September 28, 2017
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (15:17): I rise today, probably appropriately as the shadow minister for sport, and a big football fan, to speak about some great football results. We know that women's football has had a great run, and a great success with the women's Adelaide Crows winning the grand final. Of course, this weekend the men are hoping to follow suit and give the Adelaide Football Club two premierships in the one year, which would be absolutely outstanding.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rob Chapman, Chairman of the Adelaide Crows; Andrew Fagan, CEO; the captain of the Adelaide Football Club, Taylor Walker; and coach, Don Pyke; all the support staff; and all the players, of course, who have put in such a big effort to get the team there. It is going to be a wonderful weekend for South Australia and, as the team for all South Australians, I hope everyone is getting right behind them. Having won in 1997 and 1998, it would be sensational for all those long-suffering fans who have not had any success for nearly two decades to get a win this weekend, so all the best to the Adelaide Crows.
It is probably also opportune that I mention the SANFL grand final last weekend. Well done to Sturt—a marvellous result with a one point win over the Port Magpies. Again, Marty Mattner, was there leading the way as coach of the Sturt Football Club. It was a thrilling game and great to see that our SANFL competition is still a great spectacle, producing wonderful footballers. Well done to all the Sturt players involved. It was a fantastic result.
I would also like to commend the Adelaide Footy League. John Kernahan does a marvellous job as CEO. Across our side of the house, I know everyone has involvement with quite a few of the teams. I will run through some of them. Unfortunately, I do not have time to go through all of them. In the grand final, in Division 1, Rostrevor defeated Payneham Norwood Union. I feel for my colleague Vincent Tarzia, the member for Hartley, who was a Rostrevor old collegian himself. He is a very strong supporter of the Payneham Norwood Union Football Club. It was a great result, and well done to Rostrevor on winning that one.
In the reserves, the Goody Saints defeated Adelaide University. I was a Goody Saint myself for a little while there, although I did not play too many useful games. It is a great footy club, and they won the reserves. In Division 2, Henley—I know Matthew Cowdrey, the Liberal candidate for Colton, has been heavily involved with the Sharks and even bumped into a couple of the boys when they were having some drinks on their Mad Monday. Well done to the Henley Sharks beating the Raggies, Athelstone.
In the Division 2 reserves, Sacred Heart Old Collegians defeated Henley, so Henley backed up in two games. A good mate of mine, Luke Paparella, played for SHOCs in their win, so congratulations to SHOCs.
In Division 3—this is very close to my heart—I would like to congratulate the Brighton Football Club that came from the Southern Football League and across into the Amateur Football League this year and won the Div 3 grand final. It was an outstanding game and a great result for the footy club. They beat Golden Grove, the Kookaburras, who are an exceptional football club and will just go from strength to strength. They are really building a great club there. Well done to the Bombers—it was a magnificent win.
It was great to see Jack Chalmers, one of the young players who was in that side, play so well in the grand final. He is just a teenager. Jack Juniper kicked four. Well done also, of course, to Joel Tucker, the coach there, and Will Rivers ('Buckets') the captain—an outstanding achievement.
Brighton did manage to win the reserves as well. That was great to see again some young lads who I have had an involvement with there at the Bombers. They beat Flinders Park. Jarryd Brown, Jacob Kalleske and Danny Juckers played and, of course, Travis Kalleske coached the reserve side there. Well done to Trav. He is a really great club man as well.
In Division 4, North Haven defeated Morphettville. I have to mention that because I have to mention that Eddie Doak failed to fire in the grand final, which was disappointing for the Morphettville boys, but the Roos are always a good footy club, and well done to them. I know Stephen Patterson, the Mayor down at Holdfast Bay, has a bit to do with the Morphettville Roos. Those are some of the teams in the Adelaide Footy League, the former amateur footy league. It is a great competition and well done to everyone involved there also.
That brings me to some more of the community footy champions. When I was at the Sturt game, I got the old budget. I love the old budget as an old football fan. It had a list of some of the great country comps that are around and who played in the grand finals and won. I thought I would mention a few of those because it is absolutely fantastic. I am led to believe that David Basham was cheering the loudest when Mount Compass beat Willunga in the Great Southern grand final, and well done to Nathan Daniel as well from Mount Compass who won the male medal there.
Western Districts on Kangaroo Island defeated Dudley United. Andy Gilfillan was there watching Wonks win and he also sadly watched his daughter from Dudley go down to Wisanger in the netball grand final, which was disappointing, but it was good to have him around.
Well done to Jake Niven who played in the Peake grand final, along with the member for Hammond Adrian Pederick's son, who played in that game as well. Well done to them. Mypolonga were too good for Meningie in the River Murray league. James Moss was outstanding. Sadly, my boy played in that game and went down, but Brodie Martin was the male medallist there. Flagstaff Hill in the southern footy league went back to back there. There were some great comps and congratulations to everyone who played in the grand final and more specifically everyone who won. I hope they enjoyed it and, again, good luck to the Crows this weekend.