1897 SAFA season

The 1897 South Australian Football Association season was the 21st edition of the top level of Australian rules football to be played in South Australia. Port Adelaide won its 3rd premiership.

1897 SAFA premiership season
Port Adelaide premiership team 1897.jpg
21st SAFA season
Photo of the 1897 Port Adelaide premiership team.
Teams6
PremiersPort Adelaide
(3rd premiership)
Matches played51
Leading goalkickerJimmy Tompkins
Port Adelaide (27 Goals)
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This was the first season of football in South Australia where behinds contributed to the total score, not just goals.

In winning the 1897 SAFA premiership, Port Adelaide achieved the rare feat of going from last the previous year to first.[1]

LadderEdit

1897 SAFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1 Port Adelaide 17 14 2 1 782 294 72.68% 29
2 South Adelaide 17 13 4 0 1050 391 72.87% 26
3 Norwood 17 11 5 1 765 402 65.55% 23
4 North Adelaide 17 7 10 0 535 609 46.77% 14
5 West Torrens 17 1 3 13 1 257 1091 19.07% 7
6 West Adelaide 17 1 1 15 1 217 828 20.77% 3
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, (P) = Premiers [2]

1 The Round 19 match between West Torrens and West Adelaide was abandoned as a draw at quarter time after torrential rain flooded the ground.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FOOTBALL". South Australian Register. LXII (15, 849). South Australia. 30 August 1897. p. 7. Retrieved 30 October 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)