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Mens Div Two heading to finals.

The Mens Div Two team have come a long way in the NTFL over the last few seasons.

Due to the need to have another team for players who missed out on selection in the League or Reserves team or Under 18s each week and other players who just wanted to have a kick the Crocs entered a team back into the TEAFA in the 2009/10 season. It took a bit of off field work to be allowed to have players transfer each week from the NTFL to the TEAFA but it did all go ahead. The following season the NTFL and TEAFA did combine and the former TEAFA sides along with the NTFL Reserves tams entered the Mens Div One and Mens Div Two competitions. Now six seasons later the Crocs Mens Div Two team is very important part of the Seniors Mens development of players and success of the SSDFC.

This season this team is heading into the finals with a good chance of going very deep towards a maiden Grand Final. If they can get their strongest team on the field they will be able to beat any other side. But as with the NT style of footy the teams can change any week due to players being unavailable and injury etc. Over the last few seasons along with junior players moving into the seniors grades the team has had a lot of former Crocs juniors like Captain Brett Rice come back to playing in this team. A lot of these player were very good junior players for the club including premiership players. Some players are former Crocs Premier League players and other players have come to the club also to play in this team so there is a great mix of youth and experience.

The origins of this team go back much further though. The SDFC first mens team was entered into the NTFL 35 years ago in what was called the C Grade Sunday competition. It was unique as many players would play for their clubs on a Saturday and then could play in the Sunday competition as well. The following season the NTFA (later to become TEAFA) was formed and the Crocs stayed in that competition for another two season before entering a team into the NTFL Reserves competition.

SDFC 1st Mens team C Grade NTFL

The Reliance On Volunteers To Run A Football Club.

Southern Districts, like all non professional football clubs, relies heavily on volunteers to be able to field teams each week.

On the administration side of things, committee members, from the president down, are all volunteers. The bar and canteen are largely staffed by volunteers. Functions are organised and run by volunteers.

On the football side of things, again it is volunteers that enable the players to be able to play a game each week. We currently have 13 teams, and each and every team requires volunteers.

Coaches are all volunteers. No one receives payments that would be regarded as adequate wages. for the time and personal costs involved. All junior coaches are unpaid volunteers. In many cases there are 2 or more coaches to a team. Having multiple coaches is not a luxury, but spreads the workload.

Team managers – This vital role is totally staffed by volunteers.

Time Keepers - Every game we compete in we are required to provide a volunteer time keeper.

Water Carriers – another vital, but often neglected role that requires volunteers. At the bare minimum, you require 2 for each team to have any hope of being able to supply enough water to the players in Top End conditions. Ideally you want 3 or 4.

Runners – each coach requires a runner to deliver messages and make changes during the game.

Sports trainers - We desperately need more volunteers sports trainers. It is a demanding job, particularly at senior level, but is vital for players’ health and well being.

Umpires – Most junior teams will be required to provide goal umpires at some point during the season. The Division 2 sides - seniors, U/16, U/14, and U/12, are required to do so, if not every week then most weeks.

- We are also required to provide volunteers field umpires for 2 – 4 games per week. We currently have 2 people willing and able to fill this role.

Each week we require, at a bare minimum;

13 coaches

13 team managers

13 sports trainers

13 time keepers

13 runners

26 water carriers.

10 umpires

That is 100 positions requiring volunteers each week minimum to enable Southern Districts Football Club to field all the teams in the competitions. That is without taking into account the man hours required for the day to day running of the club. Please help out in just a small way would make it so much easier for all.


Will Farrer played his 100th game

Will 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.

Matt Cannard

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

Get to know the SDFC Sponsors

This week -  Major Sponsor - Cazlays Palmerston Club

Cazalys has been a sponsors of the SDFC for a number of years now.

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

Cazalys offers its members and guests a complete entertainment experience in comfortable air-conditioned surroundings, with friendly service, delicious meals and a warm welcome. Cazalys offers quality facilities at affordable prices and can deliver the perfect solution for your next event



Play Of The Round

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Info from the AFLNT


Please take note of the following finals eligibility by-laws:


  1. Player Eligibility – Finals Matches

    1. A player is eligible to play in a finals match for a team provided that player has played a minimum of three (3) home & away matches for that same team.

    2. AFLNT affiliate leagues may vary qualifications subject to that competitions by-laws.

      NTFL By-Laws (Competition by-laws)

5.2      Player Eligibilty - Eligibility – NTFL Finals Matches

5.21    NTFL amendments to AFLNT by-laws

  1. A player is eligible to play a premier league finals match for a club if that player has played a minimum of five (5) home & away matches for that club’s premier league team.

  2. A player is eligible to play in a finals match for a team without having played the minimum number of home & away matches to qualify for that team subject to the age and gender qualifications and provided:

    1. That player has played a minimum of five (5) home & away matches for that club in a lower grade or lower division, and

    2. Both teams are playing in that same round of finals matches.

  3. A player who is deemed eligible to play in a finals match for a team under these by-laws will remain eligible to do so for the duration of that finals series.

    If you  have any questions please contact the AFLNT Football Operations Department.

This weeks games info

U12s Div 2 v Magpies White 5:15 PM / Fri 3 Feb TIO 2
U12s Div 1 v Tahs 6:15 PM / Fri 3 Feb TIO 1
U14s Div 2 BYE
U14s Div 1 v Palmerston 12:30 PM / Sat 4 Feb TIO 2
U15s Girls v Waratah 11:45 AM / Sun 5 Feb TIO 1
U16s Div 2 v T / Village 8:30 AM / Sun 5 Feb TIO 2
U16s Div 1 Waratah 10:00 AM / Sun 5 Feb TIO 2
U18s Girls v Wanderers 10:15 AM / Sun 5 Feb Asbuild Oval
U18s Boys v Wanderers 8:30 AM / Sun 5 Feb Asbuild Oval
Mens Div 2 v University 2:00 PM / Sun 5 Feb Asbuild Oval
Mens Div 1 v T / Village 4:00 PM / Sat 4 Feb TIO 2
Womens P/League v Wanderers 12:00 PM / Sun 5 Feb Asbuild
Mens P/League v Waratah 7:00 PM / Sat 4 Feb TIO Stadium

Game Pics Round 14

Womens Premier League

Mens Div One

Mens Div Two

Under 18s Boys

Under 18s Girls

Under 16s Div One

Under 15s Girls

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