Round 10, 1967 – St Kilda v Geelong: History and Memory






I am really enjoying Peter Clark’s coverage of St Kilda’s 1966 season and I was especially waiting for his coverage of the Saints match against Geelong at Moorabbin. Because I always thought that was the first game of VFL footy I attended.


In Loose Men Everywhere I wrote (less than certainly):


My first specific recollection of the VFL comes from the mid-sixties when Dad took me to Moorabbin  to watch Geelong play St Kilda. I have a few fossilised bone fragments of memory from which I have constructed a whole beast. It is an overcast day; showery. I am a little scared as we walk along. I am drifting in a current of legs. Dad holds my hand and directs me. Sometimes he lifts me and my feet come off the ground. He is wearing his gaberdine overcoat, the sort that Norm Smith or Ben Chifley used to wear. During the game I stand on a wooden form along the fence, but when I still can’t see, Dad puts me on his shoulders. Water splashes on my head. Dad tries to keep me dry by holding his newspaper above me. No one behind him complains. I can remember figures out on the ground – footballers. There is noise. I can’t remember who wins. My strongest memory is of the grey streaks of ink which have trickled down my face, and of the dull, dull light. When, twenty years later, I see Arthur Streeton’s National Game for the first time, I am reminded of that day at Moorabbin.




While reading Peter’s coverage of the match and looking at the Age’s reports, I started to think I was off the mark. For a start, the weather wasn’t right. I checked the newspaper forecasts and weather maps and reports and then the BOM records, and around that time. The 1966 Moorabbin match was not played on a dull, rainy day.


Further investigation revealed that I attended the Round 10 match on June 24, 1967, which St Kilda also won rather convincingly. The weather reports confirm my memory. Other evidence which I won’t bore you with confirms it too.


There you go.


Read The Age report from Monday, June 26 HERE



Read more about Loose Men Everywhere:

Play On (includes Loose Men Everywhere)

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Adam Muyt says

    Some things stick and some things change (fade) with time. Right details, wrong game. Hey, only a year out – in geological time that’s not even a blink. Still a good tale.

  2. Peter Clark says

    It was a long time ago John. My dad also wore a gaberdine overcoat when he took my brother and I to the footy. Your description of the weather that day reminds me of games at Myrtleford back in the 1960’s.
    Noted the photo in The Age of the ‘Doc spilling a mark. It must have been a wet day!

  3. Moorabbin was not a happy hunting ground for the Cats. Wins few and far between. Some big losses such as the wet day in 1971 with Alan Davis outscoring Geelong, though Geelong outscored Stephen Theodore by 2 points ! The Geelong victory there in 1977 was appreciated.

    I was there on a wintry day in 1991 when it was the match of the day. The visitors got on top early, then withstood a fightback to eventually run away in the final term. The two sides played a classic final later that year, but that’s another tale for another time.


  4. Roseville Rocket says


    Great piece on Corowa’s first premiership in 1935 by KB Hill.
    Haven’t seen it up on the Footy Almanac site but its on KB’s
    Plus a piece on Ruthergen – when they were red sox – early years.

    And Peter – there’s a book out on Myrtleford’s premiership in 1970 – see KB site

    And Darky – nothing out on Lemnos that I know of…

  5. Ta Rocket Nguyen.

    I’ll have a bo-peep.


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