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St Marys - A Short History
All St Marys players Games and Goals since 2004/05
Brother John Pye M.S.C. OAM
Interesting Facts
Letter - Just let me play for fun
Lyrics for the St Marys club song
NTFL - 2015/16 Finals Results - All Grades
AFLNT Records - All NTFL Positions in all grades - Summary
NTFL Final Standings - League
NTFL Final Standings - Reserves
NTFL Final Standings - Senior Colts, U/19's,U/18's,U/17's
NTFL Final Standings - Junior Colts,U/16's,U/15's
NTFL Final Standings - U/14's Div 1,U/14's Div 2,U/12's Div 1,U/12's Div 2,Womens,YG
NTFL Best and Fairest Medals - All Grades League - U/12's
St Marys NTFL Nichols Medallists
St Marys NTFL Best and Fairest
NTFL Best on Ground in Grand Finals all Grades
NTFL Leading Goal Kickers
St Marys NTFL Leading Goal kickers
St Marys Grand Final Medal Winners All Grades
St Marys NTFL Rising Star
St Marys Rep Players A - L
St Marys Rep Players M - Z
Anthony Vallejo
Aaron Perry
Benny Cubillo
Bill Roe BEM
Brian Long
Brian Stanislaus
Cadji Dunn
Present Great Player - Cameron Ilett
Clifford "Gympie" LewFatt
Cyril Rioli (Jnr)
Damien Berto
David Kantilla (Snr)
Dennis Dunn
Edmund Johnson
Present great Players - Ignatious Vallejo
Jack Long (Snr)
Jarred Ilett
Present Great Players - John Anstess
John Long
Present Great Player - Karl Lohde
Luke Stapleton
Michael Athanasiou
Noel Long
Present Great Players - Peter MacFarlane
Peter March
Present Great Player - Ryan Smith
Shane Ponter
Present Great Player - Shannon Rioli
St Marys Icon - Sheila Clarke
Super Coach - John Taylor
Ted Liddy
Terry Lew Fatt
The Godparents of the "Green Machine"
The Long Family
The man who started it all Ted Egan AO
Tommy Weetra
Xavier Clarke (Snr)
Premiership Players A - C
Premiership Players D - K
Premiership Players L - M
Premiership Players N - S
Premiership Players T - Z
Every St Mary's player who has played in a Grand Final
All St Marys Player Football Life members and their premierships
AFLNT - Hall of Fame
Records - Page 1
Records - Page 2
Records - Page 3
Records - Page 4
Records - Page 5
Records - Page 6
Records - Page 7
AFLNT Records - Minor Premiers and Wooden Spoons
AFLNT Records - Biggest Thrashings since 1946/47
AFLNT Records - Draw - 6 point wins in year order
St Marys and All NTFL Players who have played VFL/AFL
St Marys players to play with NT Thunder in the QAFL now NEAFL Awards
St Marys All Australian Juniors
St Marys - BOG in a Representative game
St Marys Coach, Captain and Best and Fairests of the Lower grades
St Marys Games summary Year by Year
St.Marys Honour Board
St Marys - Kamwari
St Marys Legends (100 games or more)
St Marys Life Members
St Marys longest Winning and loosing runs against all Clubs
St Marys Men at the Top
St Marys players who have kicked 7 or more goals in a match
St Marys Win - Loss record against all clubs
Summary of all St Marys coaches Win - Loss record
Summary of total number of premierships won by all clubs (All grades)
AFLNT St Marys Womens Football
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DAVID KANTILLA

 

The Tiwi Islander born in 1938 and given the tribal name Amparralamtua, is one of the most famous figures in the history of Territory sport.

 

Better known by his "Anglo" name of David Kantilla he bacame a sporting legend in his own time in both the NT and South Australia when he played league football with South Adelaide during the 1960s.

 

His sporting success almost defies belief given the cultural leap he had to make in order to play.  Each year, for seven years, David would leave his tribal lifestyle on Bathurst Island and travel to Adelaide for the winter months of football.

 

David had his Australian Rules grounding as a barefooted youngster kicking a ball around at the Catholic mission on Bathurst.  By the time he reached adulthood he stood 6 feet 4 inches tall, and possessed an amazing leap.

 

David played two seasons with St Marys in the NTFL before he was recruited in 1961 to play for South Adelaide, a struggling club desperately short of big men.

 

His first game against Glenelg at Kensington oval created a sensation.  Tall, thin and jet black he was like something never before seen on in Adelaide football, and when he got cracking it was sight to behold.

 

David kicked six goals in that first match, mainly from spectacular marks near the goalsquare.  His opponent that day allegedly said afterwards: "Everytime he went for a mark it was like the sun had set."

 

In his first two seasons David won the Knuckey Cup for South Adelaide’s best and fairest player.  In 1961 he was also the club's leading goalkicker.

 

At the end of his last season in 1967, David had played 113 games and was the first Aboriginal player to reach the 100 game milestone in SA league football.

 

David was a key player in South Adelaide’s 1964:Premiership win under coach Neil Kerley.  The club had finished bottom in 1963.  In 1964 he also played state football for the first time against Victoria at the Adelaide Oval in front of a crowd of 45 000 people.

 

Playing state football also gave rise to David's famous nickname  “Soapy”.  After state training one night a newspaper photographer captured him lathered with soap in a steam bath.

 

The photo ran the next morning and the name soapy stuck thereafter.

 

David played state football again in 1965, but in Hobart for the game against Tasmania he missed selection because it was so cold the selectors thought he wouldn't cope.

 

Each year, at the end of the season, David returned home to the Top End, spending time on Bathurst Island and in Darwin where he continued to play for St Marys. David played in 4 premierships 1958/59,1959/60,1965/66 and 1966/67. In the 1968/69 season David took over from Benny Lewfatt as coach, and led Saints to the grand final.

 

David was killed in a car accident on Bathurst Island at the age of 37.  The restaurant in the new NTFL headquarters at Mararra is named "Kantilla’s" in his honour.

 

David was inducted into South Adelaide's Hall of Fame in October 2004

 

David was inducted into the NTFL Hall of Fame as a member and Legend on 30th October 2010

 

David is remembered as a great Aboriginal sportsman who always displayed the natural sportsmanship of the Tiwi people.  He left behind many friends and admirers both in the Territory and interstate.

 

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