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POORAKA

Names:

1915-67

Abattoirs

1968-

Pooraka

Affiliations:

1920

YMCA & Suburban

1921-68

North Adelaide District

1969-75

Central District

1976-77

Norwood North

1978-95

S.A.F.A.

1996-

S.A.A.F.L.

Grounds:

1915-69

Abattoirs

1969-

Lindholm Park

Colours:

1921-98

Navy blue, red trim

1999-

Navy blue, red bib & red, white & blue bull’s head on chest.

SAAFL Premierships:

D2

1997, 2001

D4

2010

D9N

1997

D2R

1997, 99

D4R

2010

U17G

1998

SAAFL Medallists:

D2

1997

Michael A Carter

D9N

1998

Timothy Hill

2000

Paul Frick

D2R

1997

Vincent J Cullinan

1999

Colin Kirkwood

2000

Colin Kirkwood

2001

Darrin Wilson

U17G

1998

Anthony Didak

SAAFL Grades/Divisions:

1996

P2(A2)(5), P2R(A2R)(2), A7(2)

1997

D2(1), D2R(1), D9N(1), U17G(2)

1998

D1(9), D1R(8), D9N(8), U17G(1)

1999

D2(3), D2R(1), D9N(4)

2000

D2(4), D2R(3), D9N(8)

2001

D2(1), D2R(3), D9N(5)

2002

D1(8), D1R(4), D9N(3), U17N(8)

2003

D1(9), D1R(5), D8(6)

2004

D2(9), D2R(10)

2005

D3(3), D3R(6), D10N(5)

2006

D3(9), D3R(10)

2007

D4(4), D4R(7), C4(9)

2008

D4(4), D4R(9), C4(8)

2009

D4(4), D4R(2), C4(4)

2010

D4(1), D4R(1), C4(7)

2011

D3(6), D3R(8), C3(7), U18B(7)

2012

D3(10), D3R(7), C2(9)

Pooraka began life as the Abattoirs Football Club and spent most of its early years in the North Adelaide District Association. The senior teams went into recess in the late ‘50s but was revived in 1964 when it played in the A2 Grand Final. It then struggled in A1, but the rapid development of the district led to the name change to Pooraka in 1968 and the development of Lindholm Park once the drought conditions eased and turfing the ground recently acquired by the Council was possible. When the North Adelaide District combined with the East Torrens Association to form Norwood-North in 1969, the Club opted to join the C.D.F.A. and played at A1 level, then joined Norwood-North in 1976, playing in the A2 Grand Final and so earning promotion to A1 under coach Graham Durbridge.

When the S.A.F.A. formed in 1978 Pooraka became an inaugural member, and since that time it has become one of the strongest metropolitan football clubs. It completely dominated S.A.F.A. in the latter years of that association, winning six Division 1 premierships between ’84 and ’94. When S.A.F.A. folded in 1996 the Club joined the S.A.A.F.L in the second division of the Premier League as it was then called, winning the Division 2 premiership in 1997. It found Division 1 tough in 1998 and returned to Division 2, but fought its way back to the top in 2002 after winning the Div. 2 flag in 2001.

Club record-holder is Johannes “Yopie’ Vandermoer with 421 games.