1963 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Hector Bloomfield (Burnley), Jim Bloomfield (Narrandera), Gordon Brennan (The Rock), Ron Cross (North Wagga), Peter Hawkins (North Albury), John Langlands (Beelbangera-Yenda), John Lane, Mick Newman, Fred Mundy (Bairnsdale), Ron Pattison, Sid Robins (Beelbangera-Yenda), John Schmetzer (Weethalle), Barry and Bob Spears (Yenda-Beelbangera), John Walsh (Turner, ACT).
OUT: John Anderson, Doug Geddes (Yenda), Jim Eley (Darlington Point), Allan Hudson, Col Holt (Queanbeyan), Norm Munro (Pascoe Vale), Kevin Rowston (Barellan-Binya); Jim Bloomfield (Narrandera), John Cramp (Loxton).
Rules Coach to Arrive at Weekend
By Jack Luhrs
Australian Rules coach for the 1963 season Fred Mundy is expected to arrive in Griffith this week-end.
Mundy is the youngest (post war) coach ever to lead a Griffith side. He is a former Richmond and Geelong player but played last season with Bairnsdale in the Latrobe Valley League.
Solidly built and 5' 11" in height. Mundy's appointment was made from a record number of 34 applicants for the advertised position.
He is an excellent mark, a strong kick and is re-known for his fearless play and ability to control a game in the air.
As a member of a representative Latrobe Valley combined side, Mundy rucked against former Griffith coach Don Keyter (Nhill coach) when Keyter led the Wimmera League side to victory in the 1962 Caltex Country Championships.
Married with a young daughter, Mundy and his family will occupy the club's house in Gunbar Street.
Preparing for the arrival of their new coach, the Griffith Club have arranged extensive renovations to the residence including the sewerage connection and painting the building.
A social evening will be held at an early date to welcome Mundy and his family to Griffith.
Former Griffith coach for the past two seasons, Len Sexton has been retained as second 18 coach for two years. Sexton will be responsible for conditioning and controlling the second 18 but will play in the senior side.
Sexton has led the goalkicking in the South West League during his two seasons and freed up from the responsibility of capaincy, his brilliant natural game is expected to again win the award for 1963.
Combination between Mundy and Sexton will be one of the strongest points of the Griffith game.
It appears certain Bob Spears will reappear with Griffith after coaching Yenda in 1962, whilst Ray Davies has indicated definitely he will be available after an early doubt.
Allan Hudson has written his intention of returning to Griffith in letters to team mates but a strong doubt exists on Kevin Rowston who broke his ankle in an early trial match last season.
Rowston's football future is uncertain and where Jim Bloomfield will eventually line up is also unknown.
However, it is reported former winger Mick Newman has recovered from an knee injury that forced him to be out the game for two seasons.
John Snaidero appears definite to resume training after playing six matches in 1962 before fracturing a wrist and Yenda star John Langlands has stated his intentions of joining Griffith whilst railwayman John Brand from Culcairn appears a likely recruit.
Barry Spears and John Schmetzer also appear as likely recruits and other newcomers who have been contacted include John Lane, Ron Pattison, Gordon Brennan and Peter Hawkins.
Former seconds coach Jim Eley has been appointed coach at Darlington Point and with Norm Munroe who has left the district, they could be the only two players unavailable from last season's list.
Just how many of the new recruits will remain as "February Champions" will soon be known.
Club President Mr. Ian Salmon has stated training sessions will commence almost immediately following the arrival of the coach
When questioned about his club's prospects in the coming season, Mr. Salmon said, "At this early stage we appear stronger in ability and following on a good year in 1962, we expect to finish near the top of the 1963 ladder."
(The Area News - Friday January 25, 1963)
Round 1 - Sunday April 14, 1963 at Narrandera Sportsground High Marks and Fumbles
Narrandera ... 3.3 .. 4.7 .. 8.19 .. 10.12 (72)
Griffith ........... 3.2 .. 3.7 .. 4.8 .. 7.14 (56)
Goals: Narrandera: W Hornsey 2, T Sheather 2, G O'Brien 2, P Pledger, J Quilter, B Waters, B Rava
Griffith: L Sexton 2, J Bloomfield 2, W Tyndall, M Brauman, T Clarke
Best: Narrandera: J Quilter, B Waters, P Box, G O'Brien, A Jackson
Griffith: A Biron, G Browne, W Tyndall, J Bloomfield, F Mundy, R Spears
Griffith: Gordon Browne, John Cramp, Bob Tyndall; Alan Smith, Bob Spears, Don Best; Mick Newman, Len Sexton, John Bortolazzo; Ray Davies, Fred Mundy (c-c)*, John Snaidero; Tim Clarke, Mal Brauman, Jim Bloomfield*; Bill Biron, Bob Carroll, Bill Tyndall; Sid Robins*, Peter Hawkins*
Reserves: Griffith 5.2 (32) d Narrandera 3.12 (30)
Goals: Mick Campbell 2, Ian Buck, Kevin Luhrs, Don Pannan
Best: John Forbes, Frank Knox, Barry Spears, Ralph Savage, Don Pannan
Thirds: Narrandera d Griffith, unofficial
Round 2 - Sunday April 21, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith .... 3.4 .. 4.5 .. 8.9 .. 11.12 (78)
Leeton .... 2.3 .. 4.8 .. 5.10 .. 9.12 (66)
Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 4, M Brauman 2, J Cramp, L Collis, J Bloomfield, A Biron, R Davies
Leeton: R Vivian 3, G Eastmure 3, R Bell, J Foley, D Lyons
Best: Griffith: L Sexton, A Biron, G Browne, J Snaidero, R Davies, R Spears
Leeton: G Eastmure, A Poulsen, M Kruse, L Pilkington, R Vivian, G Tuckett
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, D Best; A Smith, R Spears, L Collis; J Snaidero, J Cramp, J Bortolazzo; M Newman, L Sexton, R Davies; M Brauman, F Mundy (c-c), J Bloomfield; A Biron, S Robins, W Tyndall; R Carroll, M Campbell*
Umpire: S J Dundas (VFL). Gate: £170/16/-
Reserves: Griffith 9.5 (59) d Leeton 5.15 (45)
Best: Griffith: E Wade, R Carroll, J Fielder, J Forbes, P Hawkins
Thirds: Leeton d Griffith
Round 3 - Sunday April 28, 1963 at Whitton Recreation Ground
Whitton ... 1.1 .. 2.3 .. 5.3 .. 5.5 (35)
Griffith .... 0.2 .. 1.3 .. 1.4 .. 2.6 (18)
Goals: Whitton: G Williams 3, I Williams 2
Griffith: J Bloomfield, M Newman
Best: Whitton: F Fitzpatrick, I Williams, G Williams, W Everly, R Painting, E Williams
Griffith: F Mundy, R Spears, J Snaidero, G Browne, D Best, J Bloomfield
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, D Best; A Smith, R Spears, R Carroll; J Snaidero, F Mundy (c-c), J Bortolazzo; R Davies, L Sexton, M Newman; M Brauman, S Robins, L Collis; A Biron, E Wade, J Bloomfield; B Spears*, D Dreyer
Reserves: Griffith 5.7 (37) d Whitton 3.4 (22)
Goals: J Langlands 2, D Dreyer 2, F Gambell
Best: F Knox, J Forbes, J Langlands, J Lane, R Woolnough
Round 4 - Sunday May 5, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ............ 5.3 .. 12.4 .. 13.6 .. 15.9 (99)
Turvey Park ... 3.1 .. 7.3 .. 8.7 .. 12.9 (81)
Goals: Griffith: R Davies 3, M Brauman 3, L Sexton 3, K Luhrs 2, S Robins, J Bloomfield, J Cramp, L Collis
Turvey Park: R Burge 4, R Nolan 2, M Bourke 2, F Crawford 2, P Nichols, A Grentell
Best: Griffith: F Mundy, A Biron, R Spears, J Bloomfield, L Collis, A Smith, M Brauman, R Davies
Turvey Park: P Nichols, R Bell, A Gray, G Nye, M Bourke, I Carroll
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, J Langlands*; A Smith, R Spears, R Carroll; D Best, J Cramp, J Bortolazzo; R Davies, K Luhrs, L Sexton; S Robins, M Brauman, L Collis; F Mundy (c-c), A Biron, J Bloomfield; F Knox, E Wade
Umpire: Ron Allinson (VFL). Gate: £136/8/-
Reserves: Turvey Park 8.10 (58) d Griffith 8.4 (52)
Best: R Woolnough, J Forbes, J Fielder, F Gambell, K Phillis, I Buck (4 goals)
Round 5 - Sunday May 12, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ......... 4.4 .. 10.8 .. 18.11 .. 22.16 (148)
Ardlethan ... 3.2 .. 7.5 .. 9.5 .. 10.7 (67)
Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 8, F Mundy 7, M Brauman 3, J Bortolazzo 3, G Browne
Ardlethan: T Connors 4, W Connors 2, V McClintock, O Guthrie, N Pollock, Barry Carroll
Best: Griffith: F Mundy, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo, R Tyndall, A Smith, M Brauman
Ardlethan: T Connors, Barry Carroll, G McDonald, I Day, O Guthrie, V McClintock
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, J Langlands; A Smith, R Spears, R Carroll; J Snaidero, J Cramp, D Best; R Davies, K Luhrs, J Bortolazzo; E Wade, M Brauman, L Sexton; S Robins, F Mundy (c-c), L Collis; R Savage*, R Dreyer*
Umpire: ------ . Gate: £127/4/-
Reserves: Griffith 17.11 (113) d Ardlethan 5.4 (34)
Goals: I Buck 6, P Hawkins 3, G Brennan 3, P Brown 2, M Newman, M Campbell
Best: J Walsh, M Newman, P Hawkins, B Spears, R Woolnough, J Forbes
Round 6 - Sunday May 19, 1963 at Ariah Park Recreation Ground
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 5.4 .. 9.6 .. 10.14 .. 13.18 (96)
Griffith ......................... 0.6 .. 3.8 .. 6.13 .. 7.16 (58)
Goals: AP-M: B Walker 6, J Hawke 2, J Dunn 2, B Sculley, W Mitchell, B Bryce
Griffith: M Brauman 3, R Davies 2, L Sexton, F Mundy
Best: AP-M: I Wason, P Quade, J Quade, J Hawke, B Walker, A Chalmers
Griffith: R Spears, J Bortolazzo, A Smith, F Mundy, A Biron, J Cramp
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, J Langlands; A Smith, R Spears, J Cramp; D Best, J Walsh*, M Newman; R Davies, K Luhrs, J Bortolazzo; J Snaidero, M Brauman, L Sexton; A Biron, F Mundy (c-c), L Collis; S Robins, F Knox
Umpire: Jack Pilgram (VFL)
Reserves: Ariah Park-Mirrool 6.8 (44) d Griffith 5.11 (41)
Goals: M Campbell 2, E Wade, R Dreyer, F Gambell
Best: J Forbes, F Knox, E Wade, R Woolnough, M Campbell
Under 16: Ariah Park-Mirrool v Griffith
Round 7 - Sunday May 26, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith .......... 5.8 .. 8.10 .. 13.13 .. 16.14 (110)
Coolamon .... 2.3 .. 7.8 .. 10.10 .. 12.12 (84)
Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 4, K Luhrs 2, M Brauman 2, L Collis 2, J Bortolazzo 2, F Mundy 2, J Walsh, R Davies
Coolamon: I Gillett 5, T Tipping 3, J Kelly 2, P Curtis, J Kew
Best: Griffith: D Best, F Mundy, R Spears, L Collis, A Smith, J Langlands
Coolamon: B Bradley, B Irvine, K Tipping, J Kew, P Curtis, R Hilton
Griffith: G Browne, J Cramp, J Langlands; A Smith, R Spears, R Carroll; D Best, J Walsh, M Newman; K Luhrs, L Sexton, R Davies; S Robins, M Brauman, J Bortolazzo; F Mundy (c-c), E Wade, L Collis; J Forbes, P Hawkins
Umpire: N C Chitts (VFL). Gate: £113/8/-
Reserves: Griffith 9.13 (67) d Coolamon 5.6 (36)
Goals: I Buck 3, F Gambell 3, G Brennan, B Savage, R Woolnough, F Knox, D Pannan
Best: F Stevenson, F Knox, B Spears, R Woolnough, P Brown
Round 8 - Sunday June 2, 1963 at Ganmain Sportsground
Ganmain .... 1.0 .. 3.4 .. 3.8 .. 3.9 (27)
Griffith ....... 1.3 .. 3.4 .. 5.9 .. 6.10 (46)
Goals: Ganmain: H Jones, R Hatty, Gerald Carroll
Griffith: L Sexton 2, R Davies 2, K Luhrs, J Bortolazzo
Best: Ganmain: M Hetherington, W McCaig, W Kember, G Buchanan, R Turner, J Crouch
Griffith: A Smith, G Browne, F Mundy, R Carroll, D Best
Griffith: F Knox, G Browne, F Mundy (c-c); A Smith, R Spears, R Carroll; D Best, J Walsh, M Newman; R Davies, L Sexton, K Luhrs; E Wade, M Brauman, J Bortolazzo; A Biron, S Robins, L Collis; M Campbell, K Phillis*
Reserves: Griffith 7.4 (46) d Ganmain 4.10 (34)
Goals: I Buck 4, R Dreyer, G Brennan, J Mitchell
Best: F Stevenson, K Foley, B Savage, D Pannan, D Dreyer
Round 1 Caltex VCFL Championships - Saturday June 8, 1963 at Albury Sportsground Match Report
Ovens & Murray ..... 2.4 .. 5.7 .. 9.9 .. 13.12 (90)
S.W.D.F.L. ............... 3.4 .. 6.9 .. 11.14 .. 15.18 (108)
Goals: O & M: S Sargeant 5, K Bennett 5, K Secull, M Urquhart, L Ryan
SWDFL: D Lyons 5, I Gillett 4, I Williams 2, R Burge 2, L Sexton, J Hawke1
O & M: A Dunn, L Burgess, K Smith, K Seccull, K Bennett, S Sargeant
SWDFL: W McCaig, I Gillett, D Lyons, M Kruse, M Bourke, F Fitzpatrick
Replacements: O & M, B Killeen for D Dower (last), T Burgess for K Seccull (last); SWDFL, M Hetherington for P Nichols (second), G Williams for J Hawke (last)
Marks: O & M 18, 16, 7, 11 = 52; SWDFL, 13, 16, 15, 18 = 62
Frees: O & M 7, 5, 7, 9 = 28; SWDFL, 14, 5, 10, 4 = 33
Ovens & Murray FL: Len Richards (Wang), John Ryan (Yarw), Des Dower (Wod); Neil Langlands (Ben), Jim Sandral (Corowa, v-c), Les Burgess (M); Alby Dunn (C), Neil Hanlon (B), Alan Forester (Y); Max Urquhart (C), Frank Hodgkin (M), Lionel Ryan (Wod, capt); Geoff Doubleday (NA), Stan Sargeant (NA), Ken Bennett (Alb); Kevin Smith (M), Boy Hay (Rutherglen), Kevin Seccull (Y); Bernie Killeen, (Wang), Terry Burgess (M). Coach: Bill Stephens
South Western DFL: Geoff Nye (TP), Max Kruse (Leet), Peter Nichols (TP); Bob Spears (Gri), John Cornish (GGM), Bill McCaig (Gan); Noel Morrow (TP), Peter Box (Narr), Ray Pieper (Cool); Len Sexton (Gri), Ian Gillett (Cool), Barry Connolly (Ard); Des Lyons (Leet), Rex Burge (TP), John Hawke (APM); Frank Fitzpatrick (Whit), Martin Bourke (TP), Ian Williams (Whit); Max Hetherington (Gan), George Williams (Whit). Coach: Bernie Sculley
Umpire: Cook (VFL). Gate: 798/-/-
Round 9 - Sunday June 9, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval Match Report
Griffith ............................. 3.5 .. 5.6 .. 9.16 .. 12.17 (89)
Grong Grong-Matong ... 2.5 .. 7.12 .. 9.14 .. 17.19 (121)
Goals: Griffith: R Davies 5, L Collis 3, K Luhrs 2, J Bortolazzo, A Biron
GG-M: K Coleman 9, P Dunn 2, T McGee 2, K Evans 2, J Asmus 2, R Walsh
Best: Griffith: M Newman, R Davies, L Collis, J Bortolazzo, D Best, J Walsh
GG-M: K Coleman, C Wines, R Walsh, T McGee, P Dunn, J Asmus
Griffith: J Cramp, G Browne, J Langlands; A Smith, F Mundy (c-c), R Carroll; D Best, J Walsh, M Newman; R Davies, K Luhrs, R Pattison*; M Campbell, M Brauman, J Bortolazzo; A Biron, S Robins, L Collis; E Wade, F Knox
Umpire: Rowe (VFL). Gate: £110/6/-
Reserves: Griffith 3.10 (28) d Grong Grong-Matong 2.14 (26)
Best: Griffith: G Brennan, J Lane, D Pannan, K Stevenson, P Hawkins, K Phillis
Round 2 Caltex VCFL Championships - Monday June 10, 1963 at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton
S.W.D.F.L. ......... 2.2 .. 4.5 .. 6.9 .. 10.14 (74)
Waranga NE ..... 2.1 .. 4.4 .. 7.4 .. 9.4 (58)
Goals: SWDFL: D Lyons 3, G Eastmure 2, G Williams, I Gillett, R Burge, D Allen, B Connolly
Waranga NE: R O'Bree 3, J Cash 2, Tossel, Hall, Aldous, P Revell
Best: SWDFL: W McCaig, M Kruse, F Fitzpatrick, N Morrow, P Box, D Allen
Waranga NE: I Alexander, W Mumford, I Lee, Tossel, R O'Bree, Gross, J Cash
Umpire: Ron Brophy (VFL). Gate: 614/-/-
South Western DFL: Geoff Nye (TP), Max Kruse (Leet), Max Hetherington (Gan); Bob Spears (Gri), Ross Forbes (Narr), Bill McCaig (Gan); Len Sexton (Gri), Peter Box (Narr), Noel Morrow (TP); George Williams (Whit), Ian Gillett (Cool), Barry Connolly (Ard); Des Lyons (Leet), Rex Burge (TP), Don Allen (Leet); Frank Fitzpatrick (Whit), Martin Bourke (TP), Ian Williams (Whit); Gerald Eastmure (Leet). Coach: Bernie Sculley
Round 10 - Sunday June 16, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ........... 1.2 .. 3.3 .. 3.6 .. 6.10 (46)
Narrandera ... 0.2 .. 5.3 .. 7.7 .. 10.8 (68)
Goals: Griffith: J Bortolazzo 2, A Biron 2, J Walsh, L Sexton
Narrandera: P Pledger 3, S Hutchins, C Hauser, J Bloomfield, G O'Brien, P Box, P Wines
Best: Griffith: J Bortolazzo, D Best, R Tyndall, J Cramp, L Sexton, F Mundy
Narrandera: P Box, B Rava, J Quilter, P Pledger, A Jackson
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, J Langlands; A Smith, R Spears, J Cramp; D Best, J Walsh, M Newman; R Davies, L Sexton, K Luhrs; A Biron, M Brauman, J Bortolazzo; F Mundy, S Robins, L Collis; W Tyndall, D Pannan
Umpire: Gordon Collins (Local). Gate: £200/8/-
Reports: Narrandera ruckman Bruce Rava on two charges of striking Griffith ruckman Bill Biron and back handing Griffith captain Fred Mundy; Narrandera rover Bruce Waters charged on striking an unknown Griffith player; Griffith ruckman Bill Biron for striking Narrandera's Bruce Rava and Fred Mundy for pushing Narrandera rover Bruce Waters. Biron and Rava - 2 game suspension.
Reserves: Narrandera 9.18 (72) d Griffith 4.2 (26)
Goals: J Lane, E Wade, R Dreyer, E Wade
Best: J Lane, R Carroll, J Forbes
Round 11 - Sunday June 23, 1963 at Leeton Showground Match Report
Leeton ..... 4.5 .. 6.9 .. 9.13 .. 19.19 (133)
Griffith .... 4.1 .. 5.2 .. 7.4 .. 9.5 (59)
Goals: Leeton: G Eastmure 5, D Lyons 4, J Kidman 3, D Allen 3, B McDermott 2, J Foley, R Vivian
Griffith: W Tyndall 2, F Mundy 2, J Bortolazzo 2, J Walsh, L Sexton, M Brauman
Best: Leeton: M Kruse, G Eastmure, R Gilbert, A Waters, G Schlitz, D Allen
Griffith: F Mundy, J Walsh, R Carroll, A Smith, J Bortolazzo, L Sexton
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, J Langlands; A Smith, R Spears, R Carroll; F Stevenson*, J Walsh, M Newman; R Davies, L Sexton, J Bortolazzo; J Lane*, M Brauman, W Tyndall; F Mundy (c-c), S Robins, L Collis; A Anderson*
Umpire: Ted Pound (VFL)
Reserves: Leeton 8.12 (60) d Griffith 2.6 (18)
Goals: J Fielder, D Dreyer
Best: K Phillis, D Dreyer, D Pannan, J Fielder, R Pattison, F Knox, F Stevenson
Round 12 - Sunday June 30, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ..... 2.3 .. 5.8 .. 7.9 .. 9.11 (65)
Whitton .... 4.7 .. 5.9 .. 9.13 .. 11.14 (80)
Goals: Griffith: M Brauman 3, F Mundy 2, J Bortolazzo 2, R Davies, R Pattison
Whitton: F Fitzpatrick 4, D Dunbar 2, G Williams 2, I Williams, B Weaven, V Bourke
Best: Griffith: M Brauman, F Mundy, L Sexton, R Tyndall, A Smith, R Davies
Whitton: F Fitzpatrick, W Everly, I Williams, G Williams, D Dunbar, M Tuckett
Griffith: G Browne, R Tyndall, S Robins; A Smith, J Cramp, R Carroll; F Stevenson, J Walsh, M Newman; P Brown*, R Davies, R Pattison; L Sexton, M Brauman, L Collis; F Mundy, J Eley, J Bortolazzo
Umpire: D Williams (VFL). Gate: £110/16/-
Reserves: Whitton 11.17 (83) d Griffith 8.7 (55)
Goals: H Moses 3, J Fielder 2, J Diggelmann, G Brennan, A Anderson
Best: D Dreyer, W Tyndall, J Forbes, R Woolnough, H Moses
Exhibition Match - Sunday July 7, 1963 at Narrandera Sportsground
S.W.D.F.L. ..... 4.3 .. 7.7 .. 11.16 .. 12.16 (88)
Carlton FC. ... 6.7 .. 10.14 .. 10.22 .. 18.19 (127)
Goals: SWDFL: J Hawke 4, P Nichols 3, R Burge 2, B Connolly, D Lyons, F Fitzpatrick
Carlton: J Gill 3, T Best 3, M Sankey 3, G Hardie 2, K Greenwood 2, T Carroll 2, C Stewart, R Crowe, B Comben
Best: SWDFL: J Hawke, P Box, D Lyons, B Connolly, M Hetherington, L Sexton
Carlton: G Hardie, T Best, J Gill, C Stewart, M Cross, M Sankey
South Western DFL: Geoff Nye, Max Kruse, Martin Bourke; Max Hetherington, John Cornish, Bill McCaig; Noel Morrow, Peter Box, Ron Vivian; Barry Connolly, Peter Nichols, Len Sexton; Des Lyons, Rex Burge, John Hawke; Frank Fitzpatrick, Fred Mundy, Ian Williams; John Quade, George Williams. Coach: Bernie Sculley
Carlton: Doug Ringholt, Peter Barry, Brian Buckley; Ian Collins, Henry Ogilvie, Vasil Varlamos; Cliff Stewart, Martin Cross, John Comben; Bob Crowe, John Gill, Barry Gill; Maurice Sankey, Tom Carroll, Trevor Best; John Reilly, Ken Greenwood, Greg Hardie; Bruce McMaster-Smith, Peter Falconer. Coach: Ken Hands
Umpire: Don Blew (VFL)
Round 13 - Sunday July 14, 1963 at Gissing Oval
Turvey Park ... 5.6 .. 6.13 .. 13.16 .. 20.23 (143)
Griffith ............ 0.2 .. 1.7 .. 3.9 .. 4.10 (34)
Goals: Turvy Park: R Burge 7, A Grentell 5, C Baker 2, R Nolan 2, J Keating, N McLennan, I Carroll, B O'Connell
Griffith: J Bortolazzo, A Biron, M Brauman, F Mundy
Best: Turvey Park: B Conway, R Burge, P Harrison, W Barnett, C Baker
Griffith: F Mundy, L Sexton, J Eley, A Smith, L Collis
Griffith: K Phillis, R Tyndall, J Eley; G Browne, A Smith, R Carroll; F Stevenson, L Sexton, M Newman; R Davies, M Brauman, P Brown; A Biron, L Collis, J Walsh; F Mundy (c-c), S Robins, J Bortolazzo; J Schmetzer*, T Blair*, M Campbell
Umpire: W Brookes (VFL)
Reports: Fred Mundy for elbowing Fred Arrowsmith last quarter - 2 game suspension.
Reserves: Turvey Park 14.12 (96) d Griffith 6.6 (42)
Goals: K Luhrs 2, A Anderson 2, W Tyndall, G Brennan
Best: K Luhrs, J Eley, J Schmetzer, A Anderson, R Woolnough
Round 14 - Sunday July 21, 1963 at Ardlethan Recreation Ground
Ardlethan ... 0.7 .. 4.11 .. 4.14 .. 12.17 (89)
Griffith ........ 3.4 .. 9.7 .. 9.13 .. 12.13 (83)
Goals: Ardlethan: W Connors 4, V McClintock, B Rendell, J Stout, R Smith, Barry Carroll, N Pollack, B Connolly
Griffith: L Collis 4, J Lane 2, J Walsh, D Dreyer, J Bortolazzo, A Biron, M Brauman, R Davies
Best: Ardlethan: B Connolly, J Kelly, B Rendell, R Smith, Barry Carroll, B Stout
Griffith: M Newman, L Collis, M Brauman, A Smith, R Carroll, J Walsh
Griffith: K Phillis, J Eley, G Browne; A Smith, R Carroll, F Stevenson; D Dreyer, L Sexton (capt.), M Newman; R Davies, M Brauman, P Brown; A Biron, L Collis, J Walsh; J Lane, J Bortolazzo
Reserves: Griffith 10.5.65 d Ardlethan 8.6 (54)
Goals: H Moses 2, B Savage 2, P Hawkins 2, F Knox, J Eley, A Anderon
Best: J Schmetzer, J Eley, H Moses, T Blair, K Foley, R Pattison
Inter League (Neville Nesbitt Trophy) - Sunday July 28, 1963 at Narrandera Sportsground
S.W.D.F.L. ... 1.4 .. 4.8 .. 8.17 .. 9.20 (74)
Farrer FL ... 2.1 .. 4.7 .. 7.9 .. 12.10 (82)
Goals: SWDFL: G Eastmure 3, L Sexton 2, B Connolly, F Fitzpatrick, G Williams
Farrer: L Romari 4, P Adams 2, K Rodgers, R Verdon, H Gardiner, B Willis, I Pellow, B Prior
Best: SWDFL: B Connolly, B Swasbrick, G Eastmure, L Sexton, F Mundy, F Fitzpatrick
Farrer: F McGregor, A McPherson, R Delanty, K Pike, P Adams, H Gardiner
South Western DFL: Geoff Nye, Max Kruse, Fred Mundy; Max Hetherington, Ian Wason, Bill McCaig; Barry Swasbrick, Peter Box (capt), Noel Morrow; Barry Connolly, Ian Gillett, Len Sexton; Des Lyons, Rex Burge, Gerald Eastmure; Frank Fitzpatrick, Brian Bradley, John Hawke; George Williams, Pat Quade
Farrer FL: Alan McPherson, Fred McGregor, Merv Wegner; Pat Sankey, Frank Slater, Bob Delanty; Pat Adams, Brian Prior (capt), Frank Wornes; Kevin Rodgers, Les Romari, Charlie Griffith; Brian Willis, Dick Verdon, Brian Czislowski; Rob Delahunty, Keith Pike, Harry Gardiner; Milton Breust, John Reid
Umpire: Jack Stanton (VFL). Gate: £832
Farrer FL No. 2 8.16 (64) d SWDFL No. 2 8.3 (51)
Umpire: Johnston (VFL)
Schoolboys: SWDFL 7.13 (55) d Farrer 4.6 (30)
Round 15 - Sunday August 4, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ......................... 2.7 .. 2.10 .. 5.12 .. 8.12 (60)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 3.1 .. 7.7 .. 12.11 .. 15.15 (105)
Goals: Griffith: L Sexton 2, R Davies 2, P Brown, A Biron, R Spears, D Koehler
AP-M: B Walker 3, J Dunn 3, J Hawke 3, B Sculley 2, R Prentice 2, B Bryce 2
Best: Griffith: L Sexton, J Lane, A Smith, R Carroll
AP-M: J Hawke, E Johnstone, B Sculley, A MacKenzie
Griffith: G Browne, R Carroll, J Eley; S Robins, A Smith, J Schmetzer; F Stevenson, L Sexton (capt), M Newman; J Walsh, R Davies, P Brown; M Brauman, L Collis, R Spears; A Biron, J Lane, J Bortolazzo; D Koehler, T O'Brien*
Umpire: Len Radonich (VFL). Gate: £59/16/-
Reserves: Griffith 7.9 (51) d Ariah Park-Mirrool 3.4 (22)
Goals: D Koehler 2, R Pattison, H Moses, B Savage, W Tyndall, K Luhrs
Best: R Pattison, J Eley, J Schmetzer, J Diggelmann, H Moses
Round 16 - Sunday August 11, 1963 at Kindra Park
Coolamon .... 3.4 .. 5.9 .. 9.13 .. 10.15 (75)
Griffith ......... 5.1 .. 7.6 .. 7.10 .. 10.15 (75)
Goals: Coolamon: I Gillett 3, T Tipping 3, R Pieper, J Kelly, J Kew, G McPherson
Griffith: L Sexton 3, R Spears 3, J Bortolazzo 2, E Wade, J Walsh
Best: Coolamon: B Bradley, A Tipping, J Kelly, J Kew, C Cooper, K Young
Griffith: F Mundy, L Sexton, J Walsh, R Tyndall, M Newman, R Carroll
Griffith: T Blair, R Tyndall, S Robins; R Carroll, F Mundy (c-c), A Smith; F Stevenson, J Walsh, M Newman; P Brown, L Sexton, R Dreyer; M Brauman, R Spears, J Bortolazzo; A Biron, E Wade, L Collis; A Anderson, P Hawkins
Umpire: D Malcolm (VFL
Reserves: Griffith 18.14.122 d Coolamon 0.8 (8)
Goals: J Lane 6, W Tyndall 6, G Brennan 2, R Pattison, R Davies, H Moses, J Eley
Best: J Lane, W Tyndall, J Diggelmann, P Hawkins, R Pattison, K Foley
Round 17 - Sunday August 18, 1963 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith def Ganmain on forfeit
Note: Ganmain forfeited both games due a tragic accident on a farm at Methul when their star rover Gerald Carroll and club president Ron Rutland were electrocuted and died instantly after making contact with power lines carry 11 thousand volts. Griffith awarded four competition points.
Round 18 - Sunday August 25, 1963 at Grong Grong Oval
Grong Grong-Matong ... 4.2 .. 6.5 .. 8.9 .. 9.12 (66)
Griffith ............................ 1.3 .. 3.5 .. 5.6 .. 7.9 (51)
Goals: GG-M: K Coleman 6, C Wines 2, B Bryon
Griffith: L Sexton 3, R Davies, J Walsh, R Spears, J Bortolazzo
Best: GG-M: T McGee, J Hall, L Wall, K Evans, P Dunn, P Quinn
Griffith: F Mundy, L Sexton, R Carroll, A Smith, S Robins, J Walsh
Griffith: K Phillis, R Tyndall, S Robins; R Carroll, F Mundy (c-c), A Smith; F Stevenson, J Walsh, M Newman; P Brown, R Davies, R Dreyer; M Brauman, R Spears, L Sexton; A Biron, E Wade, L Collis; T O'Brien, R Savage
Umpires: Cyril Steedman (VFL)
Reserves: Griffith 9.9 (63) d Grong Grong-Matong 4.7 (31)
Goals: D Koehler 3, J Eley 2, P Hawkins, G Brennan, W Tyndall, J Lane
Best: J Eley, G Brennan, K Luhrs, T Blair, J Lane, K Stevenson
First Semi Final - Sunday September 1, 1963 at Leeton Showground
Turvey Park ... 5.5 .. 7.9 .. 11.12 .. 13.13 (91)
Narrandera .... 1.3 .. 2.10 .. 2.11 .. 6.13 (49)
Goals: Turvey Park: R Burge 7, R Nolan 2, C Baker 2, A Grentell, N McLennan
Narrandera: J Bloomfield 3, C Briggs, M Hood, K Lyons
Best: Turvey Park: N Morrow, A Grentell, I Carroll, M Bourke, P Nichols
Narrandera: J Bloomfield, P Pledger, R Forbes, K Hauser, B Rava
Turvey Park: Geoff Nye, Ivan Carroll, Barry Conway; Charlie Harrison, Bill Barnett, Rod Bell; Fred Arrowsmith, Noel Morrow, Pat Harrison; John Stapleton, Allan Grentell, Allan Gray; Chic Baker, Rex Burge, John McNamara; Peter Nichols, Martin Bourke (c-c), Robbie Nolan; Norm McLennan, Jack Keating
Narrandera: Paddy Pledger, Athol Jackson, Gil Botten; Bruce Rava, Karl Hauser, Kelly Lyons; Cedric Briggs, Peter Box (c-c), Ted Kirsopp; Michael Quilter, Stewart Hutchins, Ian Dixon; John Quilter, Michael Hood, Jim Bloomfield; Ross Forbes, Gerald O'Brien, Bruce Waters; Robert Osmond, Ian Hinchley
Umpire: Norman Attwood (VFL). Gate: £841/14/-
Reserves: Narrandera 13.12 (90) drew Griffith 14.6 (90)
Griffith: Kevin Phillis, Jim Eley, John Diggelmann; John Forbes, John Schmetzer, Ken Stevenson; Peter Hawkins, Ron Pattison, Fred Stevenson; Kevin Luhrs, Doug Koehler, Alan Anderson; Denny Dreyer, Jim Fielder (capt), Gordon Brennan; John Lane, Ernie Wade, Bill Tyndall; Frank Knox, Terry Blair.
Umpire: McLeod (VFL)
Second Semi Final - Sunday September 8, 1963 at Matong Sportsground
Leeton ......................... 8.4 .. 11.5 .. 13.14 .. 14.18 (102)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 2.1 .. 6.2 .. 10.5 .. 14.11 (95)
Goals: Leeton: G Tuckett 5, B McDermott 2, D Allen 2, D Lyons 2, J Foley, G Eastmure, R Gilbert
AP-M: B Walker 5, J Dunn 2, J Hawke 2, A Chalmers, I Preston, W Mitchell, B Bryce, B Sculley
Best: Leeton: R Harris, A Poulsen, J Francis, D Lyons, K McGowan, G Tuckett
AP-M: I Wason, A MacKenzie, A Chalmers, J Quade, E Johnstone, R Prentice
Leeton: Bernie Scott, Max Kruse, Bruce Lang; John Francis, Allan Poulsen, Ken McGowan; Dick Gilbert, Barry Swasbrick, Ron Vivian; Jim Kidman, John Foley, Lloyd Pilkington; Don Allen, Geoff Tuckett, Barry McDermott; Des Lyons, Ron Harris, Gerald Eastmure (c-c); George Schlitz, D Frazer
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Ron Peacock, Ellis Johnstone, Allan Chalmers; Noel Walker, Ian Wason, Allan MacKenzie; Kevin O'Dwyer, Pat Quade, Ray Fairman; Bernie Sculley, Bernie Bryce, Ian Preston; Jim Dunn, Barry Walker, Robert Prentice; John Quade, Bill Mitchell, John Hawke (c-c); Des Walker, Frank Gaynor
Umpire: Bill Yendle (VFL). Gate: £841/14/-
Reserves: Leeton d Turvey Park
Reserves First Semi-Final replay: Narrandera d Griffith
Griffith: Kevin Phillis, Tony O'Brien, Terry Blair; John Forbes, Kevin Luhrs, John Diggelman; Peter Hawkins, John Schmetzer, Fred Stevenson; Frank Knox, Ron Pattison, Doug Koehler; Ernie Wade, John Lane, Denny Dreyer; Jim Eley, Bevan Savage, Bill Tyndall; Gordon Brennan, Ron Dreyer
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 15, 1963 at Kindra Park
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 2.4 .. 6.4 .. 9.13 .. 11.17 (83)
Turvey Park ............... 3.4 .. 6.9 .. 9.11 .. 16.14 (110)
Goals: AP-M: B Bryce 3, B Walker 3, R Prentice 2, J Hawke 2, W Mitchell, B Sculley
Turvey Park: J McNamara 3, C Baker 3, R Burge 2, A Grentell 2, N McLennan 2, P Harrison, A Gray, B Conway, P Nichols
Best: AP-M: I Wason, R Prentice, A MacKenzie, J Quade, B Sculley
Turvey Park: P Nichols, M Bourke, N McLennan, C Baker, J McNamara
Ariah Park-Mirrool: Ron Peacock, Ellis Johnstone, Alan Chalmers; Noel Walker, Ian Wason, Allan MacKenzie; Kevin O'Dwyer, Bernie Sculley, Ray Fairman; Des Walker, Bernie Bryce, Ian Preston; Jim Dunn, Barry Walker, Robert Prentice; John Quade, Bill Mitchell, John Hawke (c-c); Frank Gaynor
Turvey Park: Geoff Nye, Jack Keating, Barry Conway; Charlie Harrison, Ivan Carroll, Rod Bell; Fred Arrowsmith, Norm McLennan, Pat Harrison; John Stapleton, Allan Grentell, Allan Gray; Bill Kendall, Rex Burge, John McNamara; Peter Nichols, Martin Bourke (c-c), Chic Baker; Noel Morrow, Fergus Crawford
Umpire: Kevin Sevior (VFL). Gate: £1,091/5/-
Reserves: Narrandera 14.18 (102) d Turvey Park 9.9 (63)
Umpire: George Hamid (VFL)
Grand Final Sunday September 22, 1963 at Narrandera Sportsground
Leeton ................. 6.3 .. 7.7 .. 10.13 .. 11.19 (85)
Turvey Park ....... 2.3 .. 6.6 .. 10.11 .. 16.12 (108)
Goals: Leeton: D Lyons 3, J Foley 2, G Eastmure 2, R Vivian, B McDermott, G Tuckett, R Harris
Turvey Park: R Burge 5, A Grentell 5, C Baker 2, J McNamara, R Nolan, P Nichols, M Bourke
Best: Leeton: M Kruse, J Foley, B Lang, B Scott, A Waters, R Vivian, D Allen
Turvey Park: N Morrow, B Conway, P Nichols, A Grentell, C Harrison, R Nolan, M Bourke
Leeton: Alan Waters, Max Kruse, Bruce Lang; Bernie Scott, Alan Poulsen, Ken McGowan; Dick Gilbert, Barry Swasbrick, Ron Vivian; Jim Kidman, John Foley, Lloyd Pilkington; Don Allen, Geoff Tuckett, Barry McDermott; Des Lyons, Ron Harris, Gerald Eastmure (c-c); Ed Gladman, George Schlitz
Turvey Park: Geoff Nye, Jack Keating, Barry Conway; Charlie Harrison, Ivan Carroll, Rod Bell; Fred Arrowsmith, Noel Morrow, Pat Harrison; Norm McLennan, Alan Grentell, Alan Gray; Rob Nolan, Rex Burge, John McNamara; Peter Nichols, Martin Bourke (c-c), Chic Baker; Bill Kendall, John Stapleton
Umpire: Stan Fisher (VFL). Gate: 1,716/11/-. Crowd: 9,500
Reserves: Leeton 11.11 (77) d Narrandera 7.11 (53)
1963 SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
First Grade: Best & Fairest - Gammage Medal
18 - Des Lyons (Leeton); 17 - Terry McGee (Grong Grong-Matong), Robbie Nolan (Turvey Park); 16 - Bruce Waters (Narrandera); 14 - Pat Quade (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Bill McCaig (Ganmain), Russ Turner (Ganmain), George Williams (Whitton); 12 - Frank Fitzpatrick (Whitton), Ian Williams (Whitton); 11 - Barry Swasbrick (Leeton); 10 - Ray Pieper (Coolamon); 9 - Athol Jackson (Narrandera), Peter Nichols (Turvey Park)); 8 - Brian Bradley (Coolamon), Bill Biron (Griffith), Don Allen, Max Kruse, Ron Vivian (Leeton), Neville Williams (Whitton); 7 - Phillip Curtis (Coolamon), John Walsh (Griffith), Jim Bloomfield, Ian Dixon (Narrandera), Rex Burge, Noel Morrow (Turvey Park); 6 - Mick Bradley (Ardlethan), Bernie Bryce, Allan Mackenzie, Barry Walker (Ariah Park-Mirrool), John Kelly (Coolamon), Will Kember (Ganmain), Don Best (Griffith), Clinton Wines (Grong Grong-Matong), Ross Forbes (Narrandera); 5 - John Quade (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Owen Doyle, Geoff Parmenter (Coolamon), John Asmus, Bruce Bryon, Pat Dunn (Grong Grong-Matong), Paddy Pledger (Narrandera); 4 - Barry Carroll, Tom Connors (Ardlethan), Bernie Sculley, Ian Wason (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Jim McCaig (Ganmain), Gordon Browne (Griffith), Kevin Coleman (Grong Grong-Matong), R. Corbett (Leeton), Fred Arrowsmith, Chic Baker, Geoff Nye (Turvey Park); 3 - Kevin O'Dwyer, Ron Peacock (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Alan Tipping (Coolamon), John Shelton (Ganmain), Denny Dreyer, Bob Spears (Griffith), Jim Kidman, Barry McDermott, Ken McGowan, Geoff Tuckett (Leeton), Stewart Hutchins, Gerald O'Brien, John Quilter, Phillip Wines (Narrandera), Barry Conway (Turvey Park), Edwin Williams (Whitton). 2 - Tom Connors, Vince McClintock, John Stout (Ardlethan), Jim Crouch, Pat Crouch (Ganmain), Ray Davies, Kevin Luhrs, Bob Tyndall (Griffith), Ken Evans, Pat Quinn, Alan Rava (Grong Grong-Matong), Michael Hood, Robert Osmond (Narrandera), Bill Barnett, Ivan Carroll, Allan Gray, Norm McLennan (Turvey Park), Alan Taylor, Max Tuckett (Whitton); 1 - Richard Cassim, John Kelly (Ardlethan), Ellis Johnstone (Ariah Park-Mirrool), John Kew (Coolamon), Ross Reiher (Ganmain), Colin Morrow, Les Wall, Rod Walsh (Grong Grong-Matong), Dick Gilbert, Ron Harris, Alan Poulsen (Leeton), Tom Smith (Turvey Park), Richie Lloyd (Whitton). Note: Club coaches ineligible 1960-64.
Second Grade - Lanham Trophy
22 - Gordon Hughes (Ardlethan); 16 - Wally Breed (Leeton), Ted Reynolds (Whitton); 14 - Allan Jones (Grong Grong-Matong); 13 Ken Sheather (Coolamon), Keith Beaumont (Narrandera: 11 - Richard Cassim (Ardlethan); 10 - John Forbes (Griffith), Richard 'Coke' Ryan (Grong Grong-Matong), John Breed (Leeton), Don Painter (Leeton), Bob Thomson (Turvey Park). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 6 - Jim Eley; 4 - Frank Knox, Ron Pattison; 3 - Ron Dreyer, Jim Fielder, John Walsh, Bob Woolnough; 2 - Fred Gambell, Ken Stevenson, Bill Tyndall; 1 - Tony O'Brien..
First Grade: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Kiesling Trophy
87 - Rex Burge (Turvey Park), 66 - Kevin Coleman (Grong Grong-Matong), 59 - Barry Walker (Ariah Park-Mirrool), 52 - Jim Dunn (Ariah Park-Mirrool), 46 - Tom Connors (Ardlethan), 42 - Ian Gillett (Coolamon), 41 - Gerald Eastmure (Leeton), 35 - Des Lyons (Leeton), 34 - John Kelly (Coolamon), Len Sexton (Griffith), 31 - John Hawke (Ariah Park-Mirrool), 31 - Jim Bloomfield (Griffith / Narrandera), 29 - Geoff Tuckett (Leeton), 28 - Trevor Tipping (Coolamon), 27 - Terry McGee (Grong Grong-Matong), Ian Williams (Whitton), 26 - Robbie Nolan (Turvey Park), George Williams (Whitton), 24 - Bernie Bryce (Ariah Park-Mirrool), Jim Kidman (Leeton), Alan Grentell (Turvey Park), 23 - Russ Turner (Ganmain), Stewart Hutchins, Bruce Waters (Narrandera), Frank Fitzpatrick (Whitton), 22 - Paddy Pledger (Narrandera), 21 - Bruce Bryon, Ken Evans (Grong Grong-Matong), 20 - Ray Davies (Griffith), 19 - Bernie Sculley (Ariah Park-Mirrool), John Kew (Coolamon), Mal Brauman (Griffith), 18 - Phillip Curtis (Coolamon), Henry Boardman (Ganmain), John Bortolazzo (Griffith), Don Allen (Leeton).
Chef / Riverina Express Footballer of the Year - n/a
1963 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: Allan Anderson, Terry Blair, Jim Bloomfield, Paul Brown, Mick Campbell, Ron Dreyer, Peter Hawkins, John Lane, John Langlands, Fred Mundy, Tony O'Brien, Ron Pattison, Kevin Phillis, Sid Robins, Ralph Savage, John Schmetzer, Barry Spears, Fred Stevenson, John Walsh.
Final Games / Goals: Allan Anderson (2 / 0), Terry Blair (2 / 0), Jim Bloomfield (4 / 5), Paul Brown (6 / 1), Mick Campbell (4 / 0), John Cramp (23 / 5), John Forbes (8 / 0), Peter Hawkins (3 / 0), Frank Knox (7 / 0), Doug Koehler (59 / 59), John Lane (3 / 2), Fred Mundy (15 / 15), Tony O'Brien (3 / 0), Don Pannan (3 / 0), Ralph Savage (2 / 0), Allan Smith (55 / 0), John Snaidero (10 / 0), Barry Spears (1 / 0), Fred Stevenson (7 / 0), Ernie Wade (9 / 1).
ALSO PLAYED FOR GRIFFITH IN 1963
Reserves: Hector Bloomfield, Gordon Brennan, Ian Buck, John Diggelmann, Jim Fielder, Kevin Foley, Fred Gambell, John Kirkwood, Harry Moses, Bevan Savage, Ken Stevenson, Robert Woolnough.
1963 Griffith Australian Rules Football Club Awards
Saturday 12th October, 1963 at Police Boys' Club Hall
Best & Fairest: John Bortolazzo - (Griffith Timbers)
Most Consistent: Allan Smith - (Hugh McLean Memorial)
Most Improved: Sid Robins - (Vince Spry)
Best & Fairest: John Forbes - (Ted Withnell)
Most Consistent: Kevin Phillis - (Bob King)
Most Improved: Fred Stevenson - (Roy Martin)
Best Club Man: Gordon Brennan - (Fred Bell)
President's Trophy: Jim Eley - (Ian Salmon)
Col Longobardi Point Score Awards
First XVIII: Won by Allan Smith
Runner-up: John Bortolazzo
Second XVIII: Won by John Forbes
Runner-up: Frank Knox
TRIBUTE TO COCKY
There was genuine regret amongst Griffith residents at the recent death of a well known and loved personality "Cocky" whom for the last 37 years has been domiciled at the Hotel Victoria.
"Cocky" as the best-known parrot in N.S.W. and commercial travellers spread his fame in every N.S.W. centre.
His passing will be a big blow to the hundreds of children who spoke to him daily on their way to school and fed him tit bits through the bars of his cage.
"Cocky" was so well known that a letter addressed to an individual care of the hotel where the green parrot lives somewhere in the Riverina was delivered to Hotel Victoria.
For close to fifteen years now I have been listening to Cocky calling "Hello Allan", "Hello Love" and utter numerous other sayings.
He had the cutest "wolf whistle" you ever heard and many a young lady received the whistle of approval from Cocky.
Mr. Bun Davis first brought Cocky to the Victoria when the Hotel was first opened in 1925.
'In Hot Water'
Griffith Aussie Rules coach Geoff "Sugar" Willis used to spend hours with the bird teaching him to talk and the late Fr. O'Dea always had a word for Cocky when on his rounds.
On one occasion, Cocky got Billy Barry into hot water when he said "Hello Love" to two charming young ladies who were walking past.
They whirled around and gave Bill a real lambasting about making remarks to strange girls.
It won't seem the same without Cocky.
(Advocate - Monday July 29, 1963)
FOOTRACING & BRAWLS AT THE RULES
TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir, - Being a very keen supporter of the "Gentleman's Game played by Gentlemen". (Aussie Rules) I wish to give my experiences and views of the two "games" (reserves and firsts) played at the Ex-Servicemen's "stadium" between Griffith and Narrandera last Sunday.
Firstly the reserves who in my opinion up till Sunday played Australian Football hard and fair without spite or malice, have caught a bad "virus" complaint as it were demoted firsts players or something.
That is trying to brush mosquitoes or something off the ears of the opposing players, without first asking the said players for permission. They seem to take a very dim view of this.
I refer in the case of the reserves to incidents by number 28, 29 and 16 (as quoted by "The Aussie Ruler"). It the case of No. 16 it was most uncalled for and unfair incident I've seen.
It would not be tolerated in a pub brawl. Knowing the sportsmanship and fairness of the reserves coach, I'm sure these matters will be attended to.
In the main four quarter "bout" I am not so sure what the selectors or the committee will do.
It was heartening to read that four players had been reported. This in due course will be dealt with by good men and true. Some of these happenings were certainly not without humour.
The play during one quarter coming to a halt and our coach starting a foot race and later over on the scoreboard side a really good display of the "manly art."
Every match I have seen has its incidents; the worst being at Whitton.
Do the selectors or committee have any power to control these over-energetic brave players.
I suggest that they try making a deal with the Police Boys' Club to put on a "show" as pro fighters.
I also noticed that when the Griffith scoreboard reads visitors 100, Griffith 10, the umpires get a very hot roasting.
Included amongst these vocal experts seems a very large proportion of committeemen.
There is one thing certain after seeing a commiteman lead on alleged "back chatter" out of the members enclosure I won't be wearing a bright red pullover to any games. - Yours, etc
HARRY KURTZMAN (The Area News - Tuesday June 18, 1963)
HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Len Sexton
By Neil Griggs
Len Sexton becomes the first Australian Rules footballer this year to win a Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" award and gained the vote as a result of his dazzling exhibition in the S.W.D.F.L. competition game when Griffith defeated Leeton at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval last Sunday.
By his scintillating performance Len clearly rated as best player afield and as such set the pace for Griffith to gain four valuable competition points.
Len featured all day in a fast will-o-the-wisp style of game and from several key positions covered a tremendous amount of ground and his alert, elusive play must have caused the Leeton players quite a few headaches.
Nevetheless they appreciated his brilliance and scrupulous fairness and the Leeton football scribe in the "Irrigator" had this to say. "Overall Leeton's defeat was caused principally by one man Sexton. Never at any stage could an answer be found for him in any of the positions in which he played. Sexton, in addition to playing well at centre kicked 4 goals 4 behinds - a total of 28 points - and appeared, at all times to hold the balance of power."
Leading S.W.D.F.L. goal kicker in the last two seasons, Len could repeat the feat this year for again he is well up on the goal kicking ladder.
Len, this season is coaching the Griffith 12 years schoolboys team which participates in the Leeton Zone competition and under his astute and enthusiastic guidance they can be expected to do well.
A previous "Sportsman of the Week", Len knows the procedure to collect his Heinz carton.
Riverina Advocate - Friday April 26, 1963
HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Fred Mundy
By Neil Griggs
Griffith Australian Rules captain-coach, Fred Mundy is this week's Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" winning the award for a dynamic and virile exhibition which inspired his team to a dazzling second half effort and enabled them to defeat Ardlethan by 81 points in last Sunday's S.W.D.F.L. game at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval.
By this win and their big margin, the Griffith team moved to a place in the "four".
With the team's ruck strength seriously depleted by the absence of Bill Biron the stage was set for Fred to show the local supporters the ability that gained him selection as a ruckman in the representative teams of two strong Victorian Country Leagues.
Right from the first bounce he was the dominant player of the game, with strong rucking, brilliant co-operation with his rovers, superb high marking and grand kicking.
Ardlethan offered unexpected opposition in the first half of the game and Fred was here, there and everywhere in all the danger spots trying to rally a surprisingly unsettled Griffith team by personal example.
This role he maintained in the second half, when his team produced its best football.
Acknowledged as the best player afield Fred capped his brilliant performance by kicking 7 goals.
Only comparatively young, Fred is in his first year as a coach and his play and leadership have satisfied the Griffith Club and its supporters that his appointment from 34 applicants was a wise one and all are hoping he can lead the team to a long overdue premiership.
If Fred calls at the Advocate Office he can collect his award of a carton of the popular Heinz products.
Advocate - Friday May 17, 1963
HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Don Best
By Neil Griggs
Griffith Australian Rules football Don Best is this week's Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" winning the award with an outstanding exhibition of brilliant football in last Sunday's S.W.D.F.L. competition game at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval in which Griffith defeated Coolamon by 110-84.
Playing in the centre wing position, Don was under notice all through the game with virile and spirited play both in attack and defence.
From his half way position he continued many Griffith attacks with purpose and penetration and just as frequently jolted Coolamon attacks with his strong and tenacious play. His vote as Griffith best player was well merited and extremely popular.
Don has had a long and notable career in the game. Several years ago he was approached by Carlton but injuries sustained in a motor accident prevented him from accepting the offer. Since joining the Griffith Club he has always rated amongst the top players with his keen enthusiasm and outstanding ability.
Don toyed with the idea of retiring, "to give the young blokes a go" he said after last season but eventually when the football began to be kicked about again this season decided on another year and this decision has certainly been a mighty boon to the Griffith team for, to date is having one of his best seasons with the Club.
In addition to his value as a player Don also a great team man taking a keen interest in anything for the benefit of the team and club and as can be judged by his nickname "Matey" is extremely popular amongst the players.
With hopes of making the final four, and possibly winning the premiership, the Griffith Club and team is confidently looking to Don to play an leading role in the many hard games that lie ahead.
The weekly prize carton of Heinz products awaits Don at the Advocate office.
Advocate - Friday May 31, 1963
HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Jim Eley
By Neil Griggs
Griffith Australian Rules player Jim Eley is the Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" winning the award for a top ranking performance in both fist and second 18 teams in last Sunday's vital S.W.D.F.L. competition games at Ardlethan.
Jim's efforts at Ardlethan was a gallant example of Club and team spirit in that, after starring in a tough, vigorous second 18 game, he willingly answered the need of the first 18 team, created by last minutes withdrawals, and went straight back on to the ground where he was again rated as amongst the best Griffith players.
The second 18 game would have been enough for most present day footballers for, with both Griffith and Ardlethan needing to win to keep alive their hope of qualifying for the finals, the football was keen, fast and hard fought and for any player to return back onto the oval with only 5 minutes spell called for a great deal of stamina and courage.
In his three years in Griffith Jim has become known as an honest, rather than spectacular player, but one also who consistently turns in one hundred per cent effort for his team.
His unselfish, Club-before-self effort last Sunday was a glowing first hand illustration of team spirit that could well be invaluable to the many young players of the two Griffith teams and perhaps some of the more experienced and older ones also, and it was a performance that rates Jim high amongst the true "Sportsman of the Week".
Jim can collect his Heinz carton at the Advocate office.
Advocate - Friday July 26, 1963
HEINZ-ADVOCATE SPORTING AWARD - Bob Tyndall
By Neil Griggs
Griffith Australian Rules player Bob Tyndall won the award as the Heinz-Advocate "Sportsman of the Week" for a really good exhibition in last Sunday's S.W.D.F.L. competition at Coolamon.
Returning to the Griffith line-up after several weeks absence through injury, Bob, as full back was confronted with the unenviable task of controlling Coolamon's match winning forward and team-coach Ian Gillett.
Undaunted by his opponents reputation, experience and undoubted ability Bob, after a brief settling in period backed his judgement and pace against the slower but much bigger "Heap".
Time and time Bob frustrated scoring thrusts by the keen Coolamon team and his reliability was never more evident than in the hectic last few minutes when with two clearances he repulsed two threatening attacks.
That Coolamon got up to score and make the game a draw in the last minute was no reflection on the brilliant Griffith full back.
In his many years with Griffith, Bob has played with distinction in quite a few positions by possibly has given his best service at full back and has earn for himself the reputation of a very talented last line defender who gave the full forwards scant respect.
Already planning for better things next season the Griffith Club hope to have him once again in his key position.
Bob can collect his Heinz carton at the Advocate office.
Advocate - Friday August 16, 1963