporting and encouraging are what creates the atmosphere we want at games. What we don’t want is behaviour that makes others uncomfortable or offended. If you don’t control the passion, it is easy to embarrass yourself, the club and your family.

The best footballers are disciplined, calm under pressure and respond positively when things are not going as they would like.

These are some of the qualities the Southern Districts Football Club would like to install into our footballers, and it starts at junior level, but if us adults, and particularly parents, the greatest role model in a child’s life, are not displaying these qualities during a game, how can the children be expected to do so?

It’s up to each individual to lead by example and conduct themselves in a manner that collectively, we as a club, can all be proud of. If you go to the game with an understanding that things will happen during a game that raise the passion, you will be prepared for it, then you can control that passion.

And if your children are playing, remember that they are playing for their own enjoyment, so foster and contribute to that enjoyment.

Enjoy the game, enjoy the spectacle, enjoy the experience, and please allow all others to do so too.

Go Crocs!

Reduced prices for 2016/17 NTFL Membership

It's not too late to secure your 2016/17 NTFL Membership. There are still plenty of games left across all venues and the membership prices have been discounted so it's now even better value. Plus you can now pay your membership in installments to make it more affordable.

Enjoy all the benefits NTFL membership offers:

  • Entitles bearer to entry to all NTFL games at all grounds for the entire 2016/17 season;
  • Allows entry into refurbished and air conditioned Kantilla’s members bar at TIO Stadium – crucial for the hot wet season;
  • Includes entry to all finals;
  • Upgrades to the stadium infrastructure and surface will continue to improve the spectator and playing experience at the NT's largest sporting venue.


  • Adult - $150
  • Concession - $100
  • Juniors up to 17 - $80 (children under 10 are free)
    Family (2 adults & 2 children) - $370

Special pricing for players and officials (with proof of player/ official status) - $130

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

SDFC 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 SDFC membership forms

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

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

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Premier League Captain Matt Cannard has announced his retirement. After a stellar career with the Crocs, the announcement was made in a emotional speech by Coach Shannon Rusca in the change rooms before the game on Saturday. Matt’s Dad and Mum had travelled to Darwin to surprise Matt and to watch his last game. Matt’s Dad spoke to the players and many of the 2006/07 premiership team players were in the change room as well.

When Matt Cannard arrived at the SDFC eleven seasons ago the club was just starting to rebuild. The League side played very well in the 2005/06 season but finished wooden spooners. Turn the clock forward  just over a decade later and since that season the club has only missed the finals once and the League side has won its second Grand Final Premiership and three Minor Premierships. The team has played in five Pre Lim Finals to unfortunately make only one Grand Final.

Matt has been a big part of the League teams resurgence in the NTFL. He has won a Nichols Medal to prove he is a great player of the NTFL and for the Crocs he has won Best and Fairests, Runner Up Best and Fairests and Players Player awards, and for most of that career he has been the Captain of the League side.

He has now stepped up and starting coaching, coaching the Under 18s for the last two seasons and under his leadership they are playing very well also.

Well done to Matt Cannard on a great Career with the Crocs..

Get to know the SDFC Sponsors

This week - Major Sponsor - SAGE Constructions

Tony and Julie Sage have been involved with the SDFC for almost thirty years with thier sons Ben and Sam playing Juniors and Seniors. Both sons played all thier juniors football with the Crocs and Ben played all his Seniors footy including being a player in the 1997/98 League premiership wining team. He is a SDFC Player Life Member and was named in the the SDFC Team Of The Quarter Century at a Gala Ball in 2013.

Please have a read below and visit the Website to learn more about SAGE Constructions.

SAGE Constructions

Sage Constructions PTY LTD is a privately owned, family run civil earthworks company that began operating in 1984. Undertaking projects in Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area, Sage Constructions is a reliable producer of quality works on a variety of major projects. The successful completion of works on time and on budget has driven client satisfaction and seen many clients return for future projects.  Some of our major clients include the Australian Defence Force and Darwin International Airport.

Since beginning civil earthworks projects over 30 years ago, Sage Constructions has expanded its operations and has secured several extractive quarries that produce quality sand, soil and gravels. Sage Constructions can extract and supply quality materials for our own projects, or supply other civil projects in the Top End. Sage Constructions’ Safety, Quality and Environment qualifications meet Australian Standards. Sage Constructions has successfully delivered civil construction projects that include:

  • Subdivisions
  • Pavements
  • Hardstands
  • Drainage Works
  • Stabilising

Please visit the website

Crocs Under 15s and 16s games at Norbuilt Oval this Sunday

Come down and watch the up and coming stars of the SDFC this Sunday at Norbuilt Oval. Some of the best playes for thier age in the NTFL play in the Under 16s Div one for the Crocs team plays at 10:30am.

The Under 15s Girls team play at 9:00am and the Under 16s Div Two team play at midday. It would be great to see as many supporters as possible come to watch the teams play.

The canteen wil be open. Volunteers are needed, please come down and offer your help. SDFC members recieve free entry.


This weeks SDFC Games

Mens P/L v St Marys - Sat 7:00pm - TIO Stadium
Womens P/L v St Marys - Sat 1:00pm - TIO Oval 2
Mens Div 1 v University - Sun 4:00pm - Asbuild Oval
Mens Div 2 v Mindal - Sun 3:30pm -  Gardens 2
U/18s Boys v St Marys - Sat - 9:30am - TIO Oval 2
U/18s Girls v St Marys - Sat 11:15am - TIO Oval 2
U/16s Div 1 v St Marys - Sun 10:30am - Norbuilt Oval
U/16s Div 2 v Nightcliff - Sun - 12:00pm - Norbuilt Oval
U/15s Girls v St Marys - Sun 9:00am - Norbuilt Oval
U/14s Div 1 v St Marys - Sat 8:00am - TIO Oval 2
U/14s Div 2 v Palmerston - Fri 5:30pm - Asbuild Oval
U/12s Div 1 v St Marys - Fri 6:30pm - TIO 1
U/12s Div 2 v St Marys - Fri 5:15pm - TIO 2

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

Crocs games on YouTube

A big game for the Crocs up against the all conquering St Marys live on AFLNTv YouTube this Saturday night..

Watch the Round 9 win against Waratah on AFLNTv YouTube

Congratulations to Cedric Cox Drafted to the Brisbane Lions



Congratulations to Cedric Cox who was drafted to the Brisbane Lions at pick number 24 in the NAB AFL National Draft on Saturday.

Cedric hails from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region, a region the Crocs have had a number of players come from to play for the club over the last six or seven seasons. He moved to Victoria and whilst playing local footy was noticed by coaches and ended up playing in the TAC Cup competition for the North Ballarat Rebels. He has had a whirlwind last eight months as he moved from Halls Creek to Camperdown in regional Victoria and now is an AFL listed player. He recently played in an All-Stars match with 50 of the top young players from around the country against each other.  He played for Team O’Loughlin, named after another young Under 18s player who played for the Crocs in early 90s before going onto AFL stardom, that player being Michael O’Loughlin.  

Cedric, Daniel and Eric Cox have all played for the Crocs over recent years. Cedric and Daniel are Cousins to Will Farrer and Eric is Will’s Uncle in a different family. Cedric played in the 2014/15 season for the Crocs playing five games of Under 18s including the Elimination final that the Crocs lost, he also played two Premier League games in that season. Eric played nine games of Premier League for the Crocs in the 2009/10 NTFL season and Daniel played eight games of Under 18s and two games of Premier League in the 2012/13 season for the Crocs.

Daniel played 12 games for North Ballarat in the 2016 VFL season. He missed out on selection as a Rookie in the 2013 AFL Rookie draft. He was also the runner up in the 2016 FOX8 TV series ‘The Recruit’, which is a reality football show that the winning player is guaranteed a place on an AFL list. Ironically the winner of that show, Matt Eagles, signed with the Brisbane Lions and played the 2016 season with North Ballarat. He played alongside Cedric and Daniel when the brothers got to play with each other in Cedric’s one and only Seniors game in Round 18.

Good luck to Cedric in his AFL career

To watch a highlights clip of Cedric on the Brisbane Lions website please click Here

To watch the All Stars game on Youtube click Here

Round 9 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 14s Div One

Under 16s Div One

Under 18s girls

Mens Div Two

Womens Premier League

Mens Premier League

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