GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Sou'wester" June 24, 1979 - No. 10
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In the past 15 years of South West football the Griffith Swans have made the final four in 14 of the final series.
They have played in seven grand finals in that time and the last won the premiership in 1968 with Ron O'Neill as coach - their only success since they won their first South West League flag in 1952.
Griffith have the enviable record of playing in more grand finals than any other South West club of recent years.
It is a record that has brought both pride and disappointment to Griffith.
Their (second) last grand final appearance was in 1971 when raw coach Ron Russell developed a team of unknown kids into a premiership threat that all but stole the premiership honours from the Leeton Redlegs.
Griffith have had potential premiership sides since that date and their next run of golden years came with Trevor Miller as leader.
The Swans finished either first or second on the competition table in his time but were frustrated into minor roles when the premiership stakes were being counted.
Two more final finals were to follow under Bob Greenwood and Allan Way but again the elusive chance to play out the grand final eluded the Swans.
In present South West football, Griffith are in a role foreign to past positions.
For years the sides that have copped a blast from the Swans are today handing out the beatings that have been the role of the Griffith side.
It is no fault of the administration or the recent coaches but rather the ebb and flow of football success.
Pride in the club will see Griffith rise again as a football power and many of the young within the side today will be part of that glory.
If you believe you have to be a six foot plus built into a hefty frame to be a football winner, you should cast your eye over Kelvin Turner.
He played reserve grade last season after coming through the ranks before deciding on a season in Darwin football.
Reports from the North of his maturity as a player left the doubters unconvinced but this season in South West play has removed any area of disbelief.
Turner is a midget in size but is a real power pack in a game.
His final quarter at Coolamon last Sunday was a gem in a day where he was always within distance of one of the Swans' best.
Turner should cap off what has been an inspiring year in his football career as one of the front runners to take out the Swans' best and fairest voting.
Griffith Swans' seconds survived the first half round of the South West League to remain undefeated competition leaders.
They completed their most desperate challenge last Sunday at Coolamon when third placed home team took the Swans to the first draw of the current competition.
The Swans have been under pressure to remain leaders with a severe drain on their numbers to plug the gaps created in the senior side.
Despite the challenge, Griffith have continued to churn out results and could have turned the corner into the time when their strength in future games will come back closer to their top playing ability.
(The Area News - Wednesday June 27, 1979)