ST MARY’S B GRADE PREMIERS: 1960
St Mary’s Church of England 15. 8 (98) def Blackburn United 10. 10 (70)
The game was played on the Burwood Oval which was in good condition. The Saints got away to a good start, although against a slight wind blowing down the ground. The backline did well to keep Blackburn goal-less and the forwards made the most of their opportunities. The Saints continued to dominate play in the second quarter and at half time it looked ‘all over’. But Blackburn put on a mighty effort in the third quarter to kick seven goals and be within 3 points at the last change. The Saints spurred on by an inspiring talk from the coach, added four quick goals in the last quarter to clinch the game and the Premiership.
This game was the Saints’ 18th win in a row which shows they richly deserve the title of ‘Premiers’ as they lost only the first game of the season and that was by 1 point.
St Mary’s 3.2 | 7. 4 | 9.6 | 15. 8 (98)
Blackburn 0. 2 | 1. 5 | 8. 9 | 10. 10 (70)
Best: Every player pulled his weight in a truly team effort
Goals: Geoff Dobbin 3, Barrie Griffiths 3; Ian Chessell 2; Keith Blandthorn 2; Richard St John 1; Neville Pilven 1; Geoff Goullet 1; Les Moss 1; Alan Skinner 1
Backs: David Chesterman, Jim Francis, John Ewenson
Half Backs: Alan Skinner, Roy Uwins, Marty Lowe
Centres: Peter Culley, Les Moss (captain), Geoff Goullet
Half Forwards: Geoff Dobbin; Ian Chessell; Brian Goullet
Forwards: Russell Carter; Barrie Griffiths; Neville Pilven
Rucks: Ross Hallam (vc), Richard St John, Keith Blandthorn
19th and 20th: Neil Charity, Ian Stuart
1960 St Marys Seconds: B Grade
Back Row: Graeme Preston (trainer); John Hill; Norm Barnes; Laurie Barnes; Graeme Windley; Bruce Ennor; Norm Garraty; Ian Shankland; Jim Hill (manager)
Centre Row: Noel Donnelly; Adrian Fethers; John Mason (coach); John Ross (captain); William Cameron; Bob Dickens
Front Row: Barry Townsend, Harry White; John Swift; Ron Sheedy
ST MARY’S SECONDS: 1960 RUNNERS-UP
St Mary’s Church of England 10. 4 (64) def by Trinity Presbyterian 11. 7 (73)
Chadstone Park was a pool of water as the Saints splashed on to meet Trinity. The Saints did well in the first quarter although against the breeze, and kept Trinity’s scoring opportunities down. The second quarter was the Saints best football and had a handy two goal lead at half-time. Trinity caught up again in the next quarter although play was more even. In the last quarter, although battling hard, the Saints could just not catch Trinity’s three quarter time lead and went down fighting to finish ‘Runners-Up’ which was a really good effort.
St Mary’s 1.0 | 7. 1 | 9. 2 | 10. 4 (64)
Trinity 2. 3 | 5.5 | 10. 6 | 11. 7 (73)
Best: the whole tam for a valiant effort
Goals: Barry Townsend 3; John Mason 2; Adrian Fethers 1; Norm Gerraty 1; Jones 1; Bob Dickens 1; Graeme Windley 1
Backs: Noel Donnelly, Laurie Barnes, Graeme Windley
Half Backs: Norm Barnes, William Cameron, Johnson
Centres: John Swift; Bob Dickens; John Hill
Half Forwards: Jones; Bruce Ennor; Adrian Fethers
Forwards: Norm Gerraty; John Mason; Ron Sheedy
Rucks: Ian Shankland; John Ross (capt); Barry Townsend
19th and 20th: Welch, Moore
UNFURLING OF THE 1960 PREMIERSHIP FLAG
The 1960 B Grade Premiership Flag was unfurled by the vicar of the St Mary’s Church, Bishop Lipp at the commencement of the 1961 A Grade season. The unfurling of the flag took place at Dawson Reserve before the Rd 1 match against the ‘arch-enemy’, Trinity Presbyterians. In an endeavour to improve our facilities at Ferndale Park, St Mary’s played its senior home games at Dawson Reserve, in a shared arrangement with Trinity. Ferndale Park was used for seconds home games, and as our training ground.
1960 PREMIERSHIP REUNIONS
The 40th Anniversary Reunion of the 1960 Premiership side was held at The Tower Hotel on Saturday 9 September 2000, convened by Albert Vickery, Don Malcolm and John Ewenson.
The 50th Anniversary Reunion of the 1960 Premiership side was held at The Hawthorn Club on Friday 10 September 2010. Members of the team came from far and wide to join with their mates of yesteryear. A group of 17 past players, the Coach, club Secretary and mascot were able to get together to reminisce and enjoy each others company over a meal and a few drinks. Unfortunately Neil Charity and Ray Leman passed away since our last meeting. Peter Culley and Neville Pilven were unable to make it due to other commitments, John Ewenson was unable to be contacted. Alan Martello was the Guest Speaker and SMS were represented by the President and Football Director. Thanks were given to Albert Vickery and Don Malcolm for maintaining contact and putting the Reunion together.
LOOKING BACK TO 1957
The 1960 Premiership, and promotion into A Grade, was the culmination of three years of hard work starting in 1957 when Albert Vickery contacted Don Malcolm and asked him to join him on the St Mary’s Committee and to take on the role of Secretary. The main aim of Albert and Don was to get St Mary’s up into A Grade of the ESCFA.
1957 St Marys ESPCFA C Grade Runners Up
Back Row: Geoff Allibon (trainer); Neil Ennor; Barry Cawsey, Ian Campbell, Collin Williams, George Bravington, Ian Shankland, Russell Carter, Rob Webb, Ray Lyons (trainer)
Centre Row: Burke Williams, Ron Grimes, Les Moss (captain), Albert Vickery (coach), John Mason, Geoff Goullet, Geoff Dobbin
Front Row: Harry Hanley, Doug McComb, William Roberston, Laurie Edwards, Barry Townsend, Bobby Dickens