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).
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 sub committee - 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: P Hogan
Griffith: R Bitcon 9, F Clarke 3, R Guy 2, G Brack 2, K Kirley, S West
Best: Matong: D Mattingly, G Jones, J Curry, Smith
Griffith: R Guy, K Thompson, R Bitcon, F Clarke, J Luhrs
Griffith: J Taylor, R Geddes, W Weston*; T Wade*, K Thompson, C Polkinghorne; N Tyndall, K Kirley*, J Shrives; S West, K Hansen (c-c)*, E Geddes; J Mitchell*, R Bitcon, F Clarke; J Luhrs, G Brack*, R Guy; C O'Brien*, V Ledwidge
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton)
SWDFL Round 2 - Sunday April 22, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .......... 17.17 (119)
Coolamon ..... 1.7 (13)
Goals: Griffith: R Bitcon 6, K Hansen 2, F Clarke 2, N Tyndall 2, R Geddes 2, Jim Mitchell 2, K Kirley
Coolamon: P Curtis
Best: Griffith: R Geddes, C Polkinghorne, R Guy, K Thompson, T Wood, J Mitchell
Coolamon: J Traynor, V Smith, J Bredin, B Bartholomew, R Breust
Griffith: E Geddes, J Taylor, J Luhrs; C O'Brien, K Thompson, C Polkinghorne; J Shrives, K Hansen (c-c), T Wood; K Kirley, R Geddes, N Tyndall; G Brack, R Bitcon, Jim Mitchell; T Wade, F Clarke, R Guy; Ledwidge, A Brasher*, S West
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: J Collins, J Diggelmann. Gate: £49/1/6
SWDFL Round 3 - Sunday April 29, 1951 at Ganmain Sportsground
Ganmain ..... 11.18 (84)
Griffith ......... 10.12 (72)
Goals: Ganmain: K Gumbleton 6, A Brill 2, A Roy, J Crouch, F Murphy
Griffith: R Bitcon 6, R Guy, R Geddes, G Brack, 1 short
Best: Ganmain: W Carroll, L Carroll, L McPherson, K Gumbleton, A Roy, A Crozier
Griffith: J Luhrs, J Taylor, R Guy, T Wood, E Geddes, R Geddes, R Bitcon
Griffith: E Geddes, J Taylor, C O'Brien; T Wade, K Thompson, C Polkinghorne; J Shrives, K Hansen (c-c), T Wood; S West, R Geddes, K Kirley; R Guy, R Bitcon, F Clarke; J Luhrs, G Brack, J Mitchell; V Ledwidge, N Tyndall
Umpire: Hornby (Narandera)
Reserves R1 (Sat): Griffith 89 d Yanco 20
SWDFL Round 4 - Sunday May 6, 1951 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .... 10.9 (69)
Leeton ..... 10.10 (70)
Goals: Griffith: R Bitcon 3, E Feltwell 3, G Brack, T Wade, K Hansen, K Kirley
Leeton: W Heath 4, J Davis 2, R Meyers, L Drew, R Harris, D Sutcliffe
Best: Griffith: J Luhrs, K Hansen, K Kirley, C O'Brien
Leeton: W Buttsworth, E Luhrs, D Sutcliffe, W Heath
Griffith: W Weston, K Thompson, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Taylor, J Collins; N Tyndall, K Hansen (c-c), T Wood; K Kirley, F Clarke, J O'Brien; E Feltwell, R Bitcon, T Wade; J Luhrs, G Brack, J Mitchell; V Ledwidge, J Norton*
Umpire: E Towsell (Wagga). Boundary: J Diggelmann. Gate: £66/9/9
Reserves R2 (Sat): Darlington Point 11.17 (83) d 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: Junee: J Corcoran, P Meagher, Fisher, Dwyer, Blight
Griffith: E Feltwell, K Hansen, F Clarke, F Hicks
Griffith: G Brack, R Bitcon, J Taylor; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; N Tyndall, K Hansen (c-c), T Wood; K Kirley, J Shrives, J Collins; T Wade, F Hicks, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, F Clarke, Jim Mitchell; C Polkinghorne, J O'Brien
Umpire: Crouch. Boundaries: J Diggelmann, D Sefton
Reserves R3 (Sat): Griffith 35 lost to 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: Griffith: C O'Brien, T Wood, N Tyndall, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne, F Clarke
Marrar: J Pattison, B Pattison, D Irvine, B Langtry
Griffith: G Brack, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Taylor, V Ledwidge; N Tyndall, K Hansen (c-c), T Wood; K Kirley, J Shrives, J Collins; T Wade, F Clarke, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, G Bock*, J Mitchell; J O'Brien
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: J Diggelmann, D Sefton. Gate: £47/4/-
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 Sibun, R Brooker
Riverina: W Heath 3, P O'Connell 2, D Durnan
Best: 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 Carroll, 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 Football League: 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, Crowd: 5,000
Riverina Schoolboys Under 17's: Southern Zone 6.7 (43) d Northern Zone 5.6 (36)
Best players - Southern Zone: Garry Carroll, Vic Hathaway, W. Burns, G. Peacock, Jim Conquest.
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. Mickelson, R. Harris, J. Reed, M. Reed (Ariah Park), G. Ellis, P. Quade, M. Stiller (Mirrool), A. Allen, A. Brown, G. Saunders, G. Cassim (Ardlethan), L. Smith, M. Smith, E. Wykes (Beckom), N. Clarke, K. Pearson (Bald Hill), G. McDermott, E. Davis, L. Heath (Kamarah), O. Lyons, N. Brambley, L. Maher (Barellan).
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 Saturday 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 fulfil 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.
Ern 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 team mates — 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 McKcnzie (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 be hind by the Riverina team in the last quarter. The Victorian rovers, Richards and Rosewarne, were very prominent in the excellent team work. 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
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: Whitton: E Thompson, D Dunbar, J Tucker, J Quinn
Griffith: T Wood, J Luhrs, V Ledwidge
Griffith: G Brack, R Bitcon, D McRae; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; N Tyndall, K Hansen (c-c), T Wood; K Kirley, J Taylor, J Shrives; E Feltwell, F Hicks, F Clarke; J Luhrs, G Bock, J Mitchell; T Wade, Cec Polkinghorne
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: J Diggelmann, J Norton
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: Griffith: R Bitcon, V Ledwidge, J Shrives, F Hicks
Narrandera: L Longmore, L Pedler, J Sargent, P Seymour, C Hazelman
Griffith: G Brack, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; J Taylor, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; N Tyndall, F Clarke, T Wood; K Kirley, J Shrives, J Mitchell; J Luhrs, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, K Hansen (c-c), H Seen*; J Collins, C O'Brien
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton). Boundaries: J Collins, R Cameron. Gate: £65/18/-
Reserves R7 (Sat): Griffith 39 d Darlington Point 35
SWDFL Round 10 - Sunday June 24, 1951 at Kindra Park
Coolamon ..... 3.10 (28)
Griffith .......... 13.7 (85)
Goals: Coolamon: L Taylor, K Crocker, J Bredin
Griffith: E Feltwell 6, F Hicks 2, T Wade 2, J Shrives 2, F Clarke
Best: Coolamon: R Inch, L Gould, P McDevitt, L Taylor, V Smith
Griffith: F Clarke, J Collins, E Feltwell, T Wood, K Hansen, J Taylor
Griffith: G Brack, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; J Taylor, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; J Collins, F Clarke, T Wood; K Kirley, J Shrives, J Mitchell; T Wade, F Hicks, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, K Hansen (c-c), N Tyndall; C O'Brien, J O'Brien
Umpire: E Towsell (Wagga)
Reserves R8 (Sat): Leeton 11.4 (70) d 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: L Foley 2, P Hogan, K Jones, J Doherty
Best: Griffith: F Clarke, F Hicks, E Feltwell, T Wade, R Bitcon, J Collins
Matong: W Walsh, J Doherty, D McPherson, P Hogan, G Jones
Griffith: G Brack, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; V Ledwidge, K Thompson, C O'Bren; J Collins, F Clarke, T Wood; J Mitchell, J Shrives, R Cameron*; K Kirley, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Taylor, N Tyndall; J O'Brien, D Cameron*
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton). Gate: £35/4/-
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)
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: 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: J Luhrs, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; J Collins, F Clarke, T Wood; B Higgins, J Shrives, J Mitchell; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, K Kirley, N Tyndall; R Cameron, J O'Brien
Umpire: C Hardy. Gate: £54/4/-
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: Marrar: B Pattison, J Pattison, Shea, D Irvine, Langtry
Griffith: T Wood, K Thompson, K Kirley, J Collins, F Clarke
Griffith: B Clarke, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; J Luhrs, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; J Collins, F Clarke, N Tyndall; B Higgins, J Shrives, K Kirley; G Brack, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Taylor, T Wood; J O'Brien, J Mitchell
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton)
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: 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: B Clarke, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; J Luhrs, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; J Collins, T Wood, N Tyndall; B Higgins, J Shrives, K Kirley; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Taylor, F Clarke; J Mitchell, D McRae
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton). Gate: £44
Reserves R12 (Sat): Darlington Point v Griffith
SWDFL Round 16 - Sunday August 5, 1951
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: J Tucker 3, W Painting 2, P Weaven 2, J Dunn 2, J Quinn
Best: Griffith: K Thompson, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne, J Luhrs
Griffith: Ben Clarke, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; J Luhrs, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; J Collins, T Wood, N Tyndall; B Higgins, J Shrives, J Mitchell; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; J Taylor, K Kirley, F Clarke; C O'Brien, T Wade
Umpire: K Hardie. Gate: £63/18/-
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: D Durnan 3
Griffith: F Hicks 3, T Wade, E Feltwell
Best: Narrandera: n/a
Griffith: K Thompson, C Polkinghorne, T Wood, V Ledwidge, K Kirley, R Bitcon
Griffith: Ben Clarke, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; J Luhrs, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, N Tyndall; G Brack, J Shrives, K Kirley; T Wade, F Hicks, E Feltwell; D Cameron, J Taylor, J Mitchell; C O'Brien, R Cameron
Umpire: R Younger (Leeton)
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 foward 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:
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: R Painting 3, J Quinn 3, J Painting, J Dunn, P Weaven
Leeton: W Heath 4, W Buttsworth 4
Best: Whitton: J Rice, J Tucker, J Painting, L Thompson, J Quinn, C Dunbar, F Kenny, N Willmer
Leeton: B Collins, R Meyers, W Buttsworth, D Lynch, G Hamilton, L Drew, K 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, J 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 - 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: K Gumbleton 4, J McPherson 3, A Roy, A Brill, A Crozier, C Heath, A Carroll, L Carroll
Narrandera: R Jones 5, N Thompson, D Sams, D Durnan
Best: Ganmain: Joe Carroll, W Carroll,L Carroll, A Crozier, R McPherson, F Murphy
Narrandera: L Longmore, J Sargent, H Turner, R Jones, C Hazelman, J 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: D Durnan 2, C Hazelman 2, R Tunbridge, N Thompson
Whitton: J Tucker 2, E Thompson 2, J Painting, M McAliece, P Weaven
Best: Narrandera: H Turner, L Longmore, Jim Dunan, D Durnan, J Sargent
Whitton: D Dunbar, E Thompson, L Thompson, N Willmer, J 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, E. 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: 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), K. Turner, F. Maxwell, L. Nielsen, T. Sheather, R. Walker, A. Smith, D. Kelly, D. Sams, J. Bliss, J. Connell, L. Peacock, H. Mathieson, W. Clark, R. Hornby, C. Simpson, J. Bailey, T. Bynon, G. Drover (19th), R. Pearson (20th), J.. 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: K Gumbleton 4, L Carroll 2, C Heath
Whitton: E Thompson 2, J Quinn, C Dunbar, J Tucker
Best: Ganmain: R McPherson, Joe Carroll, JD Carroll, L Brill, C Heath, A Crozier, A Roy
Whitton: C Dunbar, D Dunbar, F Kenny, J Rice, T Hyde, J Tucker, J Quinn, E Thompson
Ganmain: Lawrence 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 hand some "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 - Leeton: A. Smith, L. Smith, J. Keeble, B O'Donoghue and W. Byrnes
Hay's best were 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 were 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. L. 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 - Grong Grong: Tom Smith, Jimmy 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 — H. Evans (capt.), T. Smith (vice-captain), W. Limbrick, K. Limbrick, F. Brophy, G. Devine, K. Cox, S. Russell, M. Russell, J. Russell, N. Russell, R. Kerr, P. Sheather, C. Reynolds, R. Charles, D. Butler, K. Billingham, E. Gawne, P. Smythe, R. Cox, M Kerr, N. Stuart.
Leeton. — F. Driscoll, A. Ramponi, P. Drew, B. Towers, R. Driscoll, W. Byrnes, E. Allen, J. Keeble, L. Smith, D. Weldon, D. Sutcliffe, S. Harrington, B. Irvine, J. Douglas, P. Glass, R. Bollington, G. Carter, A. Smith, B. O'Donoghue, R. Heness, P. Norris, C. Heness.
1951 SWDFL (First Grade) Best & Fairest - Gammage Medal
7 votes - Peter Curtis (Coolamon)
1951 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: George Bock, George Brack, A. Brasher, Donald Cameron, Robert Cameron, Ken Hansen, Kevin Kirley, Jim Mitchell, Chas. O'Brien, Harry Seen, Tom Wade, W. Weston
Final Games / Goals: George Bock (2 / 1), George Brack (12 / 4), , A. Brasher (1 / 0), Ben Clarke, Eric Geddes, Roy Geddes (20 / 42), Bob Guy, Ken Hansen (9 / 8), Kevin Kirley (16 / 10), Dave McRae, Jack O'Brien, Harry Seen (1 / 0), Stan West, W. Weston (2 / 0).
ALSO PLAYED FOR GRIFFITH IN 1951
Reserves: Ian Andrea, Bob Brown, Vic Budd, Brian Casey, Norm Coleman, Terry Crump, John Dedini, Brian Devery, John Diggelmann, Jim Fielder, Ray Foley, Jim Ford, Norm Foster, Neil Griggs, Des Huckle, J. Kelly, Murray Macklin, Malcolm Mason, Ray Mason, Hugh McLean, Brian, Des, John & Ray O'Dwyer, K. O'Hara, Fred Owen, Clive Polkinghorne, George Rathbone, C Scott, Don Sefton, K Welsh, D White, Frank Wood.
Australian Rules Wind-up Ball
A very large crowd attended the wind-up Ball of the Griffith Australian Rules Football Club held at Hanwood Hall last week.
During the evening, blazers and fountain pens were presented to first and reserve grade players respectively as the result of a successful year's work by the ladies auxiliary of the club.
At the completion of the presentation by the club president, Mr. Len Polkinghorne, Mr. Dick Bitcon, on behalf of the players, warmly thanked the women members for their gesture which was greatly appreciated.
The following trophies were presented:
Best and fairest, first grade player - Fred Clarke
Most consistent player - Jack Luhrs
Most improved player - Victor Ledwidge
Best club man - Dick Bitcon
Most unselfish player - Fred Hicks
Most serviceable player against Whitton - Cecil Polkinghorne
Best and fairest, reserve grade player - Dave McRae
Most conscientious player - John Diggelmann
A beautiful crystal water set was also presented to coach Ken Hansen from members of the club and supporters.
The Area News - Friday October 5, 1951
NOTED BY "STABPASS"
April 20: Previously regarded as the "ironman" of the Griffith team, Jack Luhrs created a mild sensation on Sunday, when, just before running out with the team, he carefully arranged his raven locks in a hair net, an act that occasioned loud wolf whistles.
However, there was nothing feminine about his play as several Matong players found when they tried to halt some of his crashing dashes.
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April 27: "A future champion ruckman" were the words used by Laurie Taylor, Coolamon's well known captain-coach, when discussing Tom Wade. Having his first game with the team, Tom, naturally was a bit slow to find his feet, but once he warmed up gave quite an impressive display.
Still very raw, he will derive great benefit from the coaching he is now getting, as he is very keen and enthusiastic about the game.
Playing a better class of football, too, should greatly improve him, and most members of the Griffith Club are sure that Laurie Taylor's prediction will come true before the season ends.
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April 27: The happy disposition stalwart of the Griffith eighteen, Keith Thompson was in a spot of bother in last Sunday's game when his shorts were almost torn off.
A new pair was rushed out, but before they could be donned, "Butch" was called upon to halt a Coolamon attack.
With the spare shorts in one hand and the ball in the other, "Butch" caused some amusement as he dashed down the centre to break up the attack.
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May 4: Called onto the field, when Jack Shrives had to retire with an ankle injury, Noel Tyndall performed so ably that he at least held his own with Ganmain's redoubtable wingster, Len Brill.
In fact the clash of the wingman, Len Brill - Noel Tyndall and Mick Carroll - Terry Wood provided one of the highlights of the game.
Noel, who is jockey size, plays with great determination and dash. As Geoff Willis remarked when he was coaching the team. "It is just as well he isn't two to three stone heavier - the casualty rate of his opponents would be too heavy."
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May 18: Playing only his second game of the season, Teddie Feltwell gave an outstanding display for Griffith last Sunday, and earned himself general commendation.
Ted certainly had a field day, his meteoric dashes leaving his opponent floundering and dismayed, and his characteristic high marks brought forth praise from Jack Corcoran, the well known Junee and SWDFL representative.
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May 18: Included in the Marrar team on Sunday will be Jack Pattison of foot running fame, who won the Bendigo Easter Gift and was placed second in the much publicised and disputed decision of this year's Stawell Gift .
Jack, his foot running brothers Tom and Bernie, together with other fleet footed Marrar players will fully test the fast play-on system evolved by the pacy Griffith eighteen.
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May 25: While most of the older and more experienced members of the team had a bad day on Sunday, and played, as the coach bluntly put it, "Like old women," one of the youngest players in the side, Vic Ledwidge was earning general approbation for his dashing and determined efforts on the half back line.
The Griffith Cub is fortunate to have such promising young player to call on.
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May 25: Football followers in the SWDFL were deeply shocked to hear the death of Ron Luhrs at Leeton, in a shooting accident.
Until last season when he retired and took on umpiring, Ron or "Scottie" as he was better known, had for many years been a prominent member of the Leeton team.
He was universally well liked and respected, and his cheery personality will be greatly missed.
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June 6: With five players - Keith Thompson, Jack Luhrs, Fred Clarke, Ted Feltwell and Terry Wood - Griffith have a large representation in the SWDFL team selected to a play a benefit game for Mrs Keith Shea, at Albury on Monday.
A pleasing gesture on the part of the League was the invitation to the executive of the Griffith Club to join the official party and travel with the team.
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June 15: Although it rained continuously, quite a large crowd turned up at the Albury Oval on Monday to see the game between a combined Albury team and the SWDFL played as a testimonial for Keith Shea's widow.
The SWDFL eighteen performed very creditable in the very slippery conditions, and except for the third quarter more than held there own. However, the seven goals scored by the Albury players in the third term burst, left no doubt as to result of an otherwise low scoring game.
Before play began, several foot running and kicking contests were decided for some nice trophies donated by the Carlton Football Club. Dud Mattingly of Matong with a mighty effort, took the trophy for the long kick, while a SWDFL team comprising Terry Wood and Ted Feltwell (Griffith), Des Lynch (Leeton) and Bernie Pattison (Marrar) proved too fast for the other teams in the relay.
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June 29: Members of the Griffith eighteen at Coolamon on Sunday were highly amused by the following incident.
A Griffith official included a bottle of wine in his kit to give the team a small "nip" for the final term, and left his bag open under a tree while the match was in progress.
On returning to pick up his bag, he found an empty bottle and five shillings in silver along side.
Two well known Coolamon identities enjoyed the remainder of the game apparently well fortified against the cold wintry conditions.
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July 6: When asked how he managed to kick a goal on Sunday, Keith Thompson nonchalantly replied, "It's easy," but it is not believed he will approach the selectors with the idea of being transferred to the forwards.
No doubt "Butch's" feat will arouse aspirations in the breast of his boon companion "Man" Luhrs.
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July 13: One of the few Griffith players to play to form on Sunday was the pacy centre winder, Terry Wood, who played brilliantly all day and gave a splendid display of fast, intelligent football.
Terry is probably playing his best football this season and week after week he has been consistently been one of Griffith's best.
Rumour has it that he will be seen in another of his sporting activities on Sunday when he will be one of the participants in a challenge foot race before the Griffith-Ganmain game.
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July 13: Never before has the Griffith Club had so many enthusiastic and willing workers.
On the morning before each home game a number of keen members, organised and led by the enthusiastic and hard working secretary, Roy Riley, prepare the ground, dressing rooms, etc., for use in the afternoon, and their efforts have been much appreciated by visiting teams.
But perhaps the hardest workers of all are the members of the Ladies Auxiliary. These ladies at each home match conduct the afternoon tea booth and regularly sell 40 and 60 dozen pies and cups of tea. Each fortnight the ladies organise a social and dance, and at regular intervals they conduct street stalls, one of which will be held on Saturday. At the moment, however, their main interests and and thoughts are centred around arrangements for the Footballers Ball in the Hanwood Hall on August 3.
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July 27: Making a belated appearance in the team this season, Brian Higgins is finding it a little difficult to regain the brilliant form of past seasons. However, with another game or two and some arduous training this brainy and talented player should be at his top, and teaming smoothing and effectively with his fellow forwards.
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July 27: Probably the most pleased man after the game on Sunday was captain-coach Ken Hansen, whose fractured hand is keeping him out of football. With his fractures knitting very slowly, Ken has several more Sunday's to view the game outside.
Ken's off-sider, "Collingwood Jack" Taylor was back in the team last Sunday and inspired them to greater efforts with his dogged determination and great enthusiasm.
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August 24: While most of the praise for Griffith's win at Narrandera last Sunday went to the defenders, quite a deal of praise was given to "Bluey" Kirley for his excellent game on the half forward flank.
Scouting wide and cleverly eluding his opponents most of the day, "Blue" rendered yeoman service and apart from his clever scouting more than held his own in the crushes, by his judicious use of his weight.