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Finals Are Here

Finals in all grades have commenced

The SDFC has had mixed results in the first weeks of finals but there are plenty of teams still in the hunt and overall it shows so much promise for the future that this club that each season is showing so much potential compared to other clubs have a lot more funding and resources. Well done to players, team staff, committee people, families, volunteers, supporters and sponsors on the great work and it will only get better.

Unfortunately the Womens Premier League team, the Under 12s Div Two team, Under 15s Girls, Under 14s Div One, Mens Div One and Div Two teams have all played their played their last games. It would be great to see all of you come down and support the other teams in the finals and at the teams Trophy Presentations days/nights.

Please have a look below for all the games results from last weekend and this weekend’s games.

The Under 18s Boys are play in a Qualifying Final, the undefeated Under 12s Div One had a scare from the Eagles last weekend in the Qualifying Final but had a win and play in the 1st Semi Final Friday afternoon. The Under 16s Div One finished 3rd in the Home and Away games and play a Elimination Final against Waratah on Sunday. The Under 16s Div Two team is a up and coming team and had only four teams in their competition this season and finished fourth, but in games they have shown they have the potential and could pull off a couple of wins and make it to the Grand Final. They are very much like the under 16s Div Two team that did it a few season ago, it can be done they just have to believe in themselves. The Under 14s Div Two finished on top of the ladder but have a challenge from two Nightcliff teams, this week they have a week off.

The Under 18s Girls had a come from behind win against Waratah for this team’s first ever win in a finals series, well done to the girls, this week they play in the 2nd Semi Final against Tiwi in a tough game. The Crocs had a win against them in round 18 but the finals are a different story. So the girls need to play all game like they did last week in the second half against Waratah and will be a very strong chance to knock off the second placed team if they do.

The Mens Premier League had a great win against the Darwin Buffaloes on Saturday and play in the 2nd Semi Final against Nightcliff this Saturday. Nightcliff lead the competition for most of the season and come into the finals in 2nd spot behind St Marys. The Crocs have not beaten them this season but this is the finals now. The Crocs played some great footy against Darwin and if they could do that all game against Nightcliff they could pull off the win.... Go Crocs...

Last weeks results

U12 (Atkinson) Qualifying Final
CROCS Red 6.11.47 def Eagles Yellow 5.6.36
U14 (Lewfatt) Round 19
SDFC - 13.6.84 def Nightcliff Black - 6.2.38
U14 (Gundersen) Round 19
SDFC 6.9.45 def Buffs Light Blue 3.2.20
U16 (Leverance) - Round 19
Tracy Village 7.8.50 def SDFC 6.6.42
U16 (Hickman) - Round 19
Wanderers 11.12.78 def SDFC 2.1.13
Under 18s Girls - Elimination Final
SDFC - 8.10.58 def Waratah 7.1.43
Div 2 Men - Elimination Final
Waratah 16.4.100 def SDFC 8.6.54
Div 1 Men - Elimination Final
Waratah 18.10.118 def SDFC 1.5.11
Premier League Men - Elimination Final
SDFC 16.8.104 def Darwin Buffaloes 11.10.76

This weeks games

12s Div 1 v Tigers - 5:15 PM / Fri 3 Mar - TIO 1
16s Div 2 v Buffs - 9:30 AM / Sun 5 Mar - Gardens 2
16s Div 1 v Waratah - 11:00 AM / Sun 5 Mar - Gardens 2
18s Girls v Tiwi - 10:00 AM / Sun 5 Mar - Gardens
18s Boys v Wanderers - 8:15 PM / Fri 3 Mar - TIO 1
Mens P / L v Nightcliff - 4:30 PM / Sat 4 Mar - TIO 1

$100 Sports Vouchers

The current $100 sports vouchers expire in May. If you would like to use your voucher to pay for next seasons SDFC membership please email

More info can be found about the scheme here

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.

SDFC Seniors Presentation Night - 11th March

Hold the 11th of March free in your diaries

The SDFC will be holding the 2016/17 season Seniors Presentation Night on Saturday the 11th of March.

Under 18s Boys and Girls
Mens Div One and Div Two
Mens and Womens Premier League

Tickets: $70.00 each
Venue: Cannons Kitchen, Berimah
Tickets include Dinner and Desert

Airconditioned venue, highlights of the season and all the awards on the big screen, the club will be trying to have the Womens NTFL Premier League Grand Final and the Womens AFL game on TV's so peple can keep up with the scores. Bar drinks available.

Get to know the Sponsors

This week -  Coolalinga Central by GWELO

GWELO have been involved with the SDFC in the past and it is exciting they are again involved with the SDFC through Coolalinga Central. Please have a read of the breif description below and visit the website about this very exciting project for the rural area.

Gwelo’s latest commercial project has commenced on the eastern side of the Stuart Highway and will cater for the rapidly expanding rural area and southern suburbs of Palmerston. Further, for those that want to get out of the Darwin suburbs they can try Coolalinga and experience a new and modern shopping complex.

The project involves a shopping centre, a commercial showroom complex, a residential subdivision with 800 sqm residential blocks and a number of blocks for townhouses,duplexes and multi-residential units. The earthmoving and civil works were completed in 2013. There are a few multiresidential building lots available for sale.

GWELO Coolalinga Central Project

Please click on the picture above to read a story in the Darwin Life Magazine.

Game Pics Round 19 & Finals week one

Under 12 Div One

Under 14s Div Two

Under 14s Div One

Under 18s Girls

Mens Div Two

Mens Premier League

Last Years Finals

The Crocs Juniors won three grand Finals last season. Watch the games on youtube click on the pic below..

Become a Organ Donor

For more information and to register your organ and tissue donation decision wishes on the Australian Organ Donor Register, please visit and talk to your loved ones today.

Info from the AFLNT


Last years winners

With the clubs Seniors Presentation Night coming up soon check out the winners in a video of all the trophy winners form last years Seniors Presentation Night....

Click on the pic above to watch the power point slide presentation in video..

Premier League History

The SDFC first entered a League (now Premier League) team into the NTFL in the 1987/88 season.. click on the pic below to see a full size picture of the first squad picked the Thursday night before the first game in 1987..

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

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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Phone: 0419 717 067


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