1952 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS

PLAYER TRANSFERS

IN: Lionel Crump, Jack Kloot (Melbourne Amateurs), Paddy O'Connell (Moombooldool), Tom Roulent (Trentham), Laurie Smith (Leeton).

OUT: George Brack, Ben Clarke, Ken Hansen, Kevin Kirley, Jim Mitchell, Jack O'Brien, Harry Seen, Stan West, W Weston.

Round 1 - Sunday April 20, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith ........................... 15.15 (105)

Grong Grong-Matong ... 7.6 (48)

Goals: Griffith: B Higgins 5, E Feltwell 4, T Roulent 3, J Luhrs, L Smith, F Clarke

GG-M: K Cox 3, M Russell, T Smith, B McPherson, P Curry

Best: Griffith: T Roulent, K Thompson, J Kloot, C Polkinghorne, P O'Connell, B Higgins, E Feltwell

GG-M: D Mattingly, P Hogan, P Curry, W Walsh, J Doherty, B McPherson, T Smith

Griffith: Jack Taylor, Dick Bitcon, Cecil Polkinghorne; Vic Ledwidge, Keith Thompson, Charlie O'Brien; Terry Wood, Fred Clarke, Noel Tyndall; Clive Polkinghorne*, Laurie Smith*, Jack Shrives; Ted Feltwell, Brian Higgins, Jack Kloot; Tom Roulent*(c-c), Jack Luhrs, Paddy O'Connell*; Jack Collins, John Norton

Grong Grong-Matong: Barry McPherson (c-c), Pat and Bill Walsh, Gordon Jones, Kevin Cox, Jim, Merv and Noel Russell, Laurie and Pat Quinn, John Doherty, Dud McPherson, Dud Mattingly, Tom Smith, Pat Hogan, Bill Ledger, Frank Brophy, Jack and Pat Curry, Merv Winnell

Match report: Griffith started the season well on Sunday by easily defeating the newly formed Matong-Grong Grong United. The game, which was played at Griffith, attracted quite a large crowd for an opening game, and while the football was not of exceptionally standard, it neverless was fast, rugged and always interesting. Gate: £50/14/3

Round 2 - Sunday April 27, 1952 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.45pm

Ganmain ...... 8.14 (62)

Griffith ........ 11.7 (73)

Goals: Ganmain: W Thompson 4, K Gumbleton 2, A Carroll, C Wines

Griffith: E Feltwell 4, P O'Connell 4, T Roulent 2

Best: Ganmain: L Carroll, L Brill, F Murphy, K Gumbleton, W Thompson, Joe Carroll

Griffith: K Thompson, P O'Connell, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne, J Luhrs, E Feltwell

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; V Ledwidge, K Thompson, J Luhrs; T Wood, F Clarke, J Collins; Clive Polkinghorne, J Kloot, J Shrives; L Smith, B Higgins, E Feltwell; T Roulent (c-c), D Cameron, P O'Connell; C O'Brien, N Tyndall

Match report: The Griffith team created history on Sunday when, after a stirring and tense struggle, they defeated Ganmain by 11 points. This was the first occasion since their entry into the S.W.D.F.L that Griffith had mastered the Maroons at Ganmain. Despite the confidence of the Griffith team it was Ganmain who called the tune for the first half of the game. With greater ruck strength, clever scouting and by making the most of their opportunities they dominated the game and at half-time, when they held a commanding 32 points lead, seemed well set for another home ground victory. However, after the long break the trend of the game altered completely, and the Griffith 18 accomplished the almost unbelievable by confining the powerful Ganmain side to three solitary points for two quarters, while battling on in determined manner, Griffith eventually went to the lead and held it to the final bell.

Round 3 - Sunday May 4, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith ..... 25.14 (174)

Junee ........ 0.2 (2)

Goals: Griffith: J Collins 8, T Roulent 5, E Feltwell 4, P O'Connell 4, L Smith, J Shrives, R Foley, N Tyndall

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; V Ledwidge, K Thompson, C O'Brien; N Tyndall, F Clarke, J Shrives; Clive Polkinghorne, J Kloot, R Foley*; J Luhrs, J Collins, E Feltwell; L Smith, T Roulent (c-c), P O'Connell; L Crump, R Mason*

Match report: At home, on Sunday, Griffith were never at their top to inflict an overwhelming defeat on Junee, the scores being 174 to 2. Griffith, although without four or five of their regulars were nevertheless ably to field a fairly strong eighteen, but Junee had to fill many vacancies in their team with inexperienced youngsters. While they tried gamely they were no match for the tried and tested Griffith combination. In fact, Junee fielded almost a junior team, as no fewer than twelve of the team were 18. It says much for their keenness and enthusiasm that they travelled to Griffith with little hope of victory. Gate: £33

Reserves R1 (Sat): Darlington Point 6.7 (43) lost to Griffith 8.7 (55)

Round 4 - Sunday May 11, 1952 at Kindra Park 2.45pm

Coolamon ..... 3.6 (24)

Griffith ......... 11.11 (77)

Goals: Coolamon: W Dyce 2, F Williamson

Griffith: P O'Connell 4, J Kloot 2, E Feltwell 2, L Smith 2, L Crump

Best: Coolamon: R Inch, J Pattison, B Pattison, R Breust, L Armstrong, P Curtis

Griffith: J Kloot, T Roulent, C O'Brien, J Luhrs, V Ledwidge, P O'Connell

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Ces Polkinghorne; V Ledwidge, J Luhrs, C O'Brien; N Tyndall, F Clarke, J Shrives; Clive Polkinghorne, J Kloot, L Crump; D Cameron, J Collins, E Feltwell; T Wade, T Roulent (c-c), P O'Connell; L Smith, R Foley

Match report: The dour defence of both teams was the predominating feature of the game at Coolamon on Sunday, when Griffith and Coolamon contested a hard fought rugged game, with final honours going to Griffith by 53 points. After a hard, unsystematic first half, with the pacey Coolamon eighteen crowding the play and unsettling the more experienced and talented Griffith combination, Griffith unleashed a vigorous onslaught in the third term, and in a brilliant burst of non-stop football raced away to a commanding lead. The fast, youthful Coolamon team faded under pressure, and although the battled on gamely to the finish, never really endangered the Griffith lead.

Reserves R2 (Sat): Griffith 11.25 (91) d Yanco 3.5 (23)

Round 5 - Sunday May 18, 1952 at Leeton Showground 2.45pm

Leeton ...... 2.1 .. 4.4 .. 8.6 .. 11.12 (78)

Griffith ..... 8.5 .. 10.8 .. 12.15 .. 13.15 (93)

Goals: Leeton: W Heath 5, J Tiffin, R Driscoll, F O'Connell, T Keeley, E Lee, W Buttsworth

Griffith: J Kloot 4, P O'Connell 4, E Feltwell 3, Clive Polkinghorne, L Smith

Best: Leeton: D Weldon, J Deaton, K Guest, R Meyers, W Heath, E Lee

Griffith: T Wood, P O'Connell, J Luhrs, J Kloot, T Roulent, D Cameron, N Tyndall

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Luhrs, F Clarke; T Wood, L Crump, J Shrives; Clive Polkinghorne, T Roulent (c-c), N Tyndall; D Cameron, J Kloot, E Feltwell; T Wade, L Smith, P O'Connell; J Collins, R Foley

Match report: A burst of magnificent football in the first quarter won the game for Griffith on Sunday when they met Leeton, at Leeton. Commencing brilliantly, Griffith with fast and clever play on tactics, surer making and greater ruck strength, gained an early domination and an invaluable 38 points lead at the end of the first term. Leeton, however, did much better after the first break and the second and third quarters produced an exhibition of good, fast, solid football with both teams evenly matched. Still 32 points down, Leeton commenced the final quarter with a determined bid to wipe off their deficit, but although they newer faltered in their effort the task was too big, and Griffith ran out winners by 15 points.

Reserves R3 (Sat): Griffith 6.13 (49) d Leeton 2.3 (15)

Best: T Crump, F Hicks, D McRae, D O'Dwyer, J Norton, T Lawler

Round 6 - Sunday May 25, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith ............... 13.22 (100)

Narrandera ....... 10.6 (66)

Goals: Griffith: F Hicks 3, J Kloot 3, E Feltwell 3, T Roulent 2, L Crump, L Smith

Narrandera: T Sheather 3, R Hazelman 2, D Durnan, N Hinchcliffe, E Hunt, J Bliss, L Pedler

Best: Griffith: J Luhrs, T Wood, J Kloot, F Clarke, T Roulent, L Smith, T Wade

Narrandera: H Turner, C Hazelman, R Hazelman, T Sheather, F Aliendi, L Pedler

Umpire: R Younger. Gate: £70/8/-

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; V Ledwidge, J Luhrs, C O'Brien; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; L Crump, T Roulent (c-c), L Smith; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; Clive Polkinghorne, N Tyndall

Match report: On Sunday, before a crowd of about 1200, Griffith, at home, proved too good for Narrandera and had a comfortable victory by 34 points. While spoilt as a spectacle by too much fumbling and scrambling, undoubtedly caused by the heavy and slippery surface, the game was always interesting.

Reserves R4 (Sat): Darlington Point d Griffith

Round 7 - Sunday June 1, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith .... 3.4 (22)

Whitton ... 3.11 (29)

Goals: Griffith: F Hicks, L Crump, F Clarke

Whitton: E Thompson 2, J Tucker

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Ces Polkinghorne; J Luhrs, K Thompson, C O'Brien; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; L Crump, T Roulent (c-c), N Tyndall; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; R Cameron

Match report: Once again Whitton proved to be Griffith's hoodoo team, when on Sunday, at the Showground, before a very large crowd, they inflicted the season's first defeat on the red and whites. Despite a sodden and treacherous playing surface, the game, up till half-time, was fast, interesting, and full of incident, with Whitton virtually winning the game with a brilliant burst of concerted football towards the end of the second term, when they slammed on three goals in five minutes, giving them a 16-point lead. Gate: £66/17/6

Reserves: Yanco vs Griffith (postponed)

Round 8 - Sunday June 8, 1952 at Grong Grong Recreation Ground 2.45pm

Grong Grong-Matong ... 9.8 (62)

Griffith .......................... 11.10 (76)

Goals: GGM: D Mattingly 6, Russell 2, B McPherson

Griffith: P O'Connell 5, F Hicks 4, L Smith, T Roulent

Best: GGM: G Jones, J Walsh, D Mattingly, B McPherson, P Hogan, T Smith

Griffith: T Wood, J Luhrs, N Tyndall, P O'Connell, D Cameron, T Wade, F Clarke

Griffith: D Cameron, J Taylor, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Luhrs, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; R Cameron, T Roulent (c-c), N Tyndall; L Smith, F Hicks, L Crump; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; T Popple*, K Thompson

Match report: As anticipated, Grong Grong-Matong United fully extended Griffith in their engagement on Sunday. Played at Grong Grong, before a large crowd, the game was particularly hard and fast, with the United countering the fast, cohesive teamwork of Griffith with spoiling tactics. These, coupled with their very rugged and determined football, almost brought about the defeat of the competition leaders.

Reserves R5 (Sat): Leeton 4.7 (31) lost to Griffith 8.14 (62)

Round 9 - Sunday June 15, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith ....... 9.7 (61)

Ganmain .... 9.10 (64)

Goals: Griffith: J Kloot 4, F Hicks 3, T Roulent, P O'Connell

Ganmain: A Crozier 3, E Carroll 2, N Thompson 2, K Gumbleton, A Roy

Best: Griffith: J Taylor, J Shrives, F Clarke, D Cameron, R Bitcon, T Wood

Ganmain: W Carroll, A Crozier, F Murphy, N Thompson, J D Carroll, C Wines

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; K Thompson, J Luhrs, C O'Brien; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; V Ledwidge, T Roulent (c-c), L Crump; L Smith, F Hicks, D Cameron; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; N Tyndall, R Cameron

Match report: In a thrilling finish, Griffith, at home on Sunday, failed by the narrow margin of three points to repeat their performance of the first round when they came from well behind Ganmain to gain a meritorious victory. On Sunday, 35 points behind at the final change, Griffith staged a tremendous last quarter rally and by good, determined football gradually reduced the leeway. A goal from O'Connell reduced the margin to three points, and amidst great excitement Griffith attacked desperately, but the final bell ended their struggles with the scores unaltered. Gate: £72/8/6

Reserves R6 (Sat): Yanco 2.8.20 lost to Griffith 12.24 (96)

Exhibition Match - Monday June 16, 1952 at Leeton Showground

S.W.D.F.L ............ 0.3 .. 4.6 .. 4.7 .. 7.10 (52)

Ovens & Murray ... 7.6 .. 9.9 .. 16.14 .. 24.16 (160)

Goals: SWDFL: K Gumbleton 2, W Heath 2, J Kloot, A Roy, L Carroll

Ovens & Murray: K Gleeson 12, J Gilfuis 4, L Yensch 2, K Williams 2, T Lowe 2, J Hill, A Hyland

Best: SWDFL: T Wood, A Crozier, L Carroll, P O'Connell, J Corcoran

Ovens & Murray: T Lowe, J Stevens, K Gleeson, L Yensch, K Williams, M McDonnell, N Currie

South Western DFL: Dudley Mattingly (GG-M), Eddie Luhrs (Leet), Dudley Dunbar (Whit); Henry 'Blue' Turner (Narr), Jack Corcoran (Jun), Jack Luhrs (Grif); Terry Wood (Grif), Jack Pattison (Cool), Bernie Pattison (Cool); Artie Roy (Gan), Keith Gumbleton (Gan), Tom Sheather (Narr); Paddy O'Connell (Grif), Bill Heath (Leet), Les Thompson (Whit); Lawrence Carroll (capt-Gan)), Jack Kloot (Grif), Arthur Crozier (Gan); Clem Dunbar (Whit). 

Ovens & Murray FL squad: Mac Holten (capt), S Rule, B Bambridge, D Carroll, D Cook, N Currie, Alan Cunneen, J Gilfuis, Kevin Gleeson, J Hill, A Hyland, Tom Lahiff, Tim Lowe, M McDonnell, L Merrett, J O'Connell, R Reeves, R Roscoe, J Stevens, S Strong, S Theobold, K Thomas, J Tyrrell, K Walsh, K Williams, C Wilson, G Woods, Lester Yensch, J Ziebarth

Umpire: Richie Younger (Leeton).   Gate: £177

Round 10 - Sunday June 22, 1952 at Park Oval, Junee 2.45pm

Junee ....... 3.4 (22)

Griffith .... 6.8 (44)

Goals: Junee: Nicholls 2, Guthrie

Griffith: T Roulent 2, T Wood 2, F Hicks, M Mason

Best: Junee: J Corcoran, D Keogh, Devlin, P Longmore, Nicholls, Hayes

Griffith: J Luhrs, T Wade, F Clarke, T Roulent, T Wood, J Taylor

Griffith: D Cameron, J Taylor, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; J Luhrs, T Roulent (c-c), T Popple; R Foley, F Hicks, M Mason*; T Wade, J Kloot, N Tyndall; R Cameron

Match report: On a waterlogged ground at Junee on Sunday, Griffith had to call on all their reserve of energy and determination in one of their now noted last quarter rallies to achieve victory against the competition "wooden spooners." For three quarters the young and inexperienced Junee 18, playing with zest and enthusiasm, gave the powerful Griffith combination somewhat of a lesson in wet weather football, and at the final change-over had a well deserved lead of three points. However, favoured by the strong breeze and aroused by the fact that their position as competition leaders was in jeopardy, Griffith infused more purpose into their game and finished much the stronger dominated the game to double Junee's score and won the match by 44 points to 22.

Reserves: General Bye

Round 11 - Sunday June 29, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith .......... 25.19 (169)

Coolamon ..... 2.4 (16)

Goals: Griffith: T Roulent 6, P O'Connell 5, F Hicks 3, L Crump 3, E Feltwell 3, J Kloot 2, R Cameron 2, D Cameron

Coolamon: B Pattison 2, K Crocker

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; R Cameron, T Roulent (c-c), L Crump; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; J Luhrs, N Tyndall

Match report: Playing brilliantly last Sunday, Griffith proved far too superior for Coolamon, and won by a large margin. At no stage of the game did Coolamon look like a winning side, and could fine no answer to the splendid teamwork of the home side. The kicking of the Griffith side was spectacular on the day. Roulent and O'Connell had a grand day and kicked 11 goals between them. Gate: £52/1/2

Reserves: Griffith vs Darlington Point (postponed)

Round 12 - Sunday July 6, 1952 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm

Griffith ...... 13.15 (93)

Leeton ..... 7.7 (49)

Goals: Griffith: T Roulent 4, F Hicks 3, P O'Connell 3, L Crump 2, F Clarke, T Wood

Leeton: W Heath 5, D Allen, J Deaton

Best: Griffith: T Roulent, J Taylor, T Wade, T Wood, P O'Connell, K Thompson

Leeton: D Weldon, E Lee, D Lynch, F O'Connell, D Allen, G Brain

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; J Luhrs, T Roulent (c-c), L Crump; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; N Tyndall, R Cameron

Match report: Before a very large crowd, Griffith, at home to Leeton on Sunday, gave a most convincing display to secure a comfortable 44-point victory. Griffith, after taking some time to settle down, played fast, cohesive football to build up an unassailable lead. Gate: £72.

Reserves R7 (Sat): Yanco lost to Griffith by 68 points.

Round 13 - Sunday July 13, 1952 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm

Narrandera .... 3.7 (25)

Griffith ........... 13.13 (91)

Goals: Narrandera: J Bliss, L Pedler, R Jones

Griffith: F Hicks 6, E Feltwell 3, T Roulent 2, L Crump, T Wood

Best: Narrandera: L Longmore, L Pedler, J Sargent, B McLay, D Durnan, R Hazelman

Griffith: T Roulent, C O'Brien, F Hicks, L Crump, P O'Connell, F Clarke

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; J Luhrs, T Roulent (c-c), L Crump; D Cameron, F Hicks, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Kloot, P O'Connell; R Cameron, N Tyndall

Match report: Exploiting strong arm tactics, Narrandera found that such tactics alone were not sufficient to combat the smooth flowing cohesive football played by Griffith, and after a very rugged game went under to the competition leaders by 68 points, at Narrandera on Sunday. Although such a wide disparity in the scores would not indicate it, the game was a particularly hard fought struggle and it was only by better teamwork and more concentration on the ball that Griffith succeeded in annexing the premiership points.

Reserves R8 (Sat): Griffith 43 d Leeton 9

Round 14 - Sunday July 20, 1952 at Whitton Recreation Ground 2.45pm

Whitton .... 8.8 (56)

Griffith ..... 8.8 (56)

Goals: Whitton: J Dunn 3, E Thompson 3, J Painting, J Quinn

Griffith: P O'Connell 3, L Crump 2, F Hicks, E Feltwell, J Kloot

Griffith: J Taylor, R Bitcon, Cec Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, K Thompson, V Ledwidge; T Wood, F Clarke, J Shrives; R Cameron, T Roulent (c-c), L Crump; J Luhrs, F Hicks, E Feltwell; J Kloot, D Cameron, P O'Connell; N Tyndall, T Popple

Match report: With the scores level, the ringing of the final bell was a fitting climax to a thrilling and particularly fast and rugged game at Whitton on Sunday. The game between Griffith and Whitton had been a grim, hard-fought battle right throughout, with little between the teams and an equal division of the points was a satisfactory result for both.

Reserves R9 (Sat): Griffith lost to Darlington Point

First Semi Final - Sunday July 27, 1952 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm

Ganmain ... 3.8 .. 3.12 .. 5.14 .. 6.16 (52)

Leeton ...... 1.2 .. 2.7 .. 4.11 .. 7.17 (59)

Goals: Ganmain: N Thompson 2, C Wines 2, A Carroll, L Brill

Leeton: W Heath 3, D Drew, L Warburton, D Lynch, J Deaton

Best: Ganmain: L Brill, L Carroll, F Murphy, B Carroll, A Crozier, C Wines

Leeton: D Weldon, R Harris, E Lee, W Buttsworth, B O'Donoghue, J Deaton

Ganmain: Clinton Wines (capt), Lawrence Carroll, Keith Gumbleton, Joe Carroll, Alan Brill, Frank Murphy, Les McPherson, Len Brill, Brian 'Mick' Carroll, John 'Digger' Carroll, Jack McPherson, Jim Crouch, Artie Roy, Roy Eisenhuaer, Bill Carroll, Norm Thompson, Tony Carroll, Arthur Crozier, Len Clarke, Gerald Carroll

Leeton: Wally Buttsworth (capt), Des Lynch, John Hillman, Tom Keeley, Eddie Luhrs, Ken Guest, John Deaton, Rex Meyers, Laurie Drew, Don Drew, Ron 'Blue' Harris, Danny Weldon, Bill Heath, Ben O'Donoghue, E. 'Snooky' Lee, Don 'Duxie' Allen, Eddie Allen, Lionel Warburton, Joe Davis, Gavin Driscoll

Umpire: J Wallmeyer (VFL). Gate: £230/-/-

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