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Finals Are Here

Week three finals

The SDFC has four teams playing in week three of the finals. Unfortunately the Mens Premier League, Under 18s girls and Under 16s Div Two finals campaigns have ended in the second week of the finals. Well done to players, team staff, committee people, families, volunteers, supporters and sponsors on the great work and it will only get better. 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 lost in the Qualifying Final to Wanderers and now play in a Pre Lim Final this weekend to secure a spot in the Grand Final. They had a few players unavailable last weekend and hopefully will come back in to the team this weekend. The Under 12s Div One had a great win in the Semi Final and now play in the Grand Final against Wanderers on Friday afternoon at TIO Stadium. What a great effort from this team to be undefeated but they are in for a big challenge in the Grand Final as Wanderers nearly knocked off the Crocs in the qualifying final two weeks ago. The Under 16s Div One defeated Waratah in the Elimination Final by nearly 100 points but have a few injured players and had a couple of players unavailable against Waratah on Tuesday. They now play in a Semi Final on Sunday at Gardens Oval for a spot in the Grand Final. The Under 14s Div Two finished on top of the ladder and had a bye the first week of the finals and now play in a Semi Final this Saturday against Nightcliff Black for a spot in the Grand Final. The Crocs had a good win against them in the last round of the Home and Away games but Nightcliff could only bring 16 players out to Norbuilt Oval on that day. No doubt they will make sure all players turn up for this game. No matter the result this team has done very well and hopefully they can get up to play in the Grand Final.

Good luck to all teams this weekend ... Go Crocs ...

Last weeks results

U12 (Atkinson) Semi Final
CROCS Red 10.14.74 def Nightcliff 2.2.14
U16 (Leverance) - Semi Final
Buffaloes 11.9.75 def SDFC 3.5.23
U16 (Hickman) - Elimination
SDFC 15.11.101 def Waratah 0.5.5
Under 18s Girls - Semi Final
Tiwi 8.2.50 def Crocs 2.5.17
Under 18 Boys - Semi Final
Wanderers 9.8-62 def SDFC 2.6-18
Premier League Men - Semi Final
Nightcilff 3.13.31 defeated SDFC 2.7.19

This weeks games

12s Div 1 GF v Eagles - 5:15 PM / Fri 10 Mar - TIO 12
14s Div 1 SF v Nightcliff - 9:00 AM / Sat 11 Mar - TIO 2
16s Div 1 SF v - Sun 5 Mar - Gardens 2
18s Boys PLF v Nightcliff - 2:15 PM / Sat 11 Mar - TIO 1

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Thumbs For My Club

Bakewell Shopping Centre Thumbs up for my Club is a community program for local not for profit sporting groups. The Club has a chance to win $1000 in cash sponsorship. Please click on the pic below and vote for the Crocs so the club has a chance to win the sponsorship. Voting closes 9am 22/3/17 let all your freinds know to vote for the club please.. Go Crocs ...

Terms & Conditions

Masters Footy Commenicing Soon

Mens Over 35s and Womens Over 30s Masters Football is commencing soon. The Crocs have a affiliation with the Mens Ferals Masters but it would be great to see a Womens Masters Football team representing the Rural area. Get the word out training commences in early April for the Ferals team.

$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

Presentation this Saturday Night

The SDFC will be holding the 2016/17 season Seniors Presentation Night this Saturday the 11th of March. Get your tickets now. You can purchase at the club on Tuesday or Thursday nights or pay by direct debit or book now and pay at the door.

Doors open at 5:30pm and the Presentations start at 6pm sharp

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, Bar drinks available.

Cannons Kitchen, 4 Miles Road, Darwin Corparte Park, off Stuart Highway, Berrimah. Opposite Berrimah Defence Base. Click on the pic of the map above for a larger view.

Lionel Ogden plays 100th Game

Lionel Ogden has played his 100th Premier League game for the Crocs on Saturday night in the Semi Final loss to Nightcliff. Lionel was a very good junior soccer NT representative player in his junior playing days and then moved south with his family. When he returned to Darwin he started playing Under 18s for the Crocs in the 2009/10 season including the loss in the Grand Final to St Marys. He played two games of Premier League and one game of Reserves (now Div One) in that season and it wasnt long before he become a regular player in the Premier League. In the 2013/14 season he won the Coaches award, 2014/15 Best Defender and In the 2015/16 season he won the Most Consistant award and was 4th in the Best and Fairest. Well Done Lionel and hope to see you play many more games for the Crocs.

Thunder Juniors Commencing Soon

Under 11s and Under 9s Boys

Under 12s and Under 10s Girls

The Thunder Juniors are about to commence. It is great for the junior future Crocs players to have a go in the Primary School age competition. Players that go to Palmerston and Rural schools will play in the Palmerston zone. The Thunder Juniors Boys Under 11s and Under 9s teams will have three teams for the players that attend rural schools. The Thunder Juniors Girls Under 12s and Under 10s have one team for the players that attend a rural schools. Games are played on Friday Nights at Asbuild Oval at the Palmerston University between 6pm and 8pm. The competition needs coaches and volunteers so if you have some spare time please contact the Thunders Juniors program. The teams train one afternoon a week.

Please click on the picture above for more info.

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.

Major Sponsor SAGE new business Open Now

SAGE a long time SDFC Major sponsor is now able to supply Topsoils, Gravel and Garden Materials and even Decorative Rocks to make your garden look great.. please check them out if you need any of these items.. They are Now Open at 16 Bowerlee Rd Berrimah..

Game Pics Rand Higlights & Finals week Two

Under 12 Div One Pics

Under 16s Div Two Pics

Under 16s Div One Vid

Mens Premier League Vid

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

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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.

For further information please
Phone: 0419 717 067


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