1979 - Campbelltown 1st Grade smallA great photograph sent into us by former St George and Campbelltown player, Peter Kilmister caught our eye and thought worthy of writing a short story about the team.

It is of Campbelltown’s first grade taken in 1979 when they wore the great jumpers of Red and Blue and were captained by Sydney League ‘Hall of Famer’, Ellis Noack.

The club had only started three years before this image was taken and with Sydney’s population bursting at the seams, it was only a matter of time before the game got a hold in new and flourishing south-west suburbs of Sydney.

In 1979 the club finished in third position after they were beaten by the St Ives Club in the preliminary final at Trumper Park, where this photo was taken.

At the end of the home and away season they were in second place in the then Second Division with fourteen wins from seventeen games.  They were rolled in the second semi by Bankstown Sports then again by St Ives the following week 16.15 (111) to 12.12 (84).

Ellis played that season in company with his two sons, Geoff and Steve who went on to play with Campbelltown when they participated in Sydney’s premier division.  All three are in the photograph.  Geoff came second in the goalkicking that year booting 48 majors while Dad, probably playing at full forward and at 42 kicked 31.

The club’s seconds finished minor premiers but then went out in straight sets, failing to make the grand final.

The Under 20 competition that year was only comprised of four teams so it would have been extremely difficult not to make the finals.  The club finished second to HMAS Nirimba both on 50 points but were beaten in the grand final by one goal, 4.10 (34) to 3.10 (28).  Bob McCartney won the league’s B & F for that grade, the Hart Medal, with 17 votes.

We see popular History Society Benefactor Member, Keith Claxton in the photo, so its good to see his interest has continued with the code.