HAWTHORN FC

1956-08-07 SMH printed smallAnother season over and another premier.  Congratulations Hawthorn.

The very mention of the name conjures up memories of what Sydney had with the premiership club.  It took a long time for NSW to develop a connection with Hawthorn.  They first played a state game against the Hawks in October 1964 at Erskineville Oval after the local finals where over.  Many of the Sydney players were in less than peak condition while the Hawks, who finished in fifth place and boasted some top line players, won by a street.

More interestingly was the move of two Western Suburbs players to Hawthorn in 1957.  Terry Ingersoll and his mate, Denis Bitmead both signed with VFL club Hawthorn.  Ingersoll had etched himself an impressive record by winning the Sydney goal kicking the previous year 1956-08-15 - SMH printed smallwhen he booted 118 goals which included 15 and 17 goal hauls in successive weeks, against Balmain and St George respectively.

Denis returned to Sydney by May in the same year but Terry performed creditably in his full forward role with the Hawks.  He won their goalkicking trophy in 1957 booting  33 in a good team that finished in third place.

The following season Terry played only three games before suddenly returning to his Lidcombe home in Sydney.

Terry turned out for Wests in  1959-60 but never hit the dizzy heights of his time in the VFL.  That just about finished Terry with football and at 26, he did not play again.

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