PART ONE - GEELONG 1957


1957 exercise book cover
1957 exercise book cover


INTRODUCTION


The chronicle of Geelong Football Club in the nineteen-fifties continues here with the story of two wooden-spoon years -1957 and 1958. Writing about a Geelong ‘wooden-spoon’ has a certain novelty value. In Geelong’s entire VFL/AFL history of 119 years, the club has finished last only five times (1908, 1915, 1944, 1957 and 1958) and 1944 hardly counts because the Cats did not compete in 1942-43.

Any attempt to cover the entire fifties decade would necessarily have to include these two very unsuccessful years. History rewards the victors and ignores the vanquished. Those who have finished on the bottom are more often than not ‘hidden from history’. The written histories of football clubs tend to ignore or downplay their so-called worst years. I was never tempted to ignore or gloss over Geelong’s, or give them less space than the successful years. For reasons I need to explain, these two years are in fact proudly emphasized.

Because we lived in Camberwell and Burwood in the fifties I attended relatively few Geelong games and formed the habit as early as 1954 and 1955 of listening to 3GL’s broadcasts of the games. 1957 just happened to be the year I started keeping a detailed record of the team’s on-field performances. In an appropriately-ruled exercise book I recorded the kicks and marks as described by Ivor Grundy and Leo O’Halloran and developed my own unique voting system. My exercise books for the 1957, 1958 and 1959 seasons still survive and I have archaeologically dived into them for this trilogy of articles on the fifties.

Vicariously enjoyed, Geelong Football Club was my world as an eleven-year-old – at least in winter. The players were heroes. It did not jolt my loyalty that they lost almost every week. ‘Woofa’, ‘Nipper’ and ‘Sago’ were real flesh and blood figures throwing themselves into the packs as I lay on the floor in front of the wireless set. 1
Whenever I did attend an actual game, collecting autographs was as exciting as it got. Most of these autographs have survived too. 2

Signatures 1956
Signatures 1956

Senior players: Bruce Ferrari, Brian McGrath, Norm Sharp, Ron Hovey, Bob Gazzard, Neil Trezise, Bernie Smith, Ken Beardsley, Harry Herbert, Max Sutcliffe, Les Borrack, Russell Renfrey, Bob Wiltshire, Fred Wooller.

Signatures 1957 Practice Match
Signatures 1957 Practice Match

Senior players: Les Borrack, Clive Brown, Ken Cameron, Max Hetherington, Peter Barran, Harry Herbert, Max Sutcliffe.

Signatures  1957 Practice Match
Signatures 1957 Practice Match

Senior players: Ray Harrip, Bob Gazzard, Ron Hovey, Ken Beardsley, Reg Fisher, John Haygarth, Eric Nicholls.

The years 1957 and 1958 were dispiriting but certainly not uninteresting. Club supporters perhaps ought to be just as curious about the players who struggled week in and week out, losing more than winning, as they are about the players who made a habit of winning. All clubs go through periods of transition between success and failure, failure and success. Who would have thought the Melbourne of 1951 and 1953 would rise so quickly and sensationally from the ashes? Or the miserable Footscray of 1959 would make the VFL Grand Final only two years later? Or the Hawthorn team of 2004-5 would win the AFL flag only three years later? The Geelong players of 1957 and 1958 certainly struggled but they also bled blue and white. Although it was not immediately obvious, they too - as with the better-known heroes that followed - were laying the foundations for another premiership only five years on. I have worked hard preparing these articles. They are my tribute to the Geelong footballers of ’57 and ’58.

Argus last issue January 19, 1957
Argus last issue January 19, 1957



GEELONG 1957 SEASON – AN OVERVIEW


Almost all of the information used to construct this record of 1957 has been gleaned from my 1957 ‘Geelong’ exercise book (which somewhat miraculously survives in good condition to this day).

Interviewed for a 2001 DVD production on Geelong’s post-war history, Bob Davis stated that the successful Cats team of the early fifties was ‘disintegrating’ as early as 1955. 3 Even if Davis was correct, the players of 1956 were still good enough to attain third place on the ladder (with a very healthy percentage – 121.9%) at the completion of the home-and-away round. They also only just missed out on reaching the preliminary final. As Davis himself wrote –

‘The premiership sides of 1951-52 were dissipating before our very eyes, but there was still enough talent at Kardinia Park to make a push for the 1956 flag’. 4

The Cats in 1956 won thirteen games and lost only six. They reached 100 points in five matches and had some big wins – thrashing bottom team North Melbourne by 88 points and 82 points, but also beating Essendon by 50 and South by 41. The only bad loss was the 2-14 to 10-7 effort against Collingwood in Round Six. Geelong also won eight of their nine home games.

So, after such a season as this, there must have been a degree of optimism around the club as the 1957 season approached, particularly as the only irreplaceable player missing from the 1956 list was veteran utility Russell Renfrey. Recalling this period, Bob Davis suggested otherwise:

‘…..Geelong immediately fell upon hard times. We should have seen it coming. So many star players had left the club, but there seemed to be a self-prophesising death-wish. The club was convinced there was enough talent in the reserves to fill the gaps and that there was no need for the massive recruiting programs of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s……after several years of success, a general feeling of apathy set in’. 5

Davis wrote that 51-year-old coach Reg Hickey ‘seemed to have lost a lot of his fire’ but he was careful not to lay the blame at the coach’s feet. He concluded ‘there was very little experience left at Kardinia Park for the start of the 1957 season. I could sense impending disaster in the atmosphere around the club’. 6

Davis’s point about apathy does seem to ring true. Despite all the apparent health in 1956 very little new blood had been added to the list that year. Apart from Bruce Bartle (13 games) and Fred Wooller (12 games), the combined total of the other seven 1956 recruits (Helmer, Le Deux, McGrath, Nicholls, Ryan, Goldsmith and May) only added up to 29 games.

The performances in 1957 of several of the more experienced players – Geoff Williams, Noel Rayson, John O’Connell, Ron Hovey and Bob Gazzard for instance – were below their expected high standard, but there is no doubt back luck also played a part. Apart from the numerous close finishes (six games lost by 15 points or less), Norm Sharp’s knee tragedy was a crushing jolt to team morale, the club failed to secure clearances for several promising recruits (Ray Harrip, Ian O’Halloran, John Slattery), and the absence of Wooller and Pianto on state duties must have upset team balance in mid-season. Poor form and a spate of injuries meant constant change in the side taking the field. 7

Even the darkest clouds have a silver lining however. If we fast-forward to the 1961 VFL season we can see that seven of the 1957 ‘wooden-spoon’ players (Matt Goggin, John O’Neill, Fred Wooller, Doug Long, Colin Rice, John Helmer and Eric Nicholls) were still playing for Geelong as the club finally came very close to again playing in a finals series. Three of those players (Wooller, Rice and Nicholls) stayed long enough to help the club win its next premiership (1963).

SUMMARY OF RESULTS OF SEASON 1957

Won 5, lost 12, drew 1.
Lost 6 games by 15 points or less. One drawn game.
Defeated North Melbourne (twice), Hawthorn, St.Kilda, Carlton.
Only lost two matches in first six games.
For: 195-198-1368.
Against: 219-237-1551.
Percentage: 88.2%
Only once scored over 100 points - (102 v Essendon in Round 8).
41 players used (15 recruits).
Best and fairest – Bob Davis.
Interstate representatives – Peter Pianto, Fred Wooller.
Leading goalkicker – Fred Wooller (56).


1957 Kornies Bernie Smith
1957 Kornies Bernie Smith
1957 Kornies Bob Davis
1957 Kornies Bob Davis
1957 Kornies Peter Pianto
1957 Kornies Peter Pianto


MATCH RESULTS - SEASON 1957 (wins in green)

Synopsis - a certain amount of bad luck: a drawn game, and narrow losses to Collingwood, South Melbourne and Footscray.
Home games – won three, drew one and lost five.

Drew with Footscray 11-11 to 10-17 (home)
Defeated North Melbourne 10-13 to 9-13 (away)
Lost to Collingwood 12-5 to 12-15 (home)
Lost to Carlton 13-11 to 15-12 (away)
Defeated Hawthorn 9-10 to 3-19 (home)
Defeated St.Kilda 13-5 to 10-13 (away)
Lost to Fitzroy 14-15 to 17-11 (home)
Lost to Essendon 15-12 to 21-12 (away)
Lost to Melbourne 14-10 to 23-16 (away)
Lost to South Melbourne 10-8 to 10-10 (home)
Lost to Richmond 10-9 to 14-8 (home)
Lost to Footscray 9-10 to 9-11 (away)
Defeated North Melbourne 12-15 to 8-13 (home)
Lost to Collingwood 6-8 to 13-14 (away)
Defeated Carlton 11-19 to 6-7 (home)
Lost to Hawthorn 8-7 to 14-19 (away)
Lost to St.Kilda 8-10 to 10-13 (home)
Lost to Fitzroy 10-20 to 15-14 (away)

Last page of book – Summary of season results (including my best player and votes)
My ‘report’ – ‘Geelong has some champions and have (sic) some good young ones with promise but still lack in marking, vigor and accurate shooting for goal’.

1957 exercise book
1957 exercise book


RECRUITS 1957

Recruited from/games played/my 1957 assessment
(*Never played again for Geelong seniors after 1957)

Doug Long (Mount Gambier) 17 ‘best ruckman in team – only 17 – future champ’
Colin Rice (Swan Hill) 11 ‘nuggety rover with extreme pace’
Max Hetherington (Eaglehawk) 9 ‘defender – mark and kick’
Alan Byron (my 1957 note has ‘St Arnaud’) 9 ‘promising defender with ability’
Bernie Crowe (St Arnaud) 9* ‘promising ruck – useful resting’
Peter Barren (Mansfield) 5* ‘prospects’
Ray Harrip (Horsham) 4* ‘no clearance – very good’
Jack Worland (Winchelsea) 4* ‘solid ruck – quite good’
Bill James (East Geelong) 3* ‘good’
John Laird (Geelong Amateurs) 3* ‘back with prospects – terrific kick’
Ian O’Halloran (Ararat) 3* ‘good’
Rod West (Geelong West) 3* ‘very promising’
Martin Bourke (Thirds) 2 ‘prospects’
Ron Smith (Thirds) 2 ‘good kick – very promising’
Reg Fisher (Williamstown) 1* ‘the image of Bob Davis’


My 1957 assessments of relatively new Geelong players (1956 recruits):
Eric Nicholls (‘promising – mark and kick’), Fred Le Deux (‘very good’), John Helmer (‘promising forward’).
Colin Barton, who made his debut for Geelong in 1955, did not play at all for the Cats in 1956 but returned in 1957.

From the book 'Pride Of The Bay'
From the book 'Pride Of The Bay'
Doug Long  - memorabilia collection,  Glenelg ground - Ken Mansell 2008
Doug Long - memorabilia collection, Glenelg ground - Ken Mansell 2008



OFF 1956 LIST

1956 listed players who did not play for Geelong after 1956 were Ken Beardsley (5 games in 1956 - total 25), Glen Bow (5-14), Ken Cameron (2-22), Russell Renfrey (14-201), Jim Roberts (1-21), Max Sutcliffe (9-24), Geoff Umbers (6-7), John Goldsmith (6), and Les May (4). Goldsmith and May were both 1956 recruits.

George McGrath was recruited in 1956 and played six games on permit before failing to obtain a clearance. He did not play at all for Geelong in 1957 but returned in 1958.

LAST GAMES 1957

The four players initially on the 1957 list who resigned or retired in the course of the 1957 season were Ken Cameron (22 games), Max Sutcliffe (24 games), Bob Wiltshire (to North Melbourne after 30 games) and Norm Sharp (88 games).

The following 1957 players left Geelong at the end of the season: Roger Bullen (6 games in 1957, total 26), Harry Herbert (9-56), Peter Pianto (15-121), and Bernie Ryan (5-9). Herbert had kicked 27 goals for Geelong and Pianto had kicked 144. Bullen, then only 23, left at the end of 1957 to play for Mortlake where he could expect greater financial reward. From 1959 he coached Rainbow in the Southern Mallee League. 8

Ken Cameron - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ken Cameron - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Max Sutcliffe - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Max Sutcliffe - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bernie Ryan - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bernie Ryan - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Roger Bullen - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Roger Bullen - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Roger Bullen, Geelong Centre Half Forward - Source: Tom Carey, Symmetry of Souls - Mooroopna Football Netball Club 1877 - 2002
Roger Bullen, Geelong Centre Half Forward - Source: Tom Carey, Symmetry of Souls - Mooroopna Football Netball Club 1877 - 2002


GEELONG 1957 – PRELUDE TO SEASON


The Leaders
President - Jack Jennings
Secretary - David Pescott
Selectors – Jack Ross, Reg Hickey, Bob Davis.
Captain - Bob Davis.
Vice-captain - Neil Trezise.

1957 exercise book Miscellaneous
1957 exercise book Miscellaneous


1957 Practice match No. 3
I attended this particular practice match at Kardinia Park and managed to collect a large number of autographs (see above). The program shown here was pasted down in my autograph book. There are some interesting names. John Slattery failed to secure a clearance from Eaglehawk in 1957 but later played for Footscray. Kevin Coverdale from Bairnsdale, only 17 in 1957, later played in Hawthorn’s 1963 premiership team. Ken Beardsley played 25 games for Geelong 1955-56 but did not return. Peter Falconer, Greg Major, George Finegan, Frank Fitzpatrick and Ross Sutherland all played for Geelong senior team after 1957.

Scan of program, Practice Match No 3, 1957.
Scan of program, Practice Match No 3, 1957.


Geelong 1957 Training List - as published in newspaper April 1957.
OLD
Goggin, Wooller, Davis, Pianto, Bartle, Barton, Haygarth, B.Smith, Hovey, Borrack, Cameron, O’Neill, Ferrari, O’Connell, Williams, Gazzard, Herbert, Sharp, Rayson, Trezise, Bullen, Sutcliffe, Brown, Wiltshire, Ryan.

NEW
Bill James, Jack Worland, John Laird.

SUBJECT TO CLEARANCES
Brian McGrath (Warrnambool), John Slattery (Eaglehawk), Harrip, Rice, Long, O’Halloran, Barren, R. Sutherland, Hetherington, Fisher, Byron, Crowe.

OFF
May, Hawking, Bow, Umbers, McLeod, Sizer, Sexton, Goldsmith, Helmer, Nicholls, Le Deux.

Geelong Guernsey numbers 1957
1 Matt Goggin 2 Ian O’Halloran/Eric Nicholls 3 Fred Wooller 4 Bob Davis
5 Doug Long 6 Peter Pianto 7 Bruce Bartle 8 Reg Fisher
9 Colin Barton 10 John Haygarth 11 Bernie Smith 12 Ron Hovey
13 Bill James 14 Les Borrack 15 Colin Rice 16 Ken Cameron/Rod West
17 John O’Neill 18 Bruce Ferrari 19 Alan Byron 20 John O’Connell
21 Geoff Williams 22 Ray Harrip 23 Bob Gazzard 24 Harry Herbert
25 Bernie Crowe 26 Norm Sharp 27 Noel Rayson 28 Neil Trezise
29 Roger Bullen 30 John Laird 31 Max Sutcliffe/Fred Le Deux 9 32 Clive Brown
33 Peter Barren 34 Martin Bourke/Ross Sutherland 35 George McGrath
36 Jack Slattery/John Helmer 37 Bob Wiltshire/Ron Smith 38 Bernie Ryan
39 Jack Worland 40 Max Hetherington.

My 1957 Geelong training list (player, number, where from, age, height, weight, games, position).
I have no idea now where I got these facts and figures from. The information was probably the cumulative result of passionate barracking and record-keeping over five years (1952-56). I estimate about 95% accuracy. There are some obvious mistakes in the place names – to my knowledge Matt Goggin came from Lethbridge, not Eaglehawk. Alan Byron appears to have come to Geelong from Portland (not St. Arnaud) and John Haygarth from Inverleigh (not Casterton). Ron Smith appears to have been recruited from Winchelsea. Poor Reg Fisher may indeed have been the ‘image of Davis’ but played only one game. The heights and weights indicate there were some big boys at Geelong: Long 6-3, 13-7; O’Connell 6-4, 14-10; Crowe 6-4, 14-0; Sharp 6-1, 16-11; Barren 6-1, 14-0; Wiltshire 6-4, 16-4; Worland 6-3, 17-7; Davis 5-11, 14-0.

1957 exercise book
1957 exercise book

1957 exercise book
1957 exercise book


GEELONG HOME AND AWAY MATCHES 1957


1957 exercise book - 1957 Teams
1957 exercise book - 1957 Teams


Round One, Easter Monday, April 22, Geelong hosted Footscray at Kardinia Park.

No statistics recorded (though ruled up for both kicks and marks – quarter by quarter). 10

The opening round of the 1957 VFL season initiated live TV coverage of Australian football. On Easter Saturday (April 20) all three TV channels (2, 7, 9) in Melbourne broadcast live the final quarter of the Essendon-Collingwood clash at Victoria Park. GTV9 followed up with a live broadcast of the last quarter of the Geelong-Footscray game on Easter Monday.

Geelong’s selected team:
Hovey Gazzard Wiltshire
Smith Williams Haygarth
Goggin Borrack O’Neill
Ferrari O’Halloran Davis
O’Connell Wooller Pianto
Herbert Long Trezise


19/20 Harrip, Ryan
Emerg: Ken Cameron
New – O’Halloran, Long, Harrip

The Geelong team now included only a handful of players from the club’s 1951-52 premiership era – Bernie Smith, Ron Hovey, Geoff Williams, Bob Davis, Peter Pianto, Neil Trezise and Harry Herbert. More recent arrivals formed the core of the 1957 team – Bob Gazzard, Bob Wiltshire, John Haygarth, Les Borrack, Matt Goggin, John O’Neill, Bruce Ferrari, Fred Wooller, John O’Connell, Bernie Ryan and Ken Cameron. The three new players chosen for the opening clash were Doug Long from Mount Gambier (one of four recognized ruckmen in the eighteen), centre-half-forward Ian O’Halloran from Ararat, and centreman Ray Harrip from Horsham. O’Halloran had the unenviable task in his first ever VFL match of lining up on mercurial Bulldog strongman Ted Whitten. Geelong unfortunately had failed to acquire match permits for promising Eaglehawk full forward John Slattery, a player who ironically eventually played in a Grand Final for the Bulldogs. Footscray retained a solid core of players from their own premiership era – Wally Donald, Arthur Edwards, Ron Stockman, Ted Whitten, Jim Gallagher, Peter Box, Roger Duffy, Jack Collins, Don Ross, Brian Gilmore, John Kerr and Harvey Stevens (captain).

Heading – ‘Geelong stage late recovery’.
Highlight – ‘Fred Wooller 7’.
An impressive crowd of 34,844 packed into the Geelong ground and paid £3100/4/- at the gate. Umpire - Alan Nash officiated. Stevens (Footscray) won the toss.
Footscray outplayed the Cats in the first half and broke away to lead by 26 points at half-time (7-7 to 3-5). The Cats were not to be denied however and fought back magnificently to lead by 15 points at three-quarter time (11-8 to 8-11). Geelong kicked 8.3 to 1.4 in this third term, with Fred Wooller booting five (‘Good on you Fred’ I wrote). The Age reported Geelong’s half-time move of Bruce Ferrari to centre-half-forward ‘upset Whitten’s early composure’ and added ‘Wooller led, marked and kicked superlatively’. The last quarter of this game was televised live (the first televised Geelong game ever) and viewers were treated to a classical nail-biting finish, the final siren sounding with both teams level on 77 points (11-11 Geelong to 10-17 Footscray). Footscray of course had the better of the last quarter kicking 2.6 to Geelong’s meagre three behinds.
Ryan replaced Haygarth, and Harrip replaced Borrack.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked seven goals and Pianto kicked two. Davis and Long kicked one each.
Best for Geelong were Wooller, Williams, Long, Smith, Goggin, Pianto, O’Connell.
The Age (April 24) reported Les Borrack had been ‘kicked above the knee’ in the Footscray game but delighted Cats supporters with the good news that ‘Norm Sharp is fit again’.

1957 exercise book R1 1957
1957 exercise book R1 1957

1957 exercise book R1 1957
1957 exercise book R1 1957


Fred Wooller - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Fred Wooller - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Geoff Williams - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Geoff Williams - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bernie Smith - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bernie Smith - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Matt Goggin - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Matt Goggin - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Round Two - Geelong versus North Melbourne at Arden Street.

My first ever statistical effort. Kicks quarter by quarter – marks ruled up quarter by quarter but not entered. Recorded in dazzling red ink.
Geelong’s selected team:
HoveyGazzard Herbert
SmithWilliams Haygarth
Goggin Harrip O’Neill
Ferrari O’Halloran Davis
O’Connell WoollerTrezise
Sharp Long Pianto

19/20: Wiltshire, Brown
Emerg: Worland
In – Brown, Sharp.
Out – Borrack (injured), Ryan.

The Cats were bolstered by the return of ruckman Norm Sharp and speedy wingman Clive Brown. Recruit Ray Harrip was picked in the centre, replacing the injured Les Borrack. Bernie Ryan was omitted. Recruit Ian O’Halloran again had a tough assignment, lining up on North skipper John Brady. Winchelsea recruit Jack Worland was named as the emergency.
North’s selected team included Noel Teasdale, Jack Edwards, Albert Mantello, John Brady, Laurie Dwyer, John Dugdale, Neil Doolan, Jock Spencer, Gerald Eastmure, Bryan Martyn and Allen Aylett. Peter O’Sullivan replaced Jock Spencer in the selected side.

Heading – ‘Gees just get there’
Highlight – ‘Fred Wooller’.
Umpire - Frank Schwab. Crowd 12,000. Brady (North) won the toss.
North Melbourne got away to an early lead and were in front at each interval (by 18, 5, 14 points) before being gradually pegged back by a gritty Geelong who got home by only six points in another close finish – 10.13 to 9.13. Norm Sharp drew plaudits for a stunning performance in the ruck.
Brown replaced Herbert, and Wiltshire replaced Long.
Wooller continued his good form and kicked 6.4. (Again I wrote ‘Good on you Fred’). O’Connell kicked two goals and three behinds. Pianto and Trezise each kicked a goal.
Best for Geelong were Sharp (33 kicks), Pianto (32 kicks), Ferrari (28 kicks), Smith (22 kicks), Gazzard (18 kicks), Long (16), Harrip (21), O’Halloran (19).

1957 exercise Notebook R2 1957
1957 exercise Notebook R2 1957

1957 exercise Notebook R2 1957
1957 exercise Notebook R2 1957


Norm Sharp - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Norm Sharp - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Peter Pianto - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Peter Pianto - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bruce Ferrari - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bruce Ferrari - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bob Gazzard - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bob Gazzard - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Round Three - Geelong versus Collingwood at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
Hovey Gazzard O’Halloran
SmithWilliams Haygarth
Brown Harrip O’Neill
FerrariJamesDavis
O’Connell Wooller Trezise
Sharp Long Pianto

19/20 Goggin, Barton
Emerg: Rice
In – Barton, James.
Out - Herbert (injured), Wiltshire.

In the selected side Geelong named O’Halloran (now on the last of his three match permits) in the back pocket where he found himself standing beside Magpie man-mountain Ray Gabelich. To replace the injured Herbert and the omitted Wiltshire the Cats brought in recruit Bill James (centre-half-forward) and prodigal son Colin Barton (20th man). Barton had missed all of 1956. Swan Hill recruit Colin Rice was named as the emergency. Collingwood’s strong line-up included captain Bill Twomey, Ron Kingston, Frank Tuck, Thorold Merrett, Bill Serong, Murray Weideman, Mick Twomey, Brian Gray, Bill Jones, Jack Hamilton, Ray Gabelich, Mike Delanty, Lerrel Sharp and Ken Turner.

Heading -‘Collingwood have edge on Pivotonians’.
A crowd of 24,292 paid £2102 at the gate. Umpire - Harry Beitzel.
For the third time in a row Geelong lost the toss and for the third time in succession Geelong allowed the opposition to race to an early lead. Collingwood led by 15, 9, 16 points at the intervals and got home by 10 points – 12.15 to 12.5.
Barton replaced Hovey in the third quarter, Goggin replaced Ferrari in the fourth quarter.
Frees - Geelong 26, Collingwood 20.
Marks - Geelong 40, Collingwood 41
For Geelong, O’Connell kicked four goals. Pianto, Wooller and Trezise each kicked two.
Best for Geelong – Haygarth (28-5), O’Neill (38-6), Pianto (37-1), Trezise (32-3), Williams (24-8), Sharp (17-7), O’Connell (11-6

1957 exercise book R3 1957
1957 exercise book R3 1957

1957 exercise book R3 1957
1957 exercise book R3 1957


John Haygarth - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Haygarth - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John O'Neill - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John O'Neill - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Neil Trezise - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Neil Trezise - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John O'Connell - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John O'Connell - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Round Four – Geelong versus Carlton at Carlton.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
Hovey Gazzard James
HaygarthDavis Williams
Brown Smith O’Neill
Ferrari Crowe Rayson
O’Connell WoollerTrezise
Sharp Long Pianto

19/20: Goggin, Harrip
Emerg: Cameron
In – Crowe, Rayson.
Out – Barton, O’Halloran (no clearance).
The Cats surprised at the selection table by naming Bill James in a back pocket, Bob Davis at centre-half-back and Bernie Smith in the centre. St Arnaud recruit Bernie Crowe was named at centre-half-forward and Noel Rayson came in for his first game of the season. Old-stagers John James, Bruce Comben and George Ferry manned the Carlton defence while John Chick, Laurie Kerr, Graham Donaldson and Doug Beasy provided class and experience further afield. Lining up in the back pocket, and helping veteran captain Ken Hands in the ruck, was exciting young prospect John Nicholls.

Heading – ‘Carlton too good’.
A crowd of 28,846 paid £2048 at the gate. Umpire - Bill Barbour. Bob Davis won the toss.
Geelong fans were shocked when brilliant young ruck tyro Norm Sharp crashed in the third quarter with a serious knee injury, replaced by Matt Goggin. Geelong’s ruck stocks had already been depleted when injury forced John O’Connell from the field early in the game, replaced by Ray Harrip. In desperation the Cats moved Wooller to centre-half-forward and Bruce Ferrari to full-forward. The game was hard-fought and close with the Cats only ten points behind at the last change but the Blues prevailed to sneak home by thirteen points – 15.12 to 13.11.
For Geelong, Fred Wooller was again on target with 5.2 while Doug Long and Noel Rayson each kicked two goals.
Frees – Geelong 23, Carlton 24.
Best for Geelong were Ferrari (19-8), Brown (15-5), Wooller (11-7), Rayson (24-5), Pianto (29-3), Long (13-3) and Haygarth (20-3).

1957 exercise book R4 1957
1957 exercise book R4 1957

1957 exercise book R4 1957
1957 exercise book R4 1957


Clive Brown - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Clive Brown - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Noel Rayson - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Noel Rayson - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bob Davis - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bob Davis - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ron Hovey - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ron Hovey - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Round Five – Geelong versus Hawthorn at Geelong.

No statistics recorded (though ruled up for kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter). Attended this match (May 18, 1957).
Geelong’s selected team:
Smith Gazzard Bartle
Haygarth ByronWilliams
BrownHovey O’Neill
Ferrari CroweRayson
Herbert Wooller Trezise
DavisLongPianto

19/20:Helmer, Bourke
Emerg: Worland
In – Bartle, Bourke, Byron, Helmer, Herbert.
Out - Sharp and O’Connell (both injured), Goggin, Harrip, James.

Signatures - Martin Bourke, Alan Byron, Noel Rayson
Signatures - Martin Bourke, Alan Byron, Noel Rayson


Weakened by injuries to key ruckmen John O’Connell and Norm Sharp, the Cats brought in Alan Byron for his debut at centre-half-back, named Bob Davis in the first ruck, and recalled Bruce Bartle and Harry Herbert. Ron Hovey and Bernie Smith swapped positions with Hovey moving to the centre and Smith moving to his customary back pocket position. John Helmer and recruit Martin Bourke were named on the bench. The Hawthorn team was unchanged as they had beaten 1956 premiers Melbourne in Round Four to reclaim top spot on the ladder. The Hawks were therefore favourites to beat tenth-placed Geelong – despite having won only one game (by a point in 1948) in thirteen previous visits to Kardinia Park. 11
Hawthorn – destined to play in a VFL final for the first time ever in 1957 – boasted a tough back line headed by Alf Hughes, Norm Gent, Alan Woodley, Roy Simmonds, John Peck and Len Crane. Young stars Brendan Edwards and Graham Arthur provided talent while around the packs the Hawks relied on John Kennedy and ‘Killer’ Kaine (from Coleraine).

Heading – ‘Cats run away’.
A crowd of 18,000 paid £1612 at the gate. Umpire - Nunn.
The Hawks got off to a bad start with inaccurate kicking for goal in the first quarter (0-7) but later in the game it only got worse. A lamentable 0-10 in the third quarter allowed the Cats to streak to a 33-point lead at the last change. At three-quarter time Hawthorn had scored 1.17. Geelong cruised home to win by 27 points (9-10 to 3.19) despite having three fewer scoring shots. Hawk full-forward Terry Ingersoll and rover Cyril Collard were both taken from the field in the last quarter. At half-time Peck was moved into the ruck and Simmonds moved to the centre. 12

Geelong’s Bartle and Crowe were both injured.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked 4.2 and Doug Long kicked two goals. Les Kaine kicked all three of Hawthorn’s goals.
Best for Geelong were Davis (‘brilliant’), Smith (‘played brilliantly’), O’Neill (‘brilliant’), Ferrari (‘consistent’), Rayson (‘good’), Haygarth (‘played well’) and Long (‘good’). Note: Bartle (‘rarely sighted’) and Hovey (‘unsighted’).
The VFL posted a record attendance of 158, 849 for the six Round Five matches.
Autographs – May 18, 1957 – Martin Bourke, Alan Byron, Noel Rayson.

Bruce Bartle - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bruce Bartle - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Harry Herbert - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Harry Herbert - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission



Round Six – Geelong versus St.Kilda at St.Kilda.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
Smith GazzardBartle
Haygarth Byron Williams
BrownFerrariO’Neill
Fisher Crowe Ryan
Herbert WoollerTrezise
Davis Long Pianto

19/20: Worland, Goggin
Emerg: James
In – Fisher, Goggin, Ryan, Worland.
Out - Rayson and Hovey (both injured), Bourke, Helmer.

Heading – ‘Cats scrape home’.
Geelong retained Byron and Bartle in the back line and picked Ferrari in the centre. Bob Davis kept his position as ruck-rover. Recruit Reg Fisher and fringe player Bernie Ryan joined Bernie Crowe on a new-look half-forward line. St.Kilda fielded a capable defence - Brian Walsh, Keith Drinan, Neil Roberts, Jim Guyatt and Eric Guy. Dangerous goal-sneak Bill Young provided a target for John Coffey, Ken Mulhall and ‘Bud’ Annand on the forward line. Ruckman Brian Gleeson, the 1957 Brownlow Medallist, and rover Paul Dodd led the following division.
Attendance: 23,000. Umpire – Nash. Drinan (St. Kilda) won the toss.
After an even first quarter, a five-goal second quarter by the Cats set them up for the win. They led by 21 points at half-time, 12 points at three-quarter-time, and scraped home by ten (13.5 to 10.13). Davis and Fisher sustained injuries and were replaced during the match by Worland and Goggin.
For Geelong, Pianto kicked 3 goals. Long, Wooller and Ryan each kicked two goals.
Best for Geelong were Long (17-2), Pianto (21-1), Trezise (16-3), Byron (14-2), Haygarth (14-3), Davis (15-1 until injured), and O’Neill (19-4).


Round Seven – Geelong versus Fitzroy at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Up to this point of the season, Geelong’s record was 3-2-1 and could easily have been 4-2. There was as yet little need for panic. However the loss to Fitzroy at home in Round Seven was the start of the rot from which the team did not recover. They lost six games straight from Round Seven to Round Twelve and then lost four of the last six games (Rounds 13-18).
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithGazzardHerbert
Haygarth ByronWilliams
O’NeillBorrack Brown
GogginFerrariRyan
O’Connell Wooller Trezise
Davis Long Pianto

19/20 Rice, Harrip
Emerg: Barton
In – O’Connell, Borrack, Rice, Harrip.
Out - Fisher and Crowe (both injured), Bartle, Worland.

At the selection table the Cats brought in Les Borrack and John O’Connell (both returning after being sidelined by injury), Ray Harrip, and Swan Hill recruit Colin Rice. Several last-minute changes in the selected side possibly unsettled the Cats: Bruce Bartle replaced Harry Herbert , Noel Rayson replaced Les Borrack, and Colin Barton replaced Ray Harrip as 20th man. (Harrip never took the field for Geelong again). Fitzroy’s line-up included Bill Stephen (captain), Bob Henderson, Eddie Goodger, Graham Gotch, Tony Ongarello and Kevin Murray in defence; Vin Williams, Don Furness and Ian Aston across the centre; Kevin Wright, Owen Abrahams, Graham Knight and Graham Campbell in attack; and Wally Clark roving to the fearsome ruck division of Alan Gale, Jack McGregor, Rod Vernon and Norm Johnstone.
A crowd of 17, 240 paid £1497 at the gate. Umpire - Beitzel.
Bob Davis (Geelong) won the toss.
Highlight – ‘Ferrari – 70 yards goals’.
Fitzroy got away to a good start, kicking six goals in the first quarter and maintained their lead at half-time (9-5 to 6-10). Geelong showed signs of recovery in the third quarter and had whittled the Lions’ lead to four points at the last change. But Fitzroy were too good and kicked away in the last to win by 14 points (17.11 to 14.15).
Geoff Williams (ankle) and John O’Connell (leg) were replaced by Rice and Barton respectively in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Wooller was again in good form and posted 5-3. Neil Trezise kicked 3-3. Peter Pianto was off target with 1-5 for the afternoon. For Fitzroy, Campbell kicked four goals and Knight three.
Best for Geelong were Byron (19-5), Trezise (24-2), Wooller (13-6), Pianto (33-2), Davis (33-8), O’Neill (27-5) and Ferrari (19-6). (A later page in the exercise book has the comment ‘Byron terrific against Fitzroy’).

1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz
1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz

1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz
1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz


Round Eight – Geelong versus Essendon at Essendon.

No statistics recorded (though ruled up for kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter). Attended this match.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithHetheringtonJames
Haygarth ByronBarton
O’Neill BorrackBrown
GogginFerrariRice
CroweWoollerTrezise
DavisLongPianto

19/20 Bartle, Helmer
Emerg: Ryan
In – Hetherington, Borrack, Crowe, Helmer, James.
Out - Gazzard, O’Connell, Rayson, Williams (all injured), Ryan.

In the selected side, Max Hetherington made his debut (at full-back in place of the injured Bob Gazzard) and recruit Colin Rice was retained for his second game. Several last minute changes may have again unsettled the Cats. John Helmer replaced Matt Goggin in the eighteen and recruit Peter Barren replaced Bruce Bartle on the bench. Jack Worland took Helmer’s place on the bench.
The Essendon line-up included defenders Bob Suter, Jack Knowles, Jeff Gamble and Bob Shearman; a classy centre-line of Greg Sewell, Jack Clarke and Reg Burgess; a forward line led by Fred Gallagher and Col Hebbard; and a superb following division - Geoff Leek, John Gill, Hugh Mitchell, John Birt and the great Bill Hutchison.
Heading – ‘Gallagher 12 for Dons’
A crowd of 22,000 paid £1600 at the gate. Umpire Schwab.
Bob Davis (Geelong) won the toss.
Geelong played well in the opening stanza and led by eight points at the first change (5-4 to 4-2). Essendon moved ahead in the second quarter and led by six points at the main break (8-8 to 7-8). A tight struggle then ensued with both teams neck and neck (12-9 apiece) at the final change. No-one would have predicted such a one-sided finish. The Dons stormed home, kicking 9-3 to 3-3 to win 21-12 to 15-12.
Barren replaced Long and Worland replaced James.
Frees – Geelong 17, Essendon 23. Marks - Geelong 34, Essendon 45.
Best for Geelong (mine) were Haygarth, Davis, Trezise, Byron, Borrack, Ferrari and Rice. (Best according to The Sporting Globe – Wooller, Trezise, Pianto, O’Neill, Byron, Ferrari).
For Geelong, Wooller kicked 5-2, while Ferrari and Helmer each kicked three goals and Trezise two.
The highlight of the game was the performance of Essendon full-forward Fred Gallagher who turned in a Coleman-like performance, kicking 12-4 on the hapless first-gamer Max Hetherington.

Colin Barton - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Colin Barton - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Les Borrack - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Les Borrack - 1957 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Round Nine – Geelong versus Melbourne at the MCG.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithGazzardLong
HaygarthByronWilliams
O’Neill BorrackBrown
HelmerFerrari Rice
BarrenWooller Trezise
Davis CrowePianto

19/20: O’Connell, Ryan
In – Gazzard, Williams, O’Connell, Ryan.
Out - Barton, Hetherington, James, Worland.

The Cats retained John Helmer in the eighteen and selected Peter Barren for his first full game. Colin Rice, chosen again for the half-forward flank, appeared to be consolidating his position. Melbourne, the 1956 premiers, was a daunting prospect for a Geelong side still recovering from the previous week’s flogging. The Demons oozed class on every line – John Beckwith, Peter Marquis, Geoff Case, John Lord, Don Williams, Ian McLean, Brian Dixon, Geoff Tunbridge, Clyde Laidlaw, Laurie Mithen, Ron Barassi, Ian Ridley, Bob Johnson and Ian Thorogood. Peter Brenchley replaced Frank ‘Bluey’ Adams in the selected side.
A big crowd of 48,000 paid £4716 at the MCG gates. Umpire - Flanagan.
Bob Davis won the toss.

Melbourne broke early and raced away to a 35-point lead at half-time (10-9 to 5-4). With Fred Wooller on fire, Geelong managed to hold the Redlegs in the third quarter, each side kicking six goals. The Demons however unleashed a strong finish to run out winners by 60 points (23-16 to 14-10).

Highlight – ‘Ferrari’s mark in second quarter’.
O’Connell replaced Byron in the third quarter and Ryan replaced Pianto in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked 7-4 (all in the second half, including five in the third quarter). Neil Trezise kicked 2-4. For Melbourne, so-called ‘decoy’ full forward Athol Webb kicked eight goals. Last-minute addition Peter Brenchley kicked five majors.
Best for Geelong were Smith (22-11), Williams (13-5), Long (11-5), Haygarth (19-7), Wooller (14-5), Crowe (17-5), Ferrari (14-6) and Borrack (18-6). Note: Pianto (24-1), Davis (15-7).
Marks – Geelong 55, Melbourne 61; Frees – Geelong 36, Melbourne 24; Hit-outs - Geelong 32, Melbourne 36.

Round Ten – Geelong versus South Melbourne at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.

Geelong’s selected team:
SmithGazzardBartle
Haygarth Williams Barton
O’NeillBorrackBrown
Hovey CroweHelmer
O’Connell FerrariRice
Davis LongTrezise

19/20: Barren, Hetherington
Emerg: Bourke
In – Bartle, Barton, Hetherington, Hovey.
Out - Wooller, Pianto (both interstate), Byron (injured), Ryan.

Geelong had to do without star full-forward Fred Wooller and champion rover Peter Pianto – both on state duty for Victoria. Rice occupied the roving position vacated by Pianto and Ferrari filled in for Wooller at full-forward. Hovey, Crowe and Helmer made up an inexperienced half-forward line. Williams stood in for Byron at centre-half-back. Not many would have picked the Swans to win – they had not beaten Geelong at Geelong since 1948. The most notable visitors were defender Hugh McLaughlin junior; wingman Ken McCormack; forwards Bob Skilton, Ron Clegg, Ern Trickey and Max Oaten; ruckmen Ian Gillett, Ken Boyd and Don Keyter; and rovers Brian McGowan and Kevin Hogan.
A crowd of 12,146 paid £917 at the gate. Umpire - Colin Mance.
Bob Davis (Geelong) won the toss.
Geelong led early and established a seventeen-point lead at quarter-time but a withering second quarter by the Swans (in which they kicked 7.2 to 1.3) had them 18 points in front at the main break (7-5 to 4-5). The Cats reduced the lead to 12 points at ‘lemon time’. A final lunge by the home side fell short by a mere two points (10-8 to 10-10).

Heading – ‘Ump wins for them in close game’.
My 1957 comment on Umpire Colin Mance (‘just really terrible’).
Barren replaced Crowe (leg) in the third quarter.
For Geelong, Ferrari kicked four goals and O’Connell kicked three. (Doug Long kicked 0-4).
For South, Keyter, Skilton, McGowan and Trickey each kicked two goals.
Frees – Geelong 25, South 28.
Marks – Geelong 65, South 47.
Best for Geelong were Davis (27-9), Hovey (23-5), Borrack (22-6), Long (17-4), Barton (15-2), Trezise (27-0), O’Neill (18-4). Note: Ferrari (14-8).


Round Eleven – Geelong versus Richmond at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithGazzardLe Deux
HaygarthByronBarton
BrownBorrackO’Neill
FerrariWilliamsGoggin
O’ConnellRaysonRice
DavisLongTrezise

19/20 Helmer, Worland
In – Le Deux, Rayson, Byron, Goggin, Worland.
Out – Crowe, Hovey, Bartle, Barren and Hetherington.

At the selection table, the Cats were still without state representatives Wooller and Pianto.
Back pocket ruckman Fred Le Deux was chosen for his first game of the season. Colin Barton retained his position on the half back flank. The big selection surprise was the positioning of Geoff Williams at centre-half-forward. Richmond boasted a tight back line headed by Alan Cations, Dave Cuzens, Brian Davie and veteran skipper Des Rowe. Havel Rowe and Tom Hafey lined up on the wings alongside centreman Stan Morcom. Ron Branton, Ron McDonald and Col Saddington formed a strong half-forward line with full forward Bob Dummett as their leading target. Ted Langridge and Peter Morris roved to young Neville Crowe and big John Jenkins.
A crowd of 18,171 paid £1532 at the gate. Umpire – Bill Barbour (‘Terrible early in the game’).
Des Rowe (Richmond) won the toss.

Heading – ‘Tigers Thrash Geelong in the Air’.
Geelong continued with their 1957 pattern of slow starts – this one being perhaps the worst of all. Richmond kicked eight goals to scoot away to a seemingly unassailable 49-point lead at quarter time. The Cats recovered somewhat, holding the Tigers to just one goal in the second quarter but the match was as good as lost. Geelong’s five goals in the third may have created some hope and only 30 points separated the two sides at the last change (11-6 to 6-6). The lead was reduced further in the last but it was too late. Tigers by 24 points (14-8 to 10-9).
Helmer replaced Ferrari in the last quarter, and Worland replaced Long in the last quarter.
For Geelong, stand-in full-forward Noel Rayson kicked three goals (all in the third quarter ‘revival’). Geelong’s desperation to find an effective forward was highlighted by the goal (and behind) scored by full-back Bob Gazzard – his very first goal in forty matches of VFL senior football. For the Tigers, Dummett kicked 7-3 and Branton kicked three goals.
Marks – Richmond 83, Geelong 56.
Frees – Geelong 36, Richmond 19.
Geelong’s best were Davis (26-8), Byron (18-3), Rice (17-6), Borrack (15-4), Brown (19-2), LeDeux (11-4), Ferrari (18-6). Note: Trezise (27-3); Williams (7-2).


Round Twelve – Geelong versus Footscray at Footscray (return game).

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithWilliams Le Deux
Haygarth ByronBarton
BrownGogginO’Neill
RiceHetheringtonBorrack
Crowe RaysonTrezise
Davis LongPianto

19/20: O’Connell, Worland
Emerg: Helmer
In – Crowe, Hetherington, Pianto.
Out - Ferrari (injured), Gazzard, Helmer.

Pianto returned to the ranks at last but Wooller missed his third match, this time through injury. Williams filled in at full back with the daunting task of containing Jack Collins. Matt Goggin was named in the centre and Borrack on the half-forward flank. Max Hetherington was selected at centre-half-forward, a long way from full-back. Noel Rayson was retained at full-forward.
The Footscray team included Wally Donald, Herb Henderson, Arthur Edwards, Jim Gallagher, Ron Porta and Ron Stockman in defence; Ted Whitten in the centre; Roger Duffy, Bernie Lee, Jack Collins and Don Ross in attack; Brian Gilmore as first ruck and Brownlow Medallist Peter Box roving.
Attendance -18,000. Umpire Schwab (‘good’). Bob Davis (Geelong) won the toss.
This time the Cats made a good start and led by 23 points at quarter time (4-1 to 0-2). Unfortunately the Bulldogs managed to peg back the lead and were ahead by four points at half-time. A neck and neck race to the line ensued. The Cats had their noses in front (7-9 to 7-7) at three quarter time but in the end were pipped by a point (9-11 to 9-10).
Crowe replaced by O’Connell in the second quarter.
For Geelong, Rayson again kicked three goals. Peter Pianto also kicked three majors.
For Footscray, spearhead Jack Collins kicked five goals.
Marks – Footscray 75, Geelong 60.
Best for Geelong were Davis (25-8), Trezise (27-3), Byron (14-6), Pianto (26-1), Barton (20-3), Brown (15-3), Goggin (16-1), Smith (13-4). Note: Le Deux (13-4), Hetherington (10-4), Williams (5-1).

Heading – ‘High-flying Bulldogs Win’
In the curtain-raiser Geelong Thirds won by a point – 8.7 to 8.6.

Round Thirteen – Geelong versus North Melbourne at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithWilliamsLe Deux
Haygarth Hetherington Barton
O’Neill GogginBrown
RiceHerbertBorrack
Bourke WoollerTrezise
Davis Long Pianto

19/20: Hovey, Bullen
Emerg: Gazzard
In – Bullen, Bourke, Herbert, Wooller, Hovey.
Out - Byron and Crowe (both injured), Rayson, O’Connell, Worland.

Geelong named Martin Bourke for his second VFL game, Harry Herbert (first game since Round Six), and Roger Bullen (first 1957 appearance). Fred Wooller returned to the side at last. The goal-to-goal line had taken on an unusual look: Williams again at full-back, Hetherington back in defence at centre-half-back, Goggin in the centre, and Herbert at centre-half-forward.
North’s team was built around a solid defence headed by Noel Teasdale, Albert Mantello and John Brady; a formidable centreline combination of Laurie Dwyer, Neil Doolan and Kevin McMahon; an attack led by John Dugdale, Peter Schofield and Michael Gaudion; a ruck division led by Bryan Martyn and Norm Dean; and rovers Allen Aylett and Gerald Eastmure. No Jock Spencer again.
A crowd of 14, 806 paid £1145 at the gate. Umpire Beitzel. (‘very good’).
Bob Davis (Geelong) won the toss.
One of Geelong’s best performances of the season. Peter Pianto kicked two first-quarter goals and the Cats led by three goals at quarter-time. North was resurgent in the second stanza and reduced the lead to two points (4-8 to 4-6). Geelong more than met the challenge after half-time. Fred Wooller produced a dominant display and kicked all five of Geelong’s goals in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 32 points. The Cats were home by 26 points at the final bell.
Hovey replaced Barton in the second quarter, and Bullen replaced Trezise in the third quarter.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked 6-3. Pianto and Rice each kicked two goals. For North, Aylett kicked three goals.

Heading: ‘Geelong too good - best game yet’.
Highlight – ‘Wooller and Teasdale’.
Best for Geelong were Pianto (21-1), Herbert(22-12), Wooller (10-7), Hetherington (18-7), Long (10-6), O’Neill (22-4), Smith (15-5), Haygarth (23-4) and Davis (22-8).
Marks – Geelong 79, North 63. Frees – Geelong 25, North 27.


Round Fourteen – Geelong versus Collingwood at Collingwood.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithLairdLe Deux
Haygarth HetheringtonWilliams
Nicholls BorrackBrown
Ferrari Herbert Bullen
CroweWoollerTrezise
Davis Long Pianto

19/20: O’Connell, Rod West
Emerg: Goggin
In – Laird, Nicholls, Crowe, Ferrari, O’Connell, Rod West.
Out - O’Neill, Barton, Rice (all injured), Bourke, Hovey, Goggin.

Geelong sprang some surprises at the selection table, naming full-back John Laird and forward Rod West for their first VFL senior games and young Eric Nicholls for only his second senior game. An injured John O’Neill was destined to miss the rest of the 1957 season. Geoff Williams, selected in his customary position on the half-back flank, played his 100th game for the Cats.
The Cats faced a Collingwood team packed with talent - Lerrel Sharp, Harry Sullivan, Mike Delanty on the back line; Peter Lucas, Ron Kingston and Frank Tuck as the perennial half-back combination; Thorold Merrett and Bill Twomey across the centre; Murray Weideman, Ian Brewer and Ken Smale in attack; and followers Graham Fellowes, Ken Turner, Jack Hamilton, Bill Serong and Ken Bennett.
A crowd of 21,316 paid £1526 at the gate. Umpire – Colin Mance.
Bob Davis (Geelong) won the toss.
The Magpies jumped out of the blocks to lead by sixteen points at the first break and extended their lead to 27 points at half-time (7-7 to 3-4). The margin was 29 points at the last change (10-12 to 6-7) before the visitors were overwhelmed to finish 47 points down (6-9 to 13-14). Bob Davis was reported in the second quarter. O’Connell replaced Crowe in the last quarter, and West replaced Long in the last quarter.
Highlight – ‘Ferrari’s mark’.

Heading – ‘Carn the mighty Cats’.
For Geelong, Harry Herbert, playing at half-forward, kicked two goals, both in the third quarter. Wooller was restricted to one goal (first quarter) - his fiftieth for the season. (Wooller had kicked 50-29 from 79 scoring shots to this point). For Collingwood, Weideman kicked three goals. Brewer, Turner and Bennett each kicked two.
Best for Geelong were Pianto (30-3), Davis (29-7), Trezise (22-5), Brown (18-3), Borrack (14-3), Long (15-4), Ferrari (12-2), Haygarth (15-4).
Frees – Geelong 30, Collingwood 17. Marks – Geelong 46, Collingwood 72.

Round Fifteen – Geelong versus Carlton at Geelong

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithLaird Le Deux
Haygarth HetheringtonByron
Brown Borrack Nicholls
RiceHerbertBullen
Williams WoollerTrezise
Davis LongPianto

19/20 Gazzard, Rod West
Emerg: Barren
In – Byron, Rice, Gazzard.
Out - Crowe (injured), Ferrari, O’Connell.

A big surprise from the selectors: Geoff Williams in the forward pocket. Neil ‘Nipper’ Trezise played his 150th game.
Carlton, skippered by Ken Hands, made the trip to Geelong with all the usual culprits on board: defenders Bruce Comben, George Ferry, John James, Peter Webster and Denis Zeunert; wingmen John Chick and Graham Gilchrist; forwards Laurie Kerr, Graham Donaldson, Don Nicholls, Gerald Burke and Bob Crowe; followers Hands, John Nicholls and Doug Beasy.
A crowd of 16,808 paid £1316 at the gate. Umpire Woolf. Davis (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end.
An impressive performance by the Cats who were far too good for a sluggish Carlton outfit and ran away to win by 42 points (11-19 to 6-7). Carlton led by 13 points at the first change but Geelong overhauled them to lead by 11 points at half-time (3-8 to 2-3) and 22 points at three-quarter time (6-16 to 4-6). Geelong’s winning margin would have been even greater if the forwards had kicked straight.
Gazzard replaced Davis (injured) in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Pianto kicked four goals and Bullen kicked three. Geoff Williams (0-4) and Doug Long (1-5) were both off target. Fred Wooller was restricted to one goal. For Carlton, Gerald Burke kicked three goals.
Best for Geelong were Long (19-7), Herbert (17-9 with seven marks in the third quarter), Haygarth (20-6), Smith (18-6), Nicholls (12-6), Trezise (30-4) and Brown (17-3). Note: Davis (19-4 until injured), Williams (19-2).
Marks – Geelong 65, Carlton 49. Frees – Geelong 26, Carlton 24. Hit-outs - no entry.

Round Sixteen – Geelong versus Hawthorn at Hawthorn.

Statistics recorded – kicks for the first three quarters and marks for the first three quarters – see explanation below.
Geelong’s selected team:
SmithLairdLe Deux
HaygarthHetherington Gazzard
Nicholls BorrackBrown
Bullen HerbertRice
Williams WoollerWest
Long ByronTrezise

19/20 Rayson, O’Connell
Emerg: Ryan
In – Rayson, O’Connell.
Out - Davis and Pianto (both injured).

Rod West was selected for his first full game and Noel Rayson was picked for the first time in four weeks. Geoff Williams was again named in the forward pocket.
The Cats were forced to make two changes in the selected side - Peter Barren started in Le Deux’s place and Clive Brown was replaced in the eighteen by Rayson. Bernie Ryan, originally named as an emergency, became 19th man alongside O’Connell. Hawthorn, in fourth place on the VFL ladder after beating Melbourne in Round 15, would have been determined to beat tenth-placed Geelong and avenge their Round Five defeat. As final four aspirants, the Hawks had Alf Hughes, Len Crane and Don Gent heading a strong defence; Brian Falconer on the wing; Phil O’Brien on a half-forward flank; Garry Young at full forward; John Kennedy, Alan Woodley, Les Kaine and Maurie Young sharing the ruck duties; Roy Simmonds roving; and last but not least the terrible twosome from Bendigo – Graham Arthur (half-forward flank) and Brendan Edwards (wing).

A crowd of 12,000 witnessed a game played in atrocious conditions. Glenferrie Oval was a waterlogged quagmire which became stickier and muddier the further the game progressed.
Umpire – Allan Nash.
Neil Trezise captained the Cats in the absence of injured Bob Davis. Hawthorn skipper John Kennedy won the toss.
Highlight – ‘Mud’
Handling the conditions better than the visitors, Hawthorn moved to an early lead (eleven points at quarter time and 23 points at half-time). The Age newspaper later described Geelong as ‘disjointed’ and ‘spiritless’.13
Geelong supporters would have held out some hope at three quarter time as the Cats had reduced the lead slightly by the last change to 21 points (7-6 to 9-15). With GTV9’s television cameras scrutinizing the play in the last quarter many of these same Geelong supporters would have been horrified to see on their screens the meekness with which their football team allowed Hawthorn to dominate the play in the last quarter. Hawthorn kicked 5-4 to Geelong’s 1-1 to run out easy winners by 48 points (14-19 to 8-7). I have documentary evidence I was one of these aforementioned Geelong supporters watching the horror on television. The kicks and marks table dutifully maintained for three-quarters of the game is blank in the fourth quarter as I left the wireless and proceeded into the lounge room with hope still in my breast. Nowadays footage from that particularly sad last quarter is included in football history documentaries. It shows players of both teams splashing around in the water and mud. The normally light-footed Bernie Smith for instance, in what would prove to be one of his last games for the Cats, appears bogged down as if he had concrete in his boots. We see him taking a chest mark and then kicking poorly downfield. Noel Rayson, another stalwart from the premiership era soon to resign, is seen snapping Geelong’s only goal for the quarter.
O’Connell replaced Barren in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Colin Rice kicked two goals. Fred Wooller, restricted again to a single goal, endured another frustrating day. Other goal kickers were Williams, Herbert, Trezise, Bullen and Rayson. Garry Young kicked four goals for the Hawks.
Phil O’Brien, Bill Shelton, Roy Simmonds and Ron Cabble each kicked two goals.
Best players for Geelong (with kicks and marks recorded to three-quarter time) were Haygarth (23-1), Smith (14-4), Williams (12-0), Laird (12-3), Hetherington (11-1), Trezise (20-2) and Rice (18-0).
Marks – Geelong 42, Hawthorn 42.
Frees – Hawthorn 14, Geelong 12.

Round Seventeen – Geelong versus St.Kilda at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter and marks quarter by quarter.
Geelong’s selected team:
Smith WilliamsBarren
Haygarth HetheringtonBorrack
Brown Bullen Nicholls
RaysonFerrariRice
R.Smith WoollerTrezise
Herbert Le DeuxPianto

19/20: O’Connell, Helmer
In – Brown, Ferrari, Le Deux, Pianto, Ron Smith, Helmer.
Out - Byron, Gazzard, Long (all influenza), Laird, West, Ryan.

Six changes at the selection table, with Ron Smith chosen for his first game (forward pocket). Geoff Williams returned to defence at full-back. Noel Rayson retained his position in the eighteen.
St.Kilda’s big names were Brian Walsh, Keith Drinan and Eric Guy in defence; John Coffey on the wing; Allan Jeans, Bill Young, Brian Molony and Graham Minihan on the forward lines; and Brian Gleeson,‘Bud’ Annand and Paul Dodd following the ball.
A crowd of 12,750 paid £1030 at the gate. The game was umpired by Victorian state cricketer Ian Huntington, officiating at his first VFL senior game. Keith Drinan (St. Kilda) won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end.
Yet another disappointing performance by Geelong. St.Kilda skipped away to a four goal lead (5-2 to 1-2) at quarter time. The Cats fought back in the second term to reduce the lead to 9 points (4-6 to 6-3) and put in another solid effort in the third to level the scores at the last change (6-7 each). The Saints however proved their superiority and won by 15 points (10-13 to 8-10).
O’Connell replaced Ron Smith in the last quarter.
Saints captain Keith Drinan went off with an injured knee in the second quarter.
For Geelong, Rayson kicked three goals from the half forward flank. Wooller yet again was restricted to one. For St. Kilda, Minihan, Young and Gleeson each kicked two goals.
Best for Geelong were Ferrari (20-8), Bullen (18-5), Borrack (14-4), Bernie Smith (19-7), Barren (12-5), Rayson (18-6). Note: Pianto (24-5), Brown (19-4), Rice (20-2), Le Deux (14-5), Trezise (18-0).
Marks – Geelong 61, St.Kilda 68.
Frees – Geelong 30, St.Kilda 42.

Round Eighteen – Geelong versus Fitzroy at Fitzroy.

Statistics recorded – kicks quarter by quarter, marks quarter by quarter, free kicks quarter by quarter. Recording of free kicks for the first time.
Geelong’s selected team:
Smith WilliamsLe Deux
HaygarthFerrari Borrack
Brown Bullen Goggin
RaysonHerbertRice
R.Smith Wooller Trezise
Davis LongPianto

19/20 Helmer, Hetherington
Emerg: Barren
In – Davis, Long, Goggin,
Out - Nicholls (influenza), Barren, O’Connell.

At the selection table, Hetherington replaced O’Connell on the bench, Helmer sitting alongside him. Williams was retained at full back. The Cats experimented with Ferrari at centre half back. Centreman Roger Bullen was about to play his last game for Geelong. Peter Pianto was also about to play his last game for the Cats. As it turned out Harry Herbert had already done so. In a last minute change to the selected side, Hetherington replaced Herbert in the eighteen. Bernie Crowe took the former’s position on the bench. Fitzroy hosted Geelong with a defence led by Bob Henderson, Bill Stephen and Kevin Murray; star wingman Ian Aston; forwards Owen Abrahams, Graham Campbell, Ray Slocum and Tony Ongarello; and followers Alan Gale, Ron Harvey, Norm Johnstone and Wally Clark. Veteran Johnstone was playing his 230th (and last) game for Fitzroy.
The match was a battle for the wooden spoon. Fitzroy was placed last on the ladder before the match. Geelong with a superior percentage and two more points was second last.
Only 10,000 watched the game at Brunswick Street Oval. Umpire Woolf officiated. Davis (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the eastern end.
Geelong looked to be the better team early in the game and led by 20 points at quarter time (4-4 to 1-2). The Lions then turned the match on its head by kicking 8-5 to Geelong’s 1-3 in the second quarter. With their wayward kicking the Cats never looked like bridging the gap and went down by 24 points (10-20 to 15-14).
The Lions were too good but Geelong let themselves down with woeful kicking for goal – 6-16 for the last three quarters. Trezise (four behinds) and Wooller (six behinds) were the main offenders. Thus the Cats secured the wooden spoon (see my drawing of spoon below statistics table). Helmer replaced Trezise in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked three goals (all in the first half). Rayson and Helmer each kicked two goals. For Fitzroy, Clark and Abrahams each kicked three goals.
Best for Geelong were Ferrari (18 kicks, 7 marks, I free kick), Goggin (20-2-1), Pianto (23-3-2), Haygarth (19-0-2), Bernie Smith (16-5-0), LeDeux (15-4-1). Note: Trezise (17-2-3), Wooller (15-8-2), Rayson (15-4-2).
Marks – Geelong 62, Fitzroy 58.
Frees – Geelong 23, Fitzroy 27.

1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz
1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz

1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz
1957 exercise book Geelong v Fitz


GEELONG 1957 – SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCES


Geelong players - Games Played 1957 (recruits in bold)
18 Haygarth, Smith, Trezise
17 Long , Williams
16 Brown, Davis
15 Wooller, Pianto
14 Ferrari
13 O’Neill
12 Borrack, Gazzard, O’Connell
11 Rice
10 M.Goggin
9 Herbert, Hetherington, Crowe, Byron
8 Rayson
7 Barton, Helmer, Hovey, LeDeux
6 Bullen
5 Barren , Ryan
4 Bartle, Harrip , Nicholls, Worland
3 James, Laird, O’Halloran , Sharp, West
2 Bourke, Ron Smith , Wiltshire
1 Fisher


Geelong players - Injuries 1957
Sharp (knee), Bullen (knee), Barren (fluid), Haygarth (thigh), Borrack (leg), Hovey (finger), Ferrari (concussion), O’Connell (ankle, leg), Bartle (knee), Crowe (head, leg, thigh), Davis (concussion, knee), Williams (ankle), James (leg), Long (arm, back, thigh), Byron (arm), Trezise (shoulder, thigh), Brown (leg), Le Deux (influenza), O’Neill (unspecified in my notes), Fisher (unspecified in my notes), Pianto (unspecified in my notes), Barton (unspecified in my notes), R.Smith (unspecified in my notes), Herbert (unspecified in my notes).

The Ken Mansell (3GL listener) voting award (non-official) for the best Geelong player of season 1957

It would appear that I developed three concurrent voting systems for the 1957 season – based on my impressions from listening to 3GL’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts and with possible input from newspaper reports. It is simply not possible to fathom or explain – from a distance of 59 years – the criteria used to assess player performances in these voting systems. I have no written record of my reasoning.

SYSTEM ONE (final result)
Pianto 630 Haygarth 585 B. Smith 566 (583 in 1958 book) Davis 562 (563 in 1958 book) Trezise 353 O’Neill 353 Williams 337 Ferrari 240 Wooller 219 Long 163 Herbert 126 Borrack 118 Brown 112 Rice 105 O’Connell 101 Sharp 96 Byron 87 Rayson 66 Hetherington 64 Le Deux 64 Bullen 62 Crowe 57 Hovey 40 Barton 39 Gazzard 28 Goggin 27 Barren 21 Nicholls 21 Laird 20 Harrip 10 Helmer 9 West 8 R. Smith 4 Ryan 2 Wiltshire 2 O’Halloran 1 James 1

SYSTEM ONE (votes Round One)
Williams 79, Wooller 36, Smith 15, Pianto 11, Long 11, O’Connell 9, Harrip 8, O’Neill 7, Hovey 7, Haygarth 4, Goggin 3, Trezise 2, Wiltshire 2, Ryan 1.

SYSTEM ONE (player votes over 50 in a game)
Williams 79
Sharp 57
O’Connell 57
Haygarth 57, 93, 149, 62
O’Neill 66, 50, 61
Pianto 50, 96, 67, 99
B. Smith 101, 96, 76
Davis 64, 76, 118, 135
Borrack 51
Trezise 77, 53
Herbert 69
Ferrari 96


__SYSTEM TWO (final result)
6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 __
Pianto 50, B. Smith 42, Haygarth 41, Davis 37, O’Neill 33, Trezise 29, Williams 25, Wooller 24, Ferrari 15, Long 10, O’Connell 10, Borrack 9, Byron 8, Rice 8, Brown 8, Sharp 7, Herbert 7, Crowe 6, Barton 5, Le Deux 5, Bullen 3, Rayson 3, Hovey 3, Hetherington 1, Goggin 1.

__SYSTEM THREE (final result)
3, 2, 1 __
Davis 16, Pianto 16, Haygarth 12, Smith 12, O’Neill 11, Trezise 8, Williams 6, Wooller 4, Ferrari 4, O’Connell 3, Borrack 2, Le Deux 2, Sharp 2, Herbert 2, Crowe 2, Long 1, Barton 1. 14


Geelong players - Total Kicks and Marks 1957 (for matches statistically recorded)
Trezise 305-27
Pianto 300-18
Davis 257-66
Haygarth 247-40
Bernie Smith 232-57
O’Neill 203-36
Williams 176-32
Long 175-38
Brown 167-29
Ferrari 165-49
Borrack 136-35
Rice 131-15
Wooller 114-31
Byron 100-21
Herbert 97-35
M.Goggin 82-8
Gazzard 80-23
Rayson 75-20
Hetherington 64-19
Hovey 64-10
O’Connell 63-6
Le Deux 62-15
Barton 58-10
Crowe 51-15
Sharp 50-0
Nicholls 41-7
Harrip 38-3
Bullen 36-15
O’Halloran 36-1
Ryan 30-3
Barren 26-8
Helmer 26-5
Laird 22-7
James 22-3
Bartle 18-7
Ron Smith 10-2
West 9-1
Bourke 8-4
Fisher 8-3
Worland 1-0


Geelong players - Goals 1957
Wooller 56 (round by round – 7-6-2-5-4-2-5-5-7-0-0-0-6-1-1-1-1-3).
Pianto 23
Trezise 17
Rayson 15
Long 14
Ferrari 11
O’Connell 10
Rice 9
Bullen, Herbert, Helmer - 6
Davis 5
O’Neill, Crowe, Ryan - 3
Borrack, O’Neill - 2
Brown, Gazzard, Goggin, Hetherington, James, Ron Smith, Williams - 1

Umpires at Geelong games 1957
Nash, Beitzel, Schwab – 3 games each
Woolfe, Barbour, Mance – 2 games each
Nunn, Flanagan, Huntington – one game each.

The author celebrating his 12th birthday with another Geelong barracker. A little over one month earlier Geelong had won the 1957 VFL wooden spoon but that did not deter the enthusiasm of Gus and myself for the blue and white hoops.
The author celebrating his 12th birthday with another Geelong barracker. A little over one month earlier Geelong had won the 1957 VFL wooden spoon but that did not deter the enthusiasm of Gus and myself for the blue and white hoops.


Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson p.295 - Season 1957
Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson p.295 - Season 1957


1957 Geelong Season's Ticket Membership Card
1957 Geelong Season's Ticket Membership Card


PART TWO - GEELONG 1958


Almost all of the information used to construct this record of 1958 has been gleaned from my 1958 ‘Geelong’ exercise book (which somewhat miraculously survives in good condition to this day).

The 1958 exercise book differed from both my 1957 and 1959 books in that it contained no weekly two-page match reports, and no detailed match-by-match, quarter-by-quarter statistical information (always kicks and marks, sometimes handpasses also) presented in neatly ruled columns. Only the total match statistics for each player are recorded, and then for only twelve games. I cannot now explain why this was so. One possible clue is that, after apparently attending at least the first three Geelong matches of the season, I simply lost interest in recording the statistics in the old way. 15

The 1958 book also differs from the other two in that it contains some material that I cannot decipher. The following image will convey my point I am sure. I don’t know what these hieroglyphics represent. There are three pages of these strange figures and fifty-eight years later I haven’t a clue what they mean! And I’m sure Billy Goggin doesn’t either.

No Idea
No Idea


GEELONG 1958 SEASON – AN OVERVIEW


Geelong supporters were shocked by the outcome of the 1957 VFL season. Not one of them would have expected their team to finish on the bottom of the VFL ladder and walk away with the wooden spoon. In the previous seven years (1950-56) the Cats had not missed a finals series. Watching the Cats go about their business at the MCG in September had become somewhat of a ritual for many. During this time the club had played in fourteen finals matches (seven semi-finals, four preliminary finals and three Grand Finals), winning seven and losing seven. The 1956 campaign had certainly ended abruptly with a loss in the first semi-final but to most there was no obvious sign of a decline. Hopes that 1957 might have been some sort of aberration were quickly and painfully dashed however when the Cats lost the first five matches of the 1958 season. 1958 turned out to be even worse than 1957.

The Cats won only four matches in 1958. There were some big losses – 68 points, 50 points, 67 points, 49 points, 73 points. Significantly, the end-of-season percentage fell from 88.2% to 73.8% (1192 points for, 1615 points against). Only once did the team score over 100 points - 101 against South Melbourne at the Lake Oval in Round 15 and this was a game they lost anyway. Geelong occupied tenth position on the VFL ladder after Round One, and eleventh place after Rounds Seven and Twelve, but otherwise sat in bottom position.

It is difficult to explain the reasons for this further decline in fortunes. The only irreplaceable player missing from the 1957 list (apart from Norm Sharp whose knee injury ruled him out after only three early season 1957 games) was champion rover Peter Pianto who had shocked Geelong in the off-season by accepting a coaching position at Hampden League club Coragulac. Harry Herbert, despite his unfulfilled potential, had been a valuable player, although not in Pianto’s class. Roger Bullen was another missing face who could have added talent to the list. Bernie Ryan had not been able to consolidate his position and moved on. Big Bob Wiltshire played only the first two games of 1957 and eventually transferred to North Melbourne. Reg Fisher, Bill James, John Laird, Peter Barren, Jack Worland, Rod West and Bernie Crowe were all 1957 recruits who did not make it onto the 1958 list. Martin Bourke, another 1957 recruit missing from the 1958 list, did play another senior game but not until 1960. Ray Harrip and Ian O’Halloran, both of whom had played early season games in 1957 on match permits, did not return.

Peter Pianto - Sporting Globe 2-Oct-1957
Peter Pianto - Sporting Globe 2-Oct-1957


The departure of Pianto was soon followed by another shock – the retirement of Brownlow Medallist and 1958 club vice-captain Bernie Smith. One of Geelong’s greatest-ever players and a member of the AFL/VFL Team of the Century as back pocket player, Smith played the first match of the 1958 season against Essendon and then announced his retirement. He had played 183 games for the Cats after being recruited from West Adelaide in 1948. It seemed strange to many Cats supporters that Smith had been named to open the season in the uncustomary position of half-forward flank. In his autobiography Smith’s friend and team mate Bob Davis recalled Smith was told by the Geelong selectors he would be dropped to the Seconds for Round Two. 16

Another big name to leave Geelong during the 1958 season was full forward Noel Rayson. Rayson had headed the VFL goal kicking table in 1955 (with 80 goals including two bags of 8) and continued as Geelong’s spearhead in 1956 (41 goals including a bag of 9). In 1957 the form of Fred Wooller in the key forward role undermined Rayson’s standing and he played only eight senior games. Rayson played in Rounds Three and Four of the 1958 season (kicking one goal in each) and was then dropped to the Seconds. He appears to have played in the Round Six Seconds match against Footscray before resigning from the Cats and transferring to South Melbourne (1958-59). He had played 95 games for the Cats and kicked 210 goals. Ironically, Fred Wooller himself was a casualty. Wooller played only seven games in the senior team in 1958. After kicking six goals in the Round Seven home ground win against St.Kilda, Wooller lost form and was dropped to the Seconds.

Apart from Rayson and Smith, who left early in the 1958 season, other experienced players on the 1958 list who played their last senior game for Geelong in 1958 were Max Hetherington (two games for a total of eleven), Fred Le Deux (five games for a total of eighteen) and Bob Davis. Davis captained both Geelong and Victoria in season 1958 and was chosen as captain of the All-Australian team at the conclusion of the 1958 ANFC Carnival. His retirement as a player did not keep him out of football for long and he returned as Geelong coach in 1960, replacing Reg Hickey. Davis had played 189 games for the Cats and kicked 149 goals since being recruited from Golden Point in 1948. Other players on the 1958 list who never played for Geelong again were recruits Peter Campbell (six games), George Finegan (4), Frank Fitzpatrick(9), Graeme Gross(2), Neville Martin (18), Terry Mountain (2) and Ross Sutherland (2). Mountain, who appears to have otherwise played with the Seconds through to Round Ten, transferred to VFA club Camberwell in mid-season.

Max Hetherington - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Max Hetherington - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Fred Le Deux - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Fred Le Deux - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
George Finegan - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
George Finegan - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Frank Fitzpatrick - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Frank Fitzpatrick - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ross Sutherland - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ross Sutherland - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


Neville Martin had impressed in his first and only VFL season and played all eighteen games. He returned to his Swan Hill farm at the end of the 1958 season. The other extremely impressive Geelong recruit in 1958 was Peter ‘Joey’ Falconer, a tiny 20-year-old rover from Geelong Amateurs. Falconer, only 9 stone 6 pounds in the old measurement, actually topped Geelong’s voting in the 1958 Brownlow count with eleven votes from fourteen games. He was unavailable for selection in 1959 but returned to play six games in 1960 before transferring to Carlton where he played a further 24 games (1962-63). Other recruits to show promise in 1958 were Bill Cook, John Thomas, Bruce Peake, Barry Cougle and Bill Goggin. Peter Campbell starred in Geelong’s fifth round match against Richmond, taking (according to my records) eleven marks. The Cats side was also strengthened by the return of Warrnambool centre half back Brian ‘George’ McGrath who was unavailable in 1957 after playing six games in 1956.

Neville Martin - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Neville Martin - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bruce Peake - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bruce Peake - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Thomas - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Thomas - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bill Goggin - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bill Goggin - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Cliff Palmer - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Cliff Palmer - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


John O’Neill won Geelong’s 1958 best-and-fairest award despite only playing thirteen matches for the season. Other outstanding performers in season 1958 for the Cats were Peter Falconer, Neil Trezise, Bob Davis, Ron Hovey and John Haygarth. Neil Trezise was the leading goalkicker with 27 goals and Bob Davis represented the club at interstate level.

Boyles photo 1958 team  – Round 14 v Carlton at Geelong
Boyles photo 1958 team – Round 14 v Carlton at Geelong

Back Row: John O'Connell, Neville Martin, Doug Long, Geoff Williams, Bruce Bartle, Bob Gazzard, Colin Barton
Middle Row: John O'Neill, Bill Goggin, John Haygarth, Bob Davis (c), Neil Trezise (vc), Ron Hovey, Bill Cook
Front Row: Peter Falconer, Les Borrack, Matt Goggin, George McGrath

GEELONG LEADERS 1958

Coach - Reg Hickey
Captain - Bob Davis
Vice-captain – Bernie Smith (replaced after Round One by Neil Trezise).
President – Jack Jennings
Secretary – David Pescott
Chairman of Selectors – Jack Ross

GEELONG FINAL LIST 1958 (WITH GUERNSEY NUMBERS)

1 Matt Goggin 2 Eric Nicholls 3 Fred Wooller
4 Bob Davis 5 Doug Long 6 Hugh Routley
7 Bruce Bartle 8 Frank Fitzpatrick 9 Colin Barton
10 John Haygarth 11 Peter Campbell 12 Ron Hovey
13 Ross Sutherland 14 Les Borrack 15 Colin Rice
16 Bill Cook 17 John O’Neill 18 Bruce Ferrari
19 Alan Byron 20 John O’Connell 21 Geoff Williams
22 Fred Le Deux 23 Bob Gazzard 24 Neville Martin
25 Terry Mountain 26 Graeme Gross 27 Noel Rayson
28 Neil Trezise 29 PeterFalconer 30 Bruce Peake
31 John Thomas 32 Clive Brown 33 George McGrath
34 George Finegan 35 Bill Goggin 36 John Helmer
37 Ron Smith 39 Cliff Palmer 40 Max Hetherington

AGES OF GEELONG PLAYERS 1958

30 - Davis
27 - Williams
26 – Trezise, O’Connell, Fitzpatrick
25 - Hovey
24 - Rayson, Borrack, Gazzard, Le Deux, McGrath
23 – Haygarth, Martin, C.Brown
22 – O’Neill, Matt Goggin, Barton, Finegan, Thomas
21 – Ferrari, Bartle, Byron, Martin, Peake, Ron Smith, Hetherington
20 – Wooller, Rice, Helmer
19 – Nicholls, Rod West
18 - Long

Ken's 1958 exercise book - Oldest And Youngest
Ken's 1958 exercise book - Oldest And Youngest


GEELONG 1958 RECRUITS

Only season ** (others played after 1958 also)
Neville Martin ** Swan Hill, ruckman, 18 games
Bruce Peake Eaglehawk, centre half forward, 15 games
Peter Falconer Geelong Amateurs, rover, 14 games
John Thomas Swan Hill, centreman, 14 games
Frank Fitzpatrick** Rochester, ruckman, 9 games
Bill Goggin Thirds, rover, 9 games
Peter Campbell** Lorne, centre half forward, 6 games 17

Bill Cook Seconds, half forward, 5 games
Barry Cougle Seconds, half forward, 4 games
George Finegan** Sale, centre half back, 4 games18

Cliff Palmer South Bendigo, centreman, 3 games.
Graeme Gross** Seconds, forward, 2 games
Ross Sutherland** Colac, 2 games
Terry Mountain** Melbourne, ruckman, 2 games
Total recruits - 14

The exercise book page seen here mentions three other players as ‘recruits’ – Ian Hart (Colac), Kemp (Canberra) and Delmastro (Geelong Seconds).

Ken's 1958 exercise book - 1958 Recruits
Ken's 1958 exercise book - 1958 Recruits

Ken's 1958 exercise book - 1958 Recruits
Ken's 1958 exercise book - 1958 Recruits


Rochester v Eaglehawk - Bendigo Advertiser, September 16, 1957 (re B. Peake etc)
Rochester v Eaglehawk - Bendigo Advertiser, September 16, 1957 (re B. Peake etc)



Geelong Football Club appears to have taken a special interest in Bendigo football at this time. Three players who played in this 1957 Bendigo Football League semi-final – Frank Fitzpatrick (Rochester), Hugh Routley (Eaglehawk) and Bruce Peake (Eaglehawk) – won positions on Geelong’s 1958 Final List. In 1958 there were four former Eaglehawk footballers at Geelong: Routley and Peake joined Clive Brown and Max Hetherington. Other football identities connected to both Geelong and Eaglehawk included Geelong’s 1952 premiership players Peter Pianto and Doug Palmer; 1931 Geelong VFL premiership coach Charlie Clymo; Bob Gazzard (Geelong’s full-back from the 1950’s who coached Eaglehawk in the 1960’s), and Eaglehawk team-of-the-century member Jack Slattery. The Cats came within a whisker of recruiting Slattery after he appeared in Geelong’s 1957 practice matches. He later went to Footscray and played at full-forward in the 1961 VFL Grand Final.

GAMES PLAYED - GEELONG 1958 PLAYERS

(Note: recruits in Green)

GamesPlayers
18 Neville Martin
17Haygarth, Trezise
16Davis
15Gazzard, Long, Peake
14Barton, Falconer , Hovey, O’Connell, Thomas , Williams
13O’Neill
11Bartle, Matt Goggin
10Borrack
9Fitzpatrick, Bill Goggin , McGrath, Nicholls
8Byron
7Rice, Wooller
6Brown, Campbell , Ferrari, Helmer
5Cook , LeDeux
4Cougle, Finegan , Ron Smith
3Palmer
2Gross , Hetherington, Mountain , Rayson, Sutherland
1Smith


1958 Signature Bill Goggin
1958 Signature Bill Goggin


1958 Signatures Colin Barton and John Thomas
1958 Signatures Colin Barton and John Thomas


1958 Signatures Doug Long and Neville Martin
1958 Signatures Doug Long and Neville Martin


Eric Nicholls - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Eric Nicholls - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Alan Byron - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Alan Byron - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Colin Rice - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Colin Rice - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
George McGrath - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
George McGrath - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Helmer - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Helmer - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Doug Long - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Doug Long - 1958 'Coca Cola' Geelong Footballers - Source:Australian Rules Football Cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


GEELONG MATCH RESULTS 1958

The Cats lost their first five matches of the season (versus Essendon 37, Melbourne 68, Carlton 50, South 1, Richmond 16) before beating Footscray (eventually 11th) in Round Six and St.Kilda (eventually 8th) in Round Seven. They then proceeded to loose nine of the next eleven matches, winning only against Essendon (eventually fifth) by 15 points and Footscray by 7 points. There were several dismal performances after Round Five: losing to North by 67 points at Geelong in Round Eight, 49 points to Hawthorn at Hawthorn in Round Ten, and 73 points to St.Kilda at St.Kilda in the last round. Three of Geelong’s four victories were home games.

Rounds 1-18

Lost to Essendon 8-10 to 13-17 away
Lost to Melbourne 6-6 to 17-8 home
Lost to Carlton 9-11 to 18-7 away
Lost to South Melbourne 8-11 to 8-12 home
Lost to Richmond 11-15 to 14-13 home
Defeated Footscray 10-15 to 6-22 away
Defeated St.Kilda 9-16 to 6-8 home
Lost to North Melbourne 4-11 to 14-18 home
Lost to Fitzroy 6-15 to 8-18 away
Lost to Hawthorn 8-6 to 14-19 away
Lost to Collingwood 9-12 to 14-15 home
Defeated Essendon 15-9 to 12-12 home
Lost to Melbourne 12-12 to 16-22 away
Lost to Carlton 7-11 to 8-21 home
Lost to South Melbourne 14-17 to 16-13 away
Lost to Richmond 9-15 to 12-18 away
Defeated Footscray 13-14 to 12-13 home
Lost to St.Kilda 5-8 to 16-15 away

GEELONG 1958 MATCH RESULTS IN BRIEF

(Team, result, home or away, attendance, best, goals).
Note – I have adjudged the best three players in each round by reference to my own 1958 voting system – see images 4,5,6,7 below.

Lost to Essendon 8-10 to 13-17 away
Attendance 21,000
Best – O’Neill, Trezise, Martin.
Goals – Hetherington 3, Wooller 3, Trezise 2.

Lost to Melbourne 6-6 to 17-8 home
Attendance 15,000
Best – Haygarth, Davis, McGrath.
Goals – Brown, Long, O’Connell, O’Neill, Peake, Rice.

Lost to Carlton 9-11 to 18-7 away
Attendance 17,761
Best – Ferrari, Davis, Long.
Goals – Rice 3, Ferrari 2, Long 2, Hovey, Rayson.

Lost to South Melbourne 8-11 to 8-12 home
Attendance 14,045
Best – Long, Davis, Falconer.
Goals – Long 2, Campbell, Ferrari, M.Goggin, W.Goggin, Helmer, Rayson.

Lost to Richmond 11-15 to 14-13 home
Attendance 16,391
Best – Campbell, Trezise, Thomas.
Goals – Wooller 4, Trezise 3, Falconer, W.Goggin, Long, Thomas.

Defeated Footscray 10-15 to 6-22 away
Attendance 21,000
Best – Falconer, Trezise, Ferrari.
Goals – Wooller 4, Trezise 3, Thomas, Peake, Campbell.

Defeated St.Kilda 9-16 to 6-8 home
Attendance 16,440
Best – Falconer, Wooller, Haygarth.
Goals –Wooller 6, Trezise, Martin, Davis.

Lost to North Melbourne 4-11 to 14-18 home
Attendance 19,710
Best – Martin, Falconer, Davis.
Goals – Wooller 2, Davis, Campbell.

Lost to Fitzroy 6-15 to 8-18 away
Attendance 15,000
Best – Hovey, Haygarth, Davis.
Goals – Campbell, Falconer, Helmer, Long, Peake, Trezise.

Lost to Hawthorn 8-6 to 14-19 away
Attendance 16,000
Best – Falconer, Davis, O’Neill.
Goals – Falconer 4, Davis 2, Helmer, Long.

Lost to Collingwood 9-12 to 14-15 home
Attendance 18,000
Best – Hovey, Davis, Williams.
Goals – Davis 4, Cook 2, Bartle, Falconer, Martin.

Defeated Essendon 15-9 to 12-12 home
Attendance 16,000
Best – Falconer, Hovey, Trezise.
Goals – Trezise 5, Cook 4, Davis 3, Peake, Falconer, Bartle.

Lost to Melbourne 12-12 to 16-22 away
Attendance 21,395
Best – Hovey, Davis, Trezise.
Goals – Davis 4, Hovey 2, Trezise 2, Wooller 2, Cook, Palmer.

Lost to Carlton 7-11 to 8-21 home
Attendance 14,482
Best – Barton, Trezise, Hovey.
Goals – Bartle 2, Trezise 2, Cook, Falconer, Bill Goggin.

Lost to South Melbourne 14-17 to 16-13 away
Attendance 13,000
Best – Matt Goggin, Bartle, Trezise.
Goals – Bartle 6, Bill Goggin 4, Trezise 3, Cougle.

Lost to Richmond 9-15 to 12-18 away
Attendance 8,500
Best – Fitzpatrick, O’Neill, Trezise.
Goals – Bartle 2, Cougle 2, Fitzpatrick, Bill Goggin, Long, Martin, Trezise.

Defeated Footscray 13-14 to 12-13 home
Attendance 12,000
Best – O’Neill, Trezise, Williams.
Goals – Trezise 4, Cougle 2, Falconer 2, Ron Smith 2, Bartle, Matt Goggin, Martin.

Lost to St.Kilda 5-8 to 16-15 away
Attendance 13,200
Best – (from The Age): Borrack, Cougle, Hovey, M.Goggin, Trezise, Williams.
Goals – Bartle 2, Cougle 2, Bill Goggin.
This was an especially inglorious end to a particularly disappointing season for the Cats. St.Kilda led by 50 points at half-time, having kicked 9.7 to 1.5. Writing in The Age, Bruce Welch was scathing in his assessment of some of the Geelong players. ‘Geelong lacked the physical strength and heart for hard clashes’ he wrote. ‘The young players’ courage and determination must now be suspect’. He concluded Geelong would struggle to stay off the bottom in 1959. To add injury to insult, the Cats were also licking their wounds – literally. Skipper Bob Davis (knee) was replaced in the selected side by Fitzpatrick. Ron Smith (concussion) was replaced by Brown at half-time, and Haygarth was replaced by Nicholls in the last quarter.

Image - Brief results for Geelong 1958 (home or away, team, result, us, them, umpire, best, attendance, receipts). No record of Round 18 game versus St.Kilda.



WEEKLY INS AND OUTS – GEELONG 1958


Geelong team selection for Round One versus Essendon (recruits in bold):

HoveyGazzardHetherington
Williams McGrathHaygarth
O’NeillThomas Nicholls
Borrack Peake B. Smith
Martin Wooller Rice
Long Fitzpatrick Trezise

19, 20 – Barton, R. Sutherland

The Cats chose five new players for the first match of the season – John Thomas and Neville Martin (both from Swan Hill), Bruce Peake from Eaglehawk, Frank Fitzpatrick from Rochester, and Ross Sutherland from Colac. Rugged George McGrath returned to the side after a year’s absence. Captain Bob Davis was unavailable for selection. The selectors surprised by naming Bernie Smith on a half forward flank, and the other forward flanker, Les Borrack, also had little experience in that position.

On one of the pages of my exercise book I wrote the following, unfortunately with little punctuation and little proof-reading – ‘The best for Geelong were O’Neill, Trezise and Haygarth they were among the best little men on the ground Williams Gazzard and Smith shone in defence while Hovey was brilliant early. McGrath came better as the game progressed as Borrack starring on a flank was dangerous Long and Martin were the only big men that stood out but Fitzpatrick came brilliant in patches. Peake and Thomas were overshadowed but will still develop. Others to do well: Hetherington Wooller (when moved) Rice who dangerous when on the ball and Nicholls.’

Ken's exercise book - 1958 Match Review
Ken's exercise book - 1958 Match Review


John O’Neill managed to have the first kick of the season, perhaps a happy omen for the player who was to win Geelong’s best and fairest award for season 1958.

Round 2
In – Brown, Davis, O’Connell, LeDeux
Out – Gazzard, B.Smith, Wooller, R.Sutherland

Round 3
In – Ferrari, Helmer, Mountain, Rayson, R.Smith
Out – Borrack, Fitzpatrick, Hetherington, Nicholls, O’Connell

Round 4
In – Campbell, Falconer, M.Goggin, W.Goggin, O’Connell
Out – Hovey, Mountain, O’Neill, Peake, Trezise

Round 5
In - Bartle, Byron, Gazzard, Hovey, Peake, R.Sutherland, Wooller, Trezise
Out - Barton, M.Goggin, McGrath, O’Connell, Williams, R.Smith, Rayson, Rice

Round 6
In – Barton, Fitzpatrick, Nicholls, Rice
Out – Brown, Helmer, Hovey, R. Sutherland

Round 7
In – Matt Goggin, Helmer, O’Connell
Out – Byron, Bill Goggin, LeDeux
Injured list Round 7 – Brown, Borrack, O’Neill, R.Smith, McGrath, Williams, Byron, LeDeux.

Round 8
In – Byron, McGrath, Mountain
Out – Bartle, Fitzpatrick, Helmer

Round 9
In – Finegan, Helmer, Hovey, O’Neill, Williams
Out – Ferrari, Matt Goggin, Mountain, Nicholls, Rice

Round 10
In – Cook, Fitzpatrick, Matt Goggin
Out – Campbell, McGrath, Wooller
Injured list after ten rounds – Rice (bruised ankle), Wooller (strained shoulder), Brown (bruised ribs), LeDeux (strained back), Peake (bruised shoulder), Ferrari (ankle), R.Smith (thigh), McGrath (leg).

Round 11
In – Bartle, Borrack, Gross, Nicholls
Out – Barton, Matt Goggin, Helmer, Peake

Round 12
In – Matt Goggin, McGrath, Peake
Out – Byron, Fitzpatrick, Nicholls

Round 13
In – Barton, Bill Goggin, Palmer, Wooller
Out – Finegan, Gross, Long, Thomas

Round 14
In – Long
Out – Wooller

Round 15
In – Cougle, Fitzpatrick, Nicholls, Thomas
Out – Cook, Falconer, McGrath, Peake

Round 16
In – Falconer, Peake
Out – Haygarth, Palmer

Round 17
In – Brown, Byron, Haygarth, R.Smith
Out – Fitzpatrick, Long, Nicholls, Thomas

Round 18
In – Fitzpatrick, Nicholls
Out – Barton, Davis

GEELONG – MOST GOALS 1958

Trezise 27
Wooller 21
Davis 15
Bartle 15
Falconer 11

KICKS AND MARKS BY GEELONG PLAYERS 1958

(Player by player - twelve matches only).
My 1958 Geelong exercise book has three pages detailing the kicks and marks of Geelong players in twelve of the season’s matches. There is no explanation as to why only twelve matches were covered, although the most likely explanation is that I actually attended six Geelong matches in season 1958. Presumably the figures shown in the three images here are the final form in which I presented the statistics notated while listening to 3GL’s weekly broadcasts. (These figures could not have come from newspaper statistics because there weren’t any). Also, the kicks and marks recorded in the course of the broadcast must have been jotted down on some other sheet of paper or notebook – before being totaled up for the exercise book. I cannot recall what happened to this other written record but there must have been one. One can easily pick out the more prolific kick-getters: Trezise, Davis, Haygarth, Hovey, Falconer, and O’Neill. If the figures for marks taken can be believed, and I think they can be, the two most exceptional performances were the fourteen marks taken by Bruce Ferrari (most probably in Round Three against Carlton) and the eleven marks taken by second-gamer Peter Campbell in Round Five against Richmond. I clearly remember listening to this game and being blown away by Campbell’s amazing performance.

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Kicks
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Kicks

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Kicks
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Kicks

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Marks
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Marks


The Ken Mansell (3GL listener) voting award (non-official) for the best Geelong player of season 1958
Once again, as a passionate non-participant wanting to maintain some sense of vicarious participation in the fortunes of the Cats, I established a voting system for season 1958. I have no idea, at this considerable distance of fifty-eight years, what this system was based upon. Presumably it was, to at least some extent, based on my own recorded statistics, but given that votes were decided even for matches where I was not lying beside the wireless taking down the stats, my voting system must also have drawn on newspaper ‘best players’. No votes were cast for Round 18, possibly because I had by then ‘given up’ in disgust. 19


At any rate here are the figures of the leading players in my 1958 award:
Neil Trezise 1153 votes.
Bob Davis 1101 votes.
Ron Hovey 723 votes.
John Haygarth 655 votes.
John O’Neill 606 votes.
Neville Martin 410 votes.

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes

Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes
Ken's exercise book 1958 - Ken's Votes


1958 Atlantic Bernie Smith
1958 Atlantic Bernie Smith
1958 Atlantic Bob Davis
1958 Atlantic Bob Davis
1958 Atlantic Clive Brown
1958 Atlantic Clive Brown
1958 Atlantic Colin Rice
1958 Atlantic Colin Rice
1958 Atlantic Doug Long
1958 Atlantic Doug Long
1958 Atlantic Fred LeDeux
1958 Atlantic Fred LeDeux
1958 Atlantic Fred Wooller
1958 Atlantic Fred Wooller
1958 Atlantic John Haygarth
1958 Atlantic John Haygarth
1958 Atlantic John ONeill
1958 Atlantic John ONeill
1958 Atlantic Neil Trezise
1958 Atlantic Neil Trezise


GEELONG SECONDS – RESULTS 1958

Note: 1959 was the first season in which Reserve Grade matches were played as ‘curtain raisers’ to senior matches.

Lost to Essendon 7-10 to 10-21
Best – O’Connell, Brown, Mountain, R.Smith, Rayson, W.Goggin.
Goals – O’Connell 2, Rayson 2, Yeates, Mountain, Helmer.

Lost to Melbourne 8-10 to 14-14
Best – Falconer, W.Goggin, Campbell, R.Smith, Routley.
Goals – Campbell 2, Falconer 2, Wooller, Bartle, Rayson, W.Goggin.

Defeated Carlton 18-6 to 13-6
Best – Falconer, Campbell, Bartle, W.Goggin, M.Goggin, R.Sutherland.
Goals – Campbell 5, Bartle 4, Falconer 4, Fitzpatrick 2, Gross, Sutherland, Wooller.

Lost to South Melbourne 11-13 to 13-18
Best – Hetherington, Wooller, Fitzpatrick, Bartle, Gazzard, R.Sutherland.
Goals – Wooller 4, Bartle 3, Delmastro 2, Sutherland 2.

Defeated Richmond 17-12 to 7-13
Best – Fitzpatrick, O’Connell, Cougle, Yeates.
Goals – Yeates 6, Routley 3, Gross (record incomplete).

Defeated Footscray 10-16 to 8-14
Best – Hetherington, Cougle, O’Connell, Gross, Hocking, M.Goggin.
Goals – Yeates 2, Rod West 2, G.West, Gross, Mountain, Cougle, Rayson, Helmer.

Lost to St.Kilda 10-16 to 12-11
Best – Hetherington, Hope, Mountain, Hocking, Cougle, Gross.
Goals – Mountain 3, Gross 3, Rod West, G.West, Hovey, Barren.

Lost to North Melbourne 13-16 to 17-10
Best – O’Neill, Gross, Finegan, Hovey, Wiffen, Williams.
Goals – Gross 3, Helmer 2, Yeates 2, Barren 2, Avery 2, Rod West, Bartle.

Defeated Fitzroy 13-18 to 14-6
Best – Fitzpatrick, Cook, M.Goggin, W.Goggin, Gross, Palmer.
Goals – Bartle 3, Fitzpatrick 3, Cook 3, Gross, Borrack, Cougle, w.Goggin.

Lost to Hawthorn 7-6 to 10-7
Best – B.Sharp, Vinar, Hetherington, Gross, Cougle.
Goals – Mountain 3, Romanis 3, Cook.

Defeated Collingwood 6-12 to 6-9
Best – Hetherington, Barton, W.Goggin, M.Goggin, Westcott, West.
Goals – Wiffen 2, Hetherington, Coltish, W.Goggin, Barren.

Lost to Essendon 10-9 to 15-9
Best – Hetherington, M.Goggin, Romanis, Coltish, Fitzpatrick, B.Sharp.
Goals – Hetherington 3, M.Goggin 2, Coltish 2, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Diment.

Defeated Melbourne 9-8 to 9-7
Best – Wiffen, Hocking, Hope, Hetherington, R.Smith.
Goals – B.Sharp 2, Helmer 2, Gross 2, Vinar, Coltish, Hetherington.

Lost to Carlton 10-15 to 15-13
Best – Cougle, Byron, Fitzpatrick, Hetherington.
Goals – Cougle 4, Hetherington 2, Harrison 2, Helmer, Nicholls.

Defeated South Melbourne 12-10 to 9-9
Best – B.Sharp, Coltish, Peake, Yeates, Harrison.
Goals – Yeates 5, Campbell 2, Earnshaw, Harrison, Gross, Helmer, Peake.

Defeated Richmond 15-14 to 10-16
Best – Byron, Coltish, Wiffen, Rice, B.Sharp, Wooller.
Goals – Yeates 6, Routley 2, Campbell 2, Rice 2, Earnshaw, Vinar, Wooller.

Lost to Footscray 5-12 to 7-13
Best – Fitzpatrick, Harrison, Nicholls, Hughes.
Goals – Coltish, Helmer, Campbell, Rice, Harrison.

Lost to St. Kilda 9-9 to 9-13.

An array of well-known Geelong senior players appeared for Geelong Seconds in the course of the 1958 season. Noel Rayson, Bill Goggin, Matt Goggin, Fred Wooller, Colin Rice, Bob Gazzard, John O’Neill, Ron Hovey, Geoff Williams, Les Borrack, Clive Brown, John O’Connell, Eric Nicholls, Peter Falconer, Bruce Bartle, Bill Cook, Max Hetherington, Bruce Peake, John Helmer, Colin Barton, Alan Byron, Barry Cougle and Peter Barren each played at least one game for the Reserves. Future senior premiership stars John Yeates, Paul Vinar and Hugh Routley also appeared. I am assuming the ‘Williams’ who features among the best players in the Round Eight Seconds match against North Melbourne Seconds is Geoff Williams and not the Williams who played for Geelong Thirds in 1958. ‘Yeates’ is of course future Geelong captain John Yeates. I have taken the liberty of prefixing ‘Sharp’ with the initial ‘B’ for ‘Brian’ in the belief this ‘Sharp’ was Brian Sharp and not injured senior ruckman Norm Sharp. I also presume the ‘Campbell’ who appears in some of the last matches of the season is the same Peter Campbell who played six senior games in 1958. Rod West is not to be confused with future star full-back Roy West.

Geelong Seconds
Geelong Seconds

Geelong 2nds Best And Fairest
Geelong 2nds Best And Fairest

Geelong 2nds Goals
Geelong 2nds Goals


VFL 2nds Annual Report 1960 Page 05
VFL 2nds Annual Report 1960 Page 05

VFL 2nds Annual Report 1960 Page 06
VFL 2nds Annual Report 1960 Page 06



GEELONG THIRDS - RESULTS AND BEST PLAYERS ROUND BY ROUND

(Sixteen rounds)

Matches at Geelong home ground (Kardinia Park)*
Note: possible errors in spelling of some names (specifically Dixon, Dickson, Liver)

Lost to Essendon 7-7 to 13-5.
Best – Romanis, Mott, Coltish

Defeated Melbourne 7-7 to 7-4.*
Best – Vinar, Williams, Voss

Lost to Carlton 8-8 to 10-7.* (recorded as ‘home’ game but likely to have been ‘away’).
Best – Middleton, Romanis, R.Smith

Lost to South Melbourne 5-5 to 7-9.*
Best – Romanis, Middleton, Liver

Defeated Richmond 11-12 to 7-10.*
Best – Perry, Mather, Coltish

Lost to Footscray 3-14 to 7-14.
Best – Bull, Dickson, Vinar

Lost to St.Kilda 1-10 to 5-5.*
Best – Vinar, Dickson, Coltish

Defeated North Melbourne 11-8 to 7-11.*
Best – Romanis, Trebilcock, Webb

Defeated Fitzroy 8-12 to 3-7.
Best – Lambert, Williams, Webb

Defeated Hawthorn 7-12 to 6-13.
Best – Harrison, Middleton, Lambert

Defeated Collingwood 7-12 to 4-5.*
Best – Harrison, Dixon, Perry

Lost to Essendon 6-9 to 8-6.*
Best – Williams, Ryan, Lambert

Defeated Melbourne 5-9 to 4-11.
Best – Middleton, Coltish, Southern

Lost to Carlton 9-4 to 9-11.*
Best – Dixon, Bull, Middleton

Lost to South Melbourne 2-15 to 9-17.
Best – Williams, Southern, Mather

Lost to Richmond 9-7 to 12-10.
Best – not recorded
Geelong 3rds
Geelong 3rds

3rds Best
3rds Best


Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson p.296
Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson p.296


Geelong Annual Report 1958 01
Geelong Annual Report 1958 01
Geelong Annual Report 1958 02 Reg Hickey
Geelong Annual Report 1958 02 Reg Hickey
Geelong Annual Report 1958 03 Bob Davis
Geelong Annual Report 1958 03 Bob Davis
Geelong Annual Report 1958 04 Matches
Geelong Annual Report 1958 04 Matches
Geelong Annual Report 1958 05 John O'Neill
Geelong Annual Report 1958 05 John O'Neill
Geelong Annual Report 1958 06 Geelong At Norwood 1958
Geelong Annual Report 1958 06 Geelong At Norwood 1958



APPENDIX


VFL MISCELLANEOUS


VFL Full Backs 1958
A page in my 1958 exercise book recorded the goals scored by the direct opponents of VFL full backs (season 1958).
VFL Full Backs
VFL Full Backs


Results of ANFC Carnival July 2-12, 1958 (at South Melbourne and Olympic Park)
VFA 15.12 d Tasmania 13.16
West Aust. 11-12 d South Aust. 7-18
Queensland 11-18 d NSW 11-13
Australian Amateurs 18-15 d Canberra 9-15
VFL 25-17 d South Aust. 7-7
Tasmania 13-16 d West Aust. 11-12
Canberra 12-10 d NSW 9-13
Tasmania 11-18 d South Aust. 11-16
VFL 13-23 d VFA 7-10
Australian Amateurs 22-11 d Queensland 8-8
Western Australia 21-16 d VFA 11-8
VFL 25-14 d Tasmania 8-14
Australian Amateurs 10-16 d NSW 9-12
South Aust. 16-15 d VFA 5-13
Canberra 18-11 d Queensland 4-5
VFL 14-13 d West Aust. 11-12

Australasian Post July 3, 1958 re ANFC Carnival
Australasian Post July 3, 1958 re ANFC Carnival


VFA COVERAGE

Camberwell 1957 Team
Camberwell 1957 Team

TOP ROW (left to right)
Ron McCurdy (1956-57, 7), Graeme Tempany (1954-57, 64), Peter Bell (1956-58, 35), Ken Chambers (1957-61, 58), Geoff Mason (1952-61, 127), Eric Chaplin (1957-61, 60), Brian Hegarty (1957, 18), Oscar Skalberg (1954-62, 151), Kevin Johnson (1954-62, 116)
MIDDLE ROW (left to right)
Ted Higson (1957-59, 38), Lloyd Holyoak (1953-57, 82), Ken Ross (1956-58, 55), Keith McGuinness (1953-60, 105), Les Amery (1957-58, 30), George Dugdale (1953-57, 48)
BOTTOM ROW (left to right)
Jim Alway (1954, 9), David McPhail (1957, 6), Bruce Seymour (1955-59, 48), Brian Coleman (1956-58, 49), Norm Watts (1956-60, 48)

Total senior games in brackets. First-year players in bold.

At the start of the 1958 football season I had only been living in Burwood for twelve months and my heart therefore also remained loyal to the VFA club I had grown up with – Camberwell. My 1958 exercise book devoted considerable space to the results of Camberwell’s season. I recorded the weekly goalkickers for the Wells, the best players (presumably based on newspaper reports), and the training list. Note that Terry Mountain, fresh from Geelong, kicked five goals in Round Thirteen. Camberwell’s stars were Liston Trophy winner Ken Ross, Brownlow Medallist Peter Box, and Geoff Mason.

Camberwell Goals 1958
Camberwell Goals 1958

Camberwell Votes 1958
Camberwell Votes 1958

Camberwell Training List 1958
Camberwell Training List 1958


One page in the exercise book recorded the weekly Camberwell results (match, result, result by, umpire, best). On another page I kept a table of VFA teams’ round-by-round ladder positions. After eight rounds Camberwell occupied top spot on the VFL ladder – after winning seven of their first eight matches. By Round Sixteen however the ‘Wells’ had slipped to seventh. Williamstown, Box Hill, Moorabbin and Port made up the ‘four’ in the sixteen-team competition. The 1958 VFA ladder order after sixteen rounds was Williamstown, Moorabbin, Port Melbourne, Box Hill, Coburg, Sandringham, Camberwell, Yarraville, Brunswick, Mordialloc, Preston, Prahran, Oakleigh, Dandenong, Northcote, Brighton. The 1958 VFA premiership was won by Williamstown, defeating Moorabbin in the Grand Final 13-18 to 8-16. Association football Port Melbourne full forward Bob Bonnett set the goal kicking pace with 61 majors after fifteen rounds.

Camberwell VFA Match Results 1958
Camberwell VFA Match Results 1958


VFA Goalkickers 1958
VFA Goalkickers 1958


1958 exercise book cover
1958 exercise book cover



END

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End Notes


1. These three nicknames were the nicknames of Geelong players Bob Davis, Neil Trezise and Colin Rice.
2. My 1958 exercise book lists all the Geelong player autographs I had captured in the previous two years (1956-57). The surviving autographs from this 1958 list are: Ferrari, McGrath, Sharp, Hovey (2), Gazzard (2), Trezise, B.Smith, Beardsley (2), Herbert (2), Wooller, Sutcliffe (2), Borrack (2), Renfrey, Wiltshire, Cameron, Brown, Haygarth, Rayson, Byron, M.Bourke, Barren, Hetherington, Harrip, Fisher. (I also have the autograph of Eric Nicholls, for some reason not listed). The autographs on my 1958 list that have not survived are Hickey, Davis, Williams, Pianto and O’Neill.
3. Cats – 50 Years of the Geelong Football Club (DVD), Visual Entertainment Group, 2001.
4. Bob Davis, Woofa – Football Legend, ABC, Sydney, 1996, p. 92.
5. Ibid, p. 92.
6. Ibid, pp. 92-93.
7. For further discussion of the causes of Geelong’s decline in the middle-fifties, see Bruce Kennedy and Michael Rogers, Classic Cats – the Story of Geelong’s Premiership Years 1951-52, 2012.
8. According to Tom Carey, Bullen ‘left Geelong in his prime’. See Tom Carey, Symmetry of Souls – Mooroopna Football Netball Club 1877-2002, p. 121.
9. This is possibly a mistake on my part – Fred Le Deux is listed in the publication Cats’ Tales as wearing jumper number 22. See Geelong Advertiser/Col Hutchinson, Cats’ Tales, Geelong, 1984, p. 295.
10. For my story about the unfortunate family trip to the Dandenongs (Kalorama) on this particular day, see my article ‘Statistician Extraordinaire 1956-59 (Eat Your Heart Out, Ted Hopkins!)’(Boylesfootballphotos).
11. See Richard Allsop and Peter Haby, Mud Muscle and Blood – the story of the 1957 Hawks, Hawthorn Football Club, 2008, p. 30.
12. Ibid, p. 30.
13. Ibid, p. 48. Allsop and Haby mention the ‘treacherous conditions’(‘bare patches had become mud heaps’).
14. My 1958 exercise book has a conflicting tally for this 1957 (3, 2, 1) system: Davis 16, Pianto 10, Haygarth 10, Long 8, Smith 7, Trezise 7, Byron 6, Wooller 5, Williams 5, Sharp 3, Rayson 3, O’Neill 3, Herbert 3, Bullen 2, Brown 1, Rice 1, Borrack 1.
15. One particular page in my 1958 exercise book lists the autographs collected at the first three matches: Geelong identities Doug Long, Frank Fitzpatrick, Bruce Peake, Colin Rice , Reg Hickey, Colin Barton, John Thomas , Fred Le Deux, Fred Wooller, Neville Martin , Bill Cook, George Finegan and Bill Goggin ; and eight Melbourne players - Brian Dixon, Ian Ridley, Clyde Laidlaw, Colin Wilson, Geoff Case, Geoff Tunbridge, Ian Thorogood and Terry Gleeson. __ (Surviving autographs in bold).
16. Woofa, op. cit, p. 27.
17. In their Encyclopedia of League Footballers Jim Main and Russell Holmesby have Peter Campbell as ‘ex-Ganmain (NSW)’.
18. Col Hutchinson, in his book Cats Tales, has ‘Graeme Finegan’ (see page 296).
19. It also appears I maintained, for the first five 1958 matches only, two other parallel voting systems – a weekly 6,5,4,3,2,1 system, and a weekly 3, 2, 1 system. In the former system, the six votes were awarded to O’Neill, Haygarth, Ferrari (fourteen marks in Round Three), Long and Campbell (eleven marks in Round Five). In the latter system, the three votes were awarded to the same five players and in the same order. I have no idea why these systems were discontinued after Round Five.

There is also a page in the exercise book in which the various players have 6-5-4-3-2-1 figures (presumably votes) beside their names. I have no idea what this means, but for the record the leading ‘votegetters’ were Davis 52, Trezise 48, Falconer 37, Hovey 31, O’Neill 29, Williams 28, Haygarth 27, McGrath 17, Martin 12.