Geelong Football Club is 158 years old, the second oldest Australian Rules club and the only regional team in the Australian Football League.1

The club has a proud and colourful history. From its beginnings Geelong (town and club) made important contributions to the development and growth of the new Australian game. For much of the colonial era Geelong was Victoria’s dominant club and won seven premierships in the foundation (VFA) competition. Geelong then played an initiating role in the formation of the VFL in 1897.

Geelong won its first VFL premiership in 1925 and triumphed again in 1931. In 1937 it defeated Collingwood in a Grand Final many contemporaries described as the greatest exhibition of the Australian game. The Black Cats initially struggled after re-entering the competition in 1944 but steadily developed and had risen to the top again by 1951. The VFL record established by the dazzling Geelong teams of 1952-53 - twenty-three consecutive wins and twenty-six games without loss - still stands sixty-four years later. The later fifties saw Geelong rebuilding, a process which culminated in the premiership of 1963. Here, in three parts, is the enthralling story of Geelong’s rise, fall and rise again in the decade of the 1950’s.

Geelong 1908 team - Geelong F.C. Collection
Geelong 1908 team - Geelong F.C. Collection


J.E.Barnes Team Photo Post Card - Geelong 1909
J.E.Barnes Team Photo Post Card - Geelong 1909


1937 Letter Geelong FC
1937 Letter Geelong FC


Trip To Sale Itinerary 1945 Cover
Trip To Sale Itinerary 1945 Cover

Trip To Sale Itinerary 1945
Trip To Sale Itinerary 1945


GEELONG - THE FORTIES


Geelong Football Club found the going very tough in the immediate aftermath of World War Two. The club was forced by wartime restrictions to drop out of the VFL for two seasons (1942-43). The experience on the outer of the competition was deeply galling for the second oldest Australian Rules football club, as indeed it was for the city of Geelong itself. Geelong had won two VFL premierships in the thirties (1931, 1937) and was renowned for its fast, skilful and attractive style of play. Barely kept alive by a small but dedicated band of supporters for two years, the club then had to suffer the humiliating experience of re-applying for admittance to the competition in 1944. The application met with significant resistance. 2 Thankfully, for the sake of football, the resistance failed.

In the interregnum many of Geelong’s pre-war regular players had gravitated to other VFL Clubs. Some of them returned, most importantly full-forward Lindsay White whose two years at South Melbourne had yielded him 111 goals from 25 matches. Initially White was one of the few stars in a very inexperienced Geelong line-up. For several years the Cats were the easy beats of the competition, finishing a clear and miserable last in 1944 (with only one win and a percentage of 58.6%), second last in 1945 (with only two wins and a percentage of 64.9%), and tenth in 1946 (with four wins and a percentage of 70.9%). Improvement in this initial post-war period had been minor and very gradual. In 1947 however the Cats, growing in confidence and obviously responding to the coaching of Tom Quinn, issued a warning to the competition. Geelong finished seventh, winning eleven games and notching a healthy percentage of 103.3%.

Undoubtedly the season’s highlight was the amazing final round victory at home against eventual premiers Carlton. Geelong came from behind to win, with Lindsay White kicking seven goals in the last quarter. 3

White took over as Geelong captain in 1948, replacing the retiring George Gniel. The Cats showed glimpses in the 1948 season but slipped down the ladder, finishing ninth with only seven wins and a percentage of 89.7%. Two huge losses threw some doubt into the minds of supporters – the loss to Carlton by 91 points, and the final round thrashing at the hands of South Melbourne (6-9 to 21-15).

Geelong Team 1948
Geelong Team 1948


Football Record 11-Sep=1948 Second 18's
Football Record 11-Sep=1948 Second 18's


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.286 - 1948 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.286 - 1948 (used with permission)


1948 Kornies Fred Flanagan
1948 Kornies Fred Flanagan
1948 Kornies Lindsay White
1948 Kornies Lindsay White
1948 Kornies Russell Renfrey
1948 Kornies Russell Renfrey


In 1949 the performance graph again showed an upward curve. With new coach Reg Hickey at the helm, the Cats finished eighth with nine wins but the rise in percentage to 111.8% indicated a vast improvement. Five of the games were lost by eleven points or under. Two giant-killing efforts highlighted the Cats’ season: the defeat of 1948 premiers Melbourne by 62 points in Round One, and an incredible 95-point victory over eventual 1949 premiers Essendon at home in round 11. 4

Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.287 - 1949 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.287 - 1949 (used with permission)


1949 Geelong Membership Season Ticket
1949 Geelong Membership Season Ticket

1949 Geelong Membership Season Ticket
1949 Geelong Membership Season Ticket


Argus Geelong 1949
Argus Geelong 1949


1949 Kornies Lindsay White
1949 Kornies Lindsay White
1949 Kornies Leo Turner
1949 Kornies Leo Turner
1949 Kornies Don Bauer
1949 Kornies Don Bauer
1949 Vic Nut 50s Harpers White Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
1949 Vic Nut 50s Harpers White Source: Australian Rules Football Cards


Sporting Life Aug 1949 p.5
Sporting Life Aug 1949 p.5
Sporting Life Aug 1949 p.6 Lindsay White
Sporting Life Aug 1949 p.6 Lindsay White
Sporting Life Aug 1949 p.7
Sporting Life Aug 1949 p.7


It might not have been suspected in September 1949 – even by the most diehard supporters - that Geelong was on the verge of greatness. Nevertheless, the Cats finished third in 1950 and then swept all before them with two consecutive premierships. Along the way they broke the VFL record – a record which still stands sixty-four years later - for the most consecutive victories.

In the immediate post-war period the club had to contend with a severe lack of experience. Even at the end of the 1948 season the only players who had appeared in over seventy matches were White (97), Jim Fitzgerald (81) and Percy Hunt (73). But persistence and clever recruiting soon brought dividends. One sure indication of the club’s general progress in the later forties was Geelong’s 1948 Reserve Grade premiership. 5 We should now turn to the players who made this progress possible, not just the premiership heroes of 1951-52 but all who dragged the club from the mire and lifted it to the heights.

Football clubs typically produce official histories downplaying or ignoring the less successful years. We Are Geelong, an official Geelong Football Club book published in 2009, devotes little space to the forties and even completely ignores Lindsay White, the club’s greatest player of that era. 6 The only significant mention of White is a brief passing reference on a page extolling Russell Renfrey. 7 There is little doubt Lindsay White has been pushed into the shadows by the attention paid to two of his goal kicking contemporaries – Melbourne’s Fred Fanning and Essendon’s John Coleman. 8 Lindsay White was not far behind them in his ability to turn a game and thrill the crowd. Fast leads, superb marking and glorious drop-kicking were his specialties. White hit his peak in the late forties, kicking 76 in 1947, topping the VFL goal kicking with 86 from sixteen matches in 1948, and booting 53 from 13 matches in 1949.

With only one exception, none of Geelong’s 1951-52 players were playing VFL football before 1946. (The one exception was Andy Monahan, recruited in 1945, who played one game in 1951). Over the next four years the club steadily accumulated the material it needed for a premiership assault. Arriving in 1946 were Fred Flanagan, Tom Morrow, Russell Renfrey and Norm Scott.9 Making their debut in 1947 were Syd Tate, Leo Turner, Arthur Irvine and Marty Lynch. In 1948 the newcomers were an especially vintage crop: recruits Bruce Morrison, Bernie Smith and Bob Davis actually finished first, second and third (in that order) in the club’s 1948 best and fairest award, while John Hyde won the award two years later (1950). Bill Pritchard was also a new player in 1948. In 1949 the Cats reaped Terry Fulton, Russell Middlemiss, Neil Trezise, Alan Hickinbotham, Leo O’Halloran, Warren Canning and Jim Tuckwell. Notably, by the end of the forties, twelve of the players who were to eventually appear for the Cats in the Grand Finals of 1951 and 1952 had already appeared in the blue and white hoops – and five of them (Flanagan, Morrow, Renfrey, Turner and Davis) had already represented Victoria. 10

Players whose careers did not extend as far as 1951 but who nevertheless still played an important part in Geelong’s rise to the top were defenders Jim Fitzgerald (club captain 1949 – last played 1950), Don Bauer (1949), Ian Toyne (1950) and Percy Hunt (1950); wingmen Ron Lunn (1950) and Barrie Bretland (1950); rovers Doug Brown (1950) and Wally Russell (1949); and ruckmen George Card (1948) and Jack Condon (1950). 11 Others who played for Geelong in the teams of 1948-50 were Jim Hovey (last played 1948), Len White (1948), Jack Whitten (1948), Bill Harwood (1948), Ron Wood (1948), Brian Wilson (1948), Alf Burrell (1948), Max Trewin (1948), Arthur Luke (1948), Joe Bailey (1949), George Pike (1949), Jack King (1949), Ron Warren (1949), Jack McGrath (1950) and Doug Davies (1950).

To conclude this discussion of Geelong in the forties let us look at two of the selected line-ups for season 1949.
Round One:
Backs: Toyne Morrison Scott
HB: Hunt Morrow Bauer
C: Turner Smith Lunn
HF: Renfrey Flanagan Davis
For: Condon White Brown
Foll: Fitzgerald Canning Russell
19/20: IrvineBailey.
Emerg: Tate.


Round Nineteen (Final Round):
Backs: Hunt Morrison Scott
HB: Pritchard Morrow Smith
C: Warren Turner Tate
HF: Russell Flanagan McGrath
For: Canning RenfreyFulton
Foll: Tuckwell CondonDavies
19/20: Irvine Toyne
Emerg: Trezise

In: Warren, Canning, Fulton, Davies.
Out: White, Lynch (both injured), Toyne, Trezise.


GEELONG - 1950

In his preview of Geelong’s 1950 semi-final – the club’s first final since 1940 - Percy Taylor of The Argus praised Geelong’s administration – ‘They have done a wonderful job, seeing that they missed two seasons during the war and had to undertake an almost complete team-building program’. Geelong’s 1950 season was indeed a great leap forward. 12 The Cats finished the home-and-away season in fourth place with ten wins and a healthy percentage of 124.4%. 13 They also won their first finals match. The club unearthed George Goninon and Jim Norman, both of whom would later play in Geelong premierships. 14 John Hyde was ‘best and fairest’ after a stellar year. Bob Davis and Fred Flanagan represented Victoria.

Tragedy struck at Kardinia Park in Round Eleven when champion full-forward Lindsay White snapped his Achilles tendon in the match against South Melbourne and was carried from the ground. The Geelong captain immediately retired. One of his greatest adversaries had this to say – ‘White has been chiefly responsible for Geelong’s success in recent years. He is such an uncanny kick that he is an inspiration to his players who use non-stop tactics to get the ball to him.’ 15 White was top VFL goal kicker in 1942 (playing for South Melbourne) and 1948. He kicked 540 goals from 142 VFL games (429 goals from 118 games with Geelong). 16 Bernie Smith replaced White as 1950 Geelong captain and Tom Morrow assumed the deputy role. Apart from White, those who played their last senior games for Geelong in 1950 were Fitzgerald (to St. Kilda after 108 games), Hunt (112), Brown (70), Lunn (to Essendon after 39 games), Condon (31), Toyne (38), Bretland (15), Davies (12), McGrath (7), McKee (6), Larkins (4), Jones (2) and Rutzou (2).

Players 1950

20 matches Syd Tate, John Hyde, Percy Hunt.
19 Bernie Smith, Norm Scott, Russell Renfrey, Fred Flanagan, Bob Davis.
18 Tom Morrow, Bruce Morrison.
17 Neil Trezise, Jack Condon.
16Ian Toyne
15 Leo Turner, Jim Fitzgerald.
14 George Goninon (recruit, Essendon).
13 Doug Brown.
12Jim Norman (recruit, Horsham).
10 Marty Lynch.
9 Bill Pritchard.
8 Lindsay White, Terry Fulton.
7 Andy Monahan, Barrie Bretland.
6 Leo O’Halloran, Keith McKee (recruit, Geelong West).
5 Jim Tuckwell, Ron Lunn.
4 Jack Stevens (recruit, North Geelong), Andy Larkins (recruit, Colac).
3 McGrath, Davies.
2 Neale Rutzou (recruit, Wagga), Ray Jones (recruit, Ballarat).
1 Noel Rayson (recruit, Newtown-Chilwell). 17


Argus 20-May-1950 Jim Edema Looks In At Geelong
Argus 20-May-1950 Jim Edema Looks In At Geelong


Argus Weekend Magazine 1950 - Geelong Team
Argus Weekend Magazine 1950 - Geelong Team


1950 Argus Badge - Fred Flanagan
1950 Argus Badge - Fred Flanagan
1950 Argus Badge - Lindsay White
1950 Argus Badge - Lindsay White


1950 Kornies Bob Davis
1950 Kornies Bob Davis
1950 Kornies Bruce Morrison
1950 Kornies Bruce Morrison
1950 Kornies Tom Morrow
1950 Kornies Tom Morrow
1950 Kornies Syd Tate
1950 Kornies Syd Tate


Most Goals 1950

Goninon 45, White 29, Condon 22, Flanagan 20, Renfrey 19, Lynch 18, Brown 17, Trezise 13, Davis 12.

Match Results 1950


Round One

Won against Hawthorn by 80 points (away) 18-11 to 4-15

Team:
B: Jones Morrison Hunt
HB: Toyne Hyde Smith
C: Turner Bretland Tate
HF: Renfrey Flanagan Davis
For: Morrow White Larkins
Foll: Condon Tuckwell Davies
Res: RutzouMcGrath
Emerg: Lynch

A small crowd of 10,000 saw the home side thrashed by a vastly superior Geelong outfit. 18 Lindsay White kicked ten goals for the visitors and Tom Morrow five.
Best - White, Flanagan, Smith, Turner, Davis, Toyne, Bretland, Larkins.
Goals – White 10, Morrow 5.

Round Two

Won against Footscray by 33 points (home) 18-17 to 13-14

Geelong occupied second position on the ladder (to St. Kilda) after easily accounting for the Bulldogs. A crowd of 20,200 at Kardinia Park witnessed a dominant performance by ruckman-forward Jack Condon who kicked eight goals.
Best - Leo Turner (who ‘initiated attack after attack’), Condon, Smith, Scott, Morrison, Flanagan, Larkins, Toyne.
Goals – Condon 8, White 3, Morrow 2, Davies 2.

Round Three

Lost to Essendon by 55 points (home) 8-16 to 18-11

The 1949 premiers proved far too good. The Argus reported that Geelong had trouble in defence (where Coleman kicked five and Leehane was on top of Morrow until Hyde was moved onto him) and in attack (where Flanagan played ‘a lone hand’). Centreman Smith ‘wasted opportunities by waiting to handpass to a player coming from behind’. Erratic kicking was also a Geelong characteristic. Crowd: 23,000.
Best – Hyde, Flanagan, Morrow, Smith, Scott, Turner, Tate, Davis.
Goals – O’Halloran 3, Larkins 2.

Round Four

Won against Melbourne by 3 points (away) 9-16 to 10-7

Geelong just scraped home at the MCG, despite kicking 1.6 to Melbourne’s 4.1 in the last quarter. Alan Killigrew in The Argus reported the visitors were ‘too fast’: ‘watching the Geelong side I could see them attempting to mould a team on the 1937 style. If fully developed this fast style could easily be the counter to the high pressure play-on game so successfully used by several other clubs of the present period.’
Goals – O’Halloran 2, Fulton 2.

Round Five – Lost to Collingwod by 1 point (home) 10-19 to 12-8

A crowd of 22,000 at Kardinia Park witnessed a thrilling finish, the Cats just failing to take home the bacon after trailing all day. Geelong, down 5.15 to 11.6 at three-quarter time, kicked 5.4 to 1.2 in the final term. Ansel Clarke in The Argus reported that Collingwood ‘dictated play for three quarters’ with Bob Rose and Lou Richards ‘creating havoc’. Notably, this was George Goninon’s debut match for Geelong and he scored with some ‘lovely snaps’. 19 (Neil Trezise - ‘a bright prospect’).
Best – Turner, Flanagan, Scott, Morrison, Hunt, Renfrey, Hyde.
Goals – Goninon 4, O’Halloran 2.

Round Six

Won against St. Kilda by 94 points (home) 20-15 to 5-11

In front of 23,400 at Kardinia Park, the Cats cut the early-season glamour side down to size and tortured them with 6.5 to 0.4 in the last quarter. The Saints were without two of their stars, Harold Bray and Jim Ross. Goninon, ‘quick and elusive’ according to Alan Killigrew, booted eight majors. Killigrew commented ‘strangely, Geelong seems to favour the use of a permanent pocket forward. Jack Metherell and ‘Pixie’ Coles scored many valuable goals from that position years ago.’
Best – Hyde, Morrison, Scott, Smith, Goninon.
Goals – Goninon 8, Brown 2, Condon 2, Renfrey 2, White 2, Trezise 2.

Round Seven

Lost to Richmond by 5 points (away) 9-20 to 12-7

The Cats started brilliantly at Punt Road and were 26 points in front (7.7 to 3.5) at half-time. The Tigers however, playing effective wet weather football, unleashed a devastating third quarter (6.1 to 0.4) and the Cats were unable to turn the tables – mainly due to their dreadful last-quarter inaccuracy (2.9).
Best – Davis (who was moved onto the ball when Geelong got desperate), Turner, Morrison, Smith, Flanagan, Hunt.
Goals – Goninon 2.

Round Eight

Lost to North Melbourne by 17 points (away) 8-12 to 10-17

The Queens Birthday (Monday) match of the split round. Geelong led by a single point at half-time but then fell away. Percy Taylor in The Argus commented ‘Geelong had too many inconsistent players’ and suggested ‘some of their players lacked spirit.’ Those that could hold their heads up were Morrow (‘grand marking’), Morrison (‘dominated Spencer’), White (six goals), Fitzgerald, Flanagan (first half), Smith (second half).
Goals – White 6.

Round Nine

Lost to Carlton by 1 point (home) 13-20 to 15-9

The Cats again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Geelong led by 46 points at one stage in the second quarter and was still in front by 28 at three-quarter time. However Carlton, not to be denied, piled on 6-2 to 1-3 in the last term. A thrilling game that left most of the 23,400 crowd wondering about the Geelong backbone.
Best – Smith, White, Davis, Scott, Brown, Turner, Morrison.
Goals – Brown 4, White 4, Fitzgerald 2.

Round Ten

Won against Fitzroy by 20 points (away) 9-19 to 7-11

The Argus reporter Audley Gillespie-Jones (former Fitzroy defender) found little to enthuse about in this ‘poor standard’ game but singled out Fred Flanagan for his ‘perfect exhibition of half forward play’. Geelong’s pace, ball control, hand-passing and stab-kicking were all ‘superior’ he wrote. 20
Best – Flanagan, Hyde, White, Turner, Smith, Trezise, Brown, Hunt.
Goals – White 3, Trezise 3, Brown 2.

Round Eleven

Won against South Melbourne by 80 points (home) 19-21 to 8-7

Geelong fans at Kardinia Park had some of their faith restored but were saddened to see their hero Lindsay White being carried off in the first quarter, never to play again. Turner and Davis displayed their usual ‘amazing speed’, and Flanagan won his battle with Ron Clegg.
Best – Renfrey (six goals), Morrison, Fitzgerald, Turner, Toyne, Hunt, Flanagan.
Goals - Renfrey 6, Goninon 4, Brown 3.

Lindsay White
Lindsay White
Argus 10-Jun-1950 p.47 Jim Edema Lindsay White Geelong
Argus 10-Jun-1950 p.47 Jim Edema Lindsay White Geelong
Argus 12-Sep-1950 p.12 Lindsay White
Argus 12-Sep-1950 p.12 Lindsay White


Sporting Life Jul-1950 Lindsay White
Sporting Life Jul-1950 Lindsay White


Sporting Life Sep-1950 p.32
Sporting Life Sep-1950 p.32


Round Twelve

Won against Hawthorn by 75 points (home) 16-15 to 4-12

A disappointing game in which the hapless Hawks failed to score a goal in the first half. Geelong led 13-11 to 1-9 at three-quarter time. The supremely accurate Goninon kicked seven goals. The win put Geelong back in the ‘Four’ with seven wins from twelve rounds.
Best – Hyde (head of a ‘fast moving defence’), Goninon, Hunt, Scott, Norman, Tate, Pritchard, Davis.
Goals – Goninon 7, Condon 3, Trezise 2.

Round Thirteen

Won against Footscray by 3 points (away) 10-19 to 11-10

Geelong just scraped home in a danger match at Western Oval. In an otherwise poor game, Geelong dazzled the Bulldogs with their speed and the crowd witnessed some of the best of the ‘Geelong Flyer’ – the brilliant dashes of Bob Davis. The Cats were 30 points in front in the last quarter before being worn down.
Best - Flanagan, Davis, Fitzgerald, Morrison, Hyde, Tate, Trezise, Brown.
Goals – Renfrey 4, Davis 2, Brown 2.

Round Fourteen

Lost to Essendon by 17 points (away) 6-9 to 8-14

Without their three stars – Flanagan, Turner and Davis – the Cats performed admirably. Geelong was nine points in front early in the last quarter before being overrun. Essendon kicked four goals in six minutes to seal the game. The Dons, with their rucks on top all day, adapted better to the wet conditions and the gusty wind. Geelong had a winning centreline and Hyde blanketed Leehane.
Best – Hyde, Smith, Tate, Fulton, Morrow, Scott, Fitzgerald. Goals – Lunn 2.

Round Fifteen

Won against Melbourne by 26 points (home) 13-14 to 9-12

B: Toyne Morrison Fitzgerald
HB: Scott Hyde Hunt
C: Tate Smith Fulton
HF: Turner Flanagan Davis
For: Norman Goninon Lynch
Foll: Morrow Renfrey Trezise

Res: Condon, Stevens, Brown
In: Flanagan, Davis, Turner, Lynch
Out: Brown, O’Halloran, Condon, Lunn
The Demons started well and established a good lead. Lance Arnold was on top of Flanagan and at the other end veteran Jack Mueller was proving a handful for Morrison. Eventually the Cats, with a winning centreline (Smith, Tate and Fulton) and speed everywhere, began to assert themselves. The home side whittled down Melbourne’s lead and hit the front for the first time just before three-quarter time. The last quarter was all Geelong and Lynch kicked three to seal the win. Attendance: 15,000.
Best – Davis (best on ground), Smith, Scott, Hyde, Goninon, Tate, Fulton.
Goals – Goninon 5, Lynch 4, Flanagan 2, Davis 2.

Round Sixteen

Won against Collingwood by 6 points (away) 11-15 to 10-15

Without Turner and Morrow, this was clearly one of Geelong’s best performances of the season. A crowd of 26,000 at Victoria Park witnessed a ‘hard and fierce’ game. As described by Percy Taylor, Geelong’s high-marking and long-kicking disrupted Collingwood’s attempts to make the play ‘close and contested’. In the dying moments of a ‘wildly exciting’ finish, Geelong rover Neil Trezise snapped a goal out of the pack and the Cats were home. Best – Morrison, Fitzgerald, Flanagan, Smith, Condon, Renfrey, Trezise.
Goals – Trezise 2, Renfrey 2, Lynch 2, Flanagan 2.

Round Seventeen

Lost to St.Kilda by 6 points (away) 6-12 to 8-6

Former St. Kilda rover Alan Killigrew was scathing in his report for The Argus: ‘Geelong began in a light-hearted manner’, their handball was ‘weak’, and they lacked ‘clever rovers’ and ‘first-class rucks’. Flanagan (who swapped with Leo O’Halloran at full forward) and Davis both had off-days.
Best – Hyde, Smith, Fitzgerald, Morrison, Renfrey, Tate.
Goals – O’Halloran 2, Lynch 2.

Round Eighteen

Lost to Richmond by 12 points (home) 10-14 to 12-14

A crowd of 22,500 enjoyed an exciting game but lamented a tight Tiger victory. Geelong led by a point at half-time but was ten points behind at the last change. Richmond won in the air and in the ruck. Don ‘Mopsy’ Fraser, showing all his undoubted talent, was best afield. Goninon notched four goals but was beaten by Bob Wiggins.
Best – Morrison, Hyde, Tate, Scott, Fulton, Condon.
Goals – Goninon 4, Condon 3, Lynch 2.

Richmond (like Fitzroy) finished the first round of the season on the same number of points (40) as Geelong but with an inferior percentage. Geelong had made the finals for the first time since 1940.

First Semi Final

Won by 44 points against Melbourne at MCG (September 2).

Team (with ages, heights and weights in old measure):
B: Fitzgerald 26, 5.10, 14.6 Morrison 27, 5.11, 12.2 Norman 22, 6.1, 12.7
HB: Scott 29, 5.11, 13.7 Hyde 20, 6.0, 13.4 Hunt 28, 5.10, 12.0
C: Fulton 20, 5.8, 11.0 Smith 23, 5.9, 11.6 Turner 22, 5.10, 10.7
HF: Davis 22, 5.11, 13.8 Flanagan 26, 6.1, 13.10 Tate 25, 5.8, 11.10
For: Condon 28, 6.0, 13.0 Goninon 23, 5.11, 12.4 Trezise 18, 5.6, 10.7
Foll: Morrow 27, 6.3, 13.9 Renfrey 27, 5.11, 13.0 Lynch 24, 5.8, 12.0
10/20: Toyne 20, 5.9, 11.5, Pritchard 23, 6.0, 12.10. Emerg: Brown 27, 5.6, 11.7

In: Norman. Out: Toyne 21

Geelong – 1.1, 4.5, 8.6, 13.10; Melbourne - 2.2, 3.2, 5.4, 6.8.
On the eve of Geelong’s first finals match since 1940, Essendon coach Dick Reynolds predicted disappointment and pointed to Geelong’s ‘lack of strong followers and players who excel at high-marking’. He was to be proved wrong.

Melbourne kicked with the wind in the first quarter but failed to score a goal in the first twenty minutes. Geelong’s pace was too much for the Demons and the Cats also handled the wet ball better. The collision between Shane McGrath and Geoff Collins, who were attempting to crunch Bob Davis, was disastrous for Melbourne. 22 Goninon kicked six goals for the Cats, again using the ‘drop punt’ favoured by Jack Dyer. Geelong skipper Bernie Smith later opined ‘our play on Saturday would have rocked any side. It was almost copybook football’. Best –Tate, Flanagan, Davis, Morrison, Scott, Hunt, Hyde, Smith, Fulton. 23 Goals - Goninon 6, Lynch 3, Flanagan 2, Tate, Trezise. Umpire - Jack McMurray jnr. Crowd - 54,817.

Sporting Globe 2-Sep-1950 p.1
Sporting Globe 2-Sep-1950 p.1


Preliminary Final

Lost by 17 points against North Melbourne at MCG (September 16).

No change in selected team or positions (except Reserves: Pritchard, Brown; Emergencies: Toyne, O’Halloran). 24
Geelong – 7.3, 8.4, 11.7, 12.11; North Melbourne 1.0, 4.8, 10.11, 14.16.
Two Goninon goals in the first three minutes set the tone for the first quarter. The Cats were superb, running the Shinboners off their feet and building a lead of 39 points. It may have seemed the game was all over. However, with their brilliant captain Les Foote leading by example, the Northerners began to claw their way back and reduced the deficit to 20 points at half-time. Then the floodgates opened. North scored four goals in five minutes in the third quarter to take the lead. Geelong’s early pace was no longer evident although a brief resurgence gave the Cats a two-point lead at the last change. North proved too strong in the last quarter: Geelong, with Smith and Turner down on form, had no answer to Foote, and they were forced to move Hyde onto the rampaging Jock Spencer. Best – Tate (‘the only Geelong player in the game right through’ according to Percy Taylor), Fitzgerald, Flanagan (first half), Morrow (second half), Hunt, Hyde. 25 Goals – Flanagan 3, Lynch 3, Goninon 2, Condon 2, Trezise, Tate. Bob Davis crashed his car on the eve of the preliminary final but did not inform the club. He admitted in his autobiography he was ‘in no mood to play in the match’ and consequently played ‘poorly’. 26 Umpire - Jack McMurray jnr. Crowd - 73,539.

Football Record 16 Sep 1950 Age Ht Wt
Football Record 16 Sep 1950 Age Ht Wt

Football Record 16-Sep-1950 Positions
Football Record 16-Sep-1950 Positions


Argus Weekend Magazine 16-Sep-1950 - Jim Fitzgerald
Argus Weekend Magazine 16-Sep-1950 - Jim Fitzgerald


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.288 - 1950 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.288 - 1950 (used with permission)


1950 Geelong Final Pennant
1950 Geelong Final Pennant


1950 Geelong Pennant
1950 Geelong Pennant


GEELONG 1951

In compiling the following comparatively brief dossiers on 1951 and 1952, I have drawn on the work of Bruce Kennedy and Michael Rogers and their excellent publication about Geelong’s back-to-back premiership years – ‘Classic Cats’. 27

Geelong Souvenir History Book 1951
Geelong Souvenir History Book 1951


Geelong, coached by Reg Hickey and captained by Fred Flanagan, dominated the VFL competition in the Jubilee year. After a slow start, the Cats won ten matches in succession and assumed ladder leadership. 28 From the middle of the season they were unable to train at Kardinia Park due to the dreadful condition of the ground. 29 There were frequent references in the Melbourne newspapers to the team’s lack of a top quality ruckman. Despite these apparent handicaps, the season was an all-round triumph. The Cats lost only four matches and finished the home-and-away season with a percentage of 135.4%. After winning both finals matches and the VFL flag, they travelled to Adelaide to take the ‘national’ title. 30 No doubt Hickey’s strategy of building a side around blinding pace had paid off. Geelong killed opposition teams with their dazzling speed and set a new pattern for other clubs to follow. 31 George Goninon, who did not take the field until Round Four, topped the VFL goal kicking with 86 majors. 32 Vice-captain Bernie Smith was rewarded for his magnificent season in the back pocket with Geelong’s second Brownlow Medal. 33 Fred Flanagan and Bob Davis represented Victoria. The club again recruited well: Ron Hovey, Bill McMaster, Peter Pianto and Bert Worner became regular players and Les Reed also proved handy. 34 1951 players who did not strip again for the Cats were Syd Tate (to Wagga Wagga, 85 matches), Arthur Irvine (to Dimboola, 48), Andy Monohan (45), Marty Lynch (to South Melbourne, 43), Bill Pritchard (21), Warren Canning (7) and the very unlucky Alan Hickinbotham (to Irymple, 6). 35

Players 1951

20 matches Syd Tate, Loy Stewart, Bernie Smith, Jim Norman, Bruce Morrison, John Hyde, Terry Fulton.
19 Fred Flanagan, Russell Middlemiss, Russell Renfrey.
18 Bob Davis, George Goninon, Neil Trezise.
17 Tom Morrow, Norm Scott.
16 Ron Hovey (recruit, Seconds).
14 Leo Turner.
13 Bert Worner (recruit, Swan Hill).
12 Peter Pianto (recruit, Eaglehawk).
11 Bill McMaster (recruit, Lake Bolac).
8 Arthur Irvine, Don Scott (recruit, Geelong West).
7 Leo O’Halloran.
4 Alan Hickinbotham, Les Reed (recruit, Euroa).
3 Marty Lynch, Bill Pritchard, Jack Stevens, Jim Tuckwell.
2 Noel Rayson, Alan Reid (recruit, Geelong Amateurs).
1 Warren Canning, Andy Monohan. 36


Most Goals 1951

Goninon 86, Trezise 28, Renfrey 20, Flanagan 17, McMaster 16, Pianto 14.

Geelong Circa 1951 Kardinia Park  - by Paul Crompton (Used with Permission)
Geelong Circa 1951 Kardinia Park - by Paul Crompton (Used with Permission)


Match Results 1951


Round One

Won against South Melbourne by 54 points (home) 13-17 to 6-5.

Team:
B: Smith Morrison Morrow
HB: N.Scott Hyde Middlemiss
C: Turner Reed Fulton
HF: Stevens Flanagan Davis
For: Norman McMaster Tate
Foll: Canning Pritchard Lynch
19/20: Stewart Irvine

Emerg: D.Scott (NB: Renfrey injured)
Best – Flanagan, Hyde, Lynch, N.Scott, Middlemiss, Stevens, Turner, McMaster, Smith.
Goals - McMaster 5, Lynch 5.

Round Two

Lost to Fitzroy by 16 points (away) 10-7 to 12-11

Best – Flanagan, Smith, Davis, N.Scott, Hyde, Renfrey.
Goals – Renfrey 3, McMaster 2, Flanagan 2.

Round Three

Lost to Collingwood by 52 points (away) 7-8 to 14-18

Best – Smith, Renfrey, N.Scott, Morrison, Hyde, Fulton, Hovey, Morrow.
Goals – Renfrey 4.

Round Four

Won against Carlton by 24 points (home) 14-7 to 9-13

Best – Smith, Trezise, Morrow, Flanagan, Hyde, Morrison, Renfrey, Hovey.
Goals - Goninon 6, D.Scott 3, Davis 2, Renfrey 2.

Round Five

Won against Essendon by 28 points (home) 14-12 to 10-8

Best – Flanagan, Smith, Goninon, Tate, Hyde, Morrison, Morrow, D.Scott.
Goals - Goninon 6, Flanagan 2.

Round Six

Won against North Melbourne by 14 points (away) 12-16 to 11-8

Best – Hyde, Davis, Trezise, Flanagan, Morrison, Pianto, Morrow.
Goals - Goninon 4, Trezise 3, Pianto 2.

Round Seven

Won against Hawthorn by 70 points (home) 20-13 to 8-15

Best – Goninon, N. Scott, Fulton, Renfrey, Trezise, Pianto, Tate, Morrison.
Goals - Goninon 9, Renfrey 4, Trezise 3.

Round Eight

Won against Footscray by 18 points (away) 11-11 to 9-5

Best – Morrow, Smith, Hyde, Renfrey, Goninon, N.Scott, Worner.
Goals - Goninon 6, Renfrey 3.

Round Nine

Won against Richmond by 18 points (home) 10-14 to 8-8

Best – Middlemiss, Davis, Norman, N.Scott, Pianto, Morrison, Smith, Goninon.
Goals - Goninon 6, Pianto 3.

Round Ten

Won against Melbourne by 35 points (away) 12-12 to 7-7

Best – Tate, Smith, Trezise, Pianto, Morrison, Hyde.
Goals - Goninon 3, Trezise 3, Norman 2.

Round Eleven

Won against St. Kilda by 28 points (home) 12-23 to 10-7

(Geelong was down 15 points at three-quarter time but then kicked 5-13 to nil in last quarter).
Best – Turner, Renfrey, Goninon, Hyde, Smith, Morrison.
Goals - Goninon 3, Middlemiss 2.

Round Twelve

Won against South Melbourne by 57 points (away) 18-11 to 9-8

Best – Fulton, Smith, Tate, Turner, Davis, Flanagan, Goninon, Morrison.
Goals - Goninon 6, Flanagan 3, Hovey 3, Trezise 2.

Round Thirteen

Won against Fitzroy by 47 points (home) 11-10 to 4-5

Best – Fulton, Hyde, Smith, Goninon, Tate, Morrison, Trezise.
Goals - Goninon 7.

Round Fourteen

Lost to Collingwood by 2 points (home) 3-11 (only 1-10 after quarter time) to 4-7

Best – Smith, Pianto, Worner, Middlemiss, Morrison, Norman, Hyde, Renfrey.
Goals - Goninon 2, O’Halloran 1.

Round Fifteen

Won against Carlton by 22 points (away) 12-11 to 7-19

Best – Smith, Morrison, Hyde, Fulton, Turner, Tate, Norman, Trezise, Renfrey.
Goals - Goninon 3, Turner 3, Trezise 3.

Round Sixteen

Lost to Essendon by 58 points (away) 8-17 to 18-15

Best – Smith, Hyde, Davis, Renfrey, Middlemiss, McMaster, Stewart, Fulton.
Goals - Goninon 2.

Round Seventeen

Won against North Melbourne by 69 points (home) 13-15 to 3-6 (12.10 to 1.6 at three-quarter time)

Best – Tate, Flanagan, Trezise, Fulton, McMaster, Hyde, Goninon, Norman, Hickinbotham.
Goals - Goninon 6, Trezise 3, McMaster 3.

Round Eighteen

Won against Hawthorn by 32 points (away) 10-10 to 5-8

Best – Smith, Morrison, Flanagan, Pianto, McMaster, Trezise, Hickinbotham, Middlemiss.
Goals – Trezise 3, Goninon 2, McMaster 2, Pianto 2.

Image
Back Row: Russell Middlemiss, Bruce Morrison, Tom Morrow, Jim Norman, Russell Renfrey, John Hyde, Loy Stewart, Alan Hickinbotham
Middle Row: Bob Davis, Leo Turner, Fred Flanagan (captain), Bernie Smith, Cyril McMaster, Syd Tate
Front Row: Terry Fulton, Neil Trezise, Peter Pianto, George Goninon

Football Record 8-Sep-1951 Second Eighteens First Semi Final
Football Record 8-Sep-1951 Second Eighteens First Semi Final


Second Semi Final

Won by 82 points against Collingwood (MCG)

Team:
B: Smith Morrison Stewart
HB: Middlemiss Hyde Hickinbotham
C: Tate Turner Fulton
HF: Renfrey Flanagan Davis
For: McMaster Goninon Pianto
Foll: Morrow NormanTrezise
19/20: Hovey Worner

Emerg: Reed, N.Scott

Geelong 2.3, 10.6, 13.14, 22.20; Collingwood 6.3, 7.5, 9.7, 10.10.
A 106-point turnaround after quarter-time.
Best – Turner, Smith, Tate, Fulton, Davis, Goninon, Flanagan, McMaster, Morrow.
Goals – Goninon 11.4 (equal VFL finals record – kicked three goals in third quarter and six in last quarter), Morrow 3, Pianto 2, Flanagan 2, Trezise 2, Turner, McMaster. Attendance: 74,085. Umpire – Jamieson.

Argus 1951 - Geelong Team
Argus 1951 - Geelong Team


Argus 1951 - Collingwood Team
Argus 1951 - Collingwood Team


Argus 14 Sep 1951 Captains
Argus 14 Sep 1951 Captains


Grand Final

Won by 11 points against Essendon (MCG)

Geelong’s chances of winning the 1951 premiership were considerably enhanced when champion Essendon full-forward John Coleman was suspended for four matches on the eve of the finals.

Selected team – one change – Worner (half–back-flank) in for Hickinbotham (broken finger in semi-final). 19/20 – Reed, Hovey.

Geelong 3.8, 4.10, 9.13, 11.15; Essendon 1.0, 6.2, 6.4, 10.10.
Geelong kicked with the wind in the first quarter but missed chances. The Dons led narrowly at half-time. Geelong was dominant in the third quarter, and at one stage in the final term led by 39 points. However, Essendon kicked four quick goals and then reduced the lead to 9 points with still several minutes left. Bernie Smith, on fire in the last ten minutes, saved the game.

Best – Smith, Hyde, McMaster, Norman, Morrison, Davis, Pianto.
Goals – Goninon 4, Pianto, Davis, Turner, Flanagan, Morrow, McMaster, Norman.
Attendance – 85,795. Umpire – Jamieson. Jim Norman was reported for allegedly hacking Bob Syme (Essendon) in the third quarter. Norman was suspended for six matches. 37 Scribes Hugh Buggy and Dick Reynolds were in awe of Geelong’s ‘systematic football played at high speed’.

Football Record 29-Sep-1951 Age Ht Wt
Football Record 29-Sep-1951 Age Ht Wt

Football Record 29-Sep-1951 Positions
Football Record 29-Sep-1951 Positions


Geelong Team 1951
Geelong Team 1951


Argus 1951 - Geelong Team
Argus 1951 - Geelong Team


1951 Argus Badge - Bernie Smith
1951 Argus Badge - Bernie Smith
1951 Argus Badge - Fred Flanagan
1951 Argus Badge - Fred Flanagan


1951 Kornies Bernie Smith
1951 Kornies Bernie Smith
1951 Kornies Bob Davis
1951 Kornies Bob Davis
1951 Kornies Fred Flanagan
1951 Kornies Fred Flanagan
1951 Kornies John Hyde
1951 Kornies John Hyde


1951 Harpers Easi Oats Bob Davis
1951 Harpers Easi Oats Bob Davis
1951 Harpers Easi Oats Fred Flanagan
1951 Harpers Easi Oats Fred Flanagan


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.289 - 1951 (used with permissions)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.289 - 1951 (used with permissions)


GEELONG 1952

Geelong once more dominated the VFL competition in 1952, losing only two matches. The Cats, again led by Reg Hickey and Fred Flanagan, won eighteen, lost two and tied one. 38 The big news story in the off-season was Geelong’s refusal to grant Bob Davis a clearance to coach South Adelaide and ‘secure his financial position for life’. 39 Geelong also had injury worries. Bernie Smith (vice-captain), Leo Turner, George Goninon, Jim Norman, Norm Sharp and Terry Fulton all missed games through serious injuries. 40 The lowlight of the season was the 69-points Round Eight thrashing received at the hands of Essendon in Brisbane. 41 After this the Cats went from strength to strength. The Brisbane debacle turned out to be Geelong’s last defeat for 26 matches. 42 Similarly, the Round Eleven tie with Essendon was also a wake-up call: Geelong thereafter won 23 consecutive matches, a VFL/AFL record which still stands today. The dreadful condition of most VFL grounds (1952 was Melbourne’s wettest winter in 103 years) seemed to only increase Geelong’s superiority in pace. After seventeen rounds the Cats were ten points clear on top of the ladder. 43 Attendances at Kardinia Park matches had been building and an amazing crowd of 49,107 jammed into the ground to watch the Round Nineteen match against challenger Carlton. Geoff Williams topped off his brilliant debut season by winning the best and fairest award. Leo O’Halloran won the 1952 Gardiner Medal for VFL Reserve Grade Best and Fairest. 44 Fred Flanagan (captain) and Bruce Morrison were Geelong’s state representatives. The following players did not play again for Geelong seniors after 1952 – Tom Morrow, Jim Norman, Leo O’Halloran, Don Scott, Norm Scott, Jack Stevens, Loy Stewart, Jim Tuckwell, Merv Richardson, Tony Walsh (cleared to Carlton) and Peter West.

Sporting Life Aug-1952 p.25 (Unusual photo as Bernie Smith never played against Richmond at the MCG prior to Aug 1952.)
Sporting Life Aug-1952 p.25 (Unusual photo as Bernie Smith never played against Richmond at the MCG prior to Aug 1952.)


Kornies 1952 Series Bernie Smith
Kornies 1952 Series Bernie Smith


1952 Kornies Cyril McMaster
1952 Kornies Cyril McMaster
1952 Kornies George Goninon
1952 Kornies George Goninon
1952 Kornies Leo Turner
1952 Kornies Leo Turner
1952 Kornies Syd Tate
1952 Kornies Syd Tate
1952 Kornies Neil Trezise
1952 Kornies Neil Trezise


Players 1952

21 matches Bill McMaster, Peter Pianto, Russell Renfrey, Doug Palmer (recruit, Eaglehawk).
20 Neil Trezise, Geoff Williams (recruit, Warragul).
19 Fred Flanagan, Ron Hovey, John Hyde, Russell Middlemiss, Bruce Morrison.
17 George Goninon, Leo Turner.
16 Bert Worner.
15 Bob Davis, Tom Morrow.
14 Syd Smith.
13 Noel Rayson, Norm Sharp (recruit, Camperdown).
12 George Swarbrick (recruit, Hawkesdale).
11 Bernie Smith.
10 Terry Fulton, Les Reed.
6 Harry Herbert.
5 Jim Norman, Jack Stevens.
4 Leo O’Halloran, Jim Tuckwell.
3 Don Scott, Norm Scott, Tony Walsh (recruit, Geelong West).
2 Loy Stewart, Peter West.
1 Merv Richardson (recruit, Seconds). 45


Most Goals 1952

Goninon 59, Trezise 35, McMaster 34, Pianto 22, Flanagan 22, Rayson 17, Davis 13.

Match Results 1952


Round One

Won against Melbourne by 6 points (away) 15-13 to 14-13

Team:
B: Smith Morrison Stewart
HB: Middlemiss Hyde Williams
C: Turner Worner Fulton
HF: Renfrey Flanagan Palmer
For: McMaster Goninon Pianto
Foll: Morrow O’Halloran Trezise
19/20: Hovey N.Scott

Emerg: D.Scott
Best – Morrison, Smith, Flanagan, Williams, Pianto, Renfrey, Hyde, Middlemiss.
Goals - Goninon 4, Palmer 3, McMaster 3, Flanagan 2.

Round Two

Won against Footscray by 7 points (home) 10-4 to 7-15

Best – Smith, McMaster, Morrison, Pianto, Williams, Hyde.
Goals - McMaster 5, Goninon 3.

Round Three

Won against St. Kilda by 65 points (home) 14-15 to 5-4

Best – Hyde, Middlemiss, Williams, Fulton, Morrison, Trezise, Renfrey.
Goals - Goninon 5, McMaster 3, Rayson 2, Trezise 2.

Round Four

Won against Fitzroy by 49 points (away) 14-16 to 6-15

Best – Morrison, B.Smith, Palmer, Pianto, Middlemiss, Goninon, Hyde, Morrow.
Goals - Goninon 5, Hovey 3, Trezise 3.

Round Five

Won against North Melbourne by 36 points (home) 11-16 to 6-10

Best – Palmer, Trezise, McMaster, Morrison, Rayson.
Goals - Trezise 5, McMaster 3.

Round Six

Won against Richmond by 24 points (away) 11-13 to 8-7

Best – Smith, Davis, Flanagan, Morrison, Hovey, Williams.
Goals - Davis 3, Pianto 2, Trezise 2, Flanagan 2.

Geelong’s Round Six win against Richmond at Punt Road in 1952 was the start of an amazing ‘streak’ which still stands as the VFL/AFL record 64 years later – 23 consecutive wins and 26 matches without defeat
Geelong’s Round Six win against Richmond at Punt Road in 1952 was the start of an amazing ‘streak’ which still stands as the VFL/AFL record 64 years later – 23 consecutive wins and 26 matches without defeat


Round Seven

Lost to Carlton by 27 points (away) 13-15 to 18-12.

Carlton kicked 8.4 (to Geelong’s 1.3) in the first quarter. Attendance at Princes Park (Monday June 9) – 37,500.
Best – Hyde, Palmer, Rayson, Pianto, Middlemiss, Renfrey. Goals - Goninon 4, Rayson 4, Flanagan 2.

Round Eight (Monday, June 16)

Lost to Essendon by 69 points 12-14 to 23-17.

Night game in Brisbane.
Best – Pianto, Davis, McMaster, Palmer, Morrison, Goninon (until injured).
Goals -McMaster 3, Goninon 3, Pianto 2. (Coleman kicked 13 goals for Essendon.)

League Teams 1952
League Teams 1952


Round Nine

Won against South Melbourne by 20 points (home) 7-13 to 4-11

Best – Hovey, Trezise, Pianto, Williams, Walsh, Davis, Rayson, Morrison, Middlemiss.
Goals - Tony Walsh 4 (selected in place of injured Goninon).

Round Ten

Won against Hawthorn by 26 points (away) 10-10 to 6-8

Only 7,500 at Glenferrie Oval.
Best – Williams, Pianto, Trezise, Palmer, Middlemiss, Renfrey, Rayson, Turner.
Goals - Rayson 3, Renfrey 2.

Round Eleven

Tied with Essendon (away) 11-10 to 10-16

Best – Pianto, Sharp, Palmer, Middlemiss, Trezise, Hyde.
Goals - McMaster 3, Davis 2, Pianto 2. (Coleman 4).

Round Twelve

Won against Collingwood by 29 points (home) 9-8 to 4-9

Attendance – 36,145.
Best – Morrison, Pianto, Flanagan, Sharp, Williams, Trezise, Hyde.
Goals - Flanagan 5, Hovey 2.

Round Thirteen

Won against Melbourne by 56 points (home) 14-26 to 8-6

Best – Pianto, Davis, McMaster, Trezise, Worner, Goninon, Palmer, Rayson.
Goals - Goninon 5, Rayson 4, Pianto 3.

Sporting Globe 23-Jul-1952
Sporting Globe 23-Jul-1952


Round Fourteen

Won against Footscray by 9 points (away) 9-12 to 8-9

Best – Trezise, Hovey, Morrison, Worner, Hyde, Flanagan, Renfrey.
Goals - Goninon 4, Trezise 3.

Round Fifteen

Won against St. Kilda by 15 points (away) 9-16 to 7-13 (Geelong down 17 points at three-quarter-time).

Best – Palmer, Renfrey, Williams, Pianto, Flanagan, Morrow, Trezise, Middlemiss.
Goals - Pianto 2, Goninon 2, Swarbrick 2.

Round Sixteen

Won against Fitzroy by 48 points (home) 12-16 to 5-10

Attendance – 31,314.
Best – Pianto, Williams, Hyde, Trezise, Fulton, Flanagan, Renfrey, Worner.
Goals - Pianto 3, Trezise 2, Flanagan 2, McMaster 2. (Goninon 1-6).

Argus Fitzroy v Geelong
Argus Fitzroy v Geelong


Round Seventeen

Won against North Melbourne by 28 points (away) 15-13 to 11-9.

Best – Hovey, Hyde, Worner, Morrison, McMaster, Trezise, Williams.
Goals - Goninon 5, Davis 3, O’Halloran 3, Trezise 2.

Argus Geelong v North Melbourne (Ron Hovey marking)
Argus Geelong v North Melbourne (Ron Hovey marking)


Round Eighteen

Won against Richmond by 44 points (home) 17-9 to 10-7

Best – McMaster, Flanagan, Hovey, Williams, Pianto, Turner, Renfrey, Middlemiss.
Goals - Goninon 5, Flanagan 4, Trezise 3, McMaster 2.

Round Nineteen

Won against Carlton by 45 points (home) 10-17 to 3-14

Best – Hyde, Trezise, Pianto, Morrison, Middlemiss, Worner, Goninon, Turner, Fulton.
Goals - Goninon 4, Turner 2, Trezise 2.

Argus 12 Sep 1952 Geelong Team
Argus 12 Sep 1952 Geelong Team


Second semi-final

Geelong v Collingwood, MCG (September 13).

Team (with ages, heights and weights in old measure):

B: Smith 24, 5.9, 11.11 Morrison 29, 5.11, 12.2 Sharp 18, 6.1, 13.2
HB: Williams 21, 6.0, 12.10 Hyde 22, 6.0, 13.8 Middlemiss 23, 5.11, 12.0
C: Worner 22, 5.10, 11.7 Hovey 19, 5.10, 12.0 Fulton 22, 5.8, 11.0
HF: Turner 24, 5.10, 11.4 Flanagan 28, 6.1, 14.7 Davis 24, 5.11, 13.12
For: Norman 23, 6.1, 12.10 Goninon 25, 5.11, 12.4 Pianto 22, 5.7, 11.0
Foll: McMaster 22, 6.3, 12.4 Renfrey 29, 5.11, 13.5 Trezise 21, 5.6, 11.4
19/20: Palmer 22 S.Smith 24 Emerg: Reed 20


Geelong 2.6, 5.9, 12.10, 14.16; Collingwood 1.4, 3.5, 5.6, 6.10.
Best – McMaster, Trezise, Renfrey, B.Smith, Hyde, Flanagan, Williams.
Goals - McMaster 4, Trezise 3, Goninon 2.4, Norman 2, Flanagan, Turner, Pianto.
Attendance – 77, 417. Umpire - McMurray.

Argus 15-Sep-1952 Geelong v Collingwood 2nd Semi Final
Argus 15-Sep-1952 Geelong v Collingwood 2nd Semi Final


Argus 15-Sep-1952 Geelong v Collingwood 2nd Semi Final
Argus 15-Sep-1952 Geelong v Collingwood 2nd Semi Final


Argus 1952 - Second Semi Final
Argus 1952 - Second Semi Final


Argus 26 Sep 1952 Geelong Can't Lose
Argus 26 Sep 1952 Geelong Can't Lose


Football Record 27-Sep-1952 Age Ht Wt
Football Record 27-Sep-1952 Age Ht Wt


Football Record 27-Sep-1952 Positions
Football Record 27-Sep-1952 Positions


Argus 26-Sep-1952 Geelong Team
Argus 26-Sep-1952 Geelong Team


Grand Final

Geelong v Collingwood, MCG (September 27).

Only change in selected side – Palmer named in centre; Hovey named as reserve.
Geelong 4.2, 5.3, 11.6, 13.8; Collingwood 1.1, 3.3, 5.3, 5.10.

Best – Williams (best on ground), Trezise, B.Smith, Pianto, Goninon, Morrison, Davis, Middlemiss.
Goals - Goninon 5, Trezise 4, Davis, Worner, Flanagan, McMaster.
Attendance – 81, 304. Umpire – Jamieson.

Once again the Cats earned high praise for their playing style. Hugh Buggy of The Argus praised Geelong’s ‘clean, exhilarating game, entirely free from dirt, spite, and the murky reprisal’. 46

Argus 1952  Geelong v Collingwood - Grand Final - Skipper Flanagan chaired off
Argus 1952 Geelong v Collingwood - Grand Final - Skipper Flanagan chaired off


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.290 - 1952 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.290 - 1952 (used with permission)


Geelong 1952 Premiership Team
Geelong 1952 Premiership Team


1952 Geelong Pennant
1952 Geelong Pennant


GEELONG 1953

For most of the 1953 season Geelong, with Hickey and Flanagan again at the helm, seemed destined to win a third successive premiership. Week after week, the Cats left their opponents far behind, bewildered and exhausted by the systematic brilliance and scintillating pace generated across every line. Newspaper pundits, in awe of the Geelong machine, found themselves running out of superlatives. The 1953 side appeared to be even better than the 1952 version. 47 The Cats’ percentage leapt to 177.9% after eight rounds, and after thirteen rounds Geelong was four matches ahead on the VFL ladder. 48 In Round Eleven, against North Melbourne, Geelong broke Collingwood’s VFL record of twenty successive wins, and in Round Thirteen, against Footscray, notched 23 wins in a row and 26 games without defeat. 49 Just when it seemed Geelong might finish the season undefeated, the Cats machine ran out of steam, losing to Collingwood and Essendon in successive weeks, and to lowly South Melbourne. With Geelong’s bubble burst, a jubilant Collingwood charged into the finals full of confidence and twice more accounted for the Cats to take the 1953 flag. In the semi-final Geelong kicked inaccurately in the third term and then were steamrolled 6-4 to 1-0 in the last quarter. The Magpies therefore entered the Grand Final having won eight games straight. The Cats were their own worst enemy in the Grand Final, kicking 1-6 in the second quarter (with Russell Renfrey kicking 0-5 for the day). Then, soon after half time, Bill McMaster went crashing to the ground – concussion and a bruised kidney meant an ambulance trip to St. Vincents. Geelong trailed by six goals late in the third term but went down fighting by twelve points. The 1953 Grand Final will always be remembered for two controversies that still rankle today - the Bill McMaster ‘incident’ and George Goninon’s omission from the Geelong team. 50 Peter Pianto won Geelong’s 1953 best and fairest award. Fred Flanagan, Bernie Smith and Leo Turner represented Victoria. The following players did not play again for Geelong seniors after 1953 – Les Reed (25 games), Syd Smith (23), George Swarbrick (23) and Don Worland (4).

Players 1953

21 matches Bob Davis, Bruce Morrison.
20 Doug Palmer, Peter Pianto, Russell Renfrey, Bernie Smith (vice-captain), Geoff Williams, Bert Worner.
19 Fred Flanagan (captain), John Hyde, Russell Middlemiss, Leo Turner.
18 George Goninon.
17 Harry Herbert, Bill McMaster, Noel Rayson, Norm Sharp.
15 Neil Trezise.
12 Ron Hovey.
11 Les Reed, George Swarbrick.
9 Syd Smith.
8 Jim Roberts.
7 Terry Fulton, Ivan Baumgartner.
6 Bruce Murray (recruit, Camperdown).
4 John McMahon (recruit, Bairnsdale), Don Worland (recruit, Winchelsea).
2 Les Borrack (recruit, Redan).
51

Most Goals 1953

Goninon 65, Trezise 28, Rayson 26, Pianto 25, Davis 20, Flanagan 17, McMaster 16, Herbert 10.

Match Results 1953

Round One – Won against Hawthorn by 49 points (home) 12-15 to 5-8

Team:
B: Smith Morrison Sharp
HB: Middlemiss Hyde Williams
C: Worner Palmer Fulton
HF: Borrack Flanagan Davis
For: Herbert Goninon Pianto
Foll: McMaster Renfrey Trezise

19/20 from Turner, S.Smith, Wayth.
(Permit from Redan not received in time for Borrack to play - replaced by Turner).
Best – Trezise, Williams, Fulton, Worner, McMaster, Smith.
Goals - Goninon 4, Trezise 4.

Round Two

Won against Footscray by 41 points (away) 15-12 to 8-13

Best – Trezise, Worner, Davis, Flanagan, Pianto, Morrison, Williams.
Goals - Trezise 8, Goninon 3.

Round Three

Won against Collingwood by 25 points (away) 14-14 to 9-19

Best – Smith, Flanagan, Sharp, Swarbrick, Rayson, Morrison, McMaster.
Goals - Goninon 4, Flanagan 3, Swarbrick 2, Trezise 2.

Argus 11-May-1953 - Goninon (Geelong) and McMaster (Geelong)
Argus 11-May-1953 - Goninon (Geelong) and McMaster (Geelong)


Round Four

Won against Essendon by 14 points (home) 12-7 to 9-11

Best – B.Smith, Flanagan, Morrison, Trezise, Sharp, Rayson, Worner.
Goals - Goninon 6, Trezise 3.

Argus 18-May-1953 - Coleman (Ess), Morrison and Sharp
Argus 18-May-1953 - Coleman (Ess), Morrison and Sharp


Round Five

Won against Richmond by 54 points (away) 15-16 to 6-16

Best – Smith, Goninon, Middlemiss, Hyde, Sharp, Reed.
Goals - Goninon 11-4 (five in last quarter), Hovey 2.

Round Six

Won against South Melbourne by 53 points (home) 14-16 to 7-5

Best – B.Smith, Flanagan, Worner, Morrison, McMaster, Pianto.
Goals - Pianto 3, Reed 2, Herbert 2, Goninon 2, Flanagan 2, Davis 2.

Round Six was played on Saturday 31st May and the Lightning Premiership on Monday 2nd of June (Coronation Day).

Football Record 2-Jun-1953 Lightning Premiership
Football Record 2-Jun-1953 Lightning Premiership


Round Seven

Won against Melbourne by 24 points (away) 11-16 to 8-10

Best – B.Smith, Hyde, Morrison, Middlemiss, McMaster, Williams.
Goals - Goninon 3, McMaster 2, Pianto 2.

Round Eight

Won against Fitzroy by 86 points (home) 21-10 to 7-8

Best – B.Smith, Rayson, Flanagan, Goninon, Worner, Renfrey, Middlemiss.
Goals - Goninon 7, Flanagan 3, Renfrey 3, Trezise 3, Rayson 2.

Argus 15-Jun-1953 Geelong v Fitzroy
Argus 15-Jun-1953 Geelong v Fitzroy


Round Nine

Won against St.Kilda by 16 points (away) 9-6 to 6-8

Best – Hyde, Smith, Palmer, Davis, Rayson, Williams.
Goals - Rayson 4, Goninon 2.

Round Ten

Won against Carlton by 11 points (away) 10-14 to 8-15

Best – Palmer, Hyde, Worner, Morrison, Renfrey, McMaster (until injured).
Goals – McMaster 2, Hovey 2, Flanagan 2.

Argus 29-Jun-1953 - Jack Howell (Carl)
Argus 29-Jun-1953 - Jack Howell (Carl)


Round Eleven

Won against North Melbourne by one point (home) 12-14 to 13-7

Best – Davis, Flanagan, Morrison, B.Smith, Williams, Palmer.
Goals - Goninon 4, Davis 2.

Round Twelve

Won against Hawthorn by 24 points (away) 12-14 to 9-8

Best – Williams, Roberts, Trezise, Middlemiss, Pianto, Davis.
Goals - Goninon 5, Trezise 2, Davis 2.

Round Thirteen

Won against Footscray by 20 points (home) 11-12 to 8-10

Best – Pianto, Rayson, Swarbrick, Hyde, B.Smith, Palmer, Flanagan.
Goals -Rayson 4, Trezise 2, Pianto 2, Goninon 2.

Argus 27-Jul-1953 - Bruce Morrison and Russell Renfrey
Argus 27-Jul-1953 - Bruce Morrison and Russell Renfrey


Round Fourteen

Lost to Collingwood by 20 points (home) 7-13 to 10-15

Collingwood 2.1, 4.5, 6.11, 10.15. Geelong 2.7, 5.11, 6.13, 7.13.
Best – Renfrey, Palmer, Hyde, Turner, Williams, Morrison.
Goals - Goninon 4.

Argus 3-Aug-1953 - Neil Trezise
Argus 3-Aug-1953 - Neil Trezise

Argus 3-Aug-1953 - Geelong v Collingwood
Argus 3-Aug-1953 - Geelong v Collingwood


Argus 1953 - Geelong Team
Argus 1953 - Geelong Team


Round Fifteen

Lost to Essendon by 11 points (away) 7-8 to 8-13

Essendon 3.4, 3.10, 6.13, 8.13. Geelong 3.2, 6.4, 6.5, 7.8.
Best – Pianto, Hyde, Renfrey, Rayson, McMaster, Morrison, Williams.
Goals – Goninon 2, Pianto 2.

Argus 10-Aug-1953 - John Coleman (Ess)
Argus 10-Aug-1953 - John Coleman (Ess)


Round Sixteen

Won against Richmond by 69 points (home) 14-18 to 4-9

Best – Hyde, Smith, Morrison, McMaster, Davis, Rayson, Roberts, Pianto.
Goals - Goninon 4, Palmer 3.

Round Seventeen

Lost to South Melbourne by 43 points (away) 8-7 to 14-14

Best – Morrison, Davis, Smith, Williams, Sharp, Pianto, Herbert.
Goals - Davis 3, Herbert 2.

Sporting Globe 26-Aug-1953 Ben Kerville
Sporting Globe 26-Aug-1953 Ben Kerville


Round Eighteen

Won against Melbourne by 54 points (home) 16-14 to 8-8.

Best – Pianto, Rayson, Worner, Davis, McMaster,Turner.
Goals - Rayson 5, Renfrey 3, McMaster 2.

Second Semi-Final

Geelong v Collingwood (MCG, September 12)

Team:
B: Smith Morrison Sharp
HB: Middlemiss Hyde Williams
C: Worner Palmer Turner
HF:Rayson Flanagan Davis
For: Swarbrick Goninon Trezise
Foll: McMaster Renfrey Pianto
19/20 Herbert Hovey

Emerg: S.Smith, Fulton.
In – Hyde, Goninon, Swarbrick.
Out – S.Smith, Roberts, Herbert.
Collingwood 13-12 d Geelong 8-12.
Best – Pianto, Flanagan, Renfrey, Morrison, Hyde, McMaster, Sharp, Williams.
Goals - Pianto 5, McMaster, Goninon, Trezise. Attendance – 70,292.

Argus 14-Sep-1953 - Second Semi Final
Argus 14-Sep-1953 - Second Semi Final

Argus 14-Sep-1953 - Second Semi Final
Argus 14-Sep-1953 - Second Semi Final

Argus 14-Sep-1953 - Second Semi Final
Argus 14-Sep-1953 - Second Semi Final


Argus 1953 - Geelong Team
Argus 1953 - Geelong Team


Preliminary Final

Geelong v Footscray (MCG, September 19)

Team:
B: B Smith Morrison Herbert
HB: S.Smith Hyde Williams
C: Worner Turner Reed
HF: Hovey Flanagan Davis
For: Swarbrick Rayson Trezise
Foll: McMaster Sharp Pianto
19/20 Palmer Baumgartner

Emerg: Fulton, McMahon, Roberts, O’Hara.
In – Herbert, S. Smith, Hovey, Reed.
Out – Renfrey, Middlemiss (both injured), Palmer, Goninon.
Geelong 8-15 d Footscray 5.7.
Best – Pianto, Williams, Turner, Smith, McMaster, Hyde, Morrison, Flanagan.
Goals - McMaster 4, Rayson 2, Pianto, Hovey. Attendance – 58, 615.

Argus 21-Sep-1953 Preliminary Final
Argus 21-Sep-1953 Preliminary Final

Argus 21-Sep-1953 Preliminary Final
Argus 21-Sep-1953 Preliminary Final


Argus 25-Sep-1953 - Fred Flanagan
Argus 25-Sep-1953 - Fred Flanagan


Grand Final

Geelong v Collingwood (MCG, September 26)

Team:
B: B.Smith Morrison Herbert
HB: S.Smith Hyde Williams
C: Worner Turner Reed
HF: Rayson Flanagan Davis
For: Swarbrick Renfrey Trezise
Foll: McMaster Sharp Pianto
19/20 Palmer Hovey

Emerg – Baumgartner, Fulton, Goninon, Roberts.
In – Renfrey. Out – Hovey.
Collingwood 2.4, 5.6, 10.10, 11.11 d Geelong 2.3, 3.9, 5.11, 8.17.
Best – Smith, Williams, Davis, Rayson, Renfrey, Pianto.
Goals - Davis 3, Rayson 2, Hovey, Trezise, McMaster. Attendance – 89,060.

Football Record 26-Sep-1953 Age Ht Wt
Football Record 26-Sep-1953 Age Ht Wt

Football Record 26-Sep-1953 Positions
Football Record 26-Sep-1953 Positions


Argus 28-Sep-1953 - Grand Final
Argus 28-Sep-1953 - Grand Final

Argus 28-Sep-1953 - Grand Final
Argus 28-Sep-1953 - Grand Final


1953 Kornies Bruce Morrison
1953 Kornies Bruce Morrison
1953 Kornies Peter Pianto
1953 Kornies Peter Pianto
1953 Kornies Russell Renfrey
1953 Kornies Russell Renfrey
1953 Kornies Terry Fulton
1953 Kornies Terry Fulton
1953 Kornies Tom Morrow
1953 Kornies Tom Morrow


1953 Argus Football Portraits Bernie Smith
1953 Argus Football Portraits Bernie Smith
1953 Argus Football Portraits Bob Davis
1953 Argus Football Portraits Bob Davis
1953 Argus Football Portraits Fred Flanagan
1953 Argus Football Portraits Fred Flanagan
1953 Argus Football Portraits Geoff Williams
1953 Argus Football Portraits Geoff Williams
1953 Argus Football Portraits George Goninon
1953 Argus Football Portraits George Goninon
1953 Argus Football Portraits Neil Trezise
1953 Argus Football Portraits Neil Trezise


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.291 - 1953 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.291 - 1953 (used with permission)


Geelong 1953 Pennant
Geelong 1953 Pennant


GEELONG 1954

1954 should be remembered as a season of football oddities. Geelong set the tone early by surprisingly appointing Bernie Smith as captain above Fred Flanagan. 52 For the first half of the season the Cats were up and down like yo-yo’s and would have won the award for the League’s most inconsistent team if such a dubious honour had existed. 53 Seemingly brittle and struggling, Geelong was sixth after Round Eight and fifth after Round Ten (with only five wins) but somehow managed – by winning eight games straight – to finish on top of the home-and-away ladder with thirteen wins and a healthy percentage of 133.2%. Despite this late surge prior to the finals there were signs that Geelong’s pace had dropped and the side was no longer a force to be feared. 54 Some of this suspicion was confirmed when Geelong failed to deliver the goods in the finals. The Cats proved to be ‘indecisive’ (Hugh Buggy) in their semi-final, and broke down badly against a fierce young Melbourne team in the wet and mud of the Preliminary Final. Two of Geelong’s most valuable players from 1953, Bill McMaster and George Goninon, both had disastrous seasons in 1954. Late in the season McMaster missed seven games with a serious ankle injury. 55 In the semi-final he aggravated the ankle and never played for Geelong again. The Goninon saga of 1953 spilled over into 1954. On April 27 Goninon resigned from the Geelong Football Club, angry over a report ‘that he had failed to offer an excuse for non-attendance at the past five training nights’. 56 The dispute was apparently patched up, but although Goninon was back playing for Geelong Seconds by Round Five, he did not play his first full game for the senior team until Round Eleven. 57 Norm Sharp won Geelong’s 1954 best and fairest award and also represented Victoria. Rayson and Turner were Geelong’s other two interstate players. Playing their last senior games for Geelong in 1954 were Fulton (51 games), Goninon (78 – 278 goals), Hyde (108), McMaster (61), Morrison (130), Palmer (57), Turner (130) and Murray (8). Recruits Gear and O’Hara also did not play senior games after 1954.

Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - Cover
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - Cover


Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954, p.16
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954, p.16


Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 -  Kardinia Park
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - Kardinia Park


Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1950 BF John Hyde
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1950 BF John Hyde
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1951 BF Bernie Smith
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1951 BF Bernie Smith
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1952 BF Geoff Williams
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1952 BF Geoff Williams
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1953 BF Peter Pianto
Geelong Four Glorious Years 1954 - 1953 BF Peter Pianto


Players 1954

20 matches Fred Flanagan, Bruce Morrison, Peter Pianto, Russell Renfrey, Bernie Smith, Neil Trezise.
19 Bob Davis, Leo Turner.
18 Norm Sharp.
17 Ivan Baumgartner.
16 Doug Palmer, Noel Rayson, John O’Neill (recruit, Warrnambool).
15 John McMahon.
14 Ron Hovey.
13 John Hyde, Geoff Williams.
12 Bill McMaster.
11 George Goninon, Bert Worner.
10 Harry Herbert, Russell Middlemiss.
9 Howard Hawking (recruit, Mooroopna), Bob Wiltshire (recruit, Foster).
7 Jim Roberts.
6 Les Borrack.
5 Terry Fulton.
3 Glen Bow (recruit, Norseman WA), Ken Cameron (recruit, Geelong College – Seconds), Don O’Hara (recruit, Seconds).
2 Maurie Gear (recruit, Seconds), Bruce Murray.
1 Bob Gazzard (recruit, Colac). 58


Argus 1954 - Geelong Team
Argus 1954 - Geelong Team


Kornies 1954 Bernie Smith
Kornies 1954 Bernie Smith


Most Goals 1954.

Flanagan 55, Trezise 37, Rayson 29, Goninon 23, Pianto 20, Sharp 18, Davis 15.

Match Results 1954


Round One

Won against Fitzroy by 73 points (away) 19-16 to 7-15 (The Argus has 7.16).

Team:
B: SmithMorrisonRenfrey
HB: WornerHydeWilliams
C: TurnerBorrackFulton
HF: O’NeillRaysonDavis
For: McMasterFlanaganTrezise
Foll: HerbertSharpPianto
19/20 McMahonCameron

Emerg - Palmer, Middlemiss.
Best – Sharp, Trezise, Herbert, Pianto, O’Neill, Smith.
Goals - Sharp 4, Flanagan 3, Davis 3, Trezise 3. 59

Argus 19-Apr-1954 - Harry Herbert marking, Bernie Smith (number 11)
Argus 19-Apr-1954 - Harry Herbert marking, Bernie Smith (number 11)


Round Two

Lost to North Melbourne by 9 points (home) 8-12 to 9-15

North kicked 7-9 to 0-3 in a devastating third quarter.
Best – Rayson, Smith, Herbert, Davis, Morrison, Worner, Flanagan.
Goals - Rayson 4, Flanagan 4.

Argus 26-Apr-1954 Neil Trezise
Argus 26-Apr-1954 Neil Trezise


Round Three

Won against Essendon by 16 points (away) 16-20 to 15-10

Geelong kicked 8-7 in the second quarter and was 47 points up at one stage in the third quarter. Essendon fought back, John Coleman finishing with 9-4.
Best – McMaster, Sharp, Herbert, Roberts, Rayson, Pianto, Palmer.
Goals - Rayson 4, Sharp 4, Trezise 2, McMaster 2.

Argus 3-May-1954 - Renfrey, Sharp, Coleman (Ess), Morrison
Argus 3-May-1954 - Renfrey, Sharp, Coleman (Ess), Morrison


Round Four

Won against St Kilda by 42 points (home) 13-17 to 8-5

Best – Pianto, Trezise, Smith, Rayson, Turner, Flanagan.
Goals - Flanagan 5, Pianto 2, Rayson 2, Trezise 2.

Round Five

Lost to Hawthorn by 5 points (away) 13-14 to 14-13
Best – Flanagan, Turner, B.Smith, McMaster, Herbert, Rayson.
Goals - Flanagan 7, Rayson 2, Herbert 2.

Round Six

Won against Collingwood by 33 points (home) 13-17 to 9-8

Geelong 45 points up at last change. Collingwood had won 14 matches in a row.
Best – McMaster, Flanagan, Herbert, Sharp, Williams, Trezise, Pianto.
Goals -Flanagan 3, Hyde 3, Herbert 2.

Round Seven

Lost to Carlton by 10 points (away) 11-16 to 12-20

Best - Davis, Sharp, Williams, Renfrey, Flanagan, O’Neill. Goals - Flanagan 4, Sharp 3, Trezise 2.

Round Eight

Lost to Melbourne by 9 points (home) 11-5 to 10-20

Best - Baumgartner, McMaster, Williams, Trezise, Flanagan, Sharp, Turner.
Goals - Sharp 3, Trezise 3, McMaster 2, Flanagan 2.

Round Nine

Won against Footscray by 4 points (home) 9-13 to 8-15

A crowd of 33,380 witnessed a pulsating match and a thrilling finish. Ladder leader Footscray was on top in the first half.
Best – Rayson, Baumgartner, Palmer, McMaster, Pianto, O’Neill.
Goals - Rayson 4, Flanagan 2.

1954 Coles Series A Bernie Smith
1954 Coles Series A Bernie Smith
1954 Coles Series A Bob Davis
1954 Coles Series A Bob Davis
1954 Coles Series A Fred Flanagan
1954 Coles Series A Fred Flanagan
1954 Coles Series A Peter Pianto
1954 Coles Series A Peter Pianto
1954 Coles Series A Russell Renfrey
1954 Coles Series A Russell Renfrey


Round Ten

Lost to Richmond by 25 points (away) 13-17 to 18-12

Richmond kicked eight goals in the third quarter.
Best – Hovey, McMaster, Sharp, O’Neill, Pianto, Turner, Flanagan, Renfrey.
Goals - Flanagan 4, McMaster 3, Trezise 2.

Round Eleven

Won against South Melbourne by 50 points (away) 17-12 to 9-10

Best – Sharp, Pianto, Flanagan, Trezise, Rayson, Turner.
Goals - Trezise 5, Flanagan 3, Rayson 3.

Round Twelve

Won against Fitzroy by 26 points (home) 10-8 to 6-6

Best – Hovey, Pianto, Turner, Flanagan, Smith, Middlemiss.
Goals - Goninon 5, Hyde 2. 60

Round Thirteen

Won against North Melbourne by 19 points (away) 10-2 to 5-13

Best – Pianto, Davis, Hovey, Smith, Morrison, Wiltshire, O’Neill.
Goals - Flanagan 2, Goninon 2, Pianto 2, Trezise 2.

Round Fourteen

Won against Essendon by 34 points (home) 16-14 to 11-10
Best – Pianto, Smith, Davis, Wiltshire, Sharp, Hovey, Hyde.
Goals - Trezise 4, Pianto 3, Flanagan 3, Rayson 2.

Round Fifteen

Won against St.Kilda by 62 points (away) 18-13 to 7-17

Best – Trezise, Pianto, Flanagan, Turner, Morrison, Sharp.
Goals - Flanagan 4, Goninon 4, Trezise 4, Pianto 3.

Round Sixteen

Won against Hawthorn by 42 points (home) 13-12 to 7-6

Best – Turner, Hyde, Palmer, Morrison, McMahon, Flanagan.
Goals - Goninon 3, Renfrey 3, Wiltshire 2, Flanagan 2.

Round Seventeen

Won against Collingwood by 22 points (away) 10-12 to 6-14

Best – Pianto, Trezise, Hovey, Flanagan, Davis, Williams, Sharp, Morrison.
Goals - Rayson 2, Hyde 2, Flanagan 2, Baumgartner 2.

Round Eighteen

Won against Carlton by 41 points (home) 13-12 to 6-13

Best – Davis, Sharp, Flanagan, Pianto, Renfrey, Trezise.
Goals - Goninon 4, Davis 2, Flanagan 2, Pianto 2.

Geelong 1954 Pennant
Geelong 1954 Pennant


Second Semi-Final

Geelong v Footscray (MCG, September 11)

Team (age in brackets):
B: Hovey (21) Morrison (31) Renfrey (31)
HB: Smith (26) Hyde (24) Williams (24)
C: Turner (26) Palmer (24) Middlemiss (25)
HF: Rayson (21) Flanagan (30) Davis (26)
For: McMaster (24) Goninon (26) Trezise (23)
Foll: Sharp (20) McMahon (18) Pianto (25)
19/20 Wiltshire (21) Baumgartner (20)

Emerg – Hawking (21), Worner (25).
In – McMaster, Hyde, Palmer.
Out – Fulton (injured), Wiltshire, Baumgartner.
Footscray 3.1, 7.7, 7.10, 11.19. d Geelong 4.5, 4.8, 7.10, 8.14.
Best – Smith, Williams, Hovey, Sharp, Davis, Pianto, Turner. Goals - Goninon 2, Sharp, Flanagan, Palmer, Trezise, Davis, McMahon. Attendance - 64,686.

Argus 10-Sep-1954 Second Semi Final
Argus 10-Sep-1954 Second Semi Final

Argus 10-Sep-1954 Second Semi Final
Argus 10-Sep-1954 Second Semi Final


Argus 13-Sep-1954 Second Semi Final
Argus 13-Sep-1954 Second Semi Final


Preliminary Final

Geelong v Melbourne (MCG, September 18)

Team:
B: Hovey Morrison Renfrey
HB: Smith Williams Middlemiss
C: Turner Baumgartner Worner
HF: Davis Flanagan Rayson
For: Wiltshire Goninon Trezise
Foll: Sharp McMahon Pianto
19/20 Borrack Palmer

Emerg - Hawking, Hyde.
In – Wiltshire, Worner, Baumgartner.
Out – McMaster, Hyde, Palmer.
Melbourne 1.1, 3.3, 7.5, 10.7. d Geelong 2.3, 4.3, 5.6, 7.8.
Best – Pianto, Sharp, Turner, Middlemiss, Davis, Williams (until injured), Smith, Renfrey, Trezise. Goals - Wiltshire 2, Pianto, Goninon, Davis, Turner, Trezise. Attendance - 50,985.

Argus 20-Sep-1954 Preliminary Final - George Goninon
Argus 20-Sep-1954 Preliminary Final - George Goninon


Football Record 18-Sep-1954 Age Ht Wt
Football Record 18-Sep-1954 Age Ht Wt


Football Record 18-Sep-1954 Positions
Football Record 18-Sep-1954 Positions


1954 Fyna Foods - Bernie Smith
1954 Fyna Foods - Bernie Smith
1954 Fyna Foods Fred Flanagan
1954 Fyna Foods Fred Flanagan


1954 Kornies Packet Panel - Bernie Smith
1954 Kornies Packet Panel - Bernie Smith
1954 Kornies Geoff Williams
1954 Kornies Geoff Williams
1954 Kornies John Hyde
1954 Kornies John Hyde
1954 Kornies Peter Pianto
1954 Kornies Peter Pianto


1954 Argus Bernie Smith
1954 Argus Bernie Smith
1954 Argus Bert Worner
1954 Argus Bert Worner
1954 Argus Bob Davis
1954 Argus Bob Davis
1954 Argus Bruce Morrison
1954 Argus Bruce Morrison
1954 Argus Cyril McMaster
1954 Argus Cyril McMaster
1954 Argus Fred Flanagan
1954 Argus Fred Flanagan
1954 Argus Geoff Williams
1954 Argus Geoff Williams
1954 Argus John Hyde
1954 Argus John Hyde
1954 Argus Leo Turner
1954 Argus Leo Turner
1954 Argus Neil Trezise
1954 Argus Neil Trezise
1954 Argus Norm Sharp
1954 Argus Norm Sharp
1954 Argus Peter Pianto
1954 Argus Peter Pianto


1954 Coles Series B - Bruce Morrison
1954 Coles Series B - Bruce Morrison
1954 Coles Series B - Cyril McMaster
1954 Coles Series B - Cyril McMaster
1954 Coles Series B - Harry Herbert
1954 Coles Series B - Harry Herbert
1954 Coles Series B - Russell Middlemiss
1954 Coles Series B - Russell Middlemiss
1954 Coles Series B - John Hyde
1954 Coles Series B - John Hyde
1954 Coles Series B - Neil Trezise
1954 Coles Series B - Neil Trezise
1954 Coles Series B - Noel Rayson
1954 Coles Series B - Noel Rayson


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.292 - 1954 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.292 - 1954 (used with permission)



GEELONG 1955

After the club’s inglorious finish to the 1954 VFL season, Geelong (under new skipper Bob Davis) roared back into premiership calculations again in 1955. 61 The Cats were not expected to thrive in ‘55. They had lost, through retirement, a significantly large number of former premiership stars in the off-season, and the retirement of Fred Flanagan after Round Four of the new season was an unexpected shock. 62 This was an exceptionally young team – at least seven teenagers played for The Pivot in 1955 63 Yet Geelong occupied second place on the ladder after Rounds Seven and Thirteen and completed the home-and-away season in third place (14-4, 122.8%). To then reach the Preliminary Final, Geelong exceeded all expectations. For most of the season the praise heaped on the team by the press pundits was reminiscent of 1952. 64 Further obstacles were encountered as the finals approached. Captain Bob Davis dislocated his shoulder in Round Sixteen and missed the rest of the season. Harry Herbert broke a leg in Round 18. 65 The Cats, seemingly depleted but still impressive and speedy, prevailed in the first semi-final. Though favoured to win, they then crashed at the penultimate hurdle against a relentless Collingwood. 66 Geelong had cause to feel proud. Noel Rayson topped the VFL goal-kicking with 80 goals. Geoff Williams won his second Geelong best and fairest award. Hovey and Pianto represented Victoria. Apart from Baumgartner and Flanagan, only four players - Hawking, McMahon, Middlemiss and Worner – would not play again for the Cats.

Players 1955

20 matches Noel Rayson, Russell Renfrey, Norm Sharp, Bernie Smith, Neil Trezise, Ken Beardsley (recruit, Mortlake).
19 Ron Hovey, John O’Neill.
17 Les Borrack, John McMahon, Ken Cameron, Clive Brown (recruit, Eaglehawk).
16 Peter Pianto, Geoff Williams.
15 Max Sutcliffe (recruit, Barwon Heads).
14 Bob Davis, Matt Goggin (recruit, Seconds), John O’Connell (recruit, Claremont).
12 Harry Herbert.
10 Bob Gazzard.
9 Roger Bullen (recruit, Mooroopna).
8 Colin Barton (recruit, Albury), Bruce Ferrari (recruit, Shepparton).
6 Glen Bow.
5 Jim Roberts, Bob Wiltshire, Bert Worner, John Haygarth (recruit, Inverleigh).
4 Fred Flanagan.
3 Ivan Baumgartner.
2 Howard Hawking, Russell Middlemiss.
1 Geoff Umbers (recruit, Warrnambool).
67

Argus 1955 - Geelong Team
Argus 1955 - Geelong Team


Geelong Senior Team 1955 - by Charles Boyles - Source: Private Collection 001
Geelong Senior Team 1955 - by Charles Boyles - Source: Private Collection 001

Back row: Bert Worner, Ken Cameron, Bruce Ferrari, John McMahon, Russell Renfrey, Bob Wiltshire, Norm Sharp, Harry Herbert.
Centre row: Ron Hovey, Ken Beardsley, Bernie Smith, Bob Davis, Les Borrack, Noel Rayson, Matt Goggin, Max Sutcliffe.
Front row: Glen Bow, Clive Brown, John O’Neill, Neil Trezise.

Most Goals 1955

Rayson 80, Trezise 33, O’Connell 20, Pianto 19, Beardsley 14, Sutcliffe 11. 68

Match Results 1955


Round One

Won against South Melbourne by 38 points (home) 15-14 to 9-12

Team:
B: Hovey Herbert Renfrey
HB: Smith Williams Middlemiss
C: Goggin Borrack O’Neill
HF: Rayson Davis Baumgartner
For: O’Connell Flanagan Trezise
Foll: McMahon Sharp Pianto
19/20 Bow Beardsley
Emerg: Cameron

Best – Hovey, Rayson, Williams, Borrack, O’Connell, O’Neill.
Goals - Flanagan 4, O’Connell 4, Rayson 2, Trezise 2.

Round Two

Lost to Melbourne by 49 points (away) 8-14 to 16-15.

Best – Hovey, O’Neill, Davis, Williams, Sharp, Pianto.
Goals - Pianto 3, Rayson 2, Davis 2.

Round Three

Won against Richmond by 38 points (home) 15-13 to 9-11

Best - Renfrey, Borrack, O’Neill, McMahon, Hovey, Herbert.
Goals - Rayson 5, Trezise 2, O’Connell 2, Flanagan 2, Borrack 2.

Round Four

Won against Fitzroy by 10 points (away) 11-17 to 10-13

Best – Williams, Flanagan, O’Neill, Pianto, Hovey, Renfrey (until injured).
Goals - Flanagan 3, O’Connell 3, Pianto 2.

Round Five

Won against Footscray by 12 points (home) 12-12 to 10-12

Best – Hovey, Pianto, Williams, Sharp, Trezise, Rayson.
Goals - Rayson 5.

Round Six

Won against St. Kilda 19 points (away) 6-12 to 4-5

Best – Smith, Pianto, Williams, Trezise, Renfrey, Sharp.
Goals – Pianto 2, Rayson 2.

Round Seven

Won against Carlton by 15 points (home) 12-12 to 10-9

Best – Borrack, Rayson, Cameron, Renfrey, Pianto, Brown.
Goals - Rayson 6, Renfrey 2, Trezise 2, Sutcliffe 2.

Round Eight

Lost to Collingwood by 10 points (away) 10-7 to 11-11

Best – Williams, O’Neill, Hovey, Sharp, Smith, Pianto, Beardsley.
Goals - Rayson 3, Trezise 2, Pianto 2, Beardsley 2.

Round Nine

Won against North Melbourne by 14 points (away) 13-17 to 12-9

Best – Sharp, Rayson, Pianto, Bullen, Williams, Hovey, Beardsley.
Goals - Rayson 8, O’Connell 3.

Round Ten

Won against Essendon by 13 points (home) 10-5 to 7-10

Best – Brown, Smith, Hovey, Rayson, Sharp, Renfrey, O’Connell.
Goals - Rayson 5.

Round Eleven

Won against Hawthorn by 59 points (home) 16-13 to 7-8

Team:
B: Hovey Herbert Renfrey
HB: Smith Sutcliffe Cameron
C: O’Neill Borrack Brown
HF: Ferrari Bullen Davis
For: McMahon Rayson Trezise
Foll: Sharp O’Connell Pianto

19/20 – Goggin, Beardsley.
Emerg – Umbers.
In – Herbert, Borrack, Sutcliffe.
Out – Williams (injured), Barton, Beardsley.
Best – O’Neill, Renfrey, Sharp, Cameron, Rayson, Davis, Beardsley (second half).
Goals - Rayson 6, Beardsley 4, Sutcliffe 2, Trezise 2.

Round Twelve

Won against South Melbourne by 11 points (away) 15-9 to 13-10

Best – Renfrey, Pianto, Trezise, Hovey, McMahon, Sharp.
Goals - Trezise 5, Rayson 4, Pianto 3.

Round Thirteen

Won against Melbourne by 19 points (home) 10-11 to 6-16

Geelong 5.2 to 0.3 in last quarter.
Best – Sharp, Davis, Smith, O’Neill, Renfrey, Borrack, Goggin, Cameron.
Goals – Rayson 2, O’Neill 2, Davis 2, Bullen 2.

Round Fourteen

Lost to Richmond by 3 points (away) 14-13 to 14-16

Best – Smith, Hovey, Renfrey, Brown, Rayson, Sharp.
Goals - Rayson 5, Trezise 3, Sutcliffe 2, Beardsley 2.

Round Fifteen

Won against Fitzroy by 21 points (home) 12-14 to 9-11

Best – Hovey, Trezise, Renfrey, Rayson, O’Neill, Sharp.
Goals - Rayson 6, Trezise 4.

Round Sixteen

won against Footscray by 3 points (away) 10-16 to 10-13

Best – Goggin, O’Neill, Trezise, Borrack, Renfrey, Smith.
Goals - Rayson 5, O’Neill 2, Davis 2.

Round Seventeen

won against St.Kilda by 79 points (home) 19-17 to 7-10

Best – Williams, O’Connell, Rayson, Herbert, Sharp, Cameron.
Goals - Rayson 8, O’Connell 3, Herbert 2, Haygarth 2.

Round Eighteen

Lost to Carlton by 6 points (away) 8-12 to 10-6

Best – Renfrey, Smith, Pianto, Trezise, Sharp, Hovey, O’Neill.
Goals - Rayson 3, Trezise 2.

First semi-final

Geelong v Essendon (MCG, August 27)

Team:
B: Hovey Gazzard Renfrey
HB: Smith Williams Cameron
C: Brown Borrack O’Neill
HF: Beardsley Bullen Goggin
For: McMahon Rayson Pianto
FollSharp Sutcliffe Trezise
19/20Barton Haygarth

Emerg – Roberts, Hawking.
In – McMahon, Sutcliffe, Goggin, Bullen.
Out – Herbert, O’Connell, Wiltshire (injured), Barton.
Geelong 3.1, 6.4, 7.6, 9.7 d. Essendon 0.2, 1.4, 2.7, 7.11.

Best – The Argus experts:
Hugh Buggy – Trezise, Sharp, Pianto, O’Neill, Bullen, Smith, Beardsley, Goggin.
Percy Taylor – Smith (best on ground), Williams, Goggin, Borrack, O’Neill, Beardsley, Sharp, Trezise. 69
Goals - Pianto 2, Trezise 2, Renfrey, Goggin, Rayson, McMahon, Sutcliffe.
Attendance: 68,109.

Football Record 27-Aug-1955 Age Ht Wt
Football Record 27-Aug-1955 Age Ht Wt

Football Record 27-Aug-1955 Players
Football Record 27-Aug-1955 Players

Football Record 27-Aug-1955 Positions
Football Record 27-Aug-1955 Positions


Preliminary final

Geelong v Collingwood (MCG, September 10)

No change in selected team – 19/20: O’Connell, Barton; Emerg: Wiltshire and Worner.
Collingwood 5.1, 8.4, 10.9, 14.12. d Geelong 3.3, 5.3, 9.6, 13.6.
Best – The Argus experts:
Hugh Buggy – Hovey, Williams, Borrack, Renfrey, Cameron, Pianto, Sutcliffe, Smith.
Percy Taylor – Williams, Renfrey, Gazzard, Cameron, McMahon, Beardsley, Hovey. 70 Goals - O’Connell 3, Rayson 2, Sutcliffe 2, Pianto 2, McMahon 2, Beardsley, Goggin. Attendance: 70, 430.

The Sun 10-Sep-1955 Geelong Line Up Preliminary Final
The Sun 10-Sep-1955 Geelong Line Up Preliminary Final


The Sun 10-Sep-1955 League Preliminary Final
The Sun 10-Sep-1955 League Preliminary Final


The Sun 12-Sep 1955-Preliminary Final
The Sun 12-Sep 1955-Preliminary Final


1955 Coles Series - Bernie Smith
1955 Coles Series - Bernie Smith
1955 Coles Series - Geoff Williams
1955 Coles Series - Geoff Williams
1955 Coles Series - John O'Neill
1955 Coles Series - John O'Neill
1955 Coles Series - Norm Sharp
1955 Coles Series - Norm Sharp
1955 Coles Series - Peter Pianto
1955 Coles Series - Peter Pianto


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.293 - 1955 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.293 - 1955 (used with permission)


GEELONG 1956


Geelong got off to a flying start and won the first four matches in 1956, although this was against relatively easy opposition. They then faced the 1955 Grand Finalists in successive weeks and lost both games (although only narrowly to 1955 premiers Melbourne). The Cats thereafter shifted to a higher gear and won nine of their next ten games. Fine wins against Essendon, North Melbourne and Melbourne suggested the Cats were genuine premiership contenders. After 16 rounds, Geelong, with thirteen wins and a healthy percentage of 132.5%, was second on the VFL ladder (behind only Melbourne, and ahead of Collingwood, Carlton and Footscray). The Cats had continued to enjoy their fabled home-ground advantage and, to that stage of the season, had not been beaten at home. However, two bad late-season losses (to Collingwood at Kardinia Park and Essendon at Windy Hill) meant Geelong handed the ‘double chance’ in the finals to arch-rivals Collingwood. Both finished with thirteen wins but Collingwood’s percentage was superior (125.9% to 121.9%). The Cats encountered a tough Footscray team in the first semi-final. The match was truly extraordinary. Only one single goal (Footscray’s) was scored after half-time. Geelong managed a mere three behinds! In a torrid last quarter, the Dogs just prevailed. The nasty third-quarter (accidental) collision between team-mates Bob Davis and Norm Sharp seemed to sum up the Cats’ horrible day. Bernie Smith was 1956 best and fairest. O’Neill and Pianto represented Victoria. Veteran Russell Renfrey retired after Round Fourteen. He had played 201 games and kicked 165 goals. Other players to bow out after 1956 were Beardsley (25 games), Sutcliffe (24), Cameron (22), Roberts (21), Bow (14) and Umbers (7).71

For Geelong's 1956 season in more detail, read 'Geelong - Season 1956' by Ken on this site.

Players 1956


19 matchesNeil Trezise, John O’Connell, Ron Hovey, Bob Gazzard, Bruce Ferrari, Bob Davis (captain).
18 Les Borrack, Bernie Smith, Geoff Williams.
17 John O’Neill, Peter Pianto, Norm Sharp.
16 Noel Rayson.
14 Russell Renfrey (vice-captain), Bob Wiltshire.
13 Bruce Bartle (recruit, East Geelong).
12 Fred Wooller (recruit, Bacchus Marsh).
11 Roger Bullen.
9 Max Sutcliffe.
8 John Haygarth.
7 Clive Brown, Matt Goggin.
6 John Goldsmith (recruit, Hamilton), Fred Le Deux (recruit, Goroke), Brian McGrath (recruit, Warrnambool), Geoff Umbers.
5 Ken Beardsley, Glen Bow.
4 Les May (recruit, Seconds), Bernie Ryan (recruit, Yarrawonga).
2 Ken Cameron, John Helmer, Harry Herbert.
1 Eric Nicholls (recruit, East Geelong), Jim Roberts. 72


1956 Argus Fireside Football Game  Source:Carters Auctions
1956 Argus Fireside Football Game Source:Carters Auctions


1956 Argus Fireside Football Geelong
1956 Argus Fireside Football Geelong


Most Goals 1956

Rayson 41, O’Connell 29, Trezise 27, Pianto 21, Ferrari 21, Davis 17, Bullen 13, Wooller 10.

Match Results 1956


Round One

Won against South Melbourne by 27 points (away) 11-11 to 7-8

Team:
B: HoveyGazzard Renfrey
HB: Smith McGrath Williams
C: Brown Borrack O’Neill
HF: Davis Wooller Beardsley
For: O’Connell Rayson Trezise
Foll: Sharp Wiltshire Pianto

19/20 – Sutcliffe, Ferrari.
Emerg – Cameron.
Best – Pianto, Wooller, Borrack, Sharp, Trezise, Hovey.
Goals - Wooller 4, Ferrari 2, O’Connell 2, Trezise 2.

Round Two

Won against North Melbourne by 88 points (home) 16-14 to 2-10

Best – Wiltshire, Williams, Hovey, Renfrey, Borrack, Trezise.
Goals - Wiltshire 4, Trezise 3, Ferrari 3, O’Connell 2, Davis 2.

Round Three

Won against Hawthorn by 12 points (away) 16-16 to 15-10

Best – Trezise, O’Neill, Pianto, Sharp, Smith, Hovey
Goals - Pianto 3, O’Connell 3, Ferrari 3, Wooller 2, Davis 2.

Round Four

Won against Richmond by 32 points (home) 15-13 to 10-11

Best – Williams, Borrack, Rayson, Pianto, Hovey, Trezise.
Goals - Rayson 4, Pianto 2, Ferrari 2.

Round Five

Lost to Melbourne by 8 points (away) 6-12 to 6-20

Best – Pianto, Davis, Wiltshire, Sharp, Hovey, Gazzard.
Goals - Rayson 2, Pianto 2, Davis 2.

Round Six

Lost to Collingwood by 41 points (away) 2-14 to 10-7

Best – Smith, O’Connell, Renfrey, Williams, Hovey, Davis.
Goals - Davis 1, O’Connell 1.

Round Seven

Won against Essendon by 50 points (home) 15-17 to 8-9

Best – Pianto, Ferrari, O’Connell, Davis, Bartle, Hovey.
Goals - Trezise 3, O’Connell 3, Rayson 2, Ferrari 2, Bartle 2.

Round Eight

Won against Fitzroy by 22 points (home) 11-12 to 8-8

Best – Smith, Gazzard, Renfrey, Sharp, Williams, Pianto (first half), Trezise (first half).
Goals - Rayson 3, O’Connell 3.

Round Nine

Won against Carlton by 1 point (away) 12-8 to 11-13

Best – Trezise, Sharp, Smith, Ferrari, O’Neill, Pianto, Hovey.
Goals - Trezise 3, Sharp 2, Rayson 2, O’Neill 2, Ferrari 2.

Round Ten

Lost to Footscray by 22 points (away) 10-8 to 13-12

Best – Williams, Sharp, Smith, Goggin, Hovey, Trezise. (O’Neill, Pianto – interstate).
Goals - Rayson 4, Trezise 3.

Round Eleven

Won against St.Kilda by 5 points (home) 9-8 to 8-9

Best – Sharp, Smith, Pianto, O’Neill, Williams, Rayson, O’Connell, Hovey.
Goals - Rayson 4, Bullen 2.

Round Twelve

Won against South Melbourne by 41 points (home) 10-7 to 3-8

Best – Williams, Smith, O’Neill, Trezise, Renfrey, Pianto.
Goals - Bullen 2, Rayson 2, Trezise 2.

Round Thirteen

Won against North Melbourne by 82 points (away) 19-15 to 7-5

Geelong 2.2, 6.8, 10.13, 19.15. North 3.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5.
Best – Bullen, Rayson, Pianto, O’Neill, Williams, Trezise, Davis.
Goals - Rayson 9, Davis 3, Pianto 2, Trezise 2.

Round Fourteen

Won against Hawthorn by 11 points (home) 12-13 to 10-14

Best – O’Connell, Hovey, Sharp, Rayson, Smith, Pianto.
Goals - Rayson 5, Trezise 2.

Round Fifteen

Won against Richmond by 14 points (away) 11-13 to 9-11

Best – Pianto, Sharp, Smith, Hovey, O’Connell, Davis.
Goals - O’Connell 4, Trezise 2, Pianto 2.

Round Sixteen

Won against Melbourne by 2 points (home) 8-10 to 8-8

Geelong by two points. Best – Smith, Gazzard, Borrack, Davis, O’Neill, Sharp.
Goals - Herbert 2, Ferrari 2.

Round Seventeen

Lost to Collingwood by 32 points (home) 10-9 to 15-11

Best – Williams, Borrack, Trezise, O’Neill, Bullen, Pianto (first half).
Goals - Bullen 2, O’Connell 2, Pianto 2.

Round Eighteen

Lost to Essendon by 28 points (away) 9-15 to 14-13

Best – Pianto, Sharp, Rayson, Davis, Haygarth, O’Neill.
Goals - Pianto 3, O’Connell 2, Bullen 2.

First Semi Final (August 25)

Geelong v Footscray (MCG)

Team:
B: Hovey Gazzard Sutcliffe
HB: Smith Davis Haygarth
C: Brown Borrack O’Neill
HF: Rayson Bullen Ferrari
For: O’ConnellWoollerTrezise
FollSharpBartle Pianto

19/20 – Goggin, Bow.
Emerg - Wiltshire, Nicholls.
Footscray 1.3, 4.6, 5.8, 5.13 (43) d Geelong 4.2, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5 (41).
Best – The Argus experts:
Percy Taylor – Pianto, Davis, Smith, Haygarth, O’Neill, Trezise, Sharp (until hurt).
Peter Golding – Davis, Pianto, Sharp, Smith, O’Neill, Gazzard. 73
Goals – Wooller 2, Sutcliffe, Rayson, O’Connell, Bullen.

1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final
1956 First Semi Final


Geelong At Adelaide Oval 1956 By Frank Boase
Geelong At Adelaide Oval 1956 By Frank Boase


Back row – Roger Bullen, Fred Le Deux, Bruce Bartle, John O'Connell, Glen Bow, Fred Wooller, Max Sutcliffe, Geoff Williams.
Second back row – Len Metherall (Match Committee), Eric Nicholls, Ken Beardsley, Geoff Umbers, Bernie Ryan, John Goldsmith, Matt Goggin, John Haygarth, Cliff Rankin (Match Committee).
Second front row – Bruce Ferrari, Brian McGrath, Jack Jennings (President), Bob Davis (Captain), Bernie Smith, David Pescott (Secretary), John Helmer, Ron Hovey.
Front row – Les May, Bob Gazzard, Norm Sharp, Noel Rayson, Les Borrack, Neil Trezise.

The Star 14-Dec-1956
The Star 14-Dec-1956


Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson  p.294 - 1956 (used with permission)
Cats Tales - by Col Hutchinson p.294 - 1956 (used with permission)


Signatures Flanagan And Renfrey Signed 2008
Signatures Flanagan And Renfrey Signed 2008


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End Notes


1. My information about the forties years, 1950 and 1953-56 was obtained through original research. My main source was The Argus (Melbourne), available digitised on the National Library’s Trove site. For information about the premiership years 1951-52 I have also used information (e.g ‘best players’) from the remarkable work of Bruce Kennedy and Michael Rogers - Classic Cats – the Story of Geelong’s Premiership Years 1951-52, 2012.
2. The shameful opposition to Geelong’s re-entry was led by Essendon Football Club. North Melbourne, to its undying credit, put its hand up for Geelong.
3. White finished with 10 for the day. In the previous two matches he had twice kicked 9 goals. This was on top of the 22 goals he had booted in the 1947 interstate carnival in Tasmania.
4. Geelong defeated Melbourne 21-19 to 12-11. Lindsay White kicked nine goals and rover Doug Brown kicked six. Geelong defeated Essendon 25-17 to 11.6. White was again on target with seven. Essendon were on top after Round Three but lost six of their next eight games. The Dons were in eighth position when beaten by Geelong.
5. 1948 recruit John Hyde, playing at full forward in the Grand Final, kicked three goals for the victors.
6. We Are Geelong – The Story of the Geelong Football Club, Melbourne, The Slattery Media Group, 2009. For my review of this book, see Bulletin of Sport and Culture, Number 32, September 2009 (Victoria University Sport and Culture Group). My 2009 criticism was as follows: ‘The previous Geelong history authored by the late Russell Stephens in 1996 at least attempted to tell the whole story. Here, however, the narrative and scholarly attention to detail that characterizes the early chapters (no doubt seen as appropriate, indeed unavoidable, in a publication commemorating the 150 year milestone), peters out completely at page 128. The book, on its front cover, announces itself as the ‘story’ of the club. But there are very significant gaps in the story once 1925 is reached. There is little or nothing on 1925-31, 1931-37, the 1940’s, 1953-62, and the 1970’s. Finding the story after 1963 is like working on a jigsaw puzzle. The writing becomes more rushed and cursory, meaning many very good players are not mentioned in the text.’
7. It is not taking anything away from Russell Renfrey’s unique and lasting contribution to the Geelong Football Club to say he was never in Lindsay White’s class.
8. One could probably add North Melbourne’s champion - Jock Spencer.
9. Ruckman Norm Scott played 17 matches for Geelong in 1951 and three more in 1952 but did not appear in the finals. He did however play in Geelong’s two finals matches of 1950. Tragically, Scott, a keen fisherman, drowned at sea in 1957, aged 36. See Susan Kruss, After The Game – Geelong Past Players and Officials Club (80 Years – 1933 to 2013), 2013.
10. Lindsay White too had already represented his state on a number of occasions. Flanagan (15 votes in 1946, 17 votes in 1947 and 14 votes in 1949) and Morrow (14 votes in 1946 and 11 votes in 1949) had also polled exceptionally well in Brownlow Medal counts, as had Bruce Morrison (eleven votes in 1948).
11. Jack Condon had a short but eventful career with the Cats. He was suspended for four matches in his first season (1949) and then made up for this by kicking eight goals in the Round Two match against Footscray at Geelong the following year.
12. In his autobiography, Bob Davis suggested the 1950 Cats were only ‘a reasonable side’ which seems to this writer an underestimation of the 1950 team’s performances. See Bob Davis (with Jim Main), Woofa – Football Legend Bob Davis, Sydney, ABC Books, 1996, p. 44.
13. Geelong scored over 100 points on five occasions.
14. Goninon played in 14 games and Norman in 12. Noel Rayson (1) and Jack Stevens (4) also continued into 1951 but the four other 1950 recruits - Ray Jones (2), Andy Larkins (4), Keith McKee (6) and Neale Rutzou (2) – did not play again for Geelong.
15. Dick Reynolds (with Bill Moorhead), Geelong Look Safe for Place in Four, The Argus, August 14, 1950, p. 11.
16. For Lindsay White, see my article 'The Ballad of Lindsay White' on this website. See also Ken Moses, Deadly with Gun and Boot, The Argus, Tuesday, September 12, 1950, p. 12 (with Edema drawing of White); Susan Kruss, After The Game – Geelong Past Players and Officials Club (80 Years – 1933 to 2013), 2013; Bruce Kennedy and Michael Rogers, Classic Cats – the Story of Geelong’s Premiership Years 1951-52, 2012; Trevor Jennings, Polwarth Football, 2015; Russell Stephens, The Road to Kardinia – the Story of the Geelong Football Club, Playright, 1996.
In 1950 White scored thus - 10, 3, did not play, DNP, DNP, 2, 1, 6, 4, 3, 0. His record year by year:
1941 67 (17)
1942 (South) 80 (16)
1943 (South) 31 (9)
1944 60 (18)
1945 33 (18)
1946 25 (11)
1947 76 (17)
1948 86 (16)
1949 53 (12)
1950 29 (8)
17. Two ‘new’ players (recruits) named on the 1950 Final List (announced in April) who did not play a senior game in 1950 were Loy Stewart (Albury) and Tozer from Ballarat. The only ‘old’ player named on the 1950 Final List (announced in April) who did not play a senior game in 1950 was Jack King. Players to be considered for the 1950 List ‘when available’ were Russell Middlemiss and Arthur Irvine (both injured), Hargreaves (Bendigo) and Jack Stevens (North Geelong). Middlemiss and Irvine were both injured in the 1950 practice matches and did not play senior football for Geelong in 1950. ‘Off’ the 1950 Final List were Warren Canning, Alan Hickinbotham, Wally Russell, Joe Bailey, George Pike, Ron Warren and Don Bauer (Tasmania).
18. Hawthorn’s Reserve Grade team fared no better: The Argus (April 24, p. 18) reported ‘one Hawthorn official with a passion for statistics discovered that one Geelong player had 61 kicks against his opponents.’
19. George Goninon, recruited by Essendon from Burnie (Tasmania) and a prolific goal kicker for the Essendon Seconds, had been denied selection in the Bombers’ senior team due to the sensational form of John Coleman. Essendon gave permission on May 16 (1950) for four VFL clubs and four VFA clubs to interview Goninon. He chose Geelong because it was the only club to offer him a house. Goninon attended Geelong training on May 18 to sign the necessary forms and was picked in the side to meet Collingwood two days later. See ‘George Goninon agrees to join Geelong’, The Argus, Thursday, May 18, 1950, p. 22.
20. Geelong Seconds had a huge win over Fitzroy, kicking twenty-three goals to six. Rovers Marty Lynch and Doug Davies each kicked six goals and young forward Noel Rayson kicked five.
21. Age – Height – Weight statistics in The Argus, Friday September 15, 1950, p. 13.
22. This famous Bob Davis ‘sidestep’, executed purely in self-defence, was perhaps the most effective ‘attacking’ play of the match. Collins was knocked out and McGrath dislocated his shoulder. See Woofa, op.cit.
23. Note the annual AFL Record has Flanagan, Davis, Turner, Tate, Scott, Morrison, and Fitzgerald.
24. Leo O’Halloran - 25, 6.2, 12.10.
25. The annual VFL Season Record report on 1950 has Fitzgerald, Flanagan, Turner, Hyde, Morrow, Lynch, and Renfrey as Geelong's best in the Prelim Final.
26. Woofa, op.cit, p. 31.
27. Bruce Kennedy and Michael Rogers, Classic Cats – the Story of Geelong’s Premiership Years 1951-52, 2012. Readers wanting more detail about Geelong’s 1951 premiership than I provide here will be amply rewarded if they consult the above work. It is scholarly, thorough and well-written. I have not attempted to draw on newspaper reports – as I have done for 1950 above – because to do so would have meant an unnecessary duplication of the research by Kennedy and Rogers. Kennedy and Rogers point to Geelong’s strong rural connection - 62.5% of Geelong’s 1951 and 1952 Grand Final squads were recruited from country Victoria. See Classic Cats, p. 193.
28. Seventh on the ladder after three rounds, and third at the end of Round Seven, Geelong was two games clear on top after thirteen rounds.
29. During the 1951 finals Geelong trained at Geelong Grammar School.
30. On October 6 at the Adelaide Oval Geelong defeated Port Adelaide – 8.14 to 6.18 – to claim the ‘national title’.
31. Geelong Seconds also had a good year, finishing third. Full-forward Noel Rayson turned in several top performances (kicking eight goals and nine goals on two occasions) to keep the pressure on Goninon.
32. Goninon kicked bags of 11, 9, 7, and six bags of 6. However it needs to be said he might not have scored most goals if John Coleman had been able to play in the finals series (see below).
33. Smith scored 23 votes (including six best-on-grounds). South’s Ron Clegg came second with 20.
34. Loy Stewart played all 20 matches in 1951 but only two in 1952. Don Scott played eight games in 1951 but only three in 1952. Alan Reid did not play again for Geelong.
35. Hickinbotham, recruited from SANFL club South Adelaide, had no luck at all at Geelong. In a game at the MCG against Melbourne in the 1949 season (Round 12) he broke his leg, an injury which put him out of action for the entire 1950 season. In the 1951 semi final against Collingwood he broke his finger and therefore missed the Grand Final.
36. Players named on the 1951 Geelong Final List (announced in April) who did not play a senior game in 1951 were Ian Toyne (named as an emergency for several games), Doug Davies, Jim Fitzgerald, Peter West (recruit, Brim), Harry Herbert (recruit, Warrnambool), Nick Zuvich (recruit, Boulder City, Western Australia).
Players who were ‘to be considered’ for the (April) 1951 List ‘when available’ were Lindsay White, Alan Hickinbotham, A.Rees (Horsham), Syd Smith (Horsham), A.James (Eaglehawk), Geoff Williams (Warragul), J.Farquharson (Winchelsea) and V.Leskie (Shepparton). ‘Off’ the (April) 1951 List were Ron Lunn, Doug Brown, Percy Hunt, Andy Larkins, Jack McGrath, Keith McKee and Barrie Bretland.
37. Interestingly, only two Geelong players were suspended in Reg Hickey’s entire reign as Geelong coach (1949-1959): Norman and Jack Condon (four weeks 1949).
38. In a low-scoring season they scored over 100 points six times and finished the first round of matches with a percentage of 134.7%.
39. Davis, having actually moved to Adelaide, kept re-applying and the saga dragged on for weeks. Eventually he returned to Geelong and played in the Round Six game against Richmond. There is no mention of any of this in We Are Geelong, on the pages which honour Davis for his ‘loyalty’ to the Cats.
40. Smith (ankle) missed rounds 8-11 and 14-19, Turner (cracked bone in hand) missed rounds 12-15, Goninon (cracked bone in shoulder) missed rounds 9-12, Norman missed rounds 7-15, Sharp missed rounds 13-18, and Fulton (appendix) missed rounds 6-15. Tom Morrow retired injured after round 16.
41. As part of the VFL’s ‘National Round’, Geelong played Essendon in front of 28,000 at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground at night (Monday, June 16). This was the first VFL match in Brisbane for premiership points, and the first VFL match at night for premiership points. Geelong was missing state representatives Flanagan and Morrison but Essendon was able to play John Coleman. Coleman made the most of Morrison’s absence and tortured Geelong with 13-7.
42. The Cats were not beaten again for fourteen months - until early August 1953.
43. Geelong went to the top of the VFL ladder after beating Collingwood in Round Twelve.
44. Leo O’Halloran became captain-coach of Geelong Seconds on July 8, taking over from Lindsay White who had bought the Bannockburn Hotel.
45. Syd Smith, Herbert and West are not classified as ‘recruits’ here. Even though they did not play a senior game until 1952 they were named on the 1951 Geelong Final List. G.McDonald (recruit, Warrnambool) was named on the 1952 Final List but did not play a senior game. Players named on the List pending permits were B.Crowe (Thirds), and J.Roberts (Geelong West).
46. See Classic Cats, p. 195.
47. Forty-three years later, Bob Davis was still of the opinion the 1953 side was superior – ‘I firmly believe the 1953 side was better than the 1951-52 premiership line-ups’. See Woofa, p. 71.
48. Geelong’s percentage dropped to 143.3% after eighteen rounds.
49. Geelong’s amazing run (achieved over two seasons) remains the VFL/AFL record to this day. Russell Renfrey was the only Cat who played in all 26 matches.
50. Many Geelong supporters blamed the loss on Goninon’s absence. There can be no doubt Goninon lost form towards the end of the season and this may have been the main reason for his omission from the Grand Final. Goninon was replaced at full forward by Noel Rayson during the Round 17 match and he was omitted from the team for Round 18. He played in the second semi-final against Collingwood but not in the preliminary final or the Grand Final. There is also no doubt Goninon was being punished for actions off-field. Not everyone agrees as to why. Bob Davis (Woofa, p. 70) remembered that ‘…the Cat selectors overreacted to a minor indiscretion by star full-forward George Goninon in the lead-up to the preliminary final’. Davis seemed to be suggesting Goninon’s ‘indiscretion’ was simply that he had ‘missed training on the Thursday night because of work commitments’ whereas a number of others were of the view that Goninon was being punished for having engaged in an extra-marital affair. Kennedy and Rogers in Classic Cats (p. 206) mention one source of this view - the 2007 Ken Piesse article in The Herald-Sun – but for some reason neglect to mention Fred Flanagan’s well-publicised criticism of Reg Hickey’s role in dropping Goninon.
51. Jim Roberts and Ivan Baumgartner are not classified here as ‘recruits’ because even though they did not play a senior game until 1953, they were both named on the Geelong 1952 Final List. The following players were named on Geelong’s Final List at the start of the 1953 season but did not play a senior game – Jim Norman, J.Holloway (Seconds), Ritchie Johns (recruit,Taylor’s Lake), Bill Dalziel (recruit, Geelong West), Bob Watson (recruit, Phillip Island), Keith Wayth (recruit, Queenscliff). The following 1952 players were named as ‘omitted’ in the 1953 List – Leo O’Halloran, Tony Walsh, Jack Stevens and Don Scott.
52. Flanagan was appointed vice-captain. Dick Reynolds suggested Smith could not properly lead the team while isolated in the back pocket. See The Argus, June 7.
53. Dick Reynolds wrote on May 10 that Geelong was ‘better than ever’ but by June 7 was asking ‘What is wrong with Geelong?’ See The Argus, May 10 and June 7 (1954).
54. See Dick Reynolds, The Argus, June 28.
55. Geelong’s other injury casualties leading into the 1954 finals were Harry Herbert (pinched cartilage), John O’Neill and Terry Fulton.
56. Goninon, whose coal cartage business was based in Winchelsea, sought a clearance to Winchelsea Football Club, at that time led by former Geelong star Lindsay White. See The Argus, April 28 – ‘Geelong Goalkicker Quits; Angry over Report.’ Goninon had earlier failed to turn up for the Round One Seconds match. See The Argus, April 21 – ‘Goninon plans decision on future.’
57. Goninon kicked three goals for the Seconds in Round Five and another three in Round Six. In Rounds Seven and Eight he was a reserve for the seniors and played in the last quarter of both games. In Round Ten he kicked seven goals with the Seconds.
58. Syd Smith, D.Donohue (recruit, Colac) and Geoff Umbers (recruit, Warrnambool) were named on the 1954 Final List but did not play a senior game. Players named on the supplementary list in April were R.Wiltshire, D.Worland, P.De Jong, P.Bell, H.Hawking. Those ‘to be considered when available’ were K.Beardsley (Mortlake), K.Malseed (Heywood), W.Burge. Those asked ‘to train with the Seconds’ were R.Cullinane, L.Conolan, B.Shelley, R.Stephens, W.Dalziel, W.Clarke, C.McKee. Players omitted from the 1954 list were G.Swarbrick (to Penshurst), J.Holloway (Nyah West), L.Reed (Euroa), J.Norman (retired), B.Watson (Cowes), W.Dalziel (to Seconds), D.Worland (to supplementary list), R.Wiltshire (to supplementary list).
59. Geelong Seconds got off to a flying start to the season with a resounding 118-points win against Fitzroy at Kardinia Park. The Geelong team as selected appeared particularly strong on paper and included six Geelong senior premiership players (highlighted): Gear, Gazzard, Baumgartner, Middlemiss, Hawking, S.Smith, Roberts, Tate, Umbers, Hovey, O’Hara, Palmer, Burge, Goninon, Murray, Wiltshire, Bow, Donohue, May, Robertson. Palmer and O’Hara each kicked five goals. Hovey and Donohue each kicked four.
60. The Col Hutchinson/Geelong Football Club publication Cats’ Tales mistakenly credits Noel Rayson with seven (7) goals for this game. He in fact kicked none. The error was presumably typographical. See Cats’ Tales, p. 292.
61. Davis was elected by the players. Bernie Smith – skipper in 1954 - took over Fred Flanagan’s role as vice-captain.
62. Flanagan had earlier lost his vice-captaincy position but his decision to retire was due to his purchase of a hotel business. His announcement was the second declaration to rock the club early in 1955. In late April promising utility Ivan Baumgartner also resigned from Geelong, claiming the Secretary (Ivo Gibson) had earlier promised him a clearance to Melbourne once he (Baumgartner) had completed his wool-classing course at Gordon Institute (Geelong).
63. Geelong’s 1955 teenagers included Beardsley (19), McMahon (19), Sutcliffe (19), Ferrari (18), Gazzard (18), Goggin (18), and Barton (18). At least ‘on paper’, the 1955 recruits were the best crop since 1948. The ten new players - Barton, Beardsley, Brown, Bullen, Ferrari, Goggin, Haygarth, O’Connell, Sutcliffe and Umbers all played again after 1955.
64. ‘Geelong struck Melbourne with the force of a thunderbolt’ wrote Hugh Buggy of The Argus after Round Thirteen. Buggy, a brilliant scribe but prone to hyperbole, had actually used the same metaphor after Round Two - ‘Melbourne struck a bewildered Geelong side like a thunderbolt’.
65. O’Connell (shoulder) and Wiltshire (back) were also unavailable for the semi-final.
66. The Argus suggested Geelong were beaten in the ruck, on the wings, and across half-forward. Hugh Buggy believed the Magpies had blunted Geelong’s pace with ‘the shrewd application of weight to jolt Geelong out of its stride’. He further believed ‘in this Geelong side are several players who do not enjoy the crash of brawn on brawn’. Several unfortunate training mishaps caused (supposedly minor) injuries to Pianto, Sutcliffe, Brown and Beardsley in the week prior to this match.
67. On the Geelong Final List announced in April 1955, Roberts, Sharp, Baumgartner, Worner and Herbert were all ‘to be considered when available’ – along with the following players who did not play senior games: G.Ellis, J.Helmer, K.Malseed, F.Cole, J.Thomas, G.McGrath. Those ‘to be considered when fit’ were Umbers, Gear, O’Hara, Donohue. The following ‘new’ players were named on Geelong’s 1955 Final List but did not play a senior game – N.Robertson (Thirds), C.McGannon (Fish Creek), L.Hunt (Fish Creek), B.Connors (Colac), K.Sizer (Broken Hill), R.Lynch (Beeac). John Haygarth was not named on the 1955 Final List (announced in April) but did play senior games in 1955. Another player available for senior selection but not named in the (April) 1955 List was John Helmer. Helmer, who was to eventually play 50 senior games for Geelong (1956-62), actually played for Geelong Seconds in 1955. He was named as an emergency for the senior side in Round 18 (against Carlton). There was a ‘Morrison’ named at full-back in one particular Geelong Seconds team in 1955. I am not sure whether this was the supposedly-retired Bruce Morrison, but one suspects it was. At least four of the 1955 Geelong recruits were associated with the Cats in 1954. Bruce Ferrari and Roger Bullen trained at Geelong in March 1954. The Geelong Seconds team in Round Three of 1954 included Matt Goggin and Max Sutcliffe (six goals).
68. Noel Rayson kicked the following in 1955 season (not in match order) - 8, 8, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 0.
69. The other Argus writers named their best-on-ground players as Trezise (Peter Banfield), Smith (Jack Cannon), Trezise (Peter Golding), O’Neill (Lou Richards) and Sharp (Harvey Jamieson). Other Cats mentioned among the best players in The Argus were Cameron, Renfrey and Brown.
70. Other Argus experts also had Goggin, O’Connell and Rayson among their ‘best’.
71. For a more detailed examination of Geelong’s 1956 season, see K.Mansell, Geelong 1956 (Boylesfootballphotos).
72. Recruits George Finegan (Sale) and Len Sexton (Geelong Amateurs) were both named on the 1956 Geelong Final List but did not play a senior game. Goldsmith and May did not play after 1956. John Helmer did not play a senior game until 1956 but was named on the 1956 List as an ‘old’ player. ‘Old’ players Howard Hawking and Colin Barton were named on the 1956 List but did not play a senior game in 1956. Players ‘to be considered’ in April 1956 were M.Goggin, J.Roberts, H.Herbert, W.James, K.Malseed, R.Morris, B.Allen and A.Morrow. Players omitted from the (April) 1956 List were N.Robertson, B.Worner, J.Featherstone, J.McMahon and D.O’Hara (retired).
73. Two other Argus experts also had Les Borrack among their ‘best’.