The Penola Football Club is the oldest football Club in country South Australia, having been established in 1865.
Since WW II the club has competed in 5 different leagues and associations, and enjoyed premiership success in 3 of them. One of its greatest achievements was to win 3 consecutive flags in the powerful South East and Border Football League during the early 1950s.
More recently, in 2001 the Southern Eagles broke an 11 year premiership drought by overcoming Mundulla by 25 points in the KNTFL League grand final. After losing the next season’s grand final to the same opponent, they added a second KNTFL flag in 2003. They reached another grand final in 2007 but lost to Keith.
The Eagles’ third KNTFL premiership arrived in 2013 when Keith were vanquished on grand final day by 22 points. Since then the Eagles have qualified for more grand finals, losing to Padthaway in 2014 and overcoming Kybybolite by 34 points in 2016.
Penola Oval, Portland Street, Penola
Penola is a town located 388 km southeast of Adelaide in the heart of one of South Australia’s most productive wine growing areas. Coonawarra lies just to the north and is renowned for the quality of its red wines. It is known as the central location in the life of Mary MacKillop (St. Mary of the Cross), the first Australian to gain Roman Catholic sainthood.
1952-53-54, 1964, 1989-90, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2016