Is anyone able to tell me where this game was played, and anything else about the match itself?
Any snippets most welcome.
Was played at Toorak Park.
Brunswick won comfortably.
I haven't got any footage. Will try to chase up Barry 'Gaby' Nolan and umpire Bill Torney who will have footage.
1980 Div 2 Grand Final
Played at Toorak Park, sunny, mild.
Umpires Bill Torney and Maurie Stabb
Brunswick 20.27 147
Yarraville 14.14 98
Thanks very much for your help on this. I assumed it was Toorak Park but I wasn't able to verify this anywhere. Footage of the game would be amazing. Cheers.
Barry ' Gaby' Nolan would have a copy of this game as would Bill Torney who umpired the game. Would also love to see a copy of this game.
lutra, apologies but havent had the time to respond.
The details of the game are below, but 1980 was a good year in the 2nd div, with 6 teams in the hunt for the final 4 right up to the last round. Yarraville finished top, 2 games clear of Brunswick, but the VFA Magpies had finished stronger and had beaten the Eagles by 15 points at home in round 16 and then by 22 points in the 2nd Semi.
vfa referred to Gabby Nolan in an above post, and he had returned to the club after missing 1979. New players with Wicks included George Jaksic and Peter Sahlberg, while Yarraville had picked up Buckley from Brunswick and also Lee Perrussich who represented the VFA that year.
The Grand Final was played at Toorak Park in front of a crowd of 5,243 and Brunswick effectively won it with an 8 goal first quarter (in fact the 2nd semi was a remarkably similar story with Brunswick booting 8 goals in the first term then). Yarraville got back to within 8 points by half time but Brunswick steadied to run away with the game.
1980 was the first year of the send off rule when reported. This meant that when ex Williamstown half forward Richard Radzminski (playing for Yarraville) and Gabby Nolan were reported in the 3rd term during a wild brawl, they became the first VFA players to be sent off in a Grand Final.
Playing for Yarraville, rover Kevin Sait was best on ground and Mark Fotheringham kicked 5 goals. Both played in Williamstowns 1985 and 1986 Grand Finals.
Marc Fiddian in his book "The Roar of the Crowd" attributed Brunswicks win to "..a combination of superior pace, system and adaptability".."
Brunswick 8.8; 9.12; 16.22; 20.20: 147
Yarraville 2.4; 8.10; 9.12; 14.14: 98
Goals: Bruns: Cleary 3, Gunston 3, Crotty 3, West 2, Nolan 2, Sahlberg 2, Kimpton, Dolan, Lawrence, Huggard, Toy. Yarr: M Fotheringham 5, Radziminski 3, Simpson 3, Sait, Davis, Breheny
Best: Bruns: Nolan, Sahlberg, Laker, Bourke, Toy, Lawrence
Yarr: Sait, Buckley, P Ryan, Davis, Radziminski, Ward.
Attendance: 5,243. Gate: $10,699.50
Umpires: B Torney and M Stabb.
vfa, Northcote won the 3rds granny against Brunswick 20.13: 133 to 16.22: 118.
Brunswick were clearly doing ok that year because they also played in the reserves Granny but also lost that 19.13: 127 to Williamstown 21.22: 148
Great summary JB. The third quarter was the one that wickers blew the game apart.
Ray Gunston is now involved at League level with Essendon ?
Mal Toy was a good player recruited from Carlton (reserves).
Paul Cleary is the brother of the legendary Phil.
Richard 'Rags' Radziminski player for several VFA clubs. Sunshine, Williamstown as well as playing for the scraggers in the then VFL. Very tough player.
With Sait and Fotheringham Yarraville sure had some quality players.
Barry 'Gaby' Nolan went back to Craigieburn last year after three coaches were sacked mid season. Not sure if he is there as coach this year but he was president of that club. Had a bony face and was wiry but one of the toughest players that went around in his day. He had a cult following for Brunswick and was a great club man.
Would love to see this game again on tape.
[quote=vfa]Great summary JB. The third quarter was the one that wickers blew the game apart.
Would love to see this game again on tape.[/quote]
Thanks vfa. 1980 was a good year in div 2 and I remember watching 'town beat Northcote (sorry) by about 50 points at home, and Rollo Goetz had the job of marking Peter McKenna that day. Also Ian Fairley made his debut at 15 years old, kicking 8 goals against Box Hill.
In the last round Willy played Oakleigh and the winner wouild make the 4, while Waverley played Mordialloc for a place in the 4 also.
In a bizarre statistical coincidence Willy beat Oakleigh 13.12 to 12.13 (in front of 3,500 at Willy - great finish, and nearly the cause of a few heart murmers), while Waverley beat Mordialloc 14.12 to 12.14.
I was at Williamstown when the young Ian Fairley debuted against Box Hill.
He had League Football written all over him with his stunning debut.
Rollo Goetz played mainly at full back and had a decent kick for memory.
Peter McKenna missed out on the ton against Box Hill at Box Hill in the last round. He played on a big full back called Summer with not much skill and liked to throw his weight around. McKenna's brother who was watching almost jumped the fence as this full back was not really interested in playing footy but making things hard for McKenna.
Peter McKenna was terrific value for the dragons.
For me I reckon watching VFA was at its peak from around 1975 to 1986. Great memories over that decade. Probably my favorite years were 1976 to 1980.
Still enjoyed other years from the late 60s until the 1990s.
These days it is a far cry and a lot different.
Wouldn't mind knowing all the lightning premiership winners and runners up when the VFA conducted them during the finals series.
Might have to do some research there.
I can check the scoreboard in the VFA Grand Finals from the tapes I have to find out.
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