1966 and all that: Round 12 – St. Kilda v Melbourne



Saints masters in the wet


Saturday 16 July



Widespread snowfalls, reported as far north as Albury, dusted Victoria late that week as winter bit hard. It was therefore not a surprise that round 12 recorded the lowest total attendance of the 1966 season.


A second home game in succession was welcomed by St. Kilda fans on July 16. Pelting rain greeted spectators at Moorabbin but they were treated to a wet weather football master class as ‘The Doc’ showed all his Tasmanian-learned skills in the difficult conditions. Baldock’s balance on the sodden ground, together with his handling of the wet ball and his disposal, stood him a class above all other players.


With Saints ruckmen and centre line players repelling Melbourne’s advances from defence, the ball was returned to St. Kilda’s forwards consistently throughout the afternoon. Baldock was best on ground, ably supported by Stewart, Oakley, Smith, Morrow, Ditterich and Mynott.


The downside for the Saints was the loss of half forward flanker Kevin Roberts who broke his collarbone early in the game. His chances of returning to the team in time for the finals looked grim.


Across town, other teams to prevail in the wet were Collingwood and Richmond, while down at Kardinia Park, the Cats were irrepressible against the Dons.




St. Kilda          1.2 (8)            7.7 (49)          8.7 (55)          12.13 (85)

Melbourne     2.3 (15)          4.5 (29)          6.6 (42)          6.6 (42)


Goals – St. Kilda: Griffiths 3, Morrow 3, Neale 2, Baldock, Kennedy, Moran, Smith

Melbourne: Emselle 3, Bourke, Mann, Stone


Best – St. Kilda: Baldock (best on ground), Stewart, Morrow, Ditterich, Smith, Oakley, Mynott

Melbourne: Johnson, Leahy, Emselle, Alves, Davis, Stewart


For the winners, Ian Stewart had 26 disposals while Ross Smith and Darrel Baldock both had 24. The Demons were led in the disposals count by Terry Leahy with 25 and Barry Bourke with 24.


Umpire: Perkins                                Crowd: 15 003


Reserves: St. Kilda 5.10 (40) d. Melbourne 3.6 (24)

Under 19s: St. Kilda 10.11 (71) d. Melbourne 6.7 (43)





Footscray’s Ian Bryant played his 100th game in Round 12.


Around the grounds


At the MCG – Richmond 8.13 (61) defeated Carlton 4.6 (30)

At Glenferrie Oval – Collingwood 16.14 (110) defeated Hawthorn 5.7 (37)

At Kardinia Park – Geelong 15.7 (97) defeated Essendon 5.7 (37)

At Brunswick Street – South Melbourne 10.15 (75) defeated Fitzroy 8.5 (53)

At Arden Street – North Melbourne 10.15 (75) defeated Footscray 6.6 (42)


Highlights of the round


St. Kilda were not the only masters in the wet in Round 12. Geelong gave Essendon a lesson in the wet at Kardinia Park, handing out a ten goal thrashing to the reigning premiers. Collingwood also revelled in the wet at a very muddy Glenferrie Oval, scoring 16.14 in the quagmire. On an individual level, Doug Wade booted eight goals for Geelong but he benefited from the silver service provided by the dominant combination of ‘Polly’ Farmer and Alistair Lord.


Read The Age, Monday 18th July 1966, for coverage of all matches HERE.


Country Footy


In the Mid Murray League, reigning 1965 premiers Tooleybuc 9.15 (69) defeated rival NSW club Balranald 2.7 (19). John Sharrock was recruited by Geelong from Tooleybuc in 1963.


And what song did the ‘Bucs sing in the sheds after the game? One of country footy’s gems:


We’ll show them the way to go home, It’s the good ol Tooleybuc cry

We’ll pluck a feather from the Magpies tail, give Nyah a big black eye

Make Woorinen howl, Lalbert throw in the towel, Swan Hill, Tyntynder or anyone else,

We’ll show them the way to go home



We’ll show them the way to go home, Its sung by everyone,

From the butcher and the baker to the candlestick maker, To every mother’s son

It’s sung by Stiffy and Mo, Broadcast over 3LO,

And if anyone here, Doesn’t drink beer, We’ll show them the way to go home!



In other Mid-Murray games Swan Hill defeated Lalbert, Quambatook had a narrow win over Tyntynder, Lake Boga were too good for Nyah West and the outcome of the Woorinen v Nyah game remained in dispute.


Other VFL players in the 1960’s who were recruited from the Mid-Murray League included: Geelong’s Bill Ryan, Ken Goodland, Colin Rice, John Thomas and Tony Gilmore, all from Swan Hill; St. Kilda’s Jim Wallis from Quambatook; North Melbourne’s Dave Meehan and Barry Kelly from Lalbert and Peter Dow from Tyntynder; Collingwood’s Rose brothers – Kevin and Ralph – from Nyah West; Fitzroy’s Les Russell, Barrie Pigot and Bill Storer also from Swan Hill.



Meanwhile …


On July 16th, Formula One racing car driver Jack Brabham won the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. It was Brabham’s second win in two weeks, after his victory in the French Grand Prix at Rheims on July 3rd.


The following week saw the launch of a much-loved ABC television children’s program, Play School. Like St. Kilda’s premiership, we celebrated Play School’s fifty year anniversary in 2016. Thankfully, both the footy club and the award-winning TV program have endured and remain with us today.


Read more of Peter Clark’s weekly reviews of  St Kilda’s triumphant 1966 footy season HERE


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About Peter Clark

is a lifetime Geelong supporter. Hailing from the Riverina, he is now entrenched on the NSW South Coast. His passion for footy was ignited by attending Ovens and Murray League matches in the 1960's with his father. After years of watching, playing and coaching, now it is time for some serious writing about his favourite subjects… footy, especially country footy, and cricket.


  1. Dr Rocket says

    Mr Magic!

    The Doc was so good, particularly in the wet.

    Good to see your old mob Tooleybuc have a win Peter!
    Great club song!

    Lalbert do a great job to keep going in that league.
    Quamby now in the Golden Rivers league but still going.
    Jim Wallis was a gun! Sadly struck down by a knee injury…
    he used to fly down to games at Moorabbin

  2. Not a bad effort by Doug Wade, outscoring Essendon on his own.

    In the pantheon of full forwards he seems almost forgotten, certainly surpassed by contemporaries Peter’s Hudson & McKenna. I’d be surprised how many people aged under 50 are aware of his great record of 267 games,with 1057 goals.

    Two centuries, one apiece for Geelong, then North Melbourne, as well thrice in the 90’s for Geelong.

    I recall him being held goalless for North Melbourne V Essendon in R 9 1975, the spiel being it was only the third time in his career this had taken place. I could recall it @ Arden St in R 22 1970. However looking at the AFL tables , it seems like the eighth time.

    There’s a numeracy problem somewhere in this equation.


  3. Doug Wade was a favourite of mine Glen. Such a great torpedo kick for goal.

  4. Yep that is a great song alright.

  5. Wally from Williamstown says

    The game at Brunswick Street was the first ever VFL game I excitedly attended as an 8yo, South won so that was my team for life ……. or until they moved to Sydney 26 years later. My only recollection is of Austin Robertson kicking a goal at the Brunswick Street end of the ground.

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