1966 and all that: Round 6 – St Kilda v Fitzroy





Saints sinners but get the points

St Kilda v Fitzroy

Saturday  May 28 1966




In the week leading up to round six, Fitzroy’s captain Ralph Rogerson announced his retirement. His inability to find form following a cartilage operation in the off-season forced his decision to give league football away. The Saints selected an unchanged team for the clash with the Lions at Moorabbin.


St. Kilda were guilty of clumsy, mistake-ridden football in the first three quarters under strong pressure from Fitzroy. The Saints lacked system in their play for most of the afternoon but suddenly found top gear, launching an eight-goal burst in the last quarter.


Fitzroy’s new captain, John Hayes playing alongside Colin Bond, led an effective back line that restricted opportunities for the St. Kilda forwards. Although the ‘Doc’ was kept largely in check for the second week in a row, he still managed to kick three goals. Half forward flanker Kevin Roberts chipped in with five goals to compensate for the quiet performance of key forward ‘Cowboy’ Neale. Individual efforts rather than team cohesion and consistency provided St. Kilda with the 64 point win.


Allan Morrow celebrated his 150th game in fine style, kicking five goals while resting for long periods in the forward line. The big man was full of dash and his marking was a highlight of the match. Brian Mynott handled most of the ruck duties and was shaping as the Saints best option in the first ruck. Best on ground was centreman Ian Stewart who led the engine room for the Saints.


Wingman Ross Oakley’s bad luck with injuries continued. He suffered a hamstring injury that would put him out of action for a month.


Umpire Don Jolley made his senior debut in the match. He received generally positive reviews in the press for his first outing.


Undefeated St. Kilda banked another percentage sustaining win, which was a healthy trend if positions in the top four became tight later in the season.






St. Kilda         3.4 (22)          5.9 (39)          9.11 (65)       17.16 (118)

Fitzroy           0.3 (3)             2.4 (16)          4.5 (29)          8.6 (54)



St. Kilda: Morrow 5, Roberts 5, Baldock 3, Smith, Neale, Read, Griffiths

Fitzroy: Cromarty 3, Lazarus 3, Newnham 2




St. Kilda: Stewart (best on ground), Morrow, Sierakowski, Roberts, Murray, Baldock, Read

Fitzroy: Hayes, Bond, Newnham, Eastman, Andrews, Lazarus, Wood



Ross Smith led the Saint’s disposals while Brian Mynott had 27 hit outs.


Rover John Newnham starred with 26 disposals for the ‘Roys.



Injuries – St. Kilda: Oakley (hamstring) Fitzroy: Lynch (groin), Cole (shin)


Umpire: Jolley           


Crowd: 19 737


Reserves: St. Kilda 15.27 (117) d. Fitzroy 4.9 (33)

Under 19s: Fitzroy 13.10 (88) d. St. Kilda 11.15 (81)





Lion-hearted follower Allan Morrow played his 150th game for St. Kilda in round six. Before the match, ‘Mocca’ announced his unaccomplished ambition… “to play in a premiership side” (The Football Record, 28 May 1966). Hawthorn vice-captain John Peck played his 200th in the game against Essendon.


Around the grounds:


At Princes Park – Carlton 11.13 (79) d. Footscray 6.10 (46)

At Victoria Park – Collingwood 12.18 (90) d. Melbourne 8.9 (57)

At Windy Hill – Essendon 15.15 (105) d. Hawthorn 12.9 (81)

At Arden St – Geelong 12.20 (92) d. North Melbourne 8.7 (55)

At the M.C.G. – Richmond 12.16 (88) d. South Melbourne 9.9 (63)



Highlights of the round:


Carlton ruckman John Nicholls had a massive tally of 34 hit outs, which was many more than most team’s total hit outs in round six. Essendon full forward Ted Fordham booted seven goals taking his season tally to 22 and to top position on the league goal kicking ladder.


It was to be Collingwood number 6 Peter McKenna’s sixth and final senior game for 1966. A combination of poor form and disciplinary action caused him to be dropped to the Reserves for the remainder of the season. Would he be missed in September was a question Magpie fans may have pondered.



Next round:


Match of the day – Geelong v Carlton at Kardinia Park

St. Kilda visited Glenferrie Oval to play Hawthorn



Read The Age, Monday 30 May 1966, for coverage of all Round 6 matches HERE.



Country Footy


In the Upper Murray League, Cudgewa drew with Corryong, after both teams scored 6.6 (42). In the other game that round, Federals had a big win over Walwa.


Corryong was the birthplace of Peter Chitty who played several games for St. Kilda in 1936. His early football was with Cudgewa before joining the Border United club in the Ovens and Murray League. While a prisoner of war in Changi during World War II, Peter won the only ‘Changi Brownlow’ awarded in the Prisoner of War Changi Football League.


Peter Chitty’s brother Bob, born at Cudgewa, was a better known VFL player, making 147 appearances for Carlton between 1937 and 1946.



Meanwhile …


Sadly, during the previous week, the first death of an Australian National Serviceman in Vietnam was reported. Private Errol Noack of the 5th Battalion RAR was critically wounded during ‘Operation Hardihood’ and died in an evacuation hospital on 24th May 1966. The soldier’s death was to become a powerful symbol for the infant anti-Vietnam War movement in Australia.


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. Colin Ritchie says

    A couple of names I’d forgotten about you have mentioned in your Round 6 report both Lions, John Hayes and Colin Bond. I vaguely remember Colin Bond but can’t remember John Hayes. How long did he captain Fitzroy? Alan Morrow kicked 5 goals, first & only time?

  2. Peter Clark says

    Col, John Hayes captained Fitzroy for the remainder of 1966 before moving to Yarrawonga.
    Round 6 1966 was Alan Morrow’s best effort in front of the big sticks. He booted four goals a couple of times.

  3. Ross Oakley getting injured against Fitzroy.
    30 years later …

  4. Roseville Rocket says

    Another st Kilda win!

    Kevin Roberts was a very good half-forward flanker for the Saints, beautiful left foot drop kick.
    Very unlucky to break a collarbone late in the season thus missing the premiership win.
    Reckon he also missed the 65 GF through injury.

    Mocca was very popular with Saints fans.
    Yard manager for Linfox.
    Knew how to handle himself.

    How many clubs in the Upper Murray league in 1966?

    I see where Rannock only won two games in the Central Riverina League 1962-64….

  5. Ta Peter.

    I didn’t realise Don Jolley started as late as 1966. Those early memories of watching footy on the b’&’W TV from 1969, include names such as Jolley, Sleeth, Artso as as the primary umpires of that time.

    How did John Hayes go with the ‘Pigeons’?

    Bob Chitty born in Cudgewa. Did he star as Ned Kelly in a fillum? The late Brian Cox from Wodonga trained a horse called Cudgewa. Poor old Brian was a damn good horse trainer, but his ending is sad.


  6. Peter Clark says

    Five clubs played in the Upper Murray League in ‘66. Khancoban-Tintaldra United had the bye that day. A unique club, with origins both sides of the Murray. They were known as the Saints!

  7. Shane Reid says

    Thanks for your piece Peter Clark. Up until the end of 2019, I had the great pleasure of meeting Colin Bond last year, lovely bloke who still loves the Lions.

  8. Roseville Rocket says

    Thanks Peter,

    Khancoban-Tinaldra were ahead of the game as far as alliances across the border are concerned….
    a few more now like Koondrook-Barham, the River Raiders, once were bitter rivals.

    Just checked on Kevin Roberts, was in 65 GF team on the bench, may have been coming back from injury…
    Came from Cheltenham in the Federal league, so he also knew how to look after himself too.

  9. Peter Clark says

    Yes Glen, Bob Chitty did star as Ned Kelly in the 1951 film.

    Yarra did not reach great heights in the late 1960s when John Hayes was coaching. They had some good players though, including Noel Long.

    John Hayes’ grandson has written a story of how his grandfather got his first game at Fitzroy. Worth a read.

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