The growth of the number of clubs in the Amateur League had caused problems in that some had similar playing uniforms and hence made it difficult on occasions for umpires and players to distinguish one team from another. Two alternative proposals for dealing with the matter were considered by delegates. One was for the visiting team to change its uniform when there was a clash, and the other was for the older team in the Amateur League to have the right to retain its uniform so that the younger team must change. The latter proposal was adopted by a vote of 35 to 2.

Another proposal put forward was to give clubs participating in finals 5% of the gate for the Semi Finals and Preliminary Finals, and 10% of the gate for the Grand Final. This motion was lost by 32 votes to 12.

1960 marked the year when Alan Statton became Assistant Secretary and thus began his distinguished service as an Amateur League official. The following year he would be appointed Secretary, and apart from a one-year absence in Melbourne with employment, would continue to be the Amateur League’s chief administrative officer up to the time of writing. Television came to amateur football in 1960 on a weekly basis. After investigating the feasibility with television stations, an agreement was finally reached whereby the S.A. Baseball League would play its baseball matches before each of our televised games. An offer from the Port Adelaide Council to consider the acquisition of an oval and headquarters building to be constructed on the Stevedoring Reserve at Port Adelaide was declined. Instead, the Executive began looking for a property within easy reach of the city for use as a headquarters.

University was coached by Allen Greer who had previously coached Riverside. The Blacks dominated the A1 competition losing only one match when most of the A1 players were in Hobart on an Intervarsity carnival. Tony Ravesi kicked a club record 16 goals 1 behind (it hit the post) for Uni in the match against Teachers College.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
University 18 17 1 0 34
Semaphore Central 18 15 3 0 30
Exeter 18 14 3 1 29
Riverside 18 12 5 1 25
Brighton 18 8 10 0 16
Payneham 18 6 12 0 12
Walkerville 18 5 12 1 11
Kenilworth 18 5 12 1 11
Prince Alfred O.C. 18 3 14 1 7
Teachers College 18 2 15 1 5

Because of the televising arrangements, the A1 Semi Finals were played on separate Saturdays. Exeter beat Riverside by 3 points in the First Semi 8.13 to 7.16, then Centrals, despite a controversy over amateur status (see Chapter 5), upset Uni in the Second Semi 9.9 to 7.9. The Blacks came back to defeat Exeter 9.15 to 7.11 in the Preliminary Final, and so set up a rematch with traditional rivals Semaphore Central. The match was played at Alberton Oval in wet conditions with a strong cross wind that made it impossible to play good football. Both defences were well on top and after an even first half Centrals failed to score in the second half, Uni winning 6.4 to 2.6. D.J. Watson and ‘Chesty’ Hyde were the best for Uni, and Frank Hawes was Centrals’ best.

Former Port Adelaide star Lloyd Zucker was coach of Alberton United in A2, and state player Richie Bray was coaching Semaphore Park, both sides doing well in the minor round. However it was Kilburn under state captain/coach John Tidswell (now reinstated) who made all the running.

Kilburn and Alberton United won the Semi Finals against Semaphore Park and S.P.O.C. 7.14 to 4.12 and 12.16 to 8.11 respectively, then Semaphore Park knocked out Alberton in the Prelim. 13.7 to 8.10. The Grand Final was played on a wet and sloppy Brighton Oval and neither forward line could get on top, but with the Kilburn rovers Stan Volbrecht and Brian Smart kicking goals, the Chics ran out winners 9.13 to 8.8 to complete its second successive undefeated season.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Kilburn 18 18 0 0 36
Semaphore Park 18 14 3 1 29
Alberton United 18 13 5 0 26
St. Peters O.C. 18 12 6 0 24
Flinders Park 18 9 9 0 18
Eastwood 18 6 12 0 12
University B 18 5 12 1 11
Rosewater 18 5 13 0 10
Woodville B 18 4 14 0 8
Goodwood 18 3 15 0 6

Former East Torrens Association club Hyde Park settled in well to A3 losing just the one minor-round match against Henley and Grange. A4 grand finalist from the previous year Scotch O.C., also did well to finish the minor round in second position, whilst Ethelton had gone on a slide from its third position in 1959.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Hyde Park 18 17 1 0 34
Scotch O.C. 18 14 3 1 29
Riverside B 18 13 4 1 27
Henley and Grange 18 11 7 0 22
Payneham B 18 11 7 0 22
Teachers College B 18 11 7 0 22
Ethelton 18 9 9 0 18
S.A. Railways Institute 18 8 10 0 16
Kings O.C. 18 5 13 0 10
University C 18 5 13 0 10
Rosewater B 18 2 16 0 4
Colonel Light Gardens 18 1 17 0 2

Henley and Grange knocked out Riverside in the First Semi 9.7 to 5.12, while Hyde Park sent Scotch to the Prelim. Final scoring 9.19 to Scotch’s 9.5. Henley then had a 5-point victory over Scotch in the Prelim. 11.16 to 11.11, but fell to Hyde Park in the Grand Final 6.6 to 9.10.

The A4 table at the end of 18 rounds was Exeter B (32), Wattle Park T.C. (30), Brighton B (30), Semaphore Central B (26), Pulteney O.S. (26), Teachers College C (20), Kilburn B (16), Walkerville B (12), Semaphore Park B (12), P.A.O.C. B (6), Kenilworth B (6) and Goodwood B (0). Wattle Park full forward Doug Turbill had kicked 100 goals at the end of the minor round. Brighton beat Centrals 10.13 to 5.7 in the First Semi, then Wattle Park defeated Exeter 9.12 to 4.5 in the Second Semi. Brighton went on to win the Prelim. against Exeter 11.13 to 8.8, and so faced up to Wattle Park in the Grand Final at Goodwood Oval. In flood conditions Brighton kicked inaccurately for goal, and was a point down when awarded a free kick in the forward area just before the final siren sounded. Player Barclay must have been under extreme pressure as he shot for goal, and got the second-best result – a behind to tie the match 5.13 to 6.7 and force a replay.

The following Saturday the two teams lined up again at Goodwood Oval again in heavy conditions, and with a great sense of theatre managed between themselves to again play a draw! And once again Wattle Park was leading by a point only to see Brighton equal the scores on the bell, 6.5 to Wattle Park 5.11. This is the only time in Amateur League history when a Grand Final has been drawn twice. Hence, Wattle Park could consider itself slightly unfortunate when at the third attempt, it lost the premiership to Brighton going down 6.12 to 9.7.

In A5 S.P.O.C. B was on top after 18 rounds with 28 points followed by Hyde Park B (26), Payneham C (25), Brighton C (24), University D (23), Henley & Grange B (19), Wattle Park T.C. B (18), Flinders Park B (18), Alberton United B (14), Teachers College D (13), Ethelton B (8) and P.A.O.C. C (0). The Semi Finals were won by Payneham (6.12 to 6.8) and S.P.O.C. (8.11 to 4.9). Hyde Park then won the Prelim. 9.12 to 6.9, but lost to Saints in the Grand Final 6.11 to 7.12.

The Under 18 Colts table after 18 rounds showed Exeter (32), Brighton (32), Kilburn (28), Semaphore Central (18), Walkerville (18), Riverside (10), Flinders Park (6) and Payneham (0). In the Semi Finals, Brighton beat Exeter 5.12 to 5.5, and Kilburn beat Semaphore 4.9 to 1.4. Exeter recovered to thrash Kilburn 10.9 to 0.6 in the Prelim., and then went on to beat Brighton in the Grand Final 9.8 to 5.9 and so win its third successive Colts premiership.

Lanky University ruckman Tony Clarkson won the Hone Medal by one vote from Exeter’s Barry Skinner. This was Clarkson’s second successive Hone Medal and his third medal in three years. S.P.O.C. centreman Andy Hay won the A2 Chambers Medal on a countback from team-mate Leon Gregory. Bill Buckley of Henley & Grange won the A3 medal, Don Gab of Teachers the A4 medal, Peter Elverd of Henley & Grange won in A5, and Roger ‘Fritzie’ Freeman of Exeter was the Colts medallist. The War Memorial Medallist was ‘Doc’ Clarkson, and Roger Clift of Semaphore Central won the Charles Irvine Memorial Trophy as the leading goalkicker in A1 with 68 goals, while Jim Stocker of Alberton United kicked 55 in A2.

The interstate match was played at Olympic Park on June 11. John Tidswell was captain/coach, and the team included former Port Adelaide star Roger Clift currently with Semaphore Central. The team was as follows (probable placings only):

  • Barnes, Don follower Kenilworth
  • Chambers, Telford hb Exeter
  • Clarkson, Tony ruck University
  • Clift, Roger chf Semaphore Central
  • Condous, Jack wing Teachers College
  • Harris, Peter reserve Exeter
  • Howson, Denny hf Kilburn
  • Huddlestone, Wilf hf Exeter
  • Johnson, William reserve Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Meyer, Carl wing University
  • Pink, Bob fb Semaphore Central
  • Russell, John bp Semaphore Central
  • Seppelt, Brian vice capt. chb University
  • Shea, Billy rover Semaphore Central
  • Skinner, Barry centre Exeter
  • Skinner, Bob ruck Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Tidswell, John captain ff Kilburn
  • Volbrecht, Stan rover Kilburn
  • Whitbread, Barry hb Riverside
  • Williams, Nicky follower Kilburn

After an even first quarter, Victoria completely outclassed South Australia with its superior teamwork and backing up, and a dynamic rover in Ian Law. Whenever S.A. did go forward it was repelled by the rugged Vic defence, although Denny Howson had many possessions at half forward.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 2.0 8.5 12.7 19.19 (133) S.A. 3.2 4.3 5.4 6.5 (41)

  • Goalkickers: Tidswell 3, Volbrecht, Howson, Skinner
  • Best Players: Russell, Howson, Tidswell, Williams, Meyer, Volbrecht, Condous

An All-Australian team was selected to play a knockout match against the V.F.A. at Canberra on July 30th, the winner to play in the Senior section of the next A.N.F.C. carnival. Selected in the team were John Tidswell (captain), Denny Howson and John Russell, and though all three played well the team lost 8.9 to 12.9.