– Narandera Imperials defeat St George

imperials-logoThe last football match of the 1941 season played on the Narandera Sportsground on Sunday 5 October, Sydney Club, St George played Narandera, before a large crowd of enthusiasts from Narandera, Leeton and districts. The Narandera side richmond-logo-1977included six Leeton players and the captain of the local R.A.A.F.  – Narandera team.

St. George team members, which finished fourth in the competition that year were accorded a civic reception on their arrival on the Saturday and were entertained at a euchre party end dance at night.  In those days the club wore a black jumper with a yellow sash.

Splendld marking and passing were features of the play of the visitors, who were beaten by only one point. The final scores were: Narandera 11 goals 9 behinds (75 points). St. George, 10 goals 14 behlnds (74 points).

In the first quarter Narandera took and held the lead though only by one point when the quarter ended. The scores were, Narandera 2 goals 4 behinds; St. George 2 goals 3 behinds. Leo Foley (Narandera) was responsible for the three goals scored in the second quarter which, with one point, made the score 5 goals, 5 behinds. St. George add- ed one goal, and four behinds to their score In the second term to make their score 3 goals, 7 behinds. The goal was kicked by Fred Pendergast, vice-captain of St. George. The visitors were at their best in the third quarter when in quick succession they added 7 goals, six behinds. Narandera scored only one goal (Leo Foley) and one point (Bob Dryburgh) In this term.

The last quarter had the onlookers thrilled with some splendid play. Taking advantage of the wind, Narandera made a big effort and although many possible goals resulted in only points being scared, they added 5 goals and 3 behinds.

St. George played splendidly but could only score a single point in this quarter. Fred Hopley (Leeton), Bert Hutchinson and Foley were responsible for Narandera’s goals. Foley was the hero of the match as his last goal marked the victory for his team. The few minutes of play after this goal which gave Narandera a lead of one point, were fast and thrilling and both sides fought hard for victory. St. George was best represented by Fred Prendergast, Ken Derry, Bernie Slattery, Ivan Argus and Steve Duff. Goals for St. George were kicked by Slattery (4), Duff, Harry Mallett, L. Williamson and George Farrow.  Narandera were best served by T. Davis, Jim Durnan, Leo Foley, Les Longmore, Fred Hopley. Charlie Weygood, and M. Hutchinson.

The St. George team were guests of the Leeton club on the following Monday morning where they were shown over the Irrigation Area. They returned to Sydney by train later in the day.

NOTE: The town of Naranderra was spelt Narandera in those days.