RAAF Services in Collingwood-style (SLV 122_193)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV

Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/193

Location: Punt Road Oval (East Melbourne)

Far Back: ?,?,?, Jim Cleary,?,?,?
Second Back: ?,?,(Possibly Riddell),Billy Hall,Ron Todd ,?,?,?
Second Front: Possibly Ray Horwood,Eric Glass,?,Alby Pannam,?,?
Front: ?,?,?,?


Definitely not Brunswick (VFA). Nor is it Collingwod (VFL). This is a RAAF team photographed at Punt Road with the Richmond grandstand in the background.

The group of seven RAAF persons with hats/uniforms in back row includes star South Melbourne full-back Jim Cleary (in uniform but without hat). Fifth player from left in second back row is Collingwood/Williamstown champion Ron Todd. Fourth from left in middle row, and probable captain of this team, is Collingwood rover Alby Pannam. The player second from left in the middle row is also in another (Boyles) war-time RAAF team photo (Photo 8).

The grandstand is looking different to the same stand seen in Photo 8. Here the AIF sign is missing. Crowd is very sparse. Note RAAF hats in crowd. Thirteen players have Collingwood-style jumpers with striped sleeves and five have Brunswick-style jumpers with black sleeves. All have white shorts. Some fading on the image, and other (emulsion) damage.

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Pannam and Cleary did not play on the same team in the regular Services competitions but they did play together for combined team RAAF tteams.

Cleary is in uniform, not in jumper for the game

This photo features only RAAF uniforms so probably not a combined Services Team, more likely a combined RAAF team.
Argus 10Aug1943 p.9
Argus 10Aug1943 p.9

There was another combined RAAF v Army games at Punt Road in 1943. see
AIR FORCE WINS EASILY. (1943, June 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11348861

Second Front: Possibly Ray Horwood, definitely Eric Glass

Billy Hall (Essendon/Coburg), compared to two known Essendon photos.
Second top row 4th from left also in Essendon Seconds photos 1938-39 and in a 1941 Coburg Photo

Is that Riddell 3rd left top row
'Riddell's VFL career was limited due the war, as he was at the time a Leading Aircraftman with the RAAF' - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Riddell

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