1951 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS
IN: George Bock, George Brack (North Shore), A. Brasher, Donald Cameron, Robert Cameron, Ken Hansen (Corowa), Kevin Kirley (The Rock), Jim Mitchell, Harry Seen, Tom Wade (Sandy Creek), W. Weston (South Aust.).
Out: Claude Clarke, Kevin O’Connor, Des O’Dwyer, Keith Shea (North Albury), Bruce Stevenson (Binya), Kevin J. Tyndall (Beelbangera), Jack Waide, Rex Waide, Frank Wood; Eric Geddes (Binya), Roy Geddes (Binya), Bob Guy (South Aust).
DEATH OF KEITH SHEA
Keith Shea, Griffith Australian Rules coach last season, whose death was announced this morning. Mr. Shea, who had accepted the position of coach at North Albury, had been ill for some time. At last night's meeting of the Griffith Australian Rules Club, it was reported that club officials had sent him a message of good wishes. (The Area News - Tuesday February 27, 1951)
Mr. Keith Shea, former Carlton and interstate footballer, died in the Albury District Hospital early on Tuesday morning, after a brief illness. He was aged 37.
Coming from Bacchus Marsh, Shea first played League football for Carlton at the age of 16. He was a fast-moving wing half-forward, who kicked left foot, and had a 'blind turn' that tricked most of his opponents.
Shea played for Carlton for six years and was a regular interstate player. After he left Carlton, he coached Subiaco, South Fremantle, Oakleigh, Hawthorn and several country clubs, including Griffith, runner-up in the S.W.D.F.L. competition last season.
Footballers and other friends will regret the passing of such a brilliant player and good sportsman.
The S.W.D.F. League sent a wreath to his funeral at Albury. He leaves a widow. (Narrandera Argus - Thursday March 1, 1951)
RULES COACH HAS FINE RECORD
At a well-attended meeting of the Griffith Australian Rules Club on Monday night, the transacted was the appointment of coach for the forthcoming season. After at times heated debate, it was decided to invite Ken Hansen from Corowa to accept the position.
Hansen comes to the club with a very flattering references both on and off the football field.
He is 24 years of age, weighs 14 stone and is 5ft. 11ins. in height, and he has occupied practically all key playing positions with success. Chosen to represent N.S.W. in the interstate carnival in Brisbane last year, he filled the positions of centre half back, full back, and ruck in various games, and in each performed creditably. For Corowa he has successfully played at centre half forward and full forward, and in addition has received invitations from both Collingwood and Carlton to become a playing member of those clubs. It is not known yet when Ken will arrive to take up his duties, but it will be at an early date with the competition commencing in six weeks' time training will be starting soon.
The players and officials of the Griffith Club consider they are fortunate to secure the services of such an outstanding player and coach as Hansen and are confident that under his leadership they can improve on last year's form and bring the first SWDFL premiership to Griffith.
(The Area News - Friday March 2, 1951)
NEW RESERVES GRADE COMPETITION
At a meeting of the SWDFL at Narrandera, it was reported that the Leeton & District Football Association has resolved to disband, and the reserve grade competition would now come under the jurisdiction of the SWDFL.
Clubs, which would be affected were Hay, Griffith, Leeton, Grong Grong and Yanco.
After several delegates had suggested that the reserve grade competition could be conducted in zones east and west of Narrandera, Mr. Jack Buchanan (Ganmain) and Mr. Len Polkinghorne (Griffith) successfully moved that the clubs affected be admitted to the SWDFL for the purpose of conducting a reserve grade competition.
It was resolved that the competition be zoned east and west of Narrandera, and, on motion of Mr. Polkinghorne, it was decided to appoint a subcommittee - three from the east and three from the west to control reserve grade football.
The committee for the east zone was elected as follows: Messrs. J Carroll, M O'Dwyer and K Stapleton, and for the west zone Messrs. K Kelly (Yanco), L Polkinghorne (Griffith) and Smith (Leeton).
East Zone: Narrandera, Grong Grong, Ganmain, Coolamon and Junee.
West Zone: Hay, Darlington Point, Griffith, Leeton and Yanco.
(The Area News - March 2, 1951)
SWDFL Round 1 - Sunday April 15, 1951 at Matong Sportsground
Matong ..... 1.5 (11)
Griffith ...... 18.12 (120)
Goals: Matong: Pat Hogan
Griffith: Dick Bitcon 9, Fred Clarke 3, Bob Guy 2, George Brack 2, Kevin Kirley, Stan West
Best players: Matong: Dudley Mattingly, Gordon Jones, Jack Curry, Smith
Griffith: Bob Guy, Keith Thompson, Dick Bitcon, Fred Clarke, Jack Luhrs
Griffith: Jack Taylor, Roy Geddes, W Weston*; Tom Wade*, Keith Thompson, Cecil Polkinghorne; Noel Tyndall, Kevin Kirley*, Jack Shrives; Stan West, Ken Hansen (c-c)*, Eric Geddes; Jim Mitchell*, Dick Bitcon, Fred Clarke; Jack Luhrs, George Brack*, Bob Guy; Charlie O'Brien*, Vic Ledwidge
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton)
Other matches - Coolamon 15.19 (109) def Narrandera 7.13 (55), Junee 7.17 59) def by Whitton 8.15 (63), Marrar 5.12 (42) def by Ganmain 9.16 (70); Leeton, bye.
SWDFL Round 2 - Sunday April 22, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .......... 17.17 (119)
Coolamon ..... 1.7 (13)
Goals: Griffith: Dick Bitcon 6, Ken Hansen 2, Fred Clarke 2, Noel Tyndall 2, Roy Geddes 2, Jim Mitchell 2, Kevin Kirley
Coolamon: Peter Curtis
Best players: Griffith: Roy Geddes, Cecil Polkinghorne, BobR Guy, Keith Thompson, Terry Wood, Jim Mitchell
Coolamon: John Traynor, Vic Smith, Jim Bredin, Bernie Bartholomew, Ray Breust
Griffith: Eric Geddes, Jack Taylor, Jack Luhrs; Charlie O'Brien, Keith Thompson, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Shrives, Ken Hansen (c-c), Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Roy Geddes, Noel Tyndall; George Brack, Dick Bitcon, Jim Mitchell; Tom Wade, Fred Clarke, Bob Guy; Vic Ledwidge, A Brasher*, Stan West
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: Jack Collins, John Diggelmann. Gate: £49/1/6
Other matches - Leeton 13.9 (87) def Marrar 3.8 (26), Narrandera 8.10 (58) def by Junee 11.16 (82), Whitton 14.9 (93) def Matong 3.1(19); Ganmain, bye.
SWDFL Round 3 - Sunday April 29, 1951 at Ganmain Sportsground
Ganmain ..... 11.18 (84)
Griffith ......... 10.12 (72)
Goals: Ganmain: Keith Gumbleton 6, Alan Brill 2, Artie Roy, J Crouch, Frank Murphy
Griffith: Dick Bitcon 6, Bob Guy, Roy Geddes, George Brack, 1 goal short
Best players: Ganmain: Bill Carroll, Lawrence Carroll, Les McPherson, Keith Gumbleton, Artie Roy, Arthur Crozier
Griffith: Jack Luhrs, Jack Taylor, Bob Guy, Terry Wood, Eric Geddes, Roy Geddes, Dick Bitcon
Griffith: Eric Geddes, Jack Taylor, Charlie O'Brien; Tom Wade, Keith Thompson, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Shrives, Ken Hansen (c-c), Terry Wood; Stan West, Roy Geddes, Kevin Kirley; Bob Guy, Dick Bitcon, Fred Clarke; Jack Luhrs, George Brack, Jim Mitchell; Vic Ledwidge, Noel Tyndall
Umpire: Hornby (Narrandera)
Other matches - Coolamon 15.8 (98) def Matong 4.6 (30), Junee 13.7 (85) def by Leeton 13.8 (86), Marrar 5.13 (43) def by Narrandera 12.18 (90); Whitton, bye.
Reserves R1 (Sat): Griffith 89 def Yanco 20.
SWDFL Round 4 - Sunday May 6, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .... 10.9 (69)
Leeton ..... 10.10 (70)
Goals: Griffith: Dick Bitcon 3, Ted Feltwell 3, Georgeom Brack, T Wade, Kenevin Hansen, K Kirley
Leeton: Bill Heath 4, J Davis 2, Rex Meyers, Laurie Drew, Ron Harris, Des Sutcliffe
Best players: Griffith: Jack Luhrs, Ken Hansen, Kevin Kirley, Charlie O'Brien
Leeton: Wally Buttsworth, Eddie Luhrs, Des Sutcliffe, Bill Heath
Griffith: W. Weston, Keith Thompson, Cecil Polkinghorne; Charlie O'Brien, Jack Taylor, Jack Collins; Noel Tyndall, Ken Hansen (c-c), Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Fred Clarke, Jack O'Brien; Ted Feltwell, Dick Bitcon, Tom Wade; Jack Luhrs, George Brack, Jim Mitchell; Vic Ledwidge, John Norton*
Umpire: Ted Towsell (Wagga). Boundary: John Diggelmann. Gate: £66/9/9
Other matches - Matong 24 def by Junee 55, Narrandera 11.16 (82) def Ganmain 4.9 (33), Whitton 12.21 (93) def Marrar 5.11 (41); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves R2 (Sat): Darlington Point 11.17 (83) def Griffith 3.4 (22)
SWDFL Round 5 - Sunday May 13, 1951 at Park Oval, Junee
Junee ....... 11.12 (78)
Griffith .... 16.5 (101)
Goals: Junee: Blight 4, Patterson 2, Shaw 2, Fisher 2, J Corcoran
Griffith: F Hicks 6, E Feltwell 3, T Wade 3, J Shrives 2, F Clarke, K Hansen
Best players: Junee: Jack Corcoran, P Meagher, Fisher, Dwyer, Blight
Griffith: E Feltwell, K Hansen, F Clarke, F Hicks
Griffith: George Brack, Dick Bitcon, Jack Taylor; Charlie O'Brien, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Noel Tyndall, Ken Hansen (c-c), Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Jack Shrives, Jack Collins; Terry Wade, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Jack Luhrs, Fred Clarke, Jim Mitchell; Cecil Polkinghorne, Jack O'Brien
Umpire: Crouch (Leeton). Boundaries: John Diggelmann, Don Sefton
Other matches - Ganmain 8.8 (56) def Whitton 7.13 (55), Marrar def by Coolamon, Narrandera 6.9 (45) def Leeton 4.8 (32); Matong, bye.
Reserves R3 (Sat): Griffith 35 def by Leeton 97.
SWDFL Round 6 - Sunday May 20, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ..... 10.13 (73)
Marrar ..... 3.7 (25)
Goals: Griffith: F Clarke 3, J Shrives 2, K Hansen 2, T Wade, G Bock, E Feltwell
Best players: Griffith: C O'Brien, T Wood, N Tyndall, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne, F Clarke
Marrar: Jack Pattison, Bernie Pattison, Don Irvine, B Langtry
Griffith: George Brack, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Charlie O'Brien, Jack Taylor, Vic Ledwidge; Noel Tyndall, Ken Hansen (c-c), Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Jack Shrives, Jack Collins; Tom Wade, Fred Clarke, Ted Feltwell; Jack Luhrs, George Bock*, Jim Mitchell; Jack O'Brien
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: John Diggelmann, Don Sefton. Gate: £47/4/-
Other matches - Ganmain 12.11 (83) def Junee 10.11 (71), Leeton 11.19 (85) def Matong 7.7(49), Whitton 11.16 (82) def Coolamon 7.5 (47); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves R4 (Sat): Griffith bye.
Exhibition Match - Sunday May 27, 1951 at Narrandera Sportsground
Victorian FL ......... 4.5 .. 8.12 .. 12.16 .. 18.24 (132)
Riverina Select ... 2.2 .. 3.2 .. 6.3 .. 6.4 (40)
Goals - VFL: J O'Rourke 10, L Richards 2, R Simmonds 2, R Poulter, F Davies, G Silburn, R Brooker
Riverina: W Heath 3, P O'Connell 2, D Durnan
Best players - VFL: E Henfry, J O'Rourke, L Richards, F Brew, R Wearmouth, R Brooker, J Hamilton, R Poulter
Riverina: P O'Connell, T Wood, J Daniher, W Carroll, K Thompson
Riverina Select: Jack Quinn (capt., Whitton), Bill Quade (Beckom), Roy Geddes (Binya), Bill & Lawrence Carroll (Ganmain), Keith Thompson, Terry Wood (Griffith), Jack Corcoran (Junee), Bill Heath (Leeton), Bernie Pattison (Marrar), Dudley Mattingly (Matong), Ned Fisher (Mirrool), Paddy O'Connell (Moombooldool), Don Durnan, Len Pedler (Narrandera), Jim Daniher (Ungarie), Dudley Dunbar, Bill Painting (Whitton); Don Elwin (Barellan), Des Lynch (Leeton)
Victorian FL: Bill Stephens (Fitzroy), Bruce Morrison (Geelong), Alan Squire (St Kilda); Jack Hamilton (Collingwood), Lance Arnold (Melbourne), Ted Jarrard (North Melb.); Richard Wearmouth (Footscray), Ern Henfry (capt. - Carlton), Frank Brew (South Melb.); Robert McKenzie (Melbourne), Ray Poulter (Richmond), Jack Jones (vice capt.- Essendon); Fred Davies (Carlton), Jack O'Rourke (Richmond), Roy Simmonds (Hawthorn); Bob Brooker (North Melb.), Ken Ross (Fitzroy), Lou Richards (Collingwood); Reserves: Gray Sibun (South Melb.), Keith Rosewarne (St Kilda).
Umpire: Harvey Jamieson (VFL). Gate: £400
Riverina Schoolboys Under 17's: Southern Zone 6.7 (43) d Northern Zone 5.6 (36)
Best players - Southern zone: Garry Carroll (Ganmain), V. Hathaway (Griffith), W. Burns
(Leeton), G. Peacock (Narrandera), Jim Conquest (Coolamon).
Northern zone: Arthur Allen (Ardlethan - Medal), Grahame Ellis, G. McDermott, M. Smith.
Southern Zone — Clive Polkinghorne, Vic Hathawav, Vic Budd, Brian Devery (Griffith), W. Burns, R. Douglas, E. Allen, T. Guest (Leeton), Geoff Peacock, Ray Pearson, Cliff Simpson, Bruce Waters, Jim Rockliff (Narrandera), J. Crouch, G. Carroll, P. Keogh, R. MePherson (Ganmain), J. Conquest, E. Nicholls, R. Hilton, B. Butt, C. Smith (Coolamon), W. Hayes, B. Nebauer, A. Devlin, B. Lewis (Junee).
Northern Zone. — J. Mickleson, R. Harris, J. Reed, M. Reed (Ariah Park), G. Ellis, P. Quade, M. StIller (Mirrool), A. Allen, A. Brown, G. Saunders, G. Cassim (Ardlctban), L. Smith, M. Smith, E. Wykes (Beckom), N. Clarke, K. Pearson (Bald Hill), G. McDermont, E. Davis, L. Heath (Kamarah), A. Lyons, N. Brambley, L. Maher (Barellan).
Match Report: A record crowd for Riverina was treated to a brilliant and clever exhibition of last, open football by the Victorian ' team in their match against the Riverina team on the Narrandera Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.
The sale of programmes amounted, to about £400, and the crowd was estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000. The 'gate'- at last year's grand final was larger, but at Narrandera children are admitted free.
Had it not been for the cold showery weather the attendance would have been even larger, but such a great gathering was a true reflection of the popularity of the Australian code in the south-west and of the widespread interest created in the visit of the V.F.L. team. The match was arranged as a jubilee year gesture by the V.F.L.
The Victorians were a fine body of athletes, each a fine exponent of the game in his particular position on the field. Their exemplary conduct during their stay in Narrandera from Saturday to to-day (Monday) fully bore out the remarks of one of their officials at the dinner given to the team by the Riverina Football Council on Saturdaly night, when he said, 'I feel confident that when our stay amongst you comes to an end you will be glad to have had us with you and will look forward to our coming again.'
Capably led by one of Melbourne's outstanding footballers, Ern Henfry, Carlton's captain, the V.F.L. team quickly set about to fulfill its mission — that of showing the crowd all the
finer points of the game — the features that make it so attractive and so spectacular. Their brilliant positional play, clever hand passing, spectacular high marking, magnificent low stab-kicking, sound defensive tactics and fine attacking drives were a treat to watch and a delight to admirers of good football. It was quite common for as many as six or seven of the V.F.L. team to handle the ball in a series of well-directed passes in a powerful forward drive without any of the opposing side being able to intercept the ball.
Henfry was a master in a key position (centre), and while Lou Richards (Collingwood) was a clever and resourceful rover who continually out witted opponents, but never failed to co-operate with his teammates — his passing with either hand or foot was a feature of a really bright game, Jack Jones (Essendon), Bob Brooker (North Melbourne) and Ken Ross (Fitzroy) dominated the ruck, and rarely failed to get the ball to their rovers — Richards and Frank Brew (South Melbourne) — or prevented the opposing team from getting possession.
The play of the forwards— Fred Davis (Carlton), Jack O'Rourke (Richmond), and Roy Simmonds (Hawthorn) — was a masterpiece of cohesion. O'Rourke, who is at present the leading goal kicker in Melbourne, played the full forward's part to perfection — combining brilliant high marking, sound judgment, accurate kicking, and skill really well. Bill Stephen (Fitzroy) and Alan Squire (St. Kilda) had a splendid understanding when supporting the full back — Bruce Morrison (Geelong), who proved to be not only a safe custodian, but also one who showed good judgment when disposing of the ball. The half-back line — Jack Hamilton (Collingwood), Lance Arnold (Melbourne), and Ted Jarrard
(North Melbourne) — were sturdy and alert defenders who frequently caused the opposing team's forward thrusts to crumble. Across the centre Richard Wearmouth (Footscray) and Brew (when not roving) supported their captain superbly and set a pace that rarely failed to have advantageous results. Robert McKenzie (Melbourne), Ray Poulter (Richmond) and Jack Jones (when not in the ruck) were a particularly forceful and virile half forward line.
In the fourth quarter Gray Sibun (North Melbourne) and Keith Rosewarne (St. Kilda) replaced McKenzie and Squire, and proved worthy exponents, Rosewarne's roving being very impressive.
12 GOALS BY O'ROURKE
The pace was a cracker from the outset, and it was not long before Richards opened the scoring with a goal to Victoria. Several minutes later a nice move by Riverina in which Bernie Pattison (Marrar), Keith Thompson (Griffith), and Jack Quinn Whitton) Participated to enable Bill Heath (Leeton) to open Riverina's score with a behind. The Victorians were now playing with clock-like precision— their scintillating play being spectacular — with O'Rourke shining out as a full forward — and they put on three goals four behinds, while Riverina added 2 goals 4 behinds.
At the first change over Victoria led by 28 to 14. A noteworthy piece of play by Riverina was that when Paddy O'Connell (Moombooldool) passed the ball to Don Durnan (Narrandera) and then ran forward into the goal base to mark the ball from Durnan and kick first goal for his team.
The Victorian team gave an exhilarating display of spectacular football in the second quarter and overwhelmed the Riverina team by kicking 5 goals 6 behinds to one goal. At half time Victoria led by 60 to 20. Just as the teams were about to leave the field there was a sharp shower of fine hail and rain, which sent everyone scrambling for shelter.
Fortunately, the ground was not affected by the rain, with the result that the standard of play did not deteriorate, or the pace slacken, and the spectators saw more splendid play after the interval. The Riverina team did better in the third quarter, which was evenly contested, and scored 3 goals 1 behind to 4 goals 4 behinds by the V.F.L., but, by a series of brilliant bursts, in which combined play was a highlight, the Victorians put on 7 goals 9 behinds to one behind by the Riverina team in the last quarter. The Victorian rovers. Richards and Rosewarne were very prominent in the excellent teamwork. The final scores were Victoria 20 goals 23 behinds (143); Riverina 6 goals 4 behinds (40).
The goal-kickers for V.F.L. were O’Rourke (12), Simmonds (2), Richards (2), Poulter, Davies, Sibun, and Rosewarne. For Riverina, Bill Heath (Leeton, 2), Paddy O'Connell (Moombooldool, 2), and Don Durnan (Narrandera, 1).
In the dressing shed after the match, Ern Henfry congratulated the Riverina team upon a splendid effort. With so many stars playing superb football, it was difficult to select Victoria's best, except perhaps to mention Henfry, Richards and O'Rourke being outstanding.
Paddy O'Connell (now of Moombooldool) was awarded the medal donated by Umpire Jamieson for the best and fairest player in the Riverina.
team. Best of the others was probably Keith Thompson (Griffith), Dud Mattingly (Matong) (in second half), Jack Quinn (Whitton) (first half), Len Pedler (Narrandera), Bill Carroll (Ganmain), and Terry Wood (Griffith).
Not the least pleasing feature of the game was the splendid umpiring of Mr. J. H. Jamieson, one of Melbourne's leading umpires. The V.F.L. is to be complimented upon sending such a competent official to take charge of the game. (Narrandera Argus- 28 May, 1951).
SWDFL Round 7 - Sunday June 3, 1951
Other matches - Leeton 15.11 (101) def Coolamon 7.7 (49), Marrar 56 def by Junee 64, Matong 69 def by Ganmain 79, Narrandera 11.9 (81) def Whitton 9.16 (70)
Reserves R5 (Sat): Hay Rovers 9.5 (59) lost to Griffith 11.5 (71)
SWDFL Round 8 - Sunday June 10, 1951 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Whitton .... 2.2 .. 4.8 .. 8.10 .. 9.10 (64)
Griffith ..... 2.2 .. 4.4 .. 5.8 .. 8.12 (60)
Goals: Whitton: n/a
Griffith: F Hicks 3, E Feltwell 2, F Clarke, J Mitchell, D McRae
Best players: Whitton: Ted Thompson, Dudley Dunbar, Jack Tucker, Jack Quinn
Griffith: T Wood, J Luhrs, V Ledwidge
Griffith: George Brack, Dick Bitcon, David McRae; Charlie O'Brien, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Noel Tyndall, Ken Hansen (c-c), Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Jack Taylor, Jack Shrives; Ted Feltwell, Fred Hicks, Fred Clarke; Jack Luhrs, George Bock, Jim Mitchell; Tom Wade, Ceil Polkinghorne
Umpire: Richie Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: John Diggelmann, John Norton
Other matches - Ganmain 15.17 (107) def Leeton 12.13 (85), Junee 6.9 (45) def Coolamon 7.10 (52), Matong 7.11 53) def by Narrandera 13.8(86); Marrar, bye.
Reserves R6 (Sat): Yanco 4.4 (28) lost to Griffith 12.17 (89)
SWDFL Round 9 - Sunday June 17, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ............ 15.14 (104)
Narrandera ..... 7.4 (46)
Goals: Griffith: F Hicks 6, E Feltwell 2, K Hansen 2, J Mitchell 2, H Seen, T Wade, K Kirley
Narrandera: D Durnan 2, N Thompson 2, P Seymour, R Jones, C Hazelman
Best players: Griffith: R Bitcon, V Ledwidge, J Shrives, F Hicks
Narrandera: L Longmore, L Pedler, J Sargent, P Seymour, C Hazelman
Griffith: George Brack, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Taylor, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Noel Tyndall, Fred Clarke, Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Jack Shrives, Jim Mitchell; Jack Luhrs, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Ken Hansen (c-c), Harry Seen*; Jack Collins, Charlie O'Brien
Umpire: Richie Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: Jack Collins, Robert Cameron. Gate: £65/18/-
Other matches - Coolamon 7.9 (51) def by Ganmain 9.13 (67), Marrar 7.10 (52) def by Matong 8.17(65), Whitton 13.15 (93) def Leeton 8.14 (68); Junee, bye.
Reserves R7 (Sat): Griffith 39 def Darlington Point 35
SWDFL Round 10 - Sunday June 24, 1951 at Kindra Park
Coolamon ..... 3.10 (28)
Griffith .......... 13.7 (85)
Goals: Coolamon: Laurie Taylor, Kel Crocker, Jim Bredin
Griffith: E Feltwell 6, F Hicks 2, T Wade 2, J Shrives 2, F Clarke
Best players: Coolamon: Ross Inch, Les Gould, P McDevitt, Laurie Taylor, Vic Smith
Griffith: F Clarke, J Collins, E Feltwell, T Wood, K Hansen, J Taylor
Griffith: George Brack, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Taylor, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Jack Collins, Fred Clarke, Terry Wood; Kevin Kirley, Jack Shrives, Jim Mitchell; Tom Wade, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Jack Luhrs, Ken Hansen (c-c), Noel Tyndall; Charlie O'Brien, Jack O'Brien
Umpire: Ted Towsell (Wagga)
Other matches - Junee def by Narrandera, Marrar 5.14 (44) def by Leeton 8.13 (61), Matong 7.3 (45) def by Whitton 18.15 (123); Ganmain, bye.
Reserves R8 (Sat): Leeton 11.4 (70) def Griffith 2.11 (23)
SWDFL Round 11 - Sunday July 1, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ..... 10.5 .. 12.8 .. 12.12 .. 18.17 (125)
Matong ..... 0.0 .. 2.5 .. 5.6 .. 5.10 (40)
Goals: Griffith: F Hicks 4, J Shrives 4, E Feltwell 4, K Kirley 3, J Mitchell, F Clarke, K Thompson
Matong: Leo Foley 2, Pat Hogan, K Jones, John Doherty
Best players: Griffith: F Clarke, F Hicks, E Feltwell, T Wade, R Bitcon, J Collins
Matong: Bill Walsh, John Doherty, Dud McPherson, Pat Hogan, Gordon Jones
Griffith: George Brack, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Vic Ledwidge, Keith Thompson, Charlie O'Bren; Jack Collins, Fred Clarke, Terry Wood; Jim Mitchell, Jack Shrives, Robert Cameron*; Kevin Kirley, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Jack Taylor, Noel Tyndall; Jack O'Brien, Don Cameron*
Umpire: Richie Younger (Leeton). Gate: £35/4/-
Other matches - Ganmain 11.11 (77) def Marrar 8.11 (59), Narrandera 17.13 (115) def Coolamon 6.9 (45), Whitton 13.17 (95) def Junee 3.7 (25); Leeton, bye.
Reserves R9 (Sat): Griffith bye.
SWDFL Round 12 - Sunday July 8, 1951 at Leeton Showground
Leeton ...... 2.8 .. 8.11.. 8.13 .. 9.13 (67)
Griffith .... 0.1 .. 2.5 .. 3.5 .. 7.10 (52)
Goals: Leeton: W Heath 4, J Davis 2, D Drew 2, R Meyers
Griffith: J Shrives 2, N Tyndall, T Wood, K Kirley, J Taylor, R Bitcon
Leeton: Wally Buttsworth (c-c), Des Lynch, Geoff Hamilton, Laurie Smith, Joe Davis, Ron Harris, John Hillman, Don Drew, Alan O'Connell, Laurie Drew, Rex Meyers, Ken Guest, Bill Heath, Ben O'Donoghue, Eddie Luhrs, Neil St Clair, Bruce Collins, Lionel Warburton, G Carter, R Driscoll
Griffith: Charlie O'Brien, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Vic Ledwidge, Keith Thompson, Jack Luhrs; Jack Collins, Fred Clarke, Terry Wood; Jim Mitchell, Jack Shrives, Robert Cameron; Kevin Kirley, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Jack Taylor, Noel Tyndall; Don Cameron, Dave McRae
Umpires: R Mills (Wagga)
Other matches - Ganmain 5.12 (42) def by Narrandera 9.12 (66), Junee 9.17 (71) def Matong 1.3 (9), Marrar 3.7 (25) def by Whitton 6.18 (54); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves (Sat): Griffith def Kooba/Wilga woolsheds
SWDFL Round 13 - Sunday July 15, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ....... 6.10 (46)
Ganmain .... 8.10 (58)
Goals: Griffith: F Hicks 3, J Shrives, D Cameron, E Feltwell
Ganmain: A Crozier 3, K Carroll, A Brill, L Carroll, C Heath, K Gumbleton
Best players: Griffith: K Thompson, T Wood, J Luhrs, J Collins, J Shrives, C Polkinghorne
Ganmain: L Carroll, A Crozier, C Heath, Joe Carroll, L Brill
Griffith: Jack Luhrs, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Charlie O'Brien, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Jack Collins, Fred Clarke, Terry Wood; Brian Higgins, Jack Shrives, Jim Mitchell; Don Cameron, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Kevin Kirley, Noel Tyndall; Robert Cameron, Jack O'Brien
Umpire: C Hardy. Gate: £54/4/-
Other matches - Leeton 14.18 (102) def Junee 5.9 (39), Matong def Coolamon by 2 points, Narrandera 8.12 (60) def Marrar 3.5 (23); Whitton, bye.
Reserves R10 (Sat): Griffith v Hay Rovers (postponed)
SWDFL Round 14 - Sunday July 22, 1951 at Langtry Oval
Marrar ....... 9.5 (59)
Griffith ....... 9.15 (69)
Goals: Griffith: F Hicks 2, K Kirley 2, T Wade, J Shrives, E Feltwell, J Mitchell, F Clarke
Best players: Marrar: B Pattison, J Pattison, Shea, D Irvine, B Langtry
Griffith: T Wood, K Thompson, K Kirley, J Collins, F Clarke
Griffith: Ben Clarke, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Luhrs, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Jack Collins, Fred Clarke, Noel Tyndall; Brian Higgins, Jack Shrives, Kevin Kirley; George Brack, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Jack Taylor, Terry Wood; Jack O'Brien, Jim Mitchell
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton)
Other matches - Coolamon 9.3 (57) def Whitton 7.9 (51), Junee 5.10 (40) def by Ganmain 5.11 (41), Matong 8.11 (59) def by Leeton 9.14 (68); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves R11 (Sat): Griffith v Yanco
SWDFL Round 15 - Sunday July 29, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ..... 23.20 (158)
Junee ........ 1.2 (8)
Goals: Griffith: F Clarke 9, E Feltwell 6, B Higgins 3, J Shrives 3, F Hicks, J Luhrs
Junee: P Meagher
Best players: Griffith: T Wood, F Clarke, V Ledwidge, K Thompson, J Collins, E Feltwell
Junee: P Meagher, D Keogh, J Whitty, J Corcoran, P Miller
Griffith: Ben Clarke, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Luhrs, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Jack Collins, Terry Wood, Noel Tyndall; Brian Higgins, Jack Shrives, Kevin Kirley; Don Cameron, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Jack Taylor, Fred Clarke; Jim Mitchell, David McRae
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton). Gate: £44
Other matches - Coolamon 4.13 (37) def by Marrar 11.7 (73), Leeton 11.4 (70) def Narrandera 14.12 (96), Whitton 7.12 (54) def by Ganmain 9.7 (61); Matong, bye.
Reserves R12 (Sat): Darlington Point v Griffith
SWDFL Round 16 - Sunday August 5, 1951
Other matches - Coolamon 4.8 (32) def by Leeton 8.4 (52), Ganmain 16.17 (113) def Matong 6.6 (42), Junee 0.6 (06) def by Marrar 4.4 (28).
Reserves R15 (Sat): Griffith bye.
SWDFL Round 17 - Sunday August 12, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith ..... 8.8 (56)
Whitton ... 10.12 (72)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 3, J Shrives, J Mitchell, F Hicks, J Collins, T Wood
Whitton: Jack Tucker 3, Bill Painting 2, Perc Weaven 2, John Dunn 2, Jack Quinn
Best players: Griffith: K Thompson, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne, J Luhrs
Griffith: Ben Clarke, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Luhrs, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Jack Collins, Terry Wood, Noel Tyndall; Brian Higgins, Jack Shrives, Jim Mitchell; Don Cameron, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Jack Taylor, Kevin Kirley, Fred Clarke; Charlie O'Brien, Tom Wade
Umpire: K Hardie. Gate: £63/18/-
Other matches - Coolamon 13.11 (89) def Junee 6.9 (45), Leeton 13.8 (86) def Ganmain 10.18 (78), Narrandera 9.11 (65) def Matong 6.8 (44); Marrar, bye.
Reserves R14 (Sat): Griffith bye
SWDFL Round 18 - Sunday August 19, 1951 at Narrandera Sportsground
Narrandera .... 1.0 .. 3.2 .. 3.2 .. 3.4 (22)
Griffith ............. 1.4 .. 3.7 .. 5.11 .. 5.14 (44)
Goals: Narrandera: Don Durnan 3
Griffith: Fred Hicks 3, Tom Wade, Ted Feltwell
Best players: Narrandera: n/a
Griffith: Keith Thompson, Cecil Polkinghorne, Terry Wood, Vic Ledwidge, Kevin Kirley, Dick Bitcon
Griffith: Ben Clarke, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Jack Luhrs, Keith Thompson, Vic Ledwidge; Terry Wood, Fred Clarke, Noel Tyndall; George Brack, Jack Shrives, Kevin Kirley; Tom Wade, Fred Hicks, Ted Feltwell; Don Cameron, Jack Taylor, im Mitchell; Charlie O'Brien, Robert Cameron
Umpire: Ritchie Younger (Leeton)
Other matches - Ganmain 13.15 (93) def Coolamon 6.11(47), Leeton 5.11 (41) def by Whitton 8.5 (53), Matong 5.7 (37) def Marrar 3.7 (25); Junee, bye.
Reserves R15 (Sat): Hay Rovers def Griffith on forfeit.
Match report: Griffith played grand football to defeat Narrandera on Sunday, at Narrandera Sportsground, but unfortunately, they have failed to enter the semi-finals.
Griffith would have qualified had Leeton beaten Whitton, but Leeton were beaten 8-5 to 5-11.
The semi-finalists are: Ganmain (who beat Coolamon 13-15 to 6-11), Narrandera, Leeton and Whitton.
Leeton and Whitton will meet in the first semi-final at Coolamon next Sunday.
Giving one of their best displays of the season, Griffith completely outplayed Narrandera in all departments of the game.
Griffith in a last attempt to qualify for the semi-finals, went to Narrandera full of determination and from the commencement of play their pacy play-on football, better positional play and teamwork and hard rugged tactics, had the competition leaders struggling ineffectually.
Throughout the game Narrandera could find no counter to the brilliant football of the Griffith team.
The predominant feature of the match, however, was the obdurate and impenetrable defence of the Griffith backs, whose brilliant play, perfect understanding, clever backing-up and fast, strong clearing dashes proved much too good for the Narrandera forwards.
The fact that Narrandera only had seven scoring shots for the game and could only record two points in the second half indicates to some degree the efficiency and solidness of the Griffith defence.
Strong defence by both teams featured the opening few minutes of play, until Vic Ledwidge, Kevin Kirley and Jack Taylor combined to help Ted Feltwell open the scoring with a point.
There was plenty of fire in the play with the pace of Griffith having Narrandera in difficulties early.
Settling down, however, Narrandera relieved pressure, and a well-executed flank movement carried the ball to Don Durnan, who opened the scoring for Narrandera with a goal.
Spirited play by the Griffith centres Terry Wood, Fred Clarke and Noel Tyndall constantly kept Griffith on the attack but the solid Narrandera defence kept the scoring down to two singles.
Spasmodic Narrandera efforts were easily held out by Keith Thompson and Ledwidge, and play was confined around the the centre for long periods at the respective defences parried innumerable thrusts.
Griffith were winning the ruck duels and were continually in attack and finally Clarke and Kirley broke through, but no score resulted until Tom Wade securing from a throw-in snapped accurately for the first Griffith goal.
Jack Luhrs, Jack Taylor and Jim Mitchell sent forward for Griffith, but Feltwell hurried too much and missed the easiest of chances.
The second term opened with some spectacular clearing work by both defences, and play see-sawed for some time until eventually Narrandera broke through and Durnan, marking brilliantly, goaled.
A single followed, but Griffith were quickly in attack with Don Cameron, Luhrs and Clarke teaming cleverly to find Fred Hicks, who rewarded their effort with a goal.
The football was fast and clever, but neither side was able to penetrate the defence to any extent.
A "cheap" free to Durnan added another goal to Narrandera, but Cecil Polkinghorne and Ledwidge advanced Griffith, and Hicks recorded a minor with a long kick.
Feltwell, Kirley and Clarke played with perfect understanding to get the ball to Hicks, who this time found the tall timbers.
Clever co-operation and scintillating play kept Griffith on the attack, but erratic and hurried kicking by the forwards lost many chances.
Play was hard and fast with weight being used freely, and the more mobile Griffith players were having the better of the exchanges.
The Narrandera players were frequently in the hands of the trainers.
Griffith began the third quarter with a great dash and were quickly on the attack; Feltwell passed to Hicks for full points.
A winning ruck and centre-line was giving Griffith great drive, and after a single was added, Wood, Jack Shrives, Wade and Feltwell combined brilliantly for a goal.
Narrandera could not penetrate the rugged defence of Thompson, Clarke and Luhrs, and the ball flashed across the centre in bewildering manner as attack after attack was held by the respective defences.
Tom Wade enlivened proceedings with a towering mark, but scoring was at a minimum, with countless Griffith sorties yielding only three singles while Narrandera had a nil scored for the term.
The final quarter was a hard slogging affair with neither side able to gain any decisive advantage.
A steady shower made the turf greasy and uncertain, and a wet, slippery ball caused much mishandling and fumbling.
The Narrandera players were now feeling the strain of the hard game, and their effort lacked much purpose, while Griffith, with the game safe in their keeping, showed little initiative in their scoring efforts, as their tally of three points for the quarter reveals.
Narrandera, however, frustrated by the perfect teamwork of the Griffith defenders, could only register two minors and the game ended with the scores Narrandera 3.4 (22); Griffith 5.14 (44).
Reserves (East Zone) First Semi-Final - August 25, 1951 at Kindra Park, Coolamon
Coolamon 34 def Ganmain 30
Reserves (West Zone) First Semi Final - Saturday August 25, 1951 at Leeton Showground
Griffith def. Darlington Point on forfeit
SWDFL First Semi Final - Sunday August 26, 1951 at Kindra Park
Whitton .... 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 4.8 .. 9.10 (64)
Leeton .... 1.4 .. 3.7 .. 7.8 .. 8.8 (56)
Goals: Whitton: Bob Painting 3, Jack Quinn 3, Joe Painting, John Dunn, Perc Weaven
Leeton: Bill Heath 4, Wally Buttsworth 4
Best players: Whitton: Jack Rice, Jack Tucker, Joe Painting, Les Thompson, Jack Quinn, Clem Dunbar, Fred Kenny, Noel Willmer
Leeton: Bruce Collins, Rex Meyers, Wally Buttsworth, Des Lynch, Geoff Hamilton, Laurie Drew, Ken Guest
Whitton: Jack Quinn (capt.), Clem Dunbar, Bob Painting, Jack Rice, John 'Darby' Dunn, Trevor Hyde, Jack Tucker, Noel Willmer, Fred Kenny, Joe Painting, Leo Dunn, Ted Thompson (v-c), Bill Painting, Dudley Dunbar, Merv McAliece, Les Thompson, Perc "Ike" Weaven; Ken Painting, W Rhodes
Leeton: Wally Buttsworth (c-c), Des Lynch, Geoff Hamilton, Tom Keeley, Joe Davis, C Driscoll, John Hillman, Don Drew, Andy O'Connell, Laurie Drew, Rex Meyers, Ken Guest, Bill Heath, Ben O'Donoghue, Eddie Luhrs, N. St Clair, Bruce Collins, Lionel Warburton, Ron 'Blue' Harris.
Umpire: Doug Rankin (VFL). Gate: £194/-/-
Reserves (East Zone) Second Semi Final - Saturday September 2, 1951 at Grong Grong Oval
Narrandera def Grong Grong by 4 points
Reserves (West Zone) Second Semi Final - Saturday September 1, 1951 at Hay Park
Leeton ............ 2.6 .. 7.14 .. 8.21 .. 10.25 (85)
Hay Rovers ... 1.7 .. 1.8 .. 3.10 .. 6.15 (51)
Goals - Leeton: G Carter 4, P Glass 3, L Smith 2, J Keeble
Hay: J Brown 2, J Curtis, Congdon, D Beissel, J Lugsdin
Best players - Leeton: G Carter, P Glass, J Douglas, L Smith, D Sutcliffe, W Towers
Hay: D Beissel, E Blondinau, M Lugsdin, M Connors, G Ellis, D Collis
SWDFL Second Semi Final - Sunday September 2, 1951 at Junee
Ganmain ........ 4.3 .. 9.4 .. 10.5 .. 13.8 (96)
Narrandera ... 1.1 .. 4.1 .. 7.2 .. 8.5 (53)
Goals: Ganmain: Keith Gumbleton 4, Jack McPherson 3, Artie Roy, Alan Brill, Arthur Crozier, Clon Heath, Tony Carroll, Lawrence Carroll
Narrandera: Ross Jones 5, Norm Thompson, Don Sams, Don Durnan
Best players: Ganmain: Joe Carroll, Bill Carroll, Lawrence Carroll, Arthur Crozier, Roy McPherson, Frank Murphy
Narrandera: Les Longmore, Jack Sargent, Henry Turner, Ross Jones, Cliff Hazelman, Jim Durnan
Umpire: Stevens (VFL). Gate: £237/-/-
Reserves (East Zone) Preliminary Final - Saturday September 8, 1951 at Ganmain Sportsground
Grong Grong def Coolamon by 15 points
Reserves (West Zone) Preliminary Final - Saturday September 8, 1951 at Hay Park
Hay Rovers......... 3.2 .. 5.3 .. 8.11 .. 11.16 (82)
Griffith ................ 2.6 .. 3.8 .. 3.10 .. 5.13 (43)
SWDFL Preliminary Final - Sunday September 9, 1951 at Leeton Showground
Narrandera .... 2.3 .. 3.4 .. 5.6 .. 6.8 (44)
Whitton ........... 1.2 .. 4.7 .. 6.8 .. 7.12 (54)
Goals: Narrandera: Don Durnan 2, Cliff Hazelman 2, R Tunbridge, Norm Thompson
Whitton: Jack Tucker 2, Ted Thompson 2, Joe Painting, Merv McAliece, Perc Weaven
Best players: Narrandera: Henry Turner, Les Longmore, Jim Dunan, Don Durnan, Jack Sargent
Whitton: Dudley Dunbar, Ted Thompson, Les Thompson, Noel Willmer, Jack Quinn
Narrandera: Len Pedler (capt), Cliff Hazelman (v-c), Ross Jones, Pat Durnan, R Lumby, Les Longmore, R Tunbridge, Jim Durnan, Don Durnan, Henry Turner, F Walsh, Bruce McLay, Jack McNamee, W Clark, Norm Thompson, Jack Sargent, Henry Mathieson; Tom Sheather, Eric Hunt
Whitton: Jack Quinn (capt.), Clem Dunbar, Bob Painting, Jack Rice, Trevor Hyde, Jack Tucker, Mick McAliece, Noel Willmer, Fred Kenny, Joe Painting, Leo Dunn, Ted Thompson (v-c), Bill Painting, Dudley Dunbar, Merv McAliece, Les Thompson, Perc "Ike" Weaven, Ken Painting; John 'Darby' Dunn, W Rhodes.
Umpire: Ken Westlow (VFL). Gate: £299/-/-
Reserves (East Zone) Grand Final - Saturday September 15, 1951
Grong Grong ......... 1.1 .. 3.3 .. 4.5 .. 9.7 (61)
Narrandera ........... 3.0 .. 4.1 .. 8.1 .. 9.6 (60)
Best players: Grong Grong: Harry Evans, Tom "Nut' Smith, Russell Bros., George Devine, Col Reynolds.
Narrandera: Doug Kelly, Ashley Smith, Les Nielsen, Les "Blue" Peacock, Henry Mathieson, Fred Maxwell
Narrandera: J. Mulholland (captain), Kev Turner, Fred Maxwell, Les Nielsen, Tom Sheather, R. Walker, Ashley Smith, Doug Kelly, Don Sams, Jim Bliss, Jack Connell, Les Peacock, Henry Mathieson, W. Clark, R. Hornby, Col Simpson, J. Bailey, T. Bynon, G. Drover (19th), R. Pearson (20th), Jim Hornby (21st).
SWDFL Grand Final - Sunday September 16, 1951 at Narrandera Sportsground
Ganmain ..... 1.2 .. 2.5 .. 5.6 .. 7.7 (49)
Whitton ....... 0.4 .. 2.6 .. 4.11 .. 5.14 (44)
Goals: Ganmain: Keith Gumbleton 4, Lawrence Carroll 2, Clon Heath
Whitton: Ted Thompson 2, Jack Quinn, Clem Dunbar, Jack Tucker
Best players: Ganmain: Roy McPherson, Joe Carroll, JD Carroll, Len Brill, Clon Heath, Arthur Crozier, Artie Roy
Whitton: Clem Dunbar, Dudley Dunbar, Fred Kenny, Jack Rice, Trevor Hyde, Jack Tucker, Jack Quinn, Ted Thompson
Ganmain: Lawrence 'Dooley' Carroll (capt), Kevin Carroll, Keith Gumbleton, Bill Carroll, Arch Hetherington, Frank Murphy, Len Brill (v-c), Brian 'Mick' Carroll, Jack McPherson, Les McPherson, Arthur Crozier, Roy Eisenhauer, Artie Roy, Tony Carroll, Clon Heath, Joe B. Carroll, John 'Digger' Carroll, Roy 'Digger' McPherson; Alan Brill, Jim Crouch
Whitton: Jack Quinn (capt.), Clem Dunbar, Bob Painting, Jack Rice, John 'Darby' Dunn, Trevor Hyde, Jack Tucker, Mick McAliece, Noel Willmer, Fred Kenny, Joe Painting, Leo Dunn, Ted Thompson (v-c), Bill Painting, Dudley Dunbar, Merv McAliece, Les Thompson, Perc "Ike" Weaven; Ken Painting, W Rhodes
Umpire: Harry Clayton (VFL). Gate: £540/-/-.
Match report: An all-time record crowd, estimated at nearly 6000 people, at Narrandera on Sunday saw one of the most thrilling grand final matches ever played in the South-Western District Football League's competition, when Ganmain snatched victory from Whitton as the final siren sounded.
Whitton, inspired by Coach Jack Quinn, had battled very hard to gain and maintain the lead in the last quarter, and just as they seemed almost certain to win, Ganmain, with rare abandon, came with a paralysing run, and worked the ball to their forwards. Swampy" Gumbleton luckily gathered it within striking distance and kicked it through the main uprights in time to synchronise with the sounding of the final siren and the deafening roar of delight from Ganmain barrackers.
The game, hard but cleanly fought, fast-moving and thrilling from start to finish, was, as the Mayor of Narrandera said when speaking through Colin Sheah's amplifier, a fitting climax to a very successful season of Australian Rules football by the League. The vast crowd was further striking evidence of the public's appreciation of the selection of the Narrandera sportsground as the venue for the teams. At last year's grand final at Narrandera the sale of programmes realised the then record figure of £375, but Sunday's sales of programmes at £528 exceeded it by £153, setting a new record.
As is customary with the home club, the Narrandera Imperials carried out all arrangements creditably, and also conducted the afternoon tea, cool drinks and hot dogs' stalls. The executive of the League (Messrs. Jas. Quinn, Doug Roach, and W. J. Gammage) supervised with their usual efficiency.
The Citizens' Band played as the teams ran on to the playing field, which was in capital order, and also rendered selections during the afternoon. The warm spring weather added to the pleasure of the sport.
In a brief speech prior to Umpire Harry Clayton, of Melbourne, putting the ball in play, the President of the League, Mr. Jas. Quinn, of Coolamon, congratulated both teams on qualifying for the game, and asked them to give the patrons a good game. He expressed a hope that the better team would win.
Seldom has there been seen better defence than that put up by Joe Carroll and Roy "Digger" McPherson for Ganmain, and Dudley Dunbar and Bill Painting for Whitton, all of whom were almost infallible. Their sound defence was among the highlights of
a splendidly contested game.
By their thrilling victory Ganmain earned the distinction of being the first team to win the S.W.D.F.L. premiership in three successive years, and also the first to hold the handsome "Argus" Cup.
Credit must be given the Whitton team for their great performance in getting into the final last year and the grand final this year. With a little more luck they could have been premiers.
At the half-time interval the President (Mr. Jas. Quinn) presented the W. J. Gammage medal (donated each year by the Secretary, Mr. Doug Roach) for the best and fairest player in the League to Peter Curtis, a 19-year-old Coolamon player.
SWDFL Reserves (West Zone) Grand Final
Leeton ............ 2.3 .. 5.7 .. 8.12 .. 10.16 (76)
Hay Rovers ... 1.4 .. 1.7 .. 2.20 .. 5.23 (53)
Best players- Leeton: A. Smith, L. Smith, J. Keeble, B O'Donoghue and W. Byrnes
Hay's best was E. Tapscott, M. Connors, D. Beissel, E. Blondinau and D. Harrison.
Mr. L. Byrnes (Leeton) was umpire.
Hay Rovers: D. Beissel, M. Lugsdin, J. Lugsdin, D. Harrison, J. Brown, R. Griffith, G. Ellis, M. Connors, S.Sargent, M. Ross, D. Leonard, E. Tapscott, A, Hurst, W. Hathaway, W. O'Brien, E. Blondinau, J. Curtis, M. Spencer (19), D. Collis (20), B. Walsh (21).
Match report: For the first time on record two grand finals were played at Narrandera on the same day. Leeton and Hay contested the western zone grand final of the S.W.D.F.L. reserve grade competition, and a keen game resulted in Leeton winning by 23 points. Hay was astray in their kicking at goal in the early stages, and from 22 scoring shots registered 2 goals 20 behinds in the first three quarters, otherwise the result would have been much closer.
The early morning rise after two show days and the long journey, no doubt had some effect on the Hay players. However, they all rose to the occasion, and it was difficult to select their best players.
The game was umpired by a Leeton umpire, Mr. Len Byrnes, who failed to please a proportion of the crowd with his rulings. Apparently, there is bad organisation in the competition when they can secure a neutral Melbourne umpire to handle the first-grade match and not a neutral referee for the reserve grade. The Hay club has 'had a raw deal from this competition. Numerous forfeits, even on the home ground of the defaulting team have done little to help the local Australian Rules club in their competition.
Reserves Inter-Zone Grand Final - Saturday September 22, 1951 at Narrandera Sporsground
Grong Grong (East Zone) .... 2.1 .. 2.6 .. 4.8 .. 7.14 (56)
Leeton (West Zone) .............. 3.1 .. 4.2 .. 4.6 .. 5.7 (37)
Best players - Grong Grong: Tom Smith, Jim Russell, Bill Limbrick, Merv Russell, George Devine, Dudley Butler, Sonny Russell
Leeton: Bill Towers, Laurie Smith, "Digger" Harrington, Danny Weldon, Alan Smith, A. Ramponi
Grong Grong — Harry Evans (capt.), T. Smith (vice-captain), Bill Limbrick, Ken Limbrick, Frank Brophy, George Devine, Keith Cox, Sonny Russell, Merv Russell, Jim Russell, Noel Russell, R. Kerr, Peter Sheather, Col Reynolds, R. Charles, Dudley Butler, K. Billingham, E. Gawne, P. Smythe, R. Cox, M Kerr, N. Stuart.
Leeton. — Fred Driscoll, A. Ramponi, P. Drew, Bill Towers, R. Driscoll, W. Byrnes, E. Allen, J. Keeble, Laurie Smith, Danny Weldon, Des Sutcliffe, S. 'Digger' Harrington, B. Irvine, J. Douglas, P. Glass, R. Bollington, G. Carter, Alan Smith, Ben O'Donoghue, R. Heness, P. Norris, C. Heness.