At the first reinstatement meeting, five players were successful, namely Geoff Green (Sturt to Hyde Park), Dudley Hill (North Adelaide to S.P.O.C.), T. Kernick (Central District to Rosewater), Wayne Morgan (Woodville to Kilburn) and Roger Orchard (West Adelaide to C.B.O.C.) and several unsuccessful players including Bob Lloyd from Norwood and Wally Dittmar from Port.

The number of senior teams in the Amateur League jumped from 81 to 92 with the entry of Flinders University (newly formed) and the re-entry of Postal Institute (from the Adelaide Metropolitan Association), plus the entry of three new Adelaide University teams and some new C teams of other clubs. The two age groups for Colts had not been a success, and so there was a reversion to just one Colts division for players under 18 on January 1 of the year of playing.

Early season news was that University had lost several key players including captain Jack Sangster (to S.P.O.C.), Geoff Hyde, Bill Chapman and Rick Abbott (to Norwood), Ross Haslam (to Port Adelaide), Bob Harries (overseas), and Rod Warhurst and Ian Robertson (umpiring). Sturt ruckman Geoff Green had joined Hyde Park, North Adelaide ruckman Dudley Hill was with S.P.O.C., ex-Port Adelaide star Wally Dittmar was coaching Rosewater, & Ron Saul was coaching Walkerville. Other coaching appointments were Peter Ames (Flinders Park), Doug Edwards (Kilburn), Brian Fairclough (St. Dominics), Peter Richardson (Pulteney OS), Brian Hibberd (Broadview), Pat O’Leary (Colonel Light Gardens), Billy Shea (Ethelton), George Hodgins (Scotch OC), Bob Lloyd (Kings OC), Bob Fosdike (Assistant to Allen Greer at Adelaide University), Brian Key (Henley & Grange), Neil Dansie (Payneham), Doug Standley (PAOC), Bill Wyatt (Riverside), Doug Lehmann (Gaza), Mark Hanley (Hyde Park) and Howard Mutton (Teachers College).

Abridged A1 Premiership Table

(one minor round match to play)

The A1 competition was very competitive throughout the season. University and Teachers College battled throughout for the minor premiership, University having beaten College in May after returning from playing four Intervarsity matches in Melbourne in a week. Four teams were competing for third and fourth with one match left to play as follows:

Team Gm W L D Pts
University 19 16 3 0 32
Teachers College 19 15 4 0 30
Payneham 19 14 5 0 28
Exeter 19 13 6 0 26
Hyde Park 19 13 6 0 26
Riverside 19 13 6 0 26

University lost the last match against third-to-bottom S.P.O.C. so Teachers finished minor premiers. Hyde Park gave itself a chance by beating Exeter, but Riverside leap-frogged it into fourth with a superior percentage of 0.58% by thrashing Rosewater.

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Teachers College 20 16 4 0 32
University 20 16 4 0 32
Payneham 20 15 5 0 30
Riverside 20 14 6 0 28
Hyde Park 20 14 6 0 28
Exeter 20 13 7 0 26
Semaphore Central 20 10 9 1 21
Henley and Grange 20 6 14 0 12
St. Peters O.C. 20 5 15 0 10
Rosewater 20 5 15 0 10
Goodwood 20 4 16 0 8
Walkerville 20 1 18 1 3

Payneham knocked Riverside out in the First Semi 7.11 to 6.10, and Teachers beat Uni in a cliff-hanger Second Semi 10.7 to 9.9. Uni had no trouble in winning the Prelim. Final against Payneham 10.9 to 5.9, and so came back for another shot at its main opponent of the ’60s Teachers College. The Grand Final was played at Alberton Oval under umpire R. Parker, and the heavy conditions nullified Uni’s height advantage of Bob Waltham, Jon Gregerson and Ian Hockridge over Kevin Griffiths, Jeff Rabone and Eric Bottomley in ruck. The defences of both sides played well, especially David David at centre half back for Uni who was blanketing star College forward Bill Hutchinson. However, College gradually got on top in the second half helped by rovers Wayne Johnson and Ted Zietz, and the move of Hutchinson to full forward. In the last quarter it held the Blacks to just 1 goal and kicked 4 itself to win 9.11 to 3.7.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Gaza was hopeful of promotion to A1 when it finished minor premier of A2.

Team Gm W L D Pts
Gaza 20 18 2 0 36
Prince Alfred O.C. 20 18 2 0 36
St. Dominics 20 17 3 0 34
University B 20 13 7 0 26
Seaton Ramblers 20 10 10 0 20
Western Teachers 20 9 10 1 19
Brighton 20 9 10 1 19
Pulteney O.S. 20 8 11 1 17
Teachers College B 20 6 14 0 12
Flinders Park 20 5 14 1 11
Kilburn 20 5 15 0 10
Kenilworth 20 0 20 0 0

St.Dominics won the First Semi 8.11 to University’s 7.6, and Princes was too good for Gaza in the Second Semi 11.12 to 5.6. Then Gaza lost its chance of promotion to A1 when it went down in the Preliminary Final to St. Dominics 8.8 to 14.14. In his history of P.A.O.C., Mervyn Evans (1985) suggested that Doug Standley handled the 1966 team sensibly by recognising the attitude of its players to sport, namely that sport should dovetail into their lives and not the other way around. His suggestion that the Old Reds had the ability to defeat the best and lose to the worst had been suggested of other old scholars clubs as well. On Grand Final day at Prospect Oval Standley’s team was at its best, and with wingman David Johnston and ruckman Mark Skinner firing, won its fourth A2 premiership by beating St. Doms. 11.12 to 5.9.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Postal Institute obviously enjoyed its first year back in the Amateur League after a 15-year absence, as it was sitting in second place on the A3 ladder at the conclusion of the minor round. In the finals series, Kings O.C. and Postals won the Semis 12.12 to 6.10 and 11.15 to 7.9 respectively, then Alberton won the Prelim. 10.15 to 6.11. The A3 Grand Final was yet another where victory went to a new club as Postals beat Alberton 11.19 to 7.4.

Team Games W L D Pts
Alberton United 20 17 3 0 34
Postal Institute 20 16 3 1 33
Kings O.C. 20 14 6 0 28
Christian Brothers OC 20 14 6 0 28
Scotch O.C. 20 12 8 0 24
University C 20 10 10 0 20
Broadview 20 10 10 0 20
Wattle Park T.C. 20 8 11 1 17
Colonel Light Gardens 20 8 12 0 16
Ethelton 20 7 13 0 14
Semaphore Park 20 2 18 0 4
Prince Alfred O.C. B 20 1 19 0 2

Other Tables and Scores

A4

Flinders University (34), Payneham C (30), Flinders Park C (30), Brighton C (28), Hyde Park C (28), S.P.O.C. C (16), St. Dominics C (15), Riverside C (10), S.A.Railways Inst. (7), Henley & Grange C (4).

1st S. Flinders Park 7.10 Brighton 6.10 2nd S. Flinders Uni 17.11 Payneham 9.4 Prelim. Flinders Park 14.11 Payneham 10.11 G.Fin. Flinders Uni 17.11 Flinders Park 7.11

A5

Walkerville was awesome in A5 winning every match, including one against Railways 51.41 to 0.1 in which 14 players kicked goals, the first quarter going for 38 minutes and the second for 36. The team’s forwards enjoyed the luxury of being fed by two wily veterans Brian Perkins (42 years old) and Bill Amee (40). At the end of 20 rounds Walkerville C was 40 points followed by Teachers College E (36), Kilburn C (26), Wattle Park T.C. C (26), Postal Institute C (18), Flinders University C (18), University G (16), Western Teachers C (12), Railways B (8) and University H (4).

1st S. Kilburn d Wattle Park 2nd S. Walkerville 15.14 Teachers Coll 6.12 Prelim. Teachers Coll 11.10 Kilburn 8.3 G.Fin. Walkerville 11.17 Teachers Coll 10.12

A1 Reserve

Semaphore Central (36), Riverside (32), Hyde Park (31), Payneham (29), Teachers College (24), S.P.O.C. (20), Henley & Grange (16), Exeter (16), Walkerville (14), Rosewater (12), University (8), Goodwood (2).

1st S. Hyde Park 6.8 Payneham 4.5 2nd S. Semaph Cent d Riverside Prelim. Hyde Park 10.4 Riverside 5.3 G.Fin. Hyde Park 7.8 Semaph Cent 6.4

A2 Reserve

University (32), Gaza (32), St.Dominics (32), Teachers College (28), Kilburn (26), Flinders Park (22), Brighton (20), Western Teachers (18), PAOC (12), Seaton (10), P.O.S. (6), Kenilworth (2).

1st S. St.Dominics 8.9 Teachers Coll 8.5 2nd S. Gaza 9.11 University 7.6 Prelim. St.Dominics 4.7 University 4.4 G.Fin. St.Dominics 10.10 Gaza 5.5

A3 Reserve

Postal Institute (40), Broadview (32), Wattle Park (30), University (26), Kings OC (22), Alberton United (20), Ethelton (16), C.B.O.C. (16), Scotch OC (16), Semaphore Park (14), P.A.O.C. (8), Colonel Light Gardens (0).

1st S. Wattle Park 7.3 University 5.9 2nd S. Postal Inst 8.7 Broadview 6.6 Prelim. Broadview 6.8 Wattle Park 4.5 G.Fin. Postal Inst 14.9 Broadview 8.5

Colts (Under 18)

Seaton (35), Payneham (34), Walkerville (31), Flinders Park (30), Rosewater (29), Brighton (25), St. Dominics (24), Exeter (18), Gaza (16), Goodwood (16), Ethelton (12), Colonel Light Gardens (6).

1st S. Walkerville 11.8 Flinders Park 4.5 2nd S. Payneham 9.5 Seaton 6.8 Prelim. Seaton 11.3 Walkerville 6.6 G.Fin. Payneham 9.5 Seaton 6.4

Awards

Two wingman tied for the A1 Hone Medal, Bill Weir of Riverside and John Welford of Payneham. Coincidentally, these two stood each other in the First Semi Final won by Payneham. The other medallists were Wayne Morgan (Kilburn A2), John Dobrilla (Alberton United A3), John Higgins (Payneham A4), John Daly (Teachers College A5), John Carlson (Semaphore Central A1 Res.), Max Walton (Flinders Park A2 Res.), John Lafferty (Broadview A3 Res.) and Lyall Green (Flinders Park Colts).

Ian Edgley of University was the War Memorial Medallist. Bill Hutchinson of Teachers College won the Charles Irvine Trophy for leading goalkicker in A1, but his tally is unknown. Ian Haines of Flinders University kicked over 100 goals in A4.

Interstate

The state team as follows played Victoria at Adelaide Oval on June 11 under coach Neil Dansie.

  • Blake, John hf University
  • Brown, Ally chb Walkerville
  • Clapp, John ruck University
  • Couch, Bob hb Payneham
  • Day, Lin follower Teachers College
  • Edgley, Ian rover University
  • Farnham, Bob reserve Goodwood
  • Gepp, Brian follower Exeter
  • Gregerson Jon ruck University
  • Hunt, Terry rover Exeter
  • Hutchinson, Bill chf Teachers College
  • Jay, Michael ff University
  • Marshall, Bob centre St.Peters O.C.
  • Miles, John hb Hyde Park
  • Muecke, Rob reserve University
  • Sangster, John capt. fb St.Peters O.C.
  • Savage, Ray hf Riverside
  • Smart, Brian bp Payneham
  • Tierney, Terry wing Teachers College
  • Welford, John vice capt. wing Payneham

Umpire R. Parker was in charge and the S.A. rucks led by Jon Gregerson and John Clapp were on top early in the match. Bob Marshall and Terry Tierney across centre were providing plenty of opportunities for key forwards Mick Jay and Bill Hutchinson. However a five goal burst in the third quarter gave the Vics the edge, and despite a comeback in the last quarter S.A., frustrated by poor goal-shooting, could not regain the lead.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Vic. 4.3 7.4 12.7 15.9 (99) S.A. 5.3 6.6 7.8 10.13 (73)

  • Goalkickers: Jay 4, Clapp 2, Edgley 2, Hutchinson, Savage
  • Best Players: Gregerson, Jay, Hutchinson, Marshall, Clapp, Tierney

Jon Gregerson and Bill Hutchinson won trophies.