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SDFC Home Game Day This Sunday

Come down to Norbuilt Oval this Sunday to watch what is going to be a great day of footy with the Crocs taking on the Tigers in five grades of seniors footy. Games start at 8:15am, the bar and canteen will have plenty of drinks and food available. It will be the laste games of footy before the Christmas break for all these teams. SDFC members recieve free entry.

Norbuilt Oval, Freds Pass Reserve, Bees Creek.

8:15am Under 18s Boys
10:00am Womens Premier League
12:00pm Mens Div Two
2:00pm Mens Div One
4:00pm Mens Premier League


Matt Cannard

Matt Cannard has announced his retirement ending a stellar career with the Crocs.

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..

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 the 13th of December 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.

Watch the 2016/17 and 2006/07 players signing the club song together

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!

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.

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Get to know the SDFC Sponsors

This week - Major Sponsor - Norbuilt

Norbuilt Pty Ltd have been a Major Sponsor of the SDFC for a number of years now. The Company has naming rights for the Southern Districts Football Club Home Ground at Freds Pass Reserve in Bees Creek in the Rural area of Darwin. Hence it is known as Norbuilt Oval.

Please have a read about the Company below and visit thier website.

Norbuilt Pty Ltd

Norbuilt is a professional construction company offering services in design development, project management, site management, quantity surveying and quality, environment and safety management to our clients. We offer a complete tailored construction package to our clients from design and construct projects, to refurbishment and fit out works. With over 40 full time employees based in Darwin, Broome and Kununurra, we operate throughout the Northern Territory and North Western Australia for a wide range of public and private clients. When you are looking for superior quality construction, prompt delivery of promise, backed with two decades of experience in Australia’s harshest climates, you will only need Norbuilt.

Please visit the website


Combined Club training Session

On Tuesday night the club had a Combined Teams Training session with all players training together, Seniors and Juniors. A great afternoon it was. Well done to all for organising a great afternoon.

Great Effort Brandon Rusca

Crocs Under 18s player Brandon Rusca is following in his Dad's (Robbie) and Uncle's (Shannon) footsteps of being a very talented Crocs football player. He is one of the leading players in the Under 18s Crocs team and is actually young enough to still play Under 16s. He played in the Premiership winning Crocs Under 16s team last season. He has allready represented the Northern Territory on a number of occasions and was recently selected in the Australian Flying Boomerangs Team.

The team has recently returned from China. Please have a read about thier trip. Click here.

The Flying Boomerangs is a personal, football and leadership program that is exposed to the best training, coaching and mentoring, as well as personal development opportunities during the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships. The Boomerangs is more than a football program, it prepares the next generation of young Indigenous leaders with the skills, qualities and experiences to become positive role models in their own families and communities.

Watch a video of the Flying Boomerangs trip to China

Congratulations to Steven May

Well done to Crocs Unders 16s 2006/07 Premiership player and Premier League player Steven May on being named as Co Captain of the Gold Coast Suns. He becomes the second Crocs junior premiership player to Captain an AFL team along with Nathan Buckley at Collingwood.

Congratulations to Andrew Hodges

Well done to former Croc Andrew Hodges on being appointed Coach of the NT Thunder. Andrew played League and Reserves over a number of seasons and Coached the Under 18s to a Premiership in the 2007/08 season. He later Coached the Mens Division One team and was an Assistant Coach to Michael McLean in the League grade.

When They Last Met

The Crocs Mens Premier League last played Nightcliff in Round 7 with the Tigers having a win. With the main game at Norbuilt Oval this Sunday seeing the Crocs take on the Tigers watch some highlights from the Round 7 game.

This weeks SDFC Games

To see all the info about this weeks games please click on the pic above to go to the SDFC Fixtures and Results page. Click on Fixtures and click on Round 11 for the team you wish to look up. All of the SDFC Fixtures, Results and Ladders can be found on this page.. Good luck to all teams for this weekend.. GO CROCS..

Crocs games on YouTube

Watch the Round 10 game agasint St Marys on AFLNTv YouTube.

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.

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SDFC Home Ground: Norbuilt Oval, Freds Pass Recreational Reserve, Bees Creek, NT