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That's a terrific site, Easty. I like the fact that everything is so exactly correct. Do you eventually plan on expanding the site to include home and away results?

[/quote] Cheers, Harps - the home and away results are not on the agenda at the moment. Andrew Robinson's VFA Tables site has H&A scores for 1877-97 (plus 1981 and 1986). Adam Cardosi's Australian Football site is steadily adding scores for each season from 1897. They appear to be done up to 1907 at this stage. [quote=Harps]

The only (very minor) error that I found is that Caulfield's POS. in 1982 should read as '3' rather than '1'. The Oaks finished on top that season.

[/quote] Thanks for the alert on that one. I've double-checked it and you're spot on. Caulfield's position has been amended on the site to 3rd and Oakleigh has been added to the list of Minor Premiers that missed the GF

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Easty, would 25 consecutive wins by Northcote over Box Hill a record by one club over another ?

easty

Consecutive wins by one club over another is one stat I don't have, but I reckon Northcote's 25 straight against Box Hill would have to be up there.

Mustang

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Easty, would 25 consecutive wins by Northcote over Box Hill a record by one club over another ?

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Fair enough, vfa, 25 in a row is a remarkable stat, but for completeness you should have listed the next (and last)3 games in the sequence:

Round 9, 1984: Box Hill 36.21.237 defeated Northcote 8.8(56)
Round 2, 1986: Box Hill 20.26.146 defeated Northcote 13.10(88)
Round 13, 1986: Box Hill 33.16.214 defeated Northcote 8.4(52)

In the last of those games (at Northcote) Paul Bolton kicked the BHFC Club record of 12 goals which still stands (he also kicked 12 against Frankston in 1987). That was the same day the VFA played a double header of first division games at the MCG.

The BHH Annual Report says the head to head Box Hill v Northcote was played 56, Box Hill 15 wins, Northcote 41 wins. It's a pity the Dragons folded so quickly and didn't hang around into the 1990s like Camberwell and Oakleigh to give Box Hill the chance to claw back some more of those wins.

Needless to say that a most Clubs won most of their games against Box Hill in the 1970s. I don't know if any others got close to 25 in a row; Box Hill didn't beat Camberwell between around 1971 and 1989 and didn't beat Oakleigh between 1960 and 1984 although Oakleigh spent around half of those years in Div One.

vfa
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Mustang, the dragons were gone in those couple of years.
Northcote copped Box Hill in the 84/86 premiership years where the mustangs had a very good side and the poor dragons were hanging on by a thread.
Unfortunately after their 1982 flag there was no promotion which stuffed Northcote up.

Well before my time Northcote were a super power in the late 20s through to the mid 30s. They probably would have been one of the best sides in Australia. Looking at some of the photos they were built like brick shithouses and must have been tough as nails.

Even though Northcote won the flag in 1982 I thought that their team in 1976 was just as good. They lost narrowly to Williamstown in the first semi who ended up beating Mordialloc in the Grand Final by 57 points.

Mustang if its not too much trouble would you have the score from Round 16 1973 ?

I might have to check the Camberwell v Box Hill games.

I was at Box Hill's win over Waverley in the mud at Central Reserve where they broke a long run of outs as well as in 1978 where the ABC cameras happened to be there reporting on Box Hill's first win after a string of losses where they beat Williamstown.

Will be interesting for you this week mustang as Box Hill travel to Punt Road.
Will this be their first visit to Punt Road to play Richmond ? Not sure if Box Hill played there in 2000 season ??

Mustang

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Mustang if its not too much trouble would you have the score from Round 16 1973 ?

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Round 16, 1973: Northcote 14.14.98 defeated Box Hill 10.16.76

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I was at Box Hill's win over Waverley in the mud at Central Reserve where they broke a long run of outs as well as in 1978 where the ABC cameras happened to be there reporting on Box Hill's first win after a string of losses where they beat Williamstown.

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I was at both those games too. If you and I were both at the Waverley game, that makes the crowd you + me + about 28 others!

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Will be interesting for you this week mustang as Box Hill travel to Punt Road.
Will this be their first visit to Punt Road to play Richmond ? Not sure if Box Hill played there in 2000 season ??

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Like most Clubs we only played Richmond the once in 2000. It was at Waverley Park and I'm 99% sure it was one of those Monday night games that the VFL trialled that year. The score was Box Hill 13.16.94 defeated Richmond 10.8.68.

vfa
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Thanks for that score Mustang.
You are spot on for the 2000 game as it was played at VFL Park on a Monday with C7 sport televising the game.
I remember in the Waverley v Box Hill game from 1981 the goal umpire was standing neat to the point post instead of the middle of the goals. His name was Geoff 'Sammy the Seal' Griffiths. The boundary umpire yelled out Sammy, Sammy and then he realised and walked across to the right spot. Sammy the Seal was a character and we use to call him Roughneck. He was an avid Box Hill supporter. Sadly he passed away over 20 years ago playing a social cricket game.
Every team had classic diehard supporters that you remember.

Mustang

Actually vfa the game was played in 1980 not 1981; Box Hill 7.4.46 defeated Waverley 3.14.32. It was Box Hill's only win for the season. And for a Club that finished last so many times in the 60s and 70s, it's interesting to note that Box Hill hasn't "won" the wooden spoon since 1980.

I still remember coach Peter Langley's 3/4 time address; just to set the scene Box Hill was 8 points up, the ground was literally under water and all players were caked head-to-toe in mud. It was something along the lines of "You can't tell who's playing for who, so don't try to pass. Don't try to handball, it's too wet. If you get the ball, kick it as far as you can and we're going [pointing at the goals] THAT WAY." There was only one score in the last quarter - a goal to Box Hill.

I remember "Sammy the Seal", after he gave the goal umpiring away he was on the Box Hill committee a couple of years. I reckon he passed away in the late 1980s. As you said, he had a heart attack playing a social game of cricket. Sad, like so many of the diehard VFA fans that have now passed away.

vfa
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The VFA had some great charachters back then. Sammy the Seal was a classic. Northcote had Sol Alexander, Oakleigh had the bugle man. Port and Willy had Judy the lady dressed in club colours. Brunswick had the fan decked in shorts, jumopers, socks and boots. Camberwell had Stan with his go cobras go and away we go. Then there was the chants. Oooooookleigh, Caaaaaaaaaaamberwell, Mordi Mordi, Go Coaters, Go Tonners, Go the borough, Go gulls, Go dandy, go west, Stangers. Go zebs. Those were the days !!! 

NorthPort
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Sort of related to this (VFA History). I'll shortly (by the end of the year) be uploading a rather excellent history of the Camberwell Football Club.

Unfortunately I am away from home for a few weeks from work and can't get to it sooner.

 


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