A Grade Attempt to Make History
Founded in 1926, the Club is celebrating its 90th birthday this year.
The Club has fielded an A Grade in 86 seasons (1926-1940, 1946-2016).
– 1941 the Club merged with Pulteney, known as the “Collegians”
– 1942-1945 the SAAFL went into recess for the rest of the war years
In those 86 seasons the A’s have made the finals 36 times.
They have gone on to contest Grand Finals on 14 occasions.
The A’s have so far won nine premierships:
A3 1972, 1980; D3 2004
A2 1946, 1951, 1958, 1966; D2 2015
This week the A’s can make it back-to-back premierships for the first time. Most importantly the A’s have a rare opportunity to win at the highest level. The only other time the A’s have had this chance was in A1 back in 1937.
For those that came in late, it is worth noting what happened back in 1937:
The Reds (4th) defeated Semaphore Central (2nd) in the Semi Final. Minor premiers West Adelaide United defeated SPOC in the other Semi. The Reds then defeated United in the Grand Final at Thebarton Oval. However, back then the minor premiers had the right of challenge. United exercised its right & a Challenge Final was played at Prospect Oval. The Reds failed to kick straight losing to West Adelaide United 7.10 to 10.3.
79 years later the A’s are contesting another Grand Final at Thebarton Oval. This time there is no right of challenge … this time it’s premiership time.
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B Grade- All the stats you need to know:
The B’s has been fielded in 76 seasons (1932, 1933, 1936-38, 1946-2016).
In 1932 the B’s played in the SAAFL Junior League and in the 1933-1947 period played in the Students Association of which there are no records.
In the 69 seasons from 1948-2016 the B’s have made the finals 35 times. They have then gone on to contest Grand Finals on 18 occasions. This included an amazing eight in-a-row from 1975-1982!
The B’s have so far won nine premierships:
D4R 2008, 2009
A3R 1972, 1976-1978; D3R 1999
D2R 2014, 2015
This week they can match the 1976-78 era of three 3 premierships in-a-row.
Most importantly the B’s have an opportunity to win at the highest level. The only other time the B’s have had this chance was A1R back in 1982.
Yep, that is 34 years ago … Tim Sanders was 5 years old!!
Get out to Thebarton this Saturday to support Matt Jackman & his players.
RED RED RED RED RED RED