GAZA Sports and Community Club
The Gaza Football Club are apart of Rachel’s day to day life, playing in the womens team for 1 season, and standing side line for her daughter Taylor’s games in the Junior Girls side.
The Gaza Football Club was founded in 1903, then on December 12th, 1935. Gaza won its first premiership in 1926 when players changed in a tin shed behind the O. G. Hotel. It was the jubilee premier of A2 in 1951 and premiers again in 1960. After the club joined the SAAFL in 1963 in A3 division, taking out the premiership in their first season to move up to A2 division. They moved between A2 and A3, with the club taking our a triple premiership in 1975 (A, B an C Grade all Premiers in A3, A3 reserve and A9 respectively) In 1990 a feat that had eluded the club previously was achieved in 1990 and won promotion to A1 division for the first time. It was a 3 year stint in this division before being relegated back to A2, but with yet another A2 Premiership in 2000, the club was elevated back to A1 and then celebrated the Division 1 Premiership in 2003, it’s Centenary year. This feat was repeated in 2012. They have remained in A1 up to season end 2014.
Many elite footballers have begun their football at Gaza, playing VFL (prior to the inauguration of AFL), SANFL and more recently AFL. Well-known character and AFL player, Darren Jarman, won an under 16 medal playing for the Club in 1983. His brother Andrew also played in the juniors before commencing his career with North Adelaide Football Club and ultimately rising to the AFL. He then returned in 2000 to play and coach the club. Additionally the Jarman brothers’ father, Dennis was the A2 division medalist with the club in 1971.