The 1990’s proved a successful decade for the club, A Grade making the grand final 4 times over the 10 years, winning 2 premierships and the B Grade were able to bring home 3 premierships during this time. The 1990 season was again an average year for the A Grade finishing in 7th under popular A Grade coach Brian Bienke, however the B grade under coach Peter Rivers won the premiership, defeating Centrals. South’s recruited Roxby Downs players Steve Dryburgh and Paul Niekel with Steve having a great year winning the A Grade Best and Fairest.

Pat Hynes took over as A Grade coach in 1991 and took the club to the Grand final, only to lose against Centrals. The B Grade won the Grand final against Centrals, again under Peter Rivers.  In 1992, Pat Hynes was determined to get the club back where it belonged and recruited Scott Feltus, Rod Leith, Dwayne Crombie and Jason Lawson which created a fit and skilled team who won the premiership this year defeating Ports in the grand final after kicking 6 goals in the last quarter. For South’s the premiership was a huge reward for a very consistent season and a great win however what was more rewarding was that it was achieved by mainly home grown and under-rated players who had a great dedication to their club and the game. Dwayne Crombie won the Connelly Medal for best player in the grand final. Shaun McLennan topped off a great year by winning the Madigan Medal and the club had won its first premiership since 1983. Gary Kernahan overtook David Williams for the most SGL “A Grade” games this year, playing his 300th game.

More success was to follow in 1994 with A grade coach, Pat Hynes again taking the team to victory defeating hot favourites Ports in the grand final and winning two premierships in a row. This was the first year of the final four and South’s were the only Port Augusta team to make the finals. Lead by a best on ground performance from Matthew McInnis, South’s won by 22 points. This was one of the few times South’s had one back to back premierships in its history its first time while in the Spencer Gulf League. Matthew McInnis put in a match winning performance, booted some brilliant goals and his marks under pressure were sensational. McInnis fully deserved the Connelly medal for his best on ground performance.

In 1995 the A grade finished 4th after losing in the first semi final to Centrals with the highlight for the club being the B Grade winning the premiership after coming from 4th position to defeat Ports by 35 points. Kevin Harris again won the A Grade Best and Fairest.

In the next 2 years South’s lost many of its experienced players and were forced to play many Under 18s when Pat Hynes passed over the reins to Robert Rozee. Rozee, a club champion, had experienced football in Adelaide and was keen to pass on his knowledge to the young team.

Pat Hynes retired as coach and a club legend after the 1996 season after 6 consecutive years as coach and 2 premierships from 3 Grand finals. With his impeccable playing career and game knowledge, he was well respected by the players and supporters and was a strong believer in winning came determination, fitness and refined skills.

Although finishing bottom of the minor round ladder, the A Grade was far more competitive in 1997. Anthony Anno took over as captain from Iain Elliott after he had to retire prematurely through a knee injury and Robert Rozee developed many juniors throughout the year with the potential to improve and this paid off with the team improving for 3rd spot in 1998. South’s lost the preliminary final to Central however it had been a great turn around for the club and Rozee’s plan of using and building up juniors had paid off. New recruits Keiron Keelor and Shane Jones were also great experienced additions to the young side and although finishing bottom, the B grade are far more competitive.

Peter Rivers took over as Coach in 1999 and it was another excellent year for the club with the team working well under his guidance. South’s lost the grand final to hot favourites Ports after brilliant game of back and forth until unfortunately Port were able to gain a turn over and use it well. Best players for South’s in the grand final were Anthony Anno, Kieron Keeler, Chris Heritage, Danny Zanker and Ian Waye. Mark Turner from Central Whyalla was a great recruit for the club and Gary Kernahan became the first South Augusta player to play 300 A Grade games for the club this year. Willsden recruit Keiron Keeler won the Transcontinental Medal. Rivers was determined to take the club one step further and he knew if he could keep his team together, they had every opportunity of winning the grand final in the next year.

One South Augusta player to make it in the AFL during this decade was Bryan Beinke who played his first A Grade game for South’s in 1991 at 16 years old. Bryan was to go on to play in the SANFL for Port Adelaide and was then recruited by the Adelaide Crows 1998 at pick 34 and now coaches Norwood seconds team. Players during that era will never forget the characters such as Anthony “Franko” Farr who was a great worker and team manager during this era. Franko turned up a day late for New Years Eve one year, but he still had a great time. Franko and Dusty Miller missed the bus back from Pirie after the game, only to have to walk 5 kms before anyone picked them up. There was one time where the B Grade forgot to take the guernseys to Port Pirie and were made to borrow Ports B Grade guernseys until theirs came, some blamed Franko and others said David “Wints” Winter had something to do with it. Wints was a great helper, preparing light meals for the players before the game at Pirie and later became President and Committeeman for several years.

In 1990 South’s played a pre-season trial match against Ethleton and stayed at the Largs Peir Hotel at Semaphore. At the suggestion of coach Bienke the lads decided to back a trotter called “I’m a Bulldog” at long odds to wins the boys got a small fortune which was the only thing they won that weekend, going down to Ethlrton by quite a large margin. In 1994 patron Darryl Fullerton paid $25 for Fabian Davey in the players auction which was amongst the lowest prices for any player on the night only to see Fabian kick 10 goals against the Wolves in the last minor round game, 8 goals in the Elimination and 6 goals in the Preliminary final to net Darryl a $700 return for the elusive forward.

 

1991

Position: 2nd.
• Club President: Colin Schwab.
• A Grade Captain: Ashley Dunkley.
• A Grade Coach: Pat Hynes.
• South’s lose the grand final to Centrals, 14-16 (100) to 13-8 (86).
• B grade wins grand final against Central 8-13 (61) to 9-3 (57).
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Kym Elliott.

1992
Position: 5th.
• Club President: Colin Waterworth.
• A Grade Captain: Ashley Dunkley. • A Grade Coach: Pat Hynes.
• South’s finish 5th after a poor year and many injuries.
• B grade finish 3rd.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Martin Flanegan.

1993
Position: 1st.
• Club President: Colin Waterworth.
• A Grade Captain: Byron Mathews.
• A Grade Coach: Pat Hynes.
• South defeat Port in grand final after kicking 6 goals in the last quarter, 12-6 (787) to 5-19 (49).
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Shaun McLennan.
• Madigan Medallist: Shaun McLennan.

1994
Position: 1st.
• Club President: Colin Waterworth.
• A Grade Captain: Byron Matthews.
• A Grade Coach: Pat Hynes.
• South’s defeat hot favourites Port in the grand final by 22 points.
• A Grade win two consecutive premierships.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Kevin Harris.

1995
Position: 4th.
• Club President: Kym Grantham.
• A Grade Captain: Byron Matthews.
• A Grade Coach: Pat Hynes.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Kevin Harris.
• A Grade Leading Goal Kicker: Nick Boully.
• South’s lose the first semi final to Central 12-7 (79) to 19-7 (121).
• B grade win the premiership after defeating Ports by 35 points.

1996
Position: 7th.
• Club President: Kym Grantham.
• A Grade Captain: Iain Elliott.
• A Grade Coach: Pat Hynes.
• Injuries and loss of players without replacements has a big effect on the club.
• South’s A Grade and B Grade finish bottom of ladders after poor season.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Jarrod Waterworth.

1997
Position: 7th.
• Club President: David Winter.
• A Grade Captain: Iain Elliott.
• A Grade Coach: Robert Rozee.
• Lack of numbers affect the performance of all senior teams and both teams finish on the bottom of the ladder again.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Anthony Anno.

1998
Position: 3rd.
• President: Rod Chapman.
• A Grade Captain: Anthony Anno.
• A Grade Coach: Robert Rozee.
• South’s lose the preliminary final to Centrals, 15-19 (109) to 10-11 (71).

1999
Position: 2nd.
• President: Rod Chapman.
• A Grade Captain: Anthony Anno
• A Grade Coach: Peter Rivers.
• South’s lost the grand final to Ports, 10-12 (72) to 8-7 (55).
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Keiron Keeler.
• Gary Kernahan becomes the first player to play 300 A Grade games for the club.

2000
Position : 1st.
• Club President: Rod Chapman.
• A Grade Captain: Anthony Anno.
• A Grade Coach: Peter Rivers.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Kieron Keeler.
• South’s win the grand final against Wolves, 14-6 (90) to 12-10 (82).
• B Grade finish 4th after finishing in the finals for the first time since 1995.
• Life Memberships were awarded to Anthony Anno, Shane Kennedy and Phil Shillabeer.

1993 SGL GRAND FINAL - SOUTHS v PORT

1994 SGL GRAND FINAL - SOUTHS v PORT

1999 SGL GRAND FINAL - SOUTHS v PORT

2000 SGL GRAND FINAL - SOUTHS v QUORN WILLSDEN