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SWANS CLUB NOTES: The Aussie Ruler June 4, 1961 - No 8.
With some extra strenuous workouts at training, coach Len Sexton countered the effects of the holiday weekend and players of both teams should be fit for the important games on Sunday.
Players and members participated in the various sporting events at the Bonfire and Carnival conducted by the Griffith Police Boys' Club on "cracker" night. The relay team gained the only placing, but Len Sexton and Jim Eley made the final of the footballers sprint, whilst the tug-'o-war team put in a strong effort.
Bill Tyndall returns to the team this week and, having trained solidly, should be quickly in touch. During his enforced absence, the team missed his spirit roving.
Local supporters are wondering just what has to be done to untangle the maze of "red tape" or "strings", or whatever it is, that is holding up the transfer, in employment, to Griffith of a leading SWDFL player, which was approved some six weeks ago.
The Club is proud of its goal and boundary umpires, and it's to there credit that Bob Ledwidge and George Coggan and Phil Collis were appointed last Sunday.
Len Sexton ordered a new pair of boots on Monday morning and hopes it to be right on target against Narrandera on Sunday.
Bob Spears has trained solidly since having to retire from the last comp game and, with the possible exception of Mick Newman, all players will be available for Sunday's vital game.
Notes from Whitton Whispers
The game at Griffith, Sunday week saw Whitton trailing badly in the first three quarters. Then, however, the team got a new lease of life in the final quarter, and the scoreboard showed Whitton four goals five behinds to Griffith four goals one behind. In this quarter, the improving "Red" Kelly more than held his own against Griffith's coach, Sexton. The Tigers have now proved their ability to play out the four quarters and a break-through for a win is not too far distant. Best players for Whitton were Kevin Rodgers, Johnny Tuckett and "Red" Kelly, with good support from Max Tuckett and Josh Edwards. It was good to see Trevor Hyde showing plenty of speed and ability again. Teddy Reynolds, though on the receiving end of his share of knocks, managed to see the game out. In the seconds grade game, the Tigers played to the best of their ability against a far superior Griffith team. Allan O'Connell was by far the outstanding Whitton player until he was taken off at half time to play in the first grade team. Another to show form was Dennis Jones. In conclusion I would like to congratulate the Geelong side for giving the public a splendid display of Australian football at the Narrandera Sportsground last Sunday, and to congratulate Max Tuckett and Kevin Rodgers on their selections in the respective sides.