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SOUTH GAWLER FOOTBALL CLUB
Celebrating 125 years
We invite past members and players
of our club to this very special event
WITH the South Gawler Foot-
ball Club’s 125-year anniversary
celebration night approach-
ing this weekend, The Bunyip
sat down with past president,
committee member and now
club patron Garry Hurst to talk
about the club’s history.
South Gawler is a club steeped
in history; since forming in 1889,
alongside Gawler Central and Wil-
laston, it has won an impressive 36
A-grade premierships, including
six in a row between 1920-27.
Since the formation of the
Barossa, Light & Gawler Football
Association the club has won three
A-grade flags, the most recent com-
ing in 1993.
Having played colts for South in
1948, Mr Hurst said he has seen
the club undergo many changes in
the years that followed.
The club first became the South
Gawler Lions in 1953, when it ad-
opted a new emblem.
Along with all the on-field suc-
cess, Mr Hurst said one of the
proudest moments for the club
was the construction of its rooms,
which is still its base today.
For years South was left to wan-
der Gawler in the absence of a fixed
location for its rooms, training and
meeting at a number of makeshift
venues from the early 1900s until
its rooms were built in 1976.
“We never had a home ground
until we went over to where we are
now,” Mr Hurst said.
“We didn’t play over there for a
while because the ground wasn’t
big enough, but that became or-
ganised and we built it ourselves.”
He also remembers some of the
mischief that was enjoyed during
those early days of having a new
“When they upgraded the club-
rooms the (players and supporters)
used to poke their heads out of
the clubrooms on Sunday morn-
ing and if it looked like a nice day
you’d go out and get an 18-gallon
keg, if it was a pretty ordinary day
you’d get a 10-gallon keg and if
it was a s*** day you’d get a five-
gallon keg,” he said.
“You weren’t allowed to sell beer,
but they used to sell tickets and a
ticket was worth a beer, so that was
the way around it.”
Over the years Mr Hurst said
there had been a number of great
coaches, players and clubmen who
had helped make the club what it
Players like Zac Sibenaler, Clay-
ton Pethick, Steven Officer, Robin
Mulholland, Peter Clark and 1989
Mail Medallist Eddie Schwerdt are
just a few of the gun footballers to
have played at South.
“Zac Sibenaler was a migrant
and had no idea how to play
he was a good
holland was as
Irish as Paddy’s
but he went on
South has pro-
duced the likes
of 2006 West
Butler, as well as
Alan Obst, who played five senior
games at North Melbourne and
also featured in a number of suc-
cessful Central District sides.
Mr Hurst said one of the best
things about the club is that it has
a strong sense of family, which has
only become greater since the net-
ball joined the club in 1987.
“Some of my life-long friends
have all been made through my
football club, which is a hell of a
long time,” he said.
“I think the family involvement
(has been important) and it has
pretty well always been like that.
“A big involvement in our club
has been the women; we wouldn’t
have gotten where we are without
the help of the women.
“Like everything, it was a single
man’s domain (back then) and it
slowly got around to wives and
kids and that’s what helped it a hell
of a lot, I think.”
Mr Hurst said South’s biggest,
and most respected rival, would
have to be Willaston.
He recalls many a fiery encoun-
ter between the two clubs, but
said “it all stopped at five o’clock;
they’d support us and we’d support
With Willaston currently sitting
atop the A-grade league ladder, and
South sitting third, the rivals may
well meet in finals – and what a
game that would be.
The club will hold a dinner dance
to celebrate its big anniversary.
Club celebrates history
More South Gawler
history – page 36
ABOVE: One of South’s greatest footballers,
Eddie Schwerdt, flies for a mark in 1989. He
went on to win the Mail Medal that season.
INSET: Current president and South great
Gus Barker in action during the 1984 season.
South Gawler Football Club celebrating 125 years
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