1983 SANFL season

The 1983 South Australian National Football League season was the 104th, since 1877, of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Australian rules football competition.

1983 SANFL season
Teams10
PremiersWest Adelaide
(8th premiership)
Minor premiersWest Adelaide
(2nd minor premiership)
Pre-season cupWest Torrens
Matches played116
Attendance976,555 (8,419 per match)
Highest attendance47,129 (Grand Final, West Adelaide vs. Sturt)
Ken Farmer MedallistRick Davies
Sturt (151 Goals)
Magarey MedallistTony Antrobus
North Adelaide (35 votes)
← 1982
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The season commenced on Saturday 2 April 1983, and concluded on Saturday 1 October 1983 with the SANFL Grand Final at Football Park with West Adelaide defeating Sturt by 34 points to claim their eighth premiership and first since 1961.

Escort CupEdit

Concurrently with the early rounds of the premiership season, the SANFL also ran the Escort Cup night competition with games usually being played mid-week. The Grand Final of the Cup, played under lights at the Thebarton Oval, saw West Torrens win their first competition since they won the 1953 SANFL Grand Final when they defeated South Adelaide 7.15 (57) to 5.7 (37).

With Football Park having lights installed by the 1984 SANFL season, this would be the final time that the night competition would be held at the suburban grounds of Thebarton and Norwood Oval's. From 1984 all night competition games would be held at the league's headquarters. Night football would not return to suburban grounds until the early 2000s when some Norwood home games were scheduled to be held under lights at Norwood Oval.

Premiership seasonEdit

Highlights of the season fixture include:

Round 1Edit

Round 1
Saturday 2 April (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 19.19 (133) def. Glenelg 17.16 (118) Football Park (crowd: 19,055)
Saturday 2 April (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 23.22 (160) def. Central District 8.10 (58) Richmond Oval (crowd: 7,113)
Saturday 2 April (2:10 pm) Woodville 13.24 (102) def. by West Torrens 18.19 (127) Woodville Oval (crowd: 6,019)
Saturday 2 April (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 14.9 (93) def. South Adelaide 7.18 (60) Prospect Oval (crowd: 4,844)
Monday 4 April (2:10 pm) Sturt 12.14 (86) def. Norwood 11.7 (73) Football Park (crowd: 18,309)

Round 2Edit

Round 2
Saturday 9 April (2:10 pm) Central District 20.23 (143) def. North Adelaide 8.12 (60) Football Park (crowd: 5,065)
Saturday 9 April (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 17.12 (114) def. West Torrens 9.12 (66) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 4,601)
Saturday 9 April (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) def. by Norwood 17.6 (108) Alberton Oval (crowd: 8,338)
Saturday 9 April (2:10 pm) Sturt 22.8 (140) def. Glenelg 12.11 (83) Unley Oval (crowd: 7,232)
Saturday 9 April (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 21.22 (148) def. Woodville 15.7 (97) Richmond Oval (crowd: 2,618)

Round 3Edit

Round 3
Saturday 16 April (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 29.13 (187) def. Glenelg 23.11 (149) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 16 April (2:10 pm) Norwood 17.12 (114) def. Central District 14.14 (98) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 16 April (2:10 pm) Woodville 6.7 (43) def. by South Adelaide 19.21 (135) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 16 April (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 14.17 (101) def. by West Torrens 15.15 (105) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 17 April (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 18.23 (131) def. Sturt 15.11 (101) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 4Edit

Round 4
Saturday 23 April (2:10 pm) Woodville 10.13 (73) def. by North Adelaide 25.15 (165) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 23 April (2:10 pm) Central District 12.10 (82) def. by Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 23 April (2:10 pm) West Torrens 14.10 (94) def. by West Adelaide 18.17 (125) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Monday 25 April (2:10 pm) Norwood 29.14 (188) def. Glenelg 12.12 (84) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Monday 25 April (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 13.17 (95) def. by Sturt 15.15 (105) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 5Edit

Round 5
Saturday 30 April (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 13.13 (91) def. by Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 30 April (2:10 pm) Central District 16.17 (113) def. Woodville 11.10 (76) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 30 April (2:10 pm) Glenelg 12.19 (91) def. by North Adelaide 14.17 (101) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 30 April (2:10 pm) West Torrens 15.17 (107) def. by Sturt 20.17 (137) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 1 May (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 14.16 (100) def. by Norwood 16.6 (102) Richmond Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 6Edit

Round 6
Saturday 7 May (2:10 pm) Glenelg 15.16 (106) def. by West Torrens 13.11 (89) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 7 May (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 19.16 (130) def. Central District 12.6 (78) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 7 May (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 16.17 (113) def. by West Adelaide 22.16 (148) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 7 May (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 20.15 (135) def. Norwood 13.10 (88) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 7 May (2:10 pm) Sturt 24.19 (163) def. Woodville 16.9 (105) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 7Edit

Round 7
Saturday 14 May (2:10 pm) Sturt 12.10 (82) def. by Central District 23.11 (149) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 14 May (2:10 pm) Glenelg 7.12 (54) def. by Woodville 16.13 (109) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 14 May (2:10 pm) Norwood 13.10 (88) def. South Adelaide 10.5 (65) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 14 May (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.16 (106) def. West Torrens 10.15 (75) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 14 May (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 15.16 (106) def. North Adelaide 12.12 (84) Richmond Oval (crowd: N/A)
  • Woodville defeating Glenelg left the Tigers as the only side without a win so far in 1983

State of Origin GameEdit

1983 State Game
Monday 16 May (2:10 pm) SANFL 26.16 (172) def. VFL 17.14 (116) Football Park (crowd: 42,521)

Round 8Edit

Round 8
Saturday 21 May (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 17.14 (116) def. by Sturt 29.16 (190) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 21 May (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 20.13 (133) def. Glenelg 7.15 (57) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 21 May (2:10 pm) Central District 25.13 (163) def. West Torrens 16.14 (110) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 21 May (2:10 pm) Woodville 14.10 (94) def. by Norwood 26.6 (162) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 21 May (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 19.11 (125) def. by Port Adelaide 21.7 (133) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 9Edit

Round 9
Saturday 28 May (2:10 pm) Glenelg 15.21 (111) def. Central District 7.10 (52) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 28 May (2:10 pm) Sturt 23.25 (163) def. North Adelaide 10.14 (74) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 28 May (2:10 pm) West Torrens 14.7 (91) def. Norwood 13.10 (88) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 28 May (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 13.17 (95) def. South Adelaide 6.8 (44) Richmond Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 29 May (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 11.17 (83) def. by Woodville 15.11 (101) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 10Edit

Round 10
Saturday 4 June (2:10 pm) West Torrens 22.15 (147) def. by Woodville 23.13 (151) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 4 June (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 19.13 (127) def. North Adelaide 12.15 (87) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 4 June (2:10 pm) Central District 13.13 (91) def. by West Adelaide 20.13 (133) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 4 June (2:10 pm) Norwood 20.11 (131) def. by Sturt 21.12 (138) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 4 June (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.12 (96) def. by Glenelg 15.11 (101) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
  • In an incredible finish, Sturt came from 5 goals down going into time-on in the final quarter to defeat Norwood by 7 points.

State GameEdit

1983 State Game
Saturday 4 June (2:10 pm) WAFL 20.14 (134) def. SANFL 16.14 (110) Subiaco Oval (Perth) (crowd: N/A)

Round 11Edit

Round 11
Saturday 11 June (2:10 pm) Central District 16.8 (104) def. by North Adelaide 18.16 (124) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 11 June (2:10 pm) Woodville 13.7 (85) def. by West Adelaide 29.18 (192) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 12 June (2:10 pm) Sturt 17.12 (114) def. Glenelg 15.18 (108) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Monday 13 June (11:30 am) South Adelaide 20.22 (142) def. West Torrens 11.8 (74) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Monday 13 June (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) def. Norwood 14.9 (93) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 12Edit

Round 12
Saturday 18 June (2:10 pm) Central District 14.15 (99) def. by Norwood 16.7 (103) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 18 June (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 26.22 (178) def. Woodville 17.6 (108) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 18 June (2:10 pm) Glenelg 19.20 (134) def. West Adelaide 19.8 (122) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 18 June (2:10 pm) Sturt 28.26 (194) def. Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 18 June (2:10 pm) West Torrens 14.10 (94) def. by North Adelaide 28.19 (187) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 13Edit

Round 13
Saturday 25 June (2:10 pm) Sturt 12.12 (84) def. by South Adelaide 7.12 (54) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 2 July (2:10 pm) Glenelg 12.16 (88) def. Norwood 10.15 (75) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 25 June (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.7 (85) def. by Central District 16.12 (108) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 25 June (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 20.15 (135) def. Woodville 17.11 (113) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 26 June (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 29.16 (190) def. West Torrens 13.9 (87) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 14Edit

Round 14
Saturday 2 July (2:10 pm) Central District 22.11 (143) def. Woodville 14.13 (97) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 25 June (2:10 pm) Norwood 15.8 (98) def. by West Adelaide 21.14 (140) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 2 July (2:10 pm) Sturt 30.25 (205) def. West Torrens 10.12 (72) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 2 July (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 23.7 (145) def. South Adelaide 10.9 (69) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 2 July (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 14.14 (98) def. Glenelg 16.14 (110) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 15Edit

Round 15
Saturday 9 July (2:10 pm) Norwood 18.9 (117) def. North Adelaide 7.8 (50) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 9 July (2:10 pm) West Torrens 18.14 (122) def. Glenelg 16.9 (105) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 9 July (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 15.15 (105) def. Port Adelaide 15.14 (104) Richmond Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 9 July (2:10 pm) Woodville 11.15 (81) def. by Sturt 29.22 (196) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 10 July (2:10 pm) Central District 4.11 (35) def. by South Adelaide 18.14 (122) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 16Edit

Round 16
Saturday 16 July (2:10 pm) Central District 15.16 (106) def. by Sturt 19.8 (122) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 16 July (2:10 pm) West Torrens 20.14 (134) def. Port Adelaide 16.9 (105) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 16 July (2:10 pm) Woodville 15.10 (100) def. by Glenelg 17.18 (120) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 16 July (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 18.16 (124) def. by West Adelaide 30.11 (191) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 17 July (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 16.15 (111) def. Norwood 12.7 (79) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 17Edit

Round 17
Saturday 23 July (2:10 pm) Central District 21.17 (143) def. West Torrens 10.13 (73) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 23 July (2:10 pm) Glenelg 12.13 (85) def. by South Adelaide 17.14 (116) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 23 July (2:10 pm) Norwood 32.19 (211) def. Woodville 11.12 (78) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 23 July (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) def. by North Adelaide 22.15 (147) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 23 July (2:10 pm) Sturt 16.23 (119) def. by West Adelaide 21.17 (143) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 18Edit

Round 18
Saturday 30 July (2:10 pm) Sturt 19.14 (128) def. North Adelaide 15.12 (102) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 30 July (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 16.8 (104) def. by West Adelaide 20.11 (131) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 30 July (2:10 pm) Norwood 20.7 (127) def. West Torrens 11.13 (79) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 30 July (2:10 pm) Woodville 10.10 (70) def. by Port Adelaide 13.15 (93) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 31 July (2:10 pm) Central District 13.13 (91) def. by Glenelg 17.17 (119) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)

Round 19Edit

Round 19
Saturday 6 August (2:10 pm) Central District 14.8 (92) def. by West Adelaide 22.16 (148) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 6 August (2:10 pm) Sturt 19.19 (123) def. by Norwood 22.8 (140) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 13 August (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 13.13 (91) def. by North Adelaide 15.16 (106) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 13 August (2:10 pm) Glenelg 23.20 (158) def. Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 14 August (2:10 pm) West Torrens 25.17 (167) def. Woodville 20.13 (133) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
  • First split round of the 1983 season

Round 20Edit

Round 20
Saturday 20 August (2:10 pm) Glenelg 20.19 (139) def. Sturt 16.16 (112) Glenelg Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 20 August (2:10 pm) West Torrens 12.9 (81) def. by South Adelaide 24.15 (159) Thebarton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 20 August (2:10 pm) North Adelaide 20.13 (133) def. by Central District 21.16 (142) Prospect Oval (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 21 August (11:30 am) Woodville 19.14 (128) def. by West Adelaide 34.17 (221) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Sunday 21 August (2:10 pm) Norwood 25.15 (165) def. Port Adelaide 15.13 (103) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Round 21Edit

Round 21
Saturday 27 August (2:10 pm) West Torrens 13.13 (91) def. by North Adelaide 17.19 (121) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 27 August (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 18.12 (120) def. by Woodville 19.16 (130) Adelaide Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 27 August (2:10 pm) Central District 14.11 (95) def. by Norwood 21.10 (136) Elizabeth Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 27 August (2:10 am) Port Adelaide 18.8 (116) def. by Sturt 23.15 (153) Alberton Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 27 August (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 27.17 (179) def. Glenelg 16.9 (105) Richmond Oval (crowd: N/A)
  • Norwood full forward Neville Roberts kicked his 100th goal for the season in Rd.21 becoming the first Norwood player to ever do so

Round 22Edit

Round 22
Saturday 3 September (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 17.15 (117) def. Central District 14.16 (100) Football Park (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 3 September (2:10 pm) Norwood 22.10 (142) def. Glenelg 11.19 (85) Norwood Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 3 September (2:10 pm) Sturt 26.11 (167) def. South Adelaide 12.13 (85) Unley Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 3 September (2:10 am) West Adelaide 15.22 (112) def. by West Torrens 17.13 (115) Richmond Oval (crowd: N/A)
Saturday 3 September (2:10 pm) Woodville 12.13 (85) def. by North Adelaide 25.17 (167) Woodville Oval (crowd: N/A)

LadderEdit

1983 SANFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1 West Adelaide (P) 22 18 4 0 3192 2397 57.94 36
2 Sturt 22 16 6 0 3022 2273 57.07 32
3 Norwood 22 14 8 0 2628 2138 55.14 28
4 South Adelaide 22 12 10 0 2388 2038 53.95 24
5 North Adelaide 22 11 11 0 2519 2454 50.64 22
6 Port Adelaide 22 10 12 0 2306 2546 47.53 20
7 Glenelg 22 9 13 0 2310 2622 46.84 18
8 Central District 22 8 14 0 2225 2416 47.94 16
9 West Torrens 22 8 14 0 2260 2922 43.61 16
10 Woodville 22 4 18 0 2116 3240 39.51 8
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, (P) = Premiers Click here for source Updated post Rd 19

Finals seriesEdit

Elimination FinalEdit

Elimination Final
Saturday 10 September (2:10 pm) South Adelaide 14.9 (93) def. by North Adelaide 20.13 (133) Football Park (crowd: N/A)

Qualifying FinalEdit

Qualifying Final
Sunday 11 September (2:10 pm) Sturt 12.14 (86) def. by Norwood 13.12 (90) Football Park (crowd: 27,395)

First Semi FinalEdit

First Semi Final
Saturday 17 September (2:10 pm) Sturt 24.7 (151) def. North Adelaide 13.12 (90) Football Park (crowd: 25,805)

Second Semi FinalEdit

Second Semi Final
Saturday 18 September (2:10 pm) West Adelaide 24.16 (160) def. Norwood 13.8 (86) Football Park (crowd: 30,341)

Preliminary FinalEdit

Preliminary Final
Sunday 25 September (2:40 pm) Sturt 23.8 (146) def. Norwood 15.12 (102) Football Park (crowd: 30,128)

Grand FinalEdit

1983 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 1 October (2:10 pm) West Adelaide def. Sturt Football Park (crowd: 47,129)
2.4 (16)
12.7 (79)
15.10 (100)
 21.16 (142)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
3.4 (22)
7.7 (49)
12.11 (83)
 16.12 (108)
Umpires: Laurie Argent, Rick Kinnear
Jack Oatey Medal: Ian Borchard (West Adelaide)
Television broadcast: Seven
5: Lindner
4: Luders, Grosser
3: Meuret
2: Morris
1: Conlen, Smith, Borchard
Goals 4: Graham
2: Davies, Motley
Borchard, Morris, Bennett, Meuret, Grosser Best Graham, Motley, Howard

Awards and premiersEdit

AwardsEdit

  • The Magarey Medal (awarded to the best and fairest player in the home and away season) was won by Tony Antrobus of North Adelaide, who polled 35 votes.
  • The Ken Farmer Medal (awarded to the leading goalkicker in the home and away season) was won by Rick Davies of Sturt. He kicked 151 goals in the 1983 home and away season.
  • West Adelaide were the league minor premiers, finishing top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season with 18 wins and 4 losses. It was the club's 2nd minor premiership in the SANFL.

PremiersEdit

Leading Goal KickersEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

1983 SANFL League season