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GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Aussie Ruler" May 9, 1971 - No. 5
By Swan: After two successive losses the Swans' ego soared when they scored two wins in three games at Ganmain.
The main game was played at finals tension - neither team giving anything away and it was not overdue that we should beat the Maroons on the siren - they have had some close and important wins over us in the past few years.
There was not an outstanding player in our team, but the judges named Ian Wade a real battler as our best and the winner of the Co-op Stores' Toby Lee award from Mal Brauman, Gary Owen, George Duncan, Bruce Forbes and John Candusso.
The Second XVIII was also keenly contested and Joe Whyte's boys used their pace to advantage to cause Ganmain's first loss of the season.
Greg Thompson won Bob Carroll's award and was well supported by Wayne Robins, Terry (Hudson) Hughes, Colin Wood, Garry Parslow and Ian Hamilton.
Our Thirds found Ganmain far too strong but make no mistake, many of these cygnets will be well to the fore in a few more years.