History 1980 - 1999

1981 Through to 1983

Southern Districts Football Club enters 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. In the 1981/82 season Southern Districts lose to Wanderers in the Umpires Association Carnival 6.8.44 - 2.5.17.  In the same season the club entered an under 15s side into the NTFL competition. The club opted for the red, white and black of St Kilda and called themselves the “Crocodiles”. The early beginnings of the club juniors were originated by a group of parents wanting to give junior players in the rural area an opportunity to compete in the Darwin Junior competition. In the 1982/83 season the NT Junior Football Council start a under 13s competition Southern Districts included a 5 Game inaugural competition played.

1984/85

Southern Districts Junior Colts (Under 17s) enter competition. Mathew Beggs wins the first NTFL competition grade medal for the SDFC when he wins the Gunderson Medal for Under 15s NTFL Best and Fairest.

1985/86

The senior’s side playing in the NTFA enters into the NTFL and competes in the Reserves Grade. SDFC enters a team into the Senior Colts (Under 19’s). Under 15’s and Under 17’s both play in Grand Finals losing both to St Marys. Matthew Beggs best player for SDFC in the U17’s Grand Final and Nathan Buckley best player for SDFC in the U15’s Grand Final.

1987/88

The NTFL change the ages of U/15’s, U17’s and U/19’s to Under 14’s, 16’s and 18’s. Southern Districts fielded their first League side in the Northern Territory Football League. Brian Hood was the Coach. Mick Davis named inaugural Captain. Duncan Beggs the President. Greg Allen wins clubs inaugural Best and Fairest. Jon Secrett is the inaugural Leading Goal Kicker. League finished 7th. Fabian Francis plays his first League game for the club aged 14 years old.

1988

Roger Smith becomes the SDFC first All Australian when he is selected in the All Australian NT Secondary Schoolboys Team.

1988/89

Alan Jakovich wins NTFL League Leading Goal Kicker with 104 goals. Under 16’s win the clubs first premiership. Junior Andrews wins the 14’s Gunderson Medal. League Coach Brian Hood. League finished 6th.

1989

Alan Jakovich kicks 6 against Essendon in the Australia Day match

1989/90

Brently Hughes wins Southern Districts first Nichols Medal. Ashley Manicaros wins the Mitch Lee Medal for the Reserve Grade Best and Fairest.  Under 18’s win their first and the clubs second premiership. Nathan Buckley wins the Haritos Medal for Best on Ground in the Grand Final. League Coach Ray Buckley. League finished 3rd.

1990

Roger Smith drafted by Brisbane Bears through Zone Selection. Fabian Francis drafted in National Draft at pick number 63 to Melbourne. Bentley Hughes wins the Australia Day Medal for BOG against St Kilda.

1990/91

Jon Secrett wins the Mitch Lee Medal for the NTFL Reserve Grade Best and Fairest. Steven Koops wins the Gunderson Medal for U/14’s Best and Fairest. Southern Districts wins their first NTFL Umpires Association Carnival 5.2.32 def Imalu 4.6.30. Nathan Buckley wins the Percy Ellis Trophy. League Coach Ray Buckley resigned part through the season and Dennis Lew Fatt appointed in his place. League finished 5th.

1991

Roger Smith named in best against Hawthorn in the Australia Day game. Fabian Francis drafted to Brisbane Bears in National Draft at pick number 14.

1991/92

League Coach Dennis Lew Fatt. League finished 7th

1992

Nathan Buckley Drafted to Brisbane Bears (Zone Selection). Nathan Buckley named in best against Geelong in the Australia Day game.

1992/93

Shannon Rusca wins the Gunderson Medal for U/14 Best and Fairest. League Coach Bill Feeney (Snr). League finished 6th.

1993

Fabian Francis named in best against Melbourne in the Australia Day game.

1993/94

U/16’s play in their third Grand Final, losing to Nth Darwin (now Palmerston Magpies). League Coach Bill Feeney (Snr). League finished 4th.

1994

Jason Cockatoo represents the NT Buffaloes against the VFA and is named in Best. A local star that became a regular stalwart around the club and was renowned as one of the best half back flankers in the competition.

1994/95

Nathan Corpus wins the Gunderson Medal for U/14 Best and Fairest. League Coach Bill Feeney (Snr). League finished 3rd.

1995

Steven Koops drafted to Fremantle from West Perth.

1995/96

Southern Districts play in first league Grand Final, losing to St Mary’s. Coach Mark Motlop. Graham Taylor ties for Chaney Medal (BOG- Grand Final) with Noel Long. Under 18’s play in their second Grand Final, losing to Wanderers

1996/97

Gerard Atkins wins NTFL Leading Goal Kicker with 67 goals. Jason Krueger wins the Abala Medal for U/18 Best and Fairest (ties with D Niki Wanderers). Southern Districts wins their second NTFL Umpires Association Carnival 9.4.58 def Nightcliff 1.2.8. League Coach Mark Motlop. League finished 3rd. Jason Cockatoo polls 25 votes in the Nichols Medal but is ineligible due to suspension (N Murphy of Nightcliff wins with 17 votes).

1997

Shaun Lew Fatt Rookie drafted to Essendon.

1997/98

Southern Districts win their first NTFL League Premiership, defeating St Mary’s. Coach Mark Motlop Gerard Atkins (Capt.) wins the Chaney Medal for best on ground in the Grand Final.

1998/99

Adrian ‘Popsy’ Collard ties with Tommy Weetra of St Mary’s for the clubs second Nichols Medal. A very capable footballer with freakish abilities who could turn a game in minutes with his talent to win the footy and score goals. Gerard Atkins wins his second NTFL Leading Goal Kicker with 66 goals. Under 14’s play in Grand Final, losing to St Marys. Dwayne Whitehurst wins the AT Shaw Medal for BOG in the Grand Final. League Coach Mark Motlop. League finished 3rd.

1999/00

Kelvin Maher wins the clubs third Nichols Medal. Under 14’s win the clubs fourth Premiership and Aaron Motlop wins the Gunderson Medal for NTFL U/14 Best and Fairest. League Coach Mark Motlop. League finished 4th.

1999

Shannon Rusca Rookie drafted to the Brisbane Lions.