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Doug Nicholls and George Hunt - Mystery Victorian Team Photo (1930ish)

Doug Nicholls played for Nortchote in the late 1920's and early 1930s. My Grandfather George Hunt played for Brighton. (George never played in the League as far as I know)

George's photo collection contains this mystery cut out from a larger photo. I am guessing it was from an interstate football carnival, but I thought that only the VFL fielded sides. Does anyone know this photo, or at least recognise the jumper?

Cheers

Michael Riley


Dough Nicholls (top), George Hunt (bottom left)

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Cobrascorer recently indicated in another thread that "in 1931, Hunt was in the VFA team which played NSW". Unfortunately for me, I cannot find a team list but each team in the VFA had to contribute two players to the squad, so it seems likely.

Also explains the odd colouring in the Victorian jumpers.
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The game was played in August 1931 and was a rare interstate encounter for the VFA who were usually unable to compete.

It was the VFA's first ever game against NSW and the first interstate game since 1924.

The VFA side narrowly won the encounter with Nicholls (and others) playing well
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16823206

The Sydney Morning Herald published 2 photos of the game
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1160427

Thanks Cobrascorer

MinkaBeaver

That's a fair pair of 'guns' your Grandpa has! I'm guessing he wasn't easily pushed off the ball.

billythekid

[quote=Michael Riley]Cobrascorer recently indicated in another thread that "in 1931, Hunt was in the VFA team which played NSW". Unfortunately for me, I cannot find a team list but each team in the VFA had to contribute two players to the squad, so it seems likely.

Also explains the odd colouring in the Victorian jumpers.
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It was the VFA's first ever game against NSW and the first interstate game since 1924.

The VFA side narrowly won the encounter with Nicholls (and others) playing well
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16823206

The Sydney Morning Herald published 2 photos of the game
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1160427

Thanks Cobrascorer[/quote]

Sorry Michael there are some glaring mistakes there.

The VFA played NSW way back in 1881

Also in 1881 the Trustees of the Association Cricket Ground (SCG) announced their ground would be available and the NSWFA arranged two matches with the VFA. Perhaps through the patronage of Phillip Sheridan, the NSWFA played matches at the Association ground.

The first NSW intercolonial match against the VFA was played in Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday July 1st 1881, and possibly because of Victoria’s greater skills, but also due to the ban by the SRFU on Sydney players taking part, the home side won easily 9.24 to 0.1 (when behinds were recorded but only goals counted). Six weeks later on August 6th, 5000 Sydneysiders paid to see NSW soundly defeated in the return match, 9.16 to 1.8.


The game was played in August 1931 and was a rare interstate encounter for the VFA who were usually unable to compete.

The VFA played a lot of interstate/colonial matches right from its formation in 1877 and during the 1930s also played the VFL at the MCG a few times.

FullPointsFooty website had the full list but unfortunately it is now under construction and its not avaiable.

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Hey BillytheKid, looks like you can't trust what you read in the newspaper...but it was the Argus ... grr

I am very happy to be corrected with some proper facts.

....It is possible that the earlier 1881 match was ignored in 1931 for better copy, and the other 1930's matches you refer to had not yet happened.

Maybe this particular match was not the first, but was sold to the public as the first, and was then the start of more regular games through the 1930s....and I agree...I miss FullPointsFooty

I was relying on the newpapers. I have included some of their copy below:

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page486466

also

"The match today will mark the first occasion on which a combined team drawn from the ranks of the Victorian Association will have played a game in Sydney."
The Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday 15 August 1931
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16800725

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"The visit to Sydney marks a red-letter day in the history of the Victorian Football Association, which, outside the pale of the Australian Football Council has previously been debarred from contests with State leagues or clubs, owning allegiance to the council. Previous to the ban of the Australian Council In 1910 teams from the Victorian association played matches at Adelaide, Perth, Kalgoorlie and Broken Hill. Sanction by the Australian Foot- ball Council for the forthcoming match on Saturday was, It is understood, not given by unanimous consent."
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday 12 August 1931
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16821262

digs

[quote=Michael Riley]Doug Nicholls played for Nortchote in the late 1920's and early 1930s. My Grandfather George Hunt played for Brighton. (George never played in the League as far as I know)

George's photo collection contains this mystery cut out from a larger photo. I am guessing it was from an interstate football carnival, but I thought that only the VFL fielded sides. Does anyone know this photo, or at least recognise the jumper?

Cheers

Michael Riley


Dough Nicholls (top), George Hunt (bottom left)[/quote]

Michael,
Not sure if you are aware that the State library has other photos of the Brighton football club in the BOYLES collection. The years are 1930, 1932 & 1934.
Did your Grandfather play in any of those years, if so I think the photos are available for sale.
About a third of the Boyles collection is online from the State Library with the other 2 thirds housed in the bowels of the MCG in the Australian Sports Museum & is currently being catalogued for release at a later date.

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