Football History Society committeeman, Ian Wright provided a piece for our website from last weekend’s Major League Elimination Semi Final:
Peter Nillson and I were timekeeping for the Premier Division Elimination Semi Final on Sunday 20th September in what turned out to be an absolute thrilling last quarter.
Pennant Hills finished the home and away season in fourth position and St George right behind them in fifth place.
Last weekend’s match at Henson Park in Sydney would see the winner progress, and the losers hang up their boots for season 2020.
The weather started the day dreadfully, with pouring rain early in the piece however by the time of the 4th and last game of the day, the skies were blue, the sun was shining and the ground had absorbed the rain well to provide a great surface for football.
Pennant Hills took an early lead to head St George 4-1 to 2-1 at quarter time. There was no wind advantage for either end and the Demons extended their lead at half time to 21 points, 7-7 to 4-4. Penno were looking good.
The third quarter, often called “the premiership quarter”, was all St George with Pennant Hills restricted to just three behinds. The Dragons grabbed the momentum with 6 unanswered goals to go to the last break 10-6 to 7-10, a 14 point lead.
The final quarter would have to be one of the best quarters I have seen in more than 50 years watching, and in my 23 years of timekeeping for finals matches in Sydney. The first three goals of the final quarter were to Pennant Hills to give them back the lead by 4 points.
It then went goal for goal, with each of the next six goals in the game changing the lead.
After Pennant Hills grabbed the lead the difference between the two sides was never more than 4 points, and was just one point at one time; the crowd of a couple of hundred was enthralled.
Unbelievably there was 8 minutes 50 seconds of time-on in the final quarter in this 20 minutes plus time on game.
Pennant Hills last score was a behind, and then there was an out of bounds kick. When the final siren sounded, St George, just four points in front, were on the far wing and again looked likely to head into attack.
Final scores were St George 13-10 (88) to Pennant Hills 12-12 (84).
Both sides are to be congratulated for their never-say-die attitude in that iconic last quarter.
Fearing CV19’s growing restrictions might interfere with the holding of the Society’s Annual General Meeting, officials were quick to get that and the Special General Meeting finalised yesterday at Magpie Sports Club.
“We had a reasonable turnout attending” Society President Ian Granland said “but I feel the recent edict of the restrictions to the amount of people permitted in groups, might have added to the fact that there was a smaller number there yesterday than normal, however there was well more than enough for a quorum” he continued.
All but Tom Mahon stood for re-election and those that did were re-installed to their previous posts.
The Society issued a comprehensive annual report which outline their activities throughout last year with the treasurer declaring a healthy bank balance. Click here to read the report.
This year they will appoint a patron with negotiations currently being formalised.
There is much more work being undertaken with treasurer John Addison, suggesting a new and revised method to make all that is stored in the Society’s collection being able to be viewed on line. Discussions are currently ongoing with the Society’s programmer to facilitate this and other moves to improve their administrative and archival systems.
Academic and long term supporter and football modernist, Doctor Rod Gillett joined the board of the Football History Society at their annual general meeting held today.
Gillett has had a long involvement with the game commencing as a lad at Kyabram, Victoria then later Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Sydney and Wagga.
In the 1980s a young Rodney Gillett was vice president of the NSW Football League and later one of the initial members when the Society was formed as a committee of the AFL NSW/ACT but moved on to progress his academic career with postings in Fiji, South Korea, Dubai and currently in Singapore.
He is retiring from work shortly and will settle in Sydney. Gillett is keen to focus on football jumping at the opportunity to re-ignite his interest in the history of the game.
In other moves, professional archivist Paul Macpherson was voted in as secretary while the incumbent, Heather White moved to the back bench: (the committee).
Ian Granland was returned as president and John Addison, treasurer. With the addition of Heather White, Ian Wright, Jenny Hancock, Mandy Keevil and Tom Mahon, take up the remainder of the committee positions.
Treasurer, John Addison announced an operating profit for the year of $2,218.00 but cautioned in his report that it is not the objective of the Society to hold surplus funds and outlined a series of spending projects the committee has agreed to for the coming months.
A reasonable turnout at Magpie Sports yesterday saw those on the committee who stood for election, re-appointed to their positions.
President – Ian Granland
Vice President – Paul Macpherson
Secretary – Heather White
Treasurer – John Addison
Committee Persons – Jenny Hancock, Tom Mahon, Ian Wright & Gus McKernan
A comprehensive annual report was tabled and the president moved through the document explaining its contents. He also commended the members of the committee for their commitment and contribution over the past 12 months. He also said that while four persons stood as Committee there was provision for the addition of an extra person with whom he had discussions with in recent weeks.
Following the meeting a Special General Meeting was held to approve the changes to the constitution. These now bring the organisation in line with the updated requirements of the Incorporated Associations Act and the rules and guidelines set by the Department of Fair Trading. A copy of this had been posted on this website.
After the formalities, attendees were invited to inspect the facilities in the Society’s room at Magpie Sports. This is where a photograph was taken of some and include from left: Mark Spooner, Tom Mahon (standing), Ian Allan (son of Bill), Ian Granland, Bill Allan, Jim McSweeney, Ian Wright.
We have made a great discovery from 1986 following a donation by committeeman, Ian Wright of a number of 1986 & 87 copies of Inside Football.
Inside Football is a newspaper styled weekly publication in the winter and monthly in the off-season containing mostly news from the AFL. Other states and competitions also receive a mention and such has been the case since the publication’s beginnings decades ago.
NSW normally had a column published in each issue and the editor had to look long and hard to find someone with enough local knowledge to become the regular contributor. Names that come to mind include John Armstrong, who had a long association with the Newtown club and Rod Gillett who was involved with the North Coast and New England Leagues as well as an involvement at Wagga and in Sydney. Both of these writers also had an association with the NSW Football League at one time or another.Â The issues the Society has were written by leading Sydney University player and president, Paul Mulvey.
We have managed to isolate the NSW columns from the latter part of 1986 and have posted them on the site. Click here to read.
We will be adding those of the 1987 season that we have in the next few weeks.
The last August copy of 1986 contained details of the former very strong Newtown Club’s last ever game. You can read the results from that last round here. A quick perusal shows that the only person still involved is central umpire, Frank Kalayzich and that was 28 years ago! Good on you Frank, you deserve more recognition.
When the 1987 season dawned, Inside Football published images from a jumper manufacturer advertising their product with members of the NSWAFL Development Staff modelling their product. Can you guess the Sydney Swans players’ names while the lone female is Linda Blackburn, who was then the only female working in the League’s Office.
The magazine is still published and is now owned by Radio Station SEN, Melbourne’s Leading Sporting Broadcaster in Melbourne.
If you have access to further past copies of Inside Football we would be happy to receive scanned pdf copies of the NSW columns correctly tagged. You can also contact us here for further information.
Wow, have we unearthed a plethora of photos from the umpiring fraternity from the late sixties into the eighties.
Committeeman, Ian Wright contacted former umpiring guru, Jim McSweeney who seconded former Society member, Chris Huon, to help identify a mysterious umpiring group from what we thought was the 1970s – attached.
The image was taken at Erskineville Oval, the umpires’ training venue at the time, on Monday 9 March 1970, where VFL Assistant Umpires’ Advisor, Norm Grant visited Sydney to present lectures and assist umpires in the finer points of their particular discipline. He also visited the South Coast. Umpires trained on Mondays and Wednesdays.
His week long visit was funded by the Rothmans National Sport Foundation, an organisation set up by the manufacturers of Rothmans Cigarettes to promote the development and education of various sports. It is fair to say that the local league received a reasonable amount of assistance from the Foundation.
Fortunately, both McSweeney and Huon were able to identify 90% of those in this picture which we have since named.
The umpires’ coach in 1970 was Brian O’Donoghue, who also acted as field umpire. In the photo is Graham Allomes, who is reputed to have boundary umpired in more games than any other person in senior league football and is identified in the centre row.
While the majority in the photograph have been identified there are some that have not. If you can assist, please let us know.