1956 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Don Best and Bill Biron (Beelbangera), Don Bitcon (Numurkah), Don Buchanan (Ganmain), Dennis, Frank and John Conlan (Barellan-Binya), Ken Grady (Beelbangera), Don Guest, Kevin McMahon (Geelong District).
OUT: Dick Bitcon, Fred Clarke, Jack Luhrs, Cecil Polkinghorne; Dennis and John Conlan (Barellan-Binya).
Round 1 - Sunday April 8, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ..... 0.3 .. 2.7 .. 4.7 .. 8.11 (59)
Whitton ... 4.1 .. 4.3 .. 9.6 .. 12.8 (80)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 3, V Hathaway 2, J Fielder, D Bitcon, T Wood
Whitton: W Causon 5, E Williams 2, D Williams 2, L Musgrave, B Keighran, T Hyde
Best: Griffith: G Habel, V Ledwidge, D Maples, T Wood, D Bitcon, V Hathaway, W Price, A Biron
Whitton: W Causon, J Tuckett, W Box, R Painting, G Fleming, E Williams, L Musgrave
Griffith: Wally Price (c-c), Bill Biron*, Don Bitcon*, Don Buchanan*, Ted Feltwell, Jim Fielder, Fred Gambell, Geoff Habel, Vic Hathaway, Vic Ledwidge, Willie Ledwidge, Don Maples*, Kevin McMahon*, Chas. O'Brien, Vince O'Dwyer*, Noel Tyndall, Bob Tyndall, Terry Wood; John Diggelmann, Bill Tyndall
Whitton: Geoff Fleming (c-c), Bill Box, Peter Briggs, Willie Causon, DeMamiel, Pat Dunn, Trevor Hyde, Bernie Kelly, Brian Keighran, Max McAliece, Les Musgrave, Bob Painting, Ron Tiffen, Jack Tuckett, Delwyn Williams, Edwin Williams, George Williams, Ron Williams
Umpires: L C Smith (VFL). Gate: £80/8/6
Reserves: Griffith 10.14 (74) d Whitton 2.4 (16)
Best: Mick Newman, Billy Small, Ken Grady, Bob Brown, Tom Conlan, Bruce Cobden
Round 2 - Sunday April 15, 1956 at Kindra Park 2.45pm
Coolamon ..... 3.13 .. 12.20 (92)
Griffith .......... 3.4 .. 4.7 (31)
Goals: Coolamon: G Kew 2, N Rutzou 2, R Harris 2, C Smith 2, F Williamson, M Whybro, N Thompson, D Bell
Griffith: E Feltwell 2, B Parslow, D Bitcon
Best: Coolamon: N Rutzou, R Harris, B Pattison, C Smith, F Treasure, R Inch
Griffith: V Ledwidge, D Bitcon, G Habel, W Price, F Conlan, C O'Brien
Coolamon: Frank Treasure (c-c), Don Bell, Jack Buchanan, Brian Butts, Jim Conquest, Laurie Gaynor, Ray Harris, Ron Hilton, Ross Inch, Garry Kew, Bernie Pattison, Neale Rutzou, Clinton Smith, Nev Thompson, Mick Whybro, Frank Williamson
Griffith: W Price (c-c), A Biron, D Bitcon, R Brown*, D Buchanan, F Conlan*, E Feltwell, J Fielder, G Habel, V Ledwidge, W Ledwidge, D Maples, K McMahon, C O'Brien, V O'Dwyer, B Parslow, N Tyndall, W Tyndall
Umpire: W Yendle (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 9.11 (65) d Coolamon 5.7 (37)
Best: D Hurst, J Conlan, R Carroll, R Tyndall, M Newman, J Newman
Round 3 - Sunday April 22, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ............. 6.5 .. 12.11 (83)
Narrandera .... 6.5 .. 8.13 (61)
Goals: Griffith: D Bitcon 4, N Tyndall 4, R Brown 3, W Tyndall
Narrandera: J Stockton 5, R Turner, D Durnan, R Hyde
Best: Griffith: D Bitcon, W Price, J Conlan, K McMahon, N Tyndall
Narrandera: K Osmond, J Stockton, J Bliss, B Waters, R Hyde
Griffith: W Price (c-c), D Bitcon, R Brown, D Buchanan, F Conlan, J Conlan*, J Fielder, E Feltwell, G Habel, D Hurst, V Ledwidge, D Maples, K McMahon, C O'Brien, V O'Dwyer, N Tyndall, W Tyndall, T Wood
Umpire: W Newland (VFL). Gate: £61/1/3
Note: Narrandera awarded match on protest
Reserves: Griffith 7.25 (67) d Narrandera 2.5 (17)
Best: R Tyndall, N Tyndall, G Coggan, F Carroll, M Macklin, M Newman
Round 4 - Sunday April 29, 1956 at Matong Sportsground
Grong Grong-Matong ..... 11.18 (84)
Griffith .............................. 6.4. (40)
Goals: GG-M: C Wines 6, M Pieper 2, D Murrell 2, P Curry
Griffith: F Carroll 3, D Bitcon, W Tyndall, 1 short
Best: GG-M: J Doherty, M Pieper, D Mattingly, P Hogan, T Smith, C Wines
Griffith: C O'Brien, W Price, V Ledwidge, F Carroll, G Habel, D Bitcon
Grong Grong-Matong: Clinton Wines (c-c), Bruce Bryon, Pat Curry, John Doherty, Pat Hogan, Gordon Jones, Dud Mattingly, Des Murrell, Merv Pieper, Pat Quinn, J Russell, Norm Russell, P Sheather, R Sheather, Tom Smith, Mick Stuart, Bill Walsh
Griffith: Wally Price (c-c), Don Bitcon, Bob Brown, Don Buchanan, Frank Carroll*, Jim Fielder, Fred Gambell, Geoff Habel, Vic Hathaway, Don Hurst, Vic Ledwidge, Don Maples, Kevin McMahon, Chas. O'Brien, Vince O'Dwyer, Bernell Parslow, Noel Tyndall, Bill Tyndall
Umpire: C Smithwick (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith d Grong Grong-Matong by 13 points
Best: J Diggelmann, J Ford, K Grady, J Newman, B Parslow
Round 5 - Sunday May 6, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ............. 3.2 .. 5.3 .. 8.4 .. 9.8 (62)
Turvey Park .... 1.1 .. 3.8 .. 5.11 .. 8.15 (63)
Goals: Griffith: D Bitcon 4, F Carroll 2, V Hathaway, W Tyndall, N Tyndall
Turvey Park: R Scott 7, C Baker
Best: Griffith: V Ledwidge, J Conlan, D Bitcon, W Price
Turvey Park: R Scott, R Langridge, N Morrow, G Nye
Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, D Buchanan; W Price (c-c), V Ledwidge, F Conlan; V O'Dwyer, J Conlan, K McMahon; J Fielder, F Carroll, D Guest*; W Tyndall, D Bitcon, N Tyndall; A Biron, D Maples, V Hathaway; D Hurst, B Cobden*
Turvey Park: Geoff Nye, J Neighbour, Bob Stockton; Don Baker, Bob Thomson, Ron Langridge; Trevor McNamara, John Nolan, Noel Morrow; Neil Stockton, Rex Burge, Lou Cox; F Sherriff, Ray Scott (c-c), Chic Baker; Peter Murphy, John Schieberger, Norm McLennan; N McKay, K Turner
Umpire: D R Lyon (VFL). Gate: £48/5/-
Reserves: Griffith 6.15 (51) d Turvey Park 6.5 (41)
Best: R Carroll, R Tyndall, F Gambell, G Coggan
Round 6 - Sunday May 13, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ......... 6.3 .. 13.10 (88)
Ardlethan .... 2.6 .. 6.9 (45)
Goals: Griffith: D Bitcon 4, W Price 3, T Wood 3, E Feltwell, D Guest, N Tyndall
Ardlethan: G Cassimatis 3, J Smyth, J Thompson, A Allen
Best: Grifffith: V Hathaway, V Ledwidge, F Conlan, G Habel, K McMahon, J Conlan
Ardlethan: A Allen, G Cassimatis, F Allen, B Carroll, N Clarke, L Gallagher
Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, V Hathaway; W Price (c-c), V Ledwidge, F Conlan; V O'Dwyer, J Conlan, K McMahon; T Wood, D Bitcon, D Guest; W Tyndall, A Biron, N Tyndall; J Ford, J Fielder, E Feltwell; D Maples, W Ledwidge
Umpire: S Jensen (VFL). Gate: £60/4/-
Reserves: Griffith 12.29 (101) d Ardlethan 1.2 (8)
Best: J Diggelmann, T Blair, F Gambell, M Macklin, R Brown, D Buchanan
Round 7 - Sunday May 20, 1956 at Ariah Park Recreation Ground 2.45pm
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 4.2 .. 8.5 .. 13.10 .. 17.14 (116)
Griffith ......................... 4.5 .. 5.9 .. 7.9 .. 11.12 (78)
Goals: AP-M: B Sculley 5, J Mickelson 4, E Noack 4, T Preston 2, K Pleming, T Quade
Griffith: N Tyndall 3, T Wood 3, R Tyndall 2, W Tyndall, D Bitcon, W Price
Best: AP-M: Bernie Bryce, N Breust, J Mickelson, P Quade, B Sculley
Griffith: J Conlan, T Wood, W Tyndall, W Price, V O'Dwyer
Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, V Hathaway; W Price (c-c), V Ledwidge, F Conlan; V O'Dwyer, J Conlan, K McMahon; T Wood, D Bitcon, D Guest; W Tyndall, R Tyndall, N Tyndall; D Maples, A Biron, E Feltwell; F Gambell
Umpire: L Ireland (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 3.3.21 d Ariah Park-Mirrool 1.0 (6)
Best: T Blair, R Carroll, M Newman, K Grady, J Ford
Round 8 - Sunday May 27, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ..... 3.2 .. 8.2 .. 9.4 .. 10.6 (66)
Leeton ..... 3.0 .. 5.3 .. 10.6 .. 13.13 (91)
Goals: Griffith: W Price 2, D Bitcon 2, E Feltwell 2, N Tyndall, T Wood, F Carroll, W Tyndall
Leeton: W Heath 5, H Dunlop 2, L Drew 2, R Meyers 2, M Kruse, D Lyons
Best: Griffith: F Conlan, J Conlan, W Price, G Habel, J Fielder, V Ledwidge
Leeton: K Howe, D Allen, H Dunlop, M Kruse, K Guest, J Hillman
Griffith: Wally Price (c-c), Chas. O'Brien, Geoff Habel, Vic Hathaway, Frank Conlan, Vic Ledwidge, Jim Fielder, Vince O'Dwyer, John Conlan, Kevin McMahon, Terry Wood, Don Bitcon, Noel Tyndall, Frank Carroll, Bill Tyndall, Don Maples, Bill Biron, Ted Feltwell
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Laurie Drew, Owen Lyons, Ron Harris, Jim Curry, Kevin Howe, Brian Waters, John Hillman, Eddie Allen, Harry Heness, D Dunn, Des Lyons, Ken Guest, Herb Dunlop, Bill Heath, Rex Meyers, Kevin Luhrs, Don Allen; Alan O'Connell, Peter Clayton
Umpire: Frank Humphreys (VFL). Gate: £95/1/-
Reserves: Leeton 7.6 (48) d Griffith 3.14 (32)
Best: K Grady, T Blair, F Gambell, J Ford, D Hurst, M Macklin
Round 9 - Sunday June 3, 1956 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.45pm
Ganmain ...... 13.8 .. 25.18 (168)
Griffith ......... 3.1 .. 6.2 (38)
Goals: Ganmain: T Carroll 11, A Carroll 4, M Grambeau 2, W Carroll 2, L Cooper 2, L Carroll 2, A Crozier, Gerald Carroll
Griffith: D Buchanan 2, M Macklin 2, L Grady, R Tyndall
Best: Ganmain: N Thompson, A Carroll, L Carroll, M Grambeau, L Cooper, W Carroll
Griffith: C O'Brien, W Price, F Conlan, V O'Dwyer, F Carroll, A Biron
Griffith: C O'Brien, W Price, F Conlan, V O'Dwyer, F Carroll, A Biron
Griffith: W Price (c-c), C O'Brien, G Habel, D Maples, D Guest, F Conlan, J Fielder, V O'Dwyer, K McMahon; M Macklin*, D Bitcon, L Grady*, D Buchanan; R Tyndall, F Carroll; A Biron, N Tyndall,
Umpire: Malcolm (VFL)
Reserves: Ganmain 9.8 (62) d Griffith 8.4 (52)
Best: T Blair, D Hurst, M Newman, J Ford, D Buchanan
Round 10 - Sunday June 10, 1956 at Whitton Recreation Ground 2.45pm
Whitton ... 0.2 .. 2.4 .. 3.9 .. 3.12 (30)
Griffith .... 0.0 .. 2.2 .. 3.3 .. 4.7 (31)
Goals: Whitton: P Dunn 3
Griffith: J Conlan, K Grady, W Price, D Buchanan
Best: Whitton: J Tuckett, L Musgrave, T Hyde, G Fleming, J Rice, I Williams
Griffith: D Guest, J Conlan, F Conlan, A Biron, J Fielder, K Grady
Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, D Best*; J Fielder, F Conlan, W Price (c-c); D Conlan, J Conlan, K McMahon; R Tyndall, D Bitcon, D Buchanan; M Macklin, F Carroll, K Grady; D Maples, A Biron, N Tyndall; D Guest
Umpire: Jim Kilkenny (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 9.14 (72) d Whitton 0.0 (0)
Round 11 - Sunday June 17, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith .......... 1.1 .. 4.4 .. 6.5 .. 7.10 (52)
Coolamon .... 5.5 .. 7.10 .. 8.14 .. 12.19 (91)
Goals: Griffith: W Price 3, D Bitcon 3, N Tyndall
Coolamon: F Treasure 3, R Inch 3, D Bell 2, B Butts, N Rutzou, R Patterson, T O'Brien
Best: Griffith: D Best, W Price, N Tyndall, C O'Brien, J Conlan, K Grady
Coolamon: N Rutzou, F Treasure, M Mulley, R Patterson, B Butts, R Inch
Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, D Best; R Tyndall, F Conlan, J Fielder; V O'Dwyer, J Conlan, K McMahon; F Carroll, D Bitcon, G McDonald*; E Feltwell, W Price (c-c), K Grady; A Biron, D Maples, N Tyndall
Coolamon: Laurie Gaynor, Merv Mulley, Mick Whybro; Noel Guthrie, Nev Thompson, Jim Conquest; Jim Guthrie, Jack Buchanan, Bob Patterson; Brian Butts, Garry Kew, Frank Williamson; Rob Harris, Tom O'Brien, Frank Treasure (c-c); Neale Rutzou, Ross Inch, Don Bell; Ron Hilton
Umpire: Noel Egan (VFL). Gate: £51
Reserves: Coolamon 17.13 (115) d Griffith 8.9 (57)
Best: J Diggelmann, W Ledwidge, M Macklin, D Hurst, M Newman
Round 12 Sunday June 24, 1956 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm
Narrandera ... 2.7 .. 10.11 (71)
Griffith ........... 2.2 .. 5.3 (33)
Goals: Narrandera: L Dunne 3, D Durnan 3, B Waters 2, J Deaton, R Hyde
Griffith: E Feltwell 2, D Bitcon, W Price, A Biron
Best: Narrandera: R Hazelman, J Stockton, B Waters, T Guest, L Dunne, J Deaton
Griffith: W Price, D Best, A Biron, J Fielder, J Conlan, V O'Dwyer
Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, D Best; R Tyndall, F Conlan, J Fielder; V O'Dwyer, J Conlan, K McMahon; F Carroll, D Bitcon, G McDonald; E Feltwell, W Price (c-c), K Grady; A Biron, D Maples, N Tyndall
Umpire: George Hamid (VFL)
Reserves: Narrandera 2.7 (19) d Griffith 2.2 (14)
Best: R Brown, J Newman, B Cobden, D Hurst, J Diggelmann
Round 13 - Sunday July 1, 1956 at Griffith Showground
Griffith .............................. 8.13 (61)
Grong Grong-Matong ... 15.10 (100)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 3, D Bitcon 2, A Biron 2, N Tyndall
GG-M: D Mattingly 7, C Wines 2, G Mack 2, T Smith 2, R Sheather, M Russell
Best: Griffith: C O'Brien, G Habel, A Biron, J Fielder, V Hathaway
GG-M: J Curry, G Mack, M Pieper, T Smith, C Wines
Griffith: C O'Brien, F Conlan, D Maples; J Fielder, G Habel, D Best; V O'Dwyer, J Conlan, K McMahon; M Macklin, D Bitcon, V Hathaway; N Tyndall, R Brown, K Grady; A Biron, G McDonald, E Feltwell, W Tyndall
Umpire: S L Grayland (VFL). Gate: £32/5/-
Reserves: Griffith 9.18 (72) d Grong Grong-Matong 1.2 (8)
Best: F Carroll, W Tyndall, R Tyndall, D Buchanan, J Newman, D Conlan
Round 14 - Sunday July 8, 1956 at Bolton Park 2.45pm
Turvey Park ..... 17.15 (117)
Griffith ............... 6.5 (41)
Goals: Turvey Park: R Scott 8, R Burge 3, N McLennan 2, J Nolan 2, B Campbell, R Stockton
Griffith: N Tyndall 2, W Price 2, R Brown, E Feltwell
Best: Turvey Park: R Burge, L Cox, R Scott, J Nolan, J Schieberger, P Murphy
Griffith: A Biron, G Habel, W Tyndall, V Hathaway, W Price
Griffith: D Maples, K McMahon, J Conlon, D Bitcon, M Macklin, J Fielder, V O'Dwyer, D Best, V Hathaway, W Price (c-c), E Feltwell, A Biron, F Conlan, K Grady, N Tyndall, G Habel, G McDonald, C O'Brien, W Tyndall
Umpire: Jack Stanton (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 6.3 (39) d Turvey Park 5.4 (34)
Best: W Tyndall, F Gambell, R Tyndall, J Diggelmann, G McDonald
Round 15 - Sunday July 15, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ......................... 11.9 (75)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 21.22 (148)
Goals: Griffith: W Price 6, M Macklin 2, D Hurst, E Feltwell, A Biron
AP-M: B Sculley 7, B Bryce 4, W Brown 4, P Quade 2, T Schlodder, J Mickelson, Ned Fisher
Best: Griffith: G Habel, C O'Brien, W Price, J Fielder, F Conlan
AP-M: J Mickelson, B Sculley, K Minchin, T Quade, K Pleming
Griffith: W Price (c-c), D Maples, W Ledwidge, J Conlan, D Bitcon, K Grady, J Fielder, V O'Dwyer, D Best, M Macklin, E Feltwell, A Biron, F Conlan, V Hathaway, N Tyndall, G Habel, R Tyndall, C O'Brien, D Hurst, W Tyndall
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Bernie Sculley (c-c), Kevin Pleming, Bevan Bryce, Ned Fisher, Tom Preston, Joe Mickelson, Bernie Bryce, Merv Stiller, Ellis Noack, Pat Quade, Keith Minchin, Bernie Pleming, Ted Colwill, Allan MacKenzie, Bill Brown, Roy Wells, Cliff Minchin, Neville Breust, L Dougan, Bill Dunn
Umpire: Pat McGough (VFL). Gate: £29
Reserves: Griffith 8.15 (63) d Ariah Park-Mirrool -
Best: W Tyndall
Round 16 - Sunday July 22, 1956 at Leeton Showground 2.45pm
Leeton ...... 2.3 .. 7.10 .. 9.10 .. 14.15 (99)
Griffith ..... 2.6 .. 2.6 .. 5.11 .. 6.12 (48)
Goals: Leeton: W Heath 5, P O'Connell 3, K Guest 3, M Kruse, R Meyers, D Allen
Griffith: W Price 2, D Conlan 2, E Feltwell 2
Best: Leeton: K Guest, R Harris, J Hillman, M Kruse, J Curry
Griffith: W Price, J Fielder, D Best, G Habel, V Hathaway, D Bitcon
Leeton: Max Kruse (c-c), Ron Harris, Ken Guest, Laurie Drew, Herb Dunlop, Eddie Allen, John Hillman, Brian Waters, Paddy O'Connell, Harry Heness, Don Allen, Jim Curry, Bill Heath, Jack Howe, Des Howe, Des Lyons, Rex Meyers, Owen Lyons; Ed Gladman, Len Blackett
Griffith: Wally Price (c-c), Don Maples, Denis Conlan, John Conlan, Don Bitcon, Fred Gambell, Jim Fielder, Vince O'Dwyer, Don Best, Murray Macklin, Ted Feltwell, Bill Biron, Bob Carroll*, Vic Hathaway, Noel Tyndall, Geoff Habel, Chas. O'Brien, Don Hurst, Bill Tyndall
Umpire: G Hannah (VFL). Gate: £78
Reserves: Leeton 4.6 (30) v Griffith 3.8 (26)
Round 17 - Sunday July 29, 1956 at Griffith Showground 2.45pm
Griffith ....... 10.7 (67)
Ganmain .... 18.18 (126)
Goals: Griffith: E Feltwell 3, T Wood 2, W Price 2, D Bitcon 2, D Best
Ganmain: T Carroll 8, L Cooper 5, Gerard Carroll 2, A Crozier, JD Carroll, W Carroll
Best: Griffith: F Conlan, D Best, A Biron, E Feltwell, W Price, J Conlan
Ganmain: L Cooper, N Thompson, L Carroll, L Brill, A Crozier, W Carroll
Griffith: W Price (c-c), D Maples, D Conlan, J Conlan, F Conlan, D Bitcon, F Gambell, J Fielder, D Best, A Biron, E Feltwell, R Carroll, W Tyndall, N Tyndall, C O'Brien, D Hurst, T Wood, vacant
Umpire: B N Rennes (VFL). Gate: £36/4/-
Reserves: Griffith 8.8 (56) d Ganmain 3.7 (25)
Best: R Brown
Round 18 - Sunday August 12, 1956 at Ardlethan Recreation Ground 2.45pm
Ardlethan .... 12.15 (87)
Griffith ........ 5.13 (43)
Goals: Ardlethan: L Gallagher 5, R Armstrong, J Smyth, N Clarke, R Smith, A Allen
Griffith: R Brown, T Wood, E Feltwell, D Conlan, W Price
Best: Ardlethan: A Allen, F Allen, L Gallagher, N Thomson, G Cassim
Griffith: A Biron, W Tyndall, W Price, J Conlan, J Fielder
Griffith: W Price (c-c), D Maples, D Conlan, J Conlan, F Conlan, D Bitcon, F Gambell, J Fielder, D Best, A Biron, E Feltwell, R Carroll, W Tyndall, N Tyndall, C O'Brien, D Hurst, T Wood, R Brown
Umpire: W J Gould (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith d Ardlethan
First Semi Final - Sunday August 19, 1956 at Matong Sportsground 3.00pm
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 18.17 (125)
Coolamon .................... 9.14 (68)
Goals: AP-M: W Pleming 6, B Sculley 4, Bernie Bryce 3, J Mickelson 2, W Brown, E Colwill, B Pleming
Coolamon: T O'Brien 4, D Bell, F Treasure, C Smith, M Whybro, T Patterson
Best: AP-M: J Mickelson, B Sculley, E Colwill, Bob Howard, M Stiller, T Quade, K Pleming
Coolamon: T Patterson, F Treasure, J Conquest, R Inch, J Buchanan, B Pattison, R Guthrie
Coolamon: Laurie Gaynor, Merv Mulley, Mick Whybro; Noel Guthrie, Garry Kew, Jim Conquest; T. 'Bob' Patterson, Jack Buchanan, Frank Treasure (c-c); Ross Inch, Neale Rutzou, Brian Butts; Clinton Smith, Tom O'Brien, Bernie Pattison; Neville Thompson, Frank Williamson, Don Bell; Jim Guthrie, Keith Tipping
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Bevan Bryce, Keith Minchin, Pat Quade; Alan MacKenzie, Bob Howard, Neville Breust; Tony Schlodder, Kevin Pleming, Ted Colwill; Bernie Sculley (c-c), Bernie Pleming, Ned Fisher; Bill Brown, Bernie Bryce, Bill Pleming; Tom Quade, Joe Mickelson, Merv Stiller; Cliff Minchin, Roy Prentice
Umpire: J Finnigan (VFL). Gate: £
Seconds: Griffith 7.12 (54) d Turvey Park 6.6 (42)
Goals: Jack Mitchell 2, Murray Macklin, Bob Tyndall, Bill Tyndall, Frank Carroll
Best: Frank Carroll, Bill Tyndall, Dennis Conlan, Fred Gambell, Willie Ledwidge
Umpire: S Trimble (VFL)
Second Semi Final - Sunday August 26, 1956 at Leeton Showground 3.00pm
Ganmain ....... 4.5 .. 5.7 .. 7.11 .. 10.15 (75)
Narrandera ... 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 6.7 .. 8.8 (56)
Goals: Ganmain: T Carroll 5, W Carroll 2, M Grambeau 2, A Crozier
Narrandera: D Durnan 4, J Stockton, R Hyde, D Weldon, L Dunne
Best: Ganmain: J D Carroll, L Carroll, A Crozier, F Murphy, M Grambeau, Garry Carroll
Narrandera: J Stockton, J Bean, T Guest, R Hazelman, B Waters, R Hyde
Ganmain: Mick Grambeau (c-c), Arthur Crozier (v-c), Tom Carroll, Les Cooper, Len Brill, Trevor Tipping, Lawrence Carroll, Norm Thompson, Artie Roy, Brian 'Mick' Carroll, John 'Digger' Carroll, Jim Crouch, Gerald Carroll, Frank Murphy, Tony Keogh, Bill Carroll, Garry Carroll, Tony Carroll; Pat Keogh, Alan Brill
Narrandera: Jim Stockton (c-c), Stan Sargeant (v-c), Barry Peacock, Bruce Waters, Jim Bean, Ron Hazelman, John Deaton, Russ Turner, Keith Osmond, Leo Dunne, Jim Bliss, Don Durnan, Les Stockton, Jack Peacock, Danny Weldon, Reg Hyde, Tom Sheather, Tom Guest; Jim Pearson, Ted Gumbleton
Umpire: Jim Kilkenny (VFL). Gate: £428/-/-
Reserves: Leeton 6.3 (39) d Ganmain 5.8 (38)
Umpire: Eyres (VFL)
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 2, 1956 at Narrandera Sportsground 3.00pm
Narrandera ................. 2.5 .. 5.5 .. 9.10 .. 9.10 (64)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 1.5 .. 7.7 .. 7.7 .. 9.14 (68)
Goals: Narrandera: D Durnan 3, B Waters 2, R Hyde 2, T Guest, L Stockton
AP-M: Bernie Bryce 3, B Sculley 2, M Stiller, T Quade, W Pleming, B Pleming
Best: Narrandera: T Sheather, R Hazelman, J Stockton, L Stockton, K Osmond, B Waters, R Turner
AP-M: P Quade, B Sculley, M Stiller, A Mackenzie, T Quade, B Pleming, K Minchin
Umpire: Frood (VFL). Gate: £542
Reserves: Griffith 6.6 (42) drew Ganmain 6.6 (42)
Goals: Jack Mitchell 2, Murray Macklin, Bob Tyndall, Bill Tyndall, Frank Carroll
Best: Don Hurst, Ken Grady, John Diggelmann, Bruce Cobden, Willie Ledwidge, Fred Gambell, Frank Carroll
Umpire: Warren Newland (VFL)
Grand Final - Sunday September 9, 1956 at Narrandera Sportsground 3.00pm
Ganmain ..................... 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 7.7 .. 13.13 (91)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 5.2 .. 5.4 .. 9.9 .. 9.10 (64)
Goals: Ganmain: L Carroll 3, T Carroll 3, M Grambeau 2, W Carroll 2, Gerald Carroll, P Keogh, L Cooper
AP-M: B Sculley 4, Bernie Bryce 2, W Brown 2, W Pleming
Best: Ganmain: L Carroll, Garry Carroll, L Cooper, A Crozier, N Thompson
AP-M: B Sculley, K Pleming, B Pleming, T Schlodder, P Quade
Ganmain: Trevor Tipping, Norm Thompson, Frank Murphy; Artie Roy, Tony Keogh, John 'Digger' Carroll; Len Brill, Garry Carroll, Brian 'Mick' Carroll; Gerald Carroll, Lawrence Carroll, Les Cooper; Arthur Crozier, Tom Carroll, Tony Carroll; Mick Grambeau (c-c), Jim Crouch, Bill Carroll; Pat Keogh, Alan Brill
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Bevan Bryce, Keith Minchin, Pat Quade; Allan Mackenzie, Bob Howard, Neville Breust; Ted Colwill, Kevin Pleming, Tony Schlodder; Ned Fisher, Bernie Pleming, Bernie Sculley (c-c); Bill Pleming, Bernie Bryce, Bill Brown; Tom Quade, Joe Mickelson, Merv Stiller; Roy Prentice, Cliff Minchin, R. Breust, Roy Wells, Bill O'Dwyer
Umpire: Bill Barbour (VFL). Gate: £1,023
Reserves Preliminary Final replay
Ganmain ..... 2.2 .. 4.6 .. 4.11 .. 4.12 (36)
Griffith ......... 1.3 .. 1.5 .. 3.7 .. 4.8 (32)
Goals: Murray Macklin, Bob Tyndall, Bill Tyndall, Don Buchanan
Best: Bill Tyndall, Ken Grady, Willie Ledwidge, Frank Carroll
Umpire: Bill Terrill (VFL)
Riverina Schoolboy Grand Final
Leeton Zone 17.15 (117) d Ganmain Zone 3.3 (21)
Umpire: Bryant (VFL)
Reserves Grand Final - Sunday September 16, 1956 at Narrandera Sportsground
Leeton 9.6 (60) d Ganmain 6.11 (47)
Goals: Leeton: P Clayton 2, R Campbell 2, B Swasbrick 2, N McGuiness, P O'Connell, Davis
Ganmain: J Carroll 2, I Logan, B Edson, A Hetherington, R McPherson
Best: Leeton: W Towers, A Burman, R Campbell, Swasbrick Bros., P Clayton
Ganmain: W Kember, A McPherson, I Logan, J Carroll, A Hetherington
Umpire: Reg Pawley (VFL)
1956 SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
First Grade: Best & Fairest - Gammage Medal
6 - Jim Stockton (Narrandera); 4 - Arthur Allen (Ardlethan), Neale Rutzou (Coolamon), Len Brill (Ganmain); 3 - Kevin Pleming (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Max Kruse (Leeton), George Williams (Whitton); 2 - Neil Thomson (Ardlethan), Joe Mickelson (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Bernie Pattison, Frank Treasure (Coolamon), John Conlan (Griffith), George Mack (Grong Grong-Matong), Ray Scott (Turvey Park), Geoff Fleming (Whitton);
1 - Laurie Gallagher (Ardlethan), Ellis Noack, Tom Quade, Bernie Sculley (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Jim Conquest, Ross Inch, Frank Williamson (Coolamon), Jack Buchanan, Brian 'Mick' Carroll, Garry Carroll, Gerald Carroll, John 'Digger' Carroll, Tom Carroll, Les Cooper, Frank Murphy (Ganmain), Don Bitcon, Vic Ledwidge, Charlie O'Brien, Wally Price, Terry Wood (Griffith), John Doherty, Pat Hogan, Dud Mattingly, Merv Pieper, Clinton Wines (Grong Grong-Matong), Don Allen, Ken Guest, Ron Harris, John Hillman, Des Lyons, Owen Lyons (Leeton), Leo Dunne, Keith Osmond, Stan Sargent, Tom Sheather, Les Stockton (Narrandera), Don Baker, Rex Burge, Lou Cox, Tom Murphy, Noel Morrow (Turvey Park),
1956 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: Don Best, Bill Biron, Don Bitcon, Bob Brown, Don Buchanan, Fr. Frank Carroll, Bruce Cobden, Frank Conlan, John Conlan, Ken Grady, Don Guest, Murray Macklin, Don Maples, G. McDonald, Kevin McMahon, Vince O'Dwyer.
Final Games / Goals: Don Buchanan (7 / 3), Fr. Frank Carroll (7 / 3), John Conlan (14 / 1), Jim Ford (5 / 1), Ken Grady (7 / 2), Don Guest (5 / 1), Willie Ledwidge (4 / 0), G. McDonald (4 / 0), Kevin McMahon (14 / 0),), Terry Wood (140 / 68)
ALSO PLAYED FOR GRIFFITH IN 1956
Reserves: Gordon Ashcroft, Terry Blair, Kevin Browne, George Coggan, Ron Cottom, Max Gaffey, Bob Hurst, Peter Lane, Len Maples, Jack Mitchell, Jamie Newman, John Newman, Mick Newman, L. Scott, Bob Sidlow, Billy Small, Bruce Young, Bob Young.
1956 Griffith Australian Rules Football Club Awards
Thursday, September 13, 1956 at C.W.A. Hall
Best & Fairest: Charlie O'Brien - (E.A. Wood)
Best & Fairest: Willie Ledwidge - (Fred Bell)
Most Conscientious Junior at Training: Bruce Young - (Stan Forrester)
Best Club man: George Coggan - (Dick Bitcon)
Trophy Donors and Winners for each Home Game
Whitton (April 8)
1sts - Jack Luhrs: Don Maples; 2nds - Hugh McLean: Mick Newman
Narrandera (April 22)
1sts - Roy Taysom: Don Bitcon; 2nds - Frank Polkinghorne: George Coggan
Turvey Park (May 6)
1sts - Noble Guild: John Conlan; 2nds - Neil Griggs: Bob Tyndall
Ardlethan (May 13)
1sts - Cullen's Butchery: Vic Hathaway; 2nds - Area Footwear: Terry Blair
Leeton (May 27)
1sts - Roy Taysom: Wally Price; 2nds - Henry Gardiner: Ken Grady
Coolamon (June 17)
1sts - Younghusband Ltd: Don Best; 2nds - Clancy': John Diggelmann
Grong Grong-Matong (July 1)
1sts - Area Hotel: Charlie O'Brien; 2nds - Valentine Frocks: Fr. Frank Carroll
Ariah Park-Mirrool (July 15)
1sts - Ted Withnell: Geoff Habel; 2nds - Ted Withnell: Bill Tyndall
Ganmain (July 29)
1sts - Ron Dalla: Frank Conlan; 2nds - Roy Mackenzie: Bob Brown
THE Griffith Aussie Rules men owed all their work of the spread at their 1956 Trophy Night to their Women’s Auxiliary. Back Row - Left to right: Mrs Grace Ryan, Dorothy Alexander, Mrs Win Price, Mrs Jean Fielder, Mrs Mary Collins, Anne Maloney and Beryl Parker.
At the table are Roy Taysom (V.-Pres.), Clarrie Quinlivan (Rugby League Sec.), Jack Luhrs (Sec.), Noble Guild (Pres.), Roy Edwards (Rugby League Pres.), Dick Bitcon (V.-Pres.) and Bill Simmons (Treas.). (Riverina Advocate - 17 Sept, 1956)
FROM THE CLUBS' MINUTES BOOK
Delegates Report (20/3/56)
In the absent of Dick Bitcon his co-delegate Len Polkinghorne was invited to the meeting and gave a very comprehensive report on the happenings at the annual delegate meeting of the SWDFL.
The chief items outlined by Mr. Polkinghorne were;
Competition to start on 8th April with no breaks.
Turvey Park (Wagga) were admitted to SWDFL.
The Albury & District League had declined to participate in the annual inter-league game and this would result in a loss of over £100 to each League.
Reserve grade would be played on Sunday's and games would now be known as Second Eighteen competition games.
Melbourne League Umpires would again have charge of all senior games. They had cost the League about £1900 but despite this the League's finances had increased by £300.
Clubs were to nominate two or three capable men to act as umpires for 2nd eighteen games and these men could be registered for sum of 2/6 each.
A Melbourne League competition game would be played in the League area this season and the Griffith delegates had tried hard to get the game played at Griffith but had been narrowly lost to Narrandera.
A motion had been passed whereby the final and grand final had been allotted to Narrandera but it was likely this would be challenged by a notice of motion from some clubs.
The President (Noble Guild) thanked Mr. Polkinghorne for his detailed report and Mr. Polkinghorne left the meeting.
Broadcasting of Games (20/3/56)
Jack Luhrs reported that he had been in contact with the manager of the radio station 2RG (Ray Gamble) and if the committee was agreeable it was very likely that arrangements could be made to have some games broadcast.
The Australian Rules broadcasts would alternate with those of the Rugby games and the cost of each broadcast would be £20 each which could be met by providing ten sponsors at £2 each.
Mr. Gamble had stated that he would be able to provide approximately four sponsors so it would be necessary for Club to find another six.
Announcers to describe the game would have to be nominated by the Club and he (Jack Luhrs) had arranged for himself and Dick Bitcon to do the first game against Whitton on April 7th.
Mr. Gamble had also offered the Club 15 minutes of the sports programme time on Saturday evenings 7.30-8.00 p.m.
The President (Noble Guild) thanked Mr. Luhrs for his good work and it was moved Neil Griggs / Vic Carroll, "That the offer from 2RG to broadcast some games be accepted and that Jack Luhrs act as the clubs liaison officer with 2RG."
It was also decided that the SWDFL be asked to sanction broadcasts and if any game away from Griffith was considered fit to be broadcast the club involved also be asked for their consent.
Lack of Publicity (5/4/56)
As publicity officer, Jack Luhrs complained of lack of co-operation by the "Advocate" in not publishing comments written by him for opening competition game.
He felt it most important that the Club get publicity especially for this first game.
Dick Bitcon said it was a pretty poor show when the first Australian Rules game of the season received not one word of publicity while a practice game of Rugby was given a big write up.
The Club was now giving the Advocate a lot of advertising and printing and he felt something should be done about the matter.
Dick Bitcon / Hugh McLean, "That the President be asked to interview the management of the Advocate and voice very strong disapproval of their lack of co-operation."
Mr. Guild agreed to act for the Club and said he would see Mr. McCudden on the next day.
Lack of Publicity "Response" (19/4/56)
Mr. Guild said that he had spoken to Mr. McCudden on the matter and Mr. McCudden had apologised, offered a lot of excuses and promised to co-operate with publicity in the future.
Jack Luhrs said he was attempting to arrange to have programmes containing newsy pars etc., printed and had obtained quotes for 500 from both local papers.
The Area News quote was £4/10/0 plus 12 half % sales tax; while the Advocate had given an approximate quote of £6, which would probably be reduced as the season progressed.
Mr. McCudden of the Advocate had offered to donate a suitable block for the heading of the programme.
After discussion it was moved Neil Griggs / Hugh McLean, "That an attempt to bring out a trial programme for the next home game, that against Narrandera."
Programme "Response" (19/4/56)
Jack Luhrs reported that he had been unable to arrange for extra advertising in the suggested new style programme.
After some discussion, during which Luhrs said he felt sure a programme could be prepared it was decided on motion Roy Taysom / Hugh McLean, "That a trial programme be printed for the Narrandera game. 500 programmes to be printed by the Area News."
Defaulting Player - Part 1 (19/4/56)
The President referred to a certain player, one A. Peisley who had trained and practised with team and had given every indication that he would be available to play Australian Rules this season.
However, although selected he did not appear at the first competition game and had given no reason to anyone for his non appearance.
It was known he played Rugby on that day.
Wally Price said apparently Peisley, after using Club facilities to get into condition, did not have the decency to inform selectors or anyone connected with the Club that he was going back to play Rugby.
Vic Carroll said that he had spoken to Peisley on the matter but he would give no reason for his action except say, "that a man can please himself."
Waterwheel Festival Float (3/5/56)
The President reported that the scheduled meeting to make arrangements for work on the float for the Waterwheel Festival Float had been held.
There had been a good roll up of workers on Tuesday night at George Kite's and a lot of work had been done to prepare the float.
Unfortunately the procession had been postponed on Wednesday but it felt it would be still possible to have the float finished and entered into the procession on Saturday (new date) providing a sufficient number of workers turned up on Friday night and early Saturday morning.
The following volunteered to work on the float - Friday night: Bill Simmons, Ernie Myott, Noble Guild, Jack Luhrs, Wally Price. Saturday: Mac Holden, Hugh McLean.
Chas. O'Brien also undertook to endeavour to have players that were to be on the float present at 9 a.m. to help with final preparation.
Protest by Narrandera (3/5/56)
The President reported that as everyone was now aware the Narrandera Club had lodged a protest against Griffith on Sunday 22nd April for playing John & Frank Conlan whose clearances had not been finalised.
On investigation he had found that the clearances for five Beelbangera players had not been received back from the SWDFL.
He had done a lot of ringing up and had found the players concerned had been cleared by their clubs but the Barellan League had promised to inform the Secretary (Roach) of the SWDFL by telegram that all clearances had been approved by his League which according to Mr. Roach would make the players eligible to play against Grong Grong-Matong.
The telegram had been sent and received by the SWDFL secretary on Saturday afternoon prior to the hearing of the protest.
Dick Bitcon, Len Polkinghorne and himself had gone to Narrandera on Saturday night to the meeting of the Judiciary committee and he felt a good case had been presented on behalf of Griffith but the Judiciary had found against them and further had disqualified John and Frank Conlan until their clearances had been received by the SWDFL.
He felt the Judiciary ruling had been harsh, that the Judiciary had not functioned satisfactory and that the Griffith Club had been unduly penalised by being debarred from playing John & Frank Conlan against Grong Grong-Matong despite telegraphic evidence as to their clearances being granted which was a regular practice within the SWDFL and it had been decided by the delegates to lodge an appeal to the District Council Appeals Board.
He had taken it on himself to contact the Club's Hon. Solicitor Mr. Charlie Olliffe and get his advice and help in formulating the appeal which had been posted to the Secretary of the SWDFL together with a cheque for the required deposit of £5/5/0.
Mac Holden and Jack Luhrs spoke in appreciation of the work done by Messrs. Guild, Bitcon and Polkinghorne in this protest hearing and in lodging of the appeal and a motion of appreciation and thanks to the three delegates was recorded.
Schoolboys Football (3/5/56)
Wally Price reported that a meeting of people interested in Schoolboy football had been held at his house on Tuesday 24th April.
Mr Ron Hathaway had been elected President, Fred Hicks Secretary-Treasurer, and Father Carroll, Gerry Smith, Claude Chapman, Wally Price, Eric Rushton and Neil Griggs to the committee.
More committeemen were needed to form a strong and workable committee.
It was decided to hold a trial game at Beelbangera on Saturday 11th May before the senior game and cars would be needed to transport players to Beelbangera.
It had also decided to write to High School, Primary School and St. Brendan's College seeking permission for a deputation to speak to boys regarding Australian Rules.
Mr. Rushton had agreed to take charge of boys and be more or less responsible for their behaviour and conduct.
Social Committee (5/6/56)
The President reported that a well attended meeting had formed a social committee.
Mr. Bill O'Brien was president and Wally Price and Mrs. Mary Collins were joint secretaries and a committee of three had been elected, and it was hoped that this social committee would be able to organise all social activities within the Club.
Wally Price said that the social committee were present conducting a raffle - a social and film evening had been arranged for Tuesday 12th June and the Ball was to be conducted on 27th July.
It was probable too that another Sunday night social would be held on the night of the Ariah Park game.
Mr. Guild thanked Wally Price for his report and said that it appeared as if the social committee were well on the job.
Boundary Umpires Payments (3/7/56)
The President said he had delayed speaking to players regarding acting as boundary umpires owing to the small attendances at training but had approached the reserve grade players after their game on Sunday July 1st.
Three or four of the players had volunteered to act and he was hopeful that those players would be available for future games.
Ernie Myott said he was vitally interested in this question and had given it a whole lot of thought. He felt the solution to the problem was to pay boundary umpires.
Ernie Myott / Hugh McLean, That the Club pay two boundary umpires at 10/- per game.
Dick Bitcon said he felt it would be a good idea to pay boundary umpires but felt the matter could be left until next season.
Mac Holden said boundary umpires should be done voluntarily and felt it wold be a false step to offer payment.
Jack Muir also favoured non payment saying he felt the Club spirit was very poor indeed if volunteers were not forthcoming.
The President said he felt reserve grade players would co-operate and help with the job for the remainder of the season.
Dick Bitcon said the Club should make some gesture of appreciation to George Coggan for his voluntary efforts on the boundary throughout the season.
The motion with consent of seconder was withdrawn and it was decided to try and co-opt the reserve grade players for the job for the remainder of the season.
Apathy of Players (3/7/56)
Ted Withnell said he was disappointed at the late arrival of the Griffith team on the ground at each of the last three home games and suggested that a definite effort be made to get players on the ground on time in future games.
Wally Price said the players had been instructed to be in the dressing room at least 30 minutes before start of game but he had found it impossible to get their co-operation. He suggested that the Club give a ruling that the players must be in the dressing room before 2.15 p.m.
The President and Wattie McNamara spoke of the apparent indifference and lack of will to win of the first grade players, both saying this attitude of the players was losing support for the Club.
Chas. O'Brien said it was a well known fact that only a winning team got much support.
Wally Price said the reserve grade players were much keener and more co-operative than the senior players. He considered that the first grade team had lost several games by their refusal to fight back when challenged.
The President said he felt the matter could be taken up with the players by the coach and the players representative on the committee.
Defaulting Player - Part 2 (3/7/56)
The President spoke of the matter of A. Peisley, a player suspended by the Club. He found out that Peisley had been informed of everything that had transpired at the meeting (19th April) which discussed his defaulting, and had been informed that Peisley's informant had been a member of the committee.
He made no attempt to find out the identity of the committee man as he had no wish to know it but he was very definite that it was an act of poor principle if any committee man had given Peisley the information and details.
Empire Insurance Ltd (31/7/56)
Some discussion took place regarding the Club's business with the Insurance Company, and the Secretary Neil Griggs reported that the Empire Insurances were regular and prompt in settling claims under the players insurance cover.
However, some of the players were tardy in reporting injuries.
One such case of Mick Newman who although injured on April 29th had only just a few days previously reported that he had been receiving regular attention from Dr. Gordon Oxenham for his knee injury and would shortly be going to Sydney to have an operation for the removal of a cartilage.
After some discussion it was decided that the Secretary write and give full details of Newman's position to the Insurance Company with the object of getting some compensation for him.
Coach Wally Price (31/7/56)
The President reported that Wally Price had advised him that he would be not be seeking re-appointment as coach for next season.
He considered that the Club had been very fortunate to have such a man with so many admirable qualities to lead the team for the last two years.
Griffith had a young team and if the players had absorbed any of their coach's gentlemanly qualities they indeed would be most fortunate.
Ern Myott, Vic Carroll and Hugh McLean supported Mr. Guild's remarks, all saying Wally had given the Club good and true service, had been an ideal coach and had been well liked by the players.
Wally Price replying said he had enjoyed his two years in Griffith and had made a lot of friends.
He had left Perth with the idea of seeing some of Australia and felt that two years with a team was sufficient for a coach.
Mallee Roots (27/8/56)
The President said he had collected payment for the mallee roots delivered to the Ex-Servicemen's Club who had generously paid at the rate of £4 per tonne.
He apologised to Mr. Aub Davis that the Club had been unable to full fill its full quota of mallee roots as the supply had been restricted by the very bad weather.
He had also asked about next winter and had been told by Mr. Davis that the Ex-Servicemen's Club would again take a quota of roots for next winter.
It was likely that they would take more if the Australian Rules Club could supply them and it would be necessary to get on to the job early if were to be a successful venture.