Port Adelaide Football Club
Port Adelaide Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia. The club's senior team plays in the Australian Football League, whilst its reserves team competes in the South Australian National Football League. Port Adelaide is the oldest professional sporting club in South Australia and the fifth-oldest club in the AFL. Since the club's first game on 24 May 1870, the club has won 36 South Australian league premierships, including six in a row; the club won the Champions of Australia competition on a record four occasions. After winning an AFL licence in 1994 the club began competing in the Australian Football League in 1997 as the only pre-existing non-Victorian club—and has subsequently added the 2004 AFL premiership to its achievements. By the late 1860s Port Adelaide's river traffic was growing rapidly; the increasing economic activity around the waterways resulted in a meeting being organised by Port Adelaide locals John Rann, Mr. Leicester and Mr. Ireland with the intention to form a sporting club to benefit the growing number of workers associated with the wharfes and surrounding industries.
As a result of their meeting the Port Adelaide Football Club was established on 12 May 1870 as part of a joint Australian football and cricket club. The first training session of the newly formed club took place two days later; the Port Adelaide Football Club played its first match against a team from North Adelaide known as the'Young Australians' on 24 May 1870 at the family property of inaugural club president John Hart Jr in Glanville. John Hart Sr would become premier of South Australia the week following the first match. During these early years, football in South Australia was yet to be formally organised by a single body and as a result there were two main sets of rules in use across the state. Port Adelaide's main opponents during the years prior to the foundation of a governing body for the code in South Australia were the now defunct Kensington and Old Adelaide club; the rules of the Old Adelaide club, which more resembled the rules used in Melbourne at the time, were adopted across Adelaide in 1876.
In 1877, Port Adelaide joined seven other clubs to form the South Australian Football Association, the first governing body of Australian rules football. For the first few seasons in the SAFA the club competed in white shorts. In 1878, Port Adelaide hosted its first game against the established Norwood Football Club with the visitors winning 1-0. A rivalry between these clubs would soon develop into one of the fiercest in Australian sport. In 1879, the club played reigning Victorian Football Association premiers Geelong at Adelaide Oval in what was Port Adelaide's first game against an interstate club. In 1880, Port Adelaide moved to Alberton Oval which remains to this day the club's training and administrative headquarters. In 1881, Port Adelaide played its first game against Carlton at Adelaide Oval; that year the club travelled to Victoria and played its first game outside South Australia against the Sale Football Club. During the 1882 season Port Adelaide overcame Norwood for the first time after nine previous attempts winning by 1 goal at Adelaide Oval.
On 2 July 1883 Port Adelaide played its first game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Melbourne. In 1884 Port Adelaide won its first SAFA premiership. On 25 May 1885, Port Adelaide played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against South Melbourne, drawing with the eventual VFA premiers in front of 10,000 spectators. In 1887 immense interest led into the round 8 meeting against Norwood as the previous two matches between the clubs resulted in draws. Norwood won in front of a then-record 11,000 spectators at Adelaide Oval. Attending the match were Chinese Commissioners to the Jubilee Exhibition General Wong Yang Ho and Console-General Yu Chiung who were provided the South Australian premiers private box at Adelaide Oval. During 1889 the club played against the Richmond Football Club at Punt Road, with Port prevailing by a goal; the 1889 SAFA season ended with Port Adelaide and Norwood equal top, leading to the staging of Australia's first grand final. Norwood went on to defeat Port Adelaide by two goals.
In 1890 Port Adelaide won its second SAFA premiership and would go on to be crowned "Champions of Australia" for the first time after defeating VFA premiers South Melbourne. In 1891 the club defeated Fitzroy at Adelaide Oval with Indigenous Australian Harry Hewitt playing for Port Adelaide; as the 1890s continued Australia would be affected by a severe depression with many players were being forced to move interstate to find work. This exodus translated into poor on field results for the club. By 1896, the club was in crisis and finished last causing the clubs committee to meet with the aim of revitalising the club. Historian John Devaney suggested that there was a "conscious and deliberate cultivation by both the committee and the team's on field leaders of a revitalised club spirit, whereby playing for Port Adelaide became a genuine source of pride", it had immediate results and in 1897 Port Adelaide won a third premiership finishing the season with a record of 14-2-1 with a scoring record two and a half times its conceded total.
This is one of only four occurrences since 1877 that the team that finished last won a premiership the following year. Stan Malin won Port Adelaide's first Magarey Medal in 1899. During the 19th century the club had nicknames including the Cockledivers, the Seaside Men, the Seasiders and the Magentas. In 1900, Port finished bottom in the six-team competition, which it has not done in any senior league since. In 1902, Port Adelaide took the field i
Anthony'Tony' Dale Modra is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Adelaide and Fremantle in the Australian Football League and West Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League. Known for his spectacular marking ability in the full forward position, Modra had the physical strength and size to match the best opposition full backs in the competition. Modra was born in McLaren Vale, South Australia but grew up in nearby in Christies Beach, South Australia and attended Christies Beach Primary School along with a future Adelaide teammate Nigel Smart, he moved to South Australia at age 11 with his parents and four older siblings. Modra grew up playing multiple sports notably football and soccer for Loxton, both of which he loved but played football from age 14 which most of his friends played. Growing up Modra supported Glenelg in the SANFL plus St Kilda and Richmond in the VFL. Modra first played Under 19s for West Adelaide in 1988 but could not adjust to working and playing football in Adelaide.
Modra returned home and in 1989 as a 20 year old, Tony kicked 76 goals for the Loxton Football Club, Loxton would end up losing the Grand Final to Barmera-Monash. In 1990 Tony joined his brothers Rick and Kym at the Renmark Rovers Football Club in pursuit of a premiership. Modra lead the team to win the 1990 Riverland Football League in a grand final replay after drawing with Waikerie the previous week. Modra kicked a remarkable 118 goals for the season. In 1991 Modra attempted to move to Red Cliffs in the Sunraysia Football League and played one pre season game for the club, kicking 13 goals on newly Sydney drafted Darren Holmes; however Modra was still contracted to West Adelaide and they would not be awarded a fee if Modra was to play in the AFL one day. Due to Red Cliffs being based interstate this fee would not be received. Lawyers from Red Cliffs faced a tribunal in Adelaide but the tribunal rules that Modra was a contracted West Adelaide player. Reluctantly he returned to West Adelaide for the 1991 season, playing in the losing 1991 SANFL Grand Final.
He did enough to earn an invite to Adelaide Crows training and win selection in the squad. Modra was selected in the 1991 AFL Draft as a Zone Selection for the Adelaide Football Club. Modra played 15 SANFL games for West Adelaide and kicked 46 goals between 1988 and 1991. Modra began his AFL career at 23 years of age. At first, his potential at full forward was overshadowed by senior player Scott Hodges who had a reputation as a prolific goal kicker in the SANFL with Port Adelaide Football Club, having broken the record for most goals in a season in 1990 when he kicked 153. Modra played 8 games in his debut season of 1992, kicking 21 goals. At the start of 1993, an injury to Hodges led to Modra's inclusion at full forward with Adelaide. Modra was an instant success, kicking 10 goals in the opening round against Richmond at Melbourne Cricket Ground and finishing the year as runner up to Geelong's Gary Ablett Sr. in the Coleman Medal with 119 goals in the Home and Away season, kicking an additional 10 in 3 finals.
Both the Crows and Modra had less successful seasons in 1994 through to 1996, although Modra topped the club goalkicking each year. In 1997, Modra won the Coleman Medal for the most goals in the season, was selected in the AFL All-Australian team; however a torn Anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during a marking contest in the preliminary final caused Modra to miss the Crows' first premiership win when they defeated St Kilda in the Grand Final. After returning from the knee injury 10 months in 1998 he failed to regain form and was not considered for the 1998 AFL Grand Final, he was thus one of the few leading Crows players who did not receive a premiership medallion in either of the Crows premiership years of 1997 and 1998. Modra's aerial ability was unsurpassed in his prime, he was nominated for Mark of the Year on numerous occasions, winning the award in 1993, 1997 and 2000. Adelaide traded Modra to Fremantle for the 1999 AFL season. After kicking a club record 71 goals in his first year at Fremantle, by the middle of the 2001 AFL season sore knees forced him to retire from the AFL at 32 years of age.
His career games tally finished at 165 games for 588 goals. Since 2003, Modra has worked as a cattle farmer on his property near Victor Harbor, he resumed playing local football for Encounter Bay in the Great Southern Football League. Modra is playing for the Prince Alfred Old Collegians Football Club, alongside old team mate Mark Ricciuto in division 4 of the South Australian Amateur Football League, he plays in charity games such as the West End Slowdown and can still take huge marks. He plays cricket for the Encounter Bay Cricket Club. Modra kicked 10 goals against Lucindale on 30 June 2006. Keith won by 119 points. In his first senior Premiership since he was 21, Modra kicked 8 goals in Keith's win over Penola in the KNTFL Grand Final played at Naracoorte on 15 September 2007. Final scores Keith 19.8 defeated Penola 10.10 In May 2011, it was reported that Modra was considering a return to the AFL as a coach with Adelaide. On 3 October 2011 Modra, along with other former AFL and SANFL stars such as Andrew and Darren Jarman, Gavin Wanganeen, Mark Ricciuto, Ben Hart, Mick Martyn, Brendan Fevola, Matthew Lloyd and Dermott Brereton played in the State of Origin Slowdown match at the Adelaide Oval between South Australia and Victoria.
The match was played for charity for the Little Heroes Foundation and saw SA run out winners 17.10 to Victoria's 17.9 on a goal 20 seconds from the final siren by Darren Jarman. On 6 October 2015 at the age of 46, Modra competed in the annual slowdown match at the Adel
1992 AFL draft
The 1992 AFL draft is the annual draft of talented players by Australian rules football teams that participate in the main competition of that sport, the Australian Football League. It consisted of the pre-season draft and the trade period. In 1992 there were 124 picks. There was a mid-year draft held during the 1992 season. Players recruited in this draft were able to take their places in their AFL clubs in the latter part of the 1992 season, although not all chose to do so; the 1992 draft suffered from three high-profile cases of draft tampering involving rated South Australian players: No. 6 selection Robert Pyman, No. 10 selection Brett Chalmers, No. 13 selection Andrew McKay. Prior to the draft, all three players contacted AFL clubs which they did not want to play for, told those clubs that they would remain in South Australia if drafted by them. However, this action was contrary to the rules; the most serious offence was by Chalmers, who had contacted most clubs in an effort to ensure that only Collingwood would draft him.
He was fined $30,000, was made ineligible to play for Collingwood for three years. McKay and Pyman, who had warned only the AFL's struggling clubs against drafting them, but had not contrived to end up at a specific club, were fined only $10,000 and were permitted to continue playing for their new clubs. Brisbane Bears zone selection Nathan Buckley and the North Melbourne Football Club were forced to defend accusations that they had come to a draft-tampering agreement for Buckley to be traded to North Melbourne, but after a long and costly legal battle both parties were found not guilty
Australian rules football
Australian rules football known as Australian football, or called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between behind posts. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball; the primary methods are kicking and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch the ball from a kick are awarded possession. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when mark is paid. Players can use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact, interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks, distance penalties or suspension for a certain number of matches, depending on the seriousness of the infringement.
The game features frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring. The sport's origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes. Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League, the sport's only professional competition, is the nation's wealthiest sporting body; the AFL Grand Final, held annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is the highest attended club championship event in the world. The sport is played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations, its rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFL's Laws of the Game Committee.
Australian rules football is known by several nicknames, including Aussie rules and footy. In some regions, it is marketed as AFL after the Australian Football League. There is evidence of football being played sporadically in the Australian colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Compared to cricket and horse racing, football was viewed as a minor "amusement" at the time, while little is known about these early one-off games, it is clear they share no causal link with Australian football. In 1858, in a move that would help to shape Australian football in its formative years, "public" schools in Melbourne, Victoria began organising football games inspired by precedents at English public schools; the earliest such match, held in St Kilda on 15 June, was between Melbourne Grammar and St Kilda Grammar. On 10 July 1858, the Melbourne-based Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle published a letter by Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calling for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with a "code of laws" to keep cricketers fit during winter.
Born in Australia, Wills played a nascent form of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School in England, returned to his homeland a star athlete and cricketer. His letter is regarded by many historians as giving impetus for the development of a new code of football today known as Australian football. Two weeks Wills' friend, cricketer Jerry Bryant, posted an advertisement for a scratch match at the Richmond Paddock adjoining the Melbourne Cricket Ground; this was the first of several "kickabouts" held that year involving members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, including Wills, Bryant, W. J. Hammersley and J. B. Thompson. Trees were used as goalposts and play lasted an entire afternoon. Without an agreed upon code of laws, some players were guided by rules they had learned in the British Isles, "others by no rules at all". Another significant milestone in 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College, held at the Richmond Paddock; this 40-a-side contest, umpired by Wills and Scotch College teacher John Macadam, began on 7 August and continued over two subsequent Saturdays, ending in a draw with each side kicking one goal.
It is commemorated with a statue outside the MCG, the two schools have competed annually since in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, the world's oldest continuous football competition. Since the early 20th century, it has been suggested that Australian football was derived from the Irish sport of Gaelic football, not codified until 1885. There is no archival evidence in favour of a Gaelic influence, the style of play shared between the two modern codes was evident in Australia long before the Irish game evolved in a similar direction. Another theory, first proposed in 1983, posits that Wills, having grown up amongst Aborigines in Victoria, may have seen or played the Aboriginal game of Marn Grook, incorporated some of its features into early Australian football; the evidence for this is only circumstantial, according to biographer Greg de Moore's research, Wills was "almost influenced by his experience at Rugby School". A loosely organised Melbourne side, captained by Wills, played against other football enthusiasts in the winter and spring of 1858.
The following year, on 14 May, the Melbourne Football Club came into being, making it one of the
Ryan Ferguson (footballer)
Ryan Ferguson is an Australian Rules Footballer who played for Melbourne in the Australian Football League and West Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League. He signed with Victorian Football League club Williamstown for the 2014 season. Recruited from Victorian Football League club Frankston Dolphins in the 2002 National Draft, Ferguson was a good contributor to the Demons as a tall defender and fill in ruckman. In 2003, Ferguson was listed as one of 28 players to have started his career in the VFL/VFA prior to his AFL Career. Ferguson's debut season, 2003, saw him play 17 kick one goal. For his efforts Ferguson was awarded the Harold Ball Memorial Trophy as the Demons' best first year player. After missing the entire 2004 AFL season through injury, Ferguson had his best season in 2005 playing 19 games including the Elimination final against Geelong. Both 2006 and 2007 were forgettable for the 6'6" defender as injuries restricted him to just three games in 2006 and five games in 2007.
In October 2007 Ferguson was delisted by Melbourne after playing 47 games and kicking six goals in his five seasons at the club. He played an emotional final game, but sadly was not chaired off. Ferguson moved to Adelaide to play with West Adelaide in the SANFL, he has so far played 91 games and kicked 25 goals for the Bloods. Fergie was a popular winner of the clubs best and fairest award, the Steve Hamra Medal, in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Ferguson was West Adelaide's captain when they were defeated by the Norwood Football Club in the 2012 SANFL Grand Final. In the end Norwood ran out 49 point winners with a score of 12.7 to Wests 3.12 in front of 29,661 fans at AAMI Stadium. West Adelaide's strong start to the 2013 season, where for the first time in many years they kicked over 100 points in three consecutive games, has seen Ferguson one of five Bloods players selected to the South Australian training squad for the state game against the North East Australian Football League to be played at West's home ground, City Mazda Stadium, on 11 May 2013.
Ferguson, selected on the half-back flank for the game, played a vital role in defense for the Croweaters, with his second quarter efforts turning away many a NEAFL attacking raid with his strong marking, good positional play and precision kicking. He would go on to win the Fos Williams Medal as the best player on the ground in South Australia's 21.14 to 9.4 win over the NEAFL North. Ferguson left West Adelaide at the end of the 2013 SANFL season; the Bloods had finished third, while Ferguson co-won the clubs Fairest with Chris Schmidt. He has signed to play with VFL club Williamstown. Ryan Ferguson's playing statistics from AFL Tables Demon Wiki profile
Michael Kevin O'Loughlin is a former professional Australian rules footballer, who played his entire Australian Football League career with the Sydney Swans. O'Loughlin was named a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century, he was the third player with Indigenous heritage to play 300 AFL games. He twice achieved All-Australian selection, played for Australia twice in the International Rules Series, was a Fos Williams Medallist as best player for South Australia in State of Origin. O'Loughlin was the first Sydney Swans player to play more than 300 career games. In 303 games he kicked 521 career goals, his parents never married, so he was given his mother's maiden name of O'Loughlin, which came from her Irish great-great-great-grandfather. O'Loughlin's ancestors were Czech Jews, Indigenous Australian, Irish and English, his paternal grandfather was a Czech Jew. He grew up in Adelaide,South Australia and first played junior football with Centrals in the SANFL. Selected in the third round of the 1994 National Draft, O'Loughlin played 12 senior games for the Swans in 1995 and earned a AFL Rising Star award nomination.
The following year, he was a key player in the team that won the minor premiership and lost to North Melbourne in the grand final. He was the games record holder for the Swans, passing John Rantall's VFL/AFL record in Round 14 of the 2007 season and Bill Windley's 102 year old overall club record in the Elimination Final of that year, until he was overtaken by his close friend Adam Goodes, he became the first Sydney Swans/South Melbourne player to break the 300 games milestone in Round 19, 2009. O'Loughlin played the majority of his early football in a half-forward flanker role, where his combination of speed and agility made him a difficult player for opposing teams to match up against, he was known by the nickname "Magic" throughout his career, in recognition of his capacity to play football so skillfully that it could sometimes seem he had "cast a spell" on his opponents. He was known by the nickname, "Micky O". In the latter part of his career, he was used as Sydney's full-forward. In 2000 and 2001, he was the club's leading goalkicker.
He was club best and fairest in 1998 and runner-up in 2000. He was selected in the All Australian Team in 1997 and 2000; when State of Origin matches were still being played, he represented his state on several occasions, receiving the Fos Williams Medal for best South Australian player in 1998. In 2005, he was selected alongside Sydney Swans teammate and uncle Adam Goodes in the Indigenous Team of the Century. O'Loughlin was chosen in the full-forward position, he described this honor alongside the 2005 premiership. O'Loughlin, the only player remaining in the team from the 1996 loss, played during the 2005 grand final, including a number of exceptional marks. However, uncharacteristically, his kicking for goal during the game was inaccurate. In 2006, O'Loughlin continued to be a key part of the Swans' line-up, including playing a decisive role in the qualifying and preliminary finals that put the Swans into the grand final for the second consecutive year. In the 2006 Grand Final, O'Loughlin played well, kicking 3.1.
He continued to play well for Sydney through the balance of his career. In the close 2006 Qualifying Final against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval, O'Loughlin ran into an open goal carried on to the fence and roared into the faces of some rather stunned-looking Eagles' fans from a few inches away; the moment is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport. On 23 June 2009, O'Loughlin announced, he played his 300th game in round 19 at the MCG against the Richmond Tigers. AFL Rising Star nominee 1995 Bob Skilton Medal 1998 All-Australian 1997, 2000 International Rules Series 1997, 2000 Fos Williams Medal 1998 Sydney Swans Leading goalkicker 2000, 2001 Sydney Swans Premiership player 2005 Outstanding achievement in AFL 2005 Indigenous Team of the Century Outstanding achievement in AFL 2009 Male Sportsperson of the Year 2009 *10 games required to be eligible. Since leaving the AFL, O'Loughlin has continued a media profile.
In September 2009 he launched the Goodes O'Loughlin Foundation, along with his cousin & co-Chairman Adam Goodes, focused on Education and healthy Lifestyles. The Foundation's mission is to develop and empower the next generation of Indigenous role models in Australia. O'Loughlin was awarded the 2009 AFL Players’ Association Madden for his on and off-field contributions to the game. In 2010 O'Loughlin coached the Flying Boomerangs indigenous side during their Cape Town tour, leading the side to victory against the South Africa National Australian Rules Football Team, he was named coach of the World 18 for the AFL National Under 16 Championships. In 2011 he was named as coach of the Indigenous All Star team for their biennial game, this time against the Richmond Tigers. O'Loughlin represented South Australia against Victoria in the State of Origin Slowdown charity match at the Adelaide Oval on 3 October 2011. Both teams were composed of retired players with the match supporting both the Little Heroes Foundation and the Reach Foundation youth charities started by former Melbourne Demons star player, the late Jim Stynes.
In 2000, it was alleged that O'Loughlin had participated in the rape of a woman in a park in Adelaide along with two other AFL players, Adam Heuskes and Peter Burgoyne. The woman claimed that while Heuskes and Burgoyne raped her, O'Loughlin masturbated close to her face. O'Loughlin was neither
Interstate matches in Australian rules football
Australian rules football matches between teams representing Australian colonies and territories have been held since 1879. For most of the 20th century, the absence of a national club competition and international matches meant that football games between state representative teams were regarded with great importance. Football historian John Devaney has argued that: "some of the state of origin contests which took place during the 1980s constituted arguably the finest expositions of the game seen"; until 1976, interstate Australian rules football games were played by teams representing the major football leagues or organisations. From 1977 to 1999, players were selected under State of Origin selection rules and they were chosen from the Australian Football League. Since 2000, all matches have been between teams representing the second-tier state or territorial leagues. Players from the AFL no longer take part in interstate matches; the matches have been held on a stand-alone basis. However, an Australian Football Carnival, a national championship series, held in either one or two cities, took place between 1908 and 1993 at three year intervals.
Teams which have taken part have included Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and an Australian Amateurs team. Between 1937 and 1988 the player judged the best at each of these carnivals was awarded the Tassie Medal. Between 1953 and 1988, the selection of All Australian Teams was based on players performance during Australian Football Carnivals, the team was named after each carnival concluded. Victoria the birthplace of Australian rules and, with contributing factors such as population and finances, dominated the first hundred years of intercolonial and interstate football; this was the case in the first interstate game, held on Tuesday, 1 July 1879, at East Melbourne Cricket Ground. The final score was Victoria 7.14 to South Australia 0.3. The match was attended by more than 10,000 people; the third and fourth teams to commence intercolonial competition were New South Wales and Queensland, playing each other in a two-game series in Brisbane in 1884.
Tasmania played its first game, against Victoria, in 1887. New Zealand entered the competition with a victory over NSW in Sydney, in 1889. Victoria's long-term dominance faltered in the 1890s, when other Colonies recorded their first wins over the Victoria: South Australia in Adelaide in 1890 and 1891 and Tasmania in Hobart in 1893. In 1897, the VFL split from the VFA and the two selected separate representative teams, further weakening Victoria in intercolonial competition, which became interstate competition following Federation of the six British colonies in Australia, in 1901. Western Australia played its first two interstate games in 1904, including a win over SA in Adelaide; the VFL's dominance, at least within Victoria, was established by the time an interstate carnival was held for the first time — in Melbourne in 1908 — to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of "Australasian football". The widening gap between the three major footballing States/leagues and the others was shown in the organisation of the competition: Victoria represented by the, SA and WA constituted "Section A", Tasmania, NSW, Queensland and NZ were relegated to "Section B".
The VFA did not take part and the carnival was New Zealand's last appearance in representative football. The Victorian team went through the competition undefeated; this impression was reiterated by the 1911 Carnival, in Adelaide, which set the pattern of a carnival every three years. South Australia went Victoria won three of their four matches. At the Sydney carnival of 1914, Victoria was once again undefeated. Following the onset of World War I interstate matches went into a five-year hiatus. During this period interstate matches were held every year, interstate carnivals were held every 3 years, with a few exceptions. In most carnivals, the stronger states competed separately from the minor states. At the peak of its popularity, the carnival was known symbolically as "the Ashes" of Australian rules football. Victoria continued its dominance in interstate football by winning 15 of the 17 carnivals held during this time, winning the individual matches held every year. Neil Kerley and Graham Cornes are of significance in the rivalry between Victoria and South Australia, who played for and coached the South Australia team during this period.
Neil Kerley when coaching the South Australian team would inject a hatred for Victoria, telling his players all Victorian umpires cheated, all Victorians would cheat if they got the chance. Graham Cornes, coached by Kerley for South Australia, has stated his hatred for Victoria came from Neil Kerley. Cornes would go on to coach South Australia, with great successes and was a promoter of the South Australian team. Cornes has stated that the success that South Australia had against Victoria during his coaching reign was all to do with the culture in South Australia of wanting to prove they're better than Victoria; the 1963 game between Victoria and South Australia at the MCG was of significance in the rivalry between the two states. Before the game Jack Dyer was asked what he would do if he was coaching Victoria, said, "I'd give them a Pep Talk and go to the races". Neil Kerley, playing, was in an interview before the game when this was mentioned. After it was said the interviewer said to Kerley "what do you think of that young Kerley"