McCarthy rewarded


I’ve got a lot out of football and am happy to put something back. Someone needs to do these tasks and I’m capable.

John McCarthy

After half a century of involvement in the unique Australian football code, John McCarthy was fittingly rewarded with the 2016 South Australian Community Football League’s award for Administrator of the Year for South Australia.

McCarthy was presented the accolade in front of his peers at the Sturt Football Club Function Centre on Saturday, October 15, at the annual luncheon, with JLT’s Shayne Wooley bestowing him with a certificate.

NAFA's John McCarthy receives the Football Administrator of the Year award from Shayne Wooley.

NAFA's John McCarthy receives the Football Administrator of the Year award from Shayne Wooley.

Northern Areas Football Association president Andrew Stacey confirmed that McCarthy’s service to club, association and community had been outstanding.

“John is very efficient and a strong community-orientated person,” Stacey said.  

“In the three years since I’ve been president, John has been a pleasure to work alongside.

“Generally when I asked about a task, John has already done it.”

Stacey said McCarthy was also heavily involved in Apex. 

“He played a primary role in the construction of the ‘Big Shed’; being on the committee that oversaw the building of it,” he said.

“He was a football team-mate of mine at Jamestown-Appila, we also played baseball together when the township had a team in the Port Pirie competition.”

Starting his junior football at the club in the mid 1960s, McCarthy began playing seniors in 1971, and after three years at university studying ag science, he had his first involvement in club administration, becoming the treasurer at Jamestown-Appila for three years from 1974.

He also has a couple of stints as secretary of the club – the first over a six-year tenure from 1981 and a second for another three year period from 1996.

McCarthy then took up the role of vice president from 1999 to 2002, along with being a delegate to the league at different times.

He was also president of the final year of the Jamestown-Appila Football Club and the first two years of the Jamestown-Peterborough Magpies, presiding over the amalgamation.

As expected, McCarthy is also a life member of the club.

During the breadth of the 1980s, McCarthy was also the B grade coach of the Jamestown-Appila Football Club, when Bobby Boston was the senior coach.

“It was a great learning experience when Bobby was senior coach,” McCarthy said

“There were five A grade flags in this time at the club and I coached a couple of B grade premierships.

“The first one was in 1983 and we had an undefeated season in 1990.

“I’ve got a lot out of football and am happy to put something back.

“Someone needs to do these tasks and I’m capable.

McCarthy said he met his wife, Dianne, after he started his involvement with football.

“Her support, along with our two children, Sam and Erin, is second nature to the family,” he said.

“I’m also indebted to my brother Michael, who has allowed me to put this time into football. 

“Along with the titles, the other highlight of being involved in local football is seeing the juniors develop into senior players and successful people.” 

McCarthy is one of just four Northern Areas Football Association secretaries since 1971, taking on the role from Geoff Lange in 2011.

“I started as secretary of the league in 2011,” McCarthy said.

“I had a year alongside Geoff learning the different parts of the job.”

The McCarthy brothers share farm a 3500-acre property south of Jamestown and are currently shearing 5500 head of sheep.


On Monday, October 17, Mintaro-Manoora full forward Denis Redden enjoyed his 32nd birthday.

A member of the Eagles grand final side this year, Redden, the son of North Adelaide and state champion Michael, has enjoyed a diverse football journey.  

Over his career Redden has played at Orroroo, for the Jamestown-Peterborough Magpies and through the grades at North Adelaide.

There were four games with the Broadview Tigers when he was at the Roosters as well.  

He also had 20-odd league games at the Woodville West Torrens Eagles in the middle of the last decade and there was stint with the now amalgamated Beulah Football Club in the Victorian Mallee in 2013 and 2014, where he kicked 62 goals each season.

He was also a a member of the Henley Sharks Amateur League Division I side which won the 2012 flag.    

Redden has been Mintaro-Manoora’s leading goal over both the past two seasons.  


Two bright young football talents from the Mid North, BSR’s Jackson Lee and Crystal Brook’s Brayden Kirk, were among 16 participants in the 2016 AFL draft combine state screening at the Wayville BasketballCentre on Saturday. 

The pair worked together in preparation for the screening. 

“We spent two weeks with former Crow Bryan Beinke and his Karomny Fitness Warehouse,” Lee said. 

“Brayden and I work on the power for 20-metre sprint and agility test. 

“I was happy to a degree, with the way I performed. 

“In the beep test I would have liked to get a 14, but that’s the way it goes.”

This is Lee’s third year in the Woodville West Torrens underage program, after being a member of the BSR senior colts premiership side in  2013.  

Shane Reardon, our under 18 coach, has been an awesome communicator and we had a strong working relationship,” Lee said. 

“I was a part of the five person leadership group with the Eagles under 18. 

“I was fortunate enough to be captain throughout the finals.  

“Back home Dad (Wayne) and Mum (Samantha) have been very important all the way along. 

“I can’t thank them enough and the support around the Tigers has always been there.” 

Lee is currently in final term of year 12 at Clare High, with one PE exam left and a tech project to complete.

Over the course of the morning, the squad was taken through six different tests. 

The participants started with a 20-metre sprint, an agility test around a series of bollards, the standing vertical jump and running vertical jumps off both feet and a set of six 30-metre repeat sprints. 

Their athletic testing on Saturday culminated with a gruelling beep test. 

“I did some personal training sessions with Jackson (Lee) leading up to the combine,” Kirk said.  

“I was looking to improve on my times with North Adelaide at the start of the year. 

“In every module I tested better than I did at the beginning of the year, except for the beep test, which wasn’t conducive to a good result. 

“My best beep was a 13.5 in practice. 

“This is my third year in the Roosters SANFL underage program – under 16 in 2014 and two seasons with the under 18 side. 

“I was also involved in the under 15 and under 17 country championship.” 

Kirk has spoken with a third of the AFL clubs at this point.

Since he was an eight-year-old playing mini colts with Crystal Brook, he has dreamed of getting a chance at AFL level.  

Kirk paid tribute to his father, Shane, and mother, Susan, for giving him the opportunity to move to Adelaide for his schooling and giving him support along the way. 

He also mentioned the learning he had from his junior coach at “The Brook” as well, Joel Head. 

Kirk works at the Adelaide Football Club taking part in a traineeship in the community department – promoting a club program called “Growing with Gratitude”, learning as a sport and recreation trainee.

Kirk and Lee first played cricket together as 12-year-olds and also played underage cricket with the Peckers in the SACA underage competition.