1947 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS
SWDFL Round 1 - Sunday April 27, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ...... 3.3 .. 6.3 .. 6.5 .. 10.9 (69)
Whitton .... 1.5 .. 4.10 .. 9.12 .. 11.13 (79)
Goals: Griffith: J Taylor 4, D Kelly 3, S West 2, D O'Callaghan
Best players: Griffith: G Willis, F Clarke, F Savage, V Carroll, D O'Callaghan, D Kelly
Umpire: Len Byrnes (Leeton)
Other matches - Leeton 3.5 (23) def by Coolamon 13.22 (100), Narrandera 18.18 (126) def Grong Grong 5.7 (37).
Match report: Griffith greatly strengthened by their new coach, Geoff Willis, formally half back for North Melbourne, went on the field in high hopes of scoring a victory in their first match. However, they were beaten by Whitton who put in a great spurt in the third quarter. Playing in a new position centre, the Griffith coach was found to be a little slow in turning round and gave away quite a number of free kicks for holding the ball. But once Willis got moving in the one direction there was no stopping him.
SWDFL Round 2 - Sunday May 4, 1947 at Grong Grong Oval
Grong Grong .... 0.1 .. 1.3 .. 2.3 .. 2.3 (15)
Griffith .............. 2.3 .. 4.6 .. 9.7 .. 10.10 (70)
Goals: Griffith: J Taylor 5, F Clarke 3, A Broad, B Higgins, N Hutton
Best players: Griffith: G Willis, A Broad, F Savage, J Taylor, B Higgins
Other matches - Coolamon 5.19 (49) def by Narrandera 9.13 (67), Whitton 17.22 (124) def Leeton 5.6 (36).
SWDFL Round 3 - Sunday May 11, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ............ 4.1 .. 6.5 .. 8. 10 .. 11.11 (77)
Coolamon ..... 3.5 .. 5.8 .. 5.12 .. 9.17 (71)
Goals: Griffith: B Higgins 3, D O'Callaghan 3, J Taylor 2, H McLean 2, A Broad
Best players: Griffith: B Clarke, G Willis, D O'Callaghan, J Taylor, W Jones, N Hutton
Umpire: A Harding (Leeton)
Other matches - Grong Grong 1.3 (9) def by Whitton 19.12 (126), Leeton 7.5 (47) def by Narrandera 13.8 (86).
Curtain-raiser: 'Old Buffers' 34 d Griffith Reserves 13.
SWDFL Round 4 - Sunday May 18, 1947 at Narrandera Sportsground
Narrandera ..... 4.6 ..10.8 .. - .. 13.21 (99)
Griffith .............. 2.1 .. 3.5 .. - .. 6.8 (44)
Goals: Narrandera: N Thompson 6, L Foley 4, N Hinchcliffe 2
Griffith: F Wood 3, G Willis, C Lane, R Hutchins
Best players: Narrandera: N Thompson, J Talbot, L Foley, C Hazelman, S Day, J McCallum
Griffith: B Clarke, D Kelly, F Savage, S West, L Charles, F Clarke
Other matches - Coolamon 8.4 (52) def by Whitton 9.12 (66), Grong Grong 6.11 (47) def by Leeton 10.9 (69).
SWDFL Round 5 - Sunday May 25, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ........ 3.1 .. 6.8 .. 8.12 .. 11.12 (78)
Leeton ....... 1.3 .. 4.7 .. 7.9 .. 9.11 (65)
Goals: Griffith: D Kelly 3, J Taylor 2, F Burns 2, C Lane, F Wood, B Higgins, F Clarke
Best players: Griffith: G Willis, C Lane, W Jones, D Kelly
Umpire: Len Byrnes (Leeton)
Other matches - Coolamon 137 def Grong Grong 28, Whitton 8.9 (57) def Narrandera 4.18 (42).
Reserves LDFL (Sun): Griffith 40 d Leeton 7
SWDFL Round 6 - Sunday June 1, 1947 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Whitton ..... 2.3 .. 4.5 .. 7.7 .. 9.9 (63)
Griffith ...... 4.2 .. 8.5 .. 10.7 ..10.9 (69)
Goals: Griffith: J Taylor 3, B Higgins 3, J Shrives 2, F Clarke, D Kelly
Best players: Griffith: F Clarke, G Willis, B Higgins, H McLean, M Graham, E Forrestal
Umpire: A Harding (Leeton)
Other matches - Coolamon 18.18 (126) def Leeton 3.7 (25), Grong Grong 1.5 (29) def by Narrandera 12.19 (91).
Reserves LDFL (Sat): Darlington Point 70 d Griffith 64
Darlington Point Knock Out - Saturday June 7, 1947
Hay No. 1 d Griffith Reserves by 9 points, Darlington Point d Hay No. 2 by 40 points.
Final: Hay No. 1 d Darlington Point by 14 points.
SWDFL Round 7 - Sunday June 8, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ................ 5.5 .. 12.12 .. 16.19 .. 22.24 (156)
Grong Grong ..... 1.3 .. 1.7 .. 1.8 .. 1.10 (16)
Goals: Griffith: C Lane 7, J Meehan 5, J Taylor 4, T Wood 4, L Charles, R Hutchins
Best players: Griffith: C Lane, G Willis, M Graham, R Hutchins, J Taylor, T Wood
Umpire: J Mulquinney (Wagga)
Other matches - Leeton 6.9 (45) def by Whitton 10.4 (64), Narrandera 12.22 (94) def Coolamon 10.5 (65).
Narrandera Knock Out Carnival - Monday June 16, 1947
Barellan District d Leeton, Methul d Darlington Point, Whitton d Sydney, Griffith 40 d Junee 16, Narrandera d Ainslie, Beckom 17 d Coolamon 13
Semi-finals: Barellan District d Methul, Whitton 19 d Griffith 12, Narrandera d Beckom
Final: Barellan District 21 d Whitton 9. Grand Final: Narrandera 44 d Barellan District 8. Prize money: £50, £15, £5, £5
SWDFL Round 8 - Sunday June 22, 1947 at Kindra Park
Coolamon ...... 6.11 (47)
Griffith ............. 6.12 (48)
Goals: Griffith: J Taylor 2, T Wood 2, R Hutchins, C Lane
Best players: Coolamon: F Williamson, Ron, Jack and Eddie English
Griffith: F Clarke, W Jones, G Willis, R Hutchins, B Clarke, N Tyndall (debut)
Other matches - Narrandera 13.6 (84) def Leeton 12.10 (82), Whitton 12.14 (86) def Grong Grong 3.10 (28).
SWDFL Round 9 - Sunday June 29, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .............. 5.2 (32)
Narrandera .... 17.11 (113)
Goals: Griffith: n/a
Narrandera: R Dryburgh 4, L Foley 4, N Thompson 3, R Jones 2, R Hardie, J McNamee, J McCallum, H Turner.
Other matches - Leeton 18.13 (121) def Grong Grong 3.3 (21), Whitton 9.16 (70) def Coolamon 8.8 (56).
Reserves LDFL R1 (Sun): Griffith 44 def Darlington Point 19
SWDFL Round 10 - Sunday July 6, 1947 at Leeton Showground
Leeton ....... 0.2 .. 3.3 .. 4.5 .. 8.6 (54)
Griffith ...... 2.5 .. 2.6 .. 5.9 .. 5.9 (39)
Goals: Griffith: G Willis 3, F Clarke 2
Best players: Griffith: F Clarke, F Savage, G Willis, J Taylor
Leeton: Paddy O'Connell (capt.), Jack Crouch, Maurie Harrison, Eddie Luhrs, Arch Lawson, K Harrington, Keith Luhrs, Jack Schier, Jim Kelly, Richie Younger, Cliff Brown, M Schlodder, Stan Thompson, Bill Pleming, C Dunn, Jack Curtis, K Taylor, Jack Breed, Des Lynch
Griffith: Geoff Willis (c-c), Terry Wood, Fred Clarke, Vic Carroll, Bob Hutchins, Jack Taylor, Eddie Forrestal, Jack Shrives, Brian Higgins, Leo Charles, Bill Jones, Martin Graham, Noel Tyndall, Fred Savage, Len Slattery, Denny O'Callaghan, Hugh McLean; Frank Burns, Stan West
Other matches - Coolamon def Grong Grong, Narrandera 10.9 (69) def Whitton 6.7 (43)
Reserves LDFL R2 (Sun): Leeton 0 lost to Griffith 37
SWDFL Round 11 - Sunday July 13, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ....... 4.3 .. 4.5 .. 7.9 .. 7.11 (53)
Whitton ..... 0.1 .. 2.8 .. 4.9 .. 8.18 (66)
Goals: Griffith: L Crump, J Taylor, C Lane, B Higgins, L Charles, D O'Callaghan, H McLean
Best players: Griffith: F Clarke, F Savage, G Willis, L Crump, K Tyndall, L Charles
Other matches - Leeton 34 Coolamon 49, Narrandera 21.17 (143) def Grong Grong 0.3 (3).
Reserves LDFL R3 (Sat): Whitton 2.4 (16) lost to Griffith 13.15 (93)
SWDFL Round 12 - Sunday July 20, 1947 at Grong Grong Oval
Grong Grong ...... 8.10 (58)
Griffith ................. 18.13 (121)
Goals: Griffith: C Lane 9, P Withers 2, B Higgins 2, B Clarke 2, F Clarke 2, D O'Callaghan
Best players: Griffith: C Lane, B Clarke, F Clarke
Other matches - Leeton 6.10 (46) def Whitton 4.5 (29),Narrandera 13.8 (86) def Coolamon 5.18 (48)
Reserves LDFL R4 (Sat): Darlington Point 31 lost to Griffith 38
SWDFL Round 13 - Sunday July 27, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ............ 2.4 .. 5.7 10.10 .. 13.18 (96)
Coolamon ...... 2.1 .. 7.7 .. 7.7 .. 8.11 (59)
Goals: Griffith: C Lane 3, P Withers 3, L Crump 2, B Higgins 2, D O'Callaghan, F Clarke, G Willis
Best players: Griffith: G Willis, J Taylor, F Clarke, J Shrives, F Savage, P Withers
Other matches - Leeton 8.6 (54) def by Narrandera 13.8 (86), Whitton def Grong Grong on forfeit
Schoolboys: Barellan 41 def Griffith 0
Reserves LDFL R5 (Sat): Griffith 65 def Leeton 45
Exhibition Match - Saturday August 2, 1947 at Narrandera Sportsground
S.W.D.F.L. ..... 1.3 .. 4.9 .. 5.9 .. 9.14 (68)
Subiaco ....... 2.5 .. 7.10 .. 7.16 .. 8.19 (67)
Goals: Subiaco: Williams 5, Hickey, Lindsay, W Orr
Best players: Subiaco: Willams, Jeavons, Ryan, Hickey, Hawtin, Kinsman, Anderson
Exhibition Match - Sunday August 3, 1947 at Bolton Park, Wagga
Subiaco ... 5.3 .. 7.10 .. 11.14 .. 13.17 (95)
Wagga ..... 1.2 .. 4.3 .. 7.7 .. 11.7 (73)
Goals: Subiaco: Orr 4, Hawtin 4, Willams 3, Preston, Exell
Best players: Subiaco: Wally Orr, Exell, Howe, Searle, Bennett
SWDFL Round 14 - Sunday August 3, 1947 at Narrandera Sportsground
Narrandera ..... 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 9.4 (58)
Griffith .............. 2.1 .. 4.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.9 (51)
Goals: Narrandera: L Foley 2, N Thompson 2, R Jones 2, J McCallum, A Walton, N Hinchcliffe
Griffith: C Lane 4, G Willis, R Hutchins, L Crump
Best players: Narrandera: J McNamee C Hazelman, E Currey, F English, R Jones, J Sargent
Griffith: E Forrestal, G Willis, B Clarke, L Crump
Other matches - Coolamon 10.17 77 def Whitton 3 17 (35), Leeton def Grong by forfeit.
Exhibition Match - Wed Aug 5, 1947 at Temora
Nth Riverina .... 3.15 .. 5.21 .. - .. 12.28 (100)
Subiaco ............ 2.1 .. 6.2 .. - .. 13.8 (86)
Best players: Subiaco: Orr, Hopkinson, Jeavons, Bennett, Exell
Ariah Park Knock Out Carnival - Saturday August 9, 1947
R1: Ganmain (1) 46 v Ariah Park 3, Ariah Park (2) 53 v Temora 1, Ariah Park (1) 14 v Rannock 10, Wagga 34 v Binya 29, Tullibigeal 41 v Ganmain (2) 2, Leeton 37 v Ungarie 7, Ganmain (1) 61 v Wagga 12, Ariah (1) 35 v Lake Cargelligo 15, Leeton 28 v Tullibigeal 14
S-F: Ganmain (1) 53 v Ariah Park (2) 2, Leeton 29 v Ariah Park (1) 28
Final: Ganmain 3.5 (23) def Leeton 2.3 (15). Crowd: 1800 Prize money: £70
SWDFL Round 15 - Sunday August 10, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ..,. 10.8 .. 17.10 .. 25.13 .. 31.17 (203)
Leeton ..... 0.0 .. 0.1 .. 0.6 .. 3.8 (26)
Goals: Griffith: R Hutchins 5, B Higgins 4, C Lane 4, D O'Callaghan 3, L Crump 3, B Clarke 3, H McLean 3, G Willis 2, J Taylor
Other matches - Whitton 5.10 (40) def by Narrandera 6.9 (45); Coolamon def Grong Grong on forfeit.
Reserves LDFL R6 (Sat): Griffith 103 def Whitton 33
Reserves LDFL (Kinlock Cup) First Semi Final - Saturday August 16, 1947 at Leeton Showground
Leeton 84 d Whitton 14
SWDFL First Semi Final - Sunday August 17, 1947 at Leeton Showground
Whitton ......... 3.3 .. 4.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.6 (48)
Coolamon .... 2.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.8 .. 8.10 (58)
Best players: Whitton: W Painting, E Thompson, J Tucker, C Turner
Coolamon: J Hallahan, T Maloney, A Williamson, A Dedini
Whitton: Ted Thompson (capt.), Doug Thompson, Lew Thompson, Jeff Thompson, Jack 'Jazbo' Thompson, Ossie DeMamiel, Jack Tucker, Mick McAliece, Fred Wheatley, Reuben Gladman, Charlie Turner, John Weaven, Bill Painting, Toby Ross, Cyril Woolnough, Perc Weaven, Les Thompson, Ernie Gladman, Ken Painting
Coolamon: Jim Hallahan (capt.), Albert Williamson, Frank Williamson, Tom Maloney, Bernie Bartholomew, Pat Leary, Les Gould, Bernie English, Jack English, Erroll Boothey, Bob Heir, Adrian Dedini, Mick Curtis, Snow Irvine, Berhard Schultz, Ron English, Dudley Smith, Vince English; Mervyn Iverach, Keith Crocker
Crowd: 900 Gate: £100/-/
Reserves LDFL (Kinlock Cup) Second Semi Final - Saturday August 23, 1947 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Griffith 52 def Darlington Point 42
SWDFL Second Semi Final - Sunday August 24, 1947 at Griffith Showground
Narrandera ... 4.2 .. 6.4 .. 8.8 .. 13.13 (91)
Griffith ............ 0.7 .. 1.9 .. 3.11 .. 3.14 (32)
Best players: Narrandera: Leo Foley (6 goals), Jack Sargent, Bob Dryburgh
Griffith: Terry Wood, Lionel Crump, Geoff Willis, Bob Hutchins, Ben Clarke, Bill Jones
Umpire: Peter Watt (VFL)
Leeton Knock Out Carnival - Sunday August 31, 1947 at Leeton
R1: Leeton 51 d Binya 8, Whitton 60 d Darlington Point 0, Griffith 24 d Ariah Park 17, Yarrowonga d Beckom (walkover), Coolamon 33 d Narrandera 25, Ganmain 45 d Ungarie 8, Junee 50 d Hay 6.
R2: Leeton 38 d Coolamon 11, Yarrowonga 52 d Griffith 8, Ganmain 21 d Whitton 12, Tullibigeal 57 d Junne 20
S-F: Leeton 27 d Yarrowonga 9, Ganmain 15 d Tullibigeal 13
Final: Ganmain 3.6 (24) d Leeton 1.4 (10) Crowd: 3500
LDFL (Kinlock Cup)
Preliminary Final - Saturday September 6, 1947 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Darlington Point def Leeton
SWDFL Preliminary Final - Sunday September 7, 1947 at Narrandera Sportsground
Griffith .......... 3.3 .. 5.5 .. 8.8 .. 8.9 (57)
Coolamon .... 1.0 .. 5.8 .. 5.10 .. 8.11 (59)
Goals: Griffith: Clive Lane 3, Mil Clarke 3, Terry Wood, Geoff Willis
Best players: Griffith: Geoff Willis, Jack Taylor, Fred Clarke, Terry Wood, Marty Graham
Coolamon: Bernie English, Vince English, Albert Williamson, Frank Williamson, Tom Maloney, Dudley Smith
Griffith: Geoff Willis (capt.), Ben Clarke, Fred Clarke, Vic Carroll, Bob Hutchins, Jack Taylor, Eddie Forrestal, Martin Graham, Clive Lane, Bill Jones, Jack Shrives, Terry Wood, Fred Savage, George Wade, Denny O'Callaghan, Hugh McLean, Mil Clarke, Frank Wood
Coolamon: Mervyn Iverach, Albert Williamson, Frank Williamson, Tom Maloney, Bernie Bartholomew, Pat Leary, Les Gould, Bernie English, Jack English, Errol Boothey, Bob Heir, Adrian Dedini, Mick Curtis, Snow Irvine, Berhard Schultz, Ron English, Dudley Smith, Vince English; Keith Crocker, John Traynor
Umpire: McLennan (VFL)
Reserves LDFL (Kinlock Cup) Grand Final - Saturday September 13, 1947 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Griffith ...................... 0.0 .. 1.3 .. 1.9 .. 5.12 (42)
Darlington Point .... 3.1 .. 3.1 .. 5.4 .. 6.5 (41)
Best: Griffith: T Wood (4 goals), S West, F Owen
Darlington Point: J Clayton (15 years old)
Griffith: George 'Pouncer' Wade (capt.), Joe Hunt, Maurie and Kevin O'Dwyer, Stan West, Claude Wade, Bernell 'Tige' Parslow, Terry and Frank Wood, Kevin and Noel Tyndall, Leo Charles, Pat Withers, Neil Griggs, Vern Evans, Fred Owen, Gus Forrestal, Frank Burns; Des and John O'Dwyer, Barry Wood. Coach: Geoff Willis.
Darlington Point News report: The Darlington Point team was greatly disappointed to find at the close of the game on Saturday last that the decision was against it by one point. Players say that it was one of the most solidly contested games of the season, both sides extending themselves to the utmost limit to secure a win.
But the apparent defeat is somewhat lessened by the knowledge that possibly a mistake was made by one of the official scorers, an extra point being recorded for a second kick at the goal after the umpire had disallowed the first.
That, however, is a matter that will be thrashed out by the judiciary committee which has been called together for a mid-week meeting to decide the validity of the scores. Whether another match will result depends entirely upon that committee's decision.
Enthusiastic supporters of the team made the trip to Whitton where the match was played, and the consensus of opinion verifies the opening observations that one of the best games of the season was witnessed.
A topic of general comment was the outstanding display given by Jim Clayton, of Darlington Point, who despite a physical handicap which must have made play an agony for him, put up a splendid performance. It was due, in a large measure, to the excellence of his play that the win was by such a narrow margin.
The Darlington Point team has done remarkably well during the season, and to secure a place in the deciding match of the competition speaks volumes for the local football talent.
Should the judiciary committee decide that a play-off match will clear the air of the uncertainty of the decision in last Saturday's match, a grand final game the like of which has not been seen should result.
SWDFL Grand Final - Sunday September 14, 1947 at Kindra Park
Narrandera ... 3.1 .. 8.10 .. 9.11 .. 11.16 (82)
Coolamon ...... 3.1 .. 3.2 .. 5.7 .. 6.10 (46)
Goals: Narrandera: J McNamee 4, R Dryburgh 2, Jim Durnan, R Jones, N Hinchcliffe, L Foley
Coolamon: A Dedini 2, F Williamson 2, E Boothey, L Gould
Best players: Narrandera: R Drysburgh, J Talbot, N Hinchcliffe, L Longmore, J McNamee, L Foley
Coolamon: D Smith, T Maloney, F Williamson, J Traynor, B, R and V English
Narrandera: Jim McCallum (capt), Neville Hinchcliffe, Jack Duncan, Les Longmore, Max Morrison, E. 'Banjo' Currey, Stan Day, Henry 'Blue' Turner, Cliff Hazelman, Pat Seymour, Jim Talbot, Jack Sargent, Jack McNamee, Frank English, Jim Durnan, Bob Dryburgh, Ross Jones, Leo Foley; Ted Hardie
Coolamon: Frank Williamson (capt), Mervyn Iverach, Albert Williamson, Tom Maloney, Bernie Bartholomew, Pat Leary, Les Gould, Bernie English, Jack English, Errol Boothey, Bob Heir, Adrian Dedini, Mick Curtis, Snow Irvine, Berhard Schultz, Ron English, Dudley Smith, Vince English; Keith Crocker, John Traynor
Umpire: F H Grant (VFL)
1947 GRIFFITH SENIOR PLAYERS LIST
Alex Broad, Frank Burns, Col. Cameron, Viv Carroll, Leo Charles, Ben Clarke, Fred Clarke, Mil Clarke, Lionel Crump, Eddie Forrestal, Martin Graham, Brian Higgins, Bob Hutchins, N. Hutton, Bill Jones, Don Kelly, Jim Keogh, Clive Lane, Hugh McLean, Jack Meehan, Kevin O'Dwyer, Bernell Parslow, Jack Shrives, Len Slattery, Jack Taylor, Kevin J. Tyndall, Denny O'Callaghan, Fred Savage, Kevin J. Tyndall, Noel Tyndall, Claude Wade, George Wade, Ralph "Stan" West, Geoff Willis, Pat Withers, Frank Wood, Terry Wood.
1947 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES
Debuts: Frank Burns, N. Hutton, Don Kelly, Jim Keogh, Clive Lane, Jack Meehan, Kevin O'Dwyer, Jack Shrives, Len Slattery, Jack Taylor, Kevin J. Tyndall, Noel Tyndall, Geoff Willis, Frank Wood.
Final Games: Col. Cameron, Eddie Forrestal, Don Kelly, Jim Keogh, Hugh McLean, Jack Meehan, Kevin O'Dwyer, Len Slattery, Claude Wade, Pat Withers.
ALSO PLAYED FOR GRIFFITH IN 1947
Reserves: Pat Armour, Bill Black, S. Bogie, W. Colutti, Terry Crump, Bill Day, Norm Dwyer, Vern Evans, Gus Forrestal, Gaynor, Charlie Graham, Neil Griggs, Max Holden, Joe Hunt, Col Kelleher, Jack Kelleher, George Mackenzie, Roy Mackenzie, Dave McRae, Murdock McRae, John Norton, Des, John and Maurie O'Dwyer, Fred Owen, Robert Shrives, Jack Tyndall, Jim Wells, Reg Wells.
CLOSE OF SUCCESSFUL FINANCIAL YEAR
A smoko social was held in the Palais de Danse supper room on Wednesday night, to mark the close of a successful financial season, present trophies to the best and fairest players, and farewell the popular playing coach, Geoff Willis.
In his opening address, club president Mr Jack Muir, referred to the increased popularity of the Australian Rules code in this district and congratulated the first and reserve grade teams on their performance throughout the year. He said that financially, it was a most successful year for the club, which had started the year with only 5 pound in the bank but had spent over £500 during the year, and now had a credit of £100. He said that this was a success due to the efforts of the committee, the secretary Pat Withers, assistant secretary Roy Riley, and Messrs., Frank and Len Polkinghorne. Mr Jack Wood supported the remarks of Mr Muir.
A toast to the Griffith Australian Rules Football Club was then proposed by Mr Frank Polkinghorne. In replying to this toast, Mr Brian Whelan commented on the remarkable improvements shown during the year by the Griffith team, which, he said, was unimpressive in early matches but later acquitted itself extremely well. He promised that next year he would donate a score board to the club.
Presentation of Kinlock Cup
Mr Muir then referred to the performance of the reserve grade team, which had entered the Leeton District Football League and had been undefeated in competition matches, eventually winning the Kinlock Cup. He called on Mr Len Polkinghorne to present the Cup to the captain of the team, George 'Pouncer' Wade, who suitably acknowledged the presentation.
Farewell to Willis
In farewelling the playing-coach Geoff Willis, Mr Muir referred to his outstanding work as a coach and organiser. He had moulded both first and reserve grade teams from raw recruits, and at all times co-operated with the committee. The club hoped that he would return and coach Griffith again next season. As a token of the club's appreciation, Mr Willis was presented with a handsome clock and a cheque.
Speakers who supported Mr Muir were Messrs., Ben Clarke, Cec Roach, Brian Whelan, Jack Wood, Peter Parslow, George Mackenzie, Frank Polkinghorne, Reg McNamara, Bob Hutchins, Joe Casserly, Fred Clarke, Eddie Forrestal, J Sharpe, Leo Charles and Ted Thompson (captain of the Whitton team).
In reply Mr Willis thanked all members of the committee, particularly Mr Pat Withers, for their support and players for their co-operation. He later stated that he hoped he would be back in Griffith next year to coach the Griffith teams.
Best and Fairest Players
The Cup donated by Messrs., Reg and Wattie McNamara for the best and fairest player throughout the year was then presented by Mr Reg McNamara to the winner Fred Clarke. It was explained that the winner had been chosen by the players themselves, who, at the end of each match had placed the name of the person they considered as the best and fairest in a sealed envelope, which was not opened until the end of the season. The contest was close, Fred Clarke only beating Clive Lane and Ben Clarke by a narrow margin.
The Cup for the best and fairest player in the reserve grade, which had been donated by Mr Brian Whelan, was then presented to the winner, Frank Wood by Mr Frank Polkinghorne, who explained that, again, the voting had been close, Frank Wood scoring 21, while Terry Wood and Stan West each scored 20.
Most Improved Player
The trophy for the most improved player in the club was donated by Cec Roach, and won by Terry Wood, who had been selected by the coach, vice-captain and selection committee.
Surprise presentations were then made to the secretary Mr. Pat Withers, and assistant secretary Mr. Roy Riley, as a token of the club's appreciation of the valuable services rendered by these officials. Speakers also referred with appreciation to the support and work of Mrs. Withers. (The Area News, Friday, September 19, 1947).