GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Aussie Ruler" September 5, 1971 - No. 21
By Swan: It says much for the popularity of the code that a record crowd turned up at Ganmain in such miserable conditions. With the promise of more really good games it only needs better weather to bring further record returns which will enable the League to get out of the red.
Congratulations to the Magpies on eventually making the finals and on their good performance at Ganmain.
To Coolamon and the other six teams now in mothball, better luck next year. It only needs a little improvement by couple of teams for the competition to be a beauty.
The loss of Phil Smith with a leg injury is a big blow to our hopes. With his good marking and strong play that gained him 11 goals in the last two games, he seemed the answer to our full forward problem.
Now the problem is still with us but here's hoping our selectors can bob up with another winner.
Good luck to the teams today - may the better ones win.