David Kantilla LEGEND (1959-73)

The Tiwi Islander is one of the most famous figures in the history of Territory sport. David Kantilla became a sporting legend in both the NT and South Australia when he played league football with South Adelaide during the 1960s. He played two seasons with St Marys in the NTFL before he was recruited in 1961 to play for South Adelaide. In his first two seasons he won the Knuckey Cup for South Adelaide’s best and fairest player and in 1961 was the club's leading goal kicker. At the end of his last season in 1967, he had played 113 games and was the first Aboriginal player to reach the 100 game milestone in SA league football. Each year, at the end of the season, he’d returned home to the Top End, spending time on Bathurst Island and in Darwin where he continued to play for St Marys winning 4 premierships (1958/59,1959/60,1965/66 and 1966/67). In 2005 Kantilla was chosen in the AFL Indigenous Team of the Century. A legend of the game and a worthy inductee into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.