Mallala Football Club
|Type of organisation:|| Sporting
|Town or locality:||Mallala|
|Date established:|| |
The date "c. 1905" was not understood.
|Business or purpose:||Sporting Club|
Football can justly claim to be the most important sport played at Mallala and certainly attracts the largest spectator following. This club fielded one of the original Adelaide Plains Association teams and is the only club to have played continuously in this association. Likewise, the players have always worn black and white guernseys. Of the original players, the names of Angus, Franks, and Marshman are still represented by playing members of the club.
The oval site has been changed once. In 1915 the oval was relocated from the Mallala People's Park, due to the railway coming, and the current site was developed by the district council.
The grandstand (then called the pavilion) was built in 1923.
This provided enough change room space until B grade competition started in 1958. In 1959 a group of players planned and built with all volunteer labour the first Mallala Football Clubroom. This was one large area built of Besser bricks with shower area attached. It was used as the changing room for the Mallala teams whilst the visitors used the room under the Grandstand which was upgraded at the same time. A few years later, volunteers built a separate canteen adjacent to the clubroom. By 1966 the senior colts were regularly taking the field and in 1970 the 'minis' or junior colts emerged.
Overdue and much needed extensions to the clubrooms were opened in 1981.
Except for 1922, Mallala won all premierships from 1912 to 1925 under captains N. Irish, J. Huxtable, O. Pitt, S. Irish and E. Peach. The supporters had to wait until 1953 for another premiership, this time captained by L. Fosdike and coached by Cliff Jarvis. During its period of service here the RAAF personnel boosted the local team and also fielded a team of its own in 1957. K. Lindsay led his team to victory in 1955, followed by R. Tucker in 1959, T Coleman in 1962 and J. Bubner in 1963. When North Western Association was amalgamated, the team had to be runners up at best until Bill Mahoney's team gained the crown in 1970. It was a great year for Tony Laintoll in 1974 as he won one of his three Mail Medals. It was also in 1974 that the final match resulted in a draw with United, and the play-off went to Mallala. Another year to remember was 1978 when the final was won by one point, the result of a goal kicked after the siren by Geoff Angus.
The Mallala Footbal Clubrooms were enlarged and updated again in c 2004 and is now a spacious and comfortable venue for the football club to utilize.
Mallala Club A Grade members who played 300 games:
- Greg Tucker 323 games
- David Wilson 301 games
Those who played 200 A grade games in order of year:
- Ray Earl 229
- Ron Tucker 274
- John Griffiths 277
- Keith Jenkin 235
- Leon Broster 239
- Trevor Coleman 292
- Kevin Jarmyn 234
- Phil Hannaford 277
- Paul Hallion 204
- John Lutt 229
- Paul Angus 225
- Phil Kemble 210
- Ian Jenkin 227
- Todd Thorne 217
- Paul Blacket 245
- Brian Tiller 204.
Mallala Mail Medallists are:
- 1934 Bruce Jarmyn
- 1937 Bruce Jarmyn
- 1965 Bruce (Kelly) Curnow
- 1974 Tony Laintoll
The medal is now The Plains Producer medal:
- 1988 Greg Tucker
- 1989 Michael Wilson
- 1994 Todd Thorne
- 1996 Todd Thorne
- 1997 R Kennedy
- 2004 Todd Thorne
- 2007 J. Hollitt
T. Irish, G.T. Arnold, P.T. Jarmyn, D.E. Jarmyn, R.G. Earl, R.L. Tucker, D.G. Pitt, J.C. Griffiths, B.J. Angus, K.E. Jenkin, A.T. Coleman, L.G. Broster, E.J. Secomb, P.A. Hallion, F.M. Angus, J.A. Lutt, N.E. Kakoschke, L.O. Tucker, H.B. Curnow, P.D. Angus, M.M. Angus, Mrs P.N. Jarmyn, Mrs J.E. Earl, G.P. Angus, K.R. Jarmyn, G.R. Tucker, D.R. Wilson, P.J. Hannaford, A.J. Griffiths, J.R. Franks, P.R. Kemble, D.B. Algar, Mrs C.M. Parry, I.K. Jenkin, Mrs R.M. Jenkin, J.B. Angus, D.K. Stanley, S.J. Roberts, N.D. Tiller, B.R. Sowerby, T.W. Thorne, B.R. Tiller, P.J. Blacket, I.A. Stuart, Mrs J.K. Griffiths.
- Life around the Light: A history of the Mallala District Council area compiled by Two Wells. Mallala and District History Book Committee. Community Development Board of the Council District of Mallala. (Mallala
- S. Aust.) 1985.
- Mallala Football Club centenary
- Ron Tucker - Club statistician