INTRODUCTION


The story of Geelong’s fortunes in the 1950’s is continued here with the third installment of my ‘Cats Trilogy’. Almost all of the information used to construct this historical article has been gleaned from my 1959 ‘Geelong’ exercise book (which somewhat miraculously survives in good condition to this day). The information contained in this book was in turn - in the days before computers and extensive television coverage - based on two main sources: newspaper accounts in the last instance and radio in the first instance. Most Saturday afternoons, if I was not actually in attendance at the match, I would settle on the floor beside my radio set, switch the dial to Geelong radio station 3GL, and strain to hear the voices of Ivor Grundy and Leo O’Halloran as they described the football - while I entered the kicks, marks and handpasses into the pre-prepared ruled columns in front of me.

The ‘objectivity’ of the two passionate broadcasters was always questionable but I still believe their descriptions were statistically accurate – as least with regard to who had the ball. As I have argued elsewhere (see Cats Stats), the football statistics reproduced and graphically illustrated below are quite probably more reliable than the football statistics occasionally found in the newspapers of the day. Grundy and O’Halloran knew their Geelong players. It hardly mattered if they stumbled over the opposition – I recorded only Cats stats anyway. Recording the statistics allowed me a sense of participation and developed a keen capacity for imagination as I mentally pictured Fred Wooller leading out to mark a glorious drop kick from Les Borrack in the centre. I would brook no interference until the game was over and the weary Cats players slumped off the field. The next task was to decide the best three players on the ground (3, 2, 1) and the best six Geelong players for my own self-styled voting system (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).

The home-and-away match reports that take up most of the space below draw upon two sources separated in time by 57 years. I have done my best to indicate the distinction between contents written in 1959 (normal script) and material written in 2016 (bold script). Needless to say, even the 2016 comment is necessarily based on the 1959 comment. It should be kept in mind the 1959 comment was written by a 13-year-old in Form Two at Camberwell Central: I have therefore retained the ungrammatical (though authentic) ‘Geelong were’ and refrained from substituting the correct ‘Geelong was’ even when the computer insisted.

I have definitely not followed the convention of newspapers of the day (for example The Age) in crediting only the eighteen (and not the 19th and 20th men) with games when naming the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ each week. Players starting on the bench almost always took the field.

The quarter by quarter marks and free kicks statistics for both teams would have come from The Sporting Globe.

As always there are loose ends. I have gone with ‘Fred Mundy’ (not ‘Munday’) and ‘George McGrath’ (not ‘Brian’). I will not haggle over it but I hope ‘Van t’Hag’ is correct.

As with the previous article in the trilogy which drew upon my 1957 and 1958 exercise books, over twenty pages have been scanned and inserted to illustrate the written material and provide authenticity.


1959 Exercise Book - Front Cover
1959 Exercise Book - Front Cover


Footy ’59 (Aylett/Roberts on cover)
Footy ’59 (Aylett/Roberts on cover)

Footy '59
Footy '59



AN OVERVIEW OF GEELONG’S 1959 SEASON.


The dubious honour of ‘winning’ back-to-back wooden spoons in 1957 and 1958 meant Geelong officials, players and supporters faced the 1959 VFL season with a degree of foreboding. From a performance point-of-view the Cats had sunk even lower in 1958. They had won fewer games than in 1957 and their percentage was significantly lower also (73.8% as compared with 88.2% in 1957). The retirement of inspirational skipper Bob Davis, the ‘Geelong Flyer’ selected as captain of the 1958 All-Australian team, was bound to be a huge loss. Two 1958 recruits who had impressed in their first seasons, ruckman Neville Martin and tiny rover Peter Falconer, would also be unavailable. Another major blow was the final surrender of big Norm Sharp. Early in the season Sharp, who had stood out of football for two years, appeared to have successfully tested his American-style knee guard at training. In early July he suffered a relapse and sadly retired.

There was enormous pressure on Geelong to improve in 1959, and even more so because this was the year the old pioneer Australian Rules club reached its 100th anniversary milestone. A third wooden spoon was unthinkable. The men assuming the responsibility for leading the club out of the mire were Jack Jennings (President), Jim McKenzie (Secretary), Bob Troughton (Chairman of Selectors), Reg Hickey (senior coach), Tom Morrow (Seconds coach), Neil Trezise (captain), and John O’Neill (vice-captain).

The Cats tried seventeen new players in season 1959. John Yeates, from Mount Gambier, who later captained the club for two seasons (1961-62), was the most outstanding recruit and played all eighteen games. Paul Vinar, Frank Pomeroy and Alistair Lord were others to impress. Significantly, five of the 1959 recruits were to go on to figure in the 1963 Geelong premiership team. It is however perhaps also significant that as many as eight of the 1959 debutants did not play again for the Geelong senior team.

Recruits 1959 (17) – Games played 1959 and previous club
(*Did not play after 1959)

NameGames played 1959Notes
John Yeates18
Paul Vinar11
Frank Pomeroy11
Stan Harrison7
Ken Goodland5
Greg Major5
Dale Mather4
Fred Mundy4Did not play after 1959
Alistair Lord3
Alex Perry3Did not play after 1959
Hugh Routley2
Hugh Earnshaw2Did not play after 1959
Ron Van t’Hag2Did not play after 1959
Tony Boulton1Did not play after 1959
Gavin Moran1Did not play after 1959
Ron Murray1Did not play after 1959
Brian Sharp1Did not play after 1959


Recruits - 1959 Exercise Book
Recruits - 1959 Exercise Book


1962 COCA COLA - images of following 1959 recruits:
Paul Vinar - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Paul Vinar - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Yeates - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Yeates - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ken Goodland - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Ken Goodland - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Alistair Lord - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Alistair Lord - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Dale Mather - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Dale Mather - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Frank Pomeroy - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Frank Pomeroy - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Hugh Routley - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Hugh Routley - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission


1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS – images (drawings) of following 1959 recruits:

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 011 Vinar
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 011 Vinar
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 006 Yeates
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 006 Yeates
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 018 Goodland
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 018 Goodland
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 005 A. Lord
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 005 A. Lord



The Cats were in transition, striving to find the winning formula. A further nine players, all non-recruits, never played again for Geelong seniors after 1959: Bruce Bartle, Colin Barton, Barry Cougle, Bob Gazzard, Cliff Palmer, Ron Smith, Neil Trezise, John Haygarth, and Geoff Williams. Trezise of course continued on as valued Seconds captain and coach, winning a premiership in his first season. The mid-season departures of Haygarth, a 1959 interstate representative, and Williams, a double best-and-fairest winner, were unexpected and disturbing. 1

Exercise Book 1959 Inside Cover
Exercise Book 1959 Inside Cover


Geelong selectors experimented all season and were unable to establish a settled team. Players were shifted in their positions like chess pieces. Fred Wooller and John O’Neill had seasons interrupted by injury. Colin Rice, in his third year for the Cats, was the outstanding player and won the club’s best and fairest. Others who stood out for service and consistency were Les Borrack , Ron Hovey, George McGrath, Doug Long, and newcomer John Yeates. Neil Trezise, Clive Brown and Matt Goggin should also be mentioned. Hovey was honoured with state selection.

1959 Exercise Book Protective Cover
1959 Exercise Book Protective Cover


1959 Exercise Book - Back Cover
1959 Exercise Book - Back Cover


PRELUDE TO 1959 SEASON


Teams for Geelong’s Final Practice Match – Kardinia Park.


Red and Black
HoveyGazzardMundy
WilliamsMcGrathHaygarth
Thomas BorrackNicholls
RiceMoranHarris (Harrip?)
Bartle Wooller Craig
O’ConnellPrior Trezise

19/20:Boulton, O’Connor

Blue and White
BroomeR.SmithPeake
S.Lord Finegan Barton
BrownPalmerO’Neill
CougleYeatesCook
PomeroyFerrari A.Lord
LongHelmerW.Goggin

19/20: M.Goggin, Gilmour


1959 Kornies Geoff Williams
1959 Kornies Geoff Williams
1959 Kornies John O'Neill
1959 Kornies John O'Neill
1959 Kornies Neil Trezise
1959 Kornies Neil Trezise


Geelong Final List 1959


Old: M.Goggin, E.Nicholls, F.Wooller, D.Long, B.Bartle, C.Barton, J.Haygarth, R.Hovey, B.Cougle, L.Borrack, C.Rice, W.Cook, J.O’Neill, B.Ferrari, J.O’Connell, G.Williams, R.Gazzard, N.Trezise B.Peake, J.Thomas, C.Brown, G.McGrath, G.Finegan, W.Goggin, J.Helmer, R.Smith, C.Palmer.
New: J.Yeates (Seconds), T.Gilmore (Nhill), S.Harrison (Seconds), W.Craig (Ballarat North), A.Boulton (Boort), F.Pomeroy (Ballarat East), F.Mundy (Orbost), L.Prior (Geelong West), A.Lord (Cobden), S.Lord (Cobden), G.Moran (Cobden).
To be considered when available: P.Campbell, F.LeDeux, A.Byron, N.Sharp, A.Cooke (Birchip).
Off list: R.Davis (retired), N.Martin, M.Hetherington (to Portland), F.Fitzpatrick, P.Falconer (unavailable), G.Gross (to Seconds), H.Earnshaw (to Seconds). 2

1959 Exercise Book
1959 Exercise Book


Geelong Football Club Training list 1959 – No, Age, Height, Weight, Previous Club, Position on Field, Votes (my system), Year of Debut.

1959 Exercise Book - Summary
1959 Exercise Book - Summary


Geelong guernsey numbers 1959
1. M.Goggin
2. E.Nicholls
3. F.Wooller
4. D.Mather
5. D.Long
6. H.Earnshaw
7. B.Bartle
8. P.Vinar
9. C.Barton
10. J.Haygarth
11. A.Perry
12. R.Hovey
13. B.Cougle
14. L.Borrack
15. C.Rice
16. W.Cook
17. J.O’Neill
18. B.Ferrari
19. G.Major
20. J.O’Connell
21. R.Van t’Hag
22. K.Goodland
23. R.Gazzard
24. D.Bentley
25. S.Harrison
26. F.Pomeroy
27. F.Mundy
28. N.Trezise
29. T.Gilmour
30. B.Peake
31. J.Thomas
32. C.Brown
33. G.McGrath
34. B.Webb
35. W.Goggin
36. J.Helmer
37. R.Smith
38. A.Boulton
39. L.Wiffen
40. J.Yeates

41. N.Zaitz
42. G.Gross
43. B.Southern
44. J.Brown
45. H.Routley
46. F.Murphy
47. G.Vautier
49. R.Murray
50. B.Sharp


Bill Goggin - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Bill Goggin - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Helmer - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John Helmer - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
George McGrath - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
George McGrath - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Eric Nicholls - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Eric Nicholls - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John O'Neill - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
John O'Neill - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Colin Rice - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Colin Rice - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Fred Wooller - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission
Fred Wooller - 1962 'Coca Cola' Geelong League Football Stars - Source:Australian Rules Football cards, Trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company are used with Permission




1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 014 B. Goggin - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 014 B. Goggin - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 010 Helmer - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 010 Helmer - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 023 McGrath - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 023 McGrath - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 015 Nicholls - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 015 Nicholls - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 024 O'Neill - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 024 O'Neill - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 012 Rice - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 012 Rice - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 008 Wooller - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 008 Wooller - Source Australian Rules Football Cards

1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 004 Davis - Source Australian Rules Football Cards
1962 MITTS DRY CLEANERS - 004 Davis - Source Australian Rules Football Cards


GEELONG’S HOME-AND-AWAY MATCHES - 1959


Round One – Geelong versus North Melbourne at Geelong.

NOTE: ‘Kicks’ and ‘handpasses’ recorded in the same four columns (quarter by quarter). Also recorded ‘marks’ (single column).
April 18.
Geelong’s selected team for Round One:
HoveyGazzardBarton
HaygarthMcGrathWilliams
ThomasPalmerBrown
Ferrari CookHarrison
LongYeatesBill Goggin
O’ConnellHelmerTrezise

19/20 Rice, Cougle

New players chosen for Geelong were John Yeates, a tall and gangly ruckman from Mount Gambier, and Stan Harrison from Geelong Seconds. Four important players were missing from this opening match line-up: Fred Wooller, Les Borrack, Matt Goggin, and vice captain John O’Neill. Colin Rice, who was to win the Cats best and fairest award for season 1959, started on the bench. There was yet no sign of the trouble that loomed for John Haygarth and Geoff Williams. North’s defence was led by Ken Dean, Jack Edwards, and John Brady. Neil Doolan and Kevin McMahon were strong players across the centre. Albert Mantello and John Dugdale occupied the key forward positions. Alan Aylett and Gerald Eastmure roved to ruckman Noel Teasdale.

Seventy degrees and sunny at Kardinia Park. No wind. A crowd of 17,200 paid £1538/1/- at the gate. Umpire Irving. John Brady (North) won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end.

North lead for most of the day and went to the last change 25 points in front. Geelong could make little impression on the scoreboard in the final term and lost by 23 points (8-15 to 12-14). North finished with only 17 men.

North goaled through Mantello a few minutes after the start of the game but Geelong replied with goals by Cook (2) and Helmer. North led at quarter time but Geelong were playing well. At half time North still led narrowly but it was anybody’s game. Geelong were wasting their opportunities down forward with bad disposals. Cook and Brady were staging a great duel. In the second half Geelong’s poor disposal of the ball told the tale. With Aylett scouting the pack brilliantly on the forward line North went away to win comfortably by four goals. - 1959 exercise book


Cougle replaced Bill Goggin (calf) in the last quarter. Rice replaced Williams (shoulder) at half time.

Yeates was moved into the ruck and Long to full-forward. Rice went to the half-back flank replacing Williams.

For Geelong, Bill Cook and Bruce Ferrari kicked two goals each. For North, Aylett kicked four and Dugdale three.

Best for Geelong were Thomas (19 kicks/handpasses 8 marks), Cook (18-7), Helmer (17-1), Palmer (15-3), Hovey (16-7), Rice (14-4), Bill Goggin (12-1).
3-2-1 Thomas, Aylett, Mantello.

Marks at ¾ time: 45 each. Frees at ¾ time: Geelong 21, North 16.
Highlight – ‘John Haygarth had the first kick of the season’.
Geelong Seconds lost by two points – 83 to 85.

1959 Exercise Book - R1 v North Melbourne
1959 Exercise Book - R1 v North Melbourne


Round Two – Geelong versus Hawthorn at Hawthorn.

NOTE: Page ruled up for ‘Kicks’ and ‘handpasses’ (quarter by quarter) and ‘marks’ (single column). Statistics not recorded – I attended this game.
May 2.
Geelong’s selected team for Round Two:
HoveyGazzardBarton
RiceBorrackCougle
ThomasFerrariBrown
O’NeillCookHarrison
LongWoollerHaygarth
O’ConnellYeatesHelmer

19/20 Palmer, Nicholls

In – O’Neill, Borrack, Wooller, Nicholls.
Out – Williams, W.Goggin, McGrath, Trezise (injured).

Geelong selectors threw the dice at the selection table and made wholesale positional changes. The first task was to cover for the loss of two rovers – Trezise and Bill Goggin. Rice-Borrack-Cougle represented a completely new-look half-back line. John Haygarth was selected in a forward pocket and John O’Neill on a half-forward flank. John Helmer was named first rover. Ferrari took Palmer’s place in the centre. Wooller resumed his customary spearhead role and Yeates moved to the ruck. For Hawthorn, Alf Hughes, Alan Woodley and Ron Nalder formed a strong half-back line; Brian Falconer, Brendan Edwards and Colin Youren made an impressive centre line; and Graham Arthur and Roy Simmonds were dangerous half-forwards feeding Les Kaine at full forward. John Kennedy and John Peck combined in the first ruck.

Fine weather at Glenferrie. A crowd of 14,000 paid £1101 at the gate. Umpire Schwab. John O’Neill (Geelong acting captain) won the toss and kicked to the eastern (outer) end aided by a westerly wind.

Geelong outplayed the Hawks in the first quarter and led by 7 points. Hawthorn however overtook the Cats in the second quarter. Both sides kicked five goals in the third quarter and it seemed the Cats, only ten points down, had a chance. Hawthorn though proved far too strong and ran out easy winners by 39 points (18-15 to 12-12).

Geelong started off very well and led at quarter time. Fred Wooller kicked three goals in this quarter. Hawthorn, although they led at half time, were striking a lot of trouble from the young Geelong side who were slamming on the pace. (After half time the Cats moved Cook to full forward and Wooller to centre half forward). Geelong got to within three points of the Hawks in the third quarter but the more experienced Hawthorn side ran away in the last quarter from Geelong kicking six goals. Geelong were not disgraced and really played well.- 1959 exercise book


Palmer replaced O’Connell at half-time. Nicholls replaced Ferrari in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked five goals (three in the first quarter) and Cook two. For Hawthorn, Les Kaine kicked four goals, while Bob Nisbet and John Peck kicked three each.
Best for Geelong – Wooller (‘led well’), Long (‘won well in the ruck’), Haygarth (‘got kicks’), Borrack (‘even with Nisbet’), Harrison (‘best of recruits’), Thomas (‘good’), Hovey (‘played well’). Note: Rice (‘lost in new position’).

3-2-1 Arthur (Hawthorn), Peck (Hawthorn), Wooller (Geelong).
Marks – Geelong 38, Hawthorn 58. Frees – Geelong 34, Hawthorn 33.
Highlight: ‘Geelong’s surprise showing for first 75 minutes’.

Round Three – Geelong versus Richmond at Richmond.

NOTE: Page ruled up for ‘Kicks’ and ‘handpasses’ (quarter by quarter) and ‘marks’ (single column). Statistics not recorded – I attended this game.
May 9.
Geelong’s selected team:
Hovey GazzardRon Smith
RiceBorrackCougle
ThomasNichollsO’Neill
Alistair LordMoran Cook
Yeates Wooller Haygarth
LongHelmerTrezise

19/20 Mundy, Harrison

In – Trezise, A. Lord, Moran, R.Smith.
Out – O’Connell (injured), Brown, Barton, Ferrari.

Several new players were selected to take on the Tigers. Recruits Alistair Lord and Gavin Moran, both from Cobden, lined up beside one another on the half forward line. Fred Mundy from Orbost sat on the bench with Stan Harrison. Later, in the selected side, Moran and Wooller swapped positions. Alan Cations, Col Saddington, Dave Cuzens and Alan Richardson were the mainstays of the Tiger defence. Fred Swift was proving to be a long-kicking centreman. Paddy Guinane, Peter Morris, lanky John Jenkins, and Bob Dummett were all capable forwards. Veteran and captain (and double-Brownlow Medal winner) Roy Wright, Neville Crowe and Ted Langridge comprised the first ruck.

Fine but cloudy weather at Punt Road. A crowd of 13,500 paid only £985 at the gate. Umpire Nash.

Neil Trezise won the toss and kicked to the eastern (Punt Road) end aided by a strong westerly.
The Cats got away to an excellent start with seven goals in the first quarter. Their lead of 28 points was reduced to 15 at half-time however. Another fine effort (five majors) in the third quarter and the Cats were sitting pretty – a 44 point advantage at the final change. This was enough to hold off a fast finishing Tiger outfit (ten scoring shots to one in the last quarter) and win by 25 points (14-12 to 10-11).

Geelong, with their rucks and rovers starring, surged ahead, with their pace causing great difficulty to the opposition. The Tigers were slow in racing for the ball and were being beaten around the packs. Geelong brushed the Richmond defence aside to kick seven goals in the first 30 minutes. Geelong really surged ahead in the third quarter and at one stage led by 49 points. They kicked five goals in that term. In the last quarter Richmond improved by a lot but couldn’t bridge the large gap. The last quarter wasn’t of a very high standard and play was congested and hard. Players were going in very hard.’
From The Sporting Globe – ‘Geelong’s pace and slightly better system brought their first win. Richmond could never bottle up Geelong’s loose men – especially Trezise – and their attack was hopeless’.- 1959 exercise book


A.Lord (leg) replaced by Mundy in the last quarter. Moran (leg) replaced by Harrison in last quarter.

For Geelong, Trezise kicked four goals (three in the first quarter), Long and Cook kicked three each. Dummett and Swift each kicked two goals for Richmond.
Best for Geelong were Trezise (‘brilliant’), Rice (‘brilliant’), Long (‘won in the ruck’), Helmer (‘good’), Hovey (‘strong, brilliant’), Cook (‘good’). Alistair Lord was playing well (although off target with three behinds) until taken off with a leg injury in the fourth quarter. Moran was ‘quiet’.

3-2-1 Rice (Geelong), Trezise (Geelong), Saddington (Richmond).
Marks – Richmond 65, Geelong 50. Frees – Richmond 35, Geelong 18 (‘Look at that – 35 to 18’).

Highlights – ‘John Helmer’s beautiful goal in the third term; Geelong’s pace; Governor’s address to the players’.
Geelong ninth on VFL ladder after Round Three.

Round Four – Geelong versus Fitzroy at Geelong.

NOTE: ‘Kicks’ and ‘handpasses’ recorded in the same four columns (quarter by quarter). Also recorded ‘marks’ (single column).
May 16.
Geelong’s selected team –
HoveyGazzardR.Smith
RiceMcGrath Borrack
O’NeillNichollsThomas
CookCougleA.Lord
YeatesWoollerHaygarth
LongHelmerTrezise


19/20 Williams, Brown
In – McGrath, Williams, Brown
Out – Moran, Mundy, Harrison

Three experienced players returned for the Cats. Barry Cougle moved from defence to attack. Matt Goggin replaced O’Neill (injured) in the selected side. Fitzroy’s stalwarts included Bob Henderson, Kevin Murray and Graham Gotch in defence; Ian Aston, Don Furness and Brian Pert across the centre, Owen Abrahams, Graham Campbell and Kevin Wright in attack; Alan Gale, Ken Ross and Ron Harvey following the ball; and Ray Slocum and Wally Clark roving.

Fine and sunny at Kardinia Park with a slight wind from the north. A crowd of 16,112 paid £1658/2/3 at the gate. Umpire Beitzel. Trezise (Geelong) again won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end.

Two wins in a row for the Cats! Geelong jumped out of the blocks and led by 29 points at quarter time. The Lions reduced the deficit to three points at the half. A neck-and-neck third term set up a thrilling last quarter with the Cats sneaking home by ten (13-12 to 12-8).

Geelong were outclassing their opponents and Trezise and Haygarth were kicking goals left and right. McGrath and Borrack were brilliant in defence and so was Murray for Fitzroy. Fitzroy came back to stop the Cats from scoring in the second term. Geelong held on to their lead at lemon time but Abrahams was starring for Fitzroy. The last quarter was very exciting and the lead changed several times. The Maroons took the lead in the quarter with goals from Abrahams. The game seemed lost for Geelong but the plucky Cats came back in a terrific burst for goals by Cook (2) and Yeates on the siren. - 1959 exercise book


Brown replaced Haygarth (leg) in the fourth quarter. Williams replaced Rice in the fourth quarter.

Positional changes – Wooller to centre half forward, Cook to full-forward, Cougle to forward flank, Cook to forward pocket, Yeates to full forward (where he kicked one goal).
For Geelong, Cook kicked four goals (three in last quarter), Haygarth kicked four goals (three in first quarter) and Trezise kicked three goals (two in first quarter).
For the Lions, Colin MacNeil and Owen Abrahams each kicked four goals.
Best for Geelong were Haygarth (19 kicks/handpasses and 7 marks), Trezise (22-3), Nicholls (18-4), Borrack (15-5), Thomas (17-4), McGrath (17-5), Cook (8-2), Hovey (17-4). Note: Rice (21-1), A.Lord (15-3), Helmer (16-3).

3-2-1 Haygarth (Geelong), Trezise (Geelong), Abrahams (Fitzroy).
Marks – Geelong 54 (15, 15, 10, 14), Fitzroy 36 (6, 16, 6, 8). Frees – Geelong 27 (6, 9, 5, 7), Fitzroy 16 (3, 6, 2, 5).

Highlights – ‘One of Neil Trezise’s goals in the first quarter. Close finish’.
VFL ladder after four rounds:

Carlton 16 - 151.5%, North Melbourne 16 - 127.0, Melbourne 12 - 137.1, Hawthorn 12 - 127.8, South Melbourne 12 - 112.1, St.Kilda 8 - 102.0, Fitzroy 8 - 99.5, Geelong 8 - 92.5, Essendon 4 - 98.2, Collingwood 0 - 70.1, Richmond 0 - 66.8, Footscray 0 - 56.2.

Round Five – Geelong versus Essendon at Essendon.

No statistics recorded. (May school holidays – family car tour Myrtleford-Mount Hotham-Omeo-Bairnsdale).
May 23.
Geelong’s selected team:
HoveyGazzardO’Connell
RiceMcGrathBorrack
ThomasNichollsBrown
LordCougleCook
YeatesWoollerHaygarth
Long HelmerTrezise

19/20 Williams, R.Smith
In – O’Connell
Out - Matt Goggin

Geoff Williams, twice best-and-fairest for the Cats (1952, 1955), again took his place on the bench but it would turn out to be the veteran’s very last game for Geelong. Essendon were forced to make seven changes at the selection table after a group of Dons players came down with influenza during the week. This group included regular players John Towner, Jeff Gamble, Ken Timms, Col Hebbard and Reg Burgess. Coming into the side for their debuts were Ian Shelton from Avenel and Brian Sampson from East Sandringham. Although weakened, the Essendon team still boasted plenty of class: Bob Shearman, Alec Epis, Jack Clarke, Ken Fraser, Ron Evans, Geoff Leek, Hugh Mitchell and John Birt.

A strong wind at ‘Windy Hill’. A crowd of 18,000 paid £1200 at the gate. Umpire Schwab.

Essendon kicked 1-8 in the first quarter and led by ten points at the first change. The Dons extended their lead to thirty by half-time after a five goal haul in the second quarter. The Cats pegged them back a little in the third but a strong effort in the final term saw the Dons run out comfortable winners by 30 points (11-18 to 7-12).

For thirty minutes on Saturday it seemed that bad luck which had forced Essendon to make seven team changes on Thursday night had been carried onto the field against Geelong. But in the time on period of the first quarter the Dons’ rover John Birt snapped a goal and lifted the team from mediocrity into an enthusiastic, if unscientific, match-winning combination. Before that goal Essendon had seen every attack it launched result in a behind only. It had eight behinds on the board. Essendon gained tremendous drive from the ruck work of Geoff Leek and Hugh Mitchell. Their accurate palming enabled rovers Birt and Nicholson to open up gaps in the Geelong defence which fought hard against a heavy onslaught. The Cats half back line repeatedly turned forward moves but Geelong’s forwards fought each other for the ball and most of its seven goals came from individual efforts. Only for the first half of the third term and for a few minutes of the final quarter did Geelong look like lodging a serious claim for the match points. (Quoted from Monday edition of newspaper, probably The Age). - 1959 exercise book


Alistair Lord replaced by Williams in the fourth quarter. O’Connell replaced by Ron Smith in the fourth quarter.

For Geelong, seven individual goal scorers – Long, Cook, Wooller, Trezise, Yeates, Helmer, Haygarth. (Note: Cougle kicked 0-4).

For Essendon, Evans kicked four goals, Birt kicked three and Sampson kicked two.
Best for Geelong were McGrath, Borrack, Long, Rice, Helmer and Hovey.
3-2-1 Epis (Essendon), Shearman (Essendon), McGrath (Geelong).
Marks for first three quarters – Geelong 40 (11, 17, 12), Essendon 52 (17, 23, 12).
Frees for first three quarters – Geelong 21 (5, 9, 7), Essendon 24 (12, 6, 6).
VFL Ladder after five rounds: Carlton and North Melbourne still undefeated; Melbourne, Hawthorn, South Melbourne and St.Kilda with three wins; Essendon, Fitzroy and Geelong (87.2%) with two wins; Richmond and Footscray with one win; Collingwood yet to win.

1959 Exercise Book - Voting Graph
1959 Exercise Book - Voting Graph


1959 Exercise Book - Wells cartoon, The Age, May 29, 1959
1959 Exercise Book - Wells cartoon, The Age, May 29, 1959



Round Six – Geelong versus Melbourne at Geelong

NOTE: ‘Kicks’ and ‘handpasses’ recorded in the same four columns (quarter by quarter). Also recorded ‘marks’ (single column).
May 30th.
Geelong’s selected team:
HoveyGazzardO’Connell
RiceMcGrathBorrack
BrownNichollsThomas
O’NeillWoollerCook
YeatesBartleHaygarth
Long HelmerTrezise

19/20 Harrison, R.Smith

In – Bartle, Harrison, O’Neill
Out – Cougle (injured), A.Lord (last game for season – unable to obtain clearance from Cobden), Williams (retired).

Bruce Bartle, selected at full forward, played his first senior game of the season. Melbourne’s team brimmed with talent – classy defenders John Beckwith, Tas Johnson, Don Williams and Geoff Case; a star-studded centre line of Brian Dixon, Laurie Mithen and Ian McLean; dangerous half forwards Geoff Tunbridge, ‘Hassa’ Mann and Clyde Laidlaw; fast-leading full-forward Alan Rowarth; followers Bob Johnson and Ron Barassi, and rovers Ian Ridley and ‘Bluey’ Adams.

Cloudy but fine with a northerly wind. A crowd of 16,736 paid £1666/17/- at the gate.
Umpire Nunn. John Beckwith won the toss and kicked with the wind to the southern (Barwon River) end.

The Demons led by 15 points at the first change but a good performance by Geelong in the second quarter reduced the margin to seven points at the main break. From that point it was all Melbourne as the Demons, perhaps still smarting from their defeat in the 1958 Grand Final, piled on ten goals to Geelong’s three in the second half to run out easy winners by 53 points (19-15 to 11-10).

The game was very fast and both sides were playing good football. Melbourne were gaining great drive from Tunbridge. Geelong were winning in the ruck and matching the Demons in pace. In the second quarter it was all Geelong and they scored goals from Bartle, Trezise, Helmer and Long. Melbourne fought back to lead at the interval. In the third quarter Melbourne scored five goals to Geelong’s two and they fully deserved their 30-points lead at the change. Geelong badly lacked something in attack and they were beaten around the packs. With Barassi coming into the game the Redlegs kicked four quick goals to go away from the tired and disappointing Cats. Gazzard and Hovey played lone hands in defence for Geelong but their good work was not carried out further up the field. - 1959 exercise book


Rice (bruised thigh) replaced by R.Smith in second quarter. Helmer replaced by Harrison in fourth quarter.

Positional changes by Geelong – Thomas to Dixon, Brown to McLean, O’Neill roving, Haygarth to half back flank.

For Geelong, Bartle kicked three goals and Yeates kicked two.
For Melbourne, Harold ‘Hassa’ Mann kicked five goals and Alan Rowarth kicked four.
Best for Geelong were Gazzard (17 kicks/handpasses and 7 marks), Long (17-2), Yeates (17-9), Hovey (11-5), Borrack (14-4), Trezise (18-1). Note: Nicholls (11-3), Cook (11-3), Brown (15-1), Bartle (10-5).

Best men on the ground - 6-5-4-3-2-1 (my opinion): Gazzard, Williams (Melbourne), Mann (Melbourne), Tunbridge (Melbourne), Yeates, Long.
(3GL’s best – Gazzard, Borrack, Hovey, Yeates, Nicholls, Cook, Long, Brown, Bartle, Trezise).
Marks – Geelong 64 (16, 18, 12, 18), Melbourne 68 (13, 18, 17, 20). Frees – Geelong 19 (5, 5, 7, 2), Melbourne 19 (3, 6, 5, 5).

Highlight – ‘the brilliant last half by Melbourne.’
Geelong remained in ninth position on the VFL ladder after six rounds.
Geelong Seconds defeated Melbourne 11-14 to 6-14 (Hugh Earnshaw kicked four goals).


1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Melbourne
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Melbourne


1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Melbourne
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Melbourne


Round Seven – Geelong versus Collingwood at Collingwood.

NOTE: ‘Kicks’ and ‘handpasses’ recorded in the same four columns (quarter by quarter). Also recorded ‘marks’ (single column) and ‘frees’ (single column).
June 6.
Geelong’s selected team:
RiceGazzardO’Connell
M.GogginMcGrath Borrack
ThomasHoveyBrown
EarnshawWoollerO’Neill
YeatesBartle Haygarth
LongPomeroy Trezise

19/20 Mundy, Helmer

In – M.Goggin, Pomeroy, Earnshaw, Mundy
Out – Nicholls (injured), Cook, Harrison, Ron Smith

Two more new faces in the Geelong team: Frank Pomeroy of East Ballarat, and Hugh Earnshaw from Rutherglen. Earnshaw’s assignment on debut – to somehow elude a notoriously uncompromising Magpie half back (either Peter Lucas or Frank Tuck) – could not have been more difficult. Collingwood’s defence led by Lucas, Tuck, Ron Reeves, Harry Sullivan, and John Henderson was more than just formidable. Other Magpie stars were Errol Hutchesson on the wing; Bill Serong, Ian Brewer, Brian Beers and Mike Delanty in attack; Ray Gabelich and Barry ‘Hooker’ Harrison in the ruck; and Thorold Merrett and Ken Bennett roving.

Cloudy and dull at Victoria Park; no wind but the ground wet. A crowd of 20, 427 paid £1214 at the gate. Umpire Barbour. Trezise (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the Yarra Falls end.

The Magpies led by ten points at the first change and increased their lead to three goals at half-time. Geelong stayed with them and reduced the lead to only 9 points at lemon time. The Magpies scooted clear in the final term however and won easily by 33 points (12-22 to 9-7).

The first quarter was fairly even but Collingwood were the better side and led at the first change. The Magpies were gaining great drive from Gabelich, Merrett and Tuck. Hovey, brilliant in the first quarter, was silent in the second and Geelong were very quiet until the last ten minutes of this quarter. Geelong came good in the third quarter, only allowing the ‘Woods five behinds. It looked as if the last term would be a ‘scorcher’. Best for Geelong in the third quarter were O’Neill, Haygarth, Brown and Wooller (2). Trezise goaled just after the start and Geelong were only three points down. But a goal by Hicks revitalized Collingwood and Greve, Merrett (2) and Beers (2) followed with goals that left Geelong standing. Geelong lost Long and only had three recruits left to ruck. - 1959 exercise book


Helmer replaced O’Connell in the second quarter. Mundy replaced Long at three-quarter time.
(McGrath groggy).

Positional changes – Wooller to full forward, Bartle to centre half forward.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked three goals (all after half-time), Haygarth kicked three and Long kicked two.

For Collingwood, Beers and Merrett each kicked three goals.
Best for Geelong were O’Neill (27 kicks and handpasses, 8 marks, 3 free kicks), Hovey (16-6-0), Brown (17-2-1), McGrath (15-6-4), Yeates (16-7-4), Rice (19-3-0), Matt Goggin (16-2-2). Note: Earnshaw two disposals.

Best men on the ground - 3-2-1: Gabelich (Collingwood), O’Neill (‘was easily the best of Geelong’s little men’), Merrett (Collingwood).
Marks – Geelong 75 (18, 19, 28, 10), Collingwood 73 (18, 17, 20, 18).
Frees - Geelong 22 (6, 6, 4, 6), Collingwood 24 (6, 5, 7, 6).
Highlight – ‘Collingwood kicked nine behinds straight before Hicks goaled. But Collingwood kicked six goals in the fourth term’.

Geelong slipped to tenth place on the VFL ladder after seven rounds.
Geelong Seconds lost to Collingwood – 47 to 116.

1959 Exercise Book -  Geelong v Collingwood
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Collingwood


1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Collingwood
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Collingwood


Round Eight – Geelong versus Carlton at Geelong

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks quarter by quarter – no mention of handpasses, marks (quarter by quarter), frees (quarter by quarter).
June 15.
Geelong’s selected team:
MatherGazzard Major
Matt GogginMcGrathBorrack
ThomasHoveyBrown
HaygarthVinarHelmer
BartleWoollerRice
YeatesMundyO’Neill

19/20 Nicholls, Earnshaw

In – Mather, Major, Vinar, Nicholls.
Out – Long (injured), Trezise (injured), O’Connell (injured), Pomeroy.

The Geelong selectors continued their policy of introducing new blood and brought in three new faces for the Carlton game: Dale Mather, Greg Major and Paul Vinar. Colin Rice moved to the forward pocket to cover for Trezise’s absence. In the absence of Long and O’Connell, John Yeates was left to shoulder the bulk of the ruck work, with Mundy, Major and Bartle as back-up. Ron Hovey, vice-captain on the day and seemingly relishing his new role up the ground, was again selected in the centre. Carlton had Bruce Comben, George Ferry, John James and Denis Zeunert in defence; Graham Gilchrist, Laurie Kerr and John Chick across the centre; a forward line stacked with ‘B’ names (John Benetti, Peter Barry, Gerald Burke and Leo Brereton); Sergio Silvagni at full forward; and Graham Donaldson and young John Nicholls leading the ruck division.

Fine and cool at Kardinia Park. A crowd of 23,000 paid £2614 at the gate. Umpire Beitzel.
O’Neill (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end aided by a northerly.

Carlton jumped the Cats at the outset and led by 13 points at the first change. The lead was extended to 23 at half-time and five goals at three-quarter time. However a spirited finish by the Cats (kicking 5-3 to 1-6) made for an exciting last quarter. Carlton by nine points (12-16 to 11-13).

Geelong played really well in the first quarter but their kicking spoilt the display. Carlton went away to a good lead at half-time. Best for Geelong at the interval: Goggin, Hovey, Gazzard, Brown, Yeates. In the second half, Carlton went wild and scored goals from Silvagni (2), Donaldson and Heathcote. Geelong replied through Wooller, Rice and Borrack. In a thrilling finish Carlton just got home from the fighting Cats. Geelong scored five goals in the last term. - 1959 exercise book


Nicholls replaced Major in the third quarter. Earnshaw replaced Thomas in the last quarter.
Positional changes – Nicholls to half forward flank, Rice roving, Haygarth to defence, Borrack to centre half forward.

For Geelong, Wooller kicked four goals (three in the last quarter making up for his three behinds in the first quarter). Rice and Yeates each kicked two.
For Carlton, Gerald Burke kicked four goals. Donaldson, Silvagni and Heathcote each kicked two.

Best for Geelong were Ron Hovey - who played a blinder and racked up 35 kicks, 5 marks and four free kicks – Yeates (13-7-1), Brown (16-2-3), Wooller (12-6-2), Rice (16-0-0), O’Neill (19-2-2), Vinar (10-4-0) and Borrack (15-5-4). Note: Matt Goggin (18-2-2).

‘Best men on the oval’ – 3, 2, 1: Hovey (Geelong)(‘for a great game in the centre’), Nicholls (Carlton)(‘a good game in the ruck’), Comben (Carlton)(‘Solid game in defence all day’).

Marks – Geelong 54, Carlton 56.
Frees – Geelong 21, Carlton 18.

Highlights – ‘the goal by Colin Rice in the second quarter’; ‘a beautiful bit of play by McGrath, Wooller and Hovey to see Wooller goal’.
Geelong still tenth on the VFL ladder with two wins from eight rounds.
Geelong Seconds defeated Carlton 17-18 to 10-15 (Bill Cook kicked five goals; best: Bill Goggin and Cook).

1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Carlton
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Carlton


1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Carlton
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Carlton


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

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (one column), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
June 27.
Geelong’s selected team:
MatherGazzard Vinar
Matt GogginMcGrath Major
BrownHoveyThomas
CookBorrack Nicholls
PomeroyCougle Rice
YeatesMundyO’Neill

19/20 Barton, Bill Goggin
In – Barton, Cougle, Pomeroy, Bill Goggin, Cook.
Out – Wooller (injured), Bartle, Earnshaw, Haygarth, Helmer.

Bill Goggin and Bill Cook, who both starred in the Geelong Seconds 45-point victory over Carlton the previous week, returned to the side, as did ruckman Frank Pomeroy. Geelong’s forward line assumed a makeshift appearance – Wooller replaced by Cougle at full-forward and Les Borrack shifted from half-back flank to centre-half-forward. The selectors provided a shock with the omission of utility (and interstate representative) John Haygarth. St.Kilda boasted a solid defence manned by Brian Walsh, Verdun Howell, Jim Guyatt, Neil Roberts and Eric Guy; a capable forward line headed by Alan Jeans, Bill Stephenson and Bill Young; a solid ruck division led by ‘Bud’ Annand and Alan Morrow; and classy rover Lance Oswald. Lindsay Fox took his place on the bench as twentieth man (for the ruck, not the truck).

Fine, 52 degrees, and an easterly wind at the Junction Oval. A crowd of 15,000. Umpire Woolfe. O’Neill (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the outer end.

Surely this game was the nadir of the Cat’s season. The sides were evenly matched in the first quarter with the Cats holding a one-point advantage at the interval. Few among the small crowd would have predicted the pathetic events about to unfold. The Saints were unstoppable in the second quarter and kicked 8.1 to the Cats’ 1-3. Bill Young was at his mercurial best and registered five majors for the half. But worse was to come for Geelong – an incredible 0-13 in the third quarter to St.Kilda’s one point. Geelong went to the lemon-time huddle 27 points down but with eight more scoring shots! (4-20 to 11-5). The Saints regrouped and ran out easy winners by 37 points.

Morrow goaled soon after the bell. It was scrambly play. Then Vinar goaled for Geelong. Young goaled with a beautiful shot but O’Neill put Geelong in front on the siren. Best at quarter time – M.Goggin, O’Neill, Yeates. St. Kilda went wild in the second quarter and Young kicked three of their eight goals with the wind. They were winning in the ruck and their rovers were starring. Their forwards were cooperating terrifically and were getting results. Best at half-time – Rice, Brown, M.Goggin. Geelong kicked 13 behinds in this (third) quarter to the Saints one. If Geelong had have kicked straight they would have had something like seventeen goals. Best at three-quarter time – M.Goggin, Cougle. St. Kilda held on to their big lead to win. Geelong played better in this (fourth) quarter but their bad kicking in the previous quarter let them down. The Saints did not have a weakness all day and their attack functioned like a final four side’s attack should. - 1959 exercise book


Nicholls (ankle) replaced by Bill Goggin in the first quarter. Mundy replaced by Barton in the last quarter.

Positional changes – Cougle to centre half forward and Borrack to full forward in the third quarter, Mather to the half forward flank and Rice to the back pocket in the second quarter, Cook to the centre and Hovey to the half forward flank in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Yeates and O’Neill each kicked two goals. In Geelong’s lamentable third quarter, Cougle and Borrack each kicked three behinds and Bill Goggin kicked two.

For St. Kilda, Young kicked six goals and Stephenson kicked three.
Geelong’s best were Matt Goggin (19 kicks, 6 marks, nil frees), O’Neill (16-4-0), Cougle (12-3-1), Bill Goggin (13-3-0), Rice (13-4-2), Major (14-4-3) and McGrath (15-2-nil).
Best three men on the ground: 3- 2- 1: Bill Young (St.Kilda)(‘for a fantastic game in attack’), Bill Stephenson (St.Kilda)(‘marked well at centre half forward’), Ray Walton (St.Kilda)(‘for a brilliant game on the wing’).
Marks – Geelong 49 (13, 10, 14, 12), St. Kilda 67 (14, 12, 20, 21).
Frees – Geelong 23 (8, 7, 5, 3), St. Kilda 26 (13, 5, 5, 3).
Highlight – ‘The brilliant display by Bill Young who kicked five goals in the first half’; ‘Geelong’s terrible kicking’.

Geelong second last at the half way mark of the season.
The Cats also had a bad day in the Seconds match – thrashed by 80 points.


Round Ten – Geelong versus Footscray at Geelong.

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (one column), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
July 4.
Geelong’s selected team:
MatherGazzard Vinar
M.GogginMcGrathMajor
O’NeillHoveyBrown
ThomasBorrackCook
PomeroyWooller Trezise
YeatesHelmerRice

19/20 Cougle, Barton
In – Wooller, Trezise, Helmer
Out – Nicholls (injured), W. Goggin, Mundy

The Cats were strengthened with the return of Fred Wooller (to the spearhead) and veteran rover Neil Trezise who had missed two matches due to a loss of weight problem. Ron Hovey, who had taken to the pivot like a duck to water, retained his centre position. The Cats persisted with Les Borrack at centre half forward. Colin Rice kept his roving role. Young Eric Nicholls was out for the season with an ankle injury. Fred Mundy had played his last game for Geelong. The young Footscray side, now the only team below the Cats on the VFL ladder, was itself passing through a transitional period between two successful eras. It would not have been anticipated but the Dogs were but two years away from a Grand Final. Experience was provided by Arthur Edwards, Ted Whitten, Alex Gardiner, John Schultz and Jim Gallagher but the Bulldog’s future lay with their layer of youthful talent which included Graham Ion, Bob Ware, Keith Beamish, John Jillard, John Quarrell, Terry Devery and Ray Baxter.

Fine and cool at Kardinia Park. Attendance 13,709. Umpire Nunn.
Trezise (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end.

The Cats celebrated ‘Independence Day’ by breaking through for a rare win. The first thirty minutes however – with another four behinds on the board but no goals - would have sent a shudder through the camp. The Bulldogs led by eleven at the first change. Geelong came with a charge in the second quarter and piled on 5-5 to 2-4. Another six goals in the third quarter set up the win – a desperately needed eighteen-point victory (13-15 to 10-15).

Play was scrambly. Football was fairly fast and Devery was starring for Footscray. Ware and Beamish goaled. Geelong were kicking behinds instead of goals. Whitten and Ion were starring for the Bulldogs. The second term was all Geelong. They kicked five goals, four of them coming from Wooller’s boot and one from Rice, to take the lead. Nunn was giving some silly frees to Footscray. Cook was put on Whitten to quieten him. Wooller again kicked four goals in this (third) quarter – of Geelong’s six. Cook was playing well at centre half forward. Best for Geelong (at ¾ time) – Wooller, Cook, Hovey, Rice, M.Goggin, McGrath, Trezise and Gazzard. The Bulldogs nearly caught Geelong but goals by Pomeroy and Rice sealed the issue. The play was mainly around the centerlines throughout this (last) quarter. The Cats were the better side and warded off the “wooden spoon”. - 1959 exercise book


Positional changes – Cook to centre half forward and Borrack to half forward flank, Borrack to centre half forward and Cougle to half forward flank, Cougle to centre half back.
Cougle replaced McGrath in the third quarter, Barton replaced Wooller in the last quarter.
For Geelong, Wooller kicked eight goals (four in the second quarter and four in the third quarter) and Pomeroy kicked two.

For Footscray, Ware and Devery each kicked three goals.
Best for Geelong were Wooller (10 kicks, seven marks, one free), Brown (15-6-1), Hovey (29-7-4), Cook (18-5-2), Rice (22-1-2), Matt Goggin (14-3-0), Vinar (14-7-4), Gazzard (6-1-1). (Best at half-time: Hovey, M.Goggin, McGrath, Vinar, Cook, Wooller).

Best three men on ground: 3-2-1: Wooller (Geelong)(‘eight goals two behinds’) Whitten (Footscray)(‘for a grand game in defence’) Brown (Geelong)(‘for a good game on the wing’).

Marks – Geelong 79 (21, 20, 19, 19), Footscray 63 (19, 13, 19, 12).
Frees – Geelong 23 (7, 4, 4, 8), Footscray 26 (5, 8, 7, 6).

Highlight – ‘Wooller’s four goals in second quarter and four goals in third quarter.’
The Cats moved to tenth position on the VFL ladder after their win.
Geelong scraped home by two goals in the Seconds match (15-12 to 13-12). Bruce Bartle (three goals), Bruce Ferrari and John Haygarth were best for the Cats.


Round Eleven – Geelong versus South Melbourne at South Melbourne.

No statistics recorded – I attended this game. (Page not ruled up with columns for statistics).
July 11th.
Geelong’s selected team:
BorrackGazzardVinar
M.GogginMcGrathMajor
ThomasHoveyBrown
CookFerrariPomeroy
YeatesGoodland Rice
LongHelmerTrezise

19/20 Bill Goggin, Haygarth

In – Ferrari, Long, Goodland, Bill Goggin, Haygarth
Out – O’Neill (injured), Wooller (injured), Barton, Cougle, Mather.

Geelong was weakened by the absence of Wooller. A new-look forward line for the Cats with Bruce Ferrari returning after an eight-week absence and Swan Hill recruit Ken Goodland coming in for his first VFL senior match. Les Borrack moved to the back pocket after weeks in attack while Doug Long returned to boost the ruck stocks after a three-week absence. John Haygarth was chosen to sit on the bench - the selectors apparently having forgiven him for whatever ‘sins’ he (allegedly) committed. South Melbourne was led by its three Brownlow medalists (five medals between them) – captain Ron Clegg (named at centre half forward), defender Fred Goldsmith, and the incomparable Bob Skilton. Backing them up were defenders Hugh McLaughlin (junior), John Heriot and Bill Gunn. Ken McCormack was a classy wingman. Jim Taylor, Ken Boyd and John Trethowan provided big man power. Diminutive Brian McGowan shared the roving duties with Skilton.

Fine weather at the Lake Oval. A crowd of 16,000 paid £1100 at the gate. Umpire Nash.
Ron Clegg (South) won the toss and kicked to the Lake goal.

The Cats started well and led at both quarter time (3-2 to 2-5) and half time (7-6 to 5-9) but a devastating third term (7-3 to 0-3) by the Swans put the result beyond doubt. The Cats kicked five majors in the last quarter but so did the Southerners. Swans by 34 (17-16 to 12-12). Bob Skilton, on his way to the first of his three Brownlow Medals, was everywhere and booted eight goals.

In the first half Geelong worried South with their marking and pace and it was only when the Southerners had the ball on their forward line – where Skilton and McGowan were busy – that they looked like getting goals. Geelong’s defence was strong. Borrack and Trezise were playing well. At half time Geelong held a slight lead. In the third quarter it was all South, they kicked seven goals. Geelong had not countered Skilton who was bobbing up everywhere and creating the loose man whenever possible. South were winning in the ruck and Skilton did the rest. In the last quarter Geelong displayed fairly good football but were no match for South Melbourne and SKILTON! - 1959 exercise book


Ferrari (ankle) replaced by Haygarth in the last quarter, Long (groin) replaced by Bill Goggin in the last quarter.

Positional changes – Ferrari to centre, Hovey to half-forward flank, Pomeroy to centre half forward.

For Geelong, Trezise, Pomeroy, Rice and Cook each kicked two goals. Ken Goodland had a quiet day, kicking three behinds.
For South, Skilton kicked eight goals (five after half time). Bill Power and Ken McCormack each kicked two.

Best for Geelong were Borrack (‘safe and sure, took some nice marks’), Yeates (‘battled hard in the ruck’), Rice (‘like a terrier around the ground’), Gazzard (‘kicked out well. Kept McGrath quiet’), Trezise (‘busy as a bee controlling Skilton’), Long (‘got some knockouts’), Pomeroy (‘played a good high-marking game’).
Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Skilton (SM) (‘for a magnificent display of roving’). Taylor (SM) (‘for a good high-marking game’). Borrack (Geelong) (‘safe in the back pocket’).
Highlight: ‘Skilton’s magnificent exhibition of roving all day. He kicked eight goals and helped in many others’.

Marks – Geelong 43 (16, 12, 6, 9), South 74 (16, 15, 23, 20).
Frees – Geelong 18 (5, 4, 6, 3), South 27 (7, 6, 7, 7).

Geelong tenth on the ladder after eleven rounds.
Geelong won Seconds match 8-13 to 7-11 (Bartle three goals; best: Gross, Murray, Routley).

Autographs Goodland and Haygarth 1959 - Collected by Ken Mansell
Autographs Goodland and Haygarth 1959 - Collected by Ken Mansell


Round Twelve – Geelong versus North Melbourne at North Melbourne.

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (one column), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
July 18.
Geelong’s selected team –
BorrackGazzardBarton
Matt GogginMcGrathMajor
BrownHarrisonBill Goggin
YeatesVinarFerrari
WoollerGoodlandRice
LongPomeroy Trezise

19/20 Mather, Haygarth
In – Wooller, Harrison, Bill Goggin, Barton
Out - Thomas (unavailable), Hovey (interstate), Helmer, Cook. Last minute change – Wooller (injured) replaced in selected side by Haygarth. Helmer in as 19th man.

Some strange positional placements in the original selected side: Wooller in a pocket and Yeates on a flank. A seemingly weakened Shinboners outfit (without John Brady, Kevin McMahon, Jack Edwards and Alan Aylett) also appeared very inexperienced ‘on paper’. Ken Dean, Ken Fyffe and former Collingwood player Brian Turner were key defenders; Jock O’Brien and Garry English were important across the centre; John Dugdale, John Waddington and Peter Schofield were dangerous in attack. John Jenkins (ex-Richmond) and Albert Mantello formed the first ruck with rover Gerald Eastmure (backed up by Michael Gaudion). Interestingly, former Geelong strongman Bob Wiltshire was omitted for this match.

Fine and sunny at Arden Street. A strong wind from the west. A crowd of 10,000 paid £710 at the gate. Umpire Nunn. Albert Mantello (North) won the toss and kicked with the wind to the eastern end.

Yet another disappointing afternoon for Geelong. The Cats were missing Ron Hovey on interstate duty. North were without four of their stars – John Brady, Kevin McMahon, Jack Edwards (interstate) and Alan Aylett (interstate) – but were still too good for Geelong. The Kangaroos jumped the Cats in the first term and led by 22 points at the first change. Inaccurate kicking for goal again let the Cats down and they still trailed by 16 at the half. North moved further ahead (34 points) in the third quarter. A spirited Geelong effort in the final term fell short by 13 points (8-15 to 11-10).

North Melbourne with the wind behind them were too good for Geelong in the first half. Jenkins was winning in the ruck. In the second quarter North bottled the play up and Geelong couldn’t score goals. The play was poor and scrambly and Geelong were attacking through the wrong flank. Schofield kicked four goals in the third quarter to bring his total to six for the day. North were too good for the Cats and controlled most positions on the field. Geelong came back in the last quarter and got to within two goals of the Northerners. Ferrari was starring at centre half forward and the centre when he was put there. - 1959 exercise book


Helmer replaced Harrison in the last quarter, Mather replaced Brown in the last quarter.
Positional changes – Borrack to full back, Haygarth to back pocket, Gazzard to half forward flank, Borrack to centre.

For Geelong, Rice and Bill Goggin each kicked two goals. Ken Goodland scored one at the spearhead.

For North, Peter Schofield kicked six goals (four in the third quarter) at full-forward and Gerald Eastmure kicked two.

Best for Geelong were Borrack (15 kicks, 6 marks, one free kick), McGrath (16-1-2), Matt Goggin (12-2-1), Ferrari (15-6-5), Long (11-4-1), Trezise (21-1-5), Bill Goggin (9-3-2), Harrison (12-3-0).
(Best for Geelong at half-time – McGrath, Trezise, Borrack, Vinar, Rice, Bill Goggin).
Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Schofield (NM) (‘for a brilliant game at full-forward’) Gaudion (NM) (‘roved busily all day’) Borrack (Geelong) (‘safe and sure in defence’).
Marks – Geelong 48 (9, 9, 19, 11), North 54 (14, 11, 14, 15).
Frees – 27 each (4, 8, 8, 7 each)

Highlight – ‘very poor game’. Les Borrack’s game as acting vice-captain.
Geelong in tenth position after twelve rounds. North Melbourne occupied third place with nine wins.

Seconds match – Geelong 12-16 defeated North 12-10. Cook kicked four goals for the Cats. Hugh Earnshaw best.
Bob Skilton (South) and Ron Evans (Essendon) – each 45 goals - were the leading VFL goalkickers after twelve rounds. Carlton’s Sergio Silvagni was third with 34.

1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v North Melbourne
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v North Melbourne


1959 Exercise Book - Geelong V North Melbourne
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong V North Melbourne


Round Thirteen – Geelong versus Hawthorn at Geelong.

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (one column), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
July 25.
Geelong’s selected team:
RiceGazzard Vinar
Matt GogginMcGrathBorrack
ThomasHoveyBrown
HelmerFerrariCook
YeatesBartle Bill Goggin
LongPomeroyTrezise

19/20 Barton, Harrison

In – Hovey, Thomas, Bartle, Cook.
Out - Goodland (injured), Haygarth, Mather, Major.

The John Haygarth selection saga continued with the utility player again omitted by the selectors. Ron Hovey resumed in the centre after playing (back pocket) in the interstate game against South Australia on July 20. Bruce Bartle was given another chance at full forward – where he last played in Rounds six and seven. Interstate representatives Brendan Edwards and Graham Arthur returned to strengthen the Hawthorn line-up: Alf Hughes, Don Gent, Les Kaine, John O’Mahoney and Sted Hay on the backline; Colin Youren, Ron Nalder and Ray Yeoman across the centre; Graham Arthur, Roy Simmonds and Garry Young heading up the forward line; followers John Kennedy, Graham Cooper, Maurie Young and Alan Woodley; rovers Brendan Edwards and Geoff Wilson.

Warm, rainy and dull at Kardinia Park. Attendance – 9672. Umpire Mance. Neil Trezise (Geelong) won the toss and kicked (against the wind) to the southern (Barwon River) end in the first quarter.

Geelong fans were no doubt expressing their displeasure with the team’s form and this was evidenced in the small turnout of only 9672 spectators for this particular home game against the ninth-placed Hawks. As it turned out it was worth their while attending. The presence of the Governor – Sir Dallas Brooks – also compensated for the poor attendance. Kicking against the breeze the Cats found themselves 17 points down at the first change. The second quarter was even and the visitors held to their advantage (16 points) at the half. When this lead was extended even further (to 23 points) at three-quarter time the home side’s chances looked slim. Nevertheless Geelong swamped the Hawks in the last term, kicking 6-9 to 2-1, and raced to an impressive victory (14-16 to 13-13). The first and only occasion the Cats managed 100 points or over in 1959. The match is also notable as the occasion when young rover Billy Goggin first emerged as a likely potential champion.

Hawthorn’s big men controlled the game in the first quarter but they found it difficult to pass Rice and McGrath. In the second quarter it looked as if Hawthorn would open up a big lead but Geelong scored four goals to get within 16 points. Garry Young was leading out well at the spearhead and had scored four goals at the interval. In the third quarter Geelong came back to get within two goals but Hawthorn scored two more to go further ahead. Bill Goggin was getting plenty of kicks roving to a winning ruck. Geelong were magnificent in the last term and kicked 6-9. Long, Yeates, Cook, W.Goggin, Trezise, Ferrari and Thomas were responsible for this revival. The Hawks were left standing by Geelong’s high marking. - 1959 exercise book


Harrison replaced Gazzard in the last quarter, Barton replaced Trezise in the last quarter.
Positional changes – Gazzard to centre half forward, Cook to half forward flank, Ferrari to half forward flank, Vinar to full back, Helmer to ruck.

For Geelong, Bartle kicked four goals (with only five possessions),Trezise kicked three and Yeates kicked two. Bill Cook and Bill Goggin each kicked 1-4. (Col Hutchinson in Cats Tales, p. 297, has Trezise kicking four and Bartle three. Will we ever know who was correct – the Geelong statistician of the time, or the 3GL commentators?)

For the Hawks, Gary Young kicked five goals (four in the first half) and Graham Arthur kicked two.

Best for Geelong were Rice (17-2-3), Yeates (15-6-4), W.Goggin (31-4-2), Trezise (21-1-5), McGrath (15-3-4), Long (12-5-4), Thomas (16-2-1), Bartle (5-2-1), Cook (13-5-3), Ferrari (14-5-2), Hovey (15-4-2), Borrack (10-2-2), Matt Goggin (14-0-2), Brown (10-1-2) and Pomeroy (7-2-1). (Best at half-time: McGrath, Thomas, Rice, M.Goggin, W.Goggin, Yeates).
Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Rice (Geelong) (‘didn’t make a mistake in defence – kept rovers quiet’) Yeates (Geelong) (‘for a magnificent display in the ruck, especially in the last half’) Kennedy (Hawthorn)(‘for a grand captain’s game - marked well, rucked strongly’).
Les Borrack reported in the third quarter for misconduct.

Highlight – ‘Outbreak in the third quarter. Yeates took a mark at centre half forward and O’Mahoney ‘dropped’ him. Then Cook flattened O’Mahoney. All the players swarmed on Cook. All the umpires came and there were punches thrown. Kennedy was speaking to the umpire Mance. The game was out of hand for five minutes. Borrack was reported. The crowd was roaring. Mance gave a free to Pomeroy to quieten the game. He goaled.’

Marks – Geelong 53 (10, 11, 13, 19), Hawthorn 61 (16, 11, 18, 16).
Frees – Geelong 41 (12, 7, 17, 5), Hawthorn 17 (7, 3, 3, 4).

Geelong tenth after 13 rounds.
Geelong Seconds defeated by Hawthorn (11-11 to 12-19). (Shelton kicked 7 for Hawthorn). Best for Geelong – Van t’Hag, O’Connell, Gross, Major.
Les Borrack was reprimanded by the VFL Tribunal on July 28.


Round Fourteen – Geelong versus Richmond at Geelong.

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (one column), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
August 1.
Geelong’s selected team:
RiceVinarBarton
M.GogginMcGrathBorrack
ThomasHoveyBrown
HelmerCougleCook
PomeroyBartleBill Goggin
Long YeatesTrezise

19/20 Harrison, R.Van t’Hag

In – Cougle, Van t’Hag
Out - Ferrari (injured), Gazzard.

Barry Cougle came in for the injured Bruce Ferrari. The selectors finally lost patience with Bob Gazzard and replaced him at full back with Paul Vinar. Ron Van t’Hag made his first appearance for the Cats’ senior team. Richmond selected the same team that had comfortably beaten North Melbourne the week before. Dave Cuzens, Col Saddington, Graeme Gahan, Frank Dunin and Brian Davie took up their positions in defence; Barry Cameron and Dick Grimmond lined up across the centre; forwards Ron McDonald, Peter Morris and Bob Dummett filled the key posts in attack; Neville Crowe, Paddy Guinane, Mike Patterson and Ted Langridge were the followers.

Fine, sunny and cool at Kardinia Park. A strong wind favoured the southern (Barwon River) end.
A crowd of 12,140 paid £1034 at the gate. Umpire Bill Barbour (‘very technical’). Ron McDonald (Richmond) won the toss and kicked with the wind (to the southern end) in the first quarter.

A welcome back-to-back win for the Cats - their biggest of the season. After a slow start (0-6 to the Tigers’ 2-5) Geelong turned on the heat in a blistering second quarter (7-6 to nil) and maintained a comfortable lead through to the final siren. A 44-point victory to the home team – 12-15 to 6-7.

Richmond kicking with the strong breeze were the better side and their ruckmen were winning in the air. Geelong were inaccurate in front of goals. In the second quarter Geelong played all over the Tigers and added 7.6 to nothing. Thomas kicked two fantastic goals. Hovey was mainly responsible for this revival. The game was full of individual efforts. The third quarter was very even and both sides scored 2.2. Geelong looked to have the game well won. In the last quarter it was fairly even but Geelong with a surer attack and better rovers were too good for the younger Richmond who lacked something in attack where Rice, Borrack and McGrath were almost impassable. - 1959 exercise book


Harrison replaced Brown in the third quarter, Van t’Hag replaced Cook in the last quarter.
Richmond lost both Crowe and Dummett at half-time.

For Geelong, Thomas, Bartle and Cook each kicked two goals.
For Richmond, McDonald kicked two goals.

Best for Geelong were Hovey (28-12-2), Borrack (23-5-1), McGrath (22-5-5), Yeates (19-7-2), Rice (21-2-0), Trezise (28-3-2), Thomas (17-4-0), Helmer (17-3-3), Long (15-5-1), W.Goggin (21-4-2), Cook (14-4-1), M.Goggin (11-2-1), Pomeroy (10-4-0).
Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Hovey (Geelong)(‘played magnificently in the centre’) Borrack (Geelong)(‘sound and sure in defence’) McGrath (Geelong)(‘impassable at half back’).

Marks – Geelong 52 (15, 14, 13, 10), Richmond 51 (15, 9, 14, 13).
Frees – Geelong 24 (7, 4, 7, 6), Richmond 22 (6, 5, 7, 4).

Highlight – ‘Thomas’s goal in the second quarter was a ‘beauty’ and he followed up (also in second quarter) with another ‘beauty’.
Geelong tenth with five wins and a percentage of 86% after fourteen rounds.
Geelong Seconds defeated Richmond 10-10 to 7-12 (Bruce Peake three goals; John Haygarth best on ground).

1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Richmond
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Richmond


1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Richmond
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong v Richmond


Round Fifteen – Geelong versus Fitzroy at Fitzroy.

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (one column), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
August 8.
Selected Geelong team:
RiceVinarBarton
M.GogginMcGrathBorrack
Van t’HagHaygarthO’Neill
HelmerGoodlandCook
PomeroyBartleBill Goggin
LongYeatesTrezise

19/20 Cougle, Perry

In – Goodland, O’Neill, Haygarth, Perry.
Out – Brown (injured), Hovey (injured), Thomas (ill), Harrison.

John O’Neill returned for only his eighth game of the season. Disgruntled John Haygarth, selected in the centre for the injured Hovey, was to play his very last game for the Geelong Football Club. Alex Perry, a new face, started on the bench. Fitzroy’s stalwarts included Bob Henderson, Kevin Murray and Graeme McKenzie in defence; Ian Aston, Wally Clark and Graham Knight across the centre; Owen Abrahams, Graham Campbell, Graham Gotch, Tony Ongarello and Brian Barclay in attack; followers Alan Gale, Ken Ross and Ron Harvey; and rovers Ray Slocum and Kevin Wright.

Fine, sunny and cool at Brunswick Street with a strong breeze blowing to the north. A crowd of 14,408 paid £868/3/- at the gate. Umpire Frank Schwab. Trezise (Geelong) won the toss and kicked to the northern end with the wind in the first quarter.

The Cats wasted their opportunities with the wind in the first quarter and went to the first break with a lead of only ten points (1-5 to 0-1). The Lions made the most of their chances in the second term and booted 5.6 to 0.1. Geelong made up little ground in the third term and a 19 point deficit (3-10 to 6-11) at ¾ time blew out to 34 points at the final siren (6-11 to 11-15). Fitzroy won across the centre and their defence held firm. The game was spoiled by strong wind.

In the first quarter Geelong with the wind did not make the most of their opportunities. Both defences were on top and the scoring low. Fitzroy were winning in the air and in the ruck. Fitzroy kicked five goals in the second quarter. Again both defences were on top and the going was heavy. The ground was in bad condition. In the third quarter Geelong still could not kick goals and were wasting their chances. The Fitzroy defence was strong and they were winning across the centre. Wright goaled for the Lions. Murray was playing magnificently on the back flank. Fitzroy had the game sewn up when Slocum goaled. But Cook replied twice. - 1959 exercise book


Goodland (bruised calf) replaced by Perry in third quarter, Van t’Hag (cramp) replaced by Cougle late in last quarter. Positional changes – Yeates to centre half forward, Helmer to wing then to half forward flank, Van t’Hag to half forward flank then to full forward, Barton to full back, Vinar to centre half back.

For Geelong, Cook kicked three goals and Trezise kicked two.
For Fitzroy, Barclay (centre half forward) kicked three goals and Slocum kicked two.
Best for Geelong were Rice (23-3-1), Bill Goggin (23-4-0), Matt Goggin (21-2-1), Helmer (19-6-3), Cook (17-1-2), Vinar (10-1-1), Borrack (17-2-4) and Haygarth (18-2-3). (Best at half-time: W.Goggin, M.Goggin, Helmer, Cook, Vinar, McGrath, Haygarth; best at three-quarter time: Helmer, W.Goggin, M.Goggin, Borrack, Rice, O’Neill).

Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Murray (Fitzroy)(‘stopped numerous attacks by Geelong’) Knight (Fitzroy)(‘played magnificently on the wing and showed a lot of pace’) Rice (Geelong)(‘got many kicks in the back pocket and saved continuously’).
Marks – Geelong 47 (8, 16, 13, 10), Fitzroy 84 (18, 26, 15, 25).
Frees – Geelong 22 (8, 5, 5, 4), Fitzroy 24 (6, 6, 8, 4).
Highlight – ‘the play of Murray on the half back flank’.

Geelong senior team tenth on VFL ladder after 15 rounds.
Geelong defeated in the Seconds match (81 points to 92) (best for Geelong – Peake, Gross, Routley). Geelong in sixth place on the VFL Seconds ladder after fifteen rounds – seven wins, percentage 90%.


Round Sixteen – Geelong versus Essendon at Geelong

NOTE: Statistics recorded. Kicks (quarter by quarter), marks (quarter by quarter), frees (one column). No mention of ‘handpasses’.
August 15.
Geelong’s selected team:
RiceVinarPeake
M.Goggin McGrathBorrack
BrownHoveyO’Neill
Thomas CookHelmer
YeatesWoollerW.Goggin
LongPomeroyTrezise

19/20 Barton, Perry

In – Wooller, Brown, Hovey, Thomas, Peake.
Out – Goodland, Haygarth, Van t’Hag, Cougle, Bartle.

‘Geelong’s best side so far this season (on paper)’.

Wooller returned to the Geelong side after missing five matches. Bruce Peake was selected for his first senior game of the season. Thomas, Hovey and Brown returned after each missing one match. Haygarth, Bartle, Van t’Hag, Goodland and Cougle were all omitted – the first three having played their last for the Cats. Essendon’s team bus to ‘Sleepy Hollow’ was crammed with talent – defenders Lance Mann, Bob Shearman, David Shaw, Alec Epis and Col Hebbard; centreman Reg Burgess; winger Barry Capuano; forwards Greg Sewell, Ken Fraser, Ken Peucker, Paul Doran and Ron Evans; followers Geoff Leek, Hugh Mitchell and Brian Sampson; rovers Jack Clarke and John Birt.

Sunny and cool at Kardinia Park with the wind favouring the northern (City) end. Attendance –16,000. Umpire Nunn. Trezise (Geelong) won the toss and kicked with the wind in the first quarter.

After an even first quarter the Cats took a narrow three-point lead (4-3 to 3-6) into the second term. They were however completely outplayed in this quarter as the Dons took full advantage of the wind blowing to the City (northern) end and piled on 6-4 to 0-2. Geelong was able to do the same in the third quarter, adding 7-1 to 2-3 and therefore trailing by only 7 points. In the end the Dons proved too good and won by 25 points (15-16 to 12-9). It was Essendon’s first win at Geelong since 1950.

Flashes of good teamwork in the first few minutes and Geelong scored two goals and then another. The game was pacy. Borrack was sound in defence. Mitchell goaled twice for the Dons. Cook booted a 60-yarder (his second). Essendon were too good in the second quarter and quickly ran up a five-goal lead. Evans was leading out well and kicked three goals. Second half – The Bombers were too good for Geelong and their teamwork had the Geelong defenders baffled. Trezise (Geelong) goaled. Evans (Essendon) goaled (his fifth). Goals by Trezise and Yeates put Geelong 29 points behind. The Cats were playing better but were still behind by 24.
They caught up to be seven points down at lemon time. The umpire gave a charity free to Mitchell to give Essendon the game. Sewell finished it with another but the Geelong side put up a good effort. - 1959 exercise book


Sporting Globe comment: ‘Essendon won its first game at Geelong for nine years in one of the most entertaining and high-class matches of the season’.
Positional changes – O’Neill to half-forward flank, Thomas to wing.
Perry replaced Rice in last quarter, Barton replaced Pomeroy in last quarter. Rice (injured hip), McGrath (stomach muscles).

For Geelong, Trezise kicked five goals (four in the third quarter), Wooller kicked four goals (two in the third quarter), and Cook kicked two.
For Essendon, Evans kicked five goals (three in the second quarter) and Mitchell three. Sewell, Clarke and Peucker each kicked two. Evans brought his season tally to 65 (twelve more than Bob Skilton’s 53).

Best for Geelong were Trezise (22-1-6), Hovey (20-2-1), Rice (17-3-1), Yeates (17-3-3), M.Goggin (18-3-3), O’Neill (16-5-1), Borrack (12-4-2), Long (12-7-2). Note: McGrath (17-5-1); W.Goggin (19-0-3). (Best at half-time: Long, McGrath, M.Goggin, Brown, Trezise, Borrack, Rice).
Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Trezise (Geelong)(‘played a magnificent captain’s game and kicked 5-2’) Hebbard (Essendon)(‘safe in defence all day and marked well’) Clarke (Essendon)(‘another good captain’s game – dangerous around forward line and kicked two goals’).
Sporting Globe (Alan Fitcher) 3-2-1: Rice, Clarke, Trezise.
Sporting Globe best for Geelong: Rice (best on ground), Trezise, Borrack, McGrath, Yeates, Long.

Marks – Geelong 70 (15, 20, 21, 14), Essendon 75 (18, 21, 19, 17).
Frees – Geelong 36 (4, 13, 12, 7), Essendon 24 (5, 6, 6, 7).

Highlight – ‘the goal by Evans in the second quarter’; ‘Geelong’s revival in third quarter’.
Geelong tenth after sixteen rounds – percentage 84%.
Geelong Seconds won by a single point (10-17 to 10-16) (Best – Goodland, Mather, Routley).

Round Seventeen – Geelong versus Melbourne at MCG.

Statistics not recorded – I attended this game. (Page ruled up for statistics – kicks quarter by quarter, marks column, frees column).
August 22.
Geelong’s selected team:
RiceVinarPeake
BorrackMcGrathMatt Goggin
ThomasHoveyBrown
CookGoodlandHelmer
YeatesWoollerBill Goggin
LongPomeroyTrezise

19/20 Cougle, Routley

In – Goodland, Cougle, Routley.
Out – O’Neill (injured), Barton, Perry.

The selectors plucked Hugh Routley from the Seconds for his first senior game - yet another Geelong player out of Eaglehawk, and one of nine VFL premiership players in this squad of 20 (Hovey and Trezise from 1951/52, and Rice, Vinar, Goodland, Yeates, Wooller, Bill Goggin and Routley from 1963). Cougle and Goodland returned to the fray. Colin Barton was omitted and had played his last senior game for Geelong. John O’Neill’s injury woes continued. Like the Milky Way Melbourne had stars everywhere – John Beckwith, Tas Johnson, John Lord, Geoff Case, Dennis Jones, Ian Thorogood, Ian McLean, Laurie Mithen, Brian Dixon, Geoff Tunbridge, Clyde Laidlaw, Harold Mann, Alan Rowarth, Ron Barassi, Ian Ridley, Bob Johnson and Frank Adams.

Hot and sunny at the MCG with a slight wind blowing across the ground. A crowd of 21,646 paid £1508/6/- at the gate. Umpire Beitzel. Geelong kicked to the Richmond (Punt Road) end after losing the toss.

After an even first quarter (Melbourne 2-4 to Geelong 2-2), the Demons took complete control of the game and moved further and further away as the match progressed – a lead of 22 points at half-time and a lead of 52 points at three-quarter time. The Cats matched the home side in the last term but it was all over bar the shouting (9-12 to 17-18).

Geelong surprised the Redlegs with their pace in the first quarter and did not let the Demons break away. Rowarth was leading out well and opened up Melbourne’s attack but Rice was hard to pass. In the second quarter the Demons goaled six times. They were winning in the ruck but Brown was starring on the wing. Adams was playing havoc on the forward line. Melbourne, getting the upper hand with their pace and teamwork, were getting plenty of opportunities through their half-forward line but Colin Rice was getting so many kicks and he kept them out consistently. The game was hard bumping and fiery at times. - 1959 exercise book


Wooller (concussion) replaced by Cougle in first quarter, Cougle (calf) replaced by Routley in last quarter. Yeates (ankle).

Positional changes – Cougle to full forward, Helmer to full back, Vinar to ruck.
For Geelong, Yeates kicked three goals (two in the last quarter) and Pomeroy kicked two.
For Melbourne, Rowarth and Barassi each kicked five goals, and Tunbridge kicked three. Barassi brought his season tally to 38.

Best for Geelong were Brown (‘had many kicks’), Rice (‘brilliant’), Bill Goggin (‘good’), McGrath (‘safe and strong’), Helmer (‘played well’), Long (‘good’), Thomas (‘good’), Hovey (‘good’), Cook (‘good at times’), Yeates (‘good early’). Note: Vinar (‘made many mistakes’); Trezise (‘disposal terrible’). (Best at half-time – Brown, Rice, Yeates, Hovey, Cook).

Best three on ground: 3, 2, 1: Ron Barassi (Melbourne)(‘played magnificently in the ruck duels and kicked five lovely goals’) Colin ‘Sago’ Rice (Geelong)(‘safe and sure again in the back pocket’) Geoff Tunbridge (Melbourne)(‘dangerous on the half forward flank’).

Marks – Geelong 54 (18, 13, 10, 13), Melbourne 59 (17, 12, 19, 11).
Frees – Geelong 24 (6, 7, 6, 5), Melbourne 18 (5, 4, 5, 4).
Highlight – ‘Handpassing by Mann and Dixon’.

Geelong tenth after seventeen rounds – percentage 82.2%.
Geelong Seconds defeated by Melbourne 5-14 to 9-21 (Best for Geelong – Colin Barton).


Round Eighteen – Geelong versus Collingwood at Geelong.

Statistics recorded – ‘kicks and passes’ (quarter by quarter) and marks (not frees).
August 29.
Geelong’s selected team:
Rice GazzardVinar
Matt GogginMcGrath Boulton
BrownThomas Routley
Hovey GoodlandBorrack
Pomeroy Wooller Bill Goggin
Yeates Brian Sharp Trezise

19/20 Murray, Perry

In – Gazzard, Boulton, B.Sharp, Murray, Perry.
Out – Long (injured), Helmer (injured), Cook, Peake, Cougle.

The Cats selected three players who had the dubious distinction of playing their first and last senior games for Geelong in the one afternoon – Tony Boulton, Ron Murray and Brian Sharp.
It was probably only a small consolation to them that they featured in the 1959 Geelong team (Boyles) photo - although we at least now know what they looked like. The other two players called upon for Round Eighteen – Bob Gazzard and Alex Perry – also never played again for the Cats. Barry Cougle, omitted, was another who never played again for Geelong. Certainly the two most emotional farewells at Kardinia Park that afternoon would have been reserved for revered veteran coach Reg Hickey (1932, 1936-40, 1949-59) and veteran rover Neil ‘Nipper’ Trezise (1949-59). Trezise played his last senior game that afternoon but continued on with the Seconds and led them to the 1960 premiership. Trezise’s decision to step down from senior duties meant Ron Hovey was now the only member of the 1951-52 premiership teams still playing at senior level. In stark contrast to the home team, seemingly going through the motions and waiting for another dreadful season to end, the Magpies were in full flight: Ron Reeves, Harry Sullivan, Frank Tuck, Ron Kingston and Peter Lucas in defence; John Carmody, Bill Serong and Ken Turner across the centre; John Henderson, Murray Weideman, Brian Beers, Brian Dorman and Ian Brewer in attack; Ray Gabelich, Barry Harrison and Mick Twomey in the ruck; Errol Hutchesson and Thorold Merrett roving; Brian Gray, Bill Thripp and Mike Delanty on standby.

Fine and sunny at Kardinia Park. A crowd of 21,849 paid £2017 at the gate. Umpire Irving.
Tuck (Collingwood) won the toss and kicked to the southern (Barwon River) end in the first quarter.
The Cats saved their biggest thrashing - 83 points - for the last game of the season, for their home crowd, and for the farewell games of Reg Hickey and Neil Trezise. Despite an even first quarter, the now familiar and lamentable pattern began to assert itself as the home side fell further and further behind a rampant Magpie machine gearing up for the first semi-final. Collingwood led by 22 points at half-time, and in the second half it was a cakewalk – 46 points at three-quarter time (10-17 to 4-7) and 83 points at the final siren (17-19 to 5-8).

Geelong after half time were overrun by the fast, vigorous play of Collingwood and never lodged a claim for the win. Helped by the overwhelming play of the centreline headed by Serong, the Magpies attack (Weideman and Dorman) had continuous scoring chances. Gabelich was strong in the ruck and in defence. On their display the ‘Pies can feel very confident for the semi-final against Essendon. - 1959 exercise book


Murray replaced McGrath in the third quarter, Perry replaced Hovey in the last quarter.
For Geelong, five goal kickers – Wooller, Trezise, Goodland, Hovey, Borrack.

For Collingwood, Merrett, Brewer, Dorman and Weideman each kicked three goals.
Best for Geelong were Trezise (19 ‘kicks and passes’, no marks), Rice (19-2), Hovey (20-5), Goodland (16-3), Brown (14-1). A few others reached double figures – Matt Goggin (13-0), McGrath (12-1), Routley (14-0), Borrack (12-3), Bill Goggin (12-2), Yeates (10-3).
Notably, not a few Geelong players (almost half the side) struggled to get their hands on the ball at all – Gazzard (7-0), Vinar (6-0), Boulton (4-1), Thomas (2-0), Pomeroy (4-2), Wooller (4-1), Sharp (4-1), Murray (2-1), Perry (1-0).

Best three on ground: 3-2-1: Thorold Merrett, Bill Serong, Ray Gabelich or Murray Weideman.
Marks – Geelong 32, Collingwood 62. Frees – Geelong 28, Collingwood 24.
Geelong Seconds lost to Collingwood by ten points. (Best for Geelong – Bartle, Cougle, Barton). Geelong Seconds finished in seventh position with eight wins.


Geelong Team Round 18, 1959 by Charles Boyles
Geelong Team Round 18, 1959 by Charles Boyles

Back row: John Yeates, Ron Murray, John Thomas, Tony Boulton, Frank Pomeroy, Paul Vinar, Ken Goodland, Brian Sharp, George McGrath. Middle row: Les Borrack, Bill Goggin, Neil Trezise, Ron Hovey, Fred Wooller, Hugh Routley.
Front row: Bob Gazzard, Alex Perry, Clive Brown, Colin Rice, Matt Goggin.



THE KEN MANSELL (3GL LISTENER) VOTING AWARD (NON-OFFICIAL) FOR THE BEST GEELONG PLAYER OF SEASON 1959

Previous winners – Bernie Smith (1956), Peter Pianto (1957), Neil Trezise (1958).

Final Result Points Award 1959 (my own system – 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).

Colin Rice 59,
Ron Hovey 45,
Neil Trezise 40,
Les Borrack 40,
John Yeates 33,
Doug Long 32,
George McGrath 32,
Matt Goggin 27,
Clive Brown 23,
Bill Goggin 20,
Bill Cook 20,
John Helmer 16,
John O’Neill 16,
John Thomas 15,
Fred Wooller 14,
John Haygarth 13,
Bob Gazzard 11,
Barry Cougle 6,
Bruce Ferrari 5,
Eric Nicholls 5,
Paul Vinar 5,
Ken Goodland 4,
Stan Harrison 3,
Frank Pomeroy 2,
Hugh Routley 2,
Cliff Palmer 2,
Greg Major 1,
Bruce Bartle 1,
Ron Smith 1.


1959 Exercise Book - Points Awards
1959 Exercise Book - Points Awards


1959 Exercise Book - Injuries
1959 Exercise Book - Injuries


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1959 Exercise Book - Voting Graph
1959 Exercise Book - Voting Graph


GEELONG RECORDS 1959


1959 Geelong Results (week by week):

Match against, Date, Result, Geelong score, Opposition score, Home or Away, Umpire, Best for Geelong.

1959 Exercise Book - Results
1959 Exercise Book - Results


Leading Scorers (Goals and Behinds) 1959:

Wooller 26-20, Trezise 25-24, Cook 23-22, Yeates 20-15, Long 12-16, Haygarth 11-11, Bartle 9-5, Pomeroy 9-5, Helmer 7-12, Rice 7-3.

1959 Exercise Book - Goals And Behinds
1959 Exercise Book - Goals And Behinds


Geelong scorers 1959 (Goals and Behinds).



1959 Exercise Book - Summary
1959 Exercise Book - Summary


Geelong votes in Brownlow Medal 1959:

Hovey 12 (2, 2, 2)
Rice 6 (1, 1, 1)
Long 6 (1, 1, 1)
Yeates, Trezise, Wooller 3 each.
Thomas, Bill Goggin, Brown, Borrack 2 each.
McGrath, Gazzard 1 each.
Twelve players – 43 votes – 10th. Cf Carlton 15 - 66 - 1.


Ins and Outs (week by week)


1959 Exercise Book - Recruits
1959 Exercise Book - Recruits


Geelong Match Selections (week by week).


1959 Exercise Book - Match Selections
1959 Exercise Book - Match Selections



Miscellaneous facts:

Geelong had 355 scoring shots for 156 goals = 43.9% (10th). Compare Melbourne 52.1%.
1959 - Four out of Geelong’s five wins were wins at home.
Geelong’s ladder position at conclusion of each home-and-away round 1959 season –
9, 10, 9, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, thereafter 10th.
Umpires for Geelong matches – Nunn 4, Beitzel 3, Schwab 3, Irving 2, Nash 2, Barbour 2, Mance 1, Woolfe 1.

Cats’ Tales page 1959 (MR has)
Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson - Season 1959, p.297
Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson - Season 1959, p.297


GEELONG IN NIGHT FOOTBALL PREMIERSHIP 1959


VFL Night Football Premiership 1959 (at South Melbourne, matches starting 8 pm). Commenced September 3.

Game 1South Melbourne 17-10 d North Melbourne 13-14 Attendance 15, 800.
Game 2Hawthorn 11-17 d St.Kilda 4-7 Attendance 12,400.
Game 3Geelong 9-16 d Footscray 9-11Attendance 12, 000.
Game 4Fitzroy 19-18 d Richmond 6-11Attendance 2,600.
Semi-final Hawthorn 13-14 d South Melbourne 13-10 Attendance 16,100.
Semi-final Fitzroy 10-16 d Geelong 6-14 Attendance 8,100.
Grand Final Fitzroy 10-10 (Kevin Wright four goals) d Hawthorn 4-16Attendance 9,200.


Geelong teams in 1959 Night Series:
Versus Footscray:
RiceGazzardVinar
M.GogginMcGrathBorrack
BrownHoveyRoutley
HelmerGoodlandWebb
PomeroyYeatesW.Goggin
LongB.SharpTrezise

Res: Barton, Boulton, Mather.
Goals – Long 4, Trezise 2, Goodland, Webb, Yeates.
Best – Trezise, Long, Goodland, Rice, W.Goggin, McGrath, Brown, Webb.

Versus Fitzroy:
RiceGazzardVinar
M.GogginMcGrathBarton
BrownHelmerRoutley
PomeroyGoodlandWebb
YeatesBorrackW.Goggin
LongB.SharpTrezise

Res: O’Connell, Perry, Harrison
In Barton, Out Hovey (injured).
Goals – Helmer 2, Yeates, Webb, Borrack, Long.
Best – Long, Trezise, Rice, Yeates, Helmer, Vinar.


GEELONG SECONDS 1959

Reserve Grade matches first played as ‘curtain-raisers’ to seniors in 1959.

Geelong Seconds 1959 – won 8, lost 10, seventh.
Geelong Seconds 1959 – Results (week by week) including best players.

1959 Exercise Book - Geelong 2nds
1959 Exercise Book - Geelong 2nds


Notable Geelong senior players who were selected to play for the club’s Seconds team during the 1959 season (records not complete) –

Les Borrack (versus North Melbourne Round 1).
Fred Wooller (versus North Melbourne Round 1; versus Fitzroy Round 15).
John O’Neill (versus Richmond Round 14).
Neil Trezise (versus St.Kilda Round 9).
John Haygarth (firstly versus St.Kilda Round 9, and then on at least four further occasions – most likely Rounds 10, 13, 14, 16).
Geoff Williams.
Bob Gazzard.
Bruce Ferrari.
Eric Nicholls.
Colin Barton.
Matt Goggin.
Bill Goggin.
Bill Cook.
John Helmer.
John O’Connell.

Geelong Thirds

Won 13, lost 5. Finished fourth but lost first semi-final against Melbourne.

VFL FACTS 1959


Final VFL ladder 1959 – before finals series.
Final VFA ladder 1959 – before finals series.

1959 Exercise Book - Final Ladders
1959 Exercise Book - Final Ladders


Finals of VFL Second Eighteens 1959

First semi-final: Collingwood 10-17 d St.Kilda 10-12.
Second semi-final: Hawthorn 13.9 d Fitzroy 10.8.
Preliminary Final: Fitzroy 6.8 d Collingwood 4.5.
Grand Final: Hawthorn 13.18 d Fitzroy 9.11.
(Elward and Phil Hay each three goals for Hawthorn; Bromage four goals for Fitzroy).

Leading VFL goalkickers 1959

Ron Evans (Essendon) 79
Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) 60.

Total VFL Attendances Round by Round 1959 (1000’S):

160, 155, 130, 142, 134, 135, 150, 147, 120, 122, 132, 130, 102, 130, 105, 130, 131, 120.

Sporting Globe Team of the Year 1959

B.Rice (Geel)Howell (StK)Gabelich (Coll)
HB. Guy (StK)Whitten (Foots)Shearman (Ess)
C. Aston (Fitz)Serong (Coll)Youren (Haw)
HF. Abrahams (Fitz)Weideman (Coll)Beers (Coll)
For. Mitchell (Ess)Evans (Ess)Aylett (NM)
Foll. Johnson (Melb)Barassi (Melb) Skilton (SM)


19/20. Merrett (Coll) J.Nicholls (Carl)
Emerg: Schultz (Foots), Clarke (Ess), Arthur (Haw), Saddington (Rich), Donaldson (Carl).

VFL’s interstate matches 1959.


June 20 – Victoria 31-21 d WA 3-11 (Victorian goals - Evans 9, Abrahams 7, Skilton 5, Aylett 4, Whitten 2, Barassi 2, Johnson, Arthur). At MCG. Attendance 28, 130.
No Geelong player in team.

June 20 – Victoria 17-17 d Tasmania 9-10.
No Geelong player in team.
No VFL matches on this day.

July 20 – Victoria 21-25 d SA 11-7.
Geelong represented by Ron Hovey (back pocket).

1959 Exercise Book - Interstate Games
1959 Exercise Book - Interstate Games


Miscellaneous 1959

Dispute over St.Kilda ground (Junction Oval) – the Saints consider bidding for Elsternwick Park (Brighton’s home ground).

VFL seeks its own ground – considers leasing Toorak Park (Prahran).
Victorian Amateur Soccer Association shows interest in Glenferrie Oval. Hawthorn signals intention of widening its Glenferrie Oval home ground by straightening a road on the northern side of the Oval.

Sporting Globe Haydn Bunton Medal 1959 won by South Melbourne champion Bob Skilton. (Geelong’s Colin Rice second). After 16 matches Skilton (17 votes) led Rice and St.Kilda’s Verdun Howell, both on 15 votes.

Herald £200 Award also won by Bob Skilton (Footscray’s Ted Whitten second).
3KZ Pelaco Award won by Ted Whitten.
Gardiner Medal (VFL Seconds) – W. Shelton (Hawthorn) first, K. Peucker (Essendon) second.
Princess Alexandra watches VFL Preliminary Final Essendon v Carlton.
League footballers still playing who have appeared in the most games – Ron Clegg (SM), Roy Wright (Rich), Neil Trezise (Geel), Alan Gale (Fitz), Thorold Merrett (Coll), Peter Lucas (Coll).


VFA FACTS 1959

Prahran to play in Metropolitan League – replaced in VFA by Sunshine.
VFA to trial 16 men per side – to open up the game and draw larger crowds.
Early season - ‘Former VFA President Dr F.Hartnett last night dramatically resigned as President of Camberwell Football Club. He did this when other Camberwell committeemen refused to back him in opposing the clearance of the club’s star rover B.Coleman to Hawthorn’.
Coburg full-forward Bill Byron kicked 16 goals in a match against new VFA club Sunshine. Byron had kicked 60 goals after ten rounds.
Sandringham full-forward Denis Oakley kicked 14 goals in the Round Six match against Box Hill and 16 goals in Round Eighteen. Oakley kicked 119 goals for the season.
B.Waters (Dandenong) won the VFA’s coveted J.J.Liston Trophy.
Williamstown won the 1959 VFA premiership by defeating Coburg in the Grand Final (15-21 to 11-10).

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL – GEELONG FOOTBALL CLUB 1960


Womans Weekly Geelong Team 1960
Womans Weekly Geelong Team 1960


After three dismal years spent on (or near) the bottom of the VFL ladder many Geelong fans were starting to lose hope. Fortunately the performances of the Cats in 1960 showed a definite improvement.
Six wins, a drawn game and two very close defeats could easily have been nine wins.

1960 Results (wins and close defeats highlighted):
Lost to Footscray away10-6 to 15-7
Defeated South Melbournehome 20-14 to 14-6
Defeated Fitzroy away8-7 to 5-11
Lost to St.Kilda home4-14 to 9-5
Lost to North Melbourne away 7-9 to 10-6
Defeated Carltonhome17-17 to 10-14
Lost to Hawthorn away14-13 to 14-15
Lost to Essendon home11-17 to 14-10
Tied with Richmond away12-11 to 11-17
Lost to Melbourne home6-5 to 12-11
Lost to Collingwood away 10-13 to 13-16
Defeated Footscray home11-13 to 8-4
Lost to South Melbourne away 11-13 to 10-20
Lost to Fitzroy home 7-11 to 14-11
Defeated St.Kilda away 13-9 to 9-16
Defeated North Melbourne home 10-14 to 4-10
Lost to Carltonaway 5-6 to 9-12
Lost to Hawthorn home 9-9 to 14-12


The Cats climbed only one rung on the ladder in 1960 but the percentage of 95.5% was a vast improvement on the 1959 figure of 78.5% and indicated the team was no longer a pushover. The dark cloud had a silver lining.

Summary of 1960 season:

Won 6, lost 11, tied 1.
Ninth on ladder.
1311 points for, 1373 points against, percentage 95.5%.
Two scores over 100 points.
40 players used.
12 recruits used.
Coach – Bob Davis.
Captain – Ron Hovey.
Vice-captain – Colin Rice/John O’Connell.
Best and fairest – Fred Wooller.
Interstate representatives – Bill Goggin, Matt Goggin, Alistair Lord, John O’Connell.

Although it might not have been obvious to everyone in the football world of 1960, Bob Davis and the Geelong brains trust had begun to lay the groundwork for another premiership assault. In retrospect we can note the nine 1963 Geelong premiership players already playing for the club in 1959.

Geelong 1963 premiership players playing in 1959 (year of debut)

Wooller 1956
Nicholls 1956 (six games in 1963 but not in 1963 Grand Final team)
Rice 1957
W.Goggin 1958
A.Lord 1959
Yeates 1959
Vinar 1959
Goodland 1959
Routley 1959
(I am unsure whether the J.Brown who was number 44 on the 1959 Geelong list and who played some games for the Geelong Seconds in 1959 is the same John Brown who was recruited from Stawell in 1960 and who went on to play as a wingman in the 1963 Grand Final premiership team).

We can add to the above nine players another five 1963 premiership players recruited in 1960.

Geelong Recruits 1960 (games played 1960): (1963 premiership players*)

John Brown* 1
Terry Callan* 7
John Devine* 18
John Fox 1
Stewart Lord* 14
Bill Miller 8
Peter Walker* 6
Denis Zanoni 8
Alan Cooke 10
David Hinchcliffe 3
Barry Ward 5
Bruce Webb 4
(Terry Callan missed the 1963 Grand Final through injury but was a key member of the 1963 Geelong premiership assault).

It is also worthy of note that Geelong Seconds won the premiership in 1960, defeating Hawthorn in the Grand Final 7-15 to 7-10. The team was -
Dale Mather, Eric Nicholls, Ken Goodland
Martin Bourke, Peter Walker, John Thomas
Stan Harrison, Denis Zanoni, Hugh Routley
Terry Callan, Bruce Ferrari, John Helmer
Bruce Webb, John Fox, Alan Byron
Frank Pomeroy, Bruce Peake, Neil Trezise (captain-coach)
19/20 – Ron Van t’Hag, Barry Ward.

Geelong Seconds 1960 – two pages (pp. 2, 3) in VFL Second Eighteens report (MR has)
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 players 1960 - Games played

GamesPlayers
18Devine, Vinar, Wooller
17A.Lord, Major, O’Connell
16M.Goggin, Long
15W.Goggin, McGrath, O’Neill
14S.Lord
13Borrack
10C.Brown, Alan Cooke
8Byron, Miller, Pomeroy, Rice, Zanoni
7Callan, Mather, Nicholls
6Cook, Falconer, Ferrari, Walker, Yeates
5Hovey, Thomas, Ward
4Harrison, Webb
3Bourke, Helmer, Hinchcliffe, Peake, Routley
1J.Brown, Fox


Note - Colin Rice was suspended for four matches (Rounds 2-5) by the VFL Tribunal.
Note – Matt Goggin and Alistair Lord missed Round Ten due to interstate duties.
Goal kickers 1960
Wooller 29, Alan Cooke 24, Bill Goggin 20, A.Lord 19, Pomeroy 14, Long 14, S.Lord 13.

Football Record Jun 11 1960
Football Record Jun 11 1960


Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson - Season 1960,  p.298
Cats Tales (Geelong FC 1897-1983) edited by Col Hutchinson - Season 1960, p.298


There were of course further departures in 1960. Ron Hovey – the only 1951-52 Geelong premiership player still playing at VFL senior level at the start of 1960 – retired after playing the first five matches.
Other experienced players to finish their careers with the Cats in 1960 were Les Borrack, Clive Brown, Bruce Ferrari, John O’Connell, John Thomas, Bill Cook and Alan Byron. Peter Falconer, who had returned to the club in 1960, switched to Carlton.

Not playing after 1960:

Non-recruits:
Les Borrack 13 games played 1960 (total 95).
Martin Bourke 3 (5)
Clive Brown 10 (72)
Alan Byron 8 (25)
Bill Cook 6 (25)
Peter Falconer 6 (20)
Bruce Ferrari 6 (58)
Ron Hovey first 5 matches only (141)
John O’Connell 17 (81)
John Thomas 5 (35)
Recruits:
Alan Cooke 10
David Hinchcliffe 3
Barry Ward 5
Bruce Webb 4

Nevertheless, despite these departures, the improvement continued in 1961 (10 wins, a draw and 100.4%) and 1962 (14 wins, 139.3%).


Geelong 1961 - Source Unknown
Geelong 1961 - Source Unknown



Womens Day 1961 Geelong.
Womens Day 1961 Geelong.


Womens Weekly Geelong 1962
Womens Weekly Geelong 1962


In 1963 the Cats were where they always should be - on top again and premiers at last.

Footy Fan magazine Vol 1 No 15 (1963) - Fred Wooller, Bob Davis and John Devine
Footy Fan magazine Vol 1 No 15 (1963) - Fred Wooller, Bob Davis and John Devine


Grand Final record Geel v Haw 1963 SECOND DRAW FROM BOTTOM FILING CABINET
Football Record GF 1963
Football Record GF 1963
Football Record GF 1963
Football Record GF 1963
Football Record GF 1963
Football Record GF 1963


Womens Day 14 Oct 1953 Cover - Fred Wooller and Graham Arthur
Womens Day 14 Oct 1953 Cover - Fred Wooller and Graham Arthur


Coca Cola bottle top (Geelong)
Coca Cola bottle top (Geelong)


Bill Goggin - 1964 Mobil Football Photos Card - Source: GoldnPawn- Reproduced with the permission of Esso Australia
Bill Goggin - 1964 Mobil Football Photos Card - Source: GoldnPawn- Reproduced with the permission of Esso Australia
Alistair Lord - 1964 Mobil Football Photos Card - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards- Reproduced with the permission of Esso Australia
Alistair Lord - 1964 Mobil Football Photos Card - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards- Reproduced with the permission of Esso Australia
Bill Goggin - 1965 Mobil Football Photos Card - Source: GoldnPawn - Reproduced with the permission of Esso Australia
Bill Goggin - 1965 Mobil Football Photos Card - Source: GoldnPawn - Reproduced with the permission of Esso Australia


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End Notes


1. ‘Geelong’s interstate half back John Haygarth resigned at the weekend. Haygarth was chosen to play with Geelong Seconds but failed to arrive at the ground in time. He arrived later and watched the senior game. Haygarth said he had decided to stand out of football for the rest of the year. ‘I am just wasting my time training. Week after week I beat other players in match practice but can’t get back into the side. I was in the state side one week, then dropped by Geelong the next. I have let them push me around for six weeks, but things don’t look like changing now so I will give it away’. Undated newspaper cutting circa July 26, 1959.
Geoff Williams retired from League football in late May after being dropped from the senior side. He had played one full game and come on as a reserve in Rounds Four and Five. He wrote ‘the present policy of the match committee indicates to my mind that junior players are required in the rebuilding programme.’ Williams was cleared to VFA club Yarraville in late June.
2. Peter Falconer was in England with Old Collegians cricket eleven; Neville Martin returned to the farm at Swan Hill; Peter Campbell transferred to Lorne; Bernie Crowe was cleared to Dandenong in June 1959; Geoff Williams transferred to Yarraville in June 1959. Cliff Palmer left during the 1959 season. A.Lord, S.Lord and Gavin Moran, all from Cobden, played matches on permits early in the 1959 season. They failed to obtain full clearances from their country club.