The start of the Spencer Gulf Football League during the 1960’s brought greater challenges to the club with the league expanding from 4 to 12 teams and including new teams from Port Pirie and Whyalla.

In 1960, the year before the SGL formation, South’s finished third losing the preliminary final to West 17-14 (116) to 8-11 (59) with the best in the final being Merv McKenzie, Don Harris and Robert Hearne. The A grade Captain and Coach was Don Harris. South’s won the B Grade and Colt’s premierships that year. Port Augusta representatives for the year were John Main, Don Harris, Merv McKenzie, Bill Virgo and Keith McInnis. Merv McKenzie also polled well in the Mail Medal count and also won the clubs Best and Fairest award. The new club rooms on Fern Street were opened in 1960 by Leo Nowak and Jim Brandle in front of large crowd.

South’s first year in the SGL was not a good one with the team finishing 10th under the guidance of A Grade coach, Allan Dighton after he left Wests in a surprise move. South’s A Grade were hit hard this year due to the player losses of Noel Hollingsworth, Don Harris who returned to Sturt, Robert Dedman, William McKenzie, Merv Pollard and Brian Masters. In a great achievement Robert Martin from South’s won the SGL Association Best and Fairest awards in both the B Grade and Colts.

In 1962 South’s finished 5th under guidance of A grade coach  Max Chynoweth. A Grade Best and Fairest was awarded to Reg Richards this year. Life Memberships were awarded to Rob Nowak, John Main and Merv McKenzie. These players also represented South’s in the SGL squad that year. President Rex Gellard had seen the club improve this year with much promise for the future however the team performed badly the next year in 1963. This caused the committee to issue more training’s to develop the players condition and skills. Les Kittel the President of that year knew that if the club could be competitive in this new expanded league but it would need to recruit some skilful players to the club.

In 1964 the loss of Reg Richards to Adelaide was a big loss however it did recruit well at the start of the year with the inclusion of Jimmy Anderson from Darwin, Wally Reddaway, Ray Hanrahan and Mick Vanvacas being amongst the new players at the club.
Under the guidance of A Grade coach, Trevor Searle South defeated Port in the grand final 11-17 (83) to 11-15 (81). Best players in the final were Bill Virgo, Jim Anderson, Mick Vanvacas, Sam Moore, David Shillabeer, Ray Hanrahan, Gordon Harbridge and Trevor Searle. The crowd was reported to be 7,000-8,000 people and it is regarded as the clubs best premiership as it was in a 12 team competition. Club Champion Bill Virgo won the Transcontinental medal this year and Jack Fullerton was made Life member of the club.

South’s, under A grade coach Trevor Searle finished 6th in 1965 although the B grade won the premiership. Bill Virgo started to make his presence felt as a champion player by taking out the A grade Best and Fairest. This year and the club recruits Bruce Curtis and Richard Oakey. Richard Oakey and Bill Virgo both represented the Spencer Gulf League this year with Bill being best player for the SGL in their loss against the State Colts. Bill Virgo and Richard Oakey also make the SGL team in 1965.

Trevor Searle played for the club from 1963 to 1968 having been recruited from West Torrens, he coached the A Grade team to the 1964 premiership. He coached from 1964-1965 and then again in 1967 winning the clubs Best and Fairest trophy in 1966. In 1966, Richard Oakey took over as coach, with the team finishing 7th and South’s just missing out on the finals with 12 teams in the competition, a somewhat competitive year for the club with over 10 wins recorded. Richard Oakey won the Transcontinental medal this year and players from the club who represented Port Augusta this year were, Gil Schupelius, Ray Hanrahan, Bill Virgo, Bruce Curtis, Richard Oakey, Sam Moore, and Geoff Fullerton.

In 1967, Trevor Searle came back to coach and they had a great year making the grand final, losing to Port in a close game 10-9 (69) to 9-7 (61). Best players in the final were Neil Brook, Peter Williams, Bill Virgo, Barry Stephenson, Geoff Fullerton, John Gloede, Ray Hanrahan and Paul Shinnick . Club champion Bill Virgo had an excellent year winning the Madigan Medal and Transcontinental medal this year.

South’s unfortunately went backwards in 1968, finishing 7th in a poor year for the club. A grade Best and Fairest was awarded to Barry Stephenson. South’s did not make the finals again in 1969 after an average year however Bill Virgo won the Madigan Medal for the second time and was named an SGL Champion. Gil Schupelius took over as A Grade coach this year and the A Grade Best and Fairest was also Bill Virgo. Players and officials who greatly contributed to the club during the 1960’s included Ray Hanrahan who was an ex SANFL player from West Torrens and Ray Hesse who retired in 1962 after playing for the club from 1952 to 1962 having played nearly 150 games for the club. Ray also served on the committee from 1955 to 1963 having worked as secretary for 6 years during that time. Charlie Huddleston served on the management committee for many years and  long serving player and committee man Keith McInnis was made a Life Member in 1959 after playing from 1950-1964 playing in the 1964 A Grade premiership and serving on the South’s committee from 1961-1963.

Wally McManus was a trainer for 13 years for the club. Leo Nowak served on the clubs Management committee for a total of 10 years and his son Robert Nowak played senior football for South’s playing over 150 games for the club including being part of the 1964 A Grade premiership side. Elwin Walter served as a trainer for the club for a total of 10 years and served players in over 150 games. Les Kittel and Harold Bowman both served on the committee for several years during the 1960’s and were important part of the clubs survival during this time.

During the 1960’s Port dominated the competition winning 4 premierships during the decade and with Whyalla leaving the competition in 1966, it left the league with only 8 teams. South’s won B Grade Premierships in 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1965. Highlights included Bill Virgo winning the Madigan Medal in 1967 and 1969, the 1964 A Grade Premiership and Mick Vanvacas winning leading goal kicker for 1964. Ray Miller and John McElligott were heavily involved with the Junior Colts winning several premierships as coaches together. Life Member Geoff Fullerton was also a member of the 1964 A Grade Premiership side and played over 100 games for the club during his time.

Club Champion, Merv Mckenzie was made Life Member in 1962, having played for nearly ten years after being recruited from North Adelaide. In 1953 Merv won the league trophy and in 1959 played for Port Augusta in the tied game against Whyalla. In 1958 he was appointed South Augusta captain and coach and played for Port Augusta on several occasions including 1960 where he polled well in the Mail Medal and also won the clubs Best and Fairest. He served on the South Augusta committee from 1964-1968, a total of 5 years.

Wally McManus was made Life member of the club in 1953 and served the club as trainer and head trainer from 1950-1963, a total of 13 years service for the club. Robert Nowak played senior football for South’s from 1948-1964 and played over 150 games for the club including being part of the 1964 A Grade premiership side. He made the SGL side in 1961 and Port Augusta side in 1962. In 1950 he was B Grade vice captain rising through the ranks to become a great player for the club.

1961
Position: 10th.
• Club President: Rex Gellard.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Allan Dighton.
• B Grade win Premiership.
• Colts win Premiership.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Bob Nowak.
• South players who represent Port Augusta: Bob Nowak, Keith McInnis, Bill Virgo, Ces McKerlie and John Uma.
• Robert Martin wins SGL Best and Fairest for both B Grade and Colts.
• First year in the Spencer Gulf League.
 
1962
Position:  5th.
• Club President: Rex Gellard.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Max Chynoweth.
• B Grade win Premiership.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Reg Richards.
• Life Memberships awarded to: Rob Nowak, John Main and Merv McKenzie.

1963
Position: 8th.
• Club President: Les Kittel.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Reg Richards.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Reg Richards.
• Committee not happy with clubs performance and issues instructions to train more regularly and develop better conditioning.

1964
Position: 1st.
• Club President: Les Kittle.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Trevor Searle.
• South’s win the grand final against Port 11-17 (83) to 11-15 (81).
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Mick Vanvacas.
• Jack Fullerton was awarded Life Membership.

REPRODUCTION OF THE 1964 SGL GRAND FINAL

1965

Position: 6th.
• Club President: Les Kittel.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Trevor Searle.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Bill Virgo.
• B Grade win the Premiership.
 
1966
Position: 7th.
• Club President: Ron Rozee.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Richard Oakey.
• South players who represented Port Augusta: Dean Woolford (Best Player), Bob Bowman, Gil Schupelius, Ray Hanrahan, Bill Virgo, Bruce Curtis, Richard Oakey, Sam Moore, and Geoff Fullerton.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Trevor Searle.
 
1967
Position: 2nd
• Club President: Ron Rozee.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Trevor Searle.
• A Grade lost the grand final to Port, 10-9 (69) to 9-7 (61).
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Bill Virgo.
• Madigan Medallist and Transcontinental Medallist: Bill Virgo.
 
1968
Position: 7th.
• Club President: Jeff McKerlie.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Trevor Searle.
• A grade best and Fairest: Barry Stephenson.
• A poor year for the club.
 

1969
Position 5th.
• Club President: Les Kittel.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Gil Schupelius.
• Bill Virgo wins Madigan medal for the second time.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Bill Virgo.

1970
Position 4th.
• Club President: Les Kittel.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Gil Schupelius.
• A Grade lost the semi final to Port 13-15 (93) to 8-12 (60).
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Barry Stephenson.
• Club players who represented Port Augusta: Gil Schupelius, Bill Virgo, David Williams, Barry Stephenson, Geoff Fullerton, Terry Pillion, Graham Pidgeon, and Paul Shinnick.