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Saintgail
Sandringham 1962 Flag

is being remembered on May 20th at TBBO

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/afl/localfooty/a-grand-grand-final/story-fn5...

Does anyone know if there is video/ vision available of any or all of this game?

billythekid

The ABC did televise the 1962 VFA GF but they wiped the tape to save money.Unless a member of the public took their own film I dont know of any footage.

cobrascorer
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Yep, it's silly to leave a match before the goal umpires flag "scores correct".
I remember a Sunshine v Camberwell game at Selwyn Park, Albion, when the roar of the crowd saw quite a number of supporters hurry back to the ground to see Camberwell win the match from a "hopeless" position!

billythekid

[quote=cobrascorer]Yep, it's silly to leave a match before the goal umpires flag "scores correct".
I remember a Sunshine v Camberwell game at Selwyn Park, Albion, when the roar of the crowd saw quite a number of supporters hurry back to the ground to see Camberwell win the match from a "hopeless" position![/quote]

I certainly didnt leave the ground till well after the game was finished even though the Zebras looked gone at 3/4 time.

Its the greatest win I have seen from a Sandy side.

The scenes in the rooms after the game were incredible and the cheering and shouting went on forever.

The late Neil Bencraft had the players extremly fit and he was a forerunner to Tom Hafey in tough fitness regimes.
The players pre season would be made to run along the beach and up and down the cliffs behind TBO till they dropped.

He also wouldnt play injured players no matter who they were and thats one of the reasons Keith Burns the Liston Trophy winner that year and FF great Dennis Oakley who eventually left the club and played in the Federal League after a dispute with Bencraft.

Interestinly Bencraft resigned after winning the 1962 flag (he was replaced by Keith Burns as playing coach) but later on had a stellar career coaching the Sandy u19s to many flags and produced a lot good players for the seniors.

billythekid

[quote=cobrascorer]Yep, it's silly to leave a match before the goal umpires flag "scores correct".
I remember a Sunshine v Camberwell game at Selwyn Park, Albion, when the roar of the crowd saw quite a number of supporters hurry back to the ground to see Camberwell win the match from a "hopeless" position![/quote]

I certainly didnt leave the ground till well after the game was finished even though the Zebras looked gone at 3/4 time.

Its the greatest win I have seen from a Sandy side.

The scenes in the rooms after the game were incredible and the cheering and shouting went on forever.

The late Neil Bencraft had the players extremly fit and he was a forerunner to Tom Hafey in tough fitness regimes.
The players pre season would be made to run along the beach and up and down the cliffs behind TBO till they dropped.Bencraft was only 5.4 but was singleminded and ruthless when it came to coaching and would do almost anything to win.

He also wouldnt play injured players no matter who they were and thats one of the reasons Keith Burns the Liston Trophy winner that year didnt play in the GF and FF great Dennis Oakley who eventually left the club and played in the Federal League after a dispute with Bencraft over Oakley playing for the Police team mid week and getting injured.

Interestingly Bencraft resigned after winning the 1962 flag (he was replaced by Keith Burns as playing coach) but later on had a stellar career coaching the Sandy u19s to many flags and produced a lot good players for the seniors.

zebra
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Yes Neil Bencraft was a stickler for fitness and as said never played a player no matter who if not fit. Always looking for the local lad to come up from thirds to senior ranking. He coached quite a few 3rds flags and Sandringhams Fred Webster was one of his finest products. Neil never smoked nor drank and expected his charges to do the same. Some did but many didn't.
That grandstand at Sandy is now the Neil Bencraft Stand and couldn't be named after him until his passing late last year.
Shame video wasn't around to show that "62 grand final as would have been amongst the bes of all Grand Finals.
i know there were a few ladies who had movie cameras and were taking some play but they are now all passed on and all contact lost now.

vfa
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Their might be some remote chance that there is footage at National Archives. Not totally convinced that their is no footage. The 1963 VFA GF was unearthed so always cling to some hope that the 62 GF can some day be found.
National Archives have many old canisters and reels that have either been not marked properly or reels have not been marked at all.
If they went through all the footage and cataloged it and transferred it to Digital format, you never know what they would find. Still looks like a very very remote chance unless someone long ago took the original film and is still stored away in an old garage. Would be of huge interest if this game was ever found. Only a select few starting having video recorders in the late 70s. Unfortunately technology that is around today was not around in the halcyon days of the VFA.

Saintgail

I may spread the question further and see if it flushes out any vision.

Saintgail

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Wally from Will...
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According to Spider's trivia in today's record Sandy has won how many flags?Answer?NIL

vfa
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The old typo. We've all done it.
Maybe he was talking pre WW11.