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1961 VFA season

http://www.isnare.com/encyclopedia/1961_VFA_season

Check this info on the 1961 VFA season.
It was the first year of the two Divisions that lasted for 28 seasons between 1961 and 1988.

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blackrocker
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A good read; brought back memories I'd forgotten. As a teenager at the time I did not understand the depth of ill feeling between the VFA & VFL. I recall the RSL urging people to support the VFA game at the MCG.

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[quote=blackrocker]

A good read; brought back memories I'd forgotten. As a teenager at the time I did not understand the depth of ill feeling between the VFA & VFL. I recall the RSL urging people to support the VFA game at the MCG.

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blackrocker - i well remember the ill-feeling as my Dad only took me to VFA games and refused to go to VFL games. In hindsight I consider myself lucky as I thoroughly enjoyed the VFA, particularly in the 1970's and 80's.

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Also check other VFA seasons that isnare have documented in depth. Seasons 1958, 1953 and one other season I can't remember. Definately a good read.

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vfa a great find I went to many of those games inc the Anzac Day game at the MCG the first by VFA clubs for 20 years I was 19 as usual the slimey VFL pull a dirty stunt by playing two games esp the one at Punt Road and ruined the VFAs big chance to shine
From memory the VFA match was telecast by ABC 2 and Ch 7.

There is also one glaring mistake in the report the VFA in 1961 was 84 years old not 80 as stated being formed in 1877.

Sandy played finals that year but went out early after being runners up to Oakleigh in 1960 but went on to record their most famous victory in 1962 against Morrabbin winning by one point.
On "17 June, Brunswick's Jim Whiley, who was usually a defender but had just begun playing in the forward line, kicked a goal after the final siren from a free kick to win the game; Brunswick 12.17 (89) defeated Sandringham 12.16 (88).[33]" -

I was at this game and it was a shit of a day weatherwise with Gillon Oval a mudheap and raining on and off the Zebras were well and truly robbed as the siren had sounded and the players were leaving the field when Jim Whiley a champion VFA player and Brunswick Captian used all his cunning and experience (he was near the end of wonderfull VFA career) and threw himself to the ground claiming he was pushed in the back and the stupid umpire paid him a free about 40 mts out which of course he slotted through the big sticks with a very heavy ball.

As an aside Soapy Pearson a Sandringham official clocked the umpire and disappeared into the Sandy rooms never to be seen again.I always thought the umpire got off lightly as the crowd were seathing at the blatant mistake that cost a game.

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On my 1961 fixture card I put "TV" against the Anzac Day Sandy v Moorabbin MCG match, but not which station or stations did the telecast.
My girlfriend at the time's family were South Melbourne supporters. She even bought a brand new Holden station sedan, white with red band. So, I'm pretty sure I was able to buy a VFA "Recorder", but "had" to attend the Richmond v South Melbourne game. Ah well, Camberwell wasn't playing that day!