Almanac Footy – SA v Victoria: Cup Day Canter for the Vics (1970)

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In 1970 a public holiday was granted for the hundredth running of the Adelaide Cup. Oddly, the holiday was gazetted for a Wednesday, the 13th May. Rather than let the SAJC celebrate that special occasion (for what was not a very special race), the SANFL in conjunction with the SACA put on its own spectacle by inviting the VFL to Adelaide Oval at 2:20pm that same day.



Sustained by the success of Adelaide’s hosting of the 1969 ANFC Carnival and its record mid-week crowd of 37,483 there was every reason to expect another large Wednesday turnout.



The Melbourne Age reported that SA had chosen eight players new to State footy – Wayne Phillis and Laurie Rosewarne (Glenelg), Bohdan Jaworskyj and Terry von Bertouch (North Adelaide), Peter Woite and Russell Ebert (Port Adelaide), Woodville’s Ray Huppatz and Dean Ottens from Sturt.



Victorian Coach Peter Pianto was after the ‘biggest win ever’ and the Age also cast doubts over SA’s lack of experience around the ball and across centre. Alex Jesaulenko’s selection on a half-forward flank to allow Peter Hudson to play in the goal square gave some hint as to the strength of the Big V side. A hastily compiled list of the two lineups was riddled with errors.





The Adelaide Cup received good overage, mainly due to the possible injury to Roy Higgins’ mount in that race. The tribunal hearings for charges against Vin Waite (assaulting a goal umpire) and Doug Wade (striking) were given greater prominence. Essendon’s ongoing feud with the local council was also splashed across the back page of the non-classifieds part of Wednesday’s paper.



This shot of 1969 (equal-) Tassie Medallist Graham Molloy at the 1969 Carnival continued the same artistic theme used for recent ‘big game’ Budgets, ie the application of a garish filter to an otherwise monochrome action photo.




Even Stanley knew what to call footy back then.





This preview is the only time that I have seen the South Australian side referred to as ‘Cardinals’





One day the truth behind Victoria’s dismal form in this 1965 game may surface. Suffice it to say that the Victorian goals were mostly supplied by someone that slept at his parents’ house pre-game as opposed to the team hotel.




Nowadays they probably force feed farmed tuna with flour and corn to get the same effect. I’d kill for a can or two of this.





From the SA squad of twenty seven, you can pick out those who respected authority (‘look up and to the right Brenton’), those whose response was ‘make me’ (Colbey, Ebert and Elleway), the late addtiions to the squad (Burkett) and the ones that were kept back at work because the tellers didn’t balance (Blight, SBSA). Peter Marker was always his own person.



Eddie Holland didn’t make the final twenty but got his chance a few weeks later in Perth against WA. Phillipou was 21st man in the same Perth fixture, and this photo was a close as John Burkett got to representing SA. Everyone else shown played multiple State games during their career except Rosewarne, whose game on the wing against Victoria was his sole appearance.







The copywriting profession was quite new in 1970, although the TAA campaign was married to a catchy Fifth Dimension tune. West End Draught sells itself.





I have no idea what the ABC wasn’t having. A close inspection of the day’s sport reveals that SA played Man City that day. A crowd of 12,500 at Olympic Sportsfield saw SA go down 0-4 to the European Cup winners.




A photo of the Bundari team can be found HERE.



Roughly half of this side played for the Parap Wanderers club in Darwin. There are further details about the Bundari side at the end of this article.



It is no surprise that this PAC side would yield several well-known sporting names such as Trevor Chappell, Tony Hobby, Phil Sanders, Ian McLean and David Raggatt. Apologies to any Tarnished Spooners who I don’t recognise, but I did go to Elizabeth High after all…



Why was PAC selected as the Bundari opponents?



The PAC v SPSC match (aka ‘Intercol’) at Adelaide Oval was last shown as part of the SANFL schedule in 1970.




Of the twenty that played for the Croweaters in this legendary match, only Ian Hannaford, Brian Sawley and Neil Hawke have not yet been inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame.




Does anyone still drink brandy?



I should’ve gone to that Business Efficiency Fair. It would’ve saved me many unfulfilled decades.





Jack Brabham was in the middle of his last Formula One season in 1970. The Ampol name has returned to the nation’s servos recently.





The Cup Day fields. The 15/10 favourite Tavel picked up its first Adelaide Cup, repeating the feat in 1973, the year in which the Cup was permanently gazetted as a public holiday.




SA’s draw with the Vics in 1946, played at Carlton’s Princes Park, brought some post-War cheer. It was said by The Argus’ Percy Taylor that this match had ‘…put interstate football definitely on the map.’



Returning war hero Bob Quinn’s story is truly amazing.





The SA coaching job was dominated by Fos Williams for most of the 1960s. 1970 was the beginning of the second of Kerley’s four stints.



This was Peter Pianto’s only year as Victorian coach.



I hope that one day Channel 9’s hour of highlights surfaces as there does not seem to be any footage of this match available.





Ian Verrier was the omission from SA’s list of twenty-one. Newnham, McCarthy, Williams and Thorpe were onlookers for the Vics.



Famed fitness fanatic Billy Neil was one of the boundary umpires. Tasmanian (and former Victorian) field umpire Don Blew (what a name for an Acme Thunder user) went on to further heights as a swimming official at six Olympic Games.





I wonder what the umpies did to entertain themselves on those cold Adelaide nights in 1969?





Despite all of Ken Farmer’s seasons of centuries, the Australian Football Hall of Fame took a few years to induct him.






Three out of four ain’t bad.





How were Hawthorn bottom with Hudson and Crimmins in the side? This Almanac piece HERE asks a similar question.





Victoria’s superiority seems to be the main message to be taken from the summary of the 1969 Carnival. The joint Tassie Medallists Molloy and Eakins were both playing in the VFL in 1970.



Collingwood’s official site records this about Eakins.



Melbourne’s unofficial site details Molloy’s time as a Demon






Two words. Lop and sided.





It took until 2020 for three-time All-Australian John Abley to be recognised by the Australian Football Hall of Fame. I’ve never heard Day referred to as Bob. If you want to know what a non-SA A-A player looked like, you’ve come to the wrong place.



Costello, Colbey and Molloy are yet to be inducted into the SA Football Hall of Fame.







It looks like Crimmo’s barbells nudged out an appearance from Len Thompson. Of the players shown, only North Melbourne’s Bernie McCarthy did not register an appearance for the Big V during his career.







Of course, you can’t believe everything that you read. That SA player shown was from 1891.





You can see why victories over Victoria are so cherished by South Aussies.





See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly.





9 mighty floors and the rooftop fun fair.



That’s Kerls, Jumbo Prince (the original), Weed, Patto, Crabb, Fos, Doug, Kingo, Mots and Gordon since you asked.





The Result

The Victorians, led out the the barrier by Hudson and Crimmins, scored the first eight goals of the match, effectively killing the contest in the first stanza. The home side was a mess of scrambles and fumbles, leaving the crowd of 40,786 with plenty of grumbles.



Although scoring was even after the first break, the Victorians, with an eye to Saturday’s VFL round of matches, had well and truly eased off. A last quarter visit from the Big V runner saw the easterners finish the game with the same intensity shown in the first quarter.



Peter Hudson’s nine goals to Fred Phillis’ two represented the difference between the sides at the winning post, 23.12 (150) to 15.18 (108). SA’s newcomers in Huppatz, Woite and von Bertouch gave very good accounts of themselves.



The 1971 South Australian Football Record Year Book summarised the loss here.







The Age headline was supported by coach Pianto’s being ‘surprised…at the lack of vigor (sic) from the SA players’.





Wally May was scathing of Kerley’s (lack of) tactical nous in this thorough account from Footy World. He wasn’t too pleased with Peter Darley’s fitness either.





About Bundari

The VFL Record provided some detail about the the Bundari team in the article featured here. It was a team selected from throughout the Northern Territory, organised by the ‘Commonwealth Government’. They had played against suburban club East Brighton at Moorabbin the previous week, so the opportunity to play in front of the holiday game crowd at Adelaide was a few steps up from that.








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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. Enjoyed the article very much Swish.
    The SANFL ladder after Round 5 in 1970 bore very little resemblance to the ladder at the end of the minor round.
    I suspect most of the tarnished spooners had not met anyone north of Gepps Cross let alone from the NT.

  2. Fact Check: My bad. I was thinking of the 1969 season lol. T

  3. Warwick Nolan says

    Very, very enjoyable article Swish.
    Thank you.

  4. Few interesting ( forgotten) names there Swish.

    I wonder how many Almanackers had heard of Yea’s favourite footballing son Bernie McCarthy? Players like Darryl Griffith, John Newnham, Barry Bourke, Wayne Walsh, Peter Steward all top notch players in their day would be unknown to a great swathe of Almanackers.

    Did Ross Dillon end up playing for the Crow Eaters? He played some good footy for Melbourne, prior to heading over the border.

    St Kilda premiership player Brian Mynott was born in England. Have we compiled a side of English born players among our trivia teams?

    Swish, the racing details are sparse,also quite small print. Do you know how many runners Angus Armanasco had that day?


  5. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks Charlie and Warwick.

    Glen! – I hadn’t heard of Bernie Mc, but I’d at least heard of the other names. The hard-luck stories of being pipped at the post for State selection – in this case Phillipou and Burkett for SA. I can recall a few perennial State Squadders who just missed out on the “cardinal” jumper. Centrals’ Peter Beythien played around 280 games and was 21st man on one occasion for SA. Dillon played twice for SA. Can’t find anything about the trainers, except that Bart trained the Cup winner.

    Isn’t Barry Bourke the car guy?

  6. Ta Swish.

    Barry Bourke was known around Melbourne in the 1970’s as a car distributor. He’s also the bloke who collided with Peter Hudson in R 1 1972, when Hudson buggered his knee: you’ll read more about this in a few weeks.

    Angus Armanasco was a big name trainer in my youth. He’d be the first Adelaide trainer I’d been aware of.


  7. Peter Flynn says

    I enjoy these historical pieces.


  8. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Hey Glen! Are you sure Armansco was from Adelaide?

    I enjoy putting them together Peter. Thanks.

  9. Swish, i’d be over 70% sure. I associate him with Adelaide as I remember his horses running there, when I first started on the punt, late 70’s.

    Swish’ for some reason the old brain links him with Adelaide.

    Was he Caulfield based but had a habit of ‘border hopping’?

    Now you’ve got me doing something I usually only do annually: thinking.

    I can get things wrong: every now, & then. ?


  10. The lack of West Torrens players clearly cost SA dearly.
    Peter Eakins brother Bevan was a long time footy writer for The West Australian and is a regular at Seaview where I play golf. Collingwood die hard.
    Angus Armanasco was a West Australian by birth and moved to Caulfield in the early 50’s. Famous for fast sprinters and 2yo’s. Zeditave; The Judge, Bletchingly (sire of Kingston Town). As an Adelaide races desperate of the 70’s I can say with some authority (Google verified) that I can never remember Armanasco bringing a horse to SA. Why race for peanuts when you’re in the silk department? (Welcome to my world Glen – memory certainties fail me more often these days than racing certainties did back in the day).
    Top stuff Swish.

  11. Ta Peter.

    How/why I thought Angus Armanasco had those Adelaide links shows the stage of life I’ve reached. Thanks for letting me into your world Peter, though I feel it’s not just now I’ve arrived.

    Time for me to be more thorough in all aspects of my research.


  12. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks PB. Phillipou probably would have got us over the line. Eakins and Molloy to Victoria was the beginning of the end.

  13. From my cousin Brian Hockney -Richard Hockney

    PAC 1st xv111. it was a curtain raiser I think to a state game (SA V VIC) at Adelaide oval against a combined NT aboriginal side, which we won -a packed oval, a real thrill for us. Chester Bennett coach. fine day. we also played them i think the previous Wednesday on the Front Oval.

  14. Swish- if, as advertised, Ross Faulkner had a “native” brand footy, did they also have an “alien” version? What does native mean? Was this to position it and discriminate from the then apparently non-native soccer ball? It’s a curiosity.

  15. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks ‘Book.

    Mickey – I just learned from this
    that the said footy was named in honour of Sir Douglas Nicholls

  16. Thanks Swish. I probably should’ve known that, but didn’t. While I can see that the original sentiment is respectful and honourable I wonder if it’s been rethought? Might there be more suitable nomenclature? Should the language be revised? Might there also be commercial reasons to change it or does it have its own legacy? A quick look at the Ross Faulkner website reveals that the ‘native’ brand is still available.

  17. Clearly this terrible defeat was caused mainly by the selection of only 5 Port Adelaide players. Selectors had no idea even then!!

  18. Daryl Schramm says

    What a magnificent and thorough presentation. So much there. It has taken me ages to sift through and remember. I would have been 14 years old when this match was on. I remember attending the two SA matches on consecutive Saturdays of the “69 carnival. I probably wasn’t in attendance for this match. A couple of observations;
    No Peter Woite pen pic even though he played,
    The percentages of the premiership tables tell a story. Hawthorn, although winless, had three clubs below them on percentage.
    How many years did a Mini League table get published?

  19. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I think the word used these days is “problematic” Mickey

    I think they picked one too many Bucko, if Hudson’s haul was any indication.

    DS – thanks. Woite may have been a late call up, possibly for Hicks as he played on a wing. Mini League tables lasted until 1976, but I think Mini-League finals ceased in 1973. Do you remember much of the Intercol rah-rah?

  20. An excellent read. And another SA history lesson for us Victorians.
    As always, thanks for the enormous amount of effort and detail.

  21. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks Smokie – as always, the Big V provided the footy lesson.

  22. Another ripper of a piece.

    I reckon we had to wait until cup day in 1983 to avenge this defeat.
    Ebert was captain by then.
    Huppatz, Blight and Phillipou were still kicking around in the SANFL.
    Dempsey was in the Vic squad (but not picked) but I reckon the rest had all moved on.

  23. No room in the side for Bagshaw?

    Sturt sitting unbeaten on top of the ladder en route to their 5th flag in a row, with Bagshaw on the way to the second of his three consecutive B&F’s.

    I guess Fos and then Kerls didn’t rate him? Not hard enough for them?

    BOG in the 1970 grand final win over the Bays was some consolation. Add that to his BOG’s in 68 and 69.

  24. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Very astute comments there Greg. If only I had the 1983 Budget on hand to prepare a celebratory article.

    Bagshaw didn’t help himself in 1970 as he didn’t turn up to State training because he hadn’t read the papers and didn’t know he’d been selected. He put in a shocker against WA a few years before and that seemed to stick in the selectors’ memory for a while but he was back in SA colours by 1971.

  25. The 83 game sticks in the mind as I have the budget from the following Saturday during the May holidays when we came to town to see Sturt v West at Footy Park (Davies 15 goals).

    The Bagshaw story re: not reading the paper rings a bell now that you mention it.
    I get the feeling that Baggy was a farmer who was happy to have a run around with the double blues of a Saturday arvo and pick up a few flags here and there.
    His skills were on another level though.

  26. Daryl Schramm says

    Swish. I was well into it. The inter-col was a huge for the participants. I reckon the last game on “The Oval” was 1972. I remember the annual match in ’73 was at PAC. ’72 was my last year at SPSC (Hackney High).before incompleting my schooling at NHS the following two years. Moonlighted as a waterboy for the blues in ’70 and ’71 and was the runner in ’72 and ’73. Also started my umpiring at Saints in ’71. They were very encouraging. Don’t know if any inter-col cricket was played at AO. The strong rivalry continues, especially as the local footy league has both old scholar sides in Div 1.

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