Scottsdale’s stars of1964 to be reunited

SCOTTSDALE’S BEST: Members of the 1964 NTFA premiership-winning Scottsdale team, before it defeated Sandy Bay in the State preliminary final at North Hobart. The team was eventually defeated by CooeeBlack and white blood runs in the veins of football followers in the North- East of the State and followers one of the State’s proudest and most successful football clubs will celebrate an important reunion on Saturday night.
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The Scottsdale Football Club’s 1964 side captained and coached by Brian Donohue won the club its first senior NTFA premiership.

That milestone will be remembered when the members of that history-making team celebrate a special 40-year reunion this week.

The team included many famous Magpie names of the time such as vice-captain Don Millwood, best and fairest winner Karl Beattie, Stan Wilson, Mannie Goninon and Kevin Symons.

Youngsters and future Scottsdale stars in Ron Hall, Max Hadley, Peter Millwood and Ken Lette, who were just arriving on the scene in 1964 and quickly blossomed into seasoned senior footballers.

Winning the club’s first senior NTFA flag in 1964 heralded the start of a golden era for Scottsdale in the 1960s and 1970s which saw the club go on to win 12 premierships.

Donohue who had great attributes as a leader was recruited by the club from Essendon in 1961 as a 23-year-old.

“I played about 35 senior games and about 100 in the reserves with Essendon and played in the first semi-final against Collingwood that year,” he said last week.

“I had offers from NSW and Tasmania and my wife and I decided on Tasmania and it was the right way to go.

“My wife and I got married and came to Tasmania the next day and the family always said we had a six-year honeymoon over here,” he said.

“I was only 23 and a bit young for coaching and I made a few mistakes in the early days but I learnt as I went, although some of the players probably said I never learnt,” he laughed.

The 1964 Scottsdale side played 15 roster games during the season winning seven and finishing third on the ladder.

It defeated Launceston in the first semi-final before going on to beat North Launceston in the preliminary final and City-South in the grand final with a scoreline of 8.15 to 6.7.

“It was exciting because it was our first senior premiership but also because we nearly lost the preliminary final against North Launceston and got out of that in the dying minutes of the game and that win set us up in a position to give us confidence to go into the grand final,” Donohue remembered.

“I think we were sentimental favourites for the flag because we had lost the preliminary final in 1962 and there was a feeling that it was going to happen but we didn’t play that well until the last couple of minutes of the preliminary final and after that we found our form back again.”

¤¤¤ Donohue remembered the 1964 NTFA grand final against City as a low- scoring and dour game.

“We got in front early and we just kept control of the game after that and were more intent on winning the game rather than making it an exciting affair,” he said.

Having won the NTFA premiership Scottsdale then went on to distinguish itself further by defeating Sandy Bay in the State preliminary final that year in Hobart, 13.14 to 11.17.

“In the game in Hobart we were down about 17 points at three- quarter time but came from behind to win in the last quarter and played very well,” Donohue said.

That win gave the Magpies the right to meet North-West premier Cooee at Burnie in the State grand final, a game in which the team went down by eight points, 15.16 to 14.14.

“In the State final I got knocked out in the second quarter and I don’t remember much of it,” Donohue said.

“We had a great second quarter which got us going but there wasn’t much in the game at the end.

“We were probably the team playing the ball and we learnt a little bit of a lesson that day.

“Tiger Dowling and a few others at Cooee had the better of us that day but we got them back 12 months later when we beat them in the 1965 State preliminary final,” he said.

Donohue said that while it was a disappointment to lose both State grand finals in 1964 and 1965 the Scottsdale team performed fantastically to get to that stage.

“It’s a big challenge to win premierships and our main challenge had always been to win the NTFA premiership and in both State finals we were at a huge disadvantage because we had to travel and didn’t have the home ground advantage.”

Donohue said the two premierships in 1964 and 1965 were the highlights of his six years at Scottsdale.

“In 1963 we built new clubrooms after the fire of 1962 and the comradeship and the donations from all the people around the town of materials to help us was amazing,” he said.

“I was lucky when I went to Scottsdale because I had the nucleus of a good side with players like Rex Lethborg, Karl Beattie, Stan Wilson and Donnie Millwood.

“Then we added on players from our great under-19 side which went through two seasons in 1962-63 undefeated, such as Ronnie Hall, Puss Hadley, Cracker Casboult and a Kennie Lette and I went down the Coast and got Mannie Goninon and Kevin Symons who both had played in 10 consecutive grand finals.

“To be able to put that experience with what we had gave us the nucleus of a good side.”

¤¤¤ Donohue remembered on grand final day in 1964 having former Scottsdale coaches Bob Chitty, Jervis Stokes and Max Lethborg all sitting in different parts of the ground and coming into the rooms at half-time to give him advice on how the team was going.

“Apart from the players it was a combination of everyone who helped us on that little run that showed what the club was all about.

“The NTFA competition in the 1960s was a great competition and television had just started and it was the start of a new era of football and the whole area got behind us in the 1964 premiership and the clubrooms was chokkers with people that night,” he said.

Donohue said he was looking forward to returning to Scottsdale for the reunion after 40 years.

Reunion organising committee member and fellow 1964 premiership player Barry Whish-Wilson said that all of the members of the team had been contacted and 18 of the original 20 premiership players were attending.

“The football club is putting on a function for the 1964 premiership team on Saturday at the clubrooms and any old supporters are invited to come and see some of these blokes that haven’t been here for years and in the evening there is a dinner for the players and officials and wives at Lloyds Hotel,” he said.

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Jackson relishes rare court time

Dan Jackson was awesome off the bench for the Hawks against Cairns on Saturday, according to coach Eric Cooks.Wollongong back-up forward Dan Jackson was starting to wonder if he had fallen out of favour with the Hawks coaching staff.Coming into last Saturday’s road clash with Cairns, the former Australian under 19 representative had averaged less than four minutes per night – and even fewer points – in the previous eight games.Included in that eight-game stretch was a pair of dreaded “DNPs” (did not play) – three letters which represent perhaps the greatest source of frustration for players when they check post-match box scores.But when opportunity knocked against the Taipans, Jackson came out swinging.Wollongong coach Eric Cooks delivered on a pre-game promise to give him more court time and the former Illawarra Sports High star made the most of his chance with eight points (2/2 threes, 2/2 free throws) in just under 10 minutes.Jackson’s team-mates praised his assertive offensive performance, while Cooks said his solid defence was also a factor in the Hawks’ 89-87 win.”When I came on, the boys just found me, and all I had to do was knock the shots down,” Jackson said.”It was good to get on and have a positive impact. The three I hit at the end of the third quarter felt good because we’d been in a bit of a rut for a few minutes and I was able to give the team a lift. It was a tough fourth quarter and the boys brought it home down the stretch.”In his second season with the Hawks, Jackson knew his court time would be limited by the return of Glen Saville.Given that Saville had been an Australian Boomer for seven years and played in two Olympics, he was always going to be the starting three-man.To his credit, Jackson has never once sulked. He relishes the daily battles with his well-credentialled team-mate on the training court.”I was just saying to Flinny (assistant coach Matt Flinn) the other day, guarding Sav is so challenging that I don’t have any doubts or fears about being able to match up against other guys in the league,” he said.”I was guarding Gary Boodnikoff on Saturday, and no disrespect to him because he’s a good player and he played well against us down here, but it was definitely easier compared to guarding Sav.”The coaches know I’m there if they need to go to me at times to give Sav a rest, and as long as I come on and give the team a lift, hopefully Cookie will develop more trust in me.”The fourth-placed Hawks (6-5) resumed training yesterday after a three-day break and do not play again until next Friday’s home game against the last-placed Gold Coast Blaze.”If we want to be a play-off team, we have to keep pinching the odd road game and make sure we keep taking care of business at home,” Jackson said. “The Blaze are a team we should definitely beat at home. Beating the teams below us is something we have to keep doing if we’re going to make the top six.”
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Fitzy counts blessings in World Cup selection

Veteran forward Craig Fitzgibbon is thankful for the chance to reignite his Test career after being named along with four debutants in a revamped Australian side to play Papua New Guinea on Sunday.Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart will rest several of his trump players – including dynamic fullback Billy Slater, skipper Darren Lockyer and forward warhorse Petero Civoniceva – from the World Cup encounter against the Kumuls at Dairy Farmers Stadium.Manly team-mates David Williams and Anthony Watmough, Brisbane winger Darius Boyd and creative Canberra five-eighth Terry Campese will make their Test debuts, Stuart rewarding them for their roles in helping prepare the Kangaroos.Fitzgibbon, an ex-Dragons player, hasn’t donned an Australian jumper since being part of Wayne Bennett’s Kangaroos that lost the Tri-Nations final 24-0 to New Zealand at Elland Road, Leeds.”We’re very thankful on our part, I know that,” said the 31 year-old Roosters skipper who’ll step out for his 16th Test against the Kumuls.It wouldn’t be easy for any player to hand over a Test jumper. Civoniceva has played 34 Tests and is closing on St George great Johnny Raper’s forward record of 39 Tests.”I haven’t asked them and I won’t be,” said Fitzgibbon when questioned how he thought some players may feel about giving up their Test jumpers.”It’s an opportunity Ricky (Stuart) has given us to put our best foot forward and we’re very thankful, I know that. I guess a couple of guys may have wanted to play. “But I’m sure someone like Anthony Laffranchi is going to get plenty of games in the future and he certainly looks like he is going to be there for a long time to come.”You have to look at both sides. I think about guys like Josh (Perry) and Darius (Boyd) and David Williams and Anthony Watmough, those guys have now got their first chance to play for Australia. “I’m sure those guys will be very thankful for getting their first shot.”The inclusion of Williams and Watmough along with Josh Perry and Brent Kite gives 2008 premiers Manly their biggest Test representation in a decade.The only late change to Stuart’s line-up could be if grieving halfback Johnathan Thurston – who broke camp earlier in the week to attend the funeral in Brisbane of his uncle – needs more time to deal with his family tragedy.Australia’s backline, which ran rampant against England last weekend, will feature four new faces, with Karmichael Hunt back in the Test No1 for Slater, Boyd and Williams on the wings and the highly creative Campese taking over at five-eighth from Lockyer. PNG threw caution to the wind yesterday, coach Adrian Lam naming a 20-man squad, four of whom have no Test experience.”They’re going to give us a good hard crack, we know that,” Fitzgibbon said.
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Greed driving false society

When my old mate Johnny O’Conner won a big one on the horses he would shout the bar.When the more cautious amongst us would advise a little thrift, his response was: “Why worry, it’s only money”.The money he won from gambling was not like his hard earned from grafting away in the stokehold of some coal-fired coastal steamship.It is about time that the leaders of the free world adopted the same attitude to money as Johnny.Instead they have replaced the real market with their paper money market, a market that no longer reflects the value of commodities on which society depends.It is a closed, false and immoral society that is driven by greed. Pouring billions of dollars into the banks will only foster their gambling.When Johnny did his dough gambling, he went back to work. He was no bludger.Money was initially introduced to replace bartering. In ancient times a farmer would swap a couple of cows for something else he needed. It worked okay until society expanded and grew into the society we live in today.Capitalist society needs a financial structure to provide and circulate essential commodities.But capitalism has made money the king, and the real economy that produces the real wealth now takes second place.Until this simple fact is recognised and corrected there will always be economic collapses. Depressions have dogged capitalist society since its birth.The reasons for these depressions was revealed by Karl Marx more than 100 years ago. He also supplied the remedy needed to cure the malady.Private ownership of the pillars of society must be replaced by communal ownership. There are key pillars of society that must not be privatised. Banks are amongst them.The truth of Marx’s insight is borne out by the measures that are now being taken by leaders who have long championed the free market.The same leaders who have espoused economic rationalism and its core policy of privatisation are now nationalising the banks to save them!The old-time Labor socialists knew all about the private banks and their place in society. On the eve of the Depression, then Prime Minister John Curtin declared that the unemployed “are fed with the energies of field workers; they are clothed, shod and equipped with the energies of workers in factories.”No hocus pocus about banking and currency systems can alter these fundamental facts. The Labor Party therefore is determined that no group of private bankers, no coterie of vested interests and certainly no instrumentality set up originally by the people for the people shall stand in the way of bringing industrial emancipation to Australia’s unemployed army.” The collapse of the financial system is a symptom, not cause of the crisis. It is in the real economy where the cause lies.There is already an unacceptable level of hardship which will grow as the crisis hits the real economy.The banks are a part of the problem, the cause lies elsewhere. Solving it must involve people who are concerned about people and not just about shareholders’ dividends and executives’ obscene bonuses. Reg Wilding is retired and a Wollongong activist.
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Football South Coast set to sanction further progress

The region’s football unification committee will meet today to rubber-stamp the formation of Football South Coast and approve the organisation’s name, colours, logo and website.Football South Coast has adopted a surf wave-themed logo, and the new body’s colours will be green, yellow and blue. The organisation’s website, www.footballsouthcoast南京夜网, includes links to the websites of the nine football bodies that will unite under the one banner, along with the minutes of each unification committee meeting to date. Football South Coast was given the nod as the official name ahead of four alternatives – South Coast Football, Southern Coast Football, Southern Football and Southern NSW Football. The new body is expected to be formed in March and be ready to run the game by June next year. For its first two years, Football South Coast will be run by an 11-member committee consisting of an appointed chairman, four appointed directors and four elected directors. Advertisements for the appointed board positions will appear in January. Successful applicants will take up their posts in February.One board member will be elected from each of the junior, men’s, futsal and women’s committees while Wollongong FC and Illawarra referees will both have a nominated representative. Football NSW general manager Ian Holmes said formulating a new constitution was the last remaining hurdle for the fledgling organisation. Holmes said it was Football NSW’s preference that elected members of the new body would be from the Illawarra. He also admitted Football NSW would have a “large” presence on the board during its formative years.”We will have a degree of influence in the early days and step back as the body grows,” Holmes said. “We will have a strong presence to make sure things stay on track.”A memorandum of understanding to unify football in the region was signed in November last year by Wollongong FC, Illawarra Stingrays, South Coast Futsal, South Coast A-League bid and the IFA, IAFA, IWFA, IJFA and Illawarra Soccer Referees Association.
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