Williamstown Rovers FC

1952 TO 1963

Cyril Minge - My Football times at Williamstown Rovers Football Club

I started playing in 1952 at the age of 15 in the senior side as Williamstown did not have a Colts side. Playing in the Torrens Valley Association through the 1950s Williamstown had A and B Grade teams with workers from the South Para reservoir boosting our numbers. Coaches I am not sure of but Ivan Dicker, Ivo Venning and Peter Eaton are some I think coached but there could be others. In the 1950s the oval grass was fed off to sheep to keep it down, so it was fun running around with sheep dung all about. Then I can remember the coming of the lawn mower and up to 8 hand mowers were used to mow the nut weed that the sheep would not eat. After some time the Park Committee got a tractor and a slasher. In 1961 Jim Marshall coached our premiership side going through undefeated.

In the 1950s the Oval had a cycle track with a camber all around. Our change rooms were first near the large gum tree near the current bore pump then a building was built where the four cabins are now. Then in 1982 we moved into our present building.

In 1962 Williamstown left the Torrens Valley Association and joined the Gawler and District Association as they were short of teams after Gawler South and Roseworthy College went to the Adelaide Plains Association as they thought the competition would not be great. The teams in the Gawler and District Association were Gawler Central, Williamstown, Willaston, Roseworthy and Lyndoch. Williamstown had to change colours as Lyndoch were Blue and Gold.

In 1962 I was made Captain of the team. We were not very successful that year as we lost good players to Freeling but our Senior Colts won the premiership. Then in 1963 through lack of numbers Williamstown went into recess with colts and senior players going and playing for Lyndoch where I played until 1979.

1967 TO 1979

As remembered by Trevor Fromm.


The WRFC was reformed in 1967 after a recess since 1963.

Blue and Gold were always the colours. We played in Hills zone 2.

Teams played included Pleasant Valley, Gumeracha, Woodside Army, Lenswood

Ranges, Birdwood, Sedan /Cambrai and later Mt Torrens.

In 1967 Captain Coach was Brian "BG" Davies and Vice Captain Len Jones.

No B Grade side

The colts, U16, used Kersbrook Jumpers, double blue, as Kersbrook were not

using them at the time. The Club couldn't afford to buy guernseys for the


The committee had a busy bee to put concrete on the floor of the change rooms

as previously they were dirt floors. Two showers per team which were quite often cold

and when you went to use them possums had to be chased out first.

The change rooms were an iron shed situated at the entrance of the oval on the

left as you come in. These change rooms were used until the early 80s when

new clubrooms were built.


From my recollection Jim Marshall was captain coached, ex

Pleasant Valley and was a very tough player and a good coach.

I remember Aldo Baraglia lining up David French a starry ex league footballer with Norwood, from Pleasant Valley. One day on the Eden Valley Oval as Frenchy was

bouncing the Ball down though Centre half forward dodging players Aldo

knocked him out cold. The stretcher came out and he was taken straight off.

Aldo said you never let the opposition know how much it hurts you and always

make out it doesn't hurt.

***Editors Comment. Not a bad achievement. I played with David French and he was one of the toughest players I ever played with.


Captain Coach- David, Clumsy, Wilkin, uncle to Shane Wilkin, coached

the team into Finals. Clumsy won 2 or 3 mail medals I think and also a

reserves medal in the Gawler League.

Clumsy was a great player and specialized in looking after the young players

I remember him chasing a player around Cambrai oval one day trying to hit him

because this player hit me!

Speaking of playing at Cambrai oval it was that windy one day the boundary

Umpire could not throw the ball in as it always went back over his head. The

ball would continue roll to along the ground it was that windy. Players also

had the ball go back over their heads when they kicked the itl!


Coach was Neil Green, came from down Cudlee Creek way. This was my

first year in Seniors and we played off in the 1st Semi and lost at Birdwood.

I do remember some rivalry with Birdwood and an all in brawl of spectators

after a game at Williamstown out in front of the Change rooms after a game. I

remember Des Rehn getting a bit "fired up" that day.


Trevor Polkinghorne was Captain Coach. It was a lean year for the club

only winning 2 games as I remember.

Somewhere here I remember Reg Smith playing his last game for the B Grade at

Sedan Oval at the age of 56 years and he was best on ground.

Sedan had an ex league footballer by the name of Ron Jantke who would

allegedly hit players behind the play. My Dad was president of the club at the

time and was that angry with him in one match at Sedan he ran out and put a

headlock on him, couldn't do that now.


Captain Coach,Trevor Stanton, previously All Australian ruckman and Vice Capt Trevor Polkinghorne. This is the final year that WRFC played in the hills league. Won the 2nd Semi at Gumeracha oval and lost the Grand Final to Birdwood at the Lobethal oval.

We lost our Captain with a broken bone split through the finger and Vice Capt with

8 stitches to the head before half time, wasn't our day.


Joined the Gawler and District League. Captain Coach, Bob Betson.

Lyndoch were Blue and Gold so Williamstown chose St Kilda colours for

their guernseys.

We beat every club that year in the minor round and played Willaston in the

1st Semi which was drawn. We played off the following week and won by 6 goals then played Lyndoch in the prelim final on the Gawler oval and lost.


Brian Harris coached. Buck or Buckets as he was known played

with both his sons Randy and Chris in one of these years. Buck was a very

tough and talented footballer.


Peter Sheperdson was Captain Coach


Jon Spry captain coach


Jon spry coached the 1st half of the season and then had a job transfer to

Victoria. Merv Alcorn was playing coach for the rest of the year.

There was always "friendy" rivalry between Lyndoch and Williamstown and we

looked forward to these games.

The round 1 game was played at Lyndoch oval and we were up by 6 goals at 3quarter

time and cars were driving out the gate. Lyndoch came home in the last

quarter and won by 8 points. The return Game at Williamstown was a huge game for us as amalgamation was being rumoured. We were desperate to win and did so by 3 points in a very exiting game it, it was really like a final.

I remember a meeting in the Williamstown hall, 7th Nov 1979 I think, where it

was passed that the Lyndoch Football Club and the Williamstown Rovers Football Club would amalgamate to become Barossa District Football Club. The colours were selected to follow Central District Football Club colours, red white and blue, the club wanted "neutral colours".

The feeling among the players about the amalgamated Club was great and very

exciting as at least 60 players came out to training both on Tuesdays and


Hence the BDFC was born.

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President:  Craig Wilson 0416 230 795


 Secretary: Rebecca Tappert 0429 220 019


Senior Football

Senior Football Operations Manager:

Travis Miller 0457 536 424


A Grade Coach: Simon Wills 0418 142 865

Training Times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays -

6:30pm at Williamstown Oval

Senior Colts

 Coach: Brae McConnell

Training Times:

Tuesdays & Thursday - 

5.30pm at Williamstown Oval

Junior Colts

Coach: Jamie Sibbick 0413 597 417

Training Times:

Monday & Thursday - 
5.30pm at Williamstown Oval


Junior Football 

Junior Football Training 
(u9, u11, u13)

 Williamstown Oval, Wednesday

> Under 9 & Under 11 - 5.30 to 6.30. 
> U13 6.00 to 7pm.

  Coordinator: Stacey Bratton

Womens Football

u14, u17 & Senior Teams

Training nights vary

Coordinator: Tegan Bahnisch 0409 677 055




Robyn Crack 0476 230 307



Alicia Murphy 0439 680 853


Senior Netball

Williamstown Courts

Seniors Training
> Thursday Night

Junior Netball Training

Williamstown Courts

Training > Tuesday & Wednesday from 4.30pm

Contact Robyn on 0476 230 307 or Alicia on 0439 680 853 for more info.




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Club Vice ChairpersonJamie Sibbick 0413 597 417
TreasurerDonna Riggs 0404 898 130
Secretary:Jodie Grantham 0417 871 321

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Ladder A Grade 2021

A Grade 2021
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2 Nuriootpa Rover 22
3 Tanunda 21
4 Willaston 18
5 Angaston 18
6 Kapunda 17
7 Gawler Central 12
8 Barossa District 6
9 Freeling 2

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Reserves 2021
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2 South Gawler 24
3 Gawler Central 22
4 Angaston 19
5 Tanunda 19
6 Willaston 14
7 Kapunda 13
8 Barossa District 4
9 Freeling 2

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Senior Colts 2021
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2 Willaston 23
3 South Gawler 21
4 Nuriootpa Rover 20
5 Gawler Central 19
6 Tanunda 14
7 Freeling 10
8 Kapunda 9
9 Angaston 4

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Junior Colts 2021
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2 Angaston 24
3 Tanunda 23
4 Nuriootpa Rover 20
5 Gawler Central 16
6 Kapunda 11
7 South Gawler 10
8 Willaston 6
9 Freeling 6