1961 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS

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PLAYER TRANSFERS

IN: Ian Buck (Mentone), Jim Eley (Yarroweyah), Robert Evans (Sandy Creek), Jack Kloot (Yenda), Kevin Luhrs (Leeton), Len Sexton (Berrigan), Alby Sutton (Manuka, ACT), Royce White (Darlington Point).

OUT: Don Bitcon (Collegians), Max Goodger (Western Suburbs), Don Keyter (Nhill), Charlie Owen (Corryong).

Round 1 - Sunday April 9, 1961 at Grong Grong Oval                                                                            Match Report

Grong Grong-Matong ... 4.2 .. 7.5 .. 10.6 .. 13.8 (80)

Griffith ............................ 5.4 .. 7.9 .. 11.12 .. 13.15 (93)

Goals: GG-M: G Mack 4, M Pieper 4, P Box, P Hogan, A Jones, A Rava, W Walsh

Griffith: L Sexton 3, V Hathaway 3, J Eley 2, G Browne, D Geddes, R Spears, K Rowston, W Tyndall

Best: GG-M: P Box, P Hogan, M Pieper, C Wines, G Mack, R Walsh

Griffith: L Sexton, R Spears, A Biron, D Best, M Newman, V Hathaway

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; R Davies, R Spears, M Newman; D Geddes, K Rowston, R Evans*; R White*, J Eley*, W Tyndall; A Biron, L Sexton (c-c)*, V Hathaway; J Kloot

Umpire: --------

Reserves: Griffith 7.14 (56) d Grong Grong-Matong 2.5 (17)

Goals: E Wade 3, M Brauman, J Diggelman, D Pannan, K Stevenson

Best: J Forbes, A Sutton, E Wade, K Savage

Round 2 - Sunday April 16, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ....... 4.9 .. 5.14 .. 13.19 .. 16.20 (116)

Ganmain ... 1.5 .. 4.6 .. 4.6 .. 8.6 (54)

Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 6, A Biron 3, W Tyndall 3, K Rowston 2, J Kloot, V Hathaway

Ganmain: L Stephenson 3, Garry Carroll, L Carroll, J McCaig, W McCaig, B Dillon

Best: Griffith: L Sexton, A Biron, K Rowston, R Spears, W Tyndall, G Browne, R Tyndall

Ganmain: Jim Crouch, Des Carroll, W McCaig, B Logan, H Boardman, Gerald Carroll

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Eley, D Best; R Davies, R Spears, M Newman; D Geddes, K Rowston, L Sexton; J Kloot, D Koehler, W Tyndall; A Biron, R Evans, V Hathaway; R White

Umpire: --------. Gate: £95/17/-

Reserves: Griffith 10.16 (76) d Ganmain 1.3 (9)

Best: J Bortolazzo, D Dreyer, E Wade, J Forbes, I Buck

Round 3 - Sunday April 23, 1961 at Kindra Park

Coolamon ..... 0.2 .. 3.10 .. 5.13 .. 7.17 (59)

Griffith ......... 3.7 .. 3.10 .. 6.12 .. 10.12 (72)

Goals: Coolamon: I Gillett 3, T Tipping 2, R Pieper, R Inch

Griffith: L Sexton 4, V Hathaway 3, D Koehler, M Newman, W Tyndall

Best: Coolamon: I Gillett, R Pieper, K Tipping. R Hilton, R Jolly

Griffith: A Smith, V Hathaway, F Conlan, D Best, L Sexton

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Fielder, D Best; R Davies, R Spears, M Newman; D Geddes, K Rowston, L Sexton; J Kloot, D Koehler, W Tyndall; A Biron, R Evans, V Hathaway; R Carroll, E Wade*

Umpire: --------

Reserves: Griffith 30.14 (194) d Coolamon 3.9 (27)

Goals: I Buck 12, R White 4, A Sutton 3, L Collis 2, M Brauman 2, C Holt 2, A O'Brien, W Thompson, B Young, 2 short

Best: J Bortolazzo, C Holt, I Buck, R White, L Collis

Round 4 - Sunday April 30, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ............ 4.2 .. 7.5 .. 12.7 .. 15.15 (105)

Turvey Park ... 2.5 .. 7.5 .. 8.8 .. 12.10 (82)

Goals: Griffith: D Koehler 5, L Sexton 4, V Hathaway 3, J Eley, K Rowston, A Biron

Turvey Park: F Gallagher 3, A Grentell 2, J Wright, R Nolan, D Baker, B Conway, J Keating, R Small, P Wilkins

Best: Griffith: V Hathaway, D Best, K Rowston, A Biron, L Sexton, D Koehler

Turvey Park: D Baker, N Morrow, F Gallagher, W Priest, R Thomson, J Wright

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; J Bortolazzo, R Spears, M Newman; D Geddes, K Rowston, L Sexton; J Eley, D Koehler, W Tyndall; A Biron, R Evans, V Hathaway; R Davies, M Brauman*

Umpire: Jack Hayes (VFL). Gate: £103/16/3. Debut: Mal Brauman (15 years)

Reserves: Griffith 11.15 (81) d Turvey Park 5.9 (39)

Goals: J Kloot 5, A Sutton 4, Tyson, I Buck

Best: A Sutton, C Holt, L Collis

Round 5 - Sunday May 7, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ........ 7.4 .. 9.6 .. 13.11 .. 18.15 (123)

Ardlethan ... 1.1 .. 3.7 .. 3.8 .. 5.8 (38)

Goals: Griffith: D Koehler 5, L Sexton 5, L Collis 3, V Hathaway 2, K Rowston 2, J Fielder

Ardlethan: L Romari 2, J Stout, R Smith, R Stewart

Best: Griffith: L Sexton, V Hathaway, R Spears, F Conlan, J Eley, M Newman

Ardlethan: F Martin, R Smith, F Thompson, L Romari, S Wykes, Barry Carroll

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; J Bortolazzo, R Spears, M Newman; L Sexton, K Rowston, R Davies; J Eley, D Koehler, L Collis; A Biron, J Fielder, V Hathaway; D Geddes, C Holt

Umpire: Webster (VFL). Gate: £97/10/-

Reserves: Griffith 13.12 (90) d Ardlethan 5.9 (39)

Goals: J Kloot 5, I Buck 4, R Carroll, E Wade, A Sutton, F Gambell

Best: K Savage, A Sutton, F Gambell, J Kloot, B Young

Round 6 - Sunday May 14, 1961 at Mirrool Oval                                             

Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 2.4 .. 5.7 .. 7.15 .. 11.16 (82)

Griffith ...................... 4.4 .. 6.5 .. 8.12 .. 11.14 (80)

Goals: AP-M: P Quade 4, J Hawke 2, J Dunn 2, T Connors, Barry Walker, Bernie Bryce

Griffith: L Sexton 4, D Koehler 3, L Collis, A Biron, A Sutton, K Rowston

Best: AP-M: R Peacock, P Quade, N Breust, J Hawke, J Dunn, J Quade

Griffith: V Hathaway, L Sexton, F Conlan, J Eley, J Bortolazzo, D Geddes

Griffith: G Browne, F Conlan, J Eley; A Smith, J Anderson, R Davies; J Bortolazzo, V Hathaway, M Newman; A Sutton*, K Rowston, D Geddes; J Kloot, D Koehler, L Collis; A Biron, C Holt, V Hathaway; K Savage, R Carroll

Umpire: Jack Walsh (VFL)

Reserves: Griffith 10.12 (72) d Ariah Park-Mirrool 5.9 (39)

Goals: F Gambell 3, B Young 2, R White 2, R Potter, K Kesby, D Dreyer

Best: F Gambell

Round 7 - Sunday May 21, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ...... 5.6 .. 8.12 .. 12.19 .. 16.20 (116)

Whitton .... 1.5 .. 2.8 .. 3.9 .. 7.14 (56)

Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 7, K Rowston 3, J Eley 2, D Koehler 2, V Hathaway, A Sutton

Whitton: K Rodgers, P O'Connell, B Weaven, Dudley Dunbar, A Mann, J Clayton, E Williams

Best: Griffith: V Hathaway, J Bortolazzo, R Tyndall, A Smith, K Rowston, R Davies

Whitton: K Rodgers, J Asmus, B Weaven, M Tuckett, E Reynolds, G 'Red' Kelly

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; L Collis, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; R Davies, K Rowston, L Sexton; J Eley, D Koehler, A Sutton; A Biron, J Fielder, V Hathaway; Gambell, J Kloot

Umpire: W J Gould (VFL). Gate: £97/8/-

Reserves: Griffith 17.15 (117) d Whitton 4.4 (28)

Goals: I Buck 9, C Holt 4, J Ford 2, F Knox, D Dreyer, E Wade, K Kesby

Best: D Dreyer, F Knox, I Buck, R Carroll, J Forbes

Exhibition Match - Sunday May 28, 1961 at Narrandera Sportsground                          SWDFL TEAM PHOTO

S.W.D.F.L. ... 5.4 .. 7.6 .. 9.13 .. 12.16 (88)

Geelong ...... 2.2 .. 6.11 .. 8.15 .. 12.22 (94)

Goals: SWDFL: J Bloomfield 3, D Lyons 3, L Stephenson 3, L Sexton, F Fitzpatrick, L Romari

Geelong: John Helmer 2, Gary Harmer, John Yeates, George McGrath, Fred Wooller, Tony Polinelli, Peter Walker, Paul Luttrell, Bob Norman

Best: SWDFL: F Thompson, R Pieper, V Hathaway, F Conlan, F Fitzpatrick, L Romari

Geelong: John Helmer, Tony Polinelli, Bill Miller, John Devine, Roy West, Bob Norman

SWDFL: Frank Conlan (Gri), Fred Thompson (Ard), Pat Quade (APM; Clinton Wines (GGM), Max Kruse (Leet), John Cornish (Narr); Noel Morrow (TP), Peter Box (capt, GGM), Ray Pieper (Cool); Ike Whittaker (Narr), Des Lyons (Leet), Len Sexton (Gri); Bill Biron (Gri), Laurie Stephenson (Gan), Vic Hathaway (Gri); Frank Fitzpatrick (Leet), Ian Gillett (v-c, Cool), Jim Bloomfield (Narr); Les Romari (Ard), Kevin Rodgers (Whit)

Umpire: Stan Fisher (VFL). Gate: £886

SWDFL No. 2 ...... 2.5 .. 6.8 .. 9.10 .. 12.12 (84)

Central Riverina ..... 1.2 .. 2.4 .. 5.9 .. 7.12 (54)

Goals: SWDFL: John Hawke 3, Gerald Carroll 2, Merv Pieper 2, Ted Kirsopp, Don Allen, Barry Carroll, Des Carroll, George Mack

Central Riverina: Des Healy 5, T Morris, D Smith

Best: SWDFL: Athol Jackson, Don Allen, Geoff Nye, John Hawke, Gerald Carroll, Des Carroll

Central Riverina: Des Healy, K Drew, Peter Wilson, Charlie Blackburn, Neale Rutzou, M Cousley

Umpire: W Andrew (VFL)

Round 8 - Sunday June 4, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ............ 4.5 .. 8.7 .. 10.11 .. 12.14 (86)

Narrandera ... 5.3 .. 9.7 .. 13.11 .. 15.11 (101)

Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 6, J Eley 3, D Geddes, V Hathaway, D Bitcon

Narrandera: K Podmore 5, K Male 4, J Bloomfield 2, B Rava 2, B Waters, R Turner

Best: Griffith: V Hathaway, A Biron, J Bortolazzo, L Sexton, J Anderson, L Collis

Narrandera: J Cornish, J Bloomfield, A Jackson, P Pledger, E Kirsopp, E Duffy

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; L Collis, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; D Geddes, K Rowston, L Sexton; J Eley, D Koehler, W Tyndall; A Biron, J Fielder, V Hathaway; D Bitcon, A Sutton

Umpire: Jack Gray (VFL). Gate: £172/14/-

Reserves: Narrandera 10.10 (70) d Griffith 10.7 (67)

Goals: I Buck 4, J Kloot 2, C Holt, J Ford, F Gambell, R Carroll

Best: J Diggelman, C Holt, F Gambell, K Savage

VCFL Caltex Country Championship - Saturday June 10, 1961 at Narrandera Sportsground

S.W.D.F.L. .............. 3.6 .. 6.7 .. 9.10 .. 10.13 (73)

Ovens & Murray ... 2.1 .. 7.11 .. 9.14 .. 13.21 (99)

Goals: SWDFL: D Lyons 2, L Stephenson 2, L Romari 2, I Gillett, J Bloomfield, R Pieper, V Hathaway

O & M: R Rose 4, R Constable 2, R Hempel, J Deane, L Clarke, N Waller, G Holmes, S Sargeant, L Cooke

Best: SWDFL: P Box, I Gillett, J Cornish, L Romari, F Fitzpatrick, I Whittaker

O & M: J Sandral, R Rose, L Burgess, K Mack, J Deane, R Constable, K Ellis

SWDFL: Frank Conlan (Gri), Fred Thompson (Ard), Pat Quade (APM; Kevin Rodgers (Whit), John Cornish (Narr), Bob Spears (Gri); Noel Morrow (TP), Peter Box (capt, GGM), Ray Pieper (Cool); Les Romari (Ard), Des Lyons (Leet), Len Sexton (Gri); Ian Gillett (Cool), Laurie Stephenson (Gan), Vic Hathaway (Gri); Frank Fitzpatrick (Leet), Ike Whittaker (Narr)), Jim Bloomfield (Narr); Fred Gallagher (TP), John Hawke (APM)

Ovens & Murray: B McCoy, R Ronnfeldt, Kevin Mack; K Ellis, Jim Sandral, H Davies; B Bourke, Jim Deane, Terry Burgess; Bob Hempel, Stan Sargeant, Lionel Ryan; Neville Waller, Bob Constable, Bob Rose (capt); L Cooke, Don Ross, Gary Holmes; Les Clarke, T Putt

Umpire: Dudley Ridley (VFL). Gate: £581

Schoolboys: Leeton Zone 13.18 (98) d Ganmain Zone 10.13 (73)

Round 9 - Sunday June 11, 1961 at Leeton Showground

Leeton ...... 4.2 .. 7.5 .. 9.6 .. 9.10 (64)

Griffith .... 1.4 .. 2.5 .. 4.7 .. 7.10 (52)

Goals: Leeton: A Waters 3, N Stockton 2, L Stockton 2, J Foley, R Vivian

Griffith: J Kloot 2, R Davies 2, A Sutton, L Collis, R Davies

Best: Leeton: M Kruse, Sid Fell, J Walsh, J Lewis, R Stockton

Griffith: J Eley, J Anderson, J Bortolazzo, R Tyndall, L Collis, W Tyndall

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, R Carroll; A Smith, J Anderson, F Gambell; F Knox*, W Tyndall, J Bortolazzo; D Koehler, K Rowston, R Davies; D Geddes J Eley, A Sutton; A Biron, J Kloot, L Collis; B Young, K Stevenson*

Umpire: Rowe (VFL)

Reserves: Leeton 6.15 (51) d Griffith 3.6 (24)

Goals: J Ford 2, K Savage

Best: J Diggelman, K Savage, Tyson, R McCudden, F Lodding

Round 10 - Sunday June 18, 1961 at Ganmain Sportsground                     

Ganmain ...... 2.4 .. 2.6 .. 4.11 .. 6.14 (50)

Griffith ......... 2.2 .. 5.6 .. 7.11 .. 11.14 (80)

Goals: Ganmain: L Stephenson 3, D Carroll, R Holgate, Gerald Carroll

Griffith: L Sexton 4, J Eley 2, R Davies 2, D Geddes, V Hathaway, J Kloot

Best: Ganmain: Gerald Carroll, W McCaig, Joe Crouch, M Reiher, J McCaig, Jim Crouch

Griffith: F Conlan, J Eley, D Best, V Hathaway, D Geddes, R Davies

Griffith: G Browne, F Conlan, R Carroll; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; L Collis, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; D Geddes, R Davies, L Sexton; J Kloot, D Koehler, W Tyndall; J Eley, A Sutton, V Hathaway; B Young, F Knox

Umpire: R N Boyack (VFL)

Reserves: Griffith 8.7 (55) d Ganmain 3.4 (22)

Goals: I Buck 2, C Holt 2, M Brauman 2, D Dreyer, R Evans

Best: R Ramsay, M Newman, M Brauman, D Pannan, F Lodding

Round 11 - Sunday June 25, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith .......... 5.2 .. 6.5 .. 9.8 .. 11.10 (76)

Coolamon .... 0.3 .. 1.8 .. 4.10 .. 7.12 (54)

Goals: Griffith: A Biron 4, L Sexton 2, L Collis 2, V Hathaway, J Eley, R Davies

Coolamon: G McCarron 2, T O'Brien, T Tipping, A Tipping, T Patterson, A Curtis

Best: Griffith: V Hathaway, J Bortolazzo, A Biron, R Tyndall, L Collis, F Conlan

Coolamon: I Gillett, B Bradley, R Pieper, T Tipping, B Browne, R Inch

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; M Newman, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; D Geddes, R Davies, A Sutton; L Sexton, A Biron, L Collis; J Eley, R Carroll, V Hathaway; J Kloot, K Savage

Umpire: John Gambetta (VFL). Gate: £90/8/-

Reserves: Griffith d Coolamon on forfeit

Round 12 - Sunday July 2, 1961 at Gissing Oval

Turvey Park ... 3.2 .. 4.4 .. 8.6 .. 13.9 (87)

Griffith ............ 0.0 .. 2.0 .. 3.3 .. 5.5 (35)

Goals: Turvey Park: F Gallagher 7, J Wright 3, R Nolan 2, N McLennan

Griffith: L Sexton 4, D Koehler

Best: Turvey Park: J Wright, B Conway, R Nolan, R Small, F Gallagher, G Nye

Griffith: J Anderson, V Hathaway, A Smith, R Carroll, D Best, J Bortolazzo

Griffith: R Carroll, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; G Browne, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; D Geddes, R Davies, D Koehler; L Sexton, A Biron, W Tyndall; J Eley, V Hathaway, L Collis; A Sutton, I Buck*

Umpire: -------

Reserves: Griffith 11.11 (77) d Turvey Park 5.10 (40)

Goals: J Kloot 5, K Savage 3, F Gambell, D Dreyer, C Holt, R Evans

Best: C Holt, M Brauman, J Kloot, F Gambell, J Forbes

Round 13 - Sunday July 9, 1961 at Ardlethan Recreation Ground

Ardlethan .... 3.5 .. 3.7 .. 10.8 .. 12.10 (82)

Griffith ........ 2.0 .. 6.3 .. 8.5 .. 11.11 (77)

Goals: Ardlethan: R Stewart 3, J Stout 3, L Romari 2, Barry Carroll, P Smith, S Wykes, J Coombs

Griffith: L Sexton 3, V Hathaway 2, R Spears 2, R Davies 2, A Biron, D Koehler

Best: Ardlethan: P Smith, R Stewart, J Stout, Barry Carroll, B Lang

Griffith: J Anderson, V Hathaway, D Geddes, L Sexton, R Davies

Griffith: R Spears, F Conlan, R Carroll; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; G Browne, V Hathaway, J Bortolazzo; R Davies, J Eley, D Geddes; L Sexton, D Koehler, W Tyndall; A Biron, C Holt, L Collis; D Dreyer, K Stevenson

Umpire: Gibbs (VFL)

Reserves: Ardlethan 8.6 (54) d Griffith 5.16 (46)

Best: F Gambell, J Kloot, A Sutton

Inter League (Neville Nesbitt Trophy) - Sunday July 16, 1961 at Kindra Park, Coolamon

S.W.D..F.L. ... 2.4 .. 8.10 .. 9.10 .. 16.16 (112)

Farrer FL ...... 5.8 .. 9.15 .. 15.21 .. 19.28 (142)

Goals: SWDFL: F Gallagher 7, I Whittaker 4, F Fitzpatrick, K Rodgers, C Morrow, G Carroll, R Spears

Farrer: B Sculley 5, W Box 3, W Barton 3, V Lawrence 2, J Bradley 2, H Gardiner, G Hodges, L Salter, H Griffiths

Best: SWDFL: F Conlan (Dal Williams Trophy), M Kruse, F Gallagher, R Turner, I Whittaker, V Hathaway, R Pieper

Farrer: B Sculley (trophy), W Barton, S Wornes, M Schultz, G Hodges, H Gardiner, L Salter

SWDFL: Geoff Nye (TP), Max Kruse (Leet), Colin Morrow; Bob Small (TP), John Cornish (Narr), Frank Conlan (Gri); Ted Kirsopp (Narr), Vic Hathaway (Gri), Ray Pieper (Cool); Barry Walker (APM), Ike Whittaker (Narr), Kevin Rodgers (Whit); Russ Turner (Narr), Fred Gallagher (TP), Gerald Carroll (Gan); Frank Fitzpatrick (Leet), Les Stockton (Leet), Don Allen (Leet); Noel Morrow (TP), Bob Spears (Gri)

Farrer FL: Alan McPherson, Bruce Murray, Mal Reid; Murray Schultz, M Wyatt, L Salter; S Wornes, Harry Gardiner, H Griffiths; Bernie Sculley, Bill Barton; John Bradley, Vic Lawrence, Tom Preston; Bill Box, Lyle Parslow, Gresham Hodges; Milton Breust, G Willis

Umpire: Kevin Jackson (VFL). Gate: £760

Farrer FL No. 2 . 15.15 (105) d SWDFL No. 2. 15.9 (99)

Umpire: McLeod (VFL)

Schoolboys: Farrer FL 7.6 (48) d SWDFL 5.4 (34)

Round 14 - Sunday July 23, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ............................ 2.3 .. 6.8 .. 10.11 .. 12.12 (84)

Grong Grong-Matong ... 2.4 .. 3.6 .. 7.11 .. 11.16 (82)

Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 5, W Tyndall, A Biron, D Koehler, D Geddes, K Rowston, J Eley, J Bortolazzo

GG-M: M Pieper 3, P Dunn 2, C Wines 2, J Crawford, P Hogan, G Mack, W Walsh

Best: Griffith: V Hathaway, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo, R Tyndall, D Best, J Anderson

GG-M: P Box, G Mack, P Hogan, P Dunn, L Wall, N Russell

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; R Davies, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo; D Geddes, K Rowston, L Collis; J Eley, D Koehler, W Tyndall; A Biron, R Carroll, V Hathaway; C Holt, R Ramsay*

Umpire: A R Raphael (VFL). Gate: £75/9/-

Reserves: Griffith 16.5 (101) d Grong Grong-Matong 5.7 (37)

Goals: I Buck 4, A Sutton 4, J Kloot 3, E Wade 2, M Brauman, K Savage, B Young, F Gambell

Best: F Gambell, A Sutton, J Kloot, J Forbes, F Lodding

Round 15 - Sunday July 30, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ......................... 5.1 .. 8.4 .. 10.10 .. 11.14 (80)

Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 2.5 .. 3.11 .. 5.16 .. 7.16 (58)

Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 4, R Davies 3, J Eley 2, V Hathaway, L Collis

AP-M: J Dunn 4, J Hawke, P Quade, T Connors

Best: Griffith: J Bortolazzo, L Sexton, D Geddes, J Anderson, R Davies, J Eley

GG-M: N Walker, T Connors, I Wason, J Dunn, P Quade

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; D Geddes, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo; R Spears, K Rowston, R Davies; J Eley, D Koehler, L Collis; A Biron, R Carroll, V Hathaway; A Sutton, J Kloot

Umpire: Ron Warwick (VFL). Gate: £100/2/-

Reserves: Griffith 13.23 (101) d Ariah Park-Mirrool 4.6 (30)

Round 16 - Sunday August 6, 1961 at Whitton Recreation Ground

Whitton ... 2.5 .. 5.10 .. 8.11 .. 10.12 (72)

Griffith .... 1.4 .. 4.9 .. 8.13 .. 11.18 (84)

Goals: Whitton: B Weaven 4, G Williams 2, K Rodgers 2, P O'Connell, J Tuckett

Griffith: V Hathaway 4, L Sexton 3, D Koehler 2, K Rowston, R Davies

Best: Whitton: K Rodgers, D Dunbar, M Tuckett, R Lloyd, N Williams

Griffith: J Bortolazzo, V Hathaway, R Tyndall, D Best, A Smith, A Biron

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; A Sutton, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo; R Davies, K Rowston, R Spears; J Eley, D Koehler, L Collis; A Biron, R Carroll, V Hathaway; K Stevenson, F Gambell

Umpire: Kevin Doolan (VFL)

Reserves: Griffith 17.20 (122) d Whitton 0.2 (2)

Goals: J Kloot 5, I Buck 3, M Brauman 3, R White 2, R Evans, K Luhrs, D Dreyer, V Budd

Best: J Kloot, R White, C Holt, K Luhrs, F Knox

Round 17 - Sunday August 13, 1961 at Griffith Showground

Griffith ..... 1.2 .. 3.7 .. 6.10 .. 8.15 (63)

Leeton ..... 3.3 .. 5.6 .. 6.7 . 11.13 (79)

Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 3, A Sutton 2, V Hathaway 2, J Eley

Leeton: N Stockton 3, D Gladman 3, R Vivian, D Lyons, D Allen, A Poulsen, F Fitzpatrick

Best: Griffith: A Smith, G Browne, J Bortolazzo, V Hathaway, F Conlan, J Anderson

Leeton: M Kruse, R Vivian, B Fell, F Fitzpatrick, J Walsh, D Lyons

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, D Best; D Geddes, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; R Davies, K Rowston, R Carroll; J Eley, D Koehler, A Sutton; A Biron, L Sexton, V Hathaway; K Stevenson, K Luhrs*

Umpire: Martin (VFL). Gate: £200/11/1

Note: Last SWDFL game on Griffith Showground and last goal kicked by Frank Fitzpatrick

Reserves: Griffith 6.14 (50) d Leeton 6.6 (42)

Best: F Gambell, L Collis, F Lodding, J Diggelman, M Brauman, J Kloot

Round 18 - Sunday August 20, 1961 at Narrandera Sportsground

Narrandera ..... 2.1 .. 2.1 .. 5.1 .. 7.4 (46)

Griffith ........... 4.3 .. 5.3 .. 7.4 .. 8.6 (54)

Goals: Narrandera: B Waters 2, K Male 2, K Podmore, R Turner, J Bloomfield

Griffith: J Eley 2, R Spears 2, J Kloot 2, L Sexton, R Carroll

Best: Narrandera: P Pledger, K Male, R Turner, J Bloomfield, B Waters, A Jackson

Griffith: V Hathaway, J Bortolazzo, D Best, A Biron, J Eley, F Conlan

Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, F Conlan; A Smith, J Anderson, K Stevenson; D Best, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo; R Davies, K Rowston, A Sutton; J Eley, R Spears, J Kloot; A Biron, R Carroll, V Hathaway; D Koehler, D Geddes

Umpire: Val Hocking (VFL)

Reserves: Narrandera 6.14 (54) d Griffith 6.12 (52)

Best: K Luhrs, M Brauman, L Collis, M Newman, F Gambell

First Semi Final - Sunday August 27, 1961 at Whitton Recreation Ground                                     Match Report 

Narrandera ... 3.2 .. 7.6 .. 8.8 .. 12.9 (81

Griffith ........... 3.5 .. 4.10 .. 8.14 .. 9.18 (72)

Goals: Narrandera: K Podmore 3, B Waters 2, K Male 2, J Bloomfield 2, G Botten 2, K Osmond

Griffith: V Hathaway 3, R Spears 2, A Biron 2, J Eley, L Sexton

Best: Narrandera: K Male, J Cornish, T Sheather, B Waters, B Rava, C Briggs

Griffith: V Hathaway, A Biron, F Conlan, L Sexton, D Best, R Davies

Narrandera: Paddy Pledger, Athol Jackson, Gerald O'Brien; Ian Hinchley, John Cornish, Tom Sheather; Cedric Briggs, Peter Mellington, Ted Kirsopp; Bruce Rava, Kevin Male, Jim Bean; Gil Botten, Kerry Podmore, Bruce Waters (capt.); Russ Turner, Ross Forbes, Jim Bloomfield; Keith Osmond

Griffith: Frank Conlan, Bob Tyndall, Jim Eley; Alan Smith, John Anderson, Bob Carroll; John Bortolazzo, Bill Tyndall, Don Best; Len Sexton, Kevin Rowston, Ray Davies; Jack Kloot, Bob Spears, Alby Sutton; Bill Biron, Les Collis, Vic Hathaway; Doug Koehler, Doug Geddes

Umpire: Jack Walsh (VFL). Gate: £603

Reserves: Ardlethan 9.18 (72) d Griffith 9.7 (61)

Goals: Griffith: Kevin Luhrs 4, Mal Brauman 2, Ian Buck 2, Colin Holt

Best: Griffith: Kevin Luhrs, Vic Budd, Odey Biron, Robert Evans, Don Pannan, Fred Gambell

Second Semi Final - Sunday September 3, 1961 at Matong Sportsground     

Turvey Park ..... 6.0 .. 8.7 .. 13.9 .. 15.12 (102)

Leeton .............. 6.3 .. 10.4 .. 18.9 .. 23.16 (154)

Goals: Turvey Park: N McLennan 5, R Nolan 4, F Gallagher 4, R Small, K Whitlock, J Wright

Leeton: D Lyons 6, D Allen 6, G Schlitz 5, N Stockton, F Fitzpatrick, A Poulsen

Best: Turvey Park: R Nolan, B Conway, N McLennan, G Nye, J Martin, F Gallagher

Leeton: F Fitzpatrick, R Vivian, J Walsh, D Allen, L Stockton, D Lyons

Umpire: Peter Watt (VFL) Gate: 819/-/-

Reserves: Narrandera 8.11 (59) d Leeton 7.12 (54)

Preliminary Final - Sunday September 10, 1961 at Ardlethan Recreation Ground

Turvey Park ........ 1.2 .. 4.3 .. 5.5 .. 10.10 (70)

Narrandera ......... 0.4 .. 3.5 .. 5.7 .. 6.10 (46)

Goals: Turvey Park: A Grentell 4, R Small 2, N McLennan 2, F Gallagher 2

Narrandera: E Duffy, K Podmore, B Waters, G O'Brien, P Pledger, K Male

Best: Turvey Park: G Nye, B Conway, R Nolan, R Small, J Keating, R Langridge

Narrandera: R Turner, A Jackson, J Bloomfield, B Waters, J Quilter, C Briggs

Umpire: Jack Stanton (VFL) Gate: 662/-/-

Reserves: Leeton 8.9 (57) d Ardlethan 5.10 (40)

Umpire: Treseder (VFL)

Grand Final Sunday September 17, 1961 at Narrandera Sportsground                          

Leeton ............... 2.5 .. 3.9 .. 9.11 .. 12.13 (85)

Turvey Park ..... 2.3 .. 11.10 .. 13.15 .. 17.23 (125)

Goals: Leeton: N Stockton 6, G Schlitz 3, A Waters, D Lyons, A Poulsen

Turvey Park: N McLennan 5, R Small 3, F Gallagher 2, A Grentell 2, P Wilkins, J McNamara, L Cox, J Wright, R Thomson

Best: Leeton: N Stockton, J Breed, F Fitzpatrick, A Waters, J Lewis, L Stockton

Turvey Park: N McLennan, B Conway, R Small, L Cox, G Nye, J Martin

Leeton: Kevin Jones, Max Kruse, Bob Stockton; John Breed, John Lewis, Ed Gladman; Ron Vivian, John Walsh, Bernie Scott; John Foley, Des Lyons, Alan Waters; Alan Poulsen, George Schlitz, Neil Stockton; Frank Fitzpatrick (c-c), Les Stockton, Don Allen; Doug Gladman, Terry Foster

Turvey Park: Geoff Nye, Jack Keating, Ron Langridge; Geoff Peake, Jack Martin, John Stapleton; John McNamara, Lou Cox, Noel Morrow; John Wright, Bob Small, Allan Grentell; Fred Gallagher (c-c), Norm McLennan, Peter Wilkins; Barry Conway, Warwick Priest, Rob Nolan; Bob Thomson, Bill Gallagher

Umpire: Kevin Jackson (VFL) Gate: 1720/-/-

Reserves: Narrandera 8.11(59) d Leeton 6.7 (43)

Schoolboys: Leeton Zone 6.4 (40) d Ganmain Zone 6.2. (38)

1961 SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS

First Grade: Best & Fairest - Gammage Medal

24 - Vic Hathaway (Griffith); 21 - Fred Thompson (Ardlethan), Gerald Carroll (Ganmain); 15 - Pat Quade (Ariah Park-Mirrool); 13 - Des Lyons (Leeton), John Walsh (Leeton: 12 - Bill McCaig (Ganmain), Don Allen (Leeton), Max Kruse (Leeton), Jim Bloomfield (Narrandera); 11 - Trevor Tipping (Coolamon); 10 - Neville Thompson (Coolamon), Clinton Wines (Grong Grong-Matong), Robbie Nolan (Turvey Park), John Wright (Turvey Park);); 8 - Noel Morrow (Turvey Park), George Williams (Whitton); 7 - Bruce Lang (Ardlethan), Jim Dunn (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Brian Browne (Coolamon), Will Kember (Ganmain), Colin Morrow, Merv Pieper (Grong Grong-Matong), Paddy Pledger, Bruce Waters (Narrandera), Ted Reynolds (Whitton); 6 - Barry Carroll (Ardlethan), Frank Conlan (Griffith), John Cornish, Ted Kirsopp, Kevin Male (Narrandera), John Stapleton (Turvey Park), John Asmus (Whitton); 5 - Bill Biron, Kevin Rowston (Griffith), John Lewis (Leeton), Russ Turner (Narrandera), Alan Taylor (Whitton); 4 - Neville Breust, Barry Walker (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Bob Patterson (Coolamon), Des Carroll, Joe Crouch (Ganmain), Les Wall (Grong Grong-Matong), Peter Mellington (Narrandera), Ron Langridge, Norm McLennan, Geoff Nye (Turvey Park), Dudley Dunbar (Whitton); 3 - Tom Connors (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Ross Inch, Tom O'Brien (Coolamon), Frank Crouch (Ganmain), Don Best, Jim Eley (Griffith), Pat Dunn, Pat Hogan, Pat Quinn, George Mack, Dud Mattingly, Des Murrell (Grong Grong-Matong), John Breed, Neil Stockton (Leeton), Gerald O'Brien (Narrandera), John Tuckett (Whitton); 2 - Finlay Martin, Colin Spencer (Ardlethan), Bernie Bryce (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Brian Bradley, Tony Curtis, Ron Hilton, Bob Jolley (Coolamon), Garry Carroll (Ganmain), John Bortolazzo, Doug Geddes (Griffith), Alan Jones (Grong Grong-Matong), Les Stockton (Leeton), Ross Forbes, Athol Jackson (Narrandera), Lou Cox (Turvey Park), Richie Lloyd, Max Tuckett (Whitton); 1 - Richard Cassin, Bob Henry, John Kelly, Graham Stout (Ardlethan); Alan Chalmers, Ron Peacock, John Quade, Noel Walker, Ian Wason (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Mick Carroll, Pat Crouch (Ganmain), Bob Spears (Griffith), Alan Rava (Grong Grong-Matong), Brian Fell, Ed Gladman, Ron Vivian (Leeton), A. Absolum, Alan Grentell (Turvey Park), Trevor Hyde (Whitton). Note: Club coaches ineligible between 1960-64.

Second Grade - Lanham Trophy

29 - John Pursehouse (Ardlethan; 13 - Fred Gambell (Griffith); 10 - Keith Osmond (Narrandera); 9 - Michael Horan (Ardlethan), Colin Holt (Griffith), Tony Woods (Leeton). Other Griffith players to receive most votes were: 7 - Denny Dreyer; 6 - John Bortolazzo; 5 - Jack Kloot.

First Grade: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Kiesling Trophy

69 - Len Sexton (Griffith), 62 - Laurie Stephenson (Ganmain), 60 - Fred Gallagher (Turvey Park), 49 - Neil Stockton (Leeton), 48 - Alan Grentell (Turvey Park), 43 - Kerry Podmore (Narrandera), 41 - Barry Walker (Ariah Park-Mirrool), 39 - John Hawke (Ariah Park-Mirrool), 36 - Ian Gillett (Coolamon), 34 - Merv Pieper (Grong Grong-Matong), 33 - Jim Dunn (Ariah Park-Mirrool), 32 - Les Romari (Ardlethan), 32 - Gerald Carroll (Ganmain), Clinton Wines (Grong Grong-Matong), 30 - George Mack (Grong Grong-Matong). Norm McLennan (Turvey Park), 29 - John Wright (Turvey Park), 28 - Robert Stewart (Ardlethan), 26 -Paddy O'Connell (Whitton), 25 - Vic Hathaway (Griffith), Des Lyons (Leeton), 24 - Tom Connors (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Don Allen (Leeton), 23 - Russ Turner (Narrandera), 22 - John Foley (Leeton), 21 - Doug Koehler (Griffith), Ike Whittaker (Narrandera), 19 - Bob Patterson (Coolamon), Jim Bloomfield, Kevin Male (Narrandera), Robbie Nolan (Turvey Park), John Asmus (Whitton).

Media award

Daily Advertiser Footballer of the Year - Vic Hathaway (Griffith).

1961 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: Malcolm Brauman, Ian Buck, Jim Eley, Robert Evans, Frank Knox, Kevin Luhrs, Bob Ramsay, Len Sexton, Ken Stevenson, Alby Sutton, Ernie Wade, Royce White. 
Final Games / Goals: Don Bitcon (79 / 138), Robert Evans (4 / 0), Bob Ramsay (1 / 0), Kevin Rowston (51 / 77), Alby Sutton (12 / 5), Royce White (2 / 0).


ALSO PLAYED FOR GRIFFITH IN 1961
Reserves: Odey Biron, Vic Budd, Ron Cross, John Diggelmann, John Forbes, Jim Ford, Keith Kesby, Fred Lodding, Reg McCudden, Terry Myers, Tony O'Brien, Don Pannan.

1961 Griffith Australian Rules Football Club Awards 
Thursday 14th September, 1961 at Police Boys' Club Hall
First XVIII
Best & Fairest: Vic Hathaway
Runner-up: John Anderson
Most Improved: John Bortolazzo
Second XVIII
Best & Fairest: Fred Gambell
Runner-up: Ken Stevenson 
Most Improved: Malcolm Brauman
Special Awards
Best Club Man: Bob Carroll

1961

Griffith's Season in Review  - 1961
Finals football at last! After eight years of endeavour and disappointment we finally won our way into the finals with a magnificent late run which saw us win 4 of our last 5 matches. It was a close struggle all the way through, with Turvey Park, Leeton, Narrandera and Ariah Park-Mirrool, all maintaining a strong challenge. On the Sunday before the final round matches, the leading positions were: Narrandera 52 points 128.2%, Leeton 48 124.9, Turvey Park 48 122.9, Griffith 44 120.0, Ariah Park-Mirrool 42 117.8.
By winning 54-46 at Narrandera, we made sure of fourth place and in doing so propelled Turvey Park and Leeton into the top two final ladder positions. Both teams having recorded massive wins against Ardlethan and Grong Grong-Matong respectively to edge out the Imperials on percentage. 
It was a remarkable season in many ways. Who, for instance, will ever forget that final competition match played against Leeton at the Showground. Jack Luhrs  broadcasting live on 2RG radio certainly got himself off on the wrong foot with Redlegs fans over a kicking incident involving Brian Fell and Bob 'Chow' Carroll. In his on-the-spot description and later in his summing up, Luhrs made frequent use of the words “Fell deliberately kicked Carroll.” But Jack, who calls 'em' as he sees them on this occasion won plenty of praise from Griffith fans. 
Finally, extracts from G.A.R.F.C. minutes book of 1961 noted: “In opening the meeting the President, Dick Bitcon extended a welcome to Len Sexton and expressed disappointment that both teams had been eliminated in the semi-finals. The teams and the Club however had a good year – one which was highlighted by Vic Hathaway winning the Gammage Medal for the second time a feat which brought honour to the player and his Club. Fred Gambell, Len Sexton and Frank Conlan had also gained recognition for efforts on the field. The players and Club had also taken an active part in the Boys Club and Festival Gymkhanas and he congratulated all participants on their efforts. - Trevor Harrison.

HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Vic Hathaway
By Neil Griggs

Australian Rules rover Vic Hathaway is the Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" achieving this popular weekly sporting award by a brilliant exhibition of non-stop play in last Sunday's SW.D.F.L. competition game at Mirrool when the home team, Ariah Park-Mirrool United, inflicted Griffith's first defeat of the current season.
With five key players unavailable the Griffith line-up was a little disorganised and the occasion called for a super effort from the more experienced members of the team.
Vic, was one who found that little extra something that all good footballers, athletes, etc, can produce for special occasions and with a superlative and tireless exhibition of intelligent and constructive football rated as the best Griffith player.
Combining cleverly with coach Len Sexton in quick positional changes Vic was unbeaten all day in whatever position he occupied and highlighted his good general play with fast, keen anticipation, sure handling and grand marking.
One feature of Vic's play was the great improvement evident in his delivery and disposal of the ball and this accurate kicking from him created many breaks for his fellow players.
In the last few exciting minutes of the hard fought game Vic literally ran himself to a standstill as, with other members of the team he battled desperately in an endeavour to gain the day for Griffith.
Vic has been in wonderful form this year and in each game has rated as one of the team's best players and so consistent is he that he must be given an excellent chance of again being voted the S.W.D.F.L. Best and Fairest player with its Gammage Medal award - an honour he achieved in 1957.
Vic has always been a keen Aussie Rules player and followed a promising schoolboy career in which he gained interstate representation, by moving into senior football with Beelbangera.
He joined Griffith in 1953 and on Sunday will be playing his 149th game with the Club.
Apart from playing Vic also takes a keen interest in the affairs of the Club and for quite a few years has been an executive member of the players committee.
The Heinz basket assortment, the award to each weekly "Sportsman" awaits Vic at the Advocate office.

(Advocate - Thursday May 18, 1961).

HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Frank Conlan
By Neil Griggs

Virile Griffith Australian Rules defender, Frank Conlan, is the Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" winning this weekly sporting award with an outstanding exhibition of resolute and purposeful defence in the S.W.D.F.L. competition game played at Ganmain last Sunday in which Griffith defeated the home team by 80-50 after a hard game.
Deputising for regular full back, Bob Tyndall who was unavailable, Frank was opposed to the high flying Ganmain coach, and former St Kilda player Laurie Stephenson and his complete domination of the Ganmain spearhead was a major contribution towards Griffith's first victory at Ganmain since 1953.
Revealing superb anticipation and timing, Frank time and time again repulsed dangerous Ganmain attacks with purposeful clearances and long driving kicks.
Known as the "iron man" of the Griffith team Frank plays hard vigorous, but scrupulously fair football and no criticisms were levelled at him last Sunday as he jolted and unsettled the Ganmain sextet with robust play and crashing clearing dashes to rate as the best Griffith player of the game.
Frank has been in grand form right throughout the season and has been the outstanding member of the competent and solid Griffith defence which has the enviable record of having the lowest aggregate score recorded against it to date in the ten team S.W.D.F.L. competition.
His consistently good play has gained Frank representation in the two combined S.W.D.F.L. teams this year and against both Geelong and Ovens and Murray he rated high amongst the best players.
In his present form he should be one of the first players chosen for the final representative game to be played against the Farrer League on July 16, at Coolamon.
Frank is also a better than average cricketer and has an outstanding record as a representative player of the Ardlethan Cricket Association.
Frank can collect his basket assortment of Heinz products at the Advocate Office.

(Advocate -Thursday, June 22, 1961.)


HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Bill Biron
By Neil Griggs

Grifffith Australian Rules player, Bill Biron is this week's Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week", winning the award with a superb exhibition of sustained brilliant play in last Sunday's vital first semi-final of the S.W.D.F.L. competition, which was played before a large crowd at Whitton.
With the losing team dropping from the scene until next year this crucial game between Narrandera and Griffith really provided a great incentive for all players to give of their very best.
Bill a Griffith ruckman rose to the occasion nobly and gave such a grand performance that he was freely rated as the best player afield.
Whilst on the ball he gave a tireless display of virile rucking and created numerable opportunities for his team-mates and when resting he also contributed more than his share to the general play of the team.
The Griffith team made its big bid for victory in the third quarter and Bill was right to the fore in every effort whilst on the ball and it was two brilliant marks and two goals by him that gave the team a decisive break and a grand chance to win the game.
Narrandera however had other ideas and staged a very strong finish and although Bill was still one of the dominant figures of the game, opposition was too solid and Narrandera won a hard fought game by eight points.
Although defeated the Griffith team had given their Club a wholehearted courageous effort and Bill had the personal satisfaction of knowing that he in his endeavour for his team and Club had played a game rated by many local followers as his best ever and one which earned him widespread acclaim and commendation.
Bill whose football prowess won him a Heinz award last year retains touch and condition by playing basketball during the summer and this sport he also ranks as an outstanding exponent.
The Weekly Basket prize with its variety of Heinz product awaits Bill at the Advocate office.

(Advocate - Thursday, August 31, 1961).