1931 LEETON D.F.A. (KINLOCK CUP) SEASON RESULTS
LDFA Round 1 - Sunday May 17, 1931 at Hanwood Oval
Griffith ..................... 1.1 .. 2.1 .. 7.3 .. 9.4 (58)
Darlington Point ... 2.4 .. 4.9 .. 7.11 .. 12.14 (86)
Umpire: J. Browne
Match report: Ideal football weather favoured the opening day of the L.D.F.A. Competition, when eight clubs played their first matches of a long series of inter club games to decide who shall hold the cup donated by Messrs., Kinloch Bros. Fivebough making the Associated Ground its home ground for their match, defeated Leeton 6.3 to 4.13 in a game that was closely fought out from the start. Yanco piled up a big score in an easy win over the new club South Gogeldrie, played at Yanco 18.13 to 4.5. Darlington Point journeyed to Griffith and defeated the home team by 28 points. On account of its new ground (Scenic Hill oval) not being in order, Griffith made use of Hanwood's ground. Hanwood travelled to Warburn and defeated the latter side 8.9 to 4.10.
LDFA Round 2 - Sunday May 24, 1931 at Hanwood Oval
Hanwood ...... 2.2 .. 4.5 .. 5.7 .. 6.10 (46)
Griffith .......... 1.2 .. 5.3 .. 7.6 .. 7.7 (49)
Umpire: F. Holt (Warburn)
Griffith:- Jack Connell (capt.), Jim Collis, Les Collis, Phil Coggan, Art Campbell, Ernie Campbell, Jim Flood, Bill Cranston, Bill Downie, Ed Dempsey, Jack Daines, Mick Howe, J. McCarthy, 'Plugger' McDonald, Jim Simpson, William 'Pouncer' Wade, Joe Whelan, M. Munro
Hanwood:- W. Fairclough (capt.), Robert Little, Giff Hauser, Andy Colliss, Alf, Harold, Herb and George Anstee, George Towart, Edgar Tucker, Arnold and Eddie Dreyer, Les Anderson, Joe Trenerry, Ted Raithby, Fred Chadney, Leo McClellan, Frank Ford.
Match report: The second series of matches in the local Australian Rules Competition provided exciting matches at Whitton, Griffith and Leeton. At the former centres the final scores were very close. The matches resulted as follows: — Darlington Point at home to Warburn won the match 14.17 to 3.5; Leeton defeated Yanco at Leeton 15.13 to 10.9; Griffith beat Hanwood on the latter's ground 7.7 to 6.10 and at Whitton the home team defeated Fivebough 8.11 to 8.8. South Gogeldrie had the bye.
The Hanwood-Griffith match was marred by a most unfortunate incident. The scores were very close in the final quarter and the barrackers had 'keyed' the Hanwood players up to a high pitch of excitement. A dispute arose over who took a mark. Hot words followed and we believe the umpire, Mr. Fred Holt, was struck by a Hanwood player, W. Fairclough. Spectacular high marking was a feature of the game. Griffith's well known goal sneak, 'Snowy' Anderson seems to have struck form and Hanwood's side includes, a couple of Broken Hill players.
CROWD WITNESS THILLING MATCH AT HANWOOD
It was a good inspiration to bring about a local competition once again under the Australian Rules flag. The code needs no apology nowadays, and its followers show a warm interest in doings of their respective teams.
Since the district competition started Whitton team has joined up, and an added interest will therefore be given.
The local fixture on Sunday was Hanwood v Griffith on the Hanwood ground, which this year is in excellent condition. Each club fielded a first-class combination, and the game held the interest of the spectators throughout. In fact at the conclusion many spectators remained on the ground to re-fight the battle over again.
The game opened up with none of the players handling the ball well, but Griffith forced the ball to Hanwood's goal and should have scored. However, eventually Hanwood got the ball moving in the proper direction, and Alf Anstee, with a neat bit of play, secured the oval and piloted it through. Shortly afterwards Mick Howe replied at the Griffith end and scored a goal, evening up the scores. Again the ball was forced down by Hanwood, and Andy Colliss was instrumental in scoring a second goal for Hanwood.
Hanwood 2 goals 3 behinds; Griffith 1 goal 2 behinds.
During the second quarter there was some spectacular play on both sides, in which Fairclough, Anderson, Little and Collis particularly shone out on Hanwood's side, and of the Griffith men Howe, Cranston and Connell were conspicuous. In this quarter McDonald, Simpson, Cranston and Connell each scored a goal, while R. Little and Alf Anstee were the fortunate kickers of goals for Hanwood. Griffith had the best of luck, and had the slight advantage over their opponents through studying the umpire's demands better.
Half time finished up with Griffith 34 points; Hanwood 29. Griffith had kicked 4.2 to Hanwood's 2.2 in the quarter.
The third quarter resulted in Griffith scoring 2 goals 2 behinds to Hanwood's 1 goal 2 behinds, and finished up with Hanwood being 11 points to the rear. In this quarter, Connell and Simpson again scored goals for Griffith, and Anderson put up two goals for Hanwood. Jim Collis, in the centre, played well for Hanwood in this quarter, and most of the Hanwood men played well. Griffith team played coolly and took advantage of the umpire's lenience about holding the ball.
The final quarter showed Hanwood at its best, and repeatedly they bombarded Griffith's goal with Anderson and Little doing trojan work. The ball travelled down to the Griffith end a few times, and on one of these occasions two Hanwood backmen collided heavily, knocking each other out for a time. A noticeable feature of the game was the manner in which, club mates collided with each other and fought each other for the ball. Fairclough was urging his men on in this quarter, but despite every effort, luck was against them, and Griffith ran out winners by 3 points.
For the winners McCarthy and the two Collisess, Arthur and Ernie Campbell, Pouncer Wade, Jack Flood and Jim Simpson played well. Especially well in the last half were Mick Howe, Joe Whelan and Bill Cranston.
Hanwood's team contains some brilliant players, among whom are Jim Collis, R. Little, W. Fairclough, Giff Hauser and Alf Anstee. Especially may have been picked out as conspicuous were Les Anderson and Frank Ford, who were towers of strength. The rest of the team played splendidly, and there is no doubt with experience Hanwood will improve, and appears a cert for the final four.
The umpire, Mr. Fred Holt, of Warburn was strict on holding or touching the man, but he scarcely gave a free all day for hanging onto the ball. A few players took advantage and "staged" free kicks time after time by nursing the ball. The Hanwood spectators waxed wrathful over this feature. (By P.J. Slattery - "The Area News" - Thursday May 28, 1931)
LDFA Round 3 - Sunday May 31, 1931 at Warburn Siding Oval
Warburn ... 1.2 .. 3.4 .. 3.4 .. 4.5 (29)
Griffith ...... 3.2 .. 5.3 .. 6.3 .. 9.4 (58)
Goals: Griffith: W Cranston 5, J Connell 2, R Stewart, P. McDonald
Best players: Griffith: M Howe, J & L Collis, W Cranston, A & E
Campbell, J Connell
Umpire: F. Holt (Warburn)
Match reports: Fine weather favoured the third series of matches in the local competition, although the heavy rain during the week made travelling by road very difficult for the journeying teams. In fact Hanwood Club was unable to reach its destination. They, had been advised to travel via Yenda and met the Mirrool Creek in flood. Leeton Club was bogged several times on its trip to South Gogeldrie. Griffith team was to reach Warburn, but the field umpire, Mr. Alf Browne, was bogged on his way to Griffith and did not reach Warburn till three quarter time. He allowed Umpire Mr. Holt, who had stepped into the breach, to finish the match, which was won by Griffith 58 points to 29 points. The match at South Gogeldrie was an easy victory for Leeton 13.14 to 4.0. The match at Leeton was a ding-dong struggle between Fivebough and Yanco. For three parts of the game the 'Red and Greens' out-played the Maroons, and it wasn't until the last quarter we saw some of Yanco's true form. The 'Boughs, however, had too big a lead and the game ended with Fivebough the winners 10.9 points to 8.10.
GRIFFITH vs WARBURN - BILL CRANSTON KICKS 5 GOALS
Sunday last was a delightful day for football, and a number of matches were played in the district - Rugby at the Rugby Oval and at West End Oval, and Australian Rules at Warburn Siding, where a new ground has been laid out with goals at north and south end, which is preferable to the east and west lay-out. Warburn ground wants a bit of cleaning up and will be a serviceable and central recreation "possie." The young men in the locality are keen on the game, and in a season or two will be a formidable combination. By the time Yenda and Ballandry will be in the battle, and a very compact Association may be formed.
The match in question proved that the Griffith team, by vitue of the Mick Howe, Collis Bros., and Campbell Bros., combination, could shift the ball rapidly along the wings or across the centre as occasions warranted, and during the first and last quarters Griffith dominated the game. But after the first quarter set-back - Griffith 3.2; Warburn 1.2 - the home team grit its teeth and did excellently, scoring 2.2 to Griffith's 2.1.
In the third quarter Warburn still applied the pressure, and although the Griffith players showed remarkable combination for a bush club somewhat short of practice. Warburn defended most efficiently. The only score this quarter was a goal to Griffith.
In the fourth quarter Griffith's most systematic play bore fruit, and 3.1 was scored to Warburn's 1.1. In the match 13 goals were kicked and only 9 behinds, which goes to show how close the game was. Griffith nine goals is their best score of major points this season.
The goal kickers on the Grifith side were:- Cranston 5 goals, Connell 2 goals, R. Stewart and McDonald 1 each.
Bill Cranston played with conspicuous consistency, his straight kicking being remarkable. His play this season indicates his proficiency in the Aussie game. Mick Howe was in his top form, which means he played superbly - high mark is one of his long suits. The Collis Bros., are really the backbone of the team, all play seeming to converge upon and radiate one or other of them. Nugget Connell gave his usual workmanlike performance, being prominent all through the piece. Jim Simpson, placed back this time, played really well, and is qualifying for a permanent place in Aussie Rules football. The two Campbell's, especially Art., well earned their inclusion in the team, and Joe Whelan showed conspicuously at times,. The remainder of the team did wonderfully well.
Fred Holt umpired satisfactory though he shows lenience to men nursing the ball. There was quite a number of spectators, and the Warburn side had an enthusiastic following. (P.J. Slattery - "The Area News" Thursday June 4, 1931)
THE HANWOOD CASE
Umpire Fred Holt's report was against Bill Fairclough, of Hanwood Club, for striking him during the fourth quarter of the Hanwood-Griffith match, played on May 24, 1931.
Mr. George Enticknap, read the evidence of Umpire Holt which had been drawn up in the form of a statutory declaration. In it Umpire Holt said Fairclough struck him, when he turned him round to take his number for throwing the ball at him (Holt).
Messrs Joe Trenerry and Andy Colliss, of Hanwood Club, who attended to deny the charge, said that Fairclough had secured a job that day, and did not wish to neglect it to attend.
Mr. Trenerry was first spokesman. He absolutely denied that Fairclough struck the umpire. What happened was that Fairclough went up and took a mark. The umpire walked up to Fairclough and swung him around to take his number. As Fairclough came round his elbow struck the umpire.
Mr. Trenerry went on to point out that Umpire Holt had a set on Fairclough, because at the first match of the season, when Umpire Holt was playing with Warburn, Fairclough beat him every time for mark.
Mr. Trennery condemned the umpire further as being incompetent. Later, Mr Trennery submitted that the count must be dismissed because Umpire Holt, in reporting Fairclough, had not observed Rule 49 of the Laws of the Australian National Game of Football.
Mr. Enticknap asked the Judiciary Committee not to dismiss the case on such a technical point. The domestic rules of the association displaced such a rule. Never within his knowledge of the south-west or local competitions had the association provided cards for the umpires on which to fill in charges against player, nor do clubs make a practice of providing umpires' rooms, etc., The usual practice is for the umpire to notify the captain of the team that he is going to report a certain player. In this case it was the captain himself who was being reported.
Mr. Colliss supported Mr. Trenerry in his statements and went on to enlarge on Holt's incompetency, etc.
Mr. Cook pointed out that the committee was not concerned about Holt's incompetency. That was a matter for the club to bring before the association.
Mr. Nulty: The evidence we have before us in the sworn declaration of Umpire Holt and the statement of the two gentlemen from Hanwood who in effect, state that if Holt was struck at all, it was accidentally and that there was certain provocation induced by the umpire by unfair treatment.
Mr. Cook: "There seems an admission that the umpire was struck with the elbow."
Mr. Sweeney: "Apparently the player in question had also been disputing the umpire's decisions."
Messrs Colliss and Trenerry (together): "Certainly not."
Messrs Trenerry and Colliss again traversed over the incidents of that afternoon, which the committee ended by saying they had heard enough. Mr. Nulty said after hearing the evidence before them he was in favour of upholding the umpire, although inclined to regard the incident on the lenient side, because there was a doubt that the blow was struck intentionally. He would move that Fairclough be stood down for two playing matches.
Mr. Sweeney, in seconding the motion, pointed out that it was a most serious offence to strike an umpire. For such offence players in other places go out for life.
Mr. Cook said it seemed to him that if the committee accepted the case as proved the penalty should be in keeping with the seriousness of the offence. If there is a doubt the defendant must get the benefit of the doubt. He was inclined to think that there had been an offence committed and if such is proved, then by only standing the player down for two matches was letting him off very light. He would suggest that the association representatives make an effort to called further evidence.
Mr. Cook moved an amendment to that effect, but it lapsed for a seconder.
The resolution was carried that Fairclough stand down for two playing matches.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator- Friday June 5, 1931).
LEETON AND YANCO TEAMS COMING BY SPECIAL TRAIN ON SUNDAY
Leeton's first grade team will visit Griffith on Sunday next and a match will take place on the new "Aussie" Oval.
Official programmes containing names of the players are on sale. Purchasers are requested to keep their programme, as a lucky programme will be announced in Monday's issue of the "Area News," and holder of the same will be entitled to free "talkies" at the Lyceum, Griffith, for one week.
The Griffith District Band will be at the "Aussie" Oval and will play selections during the afternoon. Yanco will journey to Hanwood.
Hanwood team will be represented by:- W. Fairclough, R. Little, F. Polkinghorne, L. Hopley, A. Lind, A. Colliss, L. Anderson, D. Thomas, F. Ford, G. Hauser, J. Trenerry, G. Anstee, H. Anstee, F. Chadney, E. Dreyer, A. Dreyer, A. Anstee, Herb Anstee; L. McClellan, first emergency; F Clark, 2nd; E. Raithby 3rd.
The Griffith team will be a very strong one, and the personnel will be announced on Friday. Bill Cranston, the champion goal sneak, is in the Griffith Hospital suffering from a bad cold, and will be not available, but Mick Howe, who has been doing good work in other parts of the field, will have to do the shooting on Sunday.
("The Area News" - Thursday June 4, 1931)
LDFA Round 4 - Sunday June 7, 1931 at Colts Cricket Ground
Griffith ....... 3.0 .. 3.3 .. 5.4 .. 5.5 (35)
Leeton ........ 4.2 .. 5.5 .. 6.7 .. 7.9 (51)
Umpire: Alf Browne (Binya)
Match reports: Players and supporters appreciated very much the invitation of the Leeton District Football Association of engaging special trains for the Inter-Area matches between teams from Griffith end and this end of the settlement. Looking out of the windows on the 'tin-hare' from a comfortable seat, players could imagine the struggle it would have been to travel on the roads covered with water.The first train ran on Sunday last was well filled. A trailer was added to enable the rugby players to make use of this special in their journey from Leeton to Yenda.
LEETON AND YANCO COME BY SPECIAL TRAIN
Players and supporters appreciated very much the invitation of the Leeton District Football Association of engaging special trains for the Inter-Area matches between teams from Griffith end and this end of the settlement. Looking out of the windows on the 'tin-hare' from a comfortable seat, players could imagine the struggle it would have been to travel on the roads covered with water.The first train ran on Sunday last was well filled. A trailer was added to enable the rugby players to make use of this special in their journey from Leeton to Yenda.
Sunday's matches resulted in wins for the three travelling sides. Whitton journeyed by road to Darlington Point and an easy victory over the home side by 9.7 to 2.7. The Point side was short of a few good players, including Kruger.
Yanco had an enjoyable match at Hanwood. The ground was in good order considering the wet weather of late and 'Smacker' Webb was most satisfactory as field umpire. His rulings were clear and consistent. Yanco's high markers won them the match 6.12 to 3.4. Handball by players on both sides was a feature of the match.
Leeton did not experience such a comfortable game. The Griffith team, which had depended on securing the Griffith Rugby Oval for this important match, found at the last minute they would have to secure another ground. Their own Scenic Hill Oval ground was like a quagmire owning to the recent cultivation work and the Rugbyites would not release their oval. However, Griffith managed to to secure the Colts Cricket ground.
Just before the game commenced a lorry arrived with a load of sand to cover the concrete pitch. A crop of 'marsh mellows' gave the ground a green appearance, while the picturesqueness of the possie was added to by clumps of pine trees surrounding the ground.
Griffith fielded a strong side, and it was only the greasy nature of the ball which prevented them from securing a win. As it was they were within ten points of winning until just on the finish, when Jack Schwab from a free kick right in front put Leeton 16 points in front at the final bell.
Griffith team was captained by 'Nugget' Connell, a sturdy player who is endeavoring to install system play into his "eighteen." Short stab kicks to players unwatched were successful tactics with the greasy ball but it was a long way round the wing, and generally the forceful play of the Leeton's backs stopped the chain of marks before Griffith reached shooting distance.
Griffith played without its snappy goal-sneak, Bill Cranston, who is suffering from a bad cold. Jim Collis is one of the Tiger's smart ground players, having plenty of speed. Mick Howe, who played in a conspicuous guernsey (black with yellow V) is Griffith's aerial king. The fair supporters of the black and gold always shrieked with delight when Mick rose into the air and brought down the ball. His kicking was not as accurate, but perhaps the heavy ball may have been blamed for that.
With a concrete cricket pitch in the centre of the ground, and a heavy ball to contend with, Ben Roberts was not able to get much work out of his men. 'Scroggs' Hopley had a happy time keeping the veteran player, 'Pouncer' Wade, quiet, but found a different proposition when confronted with the hefty 'Tiny' Kirkham. Another player who bothered Leeton was Joe Browne, a big man who marked well on the day. Umpire Alf Browne was very slow with the whistle.
The South Gogeldrie and Warburn clubs have withdrawn from the competition.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday June 9, 1931)
LDFA Round 5 - Sunday June 14, 1931 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Whitton ..... 2.7 .. 4.9 .. 6.9 .. 9.15 (69)
Griffith ...... 1.1 .. 1.3 .. 3.4 .. 3.4 (22)
Umpire: Stan Yates (Bringagee)
Match reports: Fine weather favoured the matches in the Leeton District Football Association's competition on Sunday last and in the three games played, the home sides won. The more experienced Leeton Club defeated this season's new club Hanwood, by 11.19 to 4.6. Whitton's '18' defeated the 15 from Griffith 9.15 to 3.4 and Darlington Point went down to Yanco, after a late start, 6.8 to 2.2. The Hanwood and Griffith teams chartered a rail motor to convey them to Leeton and Whitton respectively, but the Point had to put up with the hardship of travelling by road.
MATCH REPORT - WHITTON vs GRIFFITH
Griffith journeyed all the way by rail motor to Whitton on Sunday and played the Whitton Club on a heavy ground, and held their own for the three first quarters.
The visitors proved the superior in ground play but Whitton excelled in the air, Ossie de Mamiel playing a splendid game for the home side. 'Nugget' Connell played an outstanding game.
The umpire Stan Yates rulings had every one guessing, his 'holding the man' rulings being most strict. You could not grab a player without being penalised.
Whitton players wore black arm bands as a mark of sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. McAliece, who had suffered the loss of a baby son during the previous week.
At half time the Whitton players treated the Griffith players to hot soup and at the termination of the game treated the visitors to tea and sandwiches before boarding the train.
This generous treatment was much appreciated by the Griffith players.
Griffith team only had 15 players, two of the Browne's and 'Pouncer' Wade were absent. Had the latter been with the team he would have scored a bountiful supply of 'free' kicks.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday June 16, 1931.)
LDFA Round 6 - Sunday June 21, 1931 at Griffith Rugby Oval
Griffith .......... 0.3 .. 3.4 .. 5.7 .. 9.13 (67)
Fivebough ..... 1.6 .. 4.9 .. 10.11 .. 12.16 (88)
Umpire: Bill Swasbrick (Leeton)
Match reports: Fine weather favoured the Leeton District Football, Association's competition matches played on Sunday. Darlington Point, however, owing to the flooded river and overflow of Mirrool Creek, was unable to fulfil its engagement and forfeited to Hanwood. The Association intends to give some consideration to these matches, which were forfeited on account of impossible travelling conditions. Fivebough journeyed by special train to Griffith and won the match 12.16 to 9.13. Bill Swasbrick umpired a good game. The match was played on the Griffith Rugby Oval. Griffith fielded a strong side, including Bob James, who had a day off from Rugby. The other competition match was played at Leeton, where Whitton suffered its first defeat of the season by the narrow margin of 9 points, scores 7.16 to 7.7.
LDFA Round 7 - Sunday June 28, 1931 at Yanco Rugby Ground
Yanco ......... 4.3 .. 4.4 .. 8.6 .. 9.11 (65)
Griffith ....... 0.1 .. 2.5 .. 3.8 .. 5.8 (38)
Umpire: Bill Swasbrick (Leeton)
Match reports: Another match had to be forfeited on Sunday last on account of the impassable condition of the roads this winter, Leeton Club, much against its will, being unable to make the trip to Darlington Point. Hanwood and Griffith clubs were able to travel by special train to Leeton and Yanco respectively, but on account of Mirrool Creek flood waters cutting off many of their players, neither team had their selected sides, in fact Hanwood only fielded 16 men and Griffith had a bare eighteen. Both teams were defeated.
MATCH REPORT - YANCO vs GRIFFITH
On account of the Aussie Rules oval carrying water in parts, the match was played on the Rugby ground at Yanco, which was in good order. It was not a very spectacular match. Yanco players, on the whole, had a better knowledge of the game and were superior to their opponents. A fairly strong wind was blowing towards the river and play was kept in that end of the ground. Kicking with the wind in the opening term, Yanco without much effort scored a goal soon after the game commenced. Tuckett added another goal before Griffith opened its score with a point. Yanco made the mistake of hanging to the wing, thereby losing the big advantage the wind offered. Three singles were scored by Clayton, Harry Currey and Lisle Taylor. Miller kicked a goal and later Mick put in a long drop kick down the centre. Eddie Dodds took the mark and a goal resulted. At the close of the first quarter the scores were: Yanco 4 goals 3 behinds — 27 points; Griffith, 1 behind — 1 point.
With the wind at their backs the visitors put up a much better showing in the second quarter. Yanco seemed content on just keeping down Griffith's score. Smith, Currey Bros., and Higgins by consecutive high marks, carried the ball within shooting distance, but Griffith cleared. All eyes were on Big Bob James, the Rugby star from Griffith. He, however, was 'all at sea' with Aussie Rules. His Rugby instinct seems to be embedded too much in him. He kept on continually chasing to where the ball went like a lost umpire. Quinton received a shock when in Rugby style, James grabbed his ankle and tipped him up. Jimmy was compensated with a free kick for being legged. Three singles were waved in favour of the visitors before 'Pansy' scored a behind for Yanco, then James drop-kicked a beautiful goal for Griffith. At half time the scores were: — Yanco 4 goals 4 behinds— 28 pts. Griffith 2 goals 5 behinds — 17 pts.
In the third quarter Griffith exhibited flashes of team work, and they looked like giving Yanco a tussle for a time. Harry Currey scored a goal and Miller a point, before Griffith added a behind. Miller scored another single and then gave Higgins an opportunity. Taking a neat mark, this new player in Yanco's ranks, kicked with true direction. Higgins next gave Miller a good position kick and Mick raised both flags. Griffith could not find the main uprights. Two more singles were added to their tally. Smart play by Miller was rewarded by him adding another goal. Before the quarter closed Griffith added a goal, making the score:- Yanco 8 goals 6 behinds — 54 pts. Griffith 3 goals 8 behinds— 26 pts.
For the final term Yanco put in a strong back division. E. Robinson (a high marker from Griffith), and Ralph Smith, were equally matched opponents. The pair used to rise cleanly and their marking display was interesting to watch. Ned Currey was also in good marking form, which strengthened the home side's defence very much. Mick Miller, playing his match-winning style, clean football and not incurring penalties, was the opponent Griffith could not master. Time and again, Miller came down and turned defence to attack. Pat Clayton and Higgins were both ever ready to accept the ball when sent up to them in the forwards. The final scores were:— Yanco 9 goals 11 behinds— 65 pts. Griffith 5 goals 8 behinds — 38 pts.
Yanco was well served by Mick Miller, the three Curreys, Ralph Smith, D. Pike, Pat Clayton and Eddie Dodds. Griffith's captain, 'Nugget' Connell is unfortunately situated. He has to do most of the playing for his side and consequently does not get much opportunity to watch his men. Eric Robinson and Harry Kurtzman were the other outstanding players among the Griffith team. The latter player used his Rugby side-step with much effect. Some hard bumps were received during the match. Lisle Taylor suffering a severe knock through colliding face to face with an opponent.
Umpire Swasbrick handled tho game very well. Umpiring impartially, he called out the cause of the penalty.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday June 30, 1931.)
LDFA Round 8 - Sunday July 5, 1931
Match reports: The first half of the Round of Home and Away matches was completed on Sunday last, when Whitton met Yanco. So enthusiastic were the Maroon and Golds about this match, that a request was made for a special train. This was granted by the Association and true to their word the Yancoites packed the 'Tin Hare' and no one regretted making the trip to Whitton despite the fact that the home team proved the victors, 8.7 to 7.4. What did that matter, for the contest is to be continued next Sunday at Yanco, and barrackers sore throats will be sound again to cheer on Dawes, Higgins, Currey and Co. Whitton went on the field without their captain, Don Finley, who was away in the city. Darlington Point was compelled to forfeit to Fivebough. The river having flooded the roads until they are well-night impassable while Hanwood played a team of aboriginals from Darlington Point on the Griffith Rugby Oval.
FLOODS DON'T DETER ABOS. - CAMP ON CANAL BANKS
Hanwood Aussie Rules Club provided a good afternoon's fun for the spectators on Sunday last, on the Griffith Rugby Oval. The big draw was the team of aboriginals from Darlington Point.
There was some doubt about the team being able to travel owing to the flood waters of Mirrool Creek and the Bidgee. The Blacks don't let nature upset them, they work in with the elements. The team commenced their trek on Saturday afternoon, camped on the canal bank for the night and waded through the flood waters when necessary.
They filed on the field in all the colours imaginable. Every jersey in the South West was represented. Some wore short trousers others had long 'uns on.
During the first quarter the team suffered from stage fright and Hanwood clapped on 30 points. In the second quarter the Abos commenced to play and dazzle the home team with their speed and handball. A few of the visitors played to the gallery and caused much amusement with their acrobatic turns, following the ball on their hands and feet in a crawling attitude, etc.
At half time the Rugby players, who had provided the curtain raiser, loaned the 'All Blacks' their boots and the stops proved a big help to the players. Hanwood won the match 79 points to 70.
During the interval the Aboriginal's Gum Leaf Band put on a performance, which proved a novel entertainment. The gate takings, amounting to £20/15/ was shared between the two teams after the expenses had been deducted.
Yesterday, Darlington Point Club notified Mr. J. Sharpe, president of the Leeton District Football Association, that owing to the recent flood waters making the roads impossible to travel on for many more weeks they were compelled to withdraw from the competition.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday July 10, 1931.)
LDFA Round 9 - Sunday July 12, 1931
Griffith vs Hanwood
Match reports: On Sunday last the teams had to play on slippery and wet grounds, and as a consequence the games were not the spectacular exhibitions of the Aussie Rules code anticipated for the two matches set down.
Whitton provided a big surprise in defeating Yanco on the latter's own ground by 11.9 to 4.8. Leeton, held Fivebough for the greater part of the game, but a sensational rally by the 'Red and Greens' in the last quarter, when they kicked 5 goals, secured them a victory in the last few minutes, 8.3 to 5.5.
Hanwood and Griffith Clubs had a mix-up in the arrangements at their end. Griffith Club, eager to play on the Rugby oval arranged for the match to be played in the morning. Griffith Club brought along a field umpire, and finding Hanwood Club not present bounced the ball and kicked a goal. Hanwood Club rang up Mr. Sharpe, president of the local league and informed him what had been done. Mr. Sharpe told the Hanwood Club that Griffith had not acted within the rules, as the matches are timed to start at 2.45 p.m. The League had appointed an umpire to be present at the Aussie Rules ground at that hour. Hanwood Club should attend, at that hour. What eventuated will be a matter for the Association to settle.
MEETING OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE - GRIFFITH vs HANWOOD DISPUTE
At the Hydro Hotel last night, the members of the Judiciary Committee pondered deeply over a dispute sent to them for decision by the Leeton District Football Association. The members present were Messrs W. N. Nulty, A. E. Cook, T. H. Dunn, J. Sweeney and D. Johnson (secretary). In the absence of the president, Mr. W. C. Barker, Mr. Nulty, vice chairman, occupied the chair. Mr. A. G. Enticknap represented the Football Association.
The dispute dealt with was a claim by Hanwood for the match played on July 12 against Griffith, on the ground that Hanwood Club did not agree to play the match in the morning as arranged by the Griffith Club. The Hanwood Club attended the "Aussie Rules" oval at 3 p.m.
The Judiciary Committee did not have to delve into that dispute very far, because a communication received yesterday, indicated that both Griffith and Hanwood Clubs had agreed to replay the match on August 1st.
Mr. Enticknap pointed out the dangerous precedent that could be established if they allowed that dispute to be settled by a replay.
Mr. Nulty pointed out that they as a judiciary committee did not know the position of the clubs, which was of no concern to them. Their duty was to, interpret the rules, and their duty began and ended solely on their interpretation of the rules. If the judiciary attempted to get away from the rules. Where would they be.
After a little discussion Mr. Cook moved: 'That the secretary be instructed to notify the association, that the Judiciary Committee received word from Griffith and Hanwood Clubs withdrawing the protest as originally entered, copy of correspondence as received by them and the withdrawal of the protest to be enclosed, to the secretary of the association, and particularly drawing their attention to Rule 29. That we, the Judiciary Committee, consider this is a dangerous precedent to be set up. The resolution was seconded by Mr. Dunn and carried.
Rule 29 reads — "Starting time of matches to be 2.45 with a quarter-hour grace making 3 o'clock the latest to start. The umpire to bounce the ball and club on ground may claim match if other team is late."
At the conclusion of the judiciary meeting, the executive of the association met, and resolved that as Hanwood Club was at the ground at the appointed hour, the match on July 12 be awarded to them.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday July 28, 1931)
LDFA Round 10 - Sunday July 19, 1931 at Leeton Associated Ground
Fivebough ...... 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 4.4 .. 6.8 (44)
Griffith .......... 1.8 .. 2.9 .. 5.15 .. 8.17 (65)
Umpire: W Swasbrick (Leeton)
Match results: As a result of last Sunday's matches the local competition has secured added interest and keenly contested matches for the next three Sundays, when the semi-finals will commence. It was known that Griffith at a late hour got hold of some good talent, and being the first Sunday they have been able to field, their selected side, pulled down the Fivebough's flag in a well-contested match on Leeton Associated Ground, the final scores being Griffith 65 to Fivebough 44.
Leeton journeyed by special train to Whitton and brought off a surprise win, 8.6 to 3.10.
Hanwood telephoned they would have to forfeit to Yanco because Griffith snatched some of their players (this the 'Tigers' soundly denied). Hanwood, however, did not turn up, so Yanco had to do without a game.
MATCH REPORT - FIVEBOUGH vs GRIFFITH
At last the Griffith 'Tigers' have got their team together and with their full eighteen on Sunday made Fivebough sit up and take notice. Ken Pierce, was the outstanding player on the ground. Just arrived from, Hobart, where he had a place in a 'gun' team, his advent into Griffith has added new life into the Aussie code at Griffith.
The crowd on the Leeton Associated Ground were thrilled with the great tussles put up between Jack Gladman and Pierce, and the opening quarter was one full of dash. Griffith had a run of singles open with, scoring 8 behinds.
Only a point separated the teams when Umpire Swasbrick bounced the ball at the start of the second quarter. The visitors came to the front with a goal and a behind by Eric Robinson, Fivebough drew up again to within a point when the half-time bell sounded.
It was in the third quarter that Griffith established their lead, scoring 2 goals 4 behinds above Fivebough's tally. Playing with their usual last quarter, dash, the 'Boughs looked like retrieving the game for a while and got within 8 points of the 'Tigers.' Then Griffith put the game beyond doubt by scoring a goal, which was added to by a goal and a single. The final scores being: Griffith 8 goals 17 behinds — 65 points; Fivebough 6 goals 8 behinds — 44 points.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday July 21, 1931)
FIVEBOUGH WITHDRAW PROTEST
When all clubs signed a declaration not to protest against Griffith Club for playing the unregistered players, Ernest Campbell, Arthur Campbell, and Kenneth Pierce, Fivebough Club withdrew its protest, lodged in respect of last Sunday's match, the only condition being that the match be replayed at Leeton.
Griffith Club was willing on a 50/50 basis of gate receipts. As everybody wants to see Pierce and Gladman in opposition again, everyone was pleased and a big gate is anticipated when the match is played off.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday July 24, 1931)
LDFA Round 11 - Sunday July 26, 1931 at Scenic Hill Oval
Griffith ...... 1.1 .. 3.3 .. 4.4 .. 10.10 (70)
Whitton ..... 4.4 .. 5.6 .. 10.9 .. 12.13 (85)
Umpire: W Swasbrick (Leeton)
Match reports: The Kinloch Cup competition is drawing close to the semis and finals and interest is becoming intense, as was shown on Sunday last by the big crowd which gathered on the Leeton Associated ground to witness the Leeton-Yanco match, the gate takings being £13/11/6.
At Griffith there was also an £11 gate, where Whitton defeated Griffith by 15 points, after a hard played match under Umpire Swasbrick. Ken Pierce was suffering from sore feet, which developed after playing a wonderful game on Leeton's hard ground. Griffith put their defeat on Sunday last down to Pierce's defects. The Whitton team, however, was in good form and defeated the 'Tigers' in all departments of the game.
The Hanwood-Fivebough, fixture was an indifferent sort of match. Players on either side seemed to lack spirit and all were glad when the drab affair was over. Fivebough just scraped home with seven points to the good, 6.9 to 5.8.
The match at Leeton provided a feast of thrills and excitement for the big gathering of onlookers, especially during the last quarter tussle when Yanco by a super-human effort overtook a long lead to get within 5 points of victory. A goal at the finish, however, gave Leeton the match with 11 points in their favour, 11.6 to 8.13.
MEETING OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE - FIVEBOUGH CLUB'S PROTEST
At the Hydro Hotel last night, the members of the Judiciary Committee pondered deeply over disputes sent to them for decision by the Leeton District Football Association. The members present were Messrs W. N. Nulty, A. E. Cook, T. H. Dunn, J. Sweeney and D. Johnson (secretary). In the absence of the president, Mr. W. C. Barker, Mr. Nulty, vice chairman, occupied the chair. Mr. A. G. Enticknap represented the Football Association.
Fivebough Club lodged a protest claiming the match played against Griffith on July 19, on the grounds that Griffith Club played several unregistered players.
It was pointed out to the Judiciary Committee that at the last meeting of the association delegates representing all clubs had signed a declaration that they would not protest against the Griffith Club for playing three unregistered players. A condition of the agreement being that Fivebough Club should withdraw its protest and that this match be replayed.
It was explained that the members of the Fivebough Club considered their delegates had acted without authority in signing the agreement and withdrawing the protest. The club considered that the protest should be re-submitted. This action being taken in the best interests of the sport.
The members of the Judiciary Committee were all of one mind that the whole business had an unsavoury flavour. The club's delegate had entered into a gentleman's agreement and the members of Fivebough Club in sending that protest back were asking their delegates to break their bond. It was a very sorry business.
After listening to the very sound advice meted out by the Judiciary Committee, Mr. C. Taylor, captain of Fivebough Club, said the position, presented a very different aspect to him knowing what was indicated at the last meeting of his club. He would carry those views back to his club.
After very lengthy consideration had been given to all aspects of the case, the subject was brought to a close with the following resolution, moved by Mr. Cook, seconded by Mr. Dunn and carried: "That the protest of the Fivebough Club be referred back to the association to deal with by resolution particularly drawing attention to the declaration. The position was either they should go be with or expunge that agreement."
The matter was held adjourned until Monday next, when another meeting of the Judiciary Committee will be held if required.
The Judiciary Committee decided that the Leeton Club be allotted four points for the Darlington Point match on the ground (1) It was impossible for Leeton Club to travel to Darlington Point on June 28; (2) It was impossible for Darlington Point to provide a ground on that date on account of the river being in high flood.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday July 28, 1931)
NO LOCAL COMPETITION - FOOTBALLERS ACTION APPRECIATED
The delegates controlling the local competition having declared next Sunday a ''Footballers Holiday'' so as not to clash with the Hockey Girls Carnival, there will' be no matches this week-end for the L.D.F.A. Kinloch Cup competition.
On Monday night, Mr. W. M. Nulty, acting chairman of the Judiciary Committee, availed himself of the opportunity, to express his admiration of what he described as a very worthy act on the part of the delegates representing all clubs, to suspend their competition matches for one Sunday in order to give the hockey girls a clear day.
It was a big thing for the girls to have the day free of counter attractions, and Mr. Nulty realised it was a big thing to have, to suspend the football matches. The action of the footballers indicated true sportsmanship.
Hockey is the only sport our girls in the district have and the local girls have been game enough to arrange to bring teams into Leeton to compete in a two-day carnival. It was indeed, a fine thing, emphasised Mr. Nulty, to see the men in the sporting world come along and so help the girls in their venture.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday July 31, 1931)
LEETON DISTRICT F.A. MEETING
A meeting of the debates to the above football association was held at the Hydro Hotel on Thursday night last (August 6), when Whitton, Leeton, Yanco and Fivebough Clubs were represented. Among the correspondence was the resignation of Mr. J. Saunders as an umpire. This was formerly received with a vote of thanks for his services. A letter from the Judiciary Committee requested the Association to either confirm or expunge the formal agreement signed by all delegates at a previous meeting that they would not protest against Griffith Club for playing certain players. All the delegates voted in favour of confirming the agreement with exception of Fivebough delegates. The action of the executive in granting the Hanwood-Griffith match to Hanwood was endorsed.
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday August 11, 1931)
LDFA Round 12 - Sunday August 9, 1931 at Leeton Associated Ground
Leeton ......4.5 .. 9.7 .. 14.11 (95)
Griffith ...... 2.2 .. 6.3 .. 6.3 (39)
Note: Game abandoned due to walk-off by Griffith team during third quarter.
Umpire: W Swasbrick (Leeton)
Leeton: Ben Roberts (capt), Jack Schwab (v-c), Stan Greenham, Mick Graham, H Payten, G Hall, Cec Hopley, W Kidman, Richie Younger, Jack Curtis, A Payten, Len Byrnes, Albert Wiseman, Alan Borger, E Graham, A Malcolm, Trevor Saker, T Devine, J Saunders
Griffith: Jack Connell (capt), Jim and Les Collis, Jack Daines, Art. and Ern Campbell, Jack, Joe and Steve Browne, Jim Simpson, 'Tiny Kirkham', Plugger McDonald, Ken Pierce, Eric Robinson, Mick Howe, Joe Whelan, 'Pouncer' Wade, Ed Dempsey, Wattie McNamara, Bob Stewart, Phil Coggan
Match reports: The Leeton District Football Association's Competition for the Kinlock Cup is now approaching the semi final stage. On Sunday last Whitton travelling to Griffith had an easy win over Hanwood, 11.15 to 6.3. Fivebough defeated Yanco,10.6 to 5.9 and Leeton at home to Griffith up to three-quarter time when the latter team walked off, scored 14.11 to 6.3.
MATCH REPORT - LEETON vs GRIFFITH
The Leeton-Griffith match had a sensational ending. Leeton team, which included 'Bud' Saunders and Trevor Saker, was piling up a big lead, when five minutes before the close of the third quarter, Nugget Connell called his team off the ground.
Many of the Griffith players were non-plussed at the action of their captain. Pierce, the star player on the ground, had the ball at the time and was about to kick the ball, when he sighted his colleagues walking off, as protest against the rulings of Umpire Swasbrick.
Whatever the Griffith captain may have thought, it was a most unsportsmanlike action on his part to take his men off the field.
Up to half-time the play was fairly even. Leeton players kept a close eye on Pierce, nevertheless, he shone out as the best player seen on Leeton's ground.
Umpire Swasbrick ruled impartially, although many considered he allowed play to get on the rough side.
At half time the scores were 60 points to 39 points. In the third quarter up to the time of the Griffith players walking off Leeton added 5 goals 5 behinds, making the final scores Leeton 14 goals 11 behinds (95 points) to Griffiths 6 goals 3 behinds (39 points).
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Tuesday August 11, 1931)
FIVEB0UGH WINS PROTEST BUT BREAKS AN AGREEMENT
"That the Fivebough Football Club's protest, against Griffith Club regarding the match on the 19th July, be upheld, but we regret the attitude of the Fivebough Club in bringing it forward seeing that it had repudiated the agreement entered into through its delegates, with the other clubs."
The above was the resolution that terminated two hours deliberation of the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night.
This protest was the outcome of a local Australian Rules competition match. It will be remembered that Griffith brought over a built up side, including several unregistered players, and Fivebough was defeated in a match that has been described as the best exhibition of Aussie Rules this season. Ken Pierce, the Tasmanian being the star attraction.
The game over Fivebough lodged a protest, which was duly received on Tuesday, July 21. On the night of that date all clubs had been called together, one of the items on the notices, sent out a week previous, being the request of two clubs to the Association to accept the late lodgement of permit forms.
Fivebough Club and Whitton Club had directed their delegates to vote against the admission of such permits. However, when the meeting took place an appeal was made to allow Griffith, a club low down in the competition to have three unregistered players, especially as the people wanted to see more of Pierce.
The Fivebough delegates accordingly gave way and withdrew the protest and along with the other delegates signed an agreement not to protest against Griffith Club for playing three unregistered players named.
When the Fivebough delegates reported back to their club, they were told they had no right to sign such an agreement.
The protest was re-lodged on July 24, and was brought before the Judiciary Committee, who were appalled at the unsavoury features of a club upholding the breaking of a gentlemen's agreement.
When the captain of the Fivebough Club told the judiciary committee that he saw the position in a different light, the judiciary committee suspended its consideration to give the Association an opportunity of either expunging or confirming the agreement, and the Fivebough Club another opportunity to reconsider the position it was placing its delegates in.
On August 1, Fivebough Club informed the Association that at a largely attended meeting of the Club, it was unanimously resolved to proceed with the protest.
The Association replied to the Judiciary Committee that Whitton, Yanco and Leeton clubs confirmed the agreement, Fivebough delegates voting against such decision.
At the meeting of the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night, there were present: Messrs W. C. Barker (chair), W. M. Nulty, A. E. Cook, J. Sweeney, T. H. Dunn, and D. Johnston (hon secretary).
Messrs R. Taylor and R. Tilker were present as the authorised delegates of Fivebough Club, supported by their secretary Mr. Corneliusen.
Mr. A. G. Enticknap represented the Leeton District Football Association.
Mr. Enticknap pointed out that the agreement signed by all the clubs not to protest against Griffith, was not a resolution, as such a decision would have conflicted with their rules. "It was purely a gentlemen's agreement."
Mr. Nulty: "Evidently it wasn't."
Continuing Mr. Nulty said the unpalatable feature of the whole business was to see a club through its delegates make a declaration and then breaks down. He favoured sending the declaration on to the magistrate to deal with.
Mr. Johnston wanted a ruling from the chairman as to whether he regarded the withdrawing of the protest, placed and the re-submitted protest beyond the time limit.
Mr. Dunn considered the matter was too important to be settled on a technical point.
Mr. Cook wanted if determined one way or the other, whether the fact of the Association in confirming the agreement did not also deal with the protest, which in effect was that it was withdrawn and Fivebough granted a replay. If such an agreement had been a financial matter it would certainly have been binding on the Fivebough Club in a Court of Law.
Mr. Nulty: "I concur with Mr. Cook. I think it is a question of law."
Mr. Dunn did not think so, as it was not a legal document.
Mr. Barker ruled that the protest had been received in time.
Mr. Cook then submitted the following motion pro forma:— "That the association having dealt with this question and the delegates of the various clubs having come to a decision, that they would not place this protest before the judiciary committee, we are of the opinion that all clubs represented are bound by such decision."
Mr. Nulty seconded the resolution pro forma.
Mr. Enticknap pointed out the danger of passing, such a resolution, as it condoned the breaking of the rules.
Mr. Nulty appealed to the Fivebough Club delegates to reconsider the position, because of the unsportsmanlike position they were placing themselves in. The decisions of delegates, pointed out Mr. Nulty, bound nations together. Great reliance was placed in delegates sent to Union Conferences, and such like. What the delegates agreed to bound not only unions, but nations. It was an awful thing for a man to break his bond.
Mr. Taylor said that the captain of the club and other members had promised to be in attendance that night. If they were present he would willingly confer with them, but after the raking he had received from the club previously, he was not prepared to withdraw again.
Mr. Enticknap explained to the Judiciary Committee, that the signing of the agreement was not an Association matter. It was something done between the clubs.
On hearing the explanation Mr. Cook withdrew his motion. They would now have to deal with the dispute. He was sorry they had to do so.
It was admitted that the players named were unregistered.
Mr. Nulty there upon moved the resolution that heads this article, which was seconded by Mr. Sweeney and carried.
Mr. Barker, addressing the Fivebough delegates, said he would like them to take it back to their club, that the Judiciary Committee regards it as a most unsportsmanlike action on the club's part not to endorse the agreement entered into by their delegates. "When we hear that the delegates received a slating from their club, we want to give the Fivebough Club that slating back again for not standing by their delegates at that meeting. Be it good or bad, they did sign the agreement."
Mr. Corneilusen: "You are giving our club a slating, is it wrong to bring before you that rules 17 and I8 were broken by a club?"
Mr. Barker: "No. That is another matter. The fact that your club caused your delegates to break their written agreement, is what I am speaking about.
Mr. Corneilusen said the trouble would not have happened had the association secretary forwarded the protest straight to the Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Enticknap was quick to refute that assertion on behalf of the association's secretary. The protest was not received until the 21st, it was brought up at the meeting amongst correspondence. It was withdrawn by the Fivebough's delegates, that is why it never reached the Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Johnson took great exception to Mr. Corneileusen's assertion about jostling. It's a lie ! was his forcible explanation. Mr. Sharpe had telephoned him on the afternoon of the 21st that he had received the protest. He stated that he would take it to that night's meeting of the association. The next morning he rang up to say that Fivebough Club had withdrawn the protest and they were glad it had been settled so amicably.
Before the meeting closed it was decided to forward the following suggestion on to the association: "That a new rule should be included in the domestic rules for next year, that decisions of delegates representing clubs on your association should be binding on such clubs, also that a rule should be framed that the executive of your association should bo the recognised head of the association."
(Murrumbidgee Irrigator - Friday August 14, 1931)
LDFA Round 13 - Sunday August 16, 1931
Griffith forfeit to Yanco.
Match reports: The Final Round of the Leeton District Football Association's Competition for the Kinloch Cup was completed on Sunday last, when Whitton and Fivebough played a draw, each scoring 7 goals 6 behinds, while Leeton had a 4-point win over Hanwood 6.1 to 5.2. Griffith forfeited to Yanco. It is expected that only one fixture will take place on Sunday next, Yanco vs Fivebough. The Griffith teams have given verbal notice of pulling' out. If that happens both Leeton and Whitton will be without a game.
LDFA First Semi-Final - Sunday August 23, 1931 at Leeton Associated Ground
Whitton ..... 5.5 .. 5.6 .. 9.12 .. 12.14 (86)
Yanco ....... 0.1 .. 4.4 .. 5.6 .. 6.7 (43)
Goals: Whitton: J Cooper 5, B Turner 4, D Finley, L Thompson,
Yanco: H Currie 2, P Quinlivan, E Currey, E Dodd, J Higgins
Umpire: Vin Simpson (Narrandera)
Whitton: Don Finley (capt), J. Northey, Ossie, George, Willard & Walter "Speewar" DeMamiel, Jacky & Lew Thompson, Jim Cooper, D Mohr, Doug Briggs, W. McAliece, C. Gavel, Frank & Alan McGrath, B. Turner, Tod Heath, Clarrie Taylor
Yanco: M Miller, L Hancock, E Currey, G Mooney, R Smith, Lyall Taylor, J Higgins, C Tuckett, J Quinlivan, D Pike, A Harrison, J Day, H Currey, C Collins, J Quinton, P Quinlivan, F Day, E Dodd
Match report: The first semi-final of the Leeton District Football Association's Competition for the Kinlock Cup was played on the Leeton Associated Ground on Sunday, under fair weather conditions. Considering the threatening rain the attendance was good, the gate takings amounting to £17/18/0. Because the colors of the teams are so much alike, Yanco donned the tri-colored guernseys of the Leeton Club for this match. The Whitton team, along with a full complement of supporters travelled by special train. Yanco also had its contingent of followers. The match proved an easy win for Whitton. The result was not unexpected, for Whitton is looked upon as having the premiership side this season, while Yanco has been on the bottom rung of the competition table this season. The Maroon and Golds were further weakened on Sunday through the absence of their captain Allan Currey (injured leg), Noel Mooney (bad knee), Pat Clayton (damaged finger), Dawes and Lang. However, the Yanco boys ere not discouraged, they filled the breaches with capable juniors and in the second quarter looked like being victors of the day. The match was for four quarters £25 minutes each.
LDFA Second Semi Final - Sunday August 30, 1931 at Leeton Associated Ground
Fivebough ..... 3.4 .. 3.5 .. 4.9 .. 5.10 (40)
Leeton ........... 3.1 .. 5.3 .. 5.3 .. 6.5 (41)
Goals: Fivebough: G Taylor 4, R Gladman
Leeton: M Graham 2, B Roberts, H Payten, J Saunders,
Umpire: Vin Simpson (Narrandera)
Fivebough: Charlie Taylor (capt), Roy, Alex, J, George & Bill Taylor, R Tilker, J, Sid & W Fuller, Charles, Jack & Rube Gladman, H Roach, K Schier, Ron Lodge, P Doyle, L Goddard
Leeton: Ben Roberts (capt), Jack Schwab (vice-capt), D Markham, H Payten, Mick Graham, G Hall, Cecil Hopley, W Kidman, Richie Younger, Jack Curtis, R Petts, V Smith, Albert Wiseman, Alan Borger, E Graham, A Malcolm, T Devine, J Saunders
Match report: A typical semi final describes last Sunday's match between Leeton and Flvebough in the second semi of the Leeton District Football Association's competition for the Kinloch Cup. As the final scores, 41 lo 40, indicate, the teams were equally matched, and perhaps, it was only the bounce of the ball that gave Leeton that point lead at the finish. The star players of either side were closely watched. When a player found his opponent a better player, spoiling tactics were adopted, and marks were not as frequent as generally seen in an Aussie Rules game. On most occasions it was a bunch of hands reaching for the ball and before the higher marker could get a grip, a punch dislodged the ball for the half a dozen 'sharks' to dive on to it. Solid bumping steadied up the speed of the players, while a high wind kept the play for the greater part up the northern end. An occasional burst by Jack Gladman and Roach raised the Fivebough supporters to a high pitch of excitement, while the spasms of system play by the 'Tricolors' were well appreciated. The top scorer, of the day was George Taylor, who kicked 4 goals 3 behinds (27 points) for Fivebough. He was in splendid marking , form and his 'vice-like' grip when he grabbed the ball defied any opponent to dislodge it. Leeton's goalsneak, Mick Graham was also in rare marking form. His hands generally touched the ball first, but on most occasions a punch lost him the mark. The weather was pleasant and there was a large attendance of onlookers, the gate takings being £21/3/0.
Before taking the field Fivebough Club warned the Leeton Club that they intended to lodge a protest if they played J. Saunders. This protest was lodged after the match.
LDFA Final - Sunday September 6, 1931 at Leeton Associated Ground
Fivebough ...... 1.2 .. 6.4 .. 6.5 .. 10.7 (67)
Whitton .......... 5.9 .. 6.11 .. 11.17 .. 12.17 (89)
Goals: Fivebough: R Lodge 4, R Gladman 2, J Gladman, W Taylor, G Taylor, J Fuller
Whitton: O De Mamiel 3, J Cooper 3, D Finley 2, D Briggs, J Thompson, C Taylor, B Turner
Umpire: Arthur Wickham (Mebourne)
Fivebough: Charlie Taylor (capt), Roy, Alick, J, George & Bill Taylor, R. Tilker, Joe & Sid Fuller, Joe O'Connor, Charles, Jack & Rube Gladman, H. Roach, K. Schier, Ron Lodge, P. Doyle, L. Goddard
Whitton: Don Finley (capt), J. Northey, Ossie, George, Willard & Walter 'Speewar' De Mamiel, Jim Cooper, D Mohr, Jacky & Lew Thompson, Doug Briggs, W. McAliece, C. Gavel, B. Turner, F. & A. McGrath,Tod Heath, Clarrie Taylor, Jack Pannowitz
Match report: The officials of the Leeton District Football Association were all smiles with a £31/8/ gate, a pleasant spring sunshiny afternoon and a shower of congratulations from followers of the code on all sides for the step they had taken in bringing one of Victoria's leading umpires, Mr. A. Wickham, to control the game. The tense silence that was felt just preceding the bounce of the ball prior to start the game, seemed to electrify the air. It had occurred to the great gathering of onlookers that before them were two teams about to do battle, who but three weeks previous had played a drawn game (48 points each). Much more was at stake this time the defeated team would retire from the 1931 competition. Fivebough had an added incentive to win they as holders of the Kinloch Cup, were playing for possession of that valuable trophy. It was not to be, for after a battle for four 25 minute quarters, the final bell sounded with the scores 89 pts., to 67 points in favour of Whitton. It was a clean open game throughout, one of the best of the season, full of thrills, and spectacular high marking, Lew Thompson especially, giving a superb exhibition of high marking. He was the barrier that Fivebough found most difficult to overcome, while Ossie de Mamiel was the attacker who set up scoring move after scoring move that ran up the figures in Whitton's favour. The fairly strong wind was a factor in the game, causing most of the scoring to be done at the town end. When he lost the toss, Fivebough's captain remarked that the 'Bough's were commencing the day with luck against them. Wattie Fuller was unable to play on account of a poisoned thumb, Alick Taylor also had a poisoned thumb, but had to play and George Taylor had that morning knocked his thumb out of joint. It looked like the symbol of 'thumbs down' before they commenced. Charlie Taylor was not discouraged a great deal about these misadventures, he had brought his team to victory through just as many trials before.
LDFA Grand Final - Sunday September 13, 1931 at Leeton Associated Ground
Leeton ....... 3.4 .. 5.8 .. 9.9 .. 10.10 (70)
Whitton ...... 2.3 .. 4.6 .. 7.13 .. 7.18 (60)
Goals: Leeton: M Graham 4, J Schwab 2, T Devine, S Greenham,
A Borger, G Hall
Whitton: F McGrath 2, O DeMamiel, B Turner, J Thompson,
D Briggs, C Gavel
Umpire: Arthur Wickham (Mebourne)
Leeton: Ben Roberts (capt), Jack Schwab, Stan Greenham, Mick Graham, H. Payten, G. Hall, Cecil & Brain Hopley, Richie Younger, Jack Curtis, R. Petts, W. Kidman, Albert Wiseman, Alan Borger, E Graham, A. Malcolm, T. Devine, Trevor Saker; George O'Sullivan
Whitton: Don Finley (capt), J. Northey, Ossie, George, Willard, Walter 'Speewar' DeMamiel, Jacky & Lew Thompson, Jim Cooper, D. Mohr, Doug Briggs, W. McAliece, C. Gavel, F. & A. McGrath, B. Turner, Tod Heath, Jack Pannowitz
Match report: The grand final of the Leeton District Football Association's 1931 Competition for the Kinloch Cup, was played on the Leeton Associated Ground on Sunday last under ideal weather conditions, before a record attendance. The gate takings being £44/10/0. Mr. A. Wickham, of Melbourne, umpired the match superbly and the game was tne best seen on the Leeton Ground this season. It was fast open football throughout, the teams, Whitton and Leeton being evenly matched, as the close scoring readily indicates. Whitton apparently lost the match through inaccurate kicking when having shot for goals. The win was a great triumph for Leeton's captain, Ben Roberts, who exhibited good generalship throughout, placing all his men to their best advantage, and the players responded with great form. Their low kicking nullifying considerably the better marking ability of their opponents. The Whitton team was by no mean's disgraced. They could well put their defeat down to inaccurate kicking. The players certainly shone out in some spectacular movements, especially Doug Briggs, Ossie de Mamiel and Frank McGrath. J Northey and Lew Thompson were good workers in the back division. In fact the whole side played up to form. Both this season's final and grand final will be talked of as great exhibitions of the Aussie Rules code for some time to come, and many supporters were sorry that Sunday's match rolled down the curtain for the 1931 competition.
Friendly Match - Sunday September 20, 1931 at Griffith
Griffith ........... .. 6.10 (46)
Narrandera ..... 10.9 (69)
Match report: The Narrandera Imperial Football Club sent a team to Griffith on Sunday to play a match against the local team. The Narrandera boys proved too strong for the Griffith representatives and defeated them by 69 to 46.
Bert Taylor shone out in the forward line and notched six goals, and Doug Weir also did well there, kicking four goals Among others who played well for Narrandera were Don Cumming, Jack Treloar, Jim Vincent and Alf Lawrence. Percy Willis donned a blue and gold jersey for the first time this season. The Griffith team included Ken Pierce, the Tasmanian.
1931 GRIFFITH PLAYER LIST
Jack Browne, Joe Browne, Stephen Browne, Col. Cameron, Art. Campbell, Ernie Campbell, Phillip Coggan, Jim Collis, Les E. Collis, Jack Connell, Bill Cranston, Jack Daines, Ed. Dempsey, Herb Dempsey, Mick Dowell, Bill Downie, Jack Flood, Bill Gee, Mick Howe, Bob James, Jack Jones, Joe "Tiny" Kirkham, Harry Kurtzman, J. McCarthy, William "Plugger" McDonald, Wattie McNamara, M. Munro, Ken Pierce, Hollis "Harry" Pollard, Ken Reid, Eric Robinson, Harry Roffs, Vic Roffs, Jim Simpson, Robert Stewart, William "Pouncer" Wade, Joe Whelan, Bill 'Cocky' Vaughan
1931 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES
Debuts: Stephen Browne, Bill Cranston, Herb Dempsey, Mick Dowell, Bill Downie, Jack Flood, Bill Gee, Jack Jones, Joe Kirkham, Harry Kurtzman, M. Munro, Harry Pollard, Eric Robinson, Jim Simpson, Robert Stewart, Bill 'Cocky' Vaughan.
Final Games: Jack Browne, Joe Browne, Stephen Browne, Ernie Campbell, Mick Dowell, Bill Downie, Jack Flood, Bill Gee, Bob James, Jack Jones, Joe Kirkham, Harry Kurtzman, J. McCarthy, Wattie McNamara, M. Munro, Ken Pierce, Harry Pollard, Harry Roffs, Vic Roffs, Joe Whelan.