Legend Neil Kerley’s Car Accident Unfortunately Led to Death
The tragic news was received on June 29, 2022, due to one of the most influential figures in the history of South Australian football passing. Neil Kerley’s car accident was the reason that he left this world at the age of 88. May he rest in paradise.
He was born on February 20, 1934, in Barmera, South Australia. Neil Kerley is the son of Laurie and Lillian Kerley and is the second child among 6 children of his parents who are brothers Michael, Ronald, James, and Brian as well as his sister Jennifer.
In 1948, he began his senior footballing career with Barmera in the Riverland Football League at the age of 14. After that and between 1952 and 1969, played mostly in the SANFL.
He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and will be remembered as one of the most influential figures and sport’s brightest stars. He is an honorable human being who achieved a lot of honors during his life that some of them are:
- SANFL Player Life Member
- SANFL Life Member 1984
- In 1997, became a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame
- In 2002, inaugural Inductee into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame
- Member of the Order of Australia
- In 2002, inaugural Inductee into the West Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame
- In 2005, named an Official Legend of the West Adelaide Football Club
He joined Glenelg in 1967, ending his playing career three years later, but continuing as a coach and taking the Tigers to their second premiership in 1973.
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Story Behind Neil Kerley’s Car Accident
The crash happened at Walker Flat in the Murraylands just before 5.30 pm on Wednesday. It has been reported that his car towing a trailer crashed through a fence and into a paddock on Mallee Road.
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On social media, messages of condolences were sent to Neil Kerley’s family and loved ones. His friends shared their sadness through their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
Peter Malinauskas who is a football player and Premier of South Australia, shared his sadness and said: ”South Australia has lost an icon. Australia has lost a football legend Donald Neil Kerley AM made a huge contribution to not only SA footy but Australian football, on & off the field He was a passionate & proud South Australian, the embodiment of state pride Vale Neil Kerley.”
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Neil Kerley’s Career as a Coach
As he retired from playing at the end of 1969, he assigned his whole time to coach for a year after that. He took the Tigers to the 1970 Grand Final where again they lost to Sturt who won their fifth premiership in a row under the coaching of Kerley’s former West Adelaide mentor Jack Oatey. In the end, the Tigers finished sixth and missed the finals two years in a back.
Kerley coached Glenelg to both the 1974 and 1975 SANFL Grand Finals where they sadly lost both times to Sturt in ’74 and Norwood in ’75. In 1976, his last season as coach of Glenelg saw The Bays finish in 3rd place.
Once Kerley said that he felt more at home at Glenelg citing the lack of fighting with the club’s board until that day, despite four separate stints at West Adelaide, his success there as a player and coach as well as the general atmosphere at the club as reasons.