West Torrens Football Club

West Torrens Football Club was an Australian rules football club that competed in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from 1897 to 1990. In 1991, the club merged with neighbouring Woodville Football Club to form the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.

West Torrens Football Club
Full nameWest Torrens Football Club
1990 season
Leading goalkickerL. Schache
Best and fairestPaul Pisani
Club details
Founded1894 (as Port Natives; changed to West Torrens in 1897)
Colours  Blue and   Gold
Ground(s)Jubilee Oval (1897–1904)
Hindmarsh Oval (1905–1921)
Thebarton Oval (1922–1989)
Football Park (1990)

Based in the western suburbs of Adelaide, the club derived its name from its location around the western reaches of the River Torrens.

Club historyEdit

A precursor club was the West Adelaide Football Club (1878–1887) that was founded in 1878 and dissolved in 1887. This club was unrelated to the Eagles.

The modern club was formed originally as the Port Natives and competed in the 1895 SAFA season and wore Blue and Gold colours. At a meeting of the SAFA on Monday 26th Oct 1896 at Prince Alfred Hotel the Port Natives delegates informed the SAFA that they intend to rename themselves West Torrens.[1] At the Annual General Meeting held on Friday 19 March 1897 at Lady Daly Hotel, Hindmarsh it was passed unamiously that the Club would alter the name from The Natives Football Club to West Torrens Football Club.[2]

In its history of almost 100 years, West Torrens won only four premierships; conversely, however, they only slumped to the wooden spoon on five occasions, evidence that they were generally quite competitive.

Despite their relative lack of team success, winning only four SANFL Premierships and one Night Premiership in their history (1924, 1933, 1945, 1953 and 1983 (night)), West Torrens boasted some of the best individual players ever to play Australian rules football. Players such as 1946 and 1947 Magarey Medallist, 1953 All-Australian and 1953 premiership captain Bob Hank, triple Magarey Medal winner (1955, 1958 & 1963), 1956 All-Australian and '53 premiership player Lindsay Head and former Australian Test cricketer Neil Hawke were all star players for the club.

The club reached the finals for the last time in 1980 and by 1982 there were calls for West Torrens to merge with another club. In 1990, with the imminent entry of the South Australian-based Adelaide Crows into the national Australian Football League (AFL), it was decided that West Torrens and Woodville would amalgamate. In an apt moment, Woodville and West Torrens were drawn to play each other in their respective final games. The two sides merged after the completion of the 1990 SANFL season and have since participated in the SANFL as the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.


  • Premierships 4 (1924, 1933, 1945 & 1953)
West Torrens won an unofficial premiership in 1918 while the SANFL was officially disbanded for the duration of World War I.
During World War II, West Torrens merged with Port Adelaide Football Club and won the 1942 premiership.
  • Minor premierships 2 (1924, 1963)
  • Wooden Spoons 5 (1930, 1941, 1975, 1976, 1986)
  • SANFL Night premierships: 1 - 1983
  • SANFL Reserves premierships: 17 - 1919, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1941, 1946, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1968, 1984, 1990
  • SANFL Under 19's premierships: 9 - 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1973, 1989
  • SANFL Under 17's premierships: 3 - 1953, 1954, 1957

* 1983 SANFL Escort Cup Grand Final played at West Torrens home ground Thebarton Oval. The Eagles defeated South Adelaide in the last SANFL Night Grand Final to be played at a suburban ground.

Magarey Medallists

* In 1998 John Karney, along with Charlie Adams (Port Adelaide) and Wat Scott (Norwood) was retrospectively awarded the 1921 Magarey Medal after he was originally in a four way tie with only South Adelaide's 1919 and 1920 Medal winner Dan Moriarty awarded the 1921 Medal.

SANFL leading goalkickers

Club colours and emblemsEdit

  • Blue and Gold (1897–1990)
West Torrens was known as the Eagles from the early 1950s until their merging with Woodville.

Home groundsEdit

Famous playersEdit

Club recordsEdit


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