West Torrens Football Club
Full nameWest Torrens Football Club
1990 season
Leading goalkickerL. Schache
Best and fairestPaul Pisani
Club details
Founded1894 (as Natives; changed to West Torrens in 1897)
Colours  Blue and   Gold
Ground(s)Jubilee Oval (1897–1904)
Hindmarsh Oval (1905–1921)
Thebarton Oval (1922–1989)
Football Park (1990)

West Torrens Football Club was an Australian rules football club that competed in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from 1897 to 1990. In 1991, the club merged with neighbouring Woodville Football Club to form the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.

With the proposed introduction of representative Districts for clubs in the SAFA the Native Club in 1896 derived its name from Electoral district of West Torrens and based itself in the western suburbs of Adelaide, around the western reaches of the River Torrens.

Club history

West Torrens 1918 Patriotic premiership team.

A precursor club in the district was the West Adelaide Football Club (1878–1887) that was founded in 1878 as the West Torrens and dissolved after just one season in the SAFA after changing its name to West Adelaide and wearing colours of Red, White and Blue in 1887.

The modern club was formed originally as "The Natives" and competed in the 1895 SAFA season and 1896 SAFA season wearing Blue with a gold Hoop. Its initial meetings were held at the President's Office at Grenfell Street in Adelaide. [1] With the introduction of Electoral Districts at a meeting of the SAFA on Monday 26th Oct 1896 at Prince Alfred Hotel the "Port" Natives delegates informed the SAFA that they intend to rename themselves West Torrens.[2] At the Annual General Meeting held on Friday 19 March 1897 at Lady Daly Hotel, Hindmarsh it was passed unanimously that the Club would alter the name from The Natives Football Club to West Torrens Football Club.[3]

In its history of almost 100 years, West Torrens won only four premierships; conversely, however, they only slumped to the wooden spoon on six occasions, evidence that they were generally quite competitive.

Despite their relative lack of team success, winning only four SANFL Premierships and one Night Premiership in their history (1924, 1933, 1945, 1953 and 1983 (night)), West Torrens boasted some of the best individual players ever to play Australian rules football. Players such as 1946 and 1947 Magarey Medallist, 1953 All-Australian and 1953 premiership captain Bob Hank, triple Magarey Medal winner (1955, 1958 & 1963), 1956 All-Australian and '53 premiership player Lindsay Head and former Australian Test cricketer Neil Hawke were all star players for the club.

The club reached the finals for the last time in 1980 and by 1982 there were calls for West Torrens to merge with another club. In 1990, with the imminent entry of the South Australian-based Adelaide Crows into the national Australian Football League (AFL), it was decided that West Torrens and Woodville would amalgamate. In an apt moment, Woodville and West Torrens were drawn to play each other in their respective final games which was played at the Adelaide Oval. The two sides merged after the completion of the 1990 SANFL season and have since participated in the SANFL as the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.


West Torrens won an unofficial premiership in 1918 while the SANFL was officially disbanded for the duration of World War I.
During World War II, West Torrens merged with Port Adelaide Football Club and won the 1942 premiership.

* 1983 SANFL Escort Cup Grand Final played at West Torrens home ground Thebarton Oval. The Eagles defeated South Adelaide in the last SANFL Night Grand Final to be played at a suburban ground.

Magarey Medallists

* In 1998 John Karney, along with Charlie Adams (Port Adelaide) and Wat Scott (Norwood) was retrospectively awarded the 1921 Magarey Medal after he was originally in a four way tie with only South Adelaide's 1919 and 1920 Medal winner Dan Moriarty awarded the 1921 Medal.

SANFL leading goalkickers

Club colours and emblems

West Torrens was known as the Eagles from the early 1950s until their merging with Woodville.

Home grounds

Famous players

Club records


  1. ^ "Football". South Australian Register. 13 March 1895.
  2. ^ "Football". Advertiser. 27 October 1896.
  3. ^ "Football". Advertiser. 20 March 1897.
Preceded byNorwood SANFL premiers 1924 Succeeded byNorwood Preceded bySturt SANFL premiers 1933 Succeeded byGlenelg Preceded byNorwood SANFL premiers 1945 Succeeded byNorwood Preceded byNorth Adelaide SANFL premiers 1953 Succeeded byPort Adelaide