1971 – Vic v SA (MCG): A New Record



A packed MCG Olympic Stand, during a Richmond v North Melbourne match, heralded the “SOUVENIR FOOTBALL RECORD” for what was a bumper State game held on the Saturday of the 1971 Queen’s Birthday weekend.


The prominence of the cover’s Big V leaves the reader with little doubt about the perspective that will be taken in the articles inside (which is only fair given the parochial viewpoint of Footy Budgets when it was SA’s turn to host another state).





I’m not sure why Sunicrust didn’t choose Noel Zunneberg, Charlie Pagnocollo or John Ellis rather than these no-names to publicise their “50 colour cards”.





Virtually every one of the Victorian names mentioned here (including the notable omissions) still resonate half a century hence.




Familiarity to Victorians decided which of the Croweaters to give a mention. European surnames proved difficult to get right (“Hubbatz”, “Sasch”).


Associated Securities Limited was delisted from the ASX in 1982, but its former Box Hill office is now Hao’s Oriental Grill Bar.


Ray Montgomery is no stranger to Victoria… hmm, I wonder what that meant. I’m sure that he was not swayed by the home crowd at all.




This useful summary of post-WW2 encounters between these states tells us of Victoria’s dominance.


The introduction of lightweight footy boots couldn’t have come quickly enough for ruckmen in the late 60s. It is a wonder that Thompson and Spencer were able to leave the playing surface at all.


Users of public transport will enjoy the detailed instructions provided to those Pivotonians who were planning a visit to Linton Street or for those wondering why a Swans v Dees game was played at Waverley at all.


I wouldn’t have known about John Ronaldson’s time as a Panther without this reference.




Apparently you could only coach if you came from Victoria. Patto broke the Victorian SANFL duck a few months after this was written.


Dick Reynolds’ stint as Victorian coach pre-dated the Battle of Hastings apparently.




Which one was better, The Herald or The Sun?




In amongst South Melbourne’s goalkickers was a bloke called Eric Sarich, who led an interesting footy life at four WAFL clubs plus the 65-68 and 71 seasons at the Lake Oval.


The Footscray v Geelong match looked to have been a cracker.


In the SANFL, the current Dees coach’s father had one of his better games, the current Pies coach’s dad kicked a brace and I’m not sure which one of the “Sacjse” brothers helped ruin my day at Prospect.


Let us know who else you can spot. Were you at any of these matches?





If you look closely you can discern a particular pattern used to construct these Pen-Pix. I’ve never heard of Robert Walls’ origin, Coburb High, but then again, I don’t know all of Melbourne’s suburgs either. Denis Pagan’s par was notably brief. He missed the final twenty selected.


The Victorian logo shown here is decidedly odd.





I was amused to discover that Dean Farnham was agile and quick for his size. My eleven year old self didn’t have that impression. And yet another way to misspell Sachse.


These names still make me swoon.





Yikes, this reminds me of the recent bad times that I spent at 1 Spring Street. Probably not fair for me to blame Shell though.






The Champions of Australia fixtures ran from 1968 until 1975, but only the 1972 series is worth remembering.





What a great idea! Camp pie stuffed into sheep’s guts. Hmm, anyone for seconds?





For a while there, I thought that the Cats’ U/19 coach was a different Frank Pike, but my money is on him being the bloke who played nine post-war games in the hoops.


Col. Saddington had three seasons at Sturt after his 102 games for Richmond from 1956-62.


There are a few gems that can be fossicked from these lists and not just the players. See who you can spot.


Sherrin fires the first shot in the footy wars.





You had to hail from Victoria to be a successful player in SA. Of course you did.


Who was Football Life’s Demon midget?


Chairman Harry Beitzel indeed.





Omen Tip – Race 2 No 7


Ross Faulkner fires back.






These mugshots wouldn’t have looked out of place in the opening credits of Division 4, but how stiff were you if your dial wasn’t featured here?





If you insist.





Ansett’s special place turned out to be anything but.





The office of the company that I joined when I moved from Adelaide many years ago was next door to 170 Queen St.


Decimal fractions were yet to gain traction.



These next few pages need to be posted for posterity, as details of these “Post-War” “in Melbourne” games aren’t readily available on-line.









The headline compositor struggled with “Ruthven”.


Once again, these pages contain many familiar names; let us know if any of them mean something special to you.


Let’s not speak of 1958 again. I’m fine with 1963 however.



Before the age of Blight, Platten and Whittlesea, as these pages contend, there weren’t too many players of South Australian origin who had succeeded in the VFL.



The Bertie Johnson story was full of controversy, reading like an earlier version of Phil Carman’s.



Graham Burke missed a golden opportunity to reference Don Roach’s Victorian origins.




Bernie Smith’s Brownlow record was less than a decade from being equalled by Malcolm Blight.


Alf Brown’s excoriation of Candles Thompson was brutal.





No punches were pulled on the “… some don’t …” page either.


Those with a sharp pair of eyes will be asking why Diamond Jim Tilbrook wasn’t mentioned here. His clearance to the Demons was still a couple of weeks away.





Did anyone (or your parents) ever spend the evening at any of these suburban drive-ins? Yes, that’s correct, even Toorak had one.





The National Service rules gave a handful of SA players a taste of the VFL (and vice versa for Royce Hart in the SANFL 1969 Grand Final)


I’ve never heard of George Lakes, but I’ve heard of Jimmy Deane.





Technicolour Tony Barber




Geez he scored a lot, this bloke, didn’t he?



The Washup




Here’s how the Football Record reported this game (thanks to the State Library Victoria). The stats were quite even, with one glaring disparity.


There was a full round of VFL games played on the Queen’s Birthday holiday two days later and most of the Vics buttered up for their clubs. Peter McKenna kicked a lazy eight against Carlton, on the receiving end of many of Wayne Richardson’s forty kicks.


The reference to the Tassie players only makes sense if you knew that South Australia followed up this effort by playing Tasmania on that same Monday holiday. The freshened Apple Islanders were beaten 17.14 to 12.12.




The South Australian Football Story (Bernard Whimpress) saw the match this way.


I also asked Graham Cornes on-line for his memories of this game and he was most forthcoming.


Could write a book about that game and that weekend. We played Vic on the Saturday and Tas on the Monday. Tas led by Baldock rested its team. ?Beneath a snow-capped Mt Wellington in front of a most rabid crowd umpired by a most parochial umpire. But we won. Played against Baldock.


So much happened on and off the field.


Vin Waite was deep in defense. Gave Malcolm Greenslade a perfect head butt. Caught him flush. No report.



Finally, it comes a no surprise that ace footy historian John Devaney has prepared this extensive report on this game, which I highly recommend.



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About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Hi Swish, I held an Essendon membership in 1971, and I’m certain I would have been at Essendon v NorthMelbourne match but my recollection of the game is very vague if I remember anything at all.

  2. Hi Swish, we had the 8th wonder of the world, Dean Farnham move into our street when he cam eto play for Fitzroy. As a youngster kicking the plastic footy on Allandale Road, Dean stopped his car as we got off the road to let him pass. He got out and grabbed a brand new leather footy and gave it to us. To see a guy 6’9″ in the early 70’s was phenomenal. A real gentleman!

  3. Mark Duffett says

    The snapshot of the SANFL premiership table is interesting. No indication that Centrals would go on to make the Preliminary Final from being only percentage above bottom after 10 rounds.

    I see what you mean re umpire Montgomery. “Free kicks: Victoria 40 SA 20”

  4. The people left out of the SA team reads like a champion team also, although they were probably younger and less experienced at the time.
    The Record must have been put together quickly at the last minute primarily from archive material. Not enough time for pics to on the Overland/Melbourne Express.
    Note the missing legs on the horses on page 15.
    It was another era.

  5. Great stuff Swish; the memories!

    What was better The Herald or The Sun? I remember the old comment about The Sun being for those who couldn’t read, The Herald being for those who couldn’t think, then they merged them. That says it all.

    George Lakes was a half forward flanker who played for Melbourne,,and the long gone South Melbourne around the turn of the decade. I’m fairly sure he was of Greek heritage,Lakes being an Anglicised name.


  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks Col, you were one of the 14,864 that turned up at Windy Hill that day

    Wow Gordon. I remember running alongside Big Deano when Centrals were doing a pre-game lap of Elizabeth Oval, crowd control not being high on the agenda back then. He was very popular. He once umpired my primary school match and I asked him if he was going to throw the ball up or drop it. Somehow this made it into the Adelaide Advertiser, but I’ve never tracked down a clipping.

    Ta Mark, yes 1971 turned out ok for the Doggies, didn’t it?


    6%, they seemed to have enough notice to exclude the scratchings from the race fields

    Spot on Glen. I had no idea that George Lakes is a physio in my neck of the woods.

  7. Dave Brown says

    Always love these, Swish. I learnt this week that footy journalism only existed in Victoria in the 1980s, so I’m surprised there was any information at all on South Australian players in the early ’70s. Some great names in both teams. I presume on appearance alone that John Ronaldson is Tony’s father.

  8. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks Dave, it’s as if the Vics had never heard of Gordon Agars, er Schwartz, or Mike Coward or Jeff Pash or Geoff Kingston or Alan Shiell or Lawrie Jervis.

    That’s one apple that didn’t fall far from the tree, although I’d be fibbing if I even knew who Tony Ronaldson was, such is my following of basketball (I’d have twigged if his name was Palubinskas or Nagy).

  9. Hey Swish – the only real thing i remember about footy season ’71 is that Heather and I married on Grand Final day 2nd of October. During the procedure the word went around that North had defeated Port in the Big One. For many of us, that put the icing on a most memorable day.. For someone blessed with a good memory I, for the life of me, cannot recall how my beloved Redlegs fared that year. J I know that Gentleman John Wynne was playing but Fabulous Phil Carman was still sitting out of footy with Collingwood refusing to release him..Anyway Swish, thanks for that.

  10. Mark Duffett says

    That’s a great line you came up with re Farnham as umpire, Swish. It deserves a place in the national digital pool room. We just need Trove to advance its coverage another 15 years or so.

  11. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Fantastic compilation Swish.
    Des Tuddenham good enough to captain the Vics, but not deemed worthy to captain Collingwood. Many still believe that decision cost the Pies the flag in 1970.
    Surprised to see Denis Pagan get a guernsey. Thought he was just a workmanlike back pocket. No frills or finessin’ as Tiger Tom might have said. Rare photo of Tom Hafey wearing a shirt and tie, too. Was mainly skin tight Adidas T-shirts for most of his career.
    Golden Fleece Stanley gives the rest of us hope…in every respect.

  12. Plenty of memories there,Swish ahh the advertisements in the budget are a trip down memory lane in itself

  13. Malcolm Greenslade led the way for the visitors kicking 6 goals, not the only time Victorians saw him kick 6 in a match that season; 1971.

    He was a ‘nasho’ being posted in Melbourne, where he played two games for Richmond kicking 7 goals, 6 in one match. Another South Australian who was posted in Victoria that year was Michael Nunan, who played one game for Richmond. Though he only played half as many games as Greenslade, Nunan had an impact kicking 3 goals.


  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    No worries Fisho

    I’ll have to fiche it out next time I’m in Adelaide MD

    Ta Phil. Pagan didn’t make the final 20, but he may have played another State game that year.

    Thanks ‘Book, the more ads the better.

    The last page of the Record also mentions the Nasho players Glen. Brenton Miels and Lyle Skinner were two others.

  15. Swish- always a treat. This is great and is there a more iconic SoO headline than “Tiger Tom v King Kerley?”

    About time we had some Tony Barber action on this site.

  16. Daryl Schramm says

    Ah Swish, you’ve done it again!
    I have enjoyed all of your blasts from the past contributions.
    What year did CD beat NWD in the first semi? I thought that was ’71. I remember being at that game and travelling home on the bus listening to condescending comments by victorian visitors on how surprised they were on the standard of footy and the event. I was also mortified by our loss to victoria in this state game. I rember watching it on telly. Can’t recall if it was live or in replay.

  17. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks DJS, Centrals had the only final win that I ever saw in the flesh in 1972; here’s a reminder


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