Glenelg Football Club 1971 – Like A Tiger

I bought this without knowing what to expect inside, hoping that it might contain a few early 70s cultural references that might raise a grin or two. I was right.


First shown half a lifetime ago, one of the all-time Australian comedy sketches was Rob Sitch’s Late Show parody of Imran Khan.  This was the sketch that popularised the expression “Like A Tiger”.


While many of us would think that this was reference to the present Pakistani Prime Minister’s playboy predilections during his time in Sydney Grade cricket as popularised by Kerry O’Keefe, this recent personal purchase reveals that the expression may have its “roots” in a particularly candid piece by Graham Cornes.



Glenelg was the club of flash cars and flashier players, without much to show for it, although it had been recently resurgent under the coaching of Neil Kerley by the time 1971 came along.


The first few pages set the scene: the seaside club in its fiftieth year, presided over by a pair of prominent car salesmen, always long on confidence and promise but short on delivery. The 1934 premiership was all they had. Adelaide relied heavily on the motor vehicle industry, as these pages will attest to (but it paid to have a scrap metal dealer handy too).













The Bays had many champion individuals, but this list came with its own tortured disclaimer.



Kerls comes along next to implore his players to start using their own backyards to increase their physical and mental fitness. 



Hey, Ken Eustice, they tell me you’re the man.



Reg Hopgood had no time for shirkers, which doesn’t explain how he survived for so long at ETSA. I’m lucky that he had retired before I got there.



Here’s my favourite SA footy commentator, sans facial hair, making up for it in the chest hair department. He was the current State Captain at the ripe old age of 22, already with a Law degree under his belt.



Like all good full-forwards, Fred Phillis lectured one and all on the importance of the individual sacrificing for the team.



Laurie Rosewarne gave the readers plenty about his footy pedigree, but not not much about his preferred choice of hair product. Brylcreem or California Poppy – you be the judge.



I almost didn’t recognise Harry without his glasses on.



Ian Hockridge and Ted Osborn signalled the first lot of players who weren’t deemed either experienced, popular or well known enough to warrant the high school essay treatment in this publication.



All Australian rover Keith Pattinson and future car yard owner Dennis Eblen were similarly understated, unlike the Muscle City ad.



Bill Ward was eclipsed by Riverlander Noddy Voigt, who took his time coming down to the big league.



Jim Hinson’s career at Brighton Road was brief, but he became a stalwart at the Plympton footy club. The arrival of Super Carey caught the compilers of this document by surprise as he played eleven games in the latter half of 1971.



Leisuremaster meets the Pleasuremaster. Cornes puts the Stud into Studley (despite the middle initial typo here) with his sordid retelling of of his regular Friday night bum-meets-Bradmill, which was apparently compulsory with newlyweds of that era. Why did Graham feel the need to bang on about his banging on a Friday night, and why it was published? Like a Tiger indeed.


No wonder Greg Croser looked disgusted.



I’m more turned on by this display of vintage adidas than Cornes’ late night (and probably early morning) exertions, but Copper Colbey’s display of chest carpet runs a close second.



Terry Crabb said ‘bye to the Bay after this season.



John Goldfinch looks to be a solid dependable bloke, so it comes as no surprise to discover that he went on to work for the same company for forty five years. This was his final season at Glenelg.



Ray Button was a gun half forward, nearing the end of his career.  Geoff Shepherd would now be known as a “depth player”.



If only Sandland had stayed at the Blacks to experience the Chocka Bloch years, although the 1973 flag was some compensation I guess.



The Wayne Phillis name is omnipresent in the Adelaide car sales and service industry. Kerry O’Donnell remains less well known.



John Barton was another of the list’s lesser lights given a run in this club publication. Twiggy Caldwell was a popular figure throughout his 265 games. He also sold cars with Kerls at Stillwell Ford.



Colin Fitzgerald played all of his six Tiger games in 1971. Max Deckert possible derived more pleasure as a Wimmera premiership captain than his single game in black and gold.



Terry McNamara came and went. Bomber Hamilton put in a huge 1973, the year of Glenelg’s next premiership. I am reliably informed by Loxton locals that he is fairly easy to locate around town these days, depending on your preferred watering hole.



Jim Rawson was a handy player in the Bays 1973 success. Tom Morony was another of this cohort that finished in 1971.



Darrell Moss’s bung shoulder gave Royce Hart the chance to play for Glenelg in the 1969 Grand Final and a cartilage injury cost him a spot in 1973’s winner. Graeme Davis was never chosen for a league game.



And not a shirker among them.







P.S. –  Others not shown that also played for Glenelg in 1971 were Greg Adams, Peter Carey, Geoff Graubner, Chris Hunt, Craig Marriott, John McFarlane, Graham Nicol, Bob Tardif, Richard Tomlin and Robert Whittaker.


The stories of many in this book are well known, but if you have anything to add regarding any of the personalities mentioned here, please let us know in the comments.




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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. Another fine contribution, Swish. It certainly takes us back to another era, especially the Cornes comments. Imagine the storm they’d create today! And interesting to read about where the Bays thought they stood in 1971 with success just a couple of years away, finally matching the rhetoric.

  2. Being between the sheets is better than in the pub!
    Terry Crabb, sounded familiar. A little searching found he was a Pultney old Scholar. Do you know more Swish?
    Lots of yound players in that team!

  3. As a Glenelg fan thanks for this Swish. How’s G. Cornes and his “top sheet” work, predating Roy and HG by a decade or so. Not enough tyre advertising nowadays for mine.

  4. Swish absolute gold let’s say I may have had fun on 5aa this morning with Cornsey let’s say he was a tad embarrassed

  5. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks all. I’m expecting a take-down order from Cornes soon, but he’s probably too tired after last night.

    6%, Terry Crabb was the son of Magarey Medalist Allan Crabb, another famous Pulteney old boy.

  6. Christine Deckert says

    Where can I obtain a hard copy of this magazine

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