SANFL report | Central District and Glenelg Tigers’ finest: Peter Argent reviews

BOYS FROM THE BUSH: Central District and Glenelg

In the first of a five part series, Peter Argent looks at all 10 SANFL clubs and their players with the rural heritage, taking a snap shot across the clubs’ histories, along with looking at the current talent at each club. This edition looks at modern heavyweights Central District and the Glenelg Tigers.

Central District Bulldogs - nine premierships (2000-01, 2003-05, 2007-10)

Past players:

Central District started in SANFL league ranks in 1964 and has a rich rural history, especially through the mid north of this state.

Current captain of the West Coast Eagles, 2004-05 Bulldogs premiership player Shannon is the second generation of the Hurn clan from that at the Angaston Panthers in the famous Barossa Valley that played league football at the Ponderosa.  His father William travelled down from the family farm in the 1980s, playing 135 league games. 

Club best and fairest in 1981and VFL player with Hawthorn and North Melbourne, ruckman Terry Moore comes from Nuriootpa.  

Indigenous champion and the first aboriginal to play 200-SANFL games, back in the 1960s and 70s Sonny Morey is from the Gawler Central Tigers.

Eight-time premiership player, three as co-captain Matthew Slade is another Tiger from Gawler Central.

Irish immigrant Robin Mullholland and seven-time premiership defender Yves Sibenaler came from neighbouring club the South Gawler Lions.

Members of the  Dogs decade of dominance from 2000, dual Ken Farmer medallist Daniel Schell and Jack Oatey Medal winning ruckman Jason ‘Buckets’ MacKenzie hail from North Eastern Football League clubs, the Burra-Booborowie-Hallett Rams and the Brinkworth-Redhill-Spalding Tigers respectively.

The Bulldogs first premiership coach (and also the first player to achieve All-Australian honours back in 1979) Peter Jonas started his football with the Saddleworth-Marrabel Eagles. 

The clubs longest serving footballer 308-game wingman Peter Vivian comes from the Pleasant Valley Football Club in the Hills, while captain of the Bulldogs from 1978 to 1983 Dean Mobbs would travel up from Mannum on the Murray. 

Defender Paul Geister, who was a member of the 2000-01 flags, hails the Eudunda Roosters, while 156-game state wingman Scott Stevens who participated in both the ‘95-96 Grand Finals is from Angaston.

2012 Magarey Medallist Brad Symes and 100-game three premiership wingman Brayden O’Hara are also Gawler Central Tigers.

Nathan Steinberner played in five flags and won a Jack Oatey Medal after coming down from Tanunda.

On the 2017 list:

Efficient defender Jordan Furnell and pivotal members of the Bulldogs on-ball brigade, Jarrod and Travis Schiller came up through the successful junior programs at the Nuriootpa Tigers.

Matthew Prior is originally from Eudunda, but was picked up by the Dogs from the Tanunda Magpies.

Creative and clever small forwards Isaya McKenzie and Caleb Edmead hail from Gawler Central, while Josh Waldhuter, who has endured an injury frustrated run is a Willaston Donnybrook.

Returning after being on Fremantle Dockers AFL list ruckman/forward Jack Hannath learnt his football at the Angaston Panthers.

Nick Gillard arrived from the Renmark Rovers, while Sam Hanna, son of Eagles 1980s legend, Ian (Scruff) is from Gumeracha.

New recruit Will Hewett is the second of a quartet of siblings from the Broughton-Mundoora Eagles and Connor Mclean was playing with Kapunda before coming down to the Ponderosa. 

Long-time Central District Reserves Coach Jeff Brown was faithful servants from the South Gawler Lions. 

Glenelg - four premierships (1934, 1973, 1985-86)

Past players:

Former skipper Ben Mules returned to his foundation club, Kalangadoo after an 11-year 200-game career with Glenelg, where he was known as an inspirational leader.

Pugnacious midfielder Ty Allen won three Bays best and fairest awards after coming up from the South East town of Millicent. 

Glenelg defender David Grenvold, who went on to have a successful career with Essendon Bomber is a Bordertown Rooster.  Midfielder Darren Mansell is from the now defunct Tarpeena Football Club, the Canaries, which disbanded in 2004.

Ruckman Stuart McCully, a 100-game footballer hails from Kybybolite, while long term running defender Luke Panozzo is a Tantanoola Tigers. 

Stephen Copping, a member of the 1985 and ’86 league premiership teams, had a 246-game career at Brighton Road, along with three years with Essendon between 1982 and 1984.

He along with Carlton great Andrew McKay, who also was drafted from Glenelg, came from Lucindale. 

John Seebohm the father of Olympic Gold medal winning swimmer Emily and was an accomplished footballer who came up to Brighton Road from Mount Burr.

He played 319 games after starting in 1978, playing the back-to-back titles in the golden period of the Bays history.

Seebolm’s premiership team mate Chris Duthy came down from South Broken Hill, completed a 201-game career with the Tigers, predominately at full back.

Alan and Wayne Stringer  the younger siblings of North Adelaide champion Barry, also travelled from Redhill, being key figures in that premiership era with Glenelg, after both started at Prospect.

High-leaping premiership player and coach at the Bays Graham Cornes is another champion from the bush. He started his football with the Reynella Wine-flies, when it was a country village and was recruited to Glenelg from the Central Whyalla Football Club.

Another footballer to come to Adelaide from the Silver City was the enigmatic Neil Davies. He won a pair of best and fairest awards in the 1950s, in between going to the Northern Territory, and having success with St Mary’s in Darwin after a two-game stint with Richmond.   

On the 2017 list:

Current Captain of the Glenelg Football Club, Andrew Bradley is a second generation player at Tigers.  His father, David, and Uncle Phil, both travelled up from Naracoorte to play. Andrew played his junior footy at the Kybybolite Tigers as well.

Brad Agnew is from the Mt Burr Mosquitoes, before coming up to town to complete his schooling at Sacred Heart.

Both aboriginal siblings Terry and Ian Milera originally hail from the far West Coast football community at the Koonibba Roosters, while the mercurial new recruit Dom Barry is from the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands before spending time in Alice Springs and on a tennis scholarship in Ballarat.  

Still an underage player and having just make his SANFL debut, expected first round AFL draft pick this year, Darcy Fogerty hails from the Lucindale Roos.

Key position player and ruckman Warwick McGinty has developed into a senior member of the Glenelg side, hailing from, Kongorong in the Mid South East Competition.

Versatile tall utility Ben Edwards, who played in a Yorke Peninsula Football League flag before arriving at the Bay, comes from the CMS Crows.

All Australian Under 18 last year, Sam Walker, who is poised to debut at league level is from the South Gambier Demons.​