SAAFL History – 1967

G.P. Wilson retired as President and was replaced by Keith Sims who thus began his record-breaking term as President of the Amateur League. Howard Mutton took over as Chairman, the only time that a coach of an Amateur League team was at the same time Chairman of the League.

Personalities in the news were former Norwood star Doug Olds coaching Gaza, South Adelaide’s Tony Roennfeldt coaching Flinders Park, and Reg Richards coaching Kenilworth: also future League stars Dean ‘Sally’ Saywell (Central Districts) and Billy Ruth (Woodville) were playing for Western Teachers and St. Dominics respectively. Future umpires coach and coach of Kings O.C., Chris Mehaffey, was playing in the centre for Kings. A loss to the Amateur League on his employment transfer to Melbourne was P.A.O.C. and state ruckman and Executive member Mark Skinner, who had edited the Amateur Footballer for two years and written amateur football news for the Advertiser. St. Peters O.C. boasted three Sangster brothers in its team, all of the highest quality. John was the current state and All-Australian captain playing at full back, Robin was a state player and Hone Medallist and captain of S.P.O.C. leading the first ruck, and Andrew was the full forward.

An Exeter player appealing the injustice of a life suspension for striking an umpire, trained with Semaphore Central and struck one of its players. His appeal was refused.

University and Teachers College continued their dominance of the A1 competition. Payneham and Hyde Park had slipped while Rosewater had improved. August 26th was notable for the occurrence of two draws in A1 on the same day, between Exeter and P.A.O.C. and between St.Dominics and Hyde Park.

Rosewater swamped Riverside 13.14 to 5.11 in the First Semi, and Teachers beat Uni by 4 points in the Second Semi 5.8 to 4.10. Uni won the Prelim 10.7 to 5.7, and so faced up to Teachers in the Grand Final at Alberton Oval under umpire R.

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
University 20 17 3 0 34
Teachers College 20 14 6 0 28
Rosewater 20 14 6 0 28
Riverside 20 13 7 0 26
St. Dominics 20 11 8 1 23
Semaphore Central 20 10 10 0 20
Exeter 20 8 11 1 17
Payneham 20 8 12 0 16
Hyde Park 20 7 12 1 15
Prince Alfred O.C. 20 6 12 2 14
Henley & Grange 20 6 13 1 13
St. Peters O.C. 20 3 17 0 6

Parker for the second year in succession. The battle of the students was again a close affair. Kevin Griffiths gave Teachers a big advantage by dominating in ruck, and Peter Haines strove manfully to control University’s brilliant Paul Rofe. At half time Teachers led by 8 points which became the final margin as both teams kicked 3.6 in the second half, Teachers winning 8.10 to 7.8 for back-to-back-premierships. No one would have been more delighted than Heather Mutton, wife of coach ‘Chops’ Mutton, who was probably the team’s most ardent supporter and helper for several years.

Seaton Ramblers and Flinders Park were the big improvers in A2 while Gaza had gone on a slide.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Seaton Ramblers 20 19 1 0 38
Goodwood 20 16 4 0 32
Walkerville 20 14 5 1 29
Flinders Park 20 14 6 0 28
Pulteney O.S. 20 12 8 0 24
Postal Institute 20 11 8 1 23
Western Teachers 20 11 9 0 22
University B 20 9 11 0 18
Gaza 20 5 15 0 10
Brighton 20 4 16 0 8
Teachers College B 20 3 17 0 6
Alberton United 20 1 19 0 2

Flinders Park won the First Semi by 2 points 10.8 to 10.6, and Goodwood the Second 13.16 to 9.11. Flinders Park then won a high-scoring Prelim. 20.19 to 16.20, but fell to Goodwood in the Grand Final at Payneham 11.13 to 20.14. Surprisingly, it was twenty years exactly since Goodwood had won a senior premiership, the A2 title in 1947.

The old scholars from Kings and C.B.C. held sway in A3.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
Kings O.C. 20 18 2 0 36
Christian Brothers O.C. 20 18 2 0 36
Kenilworth 20 17 3 0 34
Wattle Park T.C. 20 13 7 0 26
Broadview 20 12 8 0 24
Scotch O.C. 20 10 10 0 20
Kilburn 20 9 11 0 18
University C 20 8 12 0 16
Flinders University 20 7 12 1 15
Colonel Light Gardens 20 4 16 0 8
Prince Alfred O.C. B 20 2 17 1 5
Ethelton 20 0 18 2 2

Aided by their opponents’ inaccuracy, Kenilworth and C.B.O.C. won the Semi Finals 9.8 to 5.15 and 9.8 to 8.11 respectively. Kings came back to belt Kenilworth 16.17 to 6.11 in the Prelim., and then went on to win the Grand Final at Goodwood Oval, beating C.B.O.C. by 2 points 8.7 to 8.5. This premiership was a long time coming for Kings, being its first since entering the Amateur League in 1932. To top the year off, the Club went all the way and made 1967 a year to really celebrate by winning the A3 Reserve premiership as well.

Other Tables and Scores

A4

Semaphore Park (34), Flinders Uni C (28), St.Dominics C (28), S.P.O.C. C (26), Teachers College E (22), Payneham C (20), Hyde Park C (20), Brighton C (14), Walkerville C (12), Flinders Park C (12), Western Teachers C (10), S.A. Railways Inst. (10).

1st S. St.Dominics 9.7 S.P.O.C. 3.5 2nd S. Semaphore Pk d Flinders Uni Prelim. St.Dominics 10.10 Flinders Uni 9.5 G.Fin. Semaphore Pk 5.11 St.Dominics 4.6

A5

Broadview C (36), Semaphore Park B (30), Seaton Ramblers C (28), Postal Institute C (28), Teachers College F (26), St.Dominics D (24), Wattle Park T.C. C (16), University G (14), Henley & Grange C (14), Pulteney OS C (12), Western Teachers D (8), Flinders University D (4).

1st S. Seaton 8.13 Postal Inst 5.7 2nd S. Broadview 22.11 Semaphore Pk 2.5 Prelim. Seaton 7.9 Semaphore Pk 4.5 G.Fin. Broadview 9.5 Seaton 7.12

A1 Reserve

Teachers College (29), University (28), S.P.O.C. (26), Payneham (24), Exeter (24), Riverside (22), Rosewater (21), Henley & Grange (19), Semaphore Central (18), St.Dominics (15), Hyde Park (14), P.A.O.C. (0).

1st S. Payneham 9.2 S.P.O.C. 3.12 2nd S. University 8.5 Teachers Coll 5.8 Prelim. Teachers Coll 8.9 Payneham 4.3 G.Fin. Teachers Coll 4.5 University 2.4

A2 Reserve

Goodwood (33), Postal Institute (32), Walkerville (32), University (31), Teachers College (24), Seaton Ramblers (18), Flinders Park (18), Western Teachers (18), Brighton (14), Gaza (10), Pulteney OS (8), Alberton United (2).

1st S. University 13.9 Walkerville 8.3 2nd S. Postal Inst 6.8 Goodwood 6.7 Prelim. University 5.8 Goodwood 3.6 G.Fin. University 9.13 Postal Inst 6.8

A3 Reserve

Broadview (36), Scotch OC (33), Kings OC (33), Kilburn (27), Kenilworth (23), C.B.O.C. (18), Wattle Park TC (17), University (15), Ethelton (14), Flinders Uni (12), P.A.O.C. (8), Colonel Light Gardens (4).

1st S. Kings OC 13.6 Kilburn 5.6 2nd S. Broadview 8.10 Scotch OC 3.6 Prelim. Kings OC 6.13 Scotch OC 4.6 G.Fin. Kings OC 11.11 Broadview 5.2

Colts (Under 18)

Whereas previously players in the Colts had been restricted from moving to senior teams in the same year, it was decided to allow them to move up and back at will. At the end of the minor round the points were Payneham (36), Exeter (36), Flinders Park (34), Rosewater (32), Brighton (24), Hyde Park (20), Walkerville (18), Riverside (16), Gaza (16), Colonel Light Gardens (12), Semaphore Central (2

1st S. Rosewater d Flinders Park 2nd S. Payneham d Exeter Prelim. Rosewater 9.7 Exeter 6.5 G.Fin. Rosewater 12.7 Payneham 3.5

Awards

The centreman for S.P.O.C. John Nilsen was the Hone Medallist for 1967. John had previously played for the Melbourne University Blues and the Victorian state side before his move to Adelaide. Brian Ferris of Teachers College was the A1 leading goalkicker with 67 goals. The other medallists were Geoff Bailey (Goodwood – A2), Bob Lloyd (Kings – A3), Jeff Beck (Semaphore Park – A4), Don Reedy (Broadview – A5), Bob Stace (Teachers College – A1 Reserve), Leon Bright (Walkerville – A2 Reserve), Neil Tucker (Scotch – A3 Reserve), and Andrew Donovan (Walkerville – Colts). Surprisingly, Bright and Donovan were Walkerville’s first medallists in the Amateur League. Kenilworth players in A3 polled 18 first-preference votes from 20 matches, and their three top vote-getters polled 60 votes between them out of a possible 120.

Interstate

The tenth A.A.F.C. carnival was held at York Park in Launceston from July 24 to 29. Given the recent poor performances by the state team it was decided to hold a trial match at Adelaide Oval on June 17th. The match was of a high standard and the Green side was 5 goals up at the end of the first quarter. The Blue team came back to hit the front in the second half but Green finished better to win 20.10 to 16.19. Following the trial, the following squad of 25 was chosen:

  • Burch, Brian Teachers College
  • Caldwell, Neville Rosewater
  • Clapp, John University
  • Deslandes, John Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Dittmar, Michael Rosewater
  • Drew, Vern Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Griffiths, Kevin Teachers College
  • Haines, Peter Teachers College
  • Hameister, Peter Riverside
  • Johnson, Wayne Teachers College
  • Keenihan, Trevor Payneham
  • Kostanos, Chris Semaphore Central
  • Lawson, Len Rosewater
  • Litster, Doug Riverside
  • Lloyd, Bob Kings O.C.
  • Marshall, Bob St.Peters O.C.
  • Moorefield, John Goodwood
  • Muecke, Geoff University
  • O’Sullivan, Peter Payneham
  • Roennfeldt, Tony Flinders Park
  • Sangster, John captain St.Peters O.C.
  • Saywell, David Western Teachers
  • Smart, Brian Payneham
  • Waltham, Bob University
  • Welford, John vice captain Payneham

The trial game did not make a lot of difference because S.A. had a poor carnival with just one victory.

Monday July 24th 1967

S.A. Team v Tasmania

Tasmania shocked S.A. with its determination and led at quarter time. The further the match went, the more determined it became. The Tasmanians used short passing effectively, their rucks were on top, it restrained S.A.’s key forwards and led S.A.’s defence a merry dance.1Q 2Q 3Q Final Tasmania 3.3 7.9 11.14 13.19 (97) S.A. 2.2 4.4 5.6 7.10 (52)

  • Goalkickers: Saywell 3, Dittmar, Johnson, O’Sullivan, Welford
  • Best Players: Lloyd, Litster, Welford, Moorefield, Sangster, Clapp

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 3.2 9.7 13.12 17.19 (121) W.A. 0.6 2.7 3.9 4.10 (34)

Wednesday July 26th 1967

S.A. Team v W.A.

W.A. had no answer to the S.A. rucks, and the attacking combination of ‘Sally’ Saywell at full forward and Mike Dittmar at centre half forward poured on the goals.1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 2.2 10.3 12.6 15.7 (97) W.A. 1.2 3.4 6.6 6.10 (46)

  • Goalkickers: Saywell 5, Dittmar 4, Litster 2, Clapp, Deslandes, Johnson, Roennfeldt
  • Best Players: Saywell, Sangster, Welford, Deslandes, Moorefield, Waltham

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 1.9 2.9 7.12 11.15 (81) Tasmania 1.6 6.7 8.7 8.12 (60)

Saturday July 29th 1967

S.A. was under pressure right from the start and only determined defence by John Clapp and Brian Smart kept S.A. in with a chance at half time. However, the Vics broke loose in the second half and held S.A. goalless until the time-on period of the last term.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 1.4 4.9 9.13 14.16 (100) S.A. 0.1 0.1 0.3 1.4 (10)

  • Goalkicker: Kostanos
  • Best Players: Sangster, Smart, Clapp, Moorefield, Waltham, Marshall

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Tasmania 0.3 6.5 9.8 13.13 (91) W.A. 1.2 5.3 8.5 11.10 (76)

Trophies were awarded to John Welford (v Tasmania), John Clapp (v W.A. & most umpires’ votes) and John Sangster (v Victoria and whole carnival). This was Tasmania’s best carnival performance by far, its loss to Victoria only coming in the last quarter.

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