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SWANS CLUB NOTES: The Aussie Ruler September 3, 1961 - No 20.
There were many disappointed people at Whitton last Sunday, when the final siren ended our playing season for 1961.
Congratulations to Narrandera and Ardlethan on their splendid efforts, and good luck to them in their remaining games.
We had our chances of victory in both games, but on the day just didn't have what it takes. We confidently expect to be amongst the leaders again next year and, who knows, we might find someone who can kick goals by then.
Although disappointed by our total eclipse at Whitton, we have had a good year - both teams in the finals; the Gammage Medal and 2WG award, the leading goal-kicker and runner-up for the Lanham Medal gives us plenty to be pleased and proud about.
Vic Hathaway clearly showed the big crowd why he was the Gammage Medal winner, with a brilliant exhibition that rated him the best afield.
Close behind Vic was Bill Biron who, in the last few games, has played probably the best football of his career, and we expect big things next year from Bill and his "new look" style of play.
Our Seconds didn't come up to expectations. Perhaps they were a little too tense, as they were particularly keen to do well for their enthusiastic coach, Jim Eley. Perhaps one day Griffith will get over this first semi-final hurdle with the Second XVIII.