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1921 GRIFFITH DISTRICT F.A. SEASON RESULTS

AUSTRALIAN  RULES FOOTBALL
Australian Rules followers are to meet at the Lyceum Theatre, Griffith on Saturday, 9th April, for the purpose of forming a club strong enough to down any similar organisation within a reasonable distance of Griffith. Although there will not be much difficulty, experiences in securing the necessary support, it is felt that the matter of securing a suitable playground will be difficult.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - April 4, 1921)

FOOTBALL AT GRIFFITH - AUSTRALIAN RULES CLUB FORMED
A meeting for purpose of forming the above club in Griffith on Thursday evening last, Mr. A. Dossetor occupying the chair. Mr. P. J. Slattery agreed to carry out the secretarial duties pro tem.
Messrs. W. Owen, O. Dihm and F. A. Taylor were nominated for Presidentship, but the first two withdrew in favor of Mr. Taylor, who was declared elected and took charge of the meeting.
Messrs Keary and Dihm were elected vice-presidents; Mr. E. A. "Jack" Wood, treasurer; Mr. E. Jones, guernsey steward and Mr. E. A.  "Jack" Wood, coach.
It was decided that the club should supply players guernsey and stockings, each player to find his own knicks.
It was agreed that Messrs. Dihm, Scott and Cunningham be deputed to wait on the proper authority with regards to securing a ground for the season.
Membership was fixed at 5/- and honorary membership at 2/6. Mr. Bert Jones donated £1/1/-, Mr. Jack Wood £1/1/- and Mr. Keary 10/-.
The matter of forming an association was left to the hands of the secretary to obtain all particulars with regard to what other teams along the were doing, and to call a meeting at an early date.
The committee formed consisted of the following:- Messrs P. Brogan, A. Dossetor, L. Baird, H. Parker, J. Swasbrick, Davidson, K. Cunningham, J. McPherson, F. Polkinghorne, Scott, J. Lodding, J. Turner, F. Turner, R. Munday, W. Hunter, J. Collier, H. Densey, N. Chandler, E. Mayes, B. Jones, M. Keary, M. Savage, McCann, F. Savage, Jack Dare, Ted Savage, Les Lucas, E. Savage, W. Owen, S. Henderson, D. Kennett, R. Campbell, Jack Campbell, A. Popple, L. Merritt, G. O'Donnell, and Walter Tilden. 
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - April 16, 1921)

GRIFFITH FOOTBALL CLUB - DELEGATES MEETING
A meeting of delegates from various towns along the Temora-Griffith line was held at Ardlethan, Saturday evening last. Although the Griffith Club only learnt of the intention to hold a meeting on the evening previous, Messrs. Bert Jones and Keary kindly came to the rescue and despite considerable personal inconvenience made the trip.
After much wrangling the meeting decided that clubs from Griffith to Ariah Park would be invited to join the association. The first meeting is to be held at Kamarah on Saturday, 21st Inst. Griffith club will require its financial position to be made pretty solid to withstand the big initial outlay.
An idea of same might be derived from the following dues:- Wagga Council, £2/2/-; Association, Fee £2/2/-; Train Guarantee, 10 weekly; Umpires Fee £3/2/-; Medical Fund £2/2/-; Good faith money£ 2/2/-. Registering of players, 1/- per man.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - May 10, 1921)

FOOTBALL TEAM FORMED AT YENDA
A largely attended meeting was held at French's Coffee Palace on Thursday evening last. It was unanimously decided to form a football club to be designated the Yenda District Football Club, playing Australian Rules, and delegates were appointed to arrange all details with Griffith, Binya and Hanwood, which will bring about the successful running of a competition between the four clubs.
At the meeting, 30 signified their enthusiasm by immediatly joining the club, and it is anticipated that the vclub will be very strong in numbers within the next few weeks. Mr. James Watt is president, Mr John French, treasurer, and Mr. M. McGrath, secretary. The jerseys chosen are to be maroon.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - June 6, 1921)​

GDFA Round 1 - Sunday June 19, 1921 at Binya
Binya ...... 0.1 .. 2.4 .. 2.4 .. 4.5 (29)
Griffith .... 4.0 .. 6.1 .. 6.2 .. 6.2 (38)
Goals: Binya: J Young 2, J Murphy, J Ellis
Griffith: W Hunter 2, W Wade 2, W Blackburn, H Dempsey
Umpire: P. Waide (Barellan)    
Match report: The first round of the Griffith District Football Association commenced on Sunday when Griffith journeyed to Binya and won despite scoring one point after half-time while Yenda visited Hanwood and proved the victors by 61 to 11.

GDFA FIRST ROUND COMMENCED - BINYA vs GRIFFITH 
(By "The Man on the Fence")
Four teams are competing in the above football (Aust. Rules) association:— Griffith, Hanwood, Yenda and Binya. The association's headquarters is at Yenda. Mr. Jas. Watts is president and Mr. M. McGrath, secretary, both live Yenda residents.
The Griffith-Binya match caused considerable interest. There were a good number of Yenda supporters present, and the hospitality of the ladies in providing tea for the visitors was much appreciated. Mr. Pat Waide, Barellan's well-known footballer, umpired the match and was most impartial. He had a stiff proposition before him in handling a match so early in the season when players are raw and in cases not too conversant with the rules. Umpires in cases like this are as a rule too strict and make the game too slow by repeatedly "freekicking." However, on this occasion Mr. Waide struck the "happy medium" and his decisions on the whole met with general  approval.
Excitement was at its highest in the last two quarters. In the third quarter although Griffith had the advantage of the wind and had the ball round Binya's goal for practically the whole quarter, Binya, by heroic efforts on the part of Ken Mathieson and others not known to the writer, prevented Griffith scoring. In the last quarter Binya had Griffith in a quandary. The visitors were on the defence all the time. Bandy, H. Gallagher, Jim Murphy, Bert Stanton, J. Ellis and  J. Young and others were working like trojans for the team.
Scores were as follows:- First quarter: Griffith, 4 goals (24 pts.); Binya, 1 bhd  (Ipt.)
2nd quarter: Griffith, 6 goals 1 bhd. (37 pts.); Binya, 2 goals 4 bhds (16 pts.)
3rd quarter: Griffith, 6 goals 2 bhds (38 pts); Binya, 2 goals 4 bhds. (16 pts.)
4th quarter: Griffith, 6 goals 2 bhds (38 pts.); Binya, 4 goals 5 bhds  (29 pts.)
Goal-kickers - Griffith:  W. Hunter (2), W. Wade (2), W. Blackburn and H. Dempsey.
Binya: J. Young (2), J. Murphy and J. Ellis. 
Yenda defeated Hanwood. Further notes on the football will appear next issue. 
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday June 21, 1921)

HANWOOD vs YENDA
In the presence of a good attendance at Hanwood last weekend, the local team and that of Yenda began the first match in the Griffith District Football Association's  competition.
Although Yenda proved the victors by 61 points to 11, the large difference in points scored is not the true guide to the abilities of Hanwood's players, as quite a number of their shots at goal struck the goal posts. 
This fact, plus the absence of their best players who were unavailable indicates that Hanwood were not at full strength. This being the first match is sufficient excuse for the frequency with which the umpire blew his whistle both sides having players that were not conversant with the rules bearing on "kicking in the ruck", "unfair tackling", "holding on to" and "throwing the ball". But the offending players in this regard of both sides profited by the penalties imposed with the result that in the last quarter the display of football was equal to the desires of the most critical. Both teams have yet to appeciate to the full, the wisdom of being more adept in the "aerial" and shepherding departments of the game. 
For Hanwood, Popple and Smellie each played a fine game, the latter landing Hanwood's goal and Owens, S. C. Sellars and Stewart were most conspicious of the others. With the experience and practice gained in this match by Hanwood they will improve out of site by the time their fixture with Griffith is due. 
For Yenda, "Tassy" Logan, Ballenger, Chancy, McLeod, White, Burt and Abrahams played fine and when the want of condition is overcome the whole team will be a credit to Yenda. As goal kickers Logan, Ballenger and Abrahams shone out. The fine spirit of sportsmanship which prevailed throughout the game augers well for the success of the competition. 
Mr James Gordon, of Binya, was the umpire, and his rulings were satisfaction itself. The final scores were: Yenda 8 goals 13 behinds - 61 points; Hanwood 1 goal 5 behinds - 11 points. 
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday June June 24, 1921).   

GDFA Round 2 - Sunday June 26, 1921 at Griffith Football Ground
Griffith ......... 5.3 .. 8.5 .. 11.6 .. 15.6 (96)
Hanwood ...... 0.1 .. 1.1 .. 2.2 .. 3.2 (20)
Goals: Griffith: F Savage 6, J Longmore 2, H Dempsey 2, O Dihm, P Brogan, W Tilden, W Wade, S Dudley
Match report: Griffith defeated Hanwood at the Griffith Football Ground in the presents of a large number of spectators. At the Yenda - Binya fixture on the former's ground, devotees of Australian Rules football were treated to a most interesting and exciting game. The concluding scores 38 to 33 in the favour of Yenda. 
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GRIFFITH DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - GRIFFITH vs HANWOOD 
Griffith defeated Hanwood at Griffith last Sunday last, in the presents of a large number of spectators. The scores were as follows: Griffith 15 goals 6 behinds; Hanwood 3 goals 2 behinds.
Griffith:- J. Lodding, E. Savage, J. Wood; F. Polkinghorne, R. Campbell, S. O'Halloran; J. Daines, S. Dudley, N. Chandler;  A. Gambell, P. Brogan, O. Dihm; H. Dempsey, F. Savage, J. Brown;  Wal. Tilden, "Pouncer" Wade, Joe Longmore (rover).
Hanwood:- G. Bruce (capt.), W. Owen, J. Owen, J. Collins, R. Smellie, P. Russell, C. Chadwick, D. Tilden, C. Patten, E. Borland, A. Flynn, A. Popple, G. Weeks, M. Buckley, Jeff Taylor, W. Batkins, G. Towart, E. Mayes.
In the first few minutes of the first quarter Hanwood vigorously attacked Griffith's goal and scored a minor point. Joe Longmore from a free, registered a sixer for the home team. A smart bit of play in front of Hanwood's goal resulted in another major being scored for Griffith by Dihm from a mark. Fred Savage shortly afterwards raised two flags. Three singles were notched in quick succession by O. Dihm (2) and S. Dudley, and a little latter F. Savage marked in front and found the opening. Just before the close of the first quarter J. Brown passed to Longmore, who booted a goal.
Ist quarter scores: Griffith, 5 goals 3 behinds; Hanwood, 1 behind.
In the 2nd quarter, F. Savage booted 2 goals 2 behinds and Dempsey 1 goal; Hanwood scored 1 goal, the scores at the termination of the quarter reading: 8 goals 5 behinds to 1 goal 1 behind.
Hanwood rallied for a time in the third quarter, and added 1 goal (Jack Collins) and 1 behind; whilst F. Savage, P Brogan and W. Tilden each added sixers and Dudley 1 behind for the home team.
In the final term F. Savage, W. Wade, H. Dempsey and S. Dudley (from a very difficult angle) added a goal each for Griffith and Hanwood scored a goal. When time was called the final score stood; Griffith 15 goals 6 behinds (96 points); Hanwood 3 goals 2 bebinds (20pts).
The game was not as lopsided as the scores indicate; at times the visitors played excellent football. Certainly there is room for improvement in the personnel of the visiting team, but the bulk of the players with proper training will just about hold their own before the season terminates.
YENDA vs BINYA - GREAT GAME 
The many devotees of Australian Rules football who attended the Yenda Binya fixture on the former's ground last weekend, were treated to a most interesting and exciting game.
The concluding scores 38 to 33 in the favour of Yenda denote the closeness of the play and right up to the last bell, the issue was very much in doubt with Binya attacking most strenuously, in what proved to be a futile effort to pull the match out of the fire.
There were many occasions when supporters of both sides in their exhortations to their chosen to do their upmost were besides themselves with excitement and altogether the game was enjoyable and thrillful as to satiate the desires of the verriest glutton.
The true sporting spirit prevailed at all times in the intentions of every participant and memories of the match will long be inscribed in the mental diaries of the spectators.
For Binya, Jim Murphy played a high-class game, he seems to possess the knack of always being in the right place at the right time and of the others it is difficult to singlarise, the whole team excelling itself, especially Ken Mathieson, the two Alexanders, Stanton and Searl Bandy. Marshall Alexander landed two goals, with Gullifer.
Among Yenda's exponents there did seem to have a single passenger, every man justifying his presence, although the effort of White, Ballenger, "Tassy" Logan, "Tommy" Johnstone, Chaney, Kenny and McLeod were often conspicuous and the most successful as goal kickers, Chaney (2) and Abrahams, White and Barnes one each, all shone.
With the whistle Mr. Peter Brown was most satisfactory, his rulings at all times being most strict and impartial. The final scores were Yenda 5 goals 8 behinds; Binya 5 goals 3 behinds. Victory for Yenda by 5 points.
 (Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday July 1, 1921)

GDFA Round 3 - Sunday July 3, 1921 at Yenda Oval
Yenda ......... 0.2 .. 3.5 .. 3.5 .. 6.10 (46)
Griffith ...... 2.0 .. 2.1 .. 5.3 .. 5.4 (34)
Goals: Yenda: F Kenny, Burt, J Logan, L Abrahams, J Hudson, F Ballenger
Griffith: F Savage 2, O Dihm 2, J Brown
Umpire: James Gordon (Binya)  

 

GRIFFITH DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - 
YENDA vs GRIFFITH

 by "Stab Kick"
Last weekend, the Griffith team journeyed to Yenda to meet the local team in the last match of the first round of the Griffith District Football Competition. Great interest was centred in this match the first meeting of these teams and as neither had lost any of their previous matches a feeling of friendly rivalry existed between the followers of each club.
In the opening quarter Griffith scored 2 goals to Yenda's 2 behinds. The second quarter ended by Yenda being 10 points ahead of Griffith. In the third quarter Griffith evening things, were 10 points in advance of Yenda. The last quarter opened with great excitement and after a wonderful rally Yenda eventually won.
The final scores being: Yenda 6 goals 10 behinds; Griffith 5 goals 4 behinds.
Players would be best advised to play the game in a sportsman like manner and refrain from questioning the umpire' decision.
For Griffith, Jack Wood, O. Dihm, J Brown, Fred and Ted Savage and Jack Lodding were the most noticeable. Fred Savage kicking 2 goals - one remarkable fine kick. The other goal kickers for Griffith were Dihm (2) and Brown.
For Yenda, Frank Ballenger and Chaney were the stars, ably assisted by Tassy Logan, Abrahams, Fennell, White, Kenny, McLeod  and Johnston. The goal kickers for Yenda were: F Kenny, Burt, J Logan, L Abrahams, J Hudson, and F Ballenger with a beautiful kick from a difficult angle, landed a goal at the end of the last quarter.
HANWOOD v BINYA 
Binya visited Hanwood last Sunday and quite a fair match was played. The visitors were rather too strong for the locals and ran out victors, with 3 goals 9 behinds to 1 goal 2 behinds. Mr. W. Wade proved a impartial umpire.
The visitors were without two of their best players  - Jim Murphy and George Bandy. Kenny Mathieson captained Binya and played a great game. Others who did very well were: Bert Stanton, Alexanders, Searl Bandy, and several unknown to the writer.
For Hanwood: A Popple, Arthur Flynn, Sellers, Bill and Jack Owen, George Bruce, Mick Buckley, Lionel Merritt, Colin Chadwick, Jeff Taylor (until injured) and George Towart played best.
Some of the players adopted a "waiting attitude" and never attempted to beat opponents for marks. This was very noticeable on the forward line. Punt kicking seem to be the general favourite; however, players would be well advised to learn and make unlimited use of the stab kick. It is freely used by good teams in the home of Australian Rules (Melbourne) and besides being effective, speeds the game up, and is easier to mark and less liable to cause accidents than the sky-scraping punts players here so often use when passing the ball on.
COLLECTION AT HANWOOD
During the progress of the Hanwood-Binya football match, on Sunday a collection taken up by Misses Nellie Pearson and Nellie Walsh, which resulted in £2 8s 4d being raised — half of which has been handed to the hospital and half to the Hanwood Football Club.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday July 8, 1921)

GDFA Round 4 - Sunday July 10, 1921 at Griffith Football Ground
Griffith ..... 1.2 .. 1.2 .. 1.4 .. 3.4 (22)
Binya ....... 0.3 .. 2.5 .. 2.5 .. 2.6 (18)
Goals: Griffith: F Savage 2, W Hunter
Match report: Binya gave Griffith the run of their lives and was unlucky in suffering defeat. Fred Savage from a mark secured the  winning goal a few minutes before the call of time for a home team win. Yenda defeated Hanwood at Yenda.

GRIFFITH DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - GRIFFITH v BINYA 
On July 10, Griffith in the first quarter secured 1 goal 2 behinds to Binya's 3 behinds. In the second quarter, Binya rattled the home team and had them defending for the greater part, scoring 2 goals 2 behinds to nil, making the scores at half time, Binya 17 points, Griffith 10 points. 
Both teams lined up to "do or die" in the last quarter, and although the visitors got the ball forward on several occasions, their forwards failed to secure more than 1 behind. On the other hand, Griffith only got two chances and made the maximum use of them. Hunter booted the first goal and Fred Savage from a mark secured the second goal a few minutes before the call of time. 
At the final gong the scores read: Griffith 3 goals 4 behinds  - 22 points; Binya 2 goal 6 behinds - 18 points.
For the Griffith team Harry Parker made his initial appearance and made good. With a few exceptions, every member of the Griffith team played well, however, the want of practice was evident.
Pouncer Wade played an exceptionally good game and secured a fair share of "frees".  Frank Polkinghorne, Steve Dudley, Jack Wood and R. Campbell were there when required. Dihm and Sid O'Halloran's marking was far below their usual standard, however, they kept on the move and saved many a situation. Fred Savage magnetised the ball as usual and Binya's two goals wisely gave him special attention.
Bert Jones followed the game for the four quarters. Walter Hunter was at his usual high standard. N. Chandler shone out, Jack Lodding proved a stone wall in the sticks and saved the situation repeatedly. Ted Savage proved a concrete follower.
Binya hardly had a blank. Kenny Mathieson played a fine game. The Bandies, Alexanders, Gullifer, Stanton, Murphy, and practically every member of the visiting team worked their hardest and gave Griffith the run of their lives.
The general opinion was that Binya were very unlucky in suffering defeat. When it is remembered that this is the first year Binya has appeared as a playing team and members live so far apart that it is only possible for them to assemble on the day competition matches are played, their achievements in the standard of their football is really to wondered at.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday July 15, 1921)
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GDFA Round 5 - Sunday July 17, 1921 at Hanwood Recreation Ground
Griffith defeated Hanwood
    
GRIFFITH DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION - BINYA vs YENDA
Before a very large attendance at Binya last weekend, by 28 points to 15, the Yenda club received its first defeat of the season. 
The game was very fast and most interesting, there being some exciting incidents in the course of the play. The result of the match as far as Yenda is concerned, was due undoubtedly to the seemingly uncontrollable penchant of a good many of their players to wander from their allotted positions, a too prevalent trait, which simply means too much confidence in "pot luck," as against pursing methodical measures which are often sorely tries but rarely fail.
So, possibly the reverse and the lesson of its cause may not be lost on those to whom this impeachment applies.
Binya, to a man, strained every nerve in their efforts to excel and although it is difficult to particularise, Kenny Mathieson did valiant work, as did Searl Bandy, Jack Ellis and Bert Stanton.
For Yenda, Logan, McInnes, White, Johnstone, J. Fox and B. Sullivan were best, and quite the most of the others were decidedly out of form, their "aerial" and marking being far from being in keeping with previous efforts.
In the hands of Mr. Paddy Waide, the umpiring was most satisfactory, his decisions being accepted without a single demur, which is but a fitting compliment to his abilities in so successfully filling, what is admittedly the least envied