GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Aussie Ruler" July 22, 1962 - No. 14
By Neil Griggs: With feathers ruffled, the Magpies came to Griffith last Sunday looking for a brace of wins - and how close they went to get it.
If we had lost, it would have been too late for the old "shoulda" excuse, but we won perhaps it can be said that we "shoulda" won more easily with better kicking.
Kevin Luhrs won the inaccuracy prize, his 14 kicks for goal, within 40 yards, returning but eight minors. Still, if he had kicked six goals, he would have been a champion ... and that's the way it goes.
Young Malcolm Brauman won his first best player Ron Dalla's shirt award with a brilliant display, and it certainly won't be his last such award.
Len Sexton, although keenly spotted, turned in one of his best games of the year, and although he missed out on the shirt award, won a hefty pat on the back from probably his severest critic, so he must have played well.
Depleted by promotions to the injury-riddled 1st 18, our seconds could not get on target against the Magpies, and by their defeat lost all chance of making the finals.
Col Pannan collected a shirt for his grand performance, and others to show out were Ernie "Pouncer" Wade, John "Digger" Diggelmann, Denny Dreyer and Don Pannan.
Players and supporters - don't forget the Club Ball on August 17.
Match Report - Sensational game at Griffith
NARRANDERA THRASH GRIFFITH
By Neil Griggs
Scenes unprecedented in Griffith Australian Rules culminated a vicious brawling game at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval yesterday when 400 odd angry, jeering fans surrounded the umpire's dressing room and Police assistance had to be sought to get umpire Gray into the safety of his transport and on his way back to Melbourne.
The game was attended by the season's biggest crowd (gate £157) and without condoning the behaviour of the spectators it must be said that umpire Jack Gray brought the trouble on his own head by his lack of firm control when the man-playing tactics commenced and his many puzzling, inconsistent decisions only added fuel to the fire.
On the day Narrandera take the kudos for what little football was played. Most of it was seen in the first term, and from Narrandera.
With dazzling pace, grand marking, and accurate teamwork they nonplussed the Griffith 18 and the scores at the end of the term 50/0 was a reasonable indication of Narrandera's superiority.
Narrandera well-known hit and run, niggling tactics had Griffith completely unsettled and concentrating on the man rather than the ball and when the Narrandera players forsook football the game without umpire control degenerated into a torrid unseemly scramble with bright entertaining play almost non-existent.
Advocate - Monday July 23, 1962