A couple of weeks ago we wrote about a match between South Sydney and Newtown played in Parkes in 1929.
Two years later both sides accepted and invitation to play in Goulburn and the locals loved it.
The venue was the Goulburn Showground and this time over 3,000 turned up on a Sunday in August to watch. This was well before Sunday football had claimed the populations’ attention but the magnificent weather and the hype induced a very big turnout to the event.
Twenty three cars ferried the 130 players, officials and supporters from Sydney who were met at the outskirts of the city at 11.15am on the morning of the match. The vehicles attracted an immense amount of attention as they drove through the town to the Royal Hotel where the group received a wonderful reception.
In an extremely novel way to start a game the ball was bounced or rather dropped, by Frank Panther, president of the Goulburn Australian National Football Association, from a bi-plane owned by the patron of the organisation as it flew low over the ground. Reports indicate the ball hit the ground right in the middle of the field. Later the plane did loop the loop stunts to the enjoyment of the crowd.
School pupils, juveniles and the unemployed were admitted to the ground free of charge. The gate realised a return of £50 (fifty pounds) and this was at a time when the country was in deep depression.
During the interval the local athletic club staged a three mile handicap while the City Band enlivened proceedings by playing a number of popular selections.
The Sherrin football used in the match was later fixed with a silver plaque as a momento of the occasion.
The only downside to the day was the failure of the public address system, a relatively new innovation at the time, which was to be used to describe the match to the crowd during the afternoon.
South Sydney won the game easily, 13-12 (90) to 8-8 (56). The star of the game was South Sydney’s twenty year old diminutive rover, Jimmy Stiff who stole the lime light booting 5 goals in the match. Jimmy Stiff was a gun.