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SDFC Home Game Day This Saturday

Champion player Will Farrer to play his 100th game for the Crocs.

Come down to Norbuilt Oval this Saturday to watch what is going to be a great day of footy with five grades of seniors footy. Games start at 8:15am, the bar and canteen will have plenty of drinks and food available. Members recieve free entry. Volunteers needed at different times throughout the day, please offer to help out even if just for a little time, it would be greatly appreciated.

With so many people away at this time of year, we desperately need people to step up and volunteer their time to help with Saturday's home game. We require people to man the bar early up untll 12:00 and there may be a couple of hours during the afternoon. As alcohol cannot be served, you dont need to be 18 to do so before 12:00. We also have a 1 1/2 hr slot that needs to be filled on the gate later in the arvo.

A Baby gift pack was found after our last home game. If anyone lost it please call Wisey on 0419 717 067.

Norbuilt Oval, Freds Pass Reserve, Bees Creek.

8:30am Under 18s Girls v Big River Hawks
10:15am Under 18s Boys v Big River Hawks
12:00pm Mens Div Two v Banks
2:00pm Mens Div One v Darw Buffaloes
4:00pm Mens Premier League
v Wanderers


Will Farrer to play his 100th game

Crocs Premier League player Will Farrer will play his 100th game for the Crocs this Saturday. His started playing for the Crocs in the 2010/11 NTFL season and when he arrived he was very quiet and had a lot to learn but he was liked very quickly by a lot of people. One story is told of him being on the interchange and the coach Majo Mclean looking for him on the bench and couldn't see him and then he saw him standing over at the fence talking to a security guard. Majo asked what are you doing. Will's reply was "I am asking about a job". A few people found that quite humorous. He went on to take out the Rising Star for the Crocs Premier League that season.

He was selected in the NT Thunder for the 2011 NEAFL season and he played in the Thunders NEAFL Northern Conference Premiership winning team and then a week later in the NEAFL Cross Conference Premiership winning team.

In the 2013/14 season he won the Most Consistant award, but his breakout was in the 2014/15 season when he was moved to full forward and with his leap and still learning his kicking he kicked 62 goals to take out the Leading Goal Kicker for the Crocs.

Then last season he became the Crocs 5th and the NTFL's 6th 100 goal kicker for the season.  Winning the Dennis Dunn Trophy for the NTFL Leading Goal Kicker with 112 goals and the Crocs Leading Goal Kicker award. Then he was named the joint winner of the Crocs Best and Fairest with Jared Brennan. He just norrowly missed out on the NTFL Nichols Medal being Runner Up and also was named as the ABC Player Of The Year.

This season he currently leading the NTFL Leading Goal Kicker award on 41 goals. Well done to Will Farrer lets hope the Crocs can win for him this Saturday.

CROCSTV Highlights on Youtube

Home Games Norbuilt Oval Round 11

Mens Premier League Round 1 highlights v Nightcliff

Womens Prem League, Mens Div One & Two

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!

Function Saturday Night after the Main Game

This week -  Bowden-McCormack

BOWDEN McCORMACK Lawyers + Advisers have been a Sponsor of the SDFC for a number of years now. Sean Bowden, originally from Alice Springs, played for the Richmond Football Club in the early VFL (now AFL) in the early 90s. He is involded in coaching with Crocs in recent seasons including coaching a Under 14s team  to the Grand Final a few seasons ago. Sean's sons, Crocs Premier League and NT Thunder player Michael and Crocs Mens Div One Conor player, have both played for the Crocs from juniors until current seniors teams.

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

Bowden McCormack is a commercial law firm that exists to provide the best legal and strategic advice in a professional, determined and forthright manner.  Our commitment to innovation, coupled with a commercial, goal-driven and culturally-appropriate approach, allows us to provide relevant, efficient and practical assistance.  In doing so, we aim to be the best we can be and achieve optimum  results for a diverse range of individuals, Indigenous clan groups, mining companies, small to large businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Please visit the website click on the pic below



Play Of The Round

Crocs Premier League Captain Jared Brennan has again been nominated in the Play Of The Round. This time with Will Farrer. Dont forget to check out the Play Of The Round each week and submit a vote for a chance to win prizes..

Game Pics Round 12

Under 18s Boys

Mens Div One

Mens Premier League

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.

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

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