• Jayden J Bartlett

Joe Haines - the Proud Panther

Updated: Aug 11, 2019

It was Sunday, June 16. In the dying stages of South Adelaide’s round ten match against the ladder leading Tigers.

The Panthers had a four-point lead, but the Tigers were threatening to steal the win with repeated forward entries.

The last entry by Glenelg looked like the game winner, as the ball sailed towards the goal square where the dangerous McBean was looming.

South supporters could only watch in desperation as McBean led towards the ball and what followed would be go down in Panther folklore.

As supporters held their breath, a courageous Joey Haines came flying across in front of the pack to take a mark that was reminiscent of the grand final winning mark by Leo Barry.

The siren would sound less than a minute later to give the Panthers the much-needed win.

Joey was hailed as a hero for that game winning action, however at the time;

“I was pretty buggered. I was just hoping Crabby could stop McBean from getting a run and jump which he didn’t… but luckily it worked out in the end.”

For Joey it is a highlight in a very long football career;

“I’ve been playing since I was 8 or so; 18 odd years. I played for Waikerie all the way through AusKick and juniors and a couple years of seniors then played for South from 2013 to now.”

For the Waikerie product, South Adelaide;

“Was a club I always wanted to play for growing up and now to be here playing league football is special to me. I think this has been made even more relevant with the number of past players and long-time supporters talking to me about watching my dad play.”

Always putting his team first during this time, his achievements include;

“South Adelaide Most Improved last year. Reserves runner up Best and Fairest in 2016. Waikerie U18 league runner up Best and Fairest and club runner up Best and Fairest. A grade Rising Star Award in my first year.”

And the classy defenders favourite moments are;

- “My first A grade game for Waikerie, which was a win against Renmark.”

- “First League game for South against the Eagles.”

- “First league win against Westies in Crabbs 100th.”

- “Representing the state and beating the WAFL this year in Perth.”

Considering he has played for many years, the thing that he enjoys most about the game is;

“The mateship. We spend a lot of time together. The boys are some of the closest friends I have. Training etc can be tough, so it is good to get through everything with good mates. They make it a bit more bearable.”

However, this is not the first time a Haines has donned the blue and white.

Joey is the son of the 151 gamer Peter Haines and the grandson of the 122 gamer Colin Haines.

“The club is pretty special to me as I would imagine it is with most of the playing group. With both my grandpa and father playing a large number of games with the club, I was always hoping to be involved.”

“It is special to me because I’m able to be a part of a rich history both with a long-lasting club and with the family connections throughout. The passion they talk about watching and being involved in the club is something pretty special and I’m proud to have the opportunity to be involved in it all.”

Joey has developed into an important player for South Adelaide; with his booming kick, strong hands and quick pace providing him with a great rebounding ability.

This, along with his strong family connections to the club and laid-back nature, makes Joey an all-around top bloke.

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