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May 05, 2016 - NUMBERS GAME FOR BRADLEY
Andrew Bradley could have been forgiven for wondering which locker his name would be etched on when he reaches his 100th SANFL game against the Eagles on Friday night. Having sported the No.11 guernsey for the majority of his League career with the Tigers, Bradley switched to No.5 last month in honour of club great Peter Carey.
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From now on, the captain of Glenelg will always wear No.5 to recognise the dual premiership skipper but this left Bradley second guessing where he belonged. As it turns out, the 24-year-old’s name will soon reside underneath those of Rex Leahy and Tony Hall on the No.11 locker in the change room at Brighton Road.

‘’I think going on No.11 (locker) is the way to go,’’ said Bradley, who made his League debut for the Bays in Round 1, 2010.

‘’With No.5, we are going to do a captain’s plaque for the future captains to be listed on so that will continue on.

‘’To only be the third player on the No.11 locker is pretty special.’’

Just 18 when he played his first match for the Bays at League level, Bradley admitted to having a case of severe pre-game nerves before the bounce against the Redlegs.

‘’I normally don’t get too nervous before games but I just kept thinking about it and hardly got any sleep the night before,’’ recalled Bradley, from Naracoorte in the club’s country zone.

‘’We had a great win by 80-odd points and I managed to kick a goal off my shin which floated through which was nice. It was a great experience.

‘’It took me a few weeks to get used to the standard, I had a few weeks up and then I had to go back to the Reserves for a while.

‘’But once I came back up I started to get used to it, it’s been good to play consistent footy over a few years. It makes you grateful that you are able to maintain consistency from week-to-week when you see some of the boys do it tough going up and down between the grades.’’

Having played his junior football at Kybybolite in the south-east, Bradley moved up to Adelaide with his family in 2005. This allowed him to join the Tigers’ Under-15 squad where he achieved early success en route to an Under-18 premiership which he shared with current Tigers Brad Agnew and Craig Pitt, also from the club’s regional area.

‘’It’s great to have a nice spread from the south-east at senior level,’’ said Bradley.

‘’We’ve been missing out for a couple of years now and we want to get back to that junior success. We feel that we have got that core there now, we just have to keep everyone together.’’

Bradley’s link to the Tigers isn’t just through the south-east zone, his father David played for the Tigers during the club’s strong period of the early-to-mid 1980s.

‘’I followed Glenelg as a kid in Naracoorte because of Dad’s connection,’’ said Bradley, who measures in at 179cm and 80kg.

‘’Dad was able to play with his brother up here (Glenelg) in the 1980s as well so it has been good to know the history of the place and see the opportunity the club gave them.

‘’It’s been special for me to play here as well.’’

 A dual best-and-fairest winner with the Bays, Bradley had a rotten run with injury in his first two years at senior level, breaking his lower leg in 2010 and seriously injuring his ankle in 2011.

It has left the versatile midfielder hungry to play in September with the Tigers.

‘’The time has flown by considering as it only seems like last year I played the first game,’’ said Bradley, now entering his third year as captain after acting in tandem with Ty Allen in 2014.

‘’I have had a pretty good run since those two injuries, hopefully the worst is behind me and I can keep going on with it.

‘’It’s frustrating as I still haven’t played a finals game. There’s always someone worse off as I could have done my knee.

‘’But the fact I haven’t played finals is a massive driving factor for myself and a lot of the boys, to see what we can do in September.

‘’It is huge focus for us but we have still got a lot of work to do, to keep improving each week and see where it gets us.’’

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank

May 03, 2016 - NINE TIGERS NAMED IN UNDER 18 STATE SQUAD
Congratulations to Jonty Scharenberg, James Dukalskis, Darcy Fogarty, Mitchell Hinge, Brad Close, Sam Walker, Ian Milera, Corey May and Toby Pink who have been selected in the initial 45-player squad of the 2016 Under 18 State Squad.
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May 01, 2016 - JACK KENNY AND ZIGGY VITKUNAS TO DEBUT FOR THE TIGERS
Our clash against North Adelaide at Prospect Oval this afternoon will see 2 players make their league debut for the mighty Tigers, Ziggy Vitkunas and Jack Kenny. After consistent performances in our reserves side, both players have been pushing for league selection. We wish both Jack and Ziggy all the best in their debutant games for the Tigers.
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Jack Kenny, GFC Player Number 1,066 joined us from the Eastern Ranges football club this season. Jack has shown impressive form with his hard working in and under game style in our reserves side, becoming a strong contender for league selection. 

Ziggy Vitkunas, GFC Player Number 1,077 joined our squad this season from the Sturt Football Club and after promising performances in our Reserves side, has earned himself a gig in our league team.

 

 

April 29, 2016 - SANFL COMMISSION DECISIONS
We congratulate the Commission for making a ‘good football’ decision in not changing the Salary Cap relevant to our competition. The SANFL must maintain its integrity as a standalone competition and this decision recognises that.
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Equally important was the decision not to cap football department expenditure, this would have effectively handicapped those clubs with the financial capacity to do so. If we are to criticise from time to time, so must we congratulate the Commission – well done.
 

April 29, 2016 - WEST END STATE SQUAD ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to our skipper Andrew Bradley, versatile defender Brad Agnew, hardworking forward Josh Scott, running defender Christian Howard and the ever dangerous Willie Rioli who have been named in the initial 40-player squad of the 2016 West End State Team. The West End State game will be played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday May 29th against arch-rivals Victoria, coached by club legend Graham Cornes and assisted by Kane Cornes as the defensive coach. We wish our boys all the best in being picked to play for South Australia!
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2016 West End State Squad

Luke Carey (Adelaide)
Luke Barmby (Central District)
Travis Schiller (Central District)
Brad Agnew (Glenelg)
Andrew Bradley (Glenelg)
Christian Howard (Glenelg)
Willie Rioli (Glenelg)
Josh Scott (Glenelg)

Mitch Clisby (North Adelaide)
James Craig (North Adelaide)
Jordie McKenzie (North Adelaide)
Maris Olekalns (North Adelaide)
Leigh Ryswyk (North Adelaide)
Sam Baulderstone (Norwood)
Jarryd Cachia (Norwood)
Alex Georgiou (Norwood)
Lewis Johnston (Norwood)
Andrew Kirwan (Norwood)
Matthew Panos (Norwood)
Anthony Wilson (Norwood)
Steven Summerton (Port Adelaide)
Joel Cross (South Adelaide)
Brett Eddy (South Adelaide)
Tom Fields (South Adelaide)
Cameron Hitchcock (South Adelaide)
Emmanuel Irra (South Adelaide)
Nick Liddle (South Adelaide)
Kory Beard (Sturt)
Fraser Evans (Sturt)
Zane Kirkwood (Sturt)
Brodie Martin (Sturt)
Jack Osborn (Sturt)
Jason Porplyzia (West Adelaide)
Kaine Stevens (West Adelaide)
Jarred Allmond (Woodville-West Torrens)
James Boyd (Woodville-West Torrens)
Chris Hall (Woodville-West Torrens)
Lachlan McGregor (Woodville-West Torrens)
Jared Petrenko (Woodville-West Torrens)
Luke Thompson (Woodville-West Torrens) 

2016 West End State Squad Staff

Head Coach - Graham Cornes
Chairman of Selectors - Stephen Rowe
Defensive Coach - Kane Cornes
Midfield Coach - Brad Gotch
Forward Coach - Heath Younie
Bench Coach - Jack Horan
High Performance Manager - Stephen Schwerdt
Runners - James & Chris Gowans 

April 27, 2016 - SPLIT 50/50 RAFFLE - GLENELG V ADELAIDE
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The Split 50/50 raffle is our new and exciting game day raffle where the more tickets sold, the bigger the cash prize.

 

April 26, 2016 - ULTIMATE PIE CHALLENGE
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The Childhood Cancer Association

The Childhood Cancer Association is one of Australia's key childhood cancer support organisations, dedicated to providing professional tailored support to children living with cancer, and their families.

Support is tailored - to meet the individual needs of each family; ongoing – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond, and available for the entire family – the child with cancer, siblings, parents, grandparents and extended family.

Key services and support (all delivered free of charge) include: professional counselling, daily hospital visits, sibling support, accommodation for country/interstate families, respite accommodation for all families, home tutoring and bereavement support.

The Childhood Cancer Association relies solely on the generous support of the community, to enable it to continue to provide vital services and support to families in need.

www.childhoodcancer.asn.au

Ultimate Pie Challenge

The Childhood Cancer Association aims to raise over $1million through the Ultimate Pie Challenge. 

We’re asking everyone to accept the challenge of having a pie smooshed in their face, post a video of the smooshing, nominate three people to do the same and donate online.

Funds raised through the Ultimate Pie Challenge will enable the Childhood Cancer Association to provide tailored, practical support to children living with cancer, and their families. Key services and support include: professional counselling, daily hospital visits, accommodation, home tutoring, bereavement support and more.

Funds will also enable us to continue to expand our services and support nationally, adding to our existing support of South Australian, Northern Territory and country Victoria/New South Wales children with cancer, and their families.

Our goal is to be able to provide vital support to every child with cancer, and their family, in Australia.

www.UltimatePieChallenge.org.au   

April 25, 2016 - LEST WE FORGET
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April 22, 2016 - MACCA'S SCHOOL HOLIDAY COACHING CLINIC A SUCCESS!
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If you were unlucky and missed our April Clinic, please keep your July school holidays free as we will be holding clinics on Monday 11th July and Friday 17th July. 

 

April 22, 2016 - UNDER 13 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD ANNOUNCED
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These players will be issued with a training guernsey, hoodie and black shorts. The cost will be $130 unless you want to keep the training guernsey from last year if you have one. For those who don’t require a guernsey the cost is $90.

Well done to those selected and for those that missed out play well for your schools and clubs and we monitor your progress.

UNDER 13 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD (PDF)

April 20, 2016 - GLENELG CRACK THE 2,000 MEMBER MARK!
April 18, 2016 - ROUND 5 - GLENELG V ADELAIDE
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In fact the football rumour mill has it that several SANFL Clubs would like to limit the number of AFL listed players in the Adelaide and Port Adelaide teams on a given day – again not our Club, we just focus on each game as it comes.
The two AFL Clubs came into the SANFL competition promising much, big increase in crowds being one of them. The SANFL appearance of Taylor Walker apart, it has simply not happened. It is time that we simply treat Adelaide as an opposition Club which stands between us and 2 points every time we play them. Hypothetically it could be hard for Glenelg supporters who also support the Crows, a situation which could have them cheering for one side and clapping for the other. Again, not so for our coach and players – there is game to be won!


 

April 14, 2016 - LUKE HARDER - STATEMENT
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April 13, 2016 - GLENN ELLIOTT - ST KILDA HALL OF FAME
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He was also awarded the Best & Fairest medal in 1974 which sits along side his Simpson medal, which he was awarded for Best on Ground when Victoria travelled to face Western Australia in 1976. Following a serious knee injury Elliott played a further 15 games with Melbourne Football Club in 1979.

Congratulations Glenn on an outstanding career for the St Kilda football club.

April 11, 2016 - MATT BODE CUP RESULTS
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Match 1
Holdfast Bays 5.1.31 defeated Seahorses 4.3.27

MVP for this game was Hugh Stagg.

Votes:
Holdfast Bays: Hugh Stagg, Alex Menzel, Andrew Terry
Seahorses: Bailey Giles, Jack hawke, Noah Goldie, Corey Brougham

 

Match 2
Gliderol Tigers 4.3.27 defeated Seaside Maulers 2.0.12

MVP for this game was Hunter Window.

Votes:
Gliderol Tigers: Hunter Window, Jed Ffrench, Lukas Cooke and Jayden Davis
Seaside Maulers: Charlie Pridham, Jeffrey Gonjoran, Lewis Rayson

 

Match 3
Gliderol Tigers 3.4.22 defeated Seahorses 1.0.6

MVP for this game was Jack Hawke.

Votes:
Gliderol Tigers: Tyler Martens, Jayden Davis, Oscar Grant, Lukas Cooke, Cooper Beecken
Seahorses: Jack Hawke, Domenic Vizzari, Finn Tierney

 

Match 4
Seaside Maulers 4.3.27 defeated Holdfast Bays 4.1.25

MVP for this game was Jacob Owens

Votes:
Seaside Maulers: Jacob Owens, Lewis Rayson, Darcy Crook
Holdfast Bays: Andrew Terry, Hugh Stagg, Darcy Gluyas

 

The final Round of matches will be held this Friday April 15th at Gliderol Stadium.

Match 1: 6.30pm - Seahorses V Seaside Maulers

Match 2: 7.30pm - Gliderol Tigers V Holdfast Bays

 

Any one of 3 teams can win the Matt Bode Cup.

 

April 06, 2016 - MATT BODE CUP SQUADS AND DRAW
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To find out what squad you will be playing in on Friday night please download the attached form. 

MATT BODE CUP SQUADS (PDF) 

April 04, 2016 - DEVELOPMENT SQUAD TRAINING
April 02, 2016 - BAYS HONOUR CLUB LEGENDS
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In a new tradition starting with Glenelg’s SANFL match against West Adelaide at the Bay tomorrow, skipper Andrew Bradley will run out in the No. 5 guernsey worn with such distinction by triple premiership player and club games record-holder Carey.

Bradley will cast aside his No. 11 jumper and key forward Clint Alleway has given up No. 5 and switched to No. 2 in acknowledgment of Carey’s outstanding service to the club.

“We just felt it was the appropriate way to honour a club champion,’’ chief executive Glenn Elliott said.

Carey, who played 448 games from 1971-88 and was a member of three of Glenelg’s four premiership teams, including being captain in 1985 and ‘86, said he was “absolutely tickled pink’’ to be honoured in such a way.

“When the board of management told me of the decision I felt very privileged and honoured,’’ he said, adding he asked the club to clear the decision with the players before accepting the tribute.

“To get this sort of recognition is a great thrill because five is certainly my favourite number.

“It’s been very good to me for a long time, it reminds me of the fantastic time I had at Glenelg and even now when I’m having a bet on the horses I always back No. 5 in race five.’’

Glenelg’s decision to have it captain wear No. 5 is in the mould of Richmond’s skipper always donning No. 17 in recognition of club great Jack Dyer.

Legendary full forward Phillis, who kicked a club-record 869 goals in 275 games from 1966-81 and won the Magarey Medal in 1969, will have the southern or Glenelg Primary School end of the Bay Oval named after him.

The northern end will be named after 1985 Jack Oatey Medallist Kernahan, who kicked 290 goals in 136 games from 1981-85 before becoming Carlton’s longest-serving captain.

“This is something I am deeply humbled about,’’ said Phillis, who famously kicked 18.6 in Glenelg’s record 49.23 against Central District at the Bay in 1975.

“It’s a great honour and something I didn’t expect to happen so I am extremely thankful to the club.

“The southern end of Glenelg Oval has special meaning to me because a lot of my goals came there and I reckon there would be a lot of souvenir footballs that went over the fence and into the primary school.

“Some were thrown back but a lot weren’t.’’

BY ANDREW CAPEL 

March 29, 2016 - JUNIOR TRAINING - WEDNESDAY MARCH 30TH
March 22, 2016 - CATCHING UP WITH KIRKBY
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We were sad to see you leave us half way through the 2014 season. Where did you go and what have you been doing with yourself?

It was definitely a tough decision to leave after being involved with the club since 2006 as Glenelg had been a home away from home since I first arrived but after playing at a high level for 10 years and the commitments that came with that it was certainty time to step away for a bit. So with that I decided to set sail for an extended trip around Europe particularly while I was still young, fit and able. Initially it was only suppose to be around 6 months but I quickly realised 6 months wasn't going to be enough so I was lucky to be able to stretch it out a bit longer. Some of the highlights of my travels would have to be Istanbul and Barcelona for their amazing culture, Bosnia, Montengro, Amalfi Coast, Oktobefest, running of the bulls just to name a few. But in saying that, every destination I was fortunate enough to visit had its own hidden gems, amazing culture, pieces of history, buildings that blew your mind, things that unfortunately we don't get to experience in Australia.

I was also lucky enough to play in the AFL London premiership with the North London Lions which was also a great highlight.

What is it like being back at the Bay and what has pre-season been like after venturing around Europe?

Apart from being a shock to the system for the first couple of weeks, it has been really good actually. From a personal point of view it's nice to feel fit again and fresh in the mind and body after having 18 months away.

From a team perspective, there has been a big turnover in the last 2 years, so big that I tried to lobby for name tags at training!! What I have noticed is that the boys are really keen, yes we are still developing and learning as a team and individuals but there is a nice youthful exuberance around the place.

What are your predictions for the 2016 season?

We would be disappointed if we didn't play finals. The SANFL is always a tight competition. From what I've heard we really developed in the later half of last year and we have only added some depth to the squad this year. There is a nice nucleus of that 20 -24 year old age bracket which is vitally important and a great platform to be able to build around these guys.

What can we expect to see from you this season? Do you have a particular role to play in the team? If so, what is it?  

I'd like to say I'll be able to go out and kick 50 goals for the season but with Clint in the forward line with me, it might be difficult! I've probably come back with a bit of a different perspective on my football. I know that if I train hard I am going to be able to play at the standard required. If I tick that off, I can spend more energy on the development of our young but very talented group for the years ahead.

What is something we may not know about you?

I got into Yoga while I was away. I found it was an hour you could get away sweat out some toxins and relax the mind!

March 22, 2016 - KANE CORNES JOINS STATE TEAM COACHING PANEL
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Speaking on SANFL Radio, Kane Cornes said he is looking forward to the opportunity given his deep pride for South Australia.

The 2004 AFL premiership player will also bring a modern perspective to the group, something his father Graham was keen to engage this year.

Also speaking on SANFL Radio, Graham Cornes said he expected no shortage of arguments with his youngest son.

Both Cornes' will be present at several SANFL matches across the Easter weekend as they begin to consider selecting the initial West End State squad to host the Vics on Adelaide Oval.

The VFL will be coached by former West Adelaide mentor Andy Collins with Norwood premiership captain Kieran McGuinness to act as one of Collins' assistants.

By Zac Milbank
SANFL 

March 22, 2016 - SANFL STATEMENT – ROTATION CAP
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‘’The SANFL Laws of the Game Committee met today to consider feedback from the clubs and coaches during the trial game period,’’ SANFL General Manager Football Adam Kelly said.

‘’In light of the successful reduction in stoppages during the trial matches the ball has been in play for longer periods.

‘’As such, the Laws of the Game Committee decided to increase rotations to 60, which in effect will be 69 per match given clubs can make three changes at each break.

‘’In season 2015, the average rotations per team was 90 per game.’’

Across the three week trial match period, overall stoppages have decreased from 67 per game to 52 when compared with the same time last year.

An average of five extra free kicks per game have been paid in relation to the Holding the Ball rule, which has also contributed to the ball being in motion for longer periods.

‘’Clubs and spectators have supported the stricter interpretation of the Holding the Ball rule which in-turn has helped speed up the play and cause the game to flow,’’ Kelly said.

‘’On average, the Last Possession Out-of-Bounds rule has been paid five times in each trial and overall throw-in numbers have reduced by 28 per cent.

‘’The objective of the Laws of the Game Committee was to reduce stoppages; this rule has worked well in achieving this result.’’

March 21, 2016 - SANFL FIXTURE CHANGE
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The adjustment has been made due to the Sheffield Shield final being played at Gliderol Stadium from Saturday March 26th until Wednesday March 30th.

March 21, 2016 - SANFL Programming - The perfect storm!
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It is what it is for now, but going forward the timing and length of SANFL seasons must come into focus. The SANFL competition is its own unique league and should concentrate on same and not be subservient to the AFL schedule.  Our Club’s position is quite clear and members are perfectly entitled to be informed of that:

  • The SANFL season comprise 18 games with one bye – ideally the week of a State game. This provides every club with an equal chance of playing finals – two games against each Club. Critically, this format provides continuity for the fans and players alike.
  • Grand Final to be played at Adelaide Oval on the Sunday after the AFL preliminary finals.
  • The season commences 23 weeks earlier, which will be later than the AFL.

The issues that arise with the current format are as follows, we would be hopeful that they can be addressed:

  • Ground availability: Those Clubs which share oval facilities with cricket may not be able to schedule season opening games. The other disadvantage of course is the inability to train on the Club’s own ground.
  • Program continuity for the fans: Fans enjoy the home/away format. It is a regular and systematic formula - one home –one away , occasionally back to back but no worse than that. In Glenelg’s case, this year we have 4 byes and 5 of 6 home games in June/July. It will test the fans resilience and the curator will be anxiously watching the weather charts.
  • Program continuity for the players: Players want and need to play on a consistent basis. In our case the players will now have 4 weeks, up to 20 training sessions, when they will not play a game.
  • When to play: The fans must be heard. Inevitably there will be some clashes with AFL fixtures as their program extends into most if not all prime times. Each Club will know what best suits their schedule.

What the SANFL competition looks like in three years’ time and beyond must be determined.

March 15, 2016 - MATCH REPORT - GLENELG V CENTRAL DISTRICT
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It took some time for the players to settle into the game. Centrals took an early lead as they capitalised on some poor use of the ball from Glenelg. The players struggled to get any real rhythm in the first quarter however, the final 6 minutes of the first half saw Glenelg take control of the game. McGinty and Proud were providing a contest in the ruck. Proud took 11 marks for the game and was clearly one of our best players. Sellar was again a solid contributor in defence.

The second half saw the players take full control of the game. Willie Rioli booted three goals, McFarlane was winning plenty of the ball and Captain Andrew Bradley was tireless in his effort. Tim Sumner showed glimpses of what he is capable of and with an increase in his fitness levels will be an asset for the Glenelg Football Club. We managed 8 goals to one in a dominant second half.

Glenelg: 12.6.78

Central District: 5.12.42

Goalkickers: Rioli 3, Johansen and McFarlane 2, Bradley, Proud, Alleway, Sumner and Chalmers 1 each.

We have no trial match this week as we prepare for our Round 1 Good Friday clash against South Adelaide. We look forward to seeing you at Hickinbotham Oval.

March 11, 2016 - GLENELG V CENTRAL DISTRICTS - MARCH 12TH
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LEAGUE - 2:10 pm

F. Rioli, Alleway, Earl
H.F Reinbrechtl, Hill, Nason 
C. Johansen, McFarlane, Sumner
H.B O'Keefe, Sellar, Bradley 
B. Montgomery, Galley, Agnew
RUCK: Proud, Sawford, Kenny 
INT: McGinty, Curran, Chalmers, Koster, Woolard

RESERVES - 11:25 am

Harder, Vitkunas, Woodall, May, Nicholson, Bailey, B Merrett, Yates, Edwards, Joseph, Kennedy, M Merrett, Donkersley, McKay, Chalmers, Haarsma, McIntyre, Hosie, Godden, Hansen, Pitt, Christopher

March 11, 2016 - 2016 LEADERSHIP GROUP ANNOUNCED
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Andrew will be joined by Brad Agnew and Aaron Joseph as Vice Captains,  with Christian Howard, Craig Pitt, Warrick McGinty, Lachlan Earl and Chris Curran rounding out our leadership group.

Patrick McCarthy has been left out of the group this year to focus on getting his body right for league football.

These players all know the expectations that come with being a part of our leadership group and I am very confident that all will do a great job in leading our football team.

March 10, 2016 - TIGER TV EPISODE 3
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Clint speaks with Glenelg Great, Life Member and internationally renowned artist Tom Gleghorn OAM about the role of the Vice President's group, how he became involved at Glenelg and his personal relationship with Dean Bailey. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSAv7pz_4RI

March 09, 2016 - BEN SAWFORD WARMS TO TIGERLAND
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It was a performance worthy of nomination for the Powerade Star Search Award while also making the entire competition sit up and take notice.

Fast forward four months and Sawford suddenly found himself wearing black and gold after making the difficult decision to cut ties with the Magpies in favour of a fresh start at Brighton Road.

And while the 21-year-old hasn’t regretted his decision for a second, he is constantly reminded of the effort which helped propel Port to a heart-breaking one-point win at the Bay.

‘’It’s very ironic and something that I cop a bit of stick for,’’ said Sawford, 179cm and 81kg.

‘’It didn’t influence my decision to leave at all as I know I have got a lot of work to do to be a consistent league footballer.’’

As Sawford remains bashful about the match whenever it is brought up by his new team-mates, fellow Magpies recruit – Jack Haarsma – is quick to remind everyone that he slotted the winning goal in the same game.

‘’Jack uses it as a bit of a joke – that he kicked the winning goal against Glenelg,’’ said Sawford, who has played a total of 15 League games and kicked six goals.

‘’It gets thrown around a fair bit and while I don’t like it too much, you just have to cop it.’’

One thing is for certain, Sawford’s opponents on that night are glad he’s now playing alongside of them given his penchant for winning the hard ball.

Solidly built, the rugged on-baller is expected to add significant depth to the Tigers’ midfield this season as he teams with the likes of classy Matt Snook and Norwood signing Dylan Reinbrecht.

Already, Sawford has impressed in the Tigers’ internal trial before racking up 24 possessions and a goal in a trial match victory against the Redlegs at The Parade.

It’s fair to say his performance against the Bays in Round 17 certainly provided him with the belief he can mix it with the big boys at League level.

‘’It certainly did – it is a bit in your head League footy, you have to know that you can play at the level,’’ said Sawford, who made his league debut in Round 22 v West in 2013.

‘’You always think you are good enough but until you get out there and do it, it sort of plays on your mind I guess.

‘’That game was a good confidence booster and let me know that one day I could play good League footy.’’

Originally from the West Whyalla Football Club, Sawford moved to the city in 2012 to pursue his football dream with the Magpies.

A student at Henley High School, Sawford had also been a regular member of Port’s country academy.

And it was naturally this attachment to Alberton which made it tough for Sawford to leave Queen Street at the end of last season.

‘’I loved Port Adelaide and all the boys there so it was a hard decision but I had to think about more opportunities,’’ said Sawford, whose father Russell played five league matches for West Torrens.

‘’I had to think about where I was going to spend the rest of my career and I didn’t think that was going to be at Port Adelaide.

‘’Glenelg quickly became the obvious option as they have got a really young list and you could see from an external point of view that they were well coached.

‘’I had a bit to do with Matty Snook and Riley McFarlane, they had a chat to me, so it seemed like the right choice.’’

Along with Haarsma, Sawford is one of several ex Magpies now at Tigerland, joining coach Matthew Lokan, Jake Johansen, Terry Milera and Luke Harder.

‘’There are plenty of Maggies boys running around everywhere,’’ said Sawford, nominated as one of the strongest performers during summer by Lokan.

‘’I knew a few of those guys when I started training with the seniors a couple of years ago but all of the boys have got around me which has been good.’’

No doubt they will all be looking to get around Sawford when he makes his debut as a Tiger at Gliderol Stadium in Round 2, under lights at against West Adelaide on Friday April 1.

‘’I’m looking forward to that immensely,’’ said Sawford, who will don Guernsey No.43 in 2016.

‘’Playing on that Friday night last year with Port under lights was the only time I had played out there at night and all of the Glenelg supporters get around they boys and back the boys in.

‘’I can’t wait to put on the black and gold and get out there.’’

March 07, 2016 - MATCH REPORT - GLENELG V NORWOOD
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The game saw two key players return to the club after a brief absence. James Sellar (CHB) and Ruory Kirkby (CHF) both proved that they will be strong additions to the club this year. Their experience and skill set will be very valuable to our younger players on and off  the field.

Clint Alleway began where he left off last year with 4 goals and new recruits Dylan Reinbrecht and Ben Sawford showed that their attack on the ball and competitiveness around the contest will bring their teammates into the game while Harley Montgomery was a solid contributor in defence.

Max Proud and Jack McKay performed tirelessly in the ruck in the absence of Warrick McGinty while the class of Terry Milera was also a highlight.

While there were pleasing aspects to our performance on Friday night, there were also areas we need to continue to work hard on.

The challenge is to bring the same effort and intensity to next week's game against Central District at My Money House Oval but also work on improving our deficiencies.

Glenelg: 15.9.99

Norwood: 12.10.82

Goalkickers: Alleway 4, Milera 3, Kirkby 2, Nason 2, Scott, Haarsma, Sawford and McKay 1 each.

March 04, 2016 - GLENELG V NORWOOD
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LEAGUE - 7:40 pm

F. Rioli, Alleway, Milera
H.F Earl, Scott, Nason 
C. Joseph, Snook, Johansen 
H.B Pitt, Sellar, Agnew 
B. Montgomery, Galley, Curran 
RUCK: Proud, Reinbrecht, Bradley 
INT: Woodall, Haarsma, Sawford, Mckay, Kirkby

RESERVES - 4:55pm

Kenny, Woolard, McFarlane, Bailey, Harder, Raikiwasa, Hill, Pitt, O'Keeffe, Sumner, Scharenberg, McIntyre, Edwards, Vitkunas, Kennedy, Godden, Chalmers, Koster, Stafford, Evans, Merrett, Donkersley, Hansen, Yates, Hosie, Flight, Redden

March 02, 2016 - TIM GINEVER TURNS TIGER
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Port Adelaide great Tim Ginever has turned into a Tiger after backing the Bays with a 2016 membership.

In a fantastic sporting gesture, Ginever – a three-time premiership captain with the Magpies – said signing up for Glenelg was for the ‘’good of the game.’’Speaking on SANFL Radio, the South Australian Football Hall of Famer said while Port and Glenelg were bitter rivals on the field, it was more about recognising the importance of grassroots football. Noting the Tigers service a large regional zone in the south east of the state, Ginever hoped his example would inspire dormant Bays fans to also show their support financially. Since Glenelg’s financial situation – the Tigers are currently battling a $3m debt - was highlighted almost a fortnight ago, the Tigers have reported a spike in membership. Ginever said there was no reason why the Bays couldn’t reach a target of 5000 members given their strong supporter base and that Sturt had reached a similar figure through their Fightback 5000 campaign two years ago.

To have a listen, please follow the link below
http://www.sanfl.com.au/news/sanfl_news/3350/


The SANFL has recently highlighted the importance of club membership by unveiling its ‘’Get on Board’’ slogan, which now adorns the back of buses around the metropolitan area.

February 26, 2016 - RIP - GLENN TODMAN
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Initially a teacher for 9 years, Glenn turned to Financial Management in 1987 where he became a key stakeholder in Goldsborough Financial Services . He was highly respected in the financial industry. His regular Financial Q & A column in the Sunday Mail is well known by many.

Glenn played at and coached many southern & amateur league clubs including Flagstaff Hill, Port Districts, Christies Beach & Scotch Old Collegians.

Glenn held long term friendships with many Glenelg past players as well as golf & business associates.

RIP Glenn Todman 1955 - 2016

February 25, 2016 - GLENELG V STURT
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With a fitter and more mature squad, we are looking forward to our first hit out and look forward to having your support.

UPCOMING TRIAL GAMES

We would love to see you at our upcoming trial games. Entry is FREE!

Friday March 4th - Norwood V Glenelg at Coopers Stadium
Reserves from 4:55 pm
League from 7:40 pm

Please keep in mind that with the Clipsal 500 on this weekend, parking and traffic may be a hazzard.

Saturday March 12th - Central Districts V Glenelg at My Money House Oval 
Reserves from 11:25 am
League from 2:10 pm

February 22, 2016 - GORDON ANDERSON - AJ WADHAM CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR 2015
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Gordon Anderson was awarded AJ Wadham Club Person of the Year at our AGM on Wednesday February 17th. Gordon, also known as ‘Flash Gordon’, first volunteered his services in the 2009 season as our official club photographer. Since then, Gordon has taken and provided photos of nearly every league and reserves match and many junior matches. On top of this, Gordon has often attended training sessions and trial matches to take photographs of players and support staff. Gordon has always made himself available to take photos at all official club events including the season launch, Family Day, Gala Auction, Hall of Fame dinner, Glenelg Christmas Pageant and the Best & Fairest awards. In conjunction with this, Gordon has also collated video highlights for our Best & Fairest dinner.

In 2005, Gordon was the founding member of the Snouts Louts group. Since then, Gordon and Snouts Louts group have sponsored a player every year while also providing a Snouts Louts Player of the Year Award.

In 2010 Gordon took on the role as the Glenelg Mini League coach who play at half time of the league match at Gliderol Stadium on home match days. In this role, Gordon has had to look after 2 local clubs as they represent Glenelg in the mini league contest.

Gordon is a passionate and faithful Glenelg man who has never asked for any rewards or fame for his hard work. Congratulations on being awarded ‘Club Person of the Year’ – enjoy your fame as you are an extremely worthy recipient.

Gordon Anderson

 
February 22, 2016 - 5 YEAR PLAYER AWARDS
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Brad Agnew, Matthew Snook, Lachlan Earl, and Chris Curran were awarded with their 5 Year Player Awards at our AGM on Wednesday February 17th. A very proud moment for all the boys - congratulations!

players 5 year awards

 

 

Tiger Times

2016 E-Newsletters

THANK YOU FOR BEING A LOYAL MEMBER IN 2015 ... WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR TIGER TIMES NEWSLETTER IN 2016. UNTIL THEN, HAPPY READING!

Tiger Times December 2015 Edition (PDF)

 

News Archive

January 12, 2016 - LIST UPDATE
The Glenelg Football Club is pleased to announce the re-signing of Ruory Kirkby. Ruory returns to the club after spending 18 months overseas. He is keen to get back involved with the playing group and work hard in preparation for the season ahead. He will provide great assistance to Clint Alleway and Sean Christopher (recuited from Horsham) in our forward fifty.
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In other news, we have had three players retire over the Christmas break. Dylan McNeil is taking a year off to focus on his career with Ernst and Young. Dylan has battled injuries over the past few seasons but showed glimpses of what he is capable of later in the year. Shaun Tapp struggled with injuries last season and has lost the motivation required to play at SANFL level.Lachlan Button has advised the club he will not be playing in season 2016. He has been a long serving player at the footy club and a member of the Club’s leadership group. Lachlan has also struggled for consistency over the past few seasons due to long term injuries. Lachlan will now be pursuing studies which will prevent him from be able to attend training.

We wish Dylan, Shaun and Lachlan all the best in the future, and thank them for their services for the Glenelg Football Club.

Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming trial matches.

Paul Sandercock
Head of Football

February 20, 2015 - SPORTS REWARDS - NOW AVALIABLE AT GLENELG FOOTBALL CLUB
Sports Rewards card are available...
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Sports Rewards card are available which includes the following benefits:

  • Online discounted shopping
  • Discounts at thousands of businesses nationally
  • Excellent value for only $40.00
  • This if a fundraising project toward Junior Football
  • These cards can be used Australia wide not just Sth Aust