1955 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS
IN: Donald, Lawrence and Robert Cameron, Dennis and Tom Conlan, Fred Gambell, Gavin Mason (South Aust.), Wally Price (West Perth), Frank Carroll.
OUT: Jack Kloot, Tom Roulent (North Wagga), Jack Shrives, Mal Thomson; Dennis and Tom Conlan, Gavin Mason (South Aust.),
GRIFFITH RULES COACH APPOINTED
At a general meeting of the Griffith Australian Rules Football Club held last Thursday evening, applications for the position of playing coach to the Club for the 1955 season were considered and after a lengthy discussion, Wally Price of the West Perth Club was selected.
Price was very highly recommended for the position by several acknowledged authorities and the Griffith Club feel that they have secured a very worthy successor to Tom Roulent.
Representing Western Australia in four interstate carnivals and generally acclaimed one of that State's best and most consistent players over the last decade. Price is 28 years old, 5ft. 8ins and 11 half stone and has played mainly in the backline or centre.
In September 1953 "Sporting Life" a popular Australian sporting monthly contained a lengthy and most laudatory article on Wally Price which, besides emphasising his ability as a player, very highly praised his worth as a clubman, and it would appear in these of intensive competition for worthwhile coaches, the Griffith Club has again cracked the jackpot.
Price and his family are expected to arrive in Griffith early in March and the club members are eagerly awaiting his arrival.
(The Area News - October 11, 1954)
GRIFFITH AUST. RULES GENERAL MEETING
There was a large attendance at the annual general meeting of the Griffith Australian Rules Football Club, held in the C.W.A. Hall on Friday night last.
The president Mr. Len Polkinghorne said he was very gratified to see such a good roll-up and was particularly pleased to see so many new faces present.
In presenting his annual report, Mr. Polkinghorne stated that although the team had not qualified for the finals, they had experienced a good year and with a little more luck this season could possibly go much further.
In offering congratulations to the 1954 Premiers Ariah Park-Mirrool United, Mr. Polkinghorne said that their success showed what could accomplished by good teamwork and good physical fitness.
The past season had been a successful one financially and the Club's credit balance had increased some £200. However most of this had gone into the House Account and the Club would not commence the new season with a very substantial cash balance.
Mr. Polkinghorne thanked the very willing supporters who had helped out in any of the functions or efforts throughout the year. The Club owed each and everyone a very sincere vote of thanks. The Ladies Auxiliary had again been a tower of strength to the Club. Their untiring and unselfish efforts were very deeply appreciated and it was very pleasing to see the way that the players assisted these hard working ladies throughout the season.
Continuing, Mr. Polkinghorne said that the new coach would be arriving shortly and he appealed to everyone to try and make him feel at home. From many reports it seemed as if the Griffith Club had secured one of the best men available. Many other Clubs had been interested in Wally Price even some of the leading Melbourne ones. Given time to settle down he felt sure that their new coach would live up to his very high recommendations.
In conclusion, Mr. Polkinghorne thanked the executive committee and all the other helpers for co-operation and loyal support during the past season. He wished all the codes of sports within the district a happy and successful year and finally appealed to all followers of Australian Rules to give the officials of the Griffith Club for this season their fullest support.
The Hon. Treasurer Mr. W. Simmons then presented his usual detailed statement of accounts for the past season. His figures showed that some £2,100 had been handled during the year. The general account revealed a credit balance of £156/12/1, while the overall balance of the Club, including house and other assets, provided a very handsome balance credit of £820/7/2.
Mr. E. A. Wood, a Life Member of the Club, and a former treasurer for many years, said that the figures presented by the Treasurer were most enlightening and it was very pleasing to see the Club on such a found financial footing.
Mr. M. Holden supported the remarks of Mr Wood, adding that the Club was particularly fortunate in having such a thorough and meticulous man as Bill Simmons for the Treasurer.
President: Mr Len Polkinghorne; Vice-Presidents: Messrs. Mac Holden and Roy Riley
Hon. Treasurer: Mr. Bill Simmons; Joint Hon. Secretary: Neil Griggs and Betty Hurley
Committee: Messrs., Ern Myott, Hugh McLean, Harry Pollard, Frank Ford, J. I. Ryan, George Kite and Vic Carroll
It was decided to again affiliate with the S.W.D.F.L. and membership tickets were fixed at 15/-, ladies 10/-.
There was considerable discussion on the sponsoring of reserve grade, junior and schoolboy football in the coming season, but finally the matter was left until after the annual meeting of the S.W.D.F.L.
The President, Mr Polkinghorne in closing the meeting, thanked all for their attendance remarking that the interest and enthusiasm shown that night presaged a very successful season for the Griffith Club. (Riverina Advocate - Thursday February 24, 1955)
AUST. RULES NOTES
(By "HIGH MARK")
For an example of enthusiasm and love of our great game, you can't go past Ernie Myott, selector of this and many seasons past.
A player and umpire of noted ability with the Sydney Club in his younger days, Ern has always maintained his interest in the administrative department of the game and can generally relied on to settle any argument concerning happenings in past games of the Griffith team, his little book of reference being as well known as he is himself.
Would you like to have a look at that book one day Ern, might get some interesting pars for this column.
Round 1 - Sunday April 17, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ........... 9.7 (61)
Ardlethan .... 15.12 (102)
Goals: Griffith: D Hurst 2, W Price 2, T Wood 2, T Wade, V Hathaway, T Conlan
Ardlethan: J Thompson 7, F Allen 3, A Allen, H Dunlop, G Cassimatis, M Healy, F Martin
Best: Griffith: T Wood, R Bitcon, V Hathaway, D Hurst, T Wade, V Ledwidge
Ardlethan: F Allen, T Taig, J Thompson, A Allen, N Thomson, S Wykes, F Martin
Griffith: Vic Ledwidge, Dick Bitcon, Bernell Parslow; Chas O'Brien, Geoff Habel, Fred Gambell; R. Price*, Wally Price (c-c)*, Noel Tyndall; Vic Hathaway, Jim Fielder, Jack Collins; Don Hurst, Tom Conlan*, Bob Tyndall; Tom Wade, Jack Luhrs, Terry Wood; Dennis Conlan*, Eric Dahl*
Umpire: R Sutcliffe (VFL). Gate: £70/17/6
Round 2 - Sunday April 24, 1955 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm
Narrandera .... 18.15 (123)
Griffith .............. 9.12 (66)
Goals: Narrandera: T Guest 4, Barry Miller 4, J Bliss 3, A Western 2, J Deaton 2, D Durnan, L Dunne, S Sargent
Griffith: V Hathaway 3, W Price 2, D Hurst 2, T Wade, J Collins
Best: Narrandera: S Sargent, A Western, R Hazelman, D Durnan, J Bliss, T Guest
Griffith: G Habel, T Wood, D Hurst, D Cameron, T Wade, V Hathaway
Griffith: D Cameron, G Habel, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, V Ledwidge, F Gambell; L Cameron*, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; V Hathaway, R Cameron, J Collins; D Hurst, T Conlan, R Tyndall; T Wade, B Parslow, T Wood; R Tyndall, D Conlan
Umpire: Woolfe (VFL)
Round 3 - Sunday May 1, 1955
Round 4 - Sunday May 8, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith .... 1.4 .. 2.5 .. 5.8 .. 6.12 (48)
Leeton .... 2.5 .. 9.7 .. 10.7 .. 13.10 (88)
Goals: Griffith: J Fielder 2, T Wood 2, T Wade 2
Leeton: W Heath 4, P O'Connell 3, R Harris 3, K Guest, R Meyers, J Curry
Best: Griffith: T Wood, D Cameron, C O'Brien, W Price, G Habel
Leeton: M Kruse, R Harris, P O'Connell, Lyons, K Howe
Griffith: Don Cameron, Geoff Habel, Cecil Polkinghorne; Chas. O'Brien, Vic Ledwidge, Fred Gambell; Lawrence Cameron, Wally Price (c-c), Noel Tyndall; Vic Hathaway, Robert Cameron, Jack Collins; Don Hurst, Jim Fielder, Ted Feltwell; Tom Wade, Bernell Parslow, Terry Wood; Bob Tyndall, R. Price
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Brian Kreighan, Paddy O'Connell, Des Lyons, Eddie Allen, Des Howe, Jim Fuller, Kevin Howe, Jack Howe, Kevin McKellar, Danny Weldon, Wally Breed, Rex Meyers, Bruce Collins, Jim Curry, Ron Harris, Ken Guest, Bill Heath; Peter Clayton, Kevin Luhrs
Umpire: Young (VFL). Gate: £81/18/6
Round 5 - Sunday May 15, 1955 at Whitton Recreation Ground 2.45pm
Whitton .... 4.6 .. 8.10 (58)
Griffith ..... 3.6 .. 7.12 (54)
Goals: Whitton: E Williams 4, T Hyde 2, J Dunn, O DeMamiel
Griffith: E Feltwell 3, J Fielder 2, V Hathaway, T Wood
Best: Whitton: T Dungan, T Hyde, E Thompson, R Painting, M Edwards
Griffith: T Wood, J Luhrs, D & R Cameron, V Ledwidge
Griffith: D Cameron, G Habel, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, V Ledwidge, F Gambell; L Cameron, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; V Hathaway, R Cameron, J Collins; D Hurst, J Fielder, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Luhrs, T Wood; D Conlan, T Conlan
Umpire: KL Nash (VFL)
Round 6 - Sunday May 22, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ........................... 4.1 .. 9.7 .. 9.11 .. 13.15 (93)
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 4.2 .. 4.6 .. 8.9 .. 11.12 (78)
Goals: Griffith: J Fielder 5, E Feltwell 2, D Hurst 2, V Hathaway 2, T Wood
AP-M: E Noack 3, P Lucas 3, T Quade, B Sculley, W Pleming, L Smith, R Prentice
Best: Griffith: G Habel, J Luhrs, T Wood, W Price, N Tyndall, J Fielder
AP-M: K Minchin, T Quade, M Stiller, Ned Fisher, R Prentice, J Mickelson
Griffith: D Cameron, G Habel, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, V Ledwidge, F Gambell; L Cameron, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; V Hathaway, R Cameron, D Hurst, J Fielder, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, B Parslow, F Clarke, T Wood; D Conlan, J Collins
Umpire: JI Kiernan (VFL). Gate: £50/12/-
Lightning Premiership - Sunday May 29, 1955 at Kindra Park
AP-M 4.5 (29) d GG-M 2.5 (17), Ganmain 5.5 (29) d Whitton 2.5 (17), Ardlethan 4.4 (28) d Narrandera 3.5 (23), Leeton 4.5 (29) d Coolamon 2.4 (16), AP-M 4.6 (30) d Griffith 2.3 (15)
Semi-Finals: Ardlethan 6.7 (43) d Ganmain 3.8 (26), Leeton 2.7 (19) d Ariah Park Mirrool 1.8 (14)
Final: Ardlethan 4.2 (26) d Leeton 2.7 (19)
Umpires: Robinson, Netherton (VFL)
Round 7 - Sunday June 5, 1955 at Matong Sportsground 2.45pm
Grong Grong-Matong .... 10.10 (70)
Griffith ............................... 12.15 (87)
Goals: GG-M: P Hogan 3, R Walsh 2, O Ledger 2, J Doherty 2, P Quinn
Griffith: E Feltwell 4, D Hurst 2, T Wood 2, R Cameron, W Price, J Collins, J Fielder
Best: GG-M: P Hogan, P Walsh, O Ledger, P Quinn, G Jones
Griffith: W Price, D Hurst, J Luhrs, F Clarke, R Cameron
Griffith: D Cameron, G Habel, F Clarke; C O'Brien, V Ledwidge, F Gambell; J Collins, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; V Hathaway, R Cameron, B Parslow; D Hurst, J Fielder, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Luhrs, T Wood; E Dahl, J Diggelmann
Umpire: CJ Akerley (VFL)
Round 8 - Sunday June 12, 1955 at Kindra Park 245pm
Coolamon ..... 14.10 (94)
Griffith ........... 17.10 (112)
Goals: Coolamon: A Hunter 8, D Bell 3, F Williamson, A O'Brien, M Whybrow
Griffith: E Feltwell 6, T Wood 5, V Hathaway 2, D Hurst, W Price, T Wade, F. Clarke
Best: Coolamon: D Bell, A Hunter, N Thompson, R Hilton, G Kew, R Breust
Griffith: T Wood, J Luhrs, V Hathaway, E Feltwell, V Ledwidge, G Habel
Griffith: D Cameron, G Habel, F Clarke; C O'Brien, V Ledwidge, F Gambell; L Cameron, W Price (c-c), J Collins; V Hathaway, R Cameron, J Fielder; D Hurst, vacant, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Luhrs, T Wood;
Umpire: Harry Pawley (VFL).
Inter League - Sunday June 19, 1955 at Narrandera Sportsground
S.W.D.F.L. ........... 20.17 (137)
Albury & D.F.L. ... 13.19 (97)
Goals: SWDFL: Max Kruse 5, Tom Dungan 4, Terry Wood 3, Ron Harris 2, Garry Carroll, Jack Thompson, Dud Mattingly, Albie Western, Ned Fisher, Lawrence Carroll
Albury & DFL: Ken Lyons 4, Henry Liston 3, Frank O'Leary 2, Rhue, Hayden Hensel, Ron Clegg, Gresham Hodges
Best: SWDFL: Terry Wood, Max Kruse, Jack Thompson, Dud Mattingly, Albie Western, Tom Dungan, Wally Price, Len Brill
Albury & DFL: Ken Lyons, Rhue, Harry Gardiner, Paxton, Ron Bunyan, Hayden Hensel, Gresham Hodges
Umpire: DR Frood (VFL)
Round 9 - Sunday June 26, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ....... 9.14 (68)
Ganmain .... 12.8 (80)
Goals: Griffith: R Bitcon 2, D Hurst 2, E Feltwell 2, T Wood, J Fielder, V Hathaway
Ganmain: C Wines 3, A Brill 2, Garry Carroll 2, W Carroll, A Crozier, Gerald Carroll, L Carroll, B Carroll
Best: Griffith: T Wood, G Habel, V Hathaway, R Cameron, E Feltwell
Ganmain: A Roy, Garry Carroll, Jim Crouch, L Brill, P Keogh
Griffith: D Cameron, G Habel, F Clarke; C O'Brien, V Ledwidge, F Gambell; L Cameron, W Price (c-c), J Collins; V Hathaway, R Cameron, J Fielder; D Hurst, R Bitcon, E Feltwell; T Wade, J Luhrs, T Wood; B Parslow, E Dahl
Umpire: R Dore (VFL). Gate: £94/18/-
Round 10 - Sunday July 3, 1955 at Ardlethan Recreation Ground 2.45pm
Ardlethan .... 10.12 (72)
Griffith ........ 11.14 (80)
Goals: Ardlethan: J Thompson 3, L Gallagher 2, R Smith 2, H Dunlop, R Armstrong, D McDermott
Griffith: W Price 4, T Wood 3, D Bitcon, V Hathaway, C Polkinghorne, F Gambell
Best: Ardlethan: J Thompson, J Lovett, R Smith, L Smith, H Dunlop, N Thomson, L Gallagher
Griffith: W Price, T Wood, V Hathaway, F Clarke, B Parslow, L Cameron, G Mason
Griffith: V Ledwidge, G Habel, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Fielder, F Clarke; L Cameron, W Price (c-c), G Mason*; V Hathaway, R Cameron, F Gambell; T Wade, R Bitcon, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, D Hurst, T Wood; E Dahl, B Parslow
Umpire: Jack Stanton (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 4.9 (33) d Ardlethan 4.3 (27)
Round 11 - Sunday July 10, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ............. 9.14 (68)
Narrandera .... 8.16 (64)
Goals: Griffith: R Cameron 3 T Wood 2, W Price 2, W Tyndall, B Parslow
Narrandera: S Sargent 3, A Western 2, B Miller, T Guest, A O'Bryan
Best: Griffith: D Hurst, T Wood, L Cameron, V Hathaway, C O'Brien, C Polkinghorne, R Cameron
Narrandera: S Sargent, B Waters, L Stockton, L Longmore, L Nielsen, A Western, J Deaton
Griffith: R Bitcon, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Fielder, F Clarke; L Cameron, V Hathaway, G Mason; B Parslow, R Cameron, W Tyndall*; F Gambell, W Price (c-c), E Feltwell; J Luhrs, D Hurst, T Wood; E Dahl, J Ford*
Umpire: Ron Brophy (VFL). Gate: £80/11/6
Reserves: Narrandera d Griffith by one point
Round 12 - Sunday July 17, 1955
Round 13 - Sunday July 24, 1955 at Leeton Showground 2.45pm
Leeton ...... 4.0 .. 8.5 .. 12.8 .. 15.12 (102)
Griffith ...... 3.3 .. 5.4 .. 9.7 .. 10.10 (70)
Goals: Leeton: W Heath 5, D Allen 2, R Meyers 2, P O'Connell 2, M Kruse, D Howe, E Allen, R Harris
Griffith: W Price 4, T Wood 2, T Wade 2, B Parslow, E Feltwell
Best: Leeton: M Kruse, O Lyons, D Howe, J Curry, D Weldon, D Allen
Griffith: V Ledwidge, W Price, C O'Brien, L Cameron, V Hathaway, T Wood
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Paddy O'Connell, Eddie Allen, Ron Harris, Rex Meyers, Jim Fuller, Wally Breed, Jim Curry, Kevin McKellar, Ken Guest, Don Allen, Danny Weldon, Bill Heath, Frank O'Connell, Des Howe, Des Lyons, Kevin Luhrs, Owen Lyons; Harry Heness, Tom Keeley
Griffith: Don Cameron, Vic Ledwidge, Cecil Polkinghorne; Chas O'Brien, Jim Fielder, Fred Clarke; Lawrence Cameron, Vic Hathaway, Gavin Mason; Bill Tyndall, Wally Price (c-c), Fred Gambell; Don Hurst, Tom Wade, Ted Feltwell; Jack Luhrs, Bernell Parslow, Terry Wood; Jack Collins, Bob Tyndall
Umpire: Reg Pawley (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 5.2 (32) d Leeton 2.3 (15)
Round 14 - Sunday July 31, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ..... 6.12 (48)
Whitton .... 11.7 (73)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 3, R Bitcon 2, W Price
Whitton: T Dungan 6, E Williams 2, T DeMamiel, M McAliece, J Painting
Best: Griffith: C O'Brien, W Price, L Cameron, V Hathaway, F Clarke
Whitton: T Dungan, F Thompson, T Hyde, J Rice, J Tucker
Griffith: D Cameron, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Fielder, F Clarke; L Cameron, V Hathaway, N Tyndall; R Cottom*, W Price (c-c), R Tyndall; D Hurst, R Bitcon, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, B Parslow, T Wood; J Ford
Umpire: AR Raphael (VFL). Gate: £60/17/-
Reserves: Griffith 5.10 (40) d Whitton 3.6 (24)
Round 15 - Sunday August 7, 1955 at Ariah Park Recreation Ground 2.45pm
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 20.18 (138)
Griffith ........................... 7.8 (50)
Goals: AP-M: B Sculley 4, E Noack 4, B Pleming 3, K Minchin 3, Ned Fisher 2, W Brown, Bollie Fisher, T Quade, J Mickelson
Griffith: R Tyndall 2, T Wood 2, J Ford, W Price, F Gambell
Best: AP-M: A Mackenzie, T Quade, Ned Fisher J Mickelson, E Colwill
Griffith: F Clarke, F Gambell, V Hathaway, N Tyndall, C Polkinghorne
Griffith: R Carroll*, R Bitcon, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, F Clarke, J Diggelmann; F Gambell, V Hathaway, N Tyndall; J Ford, R Cameron, R Tyndall; D Hurst, W Price (c-c), E Feltwell; J Luhrs, B Parslow, T Wood; J Collins
Umpire: SV Jensen (VFL).
Round 16 - Sunday August 14, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith .............................. 15.15 (105)
Grong Grong-Matong .... 4.16 (40)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 4, R Tyndall 3, T Wood 3, D Hurst 3, F Clarke, F Gambell
GG-M: B Bryon 2, R Walsh 2
Best: Griffith: V Ledwidge, N Tyndall, R Cameron, V Hathaway, F Gambell
GG-M: R Walsh, Tolsher, G Jones, L Quinn, K Cox
Griffith: W Ledwidge*, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Fielder, F Gambell; J Collins, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; R Tyndall, R Cameron, T Wood; D Hurst, R Bitcon, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, F Clarke, V Hathaway; G Mason
Umpire: WF Caddy (VFL). Gate: £30/2/-.
Round 17 - Sunday August 21, 1955 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ........ 12.9 (81)
Coolamon .... 4.10 (34)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 4, R Bitcon 3, R Cameron 2, T Conlan, D Hurst, T Wood
Coolamon: F Williamson 2, M Whybro, N Guthrie
Best: Griffith: C Polkinghorne, J Fielder, V Hathaway, R Cameron, D Cameron, E Feltwell
Coolamon: N Thompson, J Guthrie, T O'Brien, D Bell, F Williamson
Griffith: E Dahl, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Fielder, J Ford; D Conlan, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; D Hurst, R Cameron, T Wood; T Conlan, R Bitcon, E Feltwell; D Cameron, F Clarke, V Hathaway; B Parslow
Umpire: WJ Graham (VFL). Gate: £25/17/6
Round 18 - Sunday August 28, 1955 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.45pm
Ganmain .... 17.14 (116)
Griffith ....... 5.9 (39)
Goals: Ganmain: C Wines 9, A Brill 3, Gerald Carroll 2, A Crozier, P Keogh, Mick Carroll
Griffith: F Clarke 2, R Bitcon, T Wood, E Feltwell
Best: Ganmain: C Wines, N Thompson, Jim Crouch, A Roy, Don Cox, Mick Carroll
Griffith: C O'Brien, N Tyndall, F Clarke, V Hathaway, E Feltwell, T Wood
Griffith: D Cameron, V Ledwidge, C Polkinghorne; C O'Brien, J Fielder, J Ford; D Conlan, W Price (c-c), N Tyndall; D Hurst, R Cameron, T Wood; T Conlan, R Bitcon, E Feltwell; J Luhrs, F Clarke, V Hathaway; B Parslow, R Tyndall
Umpire: VC Hindson (VFL)
Play-off for Fourth Place - Sunday September 4, 1955 at Ariah Park Recreation Ground
Ganmain .......15.12 (102)
Ardlethan ...... 9.10 (64)
Goals: Ganmain: C Wines 7, L Cooper 2, P Keogh 2, W Carroll, A Crozier, A Carroll, Garry Carroll
Ardlethan: N Thomson 2, J Thompson 2, H Dunlop, L Smith, R Carroll, R Smith, A Allen
Best: Ganmain: A Carroll, F Murphy, C Wines, L Brill, L Carroll
Ardlethan: M Smith, N Thomson, S Wykes, H Dunlop, F Martin
Umpire: Frank Schwab (VFL)
Reserves Play-off: Whitton 6.5 (41) d Griffith 5.9 (39)
First Semi Final - Sunday September 11, 1955 at Leeton Showground 3.00pm
Narrandera ... 1.2 .. 4.5 .. 4.8 .. 8.13 (61)
Ganmain ....... 5.4 .. 7.6 .. 11.11 .. 14.11 (95)
Goals: Narrandera: E Hunt 3, L Dunne 2, A Western, T Guest, J Deaton
Ganmain: C Wines 10, B Carroll 2, A Crozier, Garry Carroll
Best: Narrandera: L Longmore, L Nielsen, T Sheather, L Stockton, S Sargent, T Guest
Ganmain: C Wines, N Thompson, L Brill, A Roy, F Murphy, W Carroll
Narrandera: Albie Western (c-c), Tom Sheather (v-c), Cliff Simpson, Bruce Waters, Les Longmore, Ron Hazelman, John Deaton, Arthur O'Bryan, Keith Osmond, Leo Dunne, Les Stockton, Bruce McLay, Stan Sargent, Tom Guest, Len Pedler, Les Nielsen, Jim Bliss, E. Hunt; Jim Hornby, Colin Simpson
Ganmain: Clinton Wines (c-c), Artie Roy (v-c), Les Cooper, Les Brill, Norm Thompson, Lawrence Carroll, Allan Brill, Arthur Crozier, John 'Digger' Carroll, Pat Keogh, Garry Carroll, Frank Murphy, Tony Keogh, Bill Carroll, Brian 'Mick' Carroll, Tony Carroll, Don Cox, Jim Crouch; Ken Warren, Allan McPherson
Umpire: Jack Jones (VFL). Gate: £430. Clinton Wines 100 goals
Reserves: Whitton 8.9 (57) d Ariah Park-Mirrool 9.1 (55)
Best: Whitton: Ian Williams, Ron Williams, Vince Campesi, Bill Box
AP-M: Cliff Minchin, Colin Smith, Roy Prentice
Schoolboys: Leeton 7.10 (52) d Narrandera 1.4 (10)
Second Semi Final - Sunday September 18, 1955 at Ganmain Sportsground 3.00pm
Leeton ..................... 2.1 .. 7.3 .. 14.7 .. 11.6 (72)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 2.1 .. 9.4 .. 9.6 .. 10.19 (79)
Goals: Leeton: W Heath 3, P O'Connell, Lynch 3, R Meyers, M Kruse
AP-M: W Brown 3, B Sculley 2, K Minchin 2, Ned Fisher 2, L Smith
Best: Leeton: P O'Connell, E Allen, D Weldon, K Howe, R Harris
AP-M: A Mackenzie, Ned Fisher, N Breust, B Sculley, W Pleming
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Paddy O'Connell, Ron Harris, Rex Meyers, Jim Fuller, Eddie Allen, Jack Howe, Harry Heness, Des Lynch, Ken Guest, Don Allen, Danny Weldon, Bill Heath, Kevin Howe, Des Howe, Des Lyons, Kevin Luhrs, Owen Lyons; Kevin McKellar, Wally Breed
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Bernie Sculley (c-c), Bill Pleming, Allan MacKenzie, Ned Fisher, Kevin Pleming, Joe Mickelson, Bernie Bryce, Cliff Minchin, L Smith, Pat Quade, Keith Minchin, Bernie Pleming, Ted Colwill, Bill Brown, Tom Quade, Reg Howard, Bob Howard, Neville Breust; Bollie Fisher, Bevan Bryce
Umpire: L K Smith (VFL). Gate: £422/-/-
Reserves: Ganmain 6.12 (48) d Narrandera 3.2 (20)
Jones Bros. Challenge: Grong Grong-Matong 6.6 (42) d Coolamon 4.8 (32)
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 25, 1955 at Matong Sportsground 3.00pm
Leeton ...... 2.1 .. 7.2 .. 14.7 .. 14.7 (91)
Ganmain ... 2.1 .. 9.4 .. 9.6 .. 12.11 (83)
Goals: Leeton: W Heath 4, M Kruse 3, R Meyers 2, D Lyons 2, J Curry, P O'Connell, R Harris
Ganmain: C Wines 4, L Cooper 4, P Keogh 2, Garry Carroll 2
Best: Leeton: K Howe, K Guest, R Meyers, D Weldon, E Allen
Ganmain: L Carroll, JD Carroll, L Cooper, L Brill, A Roy
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Paddy O'Connell, Ron Harris, Rex Meyers, Wally Breed, Eddie Allen, Jack Howe, Kevin McKellar, Des Lynch, Ken Guest, Don Allen, Danny Weldon, Bill Heath, Kevin Howe, Des Howe, Des Lyons, Tom Keeley, Owen Lyons; Jim Curry, Frank O'Connell
Ganmain: Clinton Wines (c-c), Artie Roy (v-c), Les Cooper, Lester Crouch, Len Brill, Brian 'Mick' Carroll, Gerald Carroll, Norm Thompson, Lawrence Carroll, Allan Brill, Arthur Crozier, John 'Digger' Carroll, Pat Keogh, Garry Carroll, Frank Murphy, Tony Keogh, Bill Carroll, Tony Carroll; Jim Crouch, Don Cox
Umpire: Bob Nunn (VFL). Gate: £385/-/-
Reserves: Narrandera 8.7 (55) d Whitton 6.9 (45)
Grand Final - Sunday October 2, 1955 at Narrandera Sportsground 3.00pm
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 5.3 .. 8.5 .. 13.7 .. 15.8 (98)
Leeton ..................... 4.0 .. 7.5 .. 8..6 .. 12.12 (84)
Goals: AP-M: B Sculley 7, W Pleming 3, J Mickelson 2, K Minchin 2, W Brown
Leeton: D Lyons 3, W Heath 2, D Allen 2, M Kruse 2, W Breed 2, R Meyers
Best: A P-M: B Sculley, K Pleming, J Mickelson, B Bryce, T Quade, T Schlodder
Leeton: R Harris, D Allen, O Lyons, D Lyons, D Howe, K Guest
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Bernie Sculley (c-c), Bill Pleming (v-c), Allan MacKenzie, Ned Fisher, Kevin Pleming, Joe Mickelson, Bernie Bryce, Tony Schlodder, Cliff Minchin, Pat Quade, Keith Minchin, Bernie Pleming, Ted Colwill, Bill Brown, Tom Quade, Reg Howard, Bob Howard, Neville Breust; Bevan Bryce, Roy Prentice
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Paddy O'Connell (v-c), Ron Harris, Rex Meyers, Jim Fuller, Wally Breed, Eddie Allen, Jack Howe, Kevin McKellar, Ken Guest, Don Allen, Danny Weldon, Bill Heath, Kevin Howe, Des Howe, Des Lyons, Tom Keeley, Owen Lyons; Jim Curry, Frank O'Connell
Umpire: Alan Nash (VFL). Gate: £858/-/-
Reserves: Ganmain 6.10 (46) d Narrandera 2.3 (15)
Schoolboys: Wagga Zone 5.6 (36) d Leeton Zone 3.3 (21)
1955 SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
First Grade: Best & Fairest - Gammage Medal
3.5 votes - Danny Weldon (Leeton); 3 - Arthur Allen, Neil Thomson (Ardlethan), Len Brill (Ganmain), Ron Harris, Max Kruse (Leeton), Tom Dungan (Whitton); 2 - Ned Fisher, Bernie Sculley (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Gerald Carroll, Clinton Wines (Ganmain), Vic Hathaway (Griffith), Gordon Jones (Grong Grong-Matong), Des Lyons (Leeton), Stan Sargent (Narrandera), Ted Thompson (Whitton); 1 - Frank Allen, Herb Dunlop, Ray Smith, Jack Thompson (Ardlethan), Bill Brown, Joe Mickelson, Keith Minchin, Bill Pleming, Pat Quade (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Frank Williamson (Coolamon), Brian 'Mick' Carroll, Gerald Carroll (Ganmain), Jack Luhrs, Wally Price, Terry Wood (Griffith), Pat Hogan (Grong Grong-Matong), Ken Guest, Kevin Howe, Owen Lyons (Leeton), John Deaton, Ron Hazelman, Arthur O'Bryan, Keith Osmond, Les Nielsen, Les Stockton, David Waters, Alby Western (Narrandera), Bill Box, Les Thompson, Jack Rice (Whitton).
1955 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: Lawrence Cameron, Dennis Conlan, Tom Conlan, Ron Cottom, Jim Ford, Fred Gambell, Gavin Mason, R. Price, Wally Price, Bill Tyndall.
Final Games / Goals: Dick Bitcon (55 / 37), Donald Cameron (33 / 2), Lawrence Cameron (10 / 0), Fred Clarke (125 / 89), Tom Conlan (5 / 2), Ron Cottom (1 / 0), Eric Dahl (12 / 2), Jack Luhrs (100 / 8), Gavin Mason (3 / 0), Cecil Polkinghorne (3 / 0), Tom Wade (58 / 32).
ALSO PLAYED FOR GRIFFITH IN 1955
Reserves: Terry Blair, F. Carey, Noel Charles, Doug Deissel, A. Flood, Neville Gardiner, L. Greig, Bruce Lamont, Jack Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Fred Owen, Allan Stacy, Mick Stephens, S Trembath, Vic Tyndall, Rex Waide.
1955 Griffith Australian Rules Football Club Awards
Tuesday, November 8, 1955 at C.W.A. Hall
Best & Fairest: Terry Wood - (E.A. Wood)
Most Consistent: Vic Hathaway - (Fred Bell)
Most Consistent: John Diggelmann - (Wally Price)
Most Consistent & Conscientious Junior: Jim Ford - (Stan Forrester)
Best Club man: Terry Blair - (Committee).
TO THE EDITOR
Sir, Please allow me some space in your paper to voice my opinion on the disgusting barracking I witnessed at Griffith on 20th June, at the Showground, in the S.W.D.F.L. between Griffith and Ganmain.
I witnessed a good few Australian Rules games in this area and as yet have not seen anything as ridiculously one-eyed as the barracking witnessed on Sunday.
I only hope, for the good of the game, and after all it is only sport, that I do not witness another exhibition of barracking as I did yesterday.
I only hope also that I was unluckily enough to strike the minority of the Griffith supporters.
It was disgusting to hear such phrases as "bury him in the dirt" and any person would realise that once any team goes on the field with the idea of playing dirty football that they forfeit all chances of winning.
Griffith has always been highly respected as a sporting town, so why not keep up the good name supporters, instead of showing your feelings when losing.
As previously stated, I can only hope the barracking I heard was in the minority.
Thanking you for allowing me space.
Yours in Sport,
"Ardent Rules Fan"
(Riverina Advocate - Thursday June 30, 1955)
FROM THE CLUBS MINUTES BOOK
President welcomes in New Season (15/3/55)
Len Polkinghorne opened meeting by welcoming all members, particularly the newcomers to the committee in Vic Carroll and Nace Ryan. He said a new season was commencing and he felt sure the Club was in for a good season.
He knew all members of the committee would do all they possibly could to make the season a happy and successful one.
Players Insurance (30/3/55)
Letters concerning players insurance were received from;
(a) Motor Traders Insurance Co.
(b) Royal Insurance Co.
(c) Empire Insurance Co.
After a close study of all proposals it was decided on motion of Hugh McLean / Ern Myott, "That the Club take out an insurance cover with the Empire Insurance Co."
Hamper Competition (30/3/55)
Mr. Des O'Dwyer, invited to the meeting offered to conduct a competition for a hamper each home game.
Mr. O'Dwyer's offer was gratefully accepted.
Hugh McLean / Ern Myott, "That correspondence as read be received and dealt with."
(1) Letter fro the "Evening News", of Wagga asking for details of games each week for publication.
Hugh McLean / George Kite, "That matter be left to Secretary (Neil Griggs) to arrange."
(2) Letter from "Aladdinads" given ideas concerning autographed football prepared for raffling.
Received on motion Bill Simmons / Mac Holden.
(3) Letter from SWDFL asking for nomination and affiliation for reserve grade competition and intimating that delegates pool fees were due.
Frank Ford / Terry Wood, "That Club affiliate in reserve grade competition and payment of fee £2.2.0 and delegates £5.5.0 be made."
Players to be Financial (14/4/55)
Mac Holden / Ern Myott, "That all players be advised they are required to be financial members of the Club at an early date."
Doorkeeper for Dressing Room (14/4/55)
The opinion was freely expressed that too many people were crowding into dressing rooms during games and it was decided that Vic Carroll would act as doorkeeper to try and control admittance.
Deputation to Schools (5/5/55)
It was decided to try and make arrangements through Messrs., Ron Hathaway and Keith Savage, for deputation comprising Wally Price, Len Polkinghorne and Keith Savage, to visit schools and speak to pupils concerning the playing of Australian Rules.
Reserve Grade Forfeits (16/6/55)
The Secretary asked for instruction regarding action to be taken over forfeits received by team in reserve grade competition.
Vic Carroll / Ern Myott, "That forfeits fee be claimed in all cases of forfeits in reserve grade competitions."
Hamper and Filming of Game (16/6/55)
It was decided that a hamper would be disposed of at the Ganmain game with Frank Ford and Kevin O'Dwyer be in charge of effort.
Proceeds to go to Club and one on day of next home game (Narrandera) go to players for trip away fund with Frank Ford, Ern Myott and reserve grade players to sell tickets.
The President said arrangements had been made with Ex-Servicemen's Club and Mr. Lethaby to film game against Ganmain.
Financial Need (23/6/55)
After discussion regarding finances and accounts to be paid before the end of June it was decided that President approach executive of Ladies Auxiliary soliciting a loan of approximately £80 - £100.
Rep. Players Congratulated (23/6/55)
The President congratulated Wally Price and Terry Wood on representing SWDFL in game against Albury aand District League at Narrandera. He said he felt sure all would agree that the two Griffith players has acquitted themselves very well in the game.
Delegates Report (7/7/55)
Len Polkinghorne and Neil Griggs reported on happenings at SWDFL delegates meeting.
(a) Reserve Grade: New competition had been decided on with games to be played as curtain-raisers to senior games for second half round of home and away games.
Players after playing in four first grade games from the start of second round to be ineligible for reserve grade team but when players was selected as 19-20 for senior team it would not be counted as a game.
(b) Rep. Players: The presentation of SWDFL pockets to representative players was discussed and it was finally decided that pockets be forwarded to Clubs for presentation to players at a local Club function and that players be invited to attend annual dinner.
(c) Melbourne Umpires: Quite a few complaints were received from delegates regarding the falling off in standard of umpires coming from Melbourne.
A list of suitable and competent officials was compiled and League Secretary was instructed to write to Melbourne Umpires League complaining of standard of umpires being supplied and asking for men on list or some up to their standard.
(d) Turvey Park Club: A representative of the Turvey Park Club (Wagga) was present at meeting and addressed delegates, saying that his Club was anxious to join SWDFL next season.
At the time most delegates seemed to favour inclusion of Turvey Park into SWDFL but the matter could not be dealt with until annual meeting of the SWDFL.
Reserve Grade Guernseys (7/7/55)
The Secretary reported that only five or six reserve grade guernseys were being returned each week and it was costing Club 25/- each week to have these washed.
Ern Myott / Frank Ford, "That reserve grade players be asked to retain guernseys and have them washed each week."
Appreciation McLean and Clarke (28/7/55)
Wally Price advised that Hugh McLean and Fred Clarke had carted a load of sand which had been used to fill in several muddy holes in yard of Club's house in Gunbar Street. It was decided to record a vote of appreciation to the two members for their generous assistance.
The Secretary reported an epidemic of pilfering had been going on in the dressing sheds.
A close watch had been kept on rooms during training the last two or three afternoons.
It had not been successful, however, but thanks to one of the committeemen, Vic Carroll, the culprit had been caught and he had agreed to return 5 to M. Stephens and to keep away from the Club in future.
Wally Price left the meeting and the question of coach for season 1956 was discussed and finally it was unanimously decided on motion Hugh McLean / Frank Ford, "That Club engage Wally Price for 1956 season at same remuneration as 1955."
Schoolboy Coach 1956 (11/8/55)
The idea of a schoolboy coach for 1956 season was discussed and on motion of Len Polkinghorne / Harry Pollard it was decided that the Secretary write to Tom Dungan asking if he would consider proposition and at what fee.
Tullibigeal K.0. Competition (1/9/55)
The Secretary reported that the Tullibigeal K.O. carnival had been postponed for a week and thus clashed with the Grand Final in Melbourne and it had been found impossible to send a team from Griffith.
Post Office Box (1/9/55)
Ern Myott advised that he had secured a private mail box at the Post Office for the Club and his actions were endorsed on motion Vic Carroll / Harry Pollard
McCann Effort (1/9/55)
Treasurer Bill Simmons advised that Mr. McCann had handed in £25 to the Club as a result of a doll raffle conducted by him.
Moved Bill Simmons / Nace Ryan, "That an expression of the Club's gratitude and appreciation be conveyed to Mr. McCann for his wonderful effort.
Point Posts (1/9/55)
Len Polkinghorne reported that he had loaned the Club's point posts to the Beelbangera Club for use in the (Barellan League) semi-final at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval and on motion Ern Myott / Harry Pollard his action was approved.
Cricket Club (1/9/55)
Terry Wood reported than Aust. Rules Cricket team had been formed and entered in the Saturday competition of the Griffith District Cricket Association. The President said the team had the best wishes and all possible support of the Club. Unfortunately finances would not permit much, if any, financial assistance but he felt sure the team would be able to carry on successfully and acquit itself well