The 1970’s decade was a hard one for the club with the best years being the 1975 grand final appearance against West Augusta and the 1977 preliminary final against Port Pirie but there were some great characters and players during those years that paved the way to the clubs early success in the 1980’s. The club finished 5th four times and wasn’t far from a finals appearance with its worst year in 1979 finishing last on the table.  Although the A Grade side did not win any premierships the B Grade were able to bring home 3 premierships over this decade.In 1970 a depleted South’s finished fourth in the A Grade losing the semi final to Port 13-15 (93) to 8-12 (60). That year the A Grade captain and coach was Gil Schupelius and club players who represented Port Augusta that year included, Gil Schupelius, Bill Virgo, David Williams, Barry Stephenson, Geoff Fullerton, Terry Pillion, Graham Pidgeon, and Paul Shinnick. In 1971 South finished 5th and did not make the finals this year after another average year. The A Grade captain and coach was John Nobelius and the A Grade Best and Fairest and Transcontinental medal was awarded to Terry Pillion.

In 1972 South’s had a promising start to the season however then suffered 8 straight losses to finish 6th for the year. The B Grade however come out on top as premiers in this year defeating Risdon. The A Grade captain and coach this year was Paul Gloede and club players who represented Port Augusta included, Paul Gloede, Gerald Quirk, Ray Hanrahan, Terry Pillion, Graham Pidgeon and Gil Schupelius. Paul Gloede was regarded as a tough coach who demanded hard work from his players at training which would include sand hill work and piggy backing other players up steep hills until some were physically sick.

In 1973 South’s finish 5th and after a promising start to the season but lost the first semi final to Sollies 10-10 (70) to 8-7 (55). South’s B Grade were also knocked out of the finals after losing the preliminary final to Port 8-7 (55) to 8-2 (50) and finished third for the season. The A Grade captain and coach was Bill Virgo and club president was Frank Rooney. A Grade Best and Fairest was awarded to Ray Hanrahan. SGL’s leading goal kicker was South’s player David Shillabeer and in this year Ray Hanrahan played his 150th game for the club. In 1974 the club finished 5th again after losing the first semi final to Ports by 17 points. South’s had only won 7 games games for the season and on a high note the SGL leading goal kicker this year was once again David Shillabeer who kicked a club record 14 goals in one game against Centrals.

In 1975 South’s appointed Malcolm Dixon as coach after a poor start to the season. South’s managed to string together a few consecutive wins to scrape into the top five. They then continued winning the finals games to meet West Augusta in the grand final only to go down 21-14 (140) to 9-10 (64). The A Grade captain this year was Robert Farr who also won Best and Fairest and A Grade coach Malcolm Dixon was regarded as one of finest coaches South’s ever had.

In 1976 South’s once again finished in 5th position after losing to Ports in the Elimination final. In 1977 A Grade finished  3rd after being beaten by Ports in the preliminary final by just a few points. The A Grade captain this year was Brenton Lamshed and A Grade coach was Malcolm Dixon with club president Bruce Curtis who was to begin his dynasty with the club.

In 1978 the A Grade finished 6th after recruiting a new coach, Pat Hynes, previously from Port Adelaide. The A Grade did not make the finals this year however the B Grade won the premiership under coach David Shillabeer. Club players who represented the SGL were Pat Hynes and Andy Coleman. In 1979 the A Grade finish 8th and the loss of many players through retirement and transfers hits the club hard but opened up the opportunity for several younger players to make their A Grade debut. B Grade wins its second successive premiership after defeating Willsden.

The 1970’s saw the retirement of some club legends such as Bill Baker who played more than 150 games for the club, Harold Bowman who served on management committee from 1965-1978, Robert Bowman who played for the club between 1960-1971 and Adrian Elliott who played for the club from 1963 to 1976 and was a long serving colts coach. Robert Farr played for the club from 1968 to 1979, Geoff Fullerton was a member of the 1964 A Grade premiership side and played for the club from 1961 to 1972.  Jack Fullerton played football for the club from 1933 to 1949 and served on the management committee for 18 years in the capacity of Vice President.

In the 1970’s John Gloede retired after playing more than 100 games over a 10 year period for the club, Ray Hanrahan played his 150th game for the club in 1973 and played for the club from 1964-1976. Ray was recruited from West Torrens and played in the 1964 premiership side. Mrs Elsie Hearne was also heavily involved in the 1970’s, and was later inducted as a Life Member of the club. Married to club stewart Archie Hearne and had sons Dennis, John and Terry who all played for the club too.

Gary Kittel played football for the club for 13 years and participated in the B Grade premierships of 1960, 61 and 62. His father, Les Kittel was made a Life Member in 1953 and served on the management committee for a total of 20 years. Mrs Sue Kittel was also a great worker on the Ladies Committee. Laurie McInnis was awarded Life Membership in 1959 for his 20 year commitment to the management committee and approximately 15 years playing football for the club.

Terry Pillion played for the club from 1967 to 1975 playing over 100 games for the club during this time. Terry won the clubs Best and Fairest in 1971 and represented Port Augusta on several occasions. Others who served the club in the 1970’s included Ron Rozee, Wally Rasmus and Frank Rooney.

Frank Rooney played for the club from 1946-1951, he captained and coached the team in 1947 finishing 3rd that year. Frank served on the management committee from 1955-1957 and then was President at the club from 1971 to 1975, making it a total of 5 years at the helm. Barry Stephenson was a club champion during this period and Robert Thomas played for the club from 1969 to 1979 a total of 11 years in senior football and over 150 games. William Virgo who retired during this era won 2 Madigan Medals, Transcontinental Medals on several occasions and was selected in the Port Augusta Football League Ruby Anniversary team 1961-2001.

The Williams family included David Williams, who was the first player to play 200 game for the club and Sid Williams who served on the clubs management committee from 1967-1975 and as a trainer from 1968-1986. Sid played for the club in the late 1950’s and came to the club from Quorn where he had the reputation of being a great footballer. Peter Williams was a long serving player for the club and Graeme Williams also played for many years and served a long term as colts coach.

Robert Farr played for the club from 1968 to 1979 playing over 150 senior games for the club. Robert was involved in the 1979 B Grade premiership win and was involved with the 1975 A Grade lost to West Augusta. Robert was mentor to the younger players at the club and was the clubs Fairest and Best in 1975, the same year he was captain.

David Shillabeer played for Souths from 1963-1978 and was a part of the 1964 A Grade premiership side who defeated Ports. David also played for Norwood for several years before returning to South Augusta. David played in the 1975 A Grade premiership loss against West and was named leading goal kicker for the A Grade on several occasions kicking a South’s record of 14 goals in 1 game against Centrals. He was SGL’s leading goal kicker in 1973 and 74. David coached South’s B Grade from 1978 to 82 and was able to take the team to 6 straight grand finals and win 4  of them. David also coached the B Grade in 1987 and 88. Those who served the club as junior coaches during this era included Graeme Williams, Adrian Elliott, Colin Waterworth, Robert Farr, Jeff Shillabeer, Brian Shillabeer, Jim Fenoughty, Greg McAtee and Ian Pickford.

Ray Hesse played for the club from 1952 to 62 having played nearly 150 games for the club. Ray also served on the committee from 1955 to 63 having worked as secretary,  he coached colts football and was a great volunteer for the club during his time. Bruce Curtis started his reign as president in 1976 and this was to continue for several years during the 1980’s. Bruce was concerned with the clubs form within the late 1970’s and knew that something needed to be done to get the club back in the race.

Although the team did not have a great deal of success they all had a great time, stories include David “Slugger” Gloede singing “Running Bear” on a regular basis after the cabarets that were a regular occurrence during this era. David also had a partner in crime Paul Collins, who both decided to buy a whole set of bingo tickets one night to get the big winners, only to be out of pocket by $300 by the end of the well thought out manoeuvre.

1971
Position: 5th.
• Club President: Frank Rooney.
• A Grade Coach and Captain: John Nobelius.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Terry Pillion.
• Transcontinental Medallist: Terry Pillion.
• Souths have good thirds and fourths teams this year and finish high on the ladder.

1972
Position: 6th.
• Club President: Frank Rooney.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Paul Gloede.
• South’s B Grade win grand final defeating Risdon.
• A grade Best and Fairest: Paul Gloede.
• South adopt red shorts.
• Club players who represented Port Augusta: Paul Gloede, Gerald Quirk, Ray Hanrahan, Terry Pillion, Graham Pidgeon and Gil Schupelius.

1973
Position: 5th.
• Club President: Frank Rooney.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Bill Virgo.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Ray Hanrahan.
• SGL Leading Goal Kicker: David Shillabeer.
• Club players who represented SGL: David Shillabeer, Paul Collins and Ray Hanrahan.

1974
Position: 5th.
• Club President: Frank Rooney.
• A Grade Captain: Ray Hanrahan.
• A Grade Coach: Bill Virgo.
• South loses the first semi final to Props by 17 points.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Brenton Lamshed.
• SGL Leading Goal Kicker: David Shillabeer (club record of 14 goals in one game).

1975
Position: 2nd.
• Club President: Frank Rooney.
• A Grade Captain: Robert Farr.
• A Grade Coach: Malcolm Dixon.
• South’s lost the grand final to West 21-14 (140) to 9-10 (64).
• South’s Under 15’s win premiership.

1976
Position: 5th.
• Club President: Bruce Curtis.
• A Grade Captain: Brenton Lamshed.
• A Grade Coach: Malcolm Dixon.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Andy Coleman.
• Ashley Dunkley wins Association Under 12’s Best and Fairest.
• Brenton Lamshed, Paul Collins, Robert Farr and Peter Herbert all get married.
• South’s Under 16’s win premiership.
• New recruit Andy Coleman wins Best and Fairest in his first year st the club.

1977
Position: 3rd.
• Club President: Bruce Curtis.
• A Grade Captain: Brenton Lamshed.
• A Grade Coach: Malcolm Dixon.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Brenton Lamshed.
• South’s A grade lost to Port in the preliminary final by just a few points.
• South’s Under 18’s win premiership.

1978
Position: 6th.
• Club President: Bruce Curtis.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Pat Hynes.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: John Coudraye.
• Club players who represented the SGL: Pat Hynes and Andy Coleman.
• South’s A Grade do not make the finals this year but the B Grade win the premiership under coach David Shillabeer.

1979
Position: 8th.
• Club President: Bruce Curtis.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: Pat Hynes.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Peter Rivers.
• B Grade win their second premiership in a row after defeating Willsden 10-9 (69) to 7-13 (55).
• Under 18’s League Medallist: Ashley Dunkley.
• The retirement of many senior players hits the club hard but opened the opportunity for younger players to step up.

1980
A grade position: 5th.
• Club President: Bruce Curtis.
• A Grade Captain: Pat Hynes.
• A Grade Coach: John Reid.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Pat Hynes.
• A Grade lost to Risdon in the elimination final 16-14 (110) to 13-9 (87).
• B grade win Grand final against Willsden.