– Junior Football Part II

A A Laird

As written previously, football was resurrected in Sydney in 1903 after disintegrating in 1895.

This meant that organisers had to start from scratch but there appeared to be tremendous enthusiasm within those who had put their shoulders to the wheel to see the game once again played in the NSW capital.

The first annual report of the NSW League read, in part: “The first annual meeting of the New South Wales Football League was held in the Y.M.C.A. Hall, where there was a large attendance. The Hon. E. W. O’Sullivan occupied the chair. The annual report set out that the League was constituted in 1903 by the association of eleven newly formed club, but as one club became absorbed into another the present League comprised ten clubs. Great attention was paid by the League in introducing the game into the, public schools. In June last Mr. Nash formed a special committee to undertake that work, and their efforts had met with extraordinary success.”

Mr Mr. E. W. O’Sullivan was Minister for Public Works and a former Tasmanian.

He went on to say “He looked upon New South Wales as a big paddock, and If they wanted to play the Australian game he thought they were entitled to do so ….. There was some doubt at the time of its inception, of its success, but after the lapse of twelve months there could be no doubt, because the ground covered was so great that further success was sure to be secured. ” [1]

Speaking at the same meeting, Mr. J. J. Virgo,  secretary of the Australasian Union of YMCA, said that “when, three years , ago, some half-dozen gentlemen met for the purpose of endeavouring to start anew the Australian game In Sydney none of them, even the most optimistic, dreamt that within such a short space of time the game would have grown locally to anything like Its present proportions,

“When one came to think of the conditions then existing regarding football mutters . it was a fine performance that the league had accomplished. Now it was beyond dispute that the game was firmly established,, and It was accepted as one of the things that had to be. Needless to say, that had not been brought about without the exercise of much forethought and patient, unceasing perseverance on the part of those at the head of affairs. Considering all the circumstances the progress made by the Australian game In Sydney was little short of wonderful. No doubt a great deal ‘of the success, was due to the foresight of the league In establishing competitions In the public schools and the Catholic primary schools of the city and suburbs.

“Work was commenced In 1904, and so many schools took the game up, and with such enthusiasm continued playing it, that when the 1905 season came round the question arose regarding the necessity of providing some competition to meet the requirements if the lads who had left school in the Interim, and might be desirous of continuing playing the national game from then onwards. With the object of filling that need, A. A. Laird (a government shorthand writer) took the matter in hand.”

“Considering that the lads had only had one season’s experience of the rules the most that was expected was that some half-dozen clubs might be formed, and that number would have been thought entirely, satisfactory. Advertisements were inserted (in newspapers) and meetings held in various centres, with the result that the following clubs were formed to play Australian rules:—

Balmain ‘A’ Balmain ‘B’ Dulwich Hill Eastern Suburbs Kegworth Maristonians
Newtown Petersham North Shore Redfern St Peters St Vincents

double the number anticipated. Two delegates were appointed by each club, and these met at the Y.M.C.A. Hall (thanks to that sterling supporter of, the game, Mr. J. J. Virgo) on the 7th May -last. In the good .times corning .for the game locally It will be interesting’ to know the names of the delegates who were present on that occasion and formed the association that means absolute success for the game here.”

“Rules were adopted, and a competition arranged, the. conditions regarding the latter being. ‘that no player taking part should be over the age of 19 years at the commencement of the first round’ and interest was keenly sustained In that competition throughout the season. [2]

So you can see that while the schools competitions were well catered for the weekend ‘juniors’ at that stage were not really boys at all, but young men.

Three or four officials, in particular, A A Laird, Harry Cave and J A Kelso put all their efforts into promoting the game in the schools, which for the first few years and before Rugby woke up and began to reoganise saw a great number of Sydney schools regularly playing the game:

Following is the draw for the first round of the 1904 Schools Competition, under the auspices of the N.S.W. League (Australian Rules) :
No. 1 District (Central).— Cleveland-street, v Crown-street, on Friday; William-street v Redfern West, on Friday; Blackfriars v Ultimo, on Thursday; Pyrmont v Glebe, on Thursday; Forest Lodge a bye.
No. 3 District (Eastern Suburbs). — Plunket-street v Double Bay, on Friday; Woollahra v Bondi,- on Thursday; Waverley v Randwick, on Friday Coogee -v. Kensington, on Thursday.
No. 4 District (Southern Suburbs) — Gardners-road v Waterloo, on Thursday; Alexandria v Erskinevlle on Thursday; Camdenville v Redfern A, on Friday; Redfern B v. Newtown North, on Friday; St. Peters, a bye.
No. 5 District (Illawarra Suburbs – St George) Tempe v Arncliffe on Thursday; Rockdale v Kogarah on Thursday; Hurstville West v Canterbury; on Thursday; Dulwich Hill v Marrickville, on Friday;- Marrickville West a bye.
No. 6 District (Western Suburbs). — Petersham v Summer Hill, on Friday; Ashfield v Croydon Park; on Thursday; Croydon v Burwood, on Friday; Homebush v Auburn, on Thursday.
No. 7 District (North-Western Suburbs).— Balmain v Darling-road, on Thursday; Birch grove v Nicholson-street, on Friday; Smith-street v Leichhardt, on Thursday; Leichhardt West v Drummoyne on Friday; Kegworth a bye. [3]

Before the match on the 28th May between VFL Clubs, Essendon and Melbourne at the SCG, there were matches between a combined team from the northern and eastern district schools, and game from schools from the southern v the western districts schools.

[1]  Australian Star 9 April 1904, p.2
[2}  Australian Star 17 April 1906, p.3
[3}  Evening News 18 May 1904, p.2

– School Football in the Sutherland – St George Districts

In the early 1960’s, the High School Australian rules competition in the Sutherland Shire and St George districts was very healthy, in fact the best in Sydney.

Played of a Wednesday afternoon competition was made up of teams from the following schools:

Port Hacking High Caringbah High Heathcote High James Cook High
Janalli High Cronulla High Blakehurst High Hurstville High

Each of these High Schools usually fielded a senior plus a junior team.

In 1962, Port Hacking High School defeated Janalli High in the Final played at Old Park, Peakhurst, the home of the St George Club.

Players of interest in the 1962 team were the captain John Preston, who won the Kealey Medalist in the 1962 Sydney Under 19 competition.  Another was  Russell Warnken who also played in the St George under 19’s that year.  Along with Preston, they were both members of the victorious St George under 19 Premiership team of 1961.

Others included Bob Patterson who went on to record a successful football career with Sydney University as well as St George.  He later became the captain-coach of the Barrellan club in the Riverina and in 1979 had a season with the Campbelltown Club.

The 1963 Port Hacking school team lost a lot of experienced players from the previous season and finished second to Janalli High during the year, but won the final by a few points.  

Interestingly, the finals system played at that time was not the Page system, but one based on an old British system which was also used by the Sydney and other competitions prior to 1932.

Because Janalli High finished on top of the competition but lost the final, they had the right to again challenge the winners.   Port Hacking again won this challenge final by 17 points in a game played at Hurstville Oval before a large attendance from both High Schools.

A noteworthy player in the 1963 team was Bob Morris, the 1975 Bathurst 1000 winner and winner of many other touring car races in the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

– Junior Football In Sydney – part I

1889 St Ignatius (Australian) Football Team

Junior football and for that matter much of junior sport in Sydney and probably the rest of NSW was very centred on school activities in the early 1900s.

The Southern (NSW) Rugby Football Union had established a junior competition by 1887 playing for John McGregor’s Cup [1] while the first recorded junior game of Australian football in Sydney was in early June 1888 in a match comprising junior players played between boys from West Sydney and Moore Park at the East Sydney club’s ground on Moore Park.  The event was treated almost as if some type of novelty but the players were encouraged to continue with their efforts.  There was no mention of their age. [2]

The first recorded schools game was in 1888 and recorded as “Two juvenile teams under these rules played a very exciting match on Moore Park on Saturday (4 August), the teams being the boys from St Augustines School (Balmain) and what are known as Junior Sydneys.  An amusing part of the proceedings was the discovery  that the youthful ‘Sydneys’ had increased their numbers to considerably over thirty, and when the umpire, under protest from St Augustine’s, arranged both teams for a count the Sydney youths numbered nearly forty.  It is a pity for the school teams that the juvenile matches are nor played in enclosures.  It is expected that the return match will be played in an enclosure, and a strict count made in future to stop the growth of juvenile twenties.” [3]

Then, and at last an item on junior football appeared in the Referee Newspaper when a team representing the Sydney Juniors played the Imperials on Moore Park on 1 June 1889.  The players were all aged under 16 and the smaller Sydney boys won the match 3 goals to 1. [4] (In those days goals only recorded the score although at times behinds were shown in the tally). 

The 1890 annual report of the NSW Football Association stated that “in past seasons junior football has been almost neglected, the result being that junior clubs and second twenties have been a failure.  For the coming season (1890), however, twenty silver medals have been offered for competition among the juniors, and these medals ought to give an impetus to junior football.” [5] [6]

On many occasions in their reporting, newspapers and club officials would often use the term ‘juniors’ when referring to under age players or a second eighteen and determining one or the other  took a judicious view of the records.

At the Association’s 1891 annual meeting held on 21 April at Cambridge Club Hotel which was on the corner of Market and Castlereagh Streets, the secretary’s report eulogised the Association’s activities and praised Mr Henry Alexander for his kindness in donating 20 medals “for the hitherto neglected juniors for competition amongst them.”   Prior to 1890 the juniors were almost ignored by the Association and in previous seasons secretaries seemed to almost despair of ever being able to run junior teams, yet during the 1890 season “no difficulty was experienced in keeping together the second twenties and the members of the other junior clubs.  This highly desirable state of things was brought about by the medal contests.  We should like, by the way, to point out that one of the greatest difficulties against which a secretary of a new club has to contend is that twenty men are required to form a team under our rules.  Under the British Association Rules (soccer) only eleven men are required and under Rugby Rules, fifteen.”   [7]

By the end of July 1891 the following made up the ‘junior’competition:


St Josephs College 4 4 16 16
South Sydney 6 5 1 20 24
Young Australians 6 2 2 2 12 24
West Sydney II 7 3 3 1 14 28
Carlton 6 1 4 1   6 24

In 1892 junior clubs started to emerge publicly and were holding their own annual meetings many of which were in March, notably earlier than their senior cousins.  Their numbers were healthy, with 35 registering with the Carlton Junior club who were moving into their fourth season, while 21 new members signed up with the Young Australian side [8] and a another 14 with the successful South Sydney junior club.

Early in May advice was received that St Ignatius College would not play football under Australian rules in 1892 instead changing their allegiance to rugby. [9] Sydney Mail ominously said that “The New South Wales Football Association has gone off into a long sleep from which it will never waken.” [10]  How right this would prove to be.

to be continued ….

[1] Referee – 28 April 1887
[2] Sydney Mail – 26 May 1888
[3] Referee – 9 August 1888
[4] Referee – 5 June 1889
[5] Referee – 16 April 1890
[6] Daily Telegraph – 16 June 1890
[7] Referee – 22 April 1891
[8] Referee – 23 March.1892
[9] SMH – 4 June 1892
[10] Referee – 4 May 1892

NSW Schoolboys – 1948

1948 NSW PSAAA Aust Football Team 1948 NSW PSAAA Aust Football Team thumbnailEach year since 1922, apart from the war years, the Primary Schools Athletic Association has supported a team of Australian football schoolboys from NSW to compete in a national carnival.

Boys from all over the state were drawn into the side with officials appointed from the school system.  Rupert Browne, a teacher at the Gardeners Road School (Mascot), who appears in the attached image, was one such official travelling with the boys in teams from 1922 until his retirement in about 1950.

The reason we are showing this photo is because of its clarity and significance to school sport 67 years ago.  Maybe some of these players are still alive.  Their names appear under the photograph.

For the most part they would then be year six students, aged 12-13 but in a few cases, as you can see by their lack of maturity, some appear to be quite younger.

The carnival these boys competed in was held in July in Brisbane.  In this case primary schools were represented by Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and NSW.  South Australia did not compete in that year.  Matches were played at Perry Park, the first occasion the ground was used for football after WWII, Graceville, the Brisbane Cricket Ground and the Exhibition Ground.

The Western Australian team had quite a bit of difficulty in getting to Queensland during a period when Australia was engulfed in coal miner strikes.  Public subscription saw the boys go by train from Perth to Sydney in third class travel then by air to Brisbane.  Ironically, they won the carnival going through undefeated.

The NSW results were:

Date Opposition NSW Score Opposition Score Win/Loss
10 July Queensland 6-5 (41) 14-9 (93) Loss
14 July Tasmania 5-4 (34) 14-10 (94) Loss
15 July West Australia 1-2 (8) 13-25 (103) Loss
21 July Victoria 4-2 (26) 18-22 (130) Loss

As you can see, NSW did not win a game but that is not to say they failed in all of the carnivals in which they participated.  Over the years they won quite a number, some in recent times.

Western Australia won this carnival from Tasmania but the performance of the Queensland team was quite impressive.  Lance Cox from Forest in Tasmania won the J L Williams Memorial Medal for the best player in the series.  Cox went on to play with Richmond in 1954-55 but never did set the world on fire.

First Sub Junior Association in Sydney

South Sydney 1911-22 smallSouth Sydney was formed when the Redfern Club changed their name in 1911.  Redfern was a founding club of the reformed league of 1903 and their best effort in the early days was runner-up in 1906.

The club slowly followed the shift in population moving south and when the league purchased the old Rosebery Racecourse in Botany Road, also in 1911, and they began to use that as a home ground, as opposed to their previous venue of Redfern Park.  The club also found many Sydney inhabitants moved to the model suburb of Rosebery when land became available from 1912 onwards.  Some of these were footballers.

South Sydney won the competition in 1914 but World War I decimated their numbers and they fell on hard times to the extent that by 1917 they were out of the competition.

There was a revival following the war and in 1920 they were back, but playing in the reserve grade competition.

Nearly all of their players were locals and their enthusiasm saw lots of success, winning the competition in 1923.

By 1925 they had returned to the senior competition and from 1926, were regulars in the final four.  They had a good club, good players and were well administered.

During the late 1920s someone had the idea of forming a junior competition in the district and by 1927 it had five clubs: Botany, Lauriston Park, Rosebery, Daceyville and Gardeners Road.  It helped that Rupert Browne (pictured), the sportsmaster at Gardeners Road school, an institution which, believe itRupert Browne or not, boasted 1800 students in 1918, was also a football supporter and ensured that his school fielded regular teams in schools competitions and founded what became an absolute nursery for the South Sydney club in the 1930s -50s.  For many years Browne was a vice president of the South Sydney Club.  The school produced many footballers, not only for Souths, but for most clubs throughout Sydney.

The secretary of the new and unique association was George Headford.  Born at Waterloo in Sydney in 1900 he had no specific ties to Australian football apart from a short stint as South Sydney club secretary, but was a keen and enthusiastic promoter of the code and his small Association.

He lived in Rose Street Botany and was probably one of many responsible for the club in the same suburb.  The Association fielded an open age competition and at least one junior division.  They played at Waterloo Oval, Alexandria Park and Rosebery Park or to use its correct name: Turruwul Park.

The Association continued into the early 1930s but some clubs fell by the way side and those that were left joined the Metropolitan Australian Football Association with the Rosebery club continuing into the 1950s.  By 1936 Headford had moved to Maroubra and out of the main path of the game in the area at the time.  His departure probably contributed to the demise of the junior Association.

This district association proved a great fillip for the South Sydney club but with other football codes vying for players and it probably having little administrative support the competition faded into obscurity and eventually so too did the South Sydney Club in the mid 1970s.

A junior competition was reformed in the district in the mid 1950s when Rugby League did not have a junior association.  It went well but probably because of lack of personnel, when one person did everything in the small clubs, it too, went by the way side.

An Interesting Find

Arthur BridgewaterThe Society has so much material to go through sometime just the look of what is there gets quite daunting.

Going through some of the paperwork we came across the 1957 Annual Report of the NSW Australian National Football Union.

This was seen as the over riding body for junior football in NSW, or so it saw itself as such although it was manned by Sydney people and only had Sydney junior football bodies affiliated.  The term ‘NSW’ was a misnomer.

It is quite an elaborate report and provides details of all the junior teams from 1953-57.

Written by the secretary Arthur Bridgewater (pictured), the report at times should be viewed with a certain degree of scepticism because Arthur, whilst a hard worker with “the code at heart” tended to embellish the facts in these reports.  However, having said that, this account of the year provides a pretty good overview of junior football in Sydney at the time.  Shaky but growing.

It praises the St George Junior Association as well as the Southern Districts Association.  It even gives Newcastle and Wollongong areas a tick.

Of course the St George Association has been the benchmark in junior Australian Football in Sydney for many, many years and it is to the credit of those people who have assumed roles in its various clubs, of which six remain, that they continue with such energy and commitment.

You can read the report by clicking here.

Petersham School

Petersham team 1905 thumbnailAustralian Football was resuscitated in Sydney in 1903 after it had undergone an eight year hiatus mainly because of poor management.

In its new year, senior teams numbered eleven and eight teams were playing in a separate reserve grade.

The following year there were schools competitions encompassing almost the whole of Sydney.  The issue with this though appeared to be its management.  Australian football was a virtual new sport to the city but they were expected to supply umpires, help with coaching and to an extent manage the competition.

By 1904 there were schools from inner city, eastern suburbs, north shore, western suburbs and the St George areas.

As an inducement to schools to play, an offer was made for the premier school to travel to Melbourne and play prior to the VFL grand final.  The action was considered quite successful with 58 public schools playing the game in Sydney during 1904 all vying for the champion title.

The expenses for the trip were paid for by the VFL who sent one hundred and fifty pounds to Sydney earlier in the season.  Using the RBA calculator and taking inflation into consideration, this amounts to $21,465 in today’s money.

Petersham Superior School won the Sydney schools A grade division, a grade restricted to junior schools.

Superior Public Schools were identical in structure to present day Central Schools, that is, they combined primary and secondary pupils in the same school. This type of school had been developing under the Council of Education when some of the larger Public schools were able to introduce the ‘higher branches of learning’ to pupils who had completed the normal elementary school course. The first Superior Public Schools were gazetted in 1881 and by 1890 their number had increased to 64; they reached a maximum of 145 in the first decade of the twentieth century.

But there was a problem with the game.  The educational system of both states was different resulting in an outstanding disparity in the ages and size of the players in the two teams.

The education system in Victoria was free, secular, and compulsory from the ages of 6 to 14 years.

The average age of the NSW boys was 15 and their weight was around 56.5kg while the Melbourne boys averaged out at 12 years or so and weighed in at 42.5kg.

“Not only were the boys from Petersham physically bigger but they looked bigger and meaner because of their dress.  They wore white shorts, red socks, blue jumpers and cap, just like rugby players.  They were definitely more workman like and smart than that of the Victorian footballers who by comparison with a rugby team always looked a slipshod, slovenly lot.”  Within the article, the author poked fun at the knickerbockers (long shorts) worn by the VFL footballers of the day, these were much similar to those worn by current American Gridiron players.

The players from Sydney were further described as professional with a scrupulous desire to keep to the rules.  The portrayal of the Albert Park boys was the opposite.  They were labelled as:  “a team of weaklings playing their own game with remarkable skill and pluck, because they knew no other game but with no chance of success.  Had their weights been equal, it would have been just as hopeless a game for the Sydney boys.”

“The Petersham boys had been trained to play unselfishly and in good spirit and never used their weight but pushed the little chaps aside as tenderly as though they were brothers.”

Petersham led all throughout the game to win easily 7.6 (48) to 1.0 (6).






7.6 (42)

Albert Park




0.6  (6)


local football officials were not satisfied with the match and scheduled a further, impromptu game, this time against a combined Melbourne Metropolitan Junior combination who were of an older age.  Petersham lost this match by 7 goals 13 behinds to 4 goals 3 behinds.

The following year, Petersham again won the Sydney schools championship by defeating St Augustines at Balmain East and travelled to Melbourne where this time they played and defeated the Clifton Hill State School, the champions of Victoria 3-8 to 2-3.

We have been very fortunate to obtain a photograph of the team where again there was mention of their size in the Melbourne reports, the majority of the boys were 15.

It was sent to us by the great granddaughter of one of the players from 1905, William Edward Goodwin.  He was born in 1889 and grew up in Dulwich Hill.  You will see him in the photograph.

In 1906 the headmaster at Petersham School, made it known early that he did not want his students again going to Melbourne and passed on the opportunity to travel south for the game should they have won the right.  As it turned out they didn’t and the Fort Street School made the trip, only to be defeated in both the schools championship game and the match against the metropolitan combined schools.

1919 Schoolboys Tour

Rupert BrowneWay back in 1919, only months after the Great War finished, Sydney school sports officials arranged with their Victorian counterparts for an interstate visit by a combined schools team after the finish of the season.  This was seen as the continuation of an interstate interchange in school football started between the two in 1905.

In July of 1919, the VFL agreed to pay forty pounds, estimated with inflation today at $2893.00, to assist with NSW costs.  The boys would be billeted with the number restricted to 20 and they not be over the age of 16 years.

The lads were selected from the following public schools: Ashfield, Burwood, Double Bay and Gardeners Road.  They left by Express train at Central on 28 August and at that stage were looking at spending up to two weeks in the Melbourne capital.

The group was under the management of Rupert Browne (pictured), sports master of the Gardeners Road School and a Mr Stutchbury from the Schools Amateur Athletics Association.

They played three games against combined Victorian State Schools and won the lot:




Schools Score


Schools Score


30 August

8-8 (56)

7-8  (50)

Amateur Sports Ground

6 Sept

3-5 (23)

1-10 (16)

Cricket Ground

9 Sept

5-7 (37)

5-6  (36)

Amateur Sports Ground


Following their first match the boys were taken to Punt Road Oval, where they saw the Richmond v St Kilda game.

In between their interstate contests, the NSW boys travelled to Geelong on 2 September where they played and were defeated by the Geelong High School side, 7-11 (53) to 7-4 (48).  And then, with not much rest, the following day the team played a game against Melbourne High School where they suffered their second defeat on tour, 6-12 (48) to 3-15 (33).

In between all this, on 4 September they were entertained by the Collingwood Football Club and the following day the VFL put on a picnic for the boys at Heidelburg.

After an exhaustive but very enjoyable time away the contingent returned to Sydney on 10 September.

But this did not finish their interstate commitments.

In late September 1919, the combined team of Victorian State Schoolboys travelled to Sydney to play a reciprocal match against their Sydney Metropolitan opponents.  The VFL paid their train fare.

Because it was late in the season a venue was very difficult to procure with officials searching near and far for a ground on which to play.  They eventually had to settle for the Sydney Domain (behind NSW Parliament House) but the Victorians fared no better in the match and were soundly beaten by NSW 10-18 (78) to 4-6 (30).

Those who represented the Metropolitan Schools included: Chipperfield, Kell, Armstrong, Curry, Lording and King (Ashfield PS), Sherwood, Rogers, Harris, Spencer and Martin (Burwood PS), George McCure (Double Bay PS), Orme, Paul Flynn, Burns, Walker, Les Stiff and Yates (Gardeners Road PS), Owen and Mackay were the reserves.

The only one of any note who went on in senior football was Paul Flynn.  He represented the state in 1925 and won Sydney’s goalkicking award in 1928 playing for South Sydney.

First Junior Interstate Game for NSW

1908 FootballerDuring the early period of the twentieth century, in particular pre-WWI, limited junior football was played of a weekend in Sydney although it was played in some schools.

The weekend junior football competition was called the Young Australian Football Association and was separately administered to the league. Up to 1909 this consisted of one age group but an attempt was made in this year to have a new Under 17 grade as well as the Under 20s. Unfortunately, the former could not attract enough teams and were combined with the Under 20 competition.

So in 1909 the Young Australian competition was made up of YMCA, Newtown, Marrickville, Ryde, Drummoyne, Sydney, Balmain and Paddington.

Early in the season a letter was received from the Queensland Young Australian League suggesting that the two play a representative game.

Officials in Sydney thought this a good idea and asked that such a match be scheduled as a curtain raiser to a match between South Melbourne FC and a Combined Sydney side on Saturday, August 7 at Erskineville Oval.

A team comprising of Phelan, Watson, Allman, Kerwin and Marshall (Paddington), Stevens, Ratcliffe, Cole (Drummoyne), McLaren and Kinninment (Balmain), Page and Mack (Sydney), Provan and Blackburn (Newtown), Mitchell and Gil Priestley (YMCA), Billington (Ryde) Reid (Marrickville) was selected.

NSW won the game 15-14 (104) to Queensland’s 4-7 (31).  Goalkickers for NSW were: Ratcliffe 5, Marshall 4, Blackburn, Allman, Page, Kerwin, McLaren and Kinninmont 1 each.

Because a further representative game was planned a few days later between NSW and Geelong, it was decided to keep the Queensland boys in Sydney to play an additional match against their nemesis.

This game was also played at Erskineville Oval however unlike the South Melb Fc game, this one was before a poor mid week crowd.  NSW juniors failed to live up to their previous week’s form and were surprisingly beaten by Queensland, 5-4 (34) to 4-5 (29). The game was a tight low scoring encounter played in blustery conditions.  Goalkickers for NSW were: Ashton, Trivett, Barnes and McDonald 1 each.  Best included Trivett, Barnes, Ashton, Lyons, McDonald, Mahoney, Muir and Chapman.

The NSW team which was made up with: Mahoney, Gray, McDonald (Paddington), McDonald, Chapman (Paddington II), Pierrie (Sydney), Delaney, Creighton (Balmain), Trivett, Barnes (Ryde), Matthews, Lynch (Marrickville), Muir (Drummoyne), Ashton, Debron, Barry (Newtown), Searle (unknown).

It would appear that selectors chose a second eighteen to play Queensland.  None of those selected participated in the first game.

NSW and Queensland have gone to play many, many junior matches since.


Wyong-LakesIn September 1955 the then Sydney Metropolitan Australian National Football Association, the peak body for junior football in the city selected a number of boys to represent them in an Under 18 match against a junior Footscray team in Melbourne.

There maybe some names you find familiar who went on to play senior football in Sydney and other venues.  Some would coach and one or two were selected to play for the state:

K Brown (Alexandria), John Patterson, Cec Quilkey, K Boyd, R Connerton and R Patterson (Balmain), Alan Pringle and Bob Durbin (Mascot), Graeme Sambrook, Harry Walsh,W Hurcum (Newtown), M Peters, R Cochrane (North Shore), L Ford, Ken Field (St George), E Asherden, D Stepto, P Smith, Brian Hanscombe (Sydney), Billy Jarrett, Ian Radclilffe, P Morrow, A Kelly, A Anderson (Western Suburbs).

President, Fred Blencowe and Phil Rothman secretary of the Association travelled with the teams.

In that year Wests won the Under 18 competition with Bill Jarrett taking out the competition’s B & F.  R Dunstan from the Eastern Suburbs Club won the B & F in the Under 16s, T Allard, also from Easts won the the Under 14 award and another Easts player, D Cannon won the Under 12s trophy.