SANFL Season 1977 – Round 1: A New Hope

1977 was my final year of high school, Matriculation as it was called back then. My immediate family was falling apart. It had been for years, I had been too young to see it coming, too young to know what to do.

The bright lights of Bolivar would shout out to me through my panoramic bedroom window atop Para Hills.

Footy (and the trots) kept me going, out of the house.

It was the year that I watched Centrals every week, sometimes returning home at midnight after a night at Globe Derby, somehow turning $10 into food, bets and the bus trip home (I’d catch the Globe Derby trots bus back to Gepps Cross, then get the last Para Hills bound bus home).

The Dogs had a dog of a season, finishing last and consigning coach Garry Window to the purgatory that was the SAFA Sunday commentary team at the Adelaide Oval the following year.

As I said, I went every week. Hopeful, hopeless. Two sides of the same coin.

This Budget was from Round 1, when all teams start equally, when all teams have hope.


What’s a cheque?

I’m not sure who is in front of Stephen Copping, but my money is on his telescopic arms reaching over the back at the last minute to grab the pill. If I had to guess, the Port bloke could be Robert Whatman.


Amscol State Team Footy Colours. Only discovering that it was Bobby Helpmann modelling the jumper (including the 100 year logo) could make this page any more Croweater.

Judge Brebner, failing to foresee the rise of female footy, or females full stop.


Ardath Ardath you’re a star
Beats the other smokes by far
Think I’d better say it twice
Better smokes and better price
Ardath Ardath you’re a star
Beats the other smoke by far

The new look did indeed include a colour poster, the reason that I repurchased this edition. The coveted Caltex Girl of the Week, you’ve come a long way, baby.

B.A. Santamaria did not contribute to the article on page 7 unfortunately.


Beneficial Finance bankrupted SA, but I suppose the $20 per week is some small compensation for what that bunch of unfettered cowboys did to my former state’s economy. You bastards.

Interchangeable reserves, what a mouthful for something that took twenty five years to be adapted into a game changing tactic.

The NFL-VFL wrangle – SA took the moral high ground, fought the good fight, but was never a match for ‘ego and deceit’, which could also describe the events of 1990.


That logo again, although sightings of those centenary t-shirts were as rare as a Mick Nunan hitout. The model must have been carrying Judge Brebner’s boots.

If one of these 100 year crew bags ever turns up on eBay, it’s mine. Unsurprisingly, SA managed to lose the “special centenary match” against WA; I remember being over-stimulated by the 2 1/2 hours of mass bands, skydivers, marching girls and gymnastics that replaced the curtain-raiser, so the excitement probably filtered down into the home rooms too.


Geoff ‘Banger’ Baynes was a Torrens discard who went on to captain South and later add administrative acumen to the Redlegs. An unfashionable but effective on-baller, I’d forgotten that he brought up his 200th game during a brief stint at Woodville. Also the owner of the longest, most boastful LinkedIn status on the planet.

Does anyone remember those epic Canberra TV ads?


Who knows where Dairy Vale now fits into the world of multi-national food production? Their tasty cheddar and chocolate custard were good, but not at the same sitting.

I was marginally over the crossword age limit; the original owner of this Budget missed out on the chance to snag the Norlee.


Loveday, along with his former team mate Trevor Hughes, sold sports goods from their Adelaide Arcade store forever. Their game went up a notch when pitted against business opponents Ebert, Weston, Nelson, Casey, Packer and Poulter.

The SANFL Media Awards are still going strong. I think Lawrie Jervis and Gordon Schwartz won last year. Wally May was stiff. (Peter Argent, don’t be so modest, tell us how you’ve gone)


The Port Road chimney tradition endures today. One day they’ll get around to renaming it to the “Bloch-Neil Chimney”

The Ian McKay photo is SA’s Jezza 1970 equivalent. Bernard Whimpress expands upon it here in a marvellous Almanac article.


I left Carl Fragomeni off the list of sports store proprietors above, but at least the others paid full wholesale price for their gear. Frago got his straight from the wharves. I’ve got no idea who the falling Magpie is, but he is being watched by Centrals’ Wayne Bevan, who amassed 14 touches in his 18 games for the Bulldogs.

No, the headline didn’t refer to a plane crash in the Andes, but the turnover of players between seasons. Centrals’ shock was not that Barry Norsworthy was leaving for Victoria, but that he had picked the 1977 Demons as his destination. Spog Wyley eventually stayed and good riddance to Bevan, who was recruited in 1976 on the basis of his Rothmans Long Kick potential rather than his ability to get to the Ross Faulkner.

Torrens lost three bonzer characters in John Cassin, Norm Dare and Barry McKenzie. Bob Keddie bobbed up at Brighton Road.


Tight white t-shirts were the default setting for advertisers in the bad old days.

Kim Boehm had a tough gig, talking down the gloom-merchants and talking up the Preston v NSW blockbuster at Norwood. The electric scoreboard was even pissier than the VFL Park one, no sepia replays, just bright orange pixels.

Is the Panorama Night Creche still going?


Don Dunstan – Doug Nicholls – inspired choice, but not everyone was ready for it, I’m sorry to say, unlike, say, 2015.


McWilliams Wines were always going to be up against it, trying to sell NSW wine in SA. At least it wasn’t Victorian.

Yep, all states, by dint of the VFA being included. This comp has been meticulously covered by David Eastman here (I cannot recommend this site highly enough, thanks David).

Naturally, Centrals were turfed out by Dandenong, even more naturally, Wayne Bevan kicked a goal for his new team.


No cavalcade around Footy Park on Grand Final Day in 1976 for these retirees. For a start, there would have been about 5,000 spectators run over. Kevin Johns was a ripper bloke who also played a few seasons of A Grade baseball for Centrals and was always good for a head ruffle as he ran off the Ponderosa wearing his famed #9 lace-up or a wink to the U/13 kids as he gathered his glove from the bench after being stranded on third, before a mad dash to centrefield.


I’m getting sick of these interest rates mocking my current investment performance.

I’d completely forgotten Peter Anderson’s two seasons at the Peckers, which sewed up his admission to the coveted 200 Club.

I don’t think that Alan White added to his SANFL career tally.


Remember car stickers?

Murray Ducker was never immortalised in rhyming slang. It’s not too late.


$100 million dollars would barely pay for the Eddie Betts pocket at the refurbished Adelaide Oval.

The list of SANFL Office Bearers has a few gems, the Torrens Chairman kicked on apparently.


In my case, fifteen screwies (What’s a hand pass, I played forward pocket?). Be careful where you park.

Office Bearers continued, handy when you are trying to remember who the Torrens U/17 Team  Manager was in 1977.


Another reminder that SA used to manufacture stuff and make a profit.

A gruelling tale of the season ahead.


A young Roger Luders and the future stepfather of Melbourne’s 2017 AFL coach appeared in the early game at West Lakes (am I the only person to have read “Goody” from cover to cover?) .

Z-Score West 0.0 South 0.1

Yes, that’s right Fos Williams and his kid Mark were not Magpies in 1977. Rusty Hewitt’s dad Glynn and uncle Darryl picked up more SANFL teams than Hugh Grant did Hollywood Boulevard hookers.

Trevor Grimwood won the 1977 Magarey Medal, which was certainly his life’s zenith.

South’s coach was Haydn Bunton Jr, who took the Panthers into the finals in ’77 for the first time in my time as a footy follower. South teams consisted of lots of short blokes with beards in the 70s. Sandy Roberts always had problems with their #4 and #28 on the Big Replay for some reason.

South were down by heaps at half-time, but charged home to get up.

South Adelaide                  3.3         6.4         12.11     17.16 118

West Adelaide                   7.7         10.13     12.18     14.20 104

Z-Score West 0.0 South 0.0 (South 2-1 winners in a rude name shootout)


Is it wrong that a 55 year old bloke can remember most of the given names of the Centrals dew-kickers? Tom Zorich starts the roll call of surnames starting with ‘Z’, Peter Zweck adds some Barossa ballast. Greg Mutze – close but no cigar. North’s multiple reserves Magarey Medallist John Baruzzi had him covered alphabetically as did Paul Marcuzzi, with Mike Doszna running a drum.

Z-Score Centrals 2.1 North 0.5

By 1977, Tony Casserly had moved on from his deli at the Elizabeth South shops (and coaching Centrals) to start Elizabeth’s premier real estate firm with his mate and former Centrals runner Barry Mitchell.

In the 2:20 game, Lyle Skinner and Sonny Morey also both appeared in the first game I ever saw, back in 1967. Man mountain Gary Jones had returned from a couple of  years at Brisbane and Broken Hill to take his place in the goal square. Centrals all-time favourite, Wilbur Wilson was named as 20th, but I’m not sure how this reconciles with the “interchangeable reserves” concept. Bill Nalder was another in a line of moderately performed Victorian imports that Centrals seemed to favour.

The Roosters were still coached by the Swamp Fox, but his ploy of promising the BPs a week’s supply of Kentucky Fried was wearing a bit thin and this was his last year before he joined the conga line of Saints coaching failures post Alan Jeans. There were only a couple of 71/72 premiership players going around, but the likes of George McInnes, Pat Tocaciu (at the time studying Oenology) and Rex Eatts were indications of where North were at in the years P.B.K (Post Barrie’s Knee)

The Doggies started 1977 with a win. A new hope proved to be a false hope, their 5 ½ wins cementing them to the cellar. A bright start to a dismal season.

Central District                  4.1         10.3       17.8       19.11 125

North Adelaide                  3.5         4.12       11.16     14.19 103

Z-Score Centrals 0.0 North 0.0 (The Roosters get up via the obscure Tocaciu-Hoekman-Jaworskyj rule)


Coach Bobby Gibson didn’t pull on the Blue Stars for the Eagles magoos, but Steve ‘Matthew’s Dad’ Pavlich did. Was that Adelaide Uni Blacks 1986 Premiership rover Steven Moy? I wonder what he is up to these days?

Z-Score Torrens 0.1 Woodville 0.0

This was Kerls’ first year with the Eags, and his tactic of playing the ZZ’s in the Ones bore immediate fruit. Their multicultural lineup read like the Central Market stallholders AGM minutes.

The Peckers were helmed by the softly spoken seminarian John “69/71/72” McInnes. Names like Maylin, McVicar and Sewer couldn’t get them more than ½ a game above the Dogs come Round 22, but their undoubted season highlight (and my undoubted lowlight) was John Roberts 16.3 against Centrals in a few months. But their Bingo was popular.

West Torrens                     4.6         7.10       9.14       12.16 88

Woodville                           4.5         6.7         6.9         11.11 77

Z-Score Torrens 0.2 Woodville 0.0 (Azzopardi B.O.G.)


The original owner of this Budget followed Port.

What was Brucie Light was doing in the early game? He must have had a pre-season setback as he starred in this year’s Grand Final, which this game was a precursor to. Oh look, the Bays played their ‘ZZ’ in the twos, no wonder they lost.

Z-Score Port 0.0 Glenelg 0.2

How many Surrey Downs or Flagstaff Hill rumpus rooms were decked out with the official centenary mirror? My guess is none.

Wowsa, check out the big names in the League Match. Six goals to Bucky Cunningham, all left foot snaps from the scoreboard pocket probably. By the way, this is the only time I’ve ever seen the behinds denoted with a ‘-‘. Port had half of the Eyre Peninsula on board, Greg and Neville Phillips plus Robbie Enright. Dave Granger was certifiably mad hard at the ball, more so against Glenelg. But we’d have to wait five more years for that to come to a head.

This was Big Nick’s first game as coach at Brighton Road. Syd Jackson joined him at the Tigers midway through this season. I heard some stories.

Take a look at the score, SA footy at its attacking best.

Port Adelaide                     7.1         12.7       19.8       25.12 162

Glenelg                                 8.4         13.6       20.9       20.15 135

Z-Score Port 0.0 Glenelg 0.1


The battle of the eastern suburbs neighbours, the Redlegs went all out in the ‘Z’ department before lunch.

Z-Score Norwood 3.0 Sturt 1.1

Ross Dillon in a grass skirt – I’d like to see that. Is Lt Col Whittle still running Kings Travel?

More big names on both sides, but Norwood couldn’t find the uprights, the Native Brand ball straying between the white and red posts far too often. They got it right in 1978 though when these two sides met in the Grand Final.

Although they won today, Sturt suffered the proverbial premiership hangover in 1977, falling from 1st to 7th.

One arvo in September 1978, I grabbed a copy of The News on my way into the Napier Building for a twilight Stats Lecture. When I saw the headline POPE SHOT, my first thought was how to rejig the Redlegs half-back line, such was my devotion to the SANFL back then.

Norwood                                           1.9         4.13       8.20       13.24 102

Sturt                                                   4.5         9.8         11.11     18.13 121

Z-Score Norwood 0.0 Sturt 0.0 (the ‘Legs get up via the average surname length rule)


Panthers home match tickets at $12 a season. Don’s Records, attractive girls for Miss Norwood, portable TVs. Sigh.

The Mini-League Teams are always fun to review, thirty eight years later.

For the Dogs, my late cousin Craig makes an appearance, as does the Official Footy Almanac Weather Forecaster (Commercial Division), Brett ‘The Levitator’ Dutschke. Magpie legend Tim Ginever pulled on the green and gold as an 11 year old. That’s Todd Viney captaining Sturt.


I loved going to Cheltenham races during the 80s. My in-laws lived nearby, so we’d often finish the day with a barbie and a Coopers (Light). I still remember some of these names.


As I hinted at above, I had to buy this Budget when I knew that Sonny Morey was the featured poster. I love the lace-up, the jutted jaw, the sideburns and the bright colours. Sonny was the first Centrals player to play 200 games.

Almanacker Peter Argent wrote this account of Sonny’s achievements.

(I don’t think the Budget ever spelt his name correctly, either that or a Japanese conglomerate made him change by deed poll)


My first real date with a girl of the opposite sex was to the Regent Cinema later in 1977. We saw Star Wars. We broke up immediately.

I did OK in Matric, not as well as I could have, but well enough to get into Economics at Adelaide Uni on a State Government Cadetship. This was fortunate, as I met Mrs Swish via a Highways Department workmate (her sister) once I’d completed my degree. The force is still with me.


Thanks also to the site and John Devaney’s “Full Points Footy’s SA Footy Companion”

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. bernard whimpress says

    You should’ve repeated a couple of years Swish so that your Matric year coincided with the beginning of my term as Budget editor. Poor timing I reckon.

  2. Globe Derby Trots 1977 – you, me and Crio? The Lord moves in mysterious ways.
    Dunno what year it was – more like 1975 I reckon. I met the first Mrs B (poor woman) on the night that Nevada Smoke (driven by RC Sugars) won the SA Trotting Club Cup. Played cricket and has 2 big bets on “sure things” at the races. Naturally had nothing left at the end of the day so only had beer money for the evening and couldn’t afford the entry or the punt at GDP. Met the poor girl at a mate’s party (where the beer was free) when I wanted to be at the trots.
    Only took me 30 years to reverse the pattern. Slow learner. I look forward to reviewing the full magnificent contents of the Budget at home tonight. I have a Sonny Morey story to be ashamed of.

  3. Great stuff. Fos started at West so it only made sense Mark did as well. Can only imagine at 11 Tim Ginever required all of his strength just to get his chin off the deck. And of course in 1977 the SANFL paled into insignificance in comparison to the Ardath Cup. Have a Norwood membership badge from the following year that looks remarkably like the SANFL 100 year logo but have never spotted any of the SANFL 100 year merch.

  4. Paul Buxton says

    A glorious year, the breaking of the long drought for us Port Adelaide types! Some other good names running around in the Seconds with B Light, I Eckerman for a start – maybe thighs yet to fully develop? I remember going to a pre-season trial to scout these new Phillips boys and coming home to tell my sisters I thought Neville was better than Greg! If Jervis and Schwartz miss out on a media award, “Elbows” Aitken must surely be up there. Good stuff and great memories.

  5. RIP Pat Tocaciu.

  6. I love getting lost in these Swish.

    Enjoyed the reference to John Baruzzi who also played for Kapunda. I was only talking with my Dad about him on the weekend. Dad maintains he is the best country footballer he has seen. JB spent time in NZ when he was learning to be a winemaker prior to returning to the Roosters. I imagine his plonk was pretty smooth too.


  7. Primed for hipster revival by twenty-something Croweaters and ex-pats: the old SANFL logo. That centenary t-shirt and crew bag would go down a treat at a good pub with mostly craft beer. (As an aside, I’ve been saying for years that Woodville Warrior merch would be the next hipster revival but that hasn’t happened.)

    No wonder the Hindmarsh Building Society is no longer. I’m surprised it got out of the 70s with frivolous wastes of money on the South Australian public (Malls Balls and the rubbish electronic scoreboard).

  8. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Swish we will have to get BD aka Brett Dutschke to give us a report of the Centals mini league game of that day and did he dominate ? Todd Viney Captain of the Sturt mini league side and how many of the Sturt and Norwood players in particular are no longer with us

  9. Another enjoyable read Swish. Made me pull out the couple of ’77 Budgets I have, which like you, I purchased mainly for the posters – Fragomeni & Kinnear in my case.

    By June we get a proper look at that Amscol ice block in State colours too.

  10. Mark Duffett says

    Among many gems here I learned something new – I lived with Linden Park Primary over my back fence for years without realising Todd Viney was an alumnus.

    I really hope this is the first of a full season retrospective. If so, let me know when you get to round 6, whereupon I will be able to furnish a contemporary account of what I’m pretty sure was the first SANFL game I ever saw live.

  11. Great memories. Remember 1977 well. By the way that shot of Sonny Morey is from the 1972 1st Semi Final and just out of the picture is a young Greg Schlein (then with Norwood) trying to tackle him. I’ve got the original shot in a book from 1972.

  12. Thanks for the commentary Swish, it adds true value. Most of the Footy Budgets used to end up on the terraces amongst the, paper bags for the pies and the Fanta bottles. These I remember, as they could be collected up at the end of the game and turned into cash. An enterprising teenager could go into the ground after 3/4 time when they didn’t charge and collect the bottles.
    Linden Park, they were a powerhouse. We used to play them in the hills league (Belair, Crafers…).

  13. Swish,

    Great article. I remember going to the Port – Glenelg game. Carl Fragomeni had a big game that day. I also recall going out on the oval and listening to Jack Cahill’s three quarter time address. It had me fired up.

    Why won’t the AFL let the punters on tbe field to hear the three quarter time speaches???? It has me beat.


  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks all for the comments – where did those 38 years go?

    Bernard – They didn’t fail anyone where I went to school

    PB – We may have been in the same queue lining up for one of the famous Globe Derby shepherds pies

    Dave – Those lights at the Parade came in handy for those huge Ardath Cup crowds

    Paul – Some drought! Elbows nudged out Ron Kitchen in the SAFA media awards in ’78

    McAlmanac – yes, remiss of me to not mention Pat’s passing after a fruitful career in the wine industry

    Mickey – Baruzzi’s perm was a wonder to behold

    Philby – I hadn’t realised the bit about Hindmarsh commissioning the balls. And no Bob Moran ads either. McAlmanac probably has the market covered for Warriors ephemera

    ‘Book – BD probably kicked a lazy three after coming on at half-time

    Mike – You gotta tweet that Footy Colour pic

    Mark – Yep, beating the reigning premiers in Round 6 was a fair effort by us. I’m not doing a retrospective, so the way is clear for you to fill us in.

    Nick – I couldn’t tell which game it was, I knew it was at Adelaide (and looked like a fair crowd), but wasn’t expecting the poster to be a five year old shot from the only Centrals finals win that I ever attended. Which book was it in?

    6% – I’ve picked up two other Budgets from around this time (77/78) – Todd Viney is in all three of them, including one as the captain of the Sturt combined team.

    Handbag – JV Cahill’s address had the desired affect. Did you notice Dexter Kennedy was running around in the red and black stripes that day?

  15. Brett 'BD' ‘The Levitator’ Dutschke says

    Special comments, Swish

    All I remember from that day was being in the mini league, touching the ball, being in the Centrals change rooms and eating the winning pastie with sauce 10 minutes after the game.

    Our comfortable 2 goal to 1 victory over North can be attributed to captain Craig Schwerdt (died only a few months ago), vice captain John Dally (anaesthetist in Adelaide), league player Sonny Morey (retired policeman) and reserves player Greg Mutze. Schwerdt and Dally were a level and a few inches above most other kids their age. Morey and Mutze often came to our school to coach. Morey was one of my heroes (even though I barracked for Sturt) and was always listened to when he visited. Mutze was the first to teach me how to kick straight “run in a straight line, hold the ball low, drop it onto the middle of your foot, kick pointing your toes to your target” – simple. That mini-league day I had about one kick, most likely straight, possibly into the kid on the mark.

  16. “Memory
    All alone in the moonlight
    I can smile at the old days
    I was beautiful then
    I remember
    A time I knew what happiness was
    Let the memory live again”
    Who knew that Andrew Lloyd Webber was inspired by Swish’s Footy Budget treasure trove? Did he used to go to Globe Derby trots too? Tim Rice certainly loves cricket – why not the red hots/cheats in seats?
    Hickinbotham Homes must have kept the Panthers afloat for decades.
    Brian Mulvihill lining up for the Peckers. Couldn’t he have gone 5 years earlier? World’s best mark/worst kick. Dashed more expectations than anyone I know. Except me.
    Tony Giles kicked a goal for Port? Taught him everything he knew.
    Mark Posa (my Labor grandad’s nemesis) as the young umpires coach – searching for commies in the ranks no doubt and sending weekly reports to BA Santamaria
    “Judge” Brebner? What is this – the Wild West? Why not Don Brebner? A bit status conscious.
    My mates and I used to call Sonny Morey “Captain Midnight”. Could have been worse I guess – can you be “affectionately” racist?
    Some great retirees. Murphy and Bagshaw – best ever ruck rover combination. Whatever happened to ruck rovers? Tall mids now I guess. Copper Colby. And I had completely forgotten Bazza McKenzie who was a very serviceable ruckmen in Torrens’ struggling years (what ones weren’t?)
    For my Eagles – Matthew Pavlich’s dad Steve in the magoos and his Uncle Mark (the better footballer) in the ones. Peter Barnes the magoos captain was a doctor and very tough, handy rover (Seconds Magarey Medal?) Went on to be the Olympic cycling team doctor in our most successful period, Port Power team doctor and latterly Orica Green Edge doctor. Memory says he played good league footy in the Wayne Jackson coaching era. Crazy brave but lacked a yard of pace. I couldn’t understand when he gave up on the Eagles for his medical studies.
    The League teams throws up the names of good footballers I hadn’t thought of in 30 years. The tough kind who thrived under Kerl’s coaching. Dirk inglis was a ginger haired rugged CHF/ruckman who was our main goalkicker. Ian Wallace was a carrot topped, bearded (in that 70’s Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull way) manic rover (won a B&F?) Kevin McSporran a laconic, skilful centreman. Barry Hank a handy, blond little rover – got a game more on the family name from memory. Son of triple Magarey Medallist Bob Hank – still my Dad’s greatest footballer of all time.
    I could go on – at length – and will – only Shandy the Labrador is listening. He nods appreciatively. When I give him a biscuit.
    Grateful Swish – regards Shandy.

  17. Steve Simpson says

    Reckon it’s Ian Verrier in front of Steven Coppig

  18. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    BD – Sonny and Greg Mutze both, wow, you kids at the Grove were lucky. Did you get a Coke with the pasty?

    PB – Wasn’t Max Evans usually in the sulky when Nevada Smoke went around? I’m Rick Nelson’s Garden Party. Dunno how you put up with him Shandy.

    Steve – good get, I probably should have paid more attention to the hair.

  19. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    That’s a beauty Swish. I haven’t seen a packet of Ardath since my dad sold them at his milk bar in Tassie back in the 70s!

  20. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    There’s probably a carton or two still sitting on a dusty shelf in Queenstown Phil

  21. Classic analysis Swish

    You know I was given a copy of that ian McKay mark and it’s sitting in my office next to my Barrie Robran Guernsey with “God” written next to number 10 (a gift from Chocka Bloch )

    The McKay photo was a gift from David Goreham head of the adelaide fire station port adelaide tragic and brother in law of Nick “Papa” raschella

  22. Peter Argent says

    Swish I was playing u15s with William Hurn that year had a flag a the mighty Angaston panthers first on four in a row will Bunger before going down to the Ponderosa
    G Window once said to me in a interview a decade or so ago – he got the job by telling ’em he stop the Bulldogs handballing. Worked in 77! Not!

    PS – First story ever published was 2001 (Malcolm mullet McGrath) CDFC U19 team mate
    PSS – started full time as a journo in 2004 – can be seen by the state of disrepair of the family home
    PSS- got a SANFL media award in 2010 ( for photography)

  23. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Plug – sounds like some shrine you’ve got there

    Peter – I enjoyed the slick handpassing of the Casserly years myself. You are too modest (and why were you absent from the U/19 premiership photo?)

  24. I didn’t remember Bob Keddie playing for the Bays. Thought he played with West or South. Also surprised that Greg Wickens was reserves captain.

  25. Luke Reynolds says

    Ahh the NFL. Of course the VFL needed to lift their game. Where is the NFL now?? Bring them back…

  26. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Budge – Keddie was West Captain/Coach and B&F in 73, then had three seasons at South before playing a handful of games at the Bay in 77.

    Luke – extract from Gary Linnell’s Football Ltd:

    “The NFL was, supposedly, the governing body of the sport in the country, boasting representatives from all state bodies…

    But in reality is was a paper tiger. The VFL attempted to control it and when the other states rebelled,,, the Victorians went ahead and did it anyway”.

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