A special meeting of the University club resolved not to divide into two separate clubs, given the expense involved and the fact that it was three years

since the last premiership. Allen Greer was in his sixth season as Varsity’s coach. Other coaches reappointed were Neil Dansie at Payneham, Ian Ralston at Walkerville, and Howard ‘Chops’ Mutton at Teachers College. New coaches included David Houston at Kilburn (replacing Brian Lynch), ex-Port Adelaide strongman Marx Kretschmer at Exeter (transferred from Ethelton), Bob Farnham at Goodwood (ex-Payneham captain), Bob Heath at Hyde Park (replacing Doug Standley), and Doug Standley at P.A.O.C.

With one match to play, any one of the top four teams could have finished minor premier. As it was, Hyde Park lost the double chance in going down to Semaphore, and Riverside gained the double chance by beating Walkerville. Bottom side Rosewater beat Payneham to avoid relegation.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
University 20 15 4 1 31
Riverside 20 15 5 0 30
Hyde Park 20 14 6 0 28
Walkerville 20 14 6 0 28
Exeter 20 11 8 1 23
Payneham 20 11 9 0 22
Semaphore Central 20 11 9 0 22
St. Peters O.C. 20 10 9 1 21
Teachers College 20 10 9 1 21
Rosewater 20 3 17 0 6
Kilburn 20 2 18 0 4
Brighton 20 2 18 0 4

Hyde Park defeated Walkerville 10.18 to 4.8 in the First Semi Final, then University dispatched Riverside 10.20 to 4.6 in the Second. In a close Preliminary Final Riverside won by 5 points, 8.11 to Hyde Park’s 8.6. The Grand Final was a boilover, Uni winning 14.15 to 3.18. For the victors Spiro Raptis was brilliant in the centre, David David and Geoff and Rob Muecke defended well, and Bob Waltham won the rucks. Uni’s A3 and A1 Reserve teams also won premierships, the first time that a club’s ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams all won premierships in the same year.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Seaton had recovered from its demotion from A1 to finish minor premier of A2, and Henley & Grange had improved 8 places on the previous year to be in second spot. In contrast, Alberton United had gone straight to the bottom of A2 after being demoted from A1, while Broadview found the jump from A3 to A2 a little bit too much in only its second year in the Amateurs.

Team Gm W L D Pts
Seaton Ramblers 20 15 5 0 30
Henley and Grange 20 14 5 1 9
Prince Alfred O.C. 20 14 6 0 28
Goodwood 20 13 7 0 26
Flinders Park 20 12 8 0 24
Gaza 20 10 10 0 20
St. Dominics 20 10 10 0 20
Western Teachers 20 8 12 0 16
Kenilworth 20 7 13 0 14
Pulteney O.S. 20 6 13 1 13
Broadview 20 5 15 0 10
Alberton United 20 5 15 0 10

Goodwood knocked out P.A.O.C. in the First Semi 14.8 to 13.11, and Henley beat Seaton 11.7 to 7.8 in the Second Semi. Goodwood then beat Seaton 12.9 to 7.9 in the Prelim. to win promotion to A1, but lost to Henley & Grange in the Grand Final 9.12 to 11.9.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

The A3 division had 11 teams so a bye was programmed. University B was undefeated at the end of the minor round.

Team Gm W L D Pts
University B 20 20 0 0 40
Scotch O.C. 20 16 3 1 33
Wattle Park T.C. 20 15 5 0 30
Teachers College B 20 14 6 0 28
Colonel Light Gardens 20 10 10 0 20
Ethelton 20 9 10 1 19
Christian Brothers OC 20 9 11 0 18
Kings O.C. 20 8 12 0 16
Semaphore Park 20 7 12 1 15
The Teachers 20 5 14 1 11
S.A. Railways Institute 20 5 15 0 10

The First Semi Final was won by Teachers College 18.14 to 11.16 and the Second Semi by University 9.14 to 5.11. Teachers won the Prelim. by 2 points 8.15 to 9.7, then University completed an undefeated season by winning the Grand Final, but the score is unknown.

Other Tables and Scores

A4

Hyde Park C (37), P.A.O.C. C (28), Flinders Park C (26), Brighton C (26), Payneham C (24), S.P.O.C. C (22), University E (22), Henley & Grange C (20), St.Dominics C (16), Western Teachers C (9), Riverside C (8).

1st S. Flinders Park 6.10 Brighton 6.4 2nd S. Hyde Park 7.14 P.A.O.C. 6.7 Prelim. P.A.O.C. 8.15 Flinders Park 3.15 G.Fin. Hyde Park 10.11 P.A.O.C. 5.7

A1 Reserve

Hyde Park (30), University (30), Semaphore Central (30), Payneham (28), S.P.O.C. (23), Walkerville (23), Riverside (22), Teachers College (16), Exeter (12), Kilburn (10), Rosewater (8), Brighton (4).

1st S. Semaph Cent 5.8 Payneham 5.7 2nd S. Hyde Park 4.5 University 3.2 Prelim. University 3.3 Semaph Cent 2.6 G.Fin. University d Hyde Park

A2 Reserve

P.A.O.C. (35), Henley & Grange (30), Flinders Park (28), St. Dominics (25), Western Teachers (25), Pulteney OS (22), Broadview (18), Gaza (16), Goodwood (16), Alberton United (11), Seaton (7), Kenilworth (5).

1st S. St.Dominics 11.0 Flinders Park 4.8 2nd S. P.A.O.C. 8.7 Henley & Grge 4.3 Prelim. St.Dominics 7.9 Henley & Grge 5.11 G.Fin. St.Dominics 8.5 P.A.O.C. 6.9

A3 Reserve

University (38), Ethelton (33), Teachers College (31), Scotch OC (28), Wattle Park TC (28), C.B.O.C. (22), Semaphore Park (20), The Teachers (18), Kings OC (10), Colonel Light Gardens (8), Railways (4).

1st S. Teachers Coll 14.12 Scotch OC 8.11 2nd S. University 9.9 Ethelton 4.9 Prelim. Teachers Coll 8.9 Ethelton 5.10 G.Fin. Teachers Coll 7.9 University 4.6

Under-19 Senior Colts

Payneham (36), University (34), Walkerville (34), Goodwood (32), Exeter (22), Brighton (20), Gaza (20), Rosewater (12), St.Dominics (12), Kenilworth (6). (Kilburn withdrew mid-season).

Walkerville and University won the Semi Finals. However, a University player was subsequently discovered to be over-age (see chapter 3). So in its only venture into under-age football, University was disqualified from the competition the week before it was due to play in the Grand Final, and the Preliminary Final thus became the Grand Final.

Under-19 Senior Colts

1st S. Walkerville 6.10 Goodwood 2.3 2nd S. University 10.4 Payneham 9.7 G.Fin. Walkerville 11.11 Payneham 7.5

Under-17 Junior Colts

The Under-17 competition was a fairly unstable affair. It began with nine teams but during the season Gaza, Payneham, Semaphore Central and Semaphore Park withdrew. At the end of the minor round the ladder was Seaton, Broadview, Ethelton, Walkerville and Flinders Park.

1st S. Ethelton 12.10 Walkerville 7.6 2nd S. Seaton 7.8 Broadview 6.6 Prelim. Ethelton 10.6 Broadview 4.10 G.Fin. Seaton d Ethelton

Awards

State and former Sturt player Robin Sangster of S.P.O.C. was the Hone Medallist. The other medallists were Gerry Webber (A2 Henley & Grange), Brian Dunlevy (A3 Wattle Park), John Bushell (A4 Brighton), Graham Woolman (A1 Res. Exeter), Ray Bonner (A2 Res. Gaza), Dennis Harrison (A3 Res. University – his third medal in succession), Steve McKee (Senior Colts University), and Laurie Smith (Junior Colts Ethelton). The A1 leading goalkicker was former S.A. high jump champion Rob Warhurst of University with 61 goals, and the War Memorial Medallist was University’s Ross Haslam.

Interstate

The following players met Victoria at the St.Kilda Cricket Ground on May 29.

  • Butler, Des vice capt. hb Payneham
  • Chapman, Bill ruck University
  • Farnham, Bob rover Goodwood
  • Grigg, Brian reserve Exeter
  • Harries, Bob hb University
  • Haslam, Ross hf University
  • Hunt, Terry wing Exeter
  • McArthur, Glen follower Rosewater
  • Mystick, Basil reserve Riverside
  • Oliver, Rick rover Riverside
  • Potter, Rob fb Payneham
  • Robertson, Ian follower University
  • Sangster, Robin ruck St.Peters O.C.
  • Sangster, John capt. chf University
  • Seppelt, Geoff chb Hyde Park
  • Skinner, Mark ff Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Smart, Brian bp Payneham
  • Welford, John wing Payneham
  • Woodgate, David centre St.Peters O.C.
  • Worden, Dean hf Payneham

The match was of a high standard with effective use of handball by both teams. S.A. was finding it difficult to pierce the strong Vic. defence but kept in touch until the last quarter when Victoria broke right away. Future Port Adelaide rover Ross Haslam was S.A.’s best, and Bob Potter and Graham Seppelt also won trophies.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 3.4 5.7 8.9 15.11 (101) S.A. 3.1 4.3 5.7 6.9 (45)

  • Goalkickers: Skinner 3, Haslam, Mystick, Oliver
  • Best Players: Haslam, Skinner, Potter, Robertson, Farnham, Hunt

After the state match an All-Australian team was chosen to play in the A.N.F.C. Section II carnival. If the team beat N.S.W. it would then play the winner of the Queensland v A.C.T. match. Seven South Australians were chosen as follows:

  • Chapman, WS University
  • Harries, RI University
  • Robertson, I University
  • Sangster, JF captain University
  • Smart, BW Payneham
  • Welford, JP Payneham
  • Woodgate, DL St.Peters O.C.

Jack Sangster was the third South Australian to be elected captain of an All-Australian team, the previous two being Alistair McLeod (1954) and John Tidswell (1960). The first match was played against N.S.W. at Trumper Park in Sydney, and Bill Chapman and John Welford were mentioned in dispatches.

June 12, 1965

1Q 2Q 3Q Final A.A.F.C. 7.6 11.8 12.10 15.12 (102) N.S.W. 2.6 3.11 4.13 8.18 (66)

Queensland defeated Canberra 21.15 to 17.18 in Brisbane.

The Amateurs then went on to win the championship by beating Queensland in showery conditions at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Jack Sangster was named best and Brian Smart kicked two goals and was also named in the best players.

June 14, 1965

1Q 2Q 3Q Final A.A.F.C. 4.4 7.9 10.10 11.14 (80) Queensland 1.3 3.6 7.10 8.16 (64)