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Australian Rules Coach Coming Tomorrow

Mr. Roy Watterston the new coach of the Griffith Australian Rules team will arrive from Sydney to-morrow.
Hayden Bunton, the famous Victorian League football made arrangements for Roy Watterston to play with Subiaco (WA), but the arrangement fell through when Roy enlisted with the A.I.F. After the war he settled in Sydney and played with the Newtown Club, of which he was captain last season. Newtown won its fourth consecutive premiership last season. 
Roy has represented N.S.W. in all Carnivals and State games since 1946 and has won trophies for the best and fairest for the Newtown Club for the past three seasons. He is 25 years old, weighs 13st. 10lbs and is 6' 2" in height.
The Griffith Club was lucky to secure the services of such a grand footballer, as three Melbourne clubs were after him to coach them, but the Griffith Club got Mr. Jack Condon to go to Sydney and sign him up as coach for 1949.
(Area News - Friday 8 April,1949)

Aussie Rules Club To Play on Sunday

The Griffith Australian Rules Football Club will play their first game amongst themselves at the Diggers Oval on Sunday. On Sunday week, the club will travel to Leeton and play Leeton in a trial game.
In the discussion about the games at a meeting on Tuesday night, the new Griffith coach, Roy Watterston said that the team needed a bit more training before it could play even a trial game. 
He said it would be better to have a game against Leeton on the following Sunday, April 24. His suggestion was agreed with.
Delegates Report - Mr. Ben Clarke, district delegate for Griffith reported on the S.W.D.F.L. conference at Leeton last Tuesday. It was decided at the meeting to admit Ganmain and Marrar into the South Western District competition.

(Area News - Friday 15 April, 1949)

Australian Rules Training Commences

Players and supporters turned up in strength at the golf club cricket ground on Sunday for the opening trial for the 1949 season of the Griffith Australian Rules Club. While the turf wicket at the Showground is growing, the Aussie Rules footballers are temporarily without a home ground. 'New coach, Roy Watterson and the club selectors had plenty of material to choose from and after an hour of hard play saw just what the players could do. Many new players were present, and some showed promise. 

The Waide brothers, Stevensons and Cecil Polkinghorne were among the newcomers to the game in Griffith and they all looked likely players for the team. John Norton and young Dave McRae of the juniors, although a coltish and awkward yet, with a little training may easily become an asset to the senior team.
Among the old hands at the game, Lionel Crump, Fred Clarke, Jack Taylor and Keith Thompson were very lively and eager for the run. Roy Watterston took command with sureness and confidence which augers well for the future success of the season. After a few minutes of play it was quite apparent to the supporters and players that in appointing him as coach they had not only acquired a good coach but a top line player.  Arrangements have been made to play Leeton at Leeton on Sunday. All attending players will be required to attend training this week. 
 (Area News - Friday 22 April,1949)

Leeton Beaten in Aust. Rules Trial Game

The Griffith Australian Rules team won its first trial match for the season against Leeton last Sunday by 10 goals 10 behinds (70 points) to 5 goals 4 behinds (34 points).
Although engaging in their first match for the season, and with only one week training, the Griffith team displayed almost mid-season form. The game was of surprisingly fast and interesting nature and Griffith scored a rather comfortable win.
From the commencement of play, the game was bright and entertaining Griffith showing the more dash and initiative. Their spirited, fast-moving methods and splendid co-operation so early in the season must have been very gratifying to newly appointed coach, Roy Watterston and their many supporters. With the absence this year of such stalwarts as Geoff Willis, Jim Parker, Jack Kloot, Leo Charles, Fred Savage and Roy Geddes has left the Griffith eighteen, sadly depleted. But with the good form shown by new men, particularly Roy Watterston, Jack and Rex Waide, Bruce and Ian Stevenson, Claude Clarke and others it appears certain that the local side will again be a force to be reckoned with.

(Area News - Tuesday 26 April,1949)

Coal Shortage Defers Start of Competition

As no special steam trains could be made available this weekend because of the coal shortage the start of the S.W.D.F.L. competition has been postponed for one week.
S.WD.F.L. officials have made representations to the Local State member Mr. A.G. Enticknapp, M.L.A. and are confident that there will be no further difficulty in obtaining trains when the S.W.D.F.L. season starts on Sunday, May 8.
The Griffith (reserve grade) team have drawn last year's premiers Yanco away in the opening round matches of the L.D.F.L. competition commencing this Saturday, May 1.
Zone 1: Matong v Grong Grong, Ganmain v Coolamon;  Zone 2. Darlington Point v Leeton, Yanco v Griffith.
(Area News - Friday 29 April, 1949)


Reserves LDFL (Kinlock Cup) Round 1 - Saturday April 30, 1949 at Yanco Sportsground
Yanco 6.10 (46) def by Griffith 11.16 (76)
Best players: Griffith: Brian Higgins, Dave McRae, Jack Collins, Frank Wood, Kevin Tyndall, Noel Tyndall

SWDFL Round 1 - Sunday May 8, 1949 at Matong Sportsground
Matong ..... 2.7 (19)
Griffith ..... 9.19 (73)

Goals: Griffith: Fred Clarke 3, Bill Black 2, Rex Waide 2, Sam Weller, Brian Higgins
Best players: Matong: Ken Johnston, Bill Walsh, Gordon Jones, Merv Pieper
Griffith: Team effort
Griffith: Roy Watterston (c-c)*, Keith Thompson, Brian Higgins, Rex Waide, Bruce Stevenson, Vic Carroll, Terry Wood, Kevin Tyndall, Bill Black*, Sammy Weller, Dave McRae*, Noel Tyndall, Bernell Parslow, Jack Taylor, Jack Waide, Fred Clarke, Lionel Crump; Des O'Dwyer*, Jack Collins

Other matches - Coolamon 74 def Whitton 17, Ganmain 10.20 (80) def Leeton 5.10 (40), Marrar 48 def Narrandera 63; Junee, bye.
Reserves LDFL R2 (Sat): Griffith 6.12 (46) d Darlington Point 1.5 (11)
Best players: Griffith: Jack Collins, Jack Shrives, John O'Dwyer, John Norton, John O'Keefe

SWDFL Round 2 - Sunday May 15, 1949 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ......... 9.13 (67)
Ganmain ..... 8.4 (52)

Goals: Griffith: Rex Waide 2, Bob Hutchins, Brian Higgins, Bernell Parslow, Martin Graham, Vic Carroll, Roy Watterston, Fred Clarke
Best players: Griffith: Fred Clarke, Jack Waide, Rex Waide, Terry Wood, Keith Thompson, Bob Hutchins

Other matches - Leeton 8.12 (60) def Coolamon 10.11 (71), Narrandera 7.13 (55) def Junee 3.10 (28), Whitton 9.13 (67) def  Matong 8.15(63); Marrar, bye.
Reserves LDFL R3 (Sat): Griffith 92 def Leeton 44

SWDFL Round 3 -  Sunday May 22, 1949 at Junee
Junee def by Griffith narrowly

Other matches - Ganmain 82 def Narrandera 72, Marrar 12.15 (85) def (57) Whitton 9.3, Matong 9.9 (63) def by Leeton 8.16 (64); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves LDFL R4 (Sat): Griffith 64 d Yanco 26

SWDFL Round 4 - Sunday May 29, 1949 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .............. 1.2 .. 2.7 .. 3.10 .. 6.11 (47)
Narrandera ....  3.2 .. 4.2 .. 8.6 .. 11.7 (73)

Goals: Griffith: Clive Lane 3, Brian Higgins, Lionel Crump, Bob Hutchins
Narrandera: Leo Foley 5, Norm Thompson 3, Ross Jones, D
on Sams, Jim Kenny
Best players: Griffith: Keith Thompson, Claude Clarke, Terry Wood, Lionel Crump, Fred Clarke, Ben Clarke
Narrandera: Kevin Kallady, Les Longmore, Henry Turner, Leo Foley
Umpire: Bert Roberts

Other matches - Coolamon def Junee, Matong def Marrar, Whitton 3.10 (28) def Leeton 6.7 (43) on protest; Ganmain, bye.
Reserves LDFL R5 (Sat): Darlington Point lost to Griffith by 2 points.

SWDFL Round 5 - Sunday June 5, 1949 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ..... 14.19 (94)
Marrar ..... 10.11 (71)

Goals: Griffith: Clive Lane 4, Frank Wood 3, Lionel Crump 2, Brian Higgins 2, Bob Hutchins, Terry Wood, Bernell Parslow
Best players: Griffith: Lionel Crump, Keith Thompson, Clive Lane, Bob Hutchins, Jack Taylor, Terry Wood

Other matches - Coolamon def Matong by 38 points, Ganmain 16.11 (107) def Whitton 9.6 (60), Leeton 12.12 (84) def Junee 7.5 (47); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves LDFL R6 (Sat): Leeton 3.8 (26) lost to Griffith 5.10 (40)

SWDFL Round 6 - Sunday June 12, 1949 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Whitton ..... 5.8 (38)
Griffith ..... 12.17 (89)

Goals: Whitton: Ted Thompson 4, Jack Tucker
Griffith: Bob Hutchins 3, Clive Lane 2, Lionel Crump 2, Roy Watterston, Terry Wood, Fred Clarke, Ted Feltwell, Rex Waide
Best players: Whitton: Bill Painting, Ted Thompson, Les Thompson, Jack Tucker, Mick McAliece
Griffith: Lionel Crump, Bruce Stevenson, Jack Taylor, Kevin O'Connor, Bob Hutchins, Roy Watterston

Other matches - Junee def by Ganmain, Marrar 14.22 (106) def Leeton 3.8 (26), Narrandera drew Coolamon; Matong, bye.
Reserves LDFL R7 (Sat): Yanco 14. 7 (91) d Griffith 4.8 (32)

Challenge Match - Monday June 13, 1949 at Narrandera Sportsground 
SWDFL ......... 6.2 .. 8.2 .. 13.6 .. 18. 8 (116)
St George .... 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 8.8 (56)

Goals: SWDFL: Laurie Taylor 10, Leo Foley 3, Les McPherson 2, Merv Pieper 2, Ted Thompson
Best players: SWDFL: Laurie Taylor, Jack Corcoran, Dudley Smith, Fred Clarke, Leo Foley, Merv Pieper, Ted Thompson
St George: J Frost, E Freake, R Elliott, V Sands
Umpire: Ted Towzell (Wagga)

SWDFL Round 7 - Sunday June 19, 1949 at Leeton Showground
Leeton ...... 2.9 (21)
Griffith ..... 6.10 (46)

Goals: Leeton: Graham Padgen, Don Drew
Griffith: Clive Lane 4, Bob Hutchins 2
Match report: Conditions were ideal when the teams took the field, but right from the start play was scrambly and congested, very few players handling the ball cleanly or safely, and the umpire lagging too far behind. For Griffith, Kevin O'Connor was outstanding, and he now beginning to reveal some of the form that won him State representation for Queensland. Jack Luhrs, who was playing his first game, also shaped well, and should be a decided acquisition to the Griffith team. Ben Clarke, although overweight, is beginning to reach top form, and with Eric Geddes and Marty Graham formed a solid and capable defence. Terry Wood gave his usual consistent display, while Clive Lane and Bob Hutchins were the most effective forwards. For Leeton, Eddie Luhrs was a stalwart. His safe marking and beautiful long kicking were a feature of the day. Others to show out were Des Lynch, Ossie Grose, Maurie Harrison and Don Drew.

Other matches - Coolamon d Ganmain 12 points, Junee 4.5 (29) def by Marrar 4.13 (37), Matong 10.11 (71) def Narrandera 12.7 (79); Whitton, bye.
Reserves LDFL R8 (Sat): Griffith lost to Darlington Point by 11 points
Schoolboys: South Griffith 17.10 (112) d West Griffith 8.8 (56)  

SWDFL Round 8 - Sunday June 26, 1949 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .......... 13.13 (85)
Coolamon ..... 11.4 (70)

Goals: Griffith: Bob Hutchins 5, Lionel Crump 2, Brian Higgins 2, Clive Lane, Martin Graham, Ted Feltwell
Coolamon: J
ohn Butler 6, Laurie Taylor 3, Les Gould, Peter Curtis
Best players: Griffith: Team effort
Coolamon: Frank Williamson, Les Gould, Dudley Smith, Jim O'Brien, John Butler
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton)

Other matches - Ganmain 13.7 (85) def Marrar 8.14 (68), Matong 9.17 (71) def Junee 8.7 (55), Narrandera 11.12 (78) def Whitton 5.9 (39); Leeton, bye.
Schoolboys: Darlington Point 7.8 (50) d West Griffith 3.2 (20)  
Best players: West Griffith: B Jones, L Robinson, J Ford
Darlington Point: L Finley, Tom DeMamiel, L Bloomfield
Reserves LDFL R9 (Sat): Griffith 13.15 (93) d Leeton 4.5 (29)
Schoolboys at Whitton: Whitton 0.3 (3) v South Griffith 13.21 (99)
Goals: Griffith: Vic Hathaway 6, Pat Withers 4, Vic Budd 2, Kelvin Williams
Best players: Whitton: Pat Dunn, Bill Box, DeMamiel
Griffith: Vic Hathaway, Clive Polkinghorne, Pat Withers, Vic Budd, Brian Devery
SWDFL Round 9 - Sunday July 3, 1949
Griffith bye

Other matches - Ganmain def Matong, Junee 10.9 (69) def Whitton 10.5 (65), Leeton 9.12 (66) def Narrandera 7.7 (49), Marrar 9.12 (66) def by Coolamon 11.17(83)
Reserves LDFL R10 (Sat): Griffith 6.8 (44) d Yanco 5.13 (43)
Schoolboys: Darlington Point 8.8 d South Griffith 6.7, West Griffith 7.3 d Whitton 0.3  

SWDFL Round 10 - Sunday July 10, 1949 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ....... 8.15 (63)
Matong ...... 7.5 (47)

Umpire: C Cedelland
Reported: Jack Luhrs, Ted Feltwell (Griffith); J Turner, Kevin Kallady, Merv Pieper, Ken Johnston, Harry Netting (Matong)

Other matches - Leeton 2.11 (23) def by Ganmain 14.20 (104), Narrandera 12.7 (79) def Marrar 6.12 (48), Whitton 6.10 (46) def by Coolamon 9.11 (65); Junee, bye.
Schoolboys: West Griffith 38 d South Griffith 6
Reserves LDFL R11 (Sat): Darlington Point 7.5 (47) d Griffith 10.15 (75), on protest.
Best players: Griffith: Jack Collins, Jack Shrives, John O'Dwyer, John Norton, John O'Keefe
Note: A protest lodged by Darlington Point against Griffith for playing an unregistered player, Keith Thompson was upheld. The match was recorded as a win for Darlington Point.

SWDFL Round 11 - Sunda