The second year (1947) saw a slight improvement. The Annual General Meeting was held at the Progress Hall on Friday 21st February 1947 but we are unable to report fully on proceedings however the following Vice Presidents were "re-elected" in '48 - Messrs C. Beasley, C. Kirkland, J. Calderwood, P. Edward, J. Patterson, J. McPherson . Late in March the Free Press advised that "Mr W. Lord was President, Les Dainty Treasurer and Fred Rae Secretary. (Fred Rae, being one of the instigators in approaching the South Belgrave people regarding the forming of a club as he was from the Narre Warren North area where there were several boys wanting to play football. It might be noted that Kalora Park is the name all sporting bodies take that play for Narre Warren North.) This team must be complimented on their sporting play last year and all wish them greater success this year. From reports received they should give a much better account of themselves." A practice match against Upwey on 26th April at South was played in good spirits. Upwey were up with a good margin by half time, but the ledger was pretty square from then on. Early in May it was with deep regret that the club noted the passing of Les Dainty, a dedicated clubman who assisted on a number of local committees. Several of the Newspaper articles in 1946 and early 1947 were penned by "The Whispering Baritone" and I understand this was Les Dainty. It appears that Mr Claude Crook took over the duties of treasurer from this time. In recognition of Les' contribution to our Club the trophy for the best and fairest footballer annually would become known as the "Les Dainty Memorial Trophy"
Laurie Cordell only played a few games before going into the army and Mr Jack Murdoch took over as coach while Peter Salvado remained captain for quite some years, being a capable rover and forward pocket player. New Jumpers being sky blue with green collar and cuffs and red numbers had been purchased, the socks red. (This strip remained until the end of season 1951) The committee removed numerous trees that grew inside the boundary and made the ground somewhat larger as it was argued that our young players didn't have enough room to show their true form. Whether this helped or not but half way through the second season on 7th June, South beat Monbulk at Monbulk after 19 consecutive losses since our formation. Ian Murdoch kicked 3 goals in the last quarter to clinch South's 9.23 to 8.10, victory. The following match we beat Gembrook, then lost to Emerald by just 5 goals (21 goals in the first round of the season) wins against Silvan and Olinda, finishing the season with 6 wins/8 losses. Two players were at this stage dominating the ruck duels in the MDFA : Ted Mattingley of Monbulk and Bill Palethorpe of South. These two had much in common being both tall about 6ft 3in, very thin and as fair as they come - probably Palethorpe's nose was his biggest disadvantage being very large and getting skinned very often. Another point of interest occurred in Round 2 playing Silvan where we were beaten by one behind, kicking 12.21. This was Silvan's only win for the season and as for us, they say "bad kicking is bad football"! From an historical point of view the admission charge for entry to the 2nd Semi Final was Adults 2/- and children 6d.
Award Winners 1947
Best and Fairest Les Dainty Memorial Ian Murdoch
Runner Up Jack Rae
Best & Fairest (Umpires Vote) Bill Slingo
Most Consistent Bill Palethorpe
Runner Up Fred Rae
Most Unselfish Ian Beasley
Most Improved Senior Claude Adams
Junior Player Bob Street
Captain's Trophy Peter Salvado
Special Club Trophy Ray Hart
Special Club Trophy T. Ellis
Special Club Trophy Don Randle
Best Clubman was awarded to Claude Crooke.
1948 South's 3rd year in the MDFA saw an even greater improvement and the players were starting to impress as a team. Mr W Lord was again elected to the position of President with six Vice Presidents re-elected being Messrs C. Beasley, C. Kirkland, J. Calderwood, P. Edward, J. Patterson and J. McPherson together with Mr W. Ramsay. Mr Claude Crook was re-elected treasurer and assistant secretary with Mr Fred Rae continuing as secretary. A further five members made up the committee.
In his address at the Annual General Meeting (held in late February '48) Mr Lord expressed his satisfaction with the great improvement shown by South's young team towards the end of last season - winning six of their matches. He thanked all club officials for their co-operation and paid tribute to the ladies for the grand way in which they combined to provide afternoon teas and suppers etc.
The treasurers report was interesting, commencing the year with ₤78/13/7 and finishing with ₤64/4/3. The main expenditure was ₤90 for ground improvements, ₤44 on football equipment, ₤48 on transport and ₤40 on entertainment. The fortnightly dances held alternately at South Belgrave and Kalora Park would continue. The cost of membership tickets would remain the same with the addition of free tickets for all children attending the local state school. Mr Beasley, committeeman and Headmaster of our State School may have had some input in this decision
Mr Jack Murdoch, as coach again in 1948, was instrumental in extracting 10 wins from the opposition and we finished in 3rd position on the ladder. However this was to be our only glory going down to Monbulk in a dire struggle in the first semi final by four points 6.8.44 to 4.16.40. The weather was not conducive to good football and the low scoring was the result. Laurie Cordell was brilliant particularly in the second half with Palethorpe, Rae, Murdoch and Slingo other good contributors. The four majors came from Laurie Cordell, Peter Salvado, Bill Palethorpe and Bill Slingo.
The Presentation Ball at the Heights Hall at the end of September was a most enjoyable occasion with 200 supporters packed into the hall. Our most popular president welcomed and entertained the guests in his usual style. Before making the presentations Mr Lord officially received on behalf of the club a framed scroll presented by Mrs Dainty while a shield was donated by Mr Ramsay on which is to be placed the club's Best and Fairest player each year.
Award Winners 1948
Best and Fairest Claude Adams
Runner Up Jack Rae and Ian Murdoch
Most Improved Don Randle
Best Junior J. Burch
Captain's Trophy Peter Salvado
Eight Special Club trophies to W. Palethorpe, S. Meehl, W. Slingo,
Fred Rae, Keith Clarke, Ian Beasley, Bob
Street and C. Morgan
Engraved Spoons to R. Duncan, D. Henderson, L. Burt,
W. Hall, L. Murdoch, G Anderson, L & K
Cordell, R. Hart, E. Jordan,
N. McPherson, and G. Beasley
Several other trophies were awarded to officials of the club and tributes paid to the handful of ladies who assisted throughout the season.
The Best Clubman was again awarded to Mr Claude Crook.
Judging of the Belle of the Ball followed the above presentations. Miss Helen Hudson was duly crowned and the entertainment continued well into the night.
1949 From very early in the year it seemed that our club was commencing all over again. Mr W. Lord continued to head a vibrant committee of seven and was well assisted by Vice Presidents, Messrs C. Beasley, C. Kirkland, J. Calderwood, W Ramsay and J, Duncan. Mr C.B. Crook continued as honorary treasurer and assistant secretary as did honorary secretary Mr F. Rae. There was a property officer and two publicity officers also elected. Team selection was in the hands of J. Murdoch, F. Rae and R. Gray. The Annual Meeting on 4th March this year recorded the good work of Messrs Crook, Beasley, Ramsay, Gray, Allison, Dorning, Patterson and McPherson. At this time it was noted that almost ₤60 was in the bank. By mid April a separate Ladies committee was formed with a full executive and their expertise was well displayed with catering for our practice match against Scoresby and later that evening at the club's first dance.
During the year a verandah was erected to the dressing rooms providing some relief in wet weather.
Peter Salvado once again captained the side with Bill Palethorpe as vice captain. South, still the team with all the enthusiasm but perhaps not over-supplied with talent finishing 3rd while losing only four home and away matches during the season. Our first match was played at home against Emerald and set the scene for 1949. At the first break the score was 14 goals 11 behinds to nil and by the final siren we had amassed 36.46. Billy Slingo notched up a lazy 12, Peter Salvado 7 from one pocket and Ian Murdoch 6 from the other. Keith Colby at full forward may have bagged one! Other items of interest from the season was our first win over Upwey by seven points on 14th May followed the following week by a loss of just one goal to arch rivals, Belgrave, with the biggest crowd ever recorded at our local ground. Our second loss was to Upper Gully by 5 points, the third to Upwey in mid July by four goals and the fourth to Belgrave by 9 goals. A pie night (everyone's favourite) was held in early June with 12 dozen consumed. A good effort by Bob Kirkland was recorded as swallowing 9 of them! Another highlight was that of Billy Slingo kicking 95 goals in the home and home games and after finals appearances, finishing the year with 105. South won the first semi final against Monbulk 18.20.128 to 14.7.91 to be followed by a glorious defeat over Belgrave for the first time ever by a mere 2 points, in the preliminary final. All we had to do was beat Upwey in the Grand Final.
Unfortunately three things were against us on the day. Our full back George Anderson was involved in a car accident on the way home from the Preliminary and couldn't play. A strong wind was blowing for most of the game except, when we needed this assistance it dropped considerably at the start of the final quarter and Bill Phillip (South Belgrave's coach in 1962) was in good form for Upwey and we were just beaten.
Final Scores Upwey 3.1 8.5 11.9 16.12.108
South 2.6 7.14 9.17 13.19.97.
The Dandenong Ranges News headline probably says it all "Sth Belgrave Miss Too Many Oportunities". And at the Annual Ball towards the end of October "The hall was beautifully decorated and the stage caused much amusement. The teams' jumpers were hung together with sketches of each player. Much emphasis was placed on the shorts indicating the number of behinds kicked in the Grand Final!"
The Team B.
Laurie Murdoch Ian Beasley Bob Street
HB Keith Clarke Claude Adams Keith Colby
C Bob Duncan Kevin Cordell Ray Smith
HF Don Randle Laurie Cordell Ian Murdoch
F Peter Salvado Jack Rae John Oram
Rucks Bill Palethorpe Geoff Beasley Rover Bill Slingo
Outstanding contributions by Claude Adams, Ian Beasley and Ray Smith while the following were in with an honorable mention, Ian and Laurie Murdoch, Laurie and Kevin Cordell, Bill Palethorpe, Bill Slingo, Bob Street and Peter Salvado
Goal kickers - Laurie Cordell 4, Bill Slingo 3, John Oram and Ian Murdoch 2 each, Peter Salvado and Don Randle 1 each
In the MDFA versus Dandenong Association matches at Dandenong on 23rd July Bobby Street (Umpire's Best on Ground), Len (Bluey) Murdoch, and John Oram represented the Under 18 side while in the Seniors Claude Adams was in his usual position of Centre Half Back, Billy Slingo a forward pocket with Ian Murdoch warming the bench.
Mr Charlie Beasley had the honour of opening proceedings at the Annual Ball by presenting a medal to Mr W.H. Lord for the first Life Membership of the Club. After such a wonderful season there were numerous trophies presented -
Award Winners 1949
Best and Fairest (Les Dainty Memorial) Claude Adams
Best and Fairest Runner Up Ian Murdoch
Most Improved Laurie Murdoch
Most Improved Junior Alan Halleur
Best First Year Player Ray Smith
Best Placed Man Ian Beasley
Most Consistent Bill Slingo
Both Bill Palethorpe and Ray Smith received special trophies for their efforts during the finals while Jack Harrison was awarded Best Clubman. Bill Slingo also collected a trophy recognizing his achievement of 100 goals for the season. Five trophies were presented for services to the Club during the year. The Ladies committee handed over a cheque for ₤31 being their profit for the season.
1950 Again Mr Bill Lord was elected President with vice presidents Messrs C. Beasley, C. Kirkland, W. Ramsay, R. Gray and D. Ditchburn and a further 7 committee. Following three years as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Claude Crook took over as Secretary and Fred Rae assumed the role of Treasurer with Jack Rae assistant secretary.
The Grounds Committee reported that the cost of ground hire for the football season would be ₤3/3/-. In April the Club requested that electric light be installed in the old pavilion. (also used as a Scout Hall at one time) In August of the same year it was noted that the cost of erecting post and rail fencing around the ground would be ₤86.00. (This project was still not completed by the beginning of season 1954) At one time the MDFA had directed all clubs to erect fencing behind their goal area - it was a regular occurrence for the crowd of spectators to encroach onto the playing field when over excited during matches. And this activity did not only take place behind the goals as some supporters (the lady folk in particular) would attack the opposition with their umbrellas if they were not happy with proceedings on the oval!
1950 saw Peter Salvado honoured with Life Membership.
South continued to remain towards the top of the table for the next few years. The Captain of the A Grade side was Ian Murdoch with Ray Smith Vice Captain. Jack Murdoch continued as coach and again had the boys in the finals winning 11 games and losing 5. We won against Monbulk in the 1st Semi at Emerald in perfect conditions and in the second Semi Upwey were defeated by one point against Belgrave with a disputed goal umpires decision. Unfortunately we would subsequently lose the Preliminary final to Upwey. In the Inter Association match played during the year
Bobby Streetwas noticed by the Umpire and received best on ground. The MDFA announced the commencement of a second eighteen after a groundswell of interest by some clubs. Four Clubs (South, Upwey/Tecoma, Belgrave and Monbulk) commenced this competition in 1950 and South were inaugural premiers playing Belgrave at Emerald in perfect conditions. At half time we were up by 7pts and the final scores were South 9.15.69 to Belgrave 5.19.49, Geoff Beasley collecting the honours for best on ground in this game. Other good contributors in this match were Royce Beasley, L.Williams, Matty Waixel, and Ron Hastings. Jack Harrison, their captain, being voted club best and fairest and also collecting the same award in the MDFA. The seconds win was celebrated in fine style with a Sunday trip to Mt Donna Buang the next week. Such was the excitement around the club that the seconds even had their own presentation ball in late September. "The fine trophies on display were an indication of the interest taken by the people of the district in the 2nd eighteen competition." The "Free Press" shield for seconds Premiers was presented to Mr Lord.
Award Winners 1950
Best and Fairest (Les Dainty Memorial) Jack Rae
Runner Up Ray Smith
2nd Runner Up Bill Slingo
Most Determined Brian Hall
Best Utility Bob Duncan
Final Bob Street
Best Clubman George Anderson
Councillor Pollock's Best and Fairest Jack Harrison
Mrs Judkins Runner Up Brian Cordell
Mr Abraham's(Tarax Bar) Best in Final Geoff Beasley
Mr W Spry 2nd in Final Matt Waixel
Mr L Cordell 3rd in Final Royce Beasley
Mr W Hayes Most Improved H. Gallatley
Mrs J. Harrison Most Consistent Gil Potter
Mr D Randle Most Unselfish W. Worrell
P. Salvado Best Clubman G Strachan
Mrs G. Rae was especially acknowledged for washing the jumpers of both teams throughout the season.
1951 The interest from a Committee point of view remains high. President Bill Lord, Secretary Claude Crook, Treasurer Fred Rae, and Assistant Secretary Jack Rae are all re-elected. Vice Presidents C. Kirkland, W. Ramsay, R. Gray, D. Ditchburn, and W. Waixel with a general committee of ten. W. Waixell was also elected social secretary and Members tickets would remain at 5/-
Les Backman, a very successful forward at Brighton for some years was appointed coach following Mr Murdoch's departure from the district at the beginning of 1951. A preseason social match was arranged against Scoresby and already Les was blending a great team. Brian Hall was appointed captain of the Senior side. South began to dominate the MDFA finishing on top of the ladder, two games clear of Belgrave and Upwey with Olinda another game adrift, losing just two games in the home and home series, but failing in the finals. We twice defeated the strong Belgrave side, went down to Gembrook by 9pts in round 5 after being five goals up at three quarter time with a bad loss late in the season against Upwey. Another game worthy of mention was in round 12 against Olinda where they led easily for ¾ of the match but kicked just 1 goal 5 to Souths 5.3 in the last quarter to give our boys a win of 11 points. The loss of Ian and Laurie Murdoch, Ray Smith and Ian Beasley would be a telling factor. Belgrave were good winners in the second semi by 34 points surging ahead at every change. Our goals came from Billy Slingo 3, Gerald Pennefather, Geoff Beasley, Brian Hall, B. Collins, and A. Miller 1 each. Best Players were recorded as Slingo (Umpires Vote), Street, Burch, A. Halleur, Rae, and Beasley bros. In the preliminary final Olinda surprised us with a draw - Sth 9.7 to Olinda 8.13. In the most thrilling spectacle of the season South finished 1pt in front at the first break, and a goal at half time. After the long break the game lifted a notch and the atmosphere was electric. Olinda racked up 3 quick goals followed shortly after by 3 from South and the third quarter closed at South 8.5 to Olinda 6.5. Early in the last Olinda added 1 goal 5 behinds in a matter of minutes and at siren time had had 10 scoring shots to 3. Goal kickers - Slingo 3, Pennefather 2, Miller, Main, Hall and Street 1 each with Best Players being Slingo, Hall, Main, Rae, Street and Anderson. And in the replay they won the game in a very low scoring affair, only to be defeated by Belgrave in the Grand Final. The replay was reported in the following manner... "From the beginning of the first quarter to the last bell Olinda was the superior team......" But from my angle that's not exactly true. Billy Slingo kicked the first point of the match, Geoff Beasley kicked the first goal, Gerald Pennefather followed with another and we finished the quarter ahead on 2.2 to 1.7. Olinda did win the 2nd quarter advancing a further 1.4 to our 4 pts. Into the 3rd ....."Then came one of the smartest bits of play in the match when from a knockout, Slingo passed to Hall who passed back to Slingo who kicked across to Main who made no mistake." At ¾ time we were two goals down and in the last term Olinda took any chance of winning out of the equation. Goals - Beasley, Pennefather, Main and Hall with Best players - A. Halleur, R. Main, R. Duncan, W. Slingo, B. Street, G. Pennefather, J. Rae and B. Hall. In the League Vote count Jack Rae finished 3rd on 11 votes behind Silvans' Mick Benham and Belgraves' Tommy Bourke, while
Bob Street, Bill Slingo and George Anderson were also amongst the votes. In the seconds competition consisting of the same four teams Ron Hastings assumed the seconds coaching duties. One of the most exciting days during the season was unfurling the 1950 Premiership Flag at our first home game against Upwey, Mrs Waixel performing that duty in front of a generous crowd. The second eighteen team were runners up to Monbulk in this year with the final score reading Monbulk 12.18.90 to South 9.5.59. Major goal kickers were Neil Batchelor 3 and Kevin Cordell 2 while our better players were Kevin Cordell, J. Burch, Allan Carvosso, Don Oram, John Oram and Ray Slattery. Coincidently K. Cordell and J Burch also were joint winners in League counting. The first trip away was organized and the players and officials went to Rosebud.
Jack Rae won the Senior Best and Fairest award with Kevin Cordell awarded Club Seconds Best and Fairest. Unfortunately no other award winners are available for this season.
Mr Jack Murdoch was awarded Life Membership.
Mr Bill Ramsay carried out the duties as head trainer around this period with Jack Lonie assisting. It could be noted that the club had a very strong social committee - they were capable of raising over ₤200 each year. Secretary Mr W (Bill) Waixell and Mr R (Bob) Duncan led the way with assistance from Miss June Rushbury, Mrs Dainty, Mr Backman, Mrs Mary Kirkland Snr, Mary Kirkland and Mrs Bob Gray.
Mr Bill Ramsay's donation of a shield to be hung in the rooms with the Best and Fairest winners inscribed has been greatly appreciated.
The First Eighteen Jumpers were changed in 1952 to the St Kilda colours of red white and black vertical stripes with socks to match, the jumper numbers being white. The Seconds remained in the light blue guernseys for the time being. Mr W Lord was again elected President together with Secretary Claude Crook who was considering standing down. Due to pressure of business Fred Rae was unable to continue on committee after giving the club six good years in executive positions. Mr T. Rushbury was elected to the Treasurers position while Jack Rae continued as Assistant Secretary. Vice Presidents, C. Kirkland, W Ramsay, C. Beasley, R. Gray, D. Neville, and general committee of 8. Bob Duncan was elected Social Secretary. Fred Rae reported a credit balance of ₤14/11/11 with the social committee holding ₤52/6/8. The Club lost heavily on transport but was fortunate in receiving almost ₤100 in donations. Membership tickets would rise for the coming season to 7/6.
Committee Members ploughed, harrowed and sowed the centre of the oval and purchased necessary timber to extend the post and rail fence around the playing arena. The League determined that ground admission fees would rise to one shilling and threepence for adults. We had a very unpredictable season losing the games that we should have won and winning where perhaps it was not expected. Extremely wet weather played some part. We finished third on the ladder with 13 wins/4 losses, these being 75pts in Rd 2 against Monbulk, 3 pts against Belgrave Rd 5, 63 pts vs Olinda in Rd 9 and Belgrave again in Rd 14 finishing 28pts adrift. Les Backman and Brian Hall continued in the roles of Coach and captain respectively. We defeated Cockatoo at Gembrook in Round 12 with snow covering the ground. Bobby Duncan having played 100 games with the Club received his first Umpires vote in the Best & Fairest! We finished in the final four for the fifth consecutive year in a row but bowed out to Monbulk in the first semi final after leading well for three quarters. After this win Monbulk continued to triumph against us in the following 9 consecutive games.
Monbulk 2.3 4.6 7.8 14.10.94
South 3.4 5.8 8.14 9.15.69
Goalkickers: Slingo 4, Hall 3, Street and Cordell 1 each with our best being Hall, Street, Anderson, Main, Slingo and Beasley.
In Club voting Bill Slingo easily won Best and Fairest with Jack Rae, winner of the award in the two previous seasons, Runner Up.
Bob Streetwas once again third while Alan Halleur polled extremely well despite only playing in half the games. In League voting
Bobby Streetwas the best of our players in 5th place. Best clubman was won by young John Fenton. Ron Hastings, having been asked to Captain Coach the 2nd eighteen in this year, also won the Best and Fairest award for the twos. Daylesford was the destination for the players and officials end of season trip away.
Life Membership was conferred on Mr Fred Rae in 1952.
1953 Mr R. (Dick) Fenton is elected President. In this year the MDFA met with representatives from the then Victorian Football Association (VFA) to organize a regular match each year between the two Associations although it appears that this inter-league match had in fact, been played in previous years. The MDFA would play a VFA seconds side and the first match was played at Monbulk on Tuesday 2nd June '53 (Coronation Day). Players picked from our Club were Brian Hall, vice captain, on a half forward flank with Billy Slingo in a forward pocket. Two other inclusions to note were Ken Whyte who coached us in `54 and '55 and Bill Phillip who coached our team in 1962. These inter-league games were to continue until 1965 when the MDFA amalgamated with the YVMDFL. In another interesting move there was a proposal put to the MDFA annual meeting in late January to merge the MDFA and the Dandenong Football Association but this did not eventuate despite DFA's unanimous approval. 1953 was also important in that it was the first year in the history of the Association that an under age competition (Under 16's) had been conducted with only Olinda not able to field a side. However some disappointment was expressed that only four teams were able to enter a 2nd eighteen side. In early June a meeting was held at the Public Hall for South Belgrave Recreation Reserve Trustees for a period of 3 years. Cr Pollock presided and Messrs Clements, Lonie, Cook, McAvie, Kirkland, Hall and Miss Hansford were elected. In his annual report Claude Crook said that the season had not been a good one due to lack of support for the club and just one win resulted for the "A" Grade side while the Reserves also struggled. In early May Charlie Beasley was appointed to Diamond Creek school after being schoolmaster at South for the past 10 years. So involved were the family in local activities that the whole town turned out at a function to farewell them. The team suffered heavily through loss of players like Reg Main, Jack Rae,
Bob Street, Royce and Geoff Beasley, Alan Halleur, John Oram, John Fenton and at times A. Carvosso. Towards the end of the season there was some improvement losing by small margins to Monbulk and Upwey, both finalists. The Under 16's completed the season without result but at least it was a start on which to build. The raising of ₤40 by the social committee allowed the club to finish the season with in excess of ₤46. The bus transport for the year showed a loss of more than ₤20. Dick Fenton paid special tribute to the work of Bill Slingo Snr, Jack Lonie, Bob Gray, and Dick Neville, while secretary, Claude Crook praised the work of Owen Williams as Treasurer in his first year as a club member.
Award Winners as advised below will require to be confirmed in due course:
Les Dainty Best and Fairest Bobby Duncan
Most Spectacular Player Reg Fitzgibbon
Most Consistent Don Oram
Special Trophy Keith Clarke
Best Clubman Brian Hall
Best and Fairest Norm Hastings
Best Junior Player Trevor Gale
Captain and Coach Trophy Keith Hastings
Alma Henshaw was chosen as Belle of the Ball.
Billy Slingo, with another wonderful season again won the club Best and Fairest in 1953 and together with Brian Hall were the only two to figure in League voting albeit well down the list.
Towards the end of the year the MDFA announced several changes to their rules including the abolishing of residential requirements. Up to this time clubs could only draw on players from within a 10 mile radius of the town and the change to take effect early in 1954 would provide a steady increase in quality players coming into clubs of the Association which would subsequently improve the standard of football. Another interesting move way back then was that Goal Umpires and Timekeepers would be required to compare their scorecards. (something that should have been done at Yarra Junction last weekend -2007!). The League also advised a record dividend of ₤25 to all clubs.
1954 Bill Lord returns as President, with Vice Presidents, Cyril Kirkland, Dick Fenton, Bill Slingo Snr, Norm Hastings Snr, Dick Neville, Bill Waixell Snr, Secretary Claude Crook, Assistant Secretary Alec Hall, Treasurer Owen Williams and 5 general committee. The price of the men's seasons ticket remained at 7/6 while the ladies ticket was reduced to 5/-. At the AGM of the League a record dividend of ₤25 was awarded to affiliated clubs. Advertising for the club's coaching position took place in early February with applications closing 1st March. Ken Whyte was appointed. Formerly a Belgrave player but last season coaching Monbulk and a member of the MDFA squad that played the VFA in '53, he had a reasonably successful season finishing in 4th position. Many would suggest that had more players attended training during the season, Ken and his boys could have gone all the way. The return of Jack Rae and
Bob Streetand the younger brigade in Don and Neil Oram, Brian Cordell and David Reid coming on, was expected to assist greatly. We played the 1st Semi final in ideal conditions for football, at Monbulk against Olinda. Having broken away by two goals in the first quarter we were able to retain a small lead for the entire game finishing 8 points up.
South 4.3 4.8 7.9 10.15. 75
Olinda 2.2 3.7 6.10 9.13. 67
Best Players - Jim Johnson, Bob Anderson, Ken Whyte, David Reid, Graham Jarvis, Gerald Pennefather,
Goals - Bill Slingo, Jim Johnson, Graham Jarvis 2 each, Whyte, Street, Pennefather and Oram 1 each
A fortnight later we were again back at Monbulk to do battle with Belgrave in perfect conditions for the Preliminary Final. At the long break we were six goals down but with a brilliant third term pouring on 6.2 we were in with a chance, being just 6 points down at orange time. However it was not to be and Belgrave kicking 3 goals and many points ran out 22 point winners
South 3.1 4.4 10.7 11. 9. 75
Belgrave 4.2 10.5 11.7 14.13. 97
Goals - Whyte 3, Pennefather 3, Slingo 2, Reid, Hastings and J Johnson 1 each
Best Players - Pennefather, Johnson brothers, Anderson, Street, Halleur and Slingo. And comments from the game were as follows :- "what a lion heart Street has. He did a tremendous job all day and bore the brunt of the ruck work. Slingo is adept at taking the knockout from the ruck and is very elusive. The Johnson brothers gave a dashing display for South."
The Annual Report would note that 1954 was a vast improvement on the previous season, mainly attributed to the return of Gerry Pennefather,
Bobby Streetand Jack Rae together with George and Bob Anderson and the acquisition of an exceptionally good rover in Jimmy Johnson, plus a great improvement in team work and team spirit. The under 16 team in the care of Bill Waixell Snr and Fred Fenton were a team of triers, often outclassed, always out-reached and out-weighed by their opposition but not once did they give in until the final bell.
Award Winners 1954
Les Dainty Best & Fairest Gerry Pennefather - a born athlete, never a bad game
Runner Up Jim Johnson - possibly the fittest and most tenacious
player we've had.
Equal Most Improved David Reid }
Bob Anderson }
Consistent Bob Street -- a player with a heart as big as himself
Special Trophy Allan Halleur a consistent player since the club was first
Best and Fairest Bob Carmichael
Runner Up Graham Dorning
Most Improved Beven Brown
Best of the small boys Lex Edward
In recognition of service as a player with our club since its formation Keith Clarke, who retired, was presented with his guernsey. Mr Jack Lonie as club trainer for yet another season was presented with a momento from the players.
Best Clubman was awarded to Norm Hastings Jnr who traveled from Mentone to train and play. Following the presentations Miss Elaine Lonie was awarded Belle of the Ball.
Jack Rae polled well to finish 4th in the League Best and Fairest. Well known Belgrave identity Tommy Bourke won the award with 14 votes.
Mrs Mary Kirkland Snr was awarded Life Membership in recognizance of her wonderful contribution to the club over many years.
1955 Bill Lord commenced his 9th year as President of the Club, Vice Presidents, Cyril Kirkland, Dick Fenton, Ray Swinburne, Norm Hastings Snr, Harry Dinsdale, Bill Waixel Snr Secretary, taking over from Claude Crooke who had a mammoth eight years in this position, Assistant Alec Hall, Treasurer Owen Williams and general committee of 9. Ken Whyte continued as coach of the Senior Team and Alan Halleur took out the club Best and Fairest award at season's end. Half way through the season (23rd June) the Under 16's with Mr G. Patterson "Patto" assisting and captained by Gavin Cook, were sitting in fourth spot and shortly after dropped to sixth, regaining fourth spot towards seasons end. Having drawn against Gembrook during the season Monbulk crept ahead of us by 2 pts to claim some finals action. On the other hand the A Grade team suffered from some close losses and finished on the bottom. Gerald Pennefather was our best player at 7th in League votes. This is somewhat surprising since Gerry took out B & F in our club "B" Grade voting. Bob Carmichael (a lanky 13 year old who, in later years would choose championship tennis and coaching ahead of football) won the League U 16 award on 23 votes ahead of M. McAllister and R. Faull. Bob was given special recognition at the commencement of our annual Presentation Ball.
Award Winners 1955
Les Dainty Best & Fairest Allan Halleur
Most Improved Barry Waixel
Most Consistent Owen Williams
Special Trophy Graham Jarvis, Ron Duncan and Don Oram
Best and Fairest Gerry Pennefather
Best and Fairest Bob Carmichael
Belle of the Ball was Beverley Robbins of Cranbourne, and escorted by Ron Finck and both represented us at the MDFA Annual Ball in October. Matron of the Ball was Mrs Preston partnered by Robin Edleston.
Mr Claude Crook was honoured with Life Membership for his many years of dedication to our club particularly in administration.
1956 Mr Lord was unable to continue as President due to ill-health and Claude Crook took over the reins with Vice Presidents, Messrs C. Kirkland, J. Rae, N. Hastings, R. Fenton and R. Swinburne. Owen Williams continued as Secretary/Treasurer with a general committee of 7. Fred Hill who had much playing experience, particularly with VFL clubs, North Melbourne and South Melbourne, and Association club Coburg, was appointed coach. Fred was also engaged in professional footrunning and his training provided the fittest group of players since our beginning. This season we clawed our way back into the four with compliments of a loss by Belgrave in the last home and home game and played Gembrook in the 1st Semi final in what has been described as the "worst possible conditions." There were no `passengers' and we appeared to win the knock all day with Bobby Street putting in a good one and Owen Williams doing the same when Bob was resting. It was tight all game and the score at orange time was South 6.5 to Gembrook 5.7. In the final stanza we overran the Brookers, holding them to just one point, to finish 16 points up, 8.6 to 5.8. Goal kickers were Don Oram, Owen Williams, Brian Hall 2 each, with Jim Johnson and Allan Gourlay 1 each. Our news reporter in "One Eye" (Vic Moore or Morcom) also burst onto the scene in 1956 with some very controversial Free Press articles. All of these items are available in the Club Scrap Book together with many other reports from the beginning of 1946 onwards. Vic provided some light comedy and very good descriptions of our games, something that had been missing for a couple of seasons. "One Eye" expected Emerald to beat Monbulk in the 2nd semi and "we should quite comfortably deal with Monbulk, having a much fitter side now than when we last met them". As it happened Monbulk proved too good for Emerald in the 2nd Semi and marched into the Grand Final. After a hard fought game in which just one goal separated South and Emerald until the final term where the bombers were able to notch up 4.2 to our 1.2 and ran out good winners by 25 points. Our best included Don Oram, Jack Rae,
Bob Street, Allan Gray, Neil Oram and Jim Johnson. Goals - Owen Williams and Don Oram 2 each, with singles to Fred Hill, Jim Johnson, Allan Gourlay and
During the season a Free Press reader submitted his selections for the best MDFA team since the War. The correspondent selected Bill Slingo in a forward pocket while Gerald Pennefather warmed the bench. His article provided considerable interest amongst Mountain District people and two more teams were forthcoming. In the first Billy again got the nod while the second did not include Bill but had Gerald on the bench and Jimmy Johnson on a wing. From this we are able to gather some idea of the brilliance of some of our early champions.
Our Under 16 team coached by Fred Fenton, led by captain, Bert Rae included many players who would continue to play for our club for more than a decade. Carvosso, Quinn, Cox, Wildes, Fenton, Olver, Sharp and Bentley to name a few
Award Winners 1956
Best and Fairest Jim Johnson
Runner Up Jack Rae
Most Consistent Alan Halleur
Most Improved Allan Gray
Captain/Coach's Trophy Jack Rae for the player who did the most for
Best Clubman was awarded to Gavin Cook
At the Annual Ball in September at the Narre Warren Hall, the Belle was sixteen year old Cherry Edelston in palest pink. The bodice of her gown was in lace shaped to a low waistline which finished in a large fold forming a "semi bustle" at the back. The bouffant skirt was in cobweb tulle. She wore a rose at her shoulder and a matching rose at the back of the bodice. Cherry was partnered by her brother, Robin with boyfriend Ron Moffatt amongst the large crowd. Matron of the Ball went to Mrs Field while the prettiest ballerina went to Miss Elaine Lonie. Other young ladies to be mentioned were Miss Pat McKenzie, Mrs Lynch, Miss Ann Edward escorted by fiancè Bob Ferris, Miss Vivienne Loveridge, Miss Diane Reid, Miss Pat Salvado, Miss Lesley Quinn, Miss Carmel Cook and Mrs Dainty. Amongst the many other guests were Councillor and Mrs Pollock.
In 1957 with Claude Crook as President, Alan Gourlay Secretary, Bill Sands was appointed Captain Coach of the Club. Bill was one of the Emerald Club's favourite sons during the last six years or so. "It was a sad thing to see such a champion hampered by lack of players" was a note in the annual report. Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully and South Wantirna, all very strong Clubs, joined the MDFA. It was sad to report in late May that we lost one of our best club men in Owen Williams with a "broken knee and a small bone" in our game against Belgrave. Bill Sands and Gavin Cook played in every game but we suffered from a lack of key position players and good reserves, finishing in seventh position. In League voting Bill Sands was Best and Fairest with Fred Cox winning the Junior Award. David Pollock won the trophy for the best boundary umpire (junior section). - a good treble for the Club in an otherwise very average season. The Under 16's were ably managed by Fred Fenton.
"A ladies football team played and trained with greater enthusiasm" and despite not winning against opposition clubs Monbulk and Belgrave enjoyed themselves while raising a considerable amount for the Club. And from a newspaper report in September "the grand final on Saturday lacked the spirit shown by the ladies match played on Sunday between the Monbulk and South Belgrave ladies. The girls really got into it and hard bumps were given and taken with a will to win however a draw was the end result. Monbulk 3.2 to South 2.8.
Award Winners 1957
Seniors Best and Fairest Bill Sands
Runner Up Jim Johnson
Most Determined Bert Rae
Most Consistent Bill Slingo
Most Improved Gavin Cook
Under 16's Best and Fairest Fred Cox
Most Improved Jeff Bentley
Best Clubman was awarded to Bill Loveridge and Alf Fox, MC at the Presentation Ball, was thanked in appreciation of his work for the club throughout the year. Miss Vivienne Loveridge was judged Belle of the Ball.
On a sad note Mrs Mary Kirkland, the only lady Life Member at the time passed away during the year. Mrs Kirkland was "a tower of strength" to the Club in her Social Committee work in previous years.
The Committee recommended Life Membership be bestowed on Mr Jack Lonie, trainer of the Club for many years, active committeeman, selector, and always at working bees. And consequent to a notice of motion at the 1956 Annual Meeting, "Life membership will be awarded to all players who have been active members for at least 10 years". Consequently Bill Slingo, Jack Rae and Bob Duncan were also awarded Life Membership.
Some members of the committee were in a very sombre mood at the end of the season. New arrivals to South Belgrave were negligible and it seemed that future recruiting should be concentrated on the Kalora Park area. Clubs in the South West Gippsland area were in similar circumstances to ourselves and the tone seemed to suggest that a motion would be put to the members to transfer to SWGFL. "Such a move, of course, would have to be made soon, or we will be faced with years of struggle, limited in recruiting scope and social support, relying on the few players we have to field a team. Unless something drastic is done, South Belgrave may become just a memory in football history".
In actual fact a motion was put to the members during this period to join SWGFL. Delegates from the SWGFL League attended the Annual General Meeting but the motion was defeated and South stayed with the MDFA.
1958 Bruce Colby was elected President, Vice Presidents, Cr David Pollock, Cyril Kirkland, Ray Swinburne, Claude Crook, Secretary/Treasurer Owen Williams and general committee of 6. Bill Sands continued as coach.
A number of issues were of interest during this year. The Pavilion was extended and it was hoped that it would be extended further to allow two teams to share the one building. Claude Crook has moved further up the rung and as Secretary of the Mountain District Football Association was no doubt a prime mover in the production of the "Mountain District Football Record" which commenced this year. Ron Moffat in plaster and on crutches early in the season would hope to be available in time for the finals. The Association requested clubs to nominate a panel of seven Under 16 umpires and amongst these were Jack Harrison, Jim Varty, and Ken Whyte. It was expected that only three trophies would be awarded this year viz. B & F, Runner Up, and Best Clubman. For the second year in a row, a ladies football team was organized and since names were required for early August it would be assumed that games were held during the Association Finals. Socially dances during the year were held fortnightly, alternating between Narre Warren East and Narre Warren North with
Bobby Streetas compere. This was noted as a year of struggle with plenty of injuries. Special thanks to old Fred Fenton and Basher Clarke and the youngsters in Arthur Swinburne, Fred Cox and Bob Wildes. And the supporters - it's a wonderful feeling to be cheered off the ground despite a defeat. Ted Jarrett was the best of our goal sneaks with 45 for the season. (7th in League tallies)
3/5/1958 - Mountain District Football Record "Former player, Gavin Cook starred in the Dandenong third eighteen and looks like carrying on to eventually help Jerry (Gerald Pennefather) carry the South Belgrave name upward." The club Best and Fairest was won by coach, Billy Sands for the second successive year. Bill was also League equal runner up Best and Fairest, one vote behind B. Gillies on 11. Young Fred Cox again quite clearly won the League Under 16 Best and Fairest Award with 17 votes, while Alan Fenton narrowly missed the award for Best "A" Grade Boundary Umpire.
1959 Bruce Colby was re-elected as President, Vice Presidents, Cr David Pollock, Jack Rae, Bob Street,Ray Swinburne, Alec Loveridge, Secretary Andy Sharp, Treasurer Owen Williams and general committee of 6. Geoff Beasley having played with our club since 1949 was appointed senior coach and honoured with Life Membership at the end of the year. Jack Weir won the senior club's best and fairest award by just two votes (60 votes). The under 16's with captain Bob Wildes and coached by Fred Fenton were by far the best team in the competition but unfortunately lost the Grand Final against Upper Ferntree Gully. Barry Jacobs' mother had a holiday house in the Heights and several boys traveled up from the Richmond area at weekends to play with our Club. They included Barry, John Colomer and Jim Naismith. The Club's Presentation Ball was held very early this season, on Friday 4th September.
Award Winners 1959
"A" Grade Best and Fairest Jack Weir
Runner Up Geoff Beasley
3rd Best and Fairest Jimmy Knight
Best Clubman was awarded to Lloyd Thompson
Back from the brink. Season 1960 saw the team emerge once again as a force in the MDFA. At the association AGM discussion centred on three issues viz. substantial increase in fines for late starts, increasing the junior age limit to Under 17 and the introduction of a zoning system for players.
Our social committee again under the watchful eye of Ray Swinburne worked at a feverish pace to improve the finances and social aspect of the club. Even prior to the season commencing a Cabaret Ball was organized in conjunction with Kalora Kabaret Klub and £100 was the shared profit. Considerable effort was put into the Narre Nth Hall decoration.
Under Coach Jim Knight who commenced with Dandenong at an early age and progressed to South Melbourne in 1958 while still in his teens, we had lost the first four games but finished the season with 9 wins and 9 losses and sitting 5th behind Upwey (but 3 games out of the four). Pre-season included practice matches against Narre Hallam and Berwick. Gavan Cook returned from Dandenong and mid season the Kneebones arrived in town, having played with Sth Melbourne seconds and a welcome addition to our team. A report in “The Post” 21/6 is worth repeating – “When South Belgrave’s president and player, Jack Rae had six teeth knocked out on Saturday, a local dentist left his home to attend Jack who was able to take the field again after treatment”.(ed. much the same as after an errant kick from a heifer at home! Life goes on.) Two other games were played outside the MDFA fixture at South Belgrave, one a fundraiser for FTG Hospital, the other at the end of the season against Dandenong. It was gratifying to see Gerry Pennefather once again play on our ground having made quite a name for himself in senior football at the Redlegs. In this year (1960) Gerry was selected in the Victorian Football Association Interstate Team. Late in the season, in fact on 7th August Billy Slingo played his 200th game for the club
Jim Knight won the MDFA Best and Fairest Award while David Groves won the Junior Award (15 year old). Jim was also Best on Ground in the MDFA vs Association Seconds annual match on Queens Birthday weekend and kicked an amazing 8 goals 2 behinds. Geoff Beasley also represented the Club in this game. The MDFA had been playing the Association Seconds annually since 1953 and my records suggest, possibly prior to this. Representing South in the Under 16 curtainraiser were Barry Jacobs at Full Back, Tony Date Back Pocket, Bernie Steele on a wing and David Groves Full Forward.
Barry Jacobs captained the U 16’s and set an excellent example as he never turned in a bad game. Both David Groves and Tony Date played in the senior side for the first game of the season and acquitted themselves well. There were many other good players in this under 16 side which included Brian Sierakowski who later went on to play in St Kilda’s first premiership side as a back pocket/ruckman (1966) and Bernie Steele who was best on ground in the Grand Final versus Monbulk. The coaching was shared between Fred Fenton and son, Alan. George Christie was Team Manager. These lads finished a brilliant season in second spot however three games prior to end of season they lost to Monbulk (top) by 5 pts which sent them reeling to 4th and if things hadn’t gone their way may have missed finals action altogether. In total they lost 4 games during the home and home matches, all by 8pts or less. Highest score 95 pts, lowest score 12pts and highest margin 93 pts. Belgrave won the first semi and South easily accounted for Monbulk the following week in the second semi 10.9.69 to 3.6.24. In a low scoring affair in the final Monbulk beat Belgrave by 7 pts and despite not having the scores Monbulk over-ran our boys in the Grand Final, I think by a fair margin. Apparently Monnies 2nd quarter was just brilliant footy and they were not headed from there. Over confidence by our boys was suggested, having dealt Monbulk a crushing blow in the 2nd semi.
Mr Jack Rae, President, reported that throughout the year we had complete harmony in the club and Jimmy Knights was thanked for his efforts both on and off the field. Jack led a very strong Committee (5 Vice Presidents and 10 general committee personnel) which included Secretary, Geoff Beasley and Treasurer, Andy Sharp. Andy reported a surplus of ₤40/3/6 at the end of the year with outstanding debts of previous years relinquished. Much credit was given to the Social Club for their excellent fundraising – Ray Swinburne handing over ₤100 to the club while still retaining ₤45 in the bank. A special welcome back to committee for Jack Harrison and Les Backman. Victor Moore (or Morcom is sometimes used) was thanked for his newspaper articles penned “one eye”. After much discussion the Annual Meeting (50 present) requested delegates to move to abolish the second 18 competition and raise the age limit of Under 16’s. Failing this the club would endeavour to field a Reserves side but much help would be required.
Club Awards - Seniors :-
Best & Fairest - Jim Knight – touch of class, scrupulously fair
Runner Up -
Bob Street, possibly won on a record number of occasions, personality player.
Most Determined – Murray Sayers
Best First Year Player – Bob Wildes, up from the juniors.
Best Club man – Alan Fenton
Best and Fairest – David Groves
Best in Finals – Barry Jacobs
Most Determined in Finals – Bernie Steele
A presentation was made to Mr Alf Fox as MC for many of the club’s functions during the year. Belle of the Ball was won by Inge Franz, partnered by Ian Mitchell. Representing our club at the Association end of year Ball in November they again took out this award.
Claude Crook a tireless worker behind the scenes at League level, particularly since 1958 when he was elected honorary secretary was awarded Life Membership of the Association. One of his major contributions was the commencement of the MDFA Football Record in his inaugural year.
There was major controversy to take place during and following the finals series. Ferntree Gully would play off in the Grand Final but on the eve of the game the MDFA withdrew two player permits of FTG players “for playingin an unrecognised Sunday competition at Port Melbourne without authority of the Association”. Earlier warnings had been issued and executive members of the League visited Port Melbourne. Following their premiership victory FTG personnel and supporters were far from jovial as it was alleged that League officials were ordered out of their rooms. Following considerable discussion in early October club delegates voted 11 to 3 for an apology from FTG. It was slow coming! This matter was still not fully resolved as a perpetual trophy won by FTG this season had mysteriously disappeared when required at the end of 1961.
Fred Fenton was awarded Life Membership of the Club. (Life Member medallions were presented to Jack Lonie, Bob Street, Keith Clarke, Geoff Beasley, Brian Cordell, Jack Rae, Bill Slingo Jnr and Fred Fenton) from this one must assume that these astute persons were honoured during the late 50’s, possibly after 10 years service to the Club as was club policy at the time.
Bob Streetresponded saying that “the Club had been fortunate in retaining the interest of foundation President Mr Bill Lord”.
In 1961 George Christie was elected President and he too had an excellent committee of 5 Vice Presidents in Ray Swinburne, Jack Rae, Bob Street, Fred Fenton and Alec Loveridge, 12 general committee (until now not specifically mentioned in our History but occasionally worthy of note – D. Pollock, J. Mitchell, O. Carlton, V. Moore, C. Kneebone, J. Harrison, G. Beasley, C. Kirkland, A. Fenton, W. Loveridge, L. Thompson and G. Cook), Bill Walker as Secretary in his first year with the Club, Andrew Sharp Jnr, Asst Sec and Andy Sharp as treasurer. At the MDFA Annual Meeting in February League secretary Claude Crook advised that he was reluctant to continue in the role due to the increased workload. Shortly after, Andy Sharp agreed to act as his assistant. Due to some good press work by David Pollock Jnr any League information which is relevant to all clubs will be included in our history. Early in the season it was expected that more floodlights at our ground would be in operation, providing a larger area for night training however this project was delayed somewhat, requiring approval of the Grounds Committee. Socially, Ray Swinburne was re-elected President with Miss Lesley Quinn continuing as Sec/Treasurer. Several functions had already been organized prior to season commencing, including a pre-season ball on April 7th and a practice match against Berwick at South. Jim Knight was returned as Senior Coach and training was well under way on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm, but by late March Jim reluctantly resigned due to pressure of work and being unable to take training. He would however continue to play for the club. By mid April noted Belgrave identity, Stan Bancell was appointed to lead the team. Stan lived in Belgrave South and was a member of Belgrave’s 1959 Grand Final side. The committee instructed delegates to the League to request clubs to raise the age limit of Under 16’s to Under 17’s and abolish the B Grade side. If this was not achieved we would endeavour to field a B team. Subsequently the Club fielded teams in A Grade, B Grade and Under 16’s. The League requested all clubs to provide birth certificates for all their Under 16 boys as at 1/1/61. Admission charges to Home and away games rose from 2/- to 3/- which was considered cheap for four hours of football. Rising costs of putting on a match would need to be covered by clubs. The MDFA sought a clearance from the Victorian Football Union and expected to join the Victorian Country Football League. Further in mid May, with a delegation of Union people present, Bill Phillip told delegates “that the VFL was the biggest enemy of Australian Rules taking country players from small clubs and giving nothing in return”. The Union members responded with their own reasons why continued affiliation would be of benefit to all clubs. There was movement afoot to improve the duties of goal and boundary umpires, particularly in regard to signaling and the use of whistles on the boundary instead of the sheet tied to the wrist. The addition of the B Grade side was considered quite a burden at the beginning of the season particularly in regard to personnel and financially – jumpers and other outlays. We forfeited the first match against Upwey and played with 12 men in the second against Olinda. Jack Harrison duly filled the position of Coach. The fact that the “B” team was a contender for the four in their first season until towards the end speaks for itself. In the seniors we had probably the most skilled small and middle-sized players in the Association but lacked the “big manpower”. The end result was 7th position with five wins and thirteen losses. In ‘B’ Grade we finished 6th with 6 and 12 while the juniors finished with 4 and 14 in 7th position.
Following a bloody affair against Upper Gully in the first round, a barrage of heated debate took place between club reporters of both clubs in the local press. The incident occurred as South started to exert some ascendancy and resulted in many facial injuries to South players. Several players could not play in following weeks.
For the second year in a row Jim Knight was League Best and Fairest on 22 points – truly a brilliant footballer with 5 best on, 2 second best, and 3 third best. Gavin Cook was in second place with 14½ points. Freddie Cox came in 5th in the B Grade B & F. Jim (in a forward pocket), Gavin and Arthur Gill represented the Club in the MDFA team and once again Jim Knight was awarded best afield. Delegates, even at this time, were concerned about player absences at these inter-league matches and resolved that any player selected, who failed to notify of his unavailability would be suspended for two playing Saturdays.
In July Norm Moxham requested the League to consider the formation of a goal and boundary umpires panel. Several games in mid season were abandoned by clubs, usually due to too many injuries and the League gave notice that all games, once commenced must be completed. South was amongst this group at Olinda on 8/7! And from the Free Press on 20/7 “in the last three weeks South Belgrave have kicked 9.37, surely costing them any chance they had for the four”. And our woes continued since just 14 players turned up to play in our last game against Upwey. One would expect our year to be well over after the home and away games but no, our 2nds issued a challenge to play our Seniors on 3/9. There was a good crowd in attendance and an abundance of players with the firsts running out winners 11.10 to 7.5. And on the 24/9 a charity match in aid of William Angliss Hospital we played the Dandenong Firsts who were runners up in the Associations’ 2nd Division this year. Our team was bolstered somewhat by the inclusion of some high profile names from other clubs. In the curtainraiser our seconds would play Dandenong 3rd’s.
Jack Harrison was nominated for Life Membership and noted an outstanding contribution by him in the capacity of captain coach of the “B” team. He was also Best Clubman this year.
Club Awards for 1961:-
Best and Fairest “A” Grade …. Jim Knight
Runner Up …. Gavin Cook
3rd …. Peter Orpin
Most Determined …. Stan Bancell
Most Consistent at Training … Alan Fenton and Bob Wildes
Best and Fairest “B” Grade …. Fred Cox
Runner Up …. Harold Knee
3rd …. Ian Quinn
Most Consistent …. Lex Edward
In November of 1961 the Football Club was given permission to erect those lights on the ground to allow longer training during the darker winter nights.
1962 David Pollock Snr was elected to the position as President, Vice Presidents in Bob Duncan, Fred Fenton, George Christie, Jack Harrison, and Alec Loveridge, Bill Walker Secretary, Asst Secretary Leo Kneebone, Treasurer Andy Sharp Snr with a general committee of 13. Bill Phillip, former captain and coach of Upwey and Silvan is appointed non-playing coach of South. He coached both these clubs to premierships and was regarded as one of the best centremen to play in the association. Royce Beasley captained the A Grade side while John Packer was appointed to lead the Under 16’s with Jim Mackie their coach. Despite not having the final ladder and all results so far, up to Round 13 A grade had not scored a win, B Grade had 2 but still hugging the bottom while the juniors had won three and sat second bottom as at 12/7/62.
The League decided to allow clubs to stage two of their A Grade home games on a Sunday with two weeks notice prior to the scheduled match. The first Sunday game was a huge success with gate takings of £43, about four times more than a home and away match. Since Sth Wantirna and Olinda were unable to field a B Grade side the season for this Grade would commence two weeks later and finish two weeks earlier than the A Grade.
The fines for late starts were determined as 2/- per minute prior to the match getting under way, ¼ time 1/- per minute in excess of two minutes, ½ time 1/- per minute in excess of 15 minutes and ¾ time 1/- per minute in excess of 10 minutes. To 26/5 our A Grade side had amassed £2/14/0 which was by no means the worst club in the League. Jimmie Knight appears to have transferred to Emerald (ed. We would hope that a fair amount of money changed hands).
It was with sadness that the League advised towards the end of June of the passing of Andy Sharp, assistant secretary of the MDFA last year, a member of the executive, member of the permits and umpires committees. Andy was a South delegate to the association for many years. At the time of his death he was our Treasurer and subsequently honoured with Life Membership of our Club for “ardent support and a tireless worker over many year” at our next annual meeting.
David Pollock jnr reported that in an attempt to build up tradition at South, the committee have decided to have photos taken of past Presidents and outstanding players – first of the series will be Foundation President, Bill Lord and MDFA Best and Fairest winners Billy Sands and Jimmy Knight (Ed. Wonder what happened to the latter two and any others that were taken)
Comparitive gate receipts for final series in this period were provided by Dave Pollock jnr and are included for interest purposes :-
Ist Semi 2nd Semi Final Grand Final
A Grade 1960 £85 78 98 107
1961 81 110 90 166
1962 85 116 120 187
B Grade 1960 46 35 33 50
1961 41 46 49 74
1962 47 57 56 93
Gerald Pennefather who played with us in the mid 50’s as a brilliant centre half back was a member of the Dandenong Redlegs 1962 VFA Second Division premiership side.
At our end of season Presentation Ball early in October, President David Pollock snr welcomed a good crowd. He said that although the club did not have a large percentage of wins during the season, large regular attendances at training made the future more heartening. Presentation of awards commenced with Bill Lord handing the A Grade Best and fairest trophy to Arthur Gill and the other awards followed. Belle of the Ball was Miss Nola Asling and in fact at the MDFA end of season ball she was also successful partnered by Jim Mackie – she became the third South Belgrave belle to take this award.
Club Awards 1962
‘A’ Grade Best and Fairest Arthur Gill
Runner Up Paul Wildes
Most Determined Andy Sharp
Most Consistent Royce Beasley
Most Improved Arthur Swinburne
‘B’ Grade Best and Fairest Bernie Steele
Runner Up Raymond Olver
Best Clubman was awarded to Harry Watson.
Many good players have appeared with the club during our early years. Claude Adams, brilliant at centre half back, Gerry Pennefather, transferred to Dandenong, The Rae boys (2), Beasleys (3), Halleurs (3), Duncans (2) Andersons (2) the Murdoch boys, Bill Slingo who gave 13 years service, one year as coach and from the forward pocket and roving kicked 110 goals in one season, the very popular Bob Street who noted that of Bill’s 110 he was responsible for handing him 109 of them! Bill Sands, 2 years a coach also winning the MDFA best and fairest, Jim Knight, coach in 1960 and also MDFA best and fairest two years in succession. Claude Crook who gave many years of service as secretary and president and always ready to strip and play if needed. Claude has also been secretary of the MDFA from 1958 and consequently awarded Life Membership of the League in 1960. Brian Hall was also another serviceable player while Ken Whyte was coach for two years, reaching the finals in one of them. Keith Colby, Shire President in 1962, was a member in the 1949 Grand Final side. Dave Pollock our president for 1962 was also Shire President; Fred Hill (well respected North Melbourne player) gave one good year (1956) as coach. It is only natural that some names have been missed but it would be impossible to mention everyone who gave service to the Club.
In 1962 the SBFC scribe in the MDFA Year Book, who was responsible for a good deal of the above information, notes “it does not seem far to look back to our first year and although never winning a game and perhaps down at ¾ time by 20 goals, every player still striving like they had a chance to win.”
1963 David Pollock Snr was again elected President with Vice Presidents, Fred Gill, Jack Harrison, Jack Rae, Fred Fenton, Bill Lord, Secretary Bill Walker, Assistant Secretary Harry Watson, Treasurer Ian Quinn and a general committee of 11 including last years coach, Bill Phillip.
The present pavilion had been described by some government departments as unsatisfactory and criticism of the Shire Council was expressed that steps had not been taken to replace the building. It had been reported that a £6,000 pavilion was to be built but grounds committee personnel indicated it was as far from reality as ever. However behind closed doors at the Shire something must have been brewing because in March 1963 discussions took place for the erection of a new pavilion at a cost of ₤4,200. Although slow to commence, this building work did take place and was subsequently opened by Ferntree Gully Shire President, Councillor B.W.H. Bottomley on 21st December 1963. The end cost was reported as being £3,600 – almost half the original rumour, of which the Football Club had donated £800. A good crowd attended the official opening which was chaired by Bruce Colby who then introduced various speakers.
The club constitution was amended so that a player must play 150 games before becoming eligible for Life Membership.
In the off-season players, committee and supporters have many and varied activities to keep them off the streets. In January the “Free Press” reported that John Oram and Ian Stocks collected 10 fish from Eucumbene – the largest being 6lb.
At their annual meeting a new constitution was presented to the MDFA. Secretary Claude Crook advised that two things contributed to the success of 1962 – these being a satisfactory draw in “B” Grade for 9 clubs and the playing of Sunday matches. There was yet another move by Upper Ferntree Gully to raise the under 16 age to under 17 but only four clubs were in support including South. Each club would be allowed to continue the playing of Sunday games. A move by the MDFA to form a panel of goal umpires for A grade matches was hailed by many as “the best proposal for years and can do nothing but raise the standard of our football”. These Umpires would be given the power to make reports and Claude Crook advised having received considerable interest in both the goal umpiring and under 16 field umpiring positions. Shortly after 14 applicants were appointed and invited to form the MDFA Umpires Association with Norm Moxham as president and Mr W. Goodwin secretary, elected. The fee for goal umpires would be 30/- per match. Late in the season it was decided that in MDFA finals this year only the A and B Grade central umpires will come from the VFL. Other umpires will be selected from the new MDFA Umpires Association. An alteration to the MDFA rules required players returning to the MDFA within 3 years of leaving must return to their original club. Now that fences are in vogue to keep spectators from the field, Clubs would now be fined if the boundary line was too close to the fence. (Ed. 45 years later this is still a contentious issue). With the growing number of younger children in the hills area discussions between several clubs were under way to look into providing a few matches for Under 12’s and Under 14’s with Jim Mackie co-ordinating
Neville Campbell was appointed playing coach – a 6’3” ruckman with 5 years playing experience at South Melbourne between 1953 and 1958. Neville had played several games with us last season some optimism was expressed. This however was not our year as we struggled for numbers and in fact notched just one win in our second game against South Wantirna losing the return match by 5 points. In our opener against Ferntree Gully, Ken Handley kicked 1 goal 7 out of a disappointing 4.15 but redemption for the club the following week kicking the sweep of 16.26. The B Grade side also finished in a very lowly position with two wins. The juniors provided some joy sitting just out of the four on 9 and 9.
A Grade Best and Fairest Arthur Gill
Runner Up David Metcher
B Grade Best and Fairest Jim Carter
1964 David Pollock JP continued as President, Vice Presidents, Bill Lord, George Christie, Fred Fenton, Secretary Bill Walker, Assistant David Metcher, Treasurer Harry Watson and general committee of 11. Both the ‘B’ Grade and under 16’s played off in the first semi final – their first for some years.
Early this season the MDFA noted the encroachment of soccer on Aussie Rules and suggested that it would be up to clubs to foster football in schools to the fullest extent. Amongst the office bearers at the League AGM, Mr D.L. Pollock (Jnr) was elected unopposed to the position of treasurer/Assist Secretary. Early in the season Jim Mackie was before the tribunal on the receiving end on this occasion (or as a witness) The League noted a gradual improvement in the club trainers’ apparel to white. Facilities at some grounds came under notice and amongst them South were asked to paint their goal posts and make them the same height! No club complained two or three years ago when they were kicking massive scores against us but now the playing field is a little more level. Some grounds were without scoreboards. This year the Inter Association match versus VFA second 16 would be a curtain raiser to the Waverley/Coburg game at Waverley on Queens Birthday weekend and consequently the League would be unable to collect gate takings as has been the case in the past. Our players to represent the League were Arthur Gill at full back, Bob Wildes on a back flank and Tom Walsh in the emergencies. The MDFA won on this occasion 16.12 to 8.9
Under Captain/Coach Kevin Sonogan, the ‘A’ Grade side finished 8th with five wins and 13 losses but the news items we have, describe some great wins against Olinda, Emerald and Belgrave with a loss of three goals,twice to South Wantirna.
The final home and away game of the season for B Grade was a most important one as we sat in 4th spot. Considering other results over the weekend we were indeed fortunate to hold onto that position and our good win against South Wantirna didn’t do any harm. Although defeated by just two goals against Upper Gully in the first semi, the boys played ‘mudnificantly’ and with more accurate kicking could have been victors. Injuries to some of the key players in the last half were costly to us but the rest of the team tried even harder. Norris Burch in the centre, kicking our first three goals, and Bobby Miles on a wing were real mudlarks and inspired the team with their wonderful play. Captain John Maiden, Ian Quinn and Jim Carter dominated in the ruck, while Bob Barnett, Jeff Bentley, Ern Nelson, and Kerry O’Brien completed a sound defence.
Up FTG 1.6 5.9 6.13 7.14.56
South 2.4 4.5 5.8 6.8. 44
Similarly the final home and away game for the Unders was even more critical. They were in 5th spot and playing 4th placed Upper Gully with 34% more. In a do or die effort our lads won this match 4.5.29 to 2.3.15 and slipped into the four. Come the 1st Semi Final the juniors played four quarters of consistent football to defeat Ferntree Gully with Peter Colby, Bluey Palmer, Rob Kelly and John Pollock starring. The boys forged ahead in the last half with more purposeful football around the packs. Trevor Piggott gave plenty of drive on the forward line and Captain Keith Thompson (Leigh Christie was vice captain) set an example to the team with a consistent effort, while the rest of the lads gave of their utmost to win the game by 11 points.
South 1.2 3.2 3.5 4.7.31
FTG 1.2 1.4 2.6 2.8.20
In the second semi Monbulk, without a loss for the season, easily accounted for Emerald and in the Preliminary Final we went down to Emerald in a very low scoring affair by two goals.
Emerald 1.1 1.1 3.2 4.5.29
South 0.1 2.2 2.3 2.5.17
The Tribunal handed out a few stiffer penalities this season, “perhaps not unjustified” and reported not being satisfied by non attendance of witnesses. Player Ted Hannan advised the tribunal in a letter that he was unable to attend due to accountancy classes (Ed – you would of course assume that our Ted was to be a witness!) The local umpires have come along in leaps and bounds as this season all 13 finals positions have been filled by locals – only A and B Grade field umpires will be appointed from the ranks of the VFA. The finals Football Records for this year would be sold. They will be individually numbered to allow for a lucky cash draw. Time on will be introduced for this years Under 16 finals series to prevent “time wasting antics”. Following a confrontation by supporters after the Upper Gully/Gembrook grand final in which the field umpire was attacked the MDFA would propose a new rule to appoint two officials whose duty would be “the welfare of the umpire and his property” and the Umpire escorts have remained in place for more than 40 years so far. At the end of the season the League advised a dividend of £10 to clubs compared to £30 last season. This was due largely to increased costs and a lack of income from the Inter League match and smaller takings through the final series. It was reported that Ferntree Gully would leave the MDFA after this season and a strong rumour that Olinda may also be leaving.
The Belle to represent South Belgrave at the MDFA end of season Ball was Carol Reher partnered by Andrew Sharp.
Although Bob Carmichael played footy with our juniors in the 50’s it is interesting to follow the career of someone who makes the elite grade in any sport or academic pursuit. The heading in “The Free Press” of 1/7/64 reads – “ Bob Carmichael, FTG Tennis Star and former Methven sportsman of the year, is again playing at Wimbledon, one of 13 Australians amongst the 138 entrants in the singles”. (Ed. Decades later many members still ask after Bob who went on to coach tennis through the AIS professionally for many years but has sadly passed on)
Arthur Gill finished equal 4th in the League vote count on 14 votes (winner 23). David Christie also got a mention but well down the list. In B Grade plenty of our boys were mentioned but again well down the list viz. Jim Mackie, Jim Carter, Bernie Steele, Norris Burch, Clarrie Kneebone, Bob Miles, Leo Kneebone and Ian Quinn. In the Unders N. Hofsteede was best placed followed by Keith Thompson, D. Aubrey and John Pollock.
Award Winners 1964
‘A’ Grade Best and Fairest Paul Wildes
Runner Up Arthur Gill
Most Determined David Christie
Most Improved David Metcher
Best Junior Norris Burch
‘B’ Grade Best and Fairest Jim Carter
Runner Up Bernie Steele
Most Improved Bob Miles
Best Clubman was awarded to Jim Mackie
Headlines in the 21st Annual Report “The 1965 Season was an excellent one for the Club as the “A” Grade team made the four for the first time in 10 years, while the Junior team were also in the final four! Secretary Bill Walker was excited and President David M Pollock Snr. similarly pleased with proceedings.
The MDFA competition was badly weakened this year dropping from ten teams to seven. Our “A” Grade side commenced the season with a wonderful win against Upper Gully by four points in the last 93 seconds of play. Andy Sharp, half forward flanker, was the hero on this occasion with an accurate kick from 35 yards out. This was our first ever win against Upper Gully. We were top of the table on many occasions during the season. Under Captain Coach Max Jordan (ex Ormond Amateurs and Oakleigh VFA player) who gave his all, with his play and leadership, South finished 4th, just 7% behind Monbulk and beat them in the 1st Semi by 2pts. Interestingly Max’s brother Fred also played very good footy despite being deaf and unable to speak. He could not be accused of “hearing footsteps”! Amongst our Team photos, two in 1949 include mascots – the first with “Master W. Jordan” who was the second of three brothers. Billy Jordan was actually Eric but had the same name as his father and therefore was known as “Billy”. In the second ‘49 photo the two boys are Max on the left with ball and Billy on the right. In 64/65 Billy was playing at Oakleigh with Max but was unable to get a clearance to come to South. Prior to 1965, Fred played at Carnegie and continued his football at Mooroolbark where he has assisted in many ways for 40 years and has been honoured with Life Membership of their club. (Ed. In 2008 he was seen goal umpiring the Under 18’s for Mooroolbark). Following his stint at South, Max went on to play at Ferntree Gully and Springvale.
South 1.1 7.2 9.6 10.8.68
Monbulk 4.4 6.11 8.13 8.18.66
Early in the 2nd quarter of the Preliminary Final we were up by 34 points however we were then easily wrapped up by Upper Gully to the tune of more than four goals.
South 7.5 9.8 11.11 13.14. 92
Up FTG 4.1 8.10 13.17 17.19.121
The lack of big men and “unsteadiness” was suggested as a reason. Subsequently Upper Gully would go down to Gembrook in the grand final at Monbulk. Optimism was expressed for the 1966 season. The Senior side was particularly stable in that there were only 26 players used throughout the season.
“B” Grade under Ossie Miles struggled due to shortage of players – we had lost 32 players from the ‘64 list and did not recruit strongly enough.(Ed I thought “struggled” was a bit harsh since they finished 5th with 7 wins 10 losses. Ossie, an excellent worker for the club, was given considerable credit for his time and effort.
We had 5 MDFA Rep selections – Bob Wildes, David Christie, with Trevor Davey & Arthur Gill amongst the best players.
Arthur Gill did a wonderful job with the juniors (U16’s) who also finished 4th with 11wins/6 losses but lost the 1st Semi to Upper Gully by a mere 2 points. Five behinds in the third quarter were to prove very costly in hindsight.
South 0.2 3.4 3.9 6.10.46
Up FTG 1.2 4.2 6.4 7.6 48
In Interleague best players included Les Palmer and Stewart Laird.
League U16 Runner Up Best and Fairest was Les (Bluey) Palmer on 19 votes League A-Grade Runner Up B & F was Trevor Davey on 22 Votes.
MDFA Secretary was Claude Crook and Treasurer was Dave Pollock (Jnr)
Award Winners 1965
“A” Grade Best and Fairest Trevor Davey
Runner Up B & F David Christie
3rd B & F Bernie Silvey
Most Consistent Bob Wildes
Most Determined John Maiden
Most Improved Leigh Christie
Best Junior Leigh Christie
“B” Grade Best and Fairest Bob Miles
Runner Up B & F Len Hutton
Most Improved Peter Knee
Under 16’s Best and Fairest Les Palmer
Best Clubman was awarded to George Christie
The Social Committee under the leadership of Mrs Aline Wildes reported a very successful year and handed over a cheque for ₤120. Bob Barnett organized many of the successful functions.
It was around 1965 that the Club became known as “South Belgrave Football Club,” dropping the reference to “Kalora Park.”
Ed Note : At time of writing (2006) I do not have information on how our teams played from 1967 until 1974 and must rely on News items etc. However I do have the minutes from 1969 and some of the information could be interesting to many readers and I therefore have recorded some of what happened.