1966 and all that: Round 3 – North Melbourne v St Kilda



Saints still smiling


Saturday, May 7

Arden Street Oval



The game against North Melbourne in Round 3 started as a torrid affair with the Saints facing their former coach Alan Killigrew who was motivated to gain an upset win against his former club. North Melbourne were back at their long-term base, Arden Street Oval, after a brief flirtation with playing homes games at Coburg Oval in 1965.


St. Kilda were without follower Des Kennedy who suffered an injury in the game against Carlton. His unavailability opened the door for Kevin Billing to play his first full game for the Saints. Billing, recruited from Oakleigh, was to be a key piece in the Saints selection jigsaw puzzle in September.


In the first half, North Melbourne applied sustained pressure to their opponents, forcing errors and stopping the trademark flow-on St. Kilda game. Allan Jeans’ match-winning move in the third quarter of half-back flanker Daryl Griffiths on to the ball as a free-ranging ruck rover resulted in four quick goals and helped the Saints gain the ascendancy in a see-sawing struggle.


Baldock was best on ground, kicking five goals, with forwards ‘Cowboy’ Neale and Ian Rowland contributing on the scoreboard along with the versatile Griffiths. The Saints walked off Arden Street Oval with more than a few bruises and injury concerns. North had made them earn their victory the hard way.


There were three undefeated teams after Round 3. St Kilda remained on top of the ladder on percentage from Richmond and Essendon. At the other end of the ladder, Footscray, Fitzroy and Melbourne were yet to record a win.




St. Kilda                     3.6 (24)          5.6 (36)          11.13 (79)     15.13 (103)

North Melbourne    1.3 (9)             6.5 (41)          9.7 (61)          9.14 (67)


Goals – St.Kilda: Baldock 5, Griffiths 4, K. Roberts 2, Rowland, Neale, Ditterich, Smith

North Melbourne: F. Goode 5, Teasdale 2, Allsion, Pascoe


Best – St. Kilda: Baldock (best on ground), Griffiths, Stewart, Rowland, Head, Cooper

North Melbourne: Teasdale, F. Goode, Dugdale, Ibrahim, Dowdle, Gaudion, Dean


Ian Stewart, Darrel Baldock and Daryl Griffiths led the disposals count for St Kilda while Noel Teasdale was clearly North’s leading player with 24 kicks, 9 marks, 4 handballs, 5 hit outs and a personal tally of 2 goals.


Injuries: St. Kilda: Murray (concussion), Cooper (ankle), Billing (broken nose)


Umpire: Sheales        Crowd: 17 261


Reserves:        St. Kilda 11.4 (70) def. North Melbourne 8.16 (64)


Under 19’s:    St. Kilda 10.13 (73) def. North Melbourne 6.10 (46)


Around the grounds

At Brunswick St – Carlton 10.16 (76) d. Fitzroy 6.8 (44)

At The Lake Oval – South Melbourne 14.22 (106) d. Hawthorn 7.15 (57)

At Kardinia Park – Geelong 12.14 (86) d. Footscray 7.4 (46)

At the M.C.G. – Richmond 18.15 (123) d. Melbourne 11.14 (80)

At Windy Hill – Essendon 8.18 (66) d. Collingwood 8.6 (54)


Highlights of the round:


A best on ground performance by Carlton’s captain-coach Ron Barassi was one of the highlights of the round. Down at Kardinia Park, ‘Polly’ Farmer was back to his best with great ruck play and trademark long handballs to rovers Billy Goggin and Gordon Hynes that opened up the play. Hawthorn coach Peter O’Donoghue did not mince words when addressing his team after the disappointing 49 point loss to South Melbourne. “You simply lack guts,” he told his players (The Age, 9 May 1966). Perhaps his words were directed at the older brigade of Hawks considering O’Donoghue was in command of a team with many first-year players in 1966.


Read The Age, Monday 9 May 1966, for coverage of all matches HERE.


Next round:


Match of the day – St Kilda v Geelong at Morrabbin



Country Footy


In the Ovens and Murray League round 3 saw the unofficial ‘City of Wangaratta Premiership’ played between Wangaratta Rovers and Wangaratta. The Rovers came out on top winning by 41 points, continuing their hold over the Magpies. Wangaratta Rovers, led by former South Melbourne firebrand Ken Boyd, defeated Wangaratta in both the 1964 and 1965 O&M grand finals. No doubt two former Wangaratta players who went to St. Kilda, Ian Rowland and Lance Oswald, would have displeased.


One of the biggest wins in country footy that weekend occurred in the Tallangatta League where Lavington (known as the Saints) enjoyed a season-igniting 197 point win over Yackandandah. Final scores: Lavington 34.37 (241) defeated Yackandandah 3.6 (24). Only two seasons earlier Yackandandah had defeated Lavington in the TFL grand final.



Meanwhile …


Following his trip to South East Asia, Prime Minister Harold Holt reported to the House of Representatives in Canberra that he was confident “the Viet Cong cannot win in South Vietnam.”


During the week China conducted its third nuclear bomb test while the French government revealed planning for their atomic bomb testing in the Pacific.


In cricket news, Doug Walters announced his withdrawal from the Australian team to tour South Africa later in the year due to National Service commitments. His replacement, Victorian all-rounder Graeme Watson played 18 VFL games for Melbourne in 1964 and 1965.


St Kilda fans had a weekly TV show they could relate to in 1966. At 8pm on Monday nights Melbourne television viewers watched the popular British detective series, The Saint starring Roger Moore.


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. G’day Peter

    Loving these. Really taking us back. Some wonderful names there.

    Nice to read The Age’s sports pages (all pages actually) – thanks to Swish and Col for organising the links in both your column and Sam’s 1981 column.

    Sounds like there was a major square up on Tuddy at Windy Hill.

    Looking forward to the Cats game next week.


  2. Roseville Rocket says

    Keep ém coming Peter!

    I remember going to this game. Couldn’t believe that the Saints could bedown at half-time
    As usual, it was The Doc that led the charge to a win.

    Good to catch up on the O & M too.
    Who was coaching Wang Magpies at the time?

  3. Peter Clark says

    Ron Critchley coached Wangaratta at the time Rocket.

    KB Hill, ‘On Reflection’, has a great piece on him, May 17 2018.

  4. Roseville Rocket says

    Thanks Peter.

    Remember seeing Ron Critchley play when he coached Mt Pleasant to a premiership in the Heathcote league in the early 70s. Playing at CHB, he completely controlled the game. May have been his last game. He’d come out to coach Mounts from Bendigo after coaching Eaglehawk in the late 60s, after Wang, I guess.

    Must read KB’s piece on him. Love his work. Good piece on Rutherglen recently.

    Go Sainters!

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