44 or 45 VFA finals—Williamstown seconded Stan to play – their top ruckman was injured Stan Livingstone…final BOG … G/Final OK – carrying three broken ribs, the paddock training stepped up a few cogs at this time…Tarzan Glass…famous VFL – also featured!!
Stan & Esme sold and purchased land out of Leongatha at Tullaree, later to be part of “The Lady of the Swamp” murder mystery -a saga lasting decades and features in Richard Shears ‘08 book: ‘Swamp’ – who murdered Margaret Clement’? Stan was my mate!
An hilarious incident occurred at Katandra- Pooey Grinter charged at Tatura‘s Louis Mulcahy, missed and fell on the ball and burst it…wartime, no other ball was available, the bladder was repaired using a car vulcaniser and blown up…the game resumed.
1945 Army had vacated the football ground which meant the Central Goulburn Valley League…the football ground was back in use, pre-season practice was held. Identities were Bob Glover and Les Maskell…Bob was later hi –jacked by KY as coach…Les (St Kilda!) was to be later hi-jacked by KY.
Moxley & Oigle Williams were identities, keen but ordinary players, both noted for their strange mixture of English. Mox bitten by a “sensation dog” said he was “delicious all night”… said by Oigle after a serious car accident ‘to have three broken legs ‘…one leg was broken…the other broken in two places.
Yearly Knockout Competitions of 2 X 15 minute quarters was staged at Tatura, capably organised by Jim Trevaskis, Oigle an umpire lined him up – ‘ I thought all umpires were locals?” …”They are!”… “Who is Lynch 12.30 –1.00?” (lunch!)
George Semmens lived in a cosy extension to the big shed…now the Ballantyne Centre, a wild bush grew over the fence, it was George’s custom on pension day to have a beer then stand outside the middle pub smoking…then another beer…people went by…Mrs Williams a neighbour greeted him saying, “George I see your Japonica is out.”…”Cripes is it? “said George grabbing his fly .
Aug 15th Peace was declared…days later an impromptu carnival celebration was staged. Open High Jump – 1st Keith Maxwell, 5 ft 3 in’s – 2nd Jim Bunn 5ft 2.5 ins – 3rd Peter Kerrins 5ft 2 ins!
Sr Pancratius (Holland) from a farm in Bridgewater with 4 brothers and recently attaining a BA Melbourne University arrived I was in my first year of Secondary School at St Mary’s…her interests…God and us Kids! Sr Pan turned out to be a football tragic…her brother Len Holland (RAAF 1945) had visited the school and was soon to be found at H Back for S/Melb …arranged football mad school matches v Shepp. Nipper Hovey, Lawrie Dwyer, Frank Batey v Tat state Johnny Cavicchiolo, Freddo , Young .
Pan elated…Tommy Deane won 1946 Stawell Gift …Murch kids ‘he came from Murch‘ Pan – no Nagambie…attended Assumption College with her brothers. At the 2000school re union, Sr Pan aged…greeting a group of former boy students, Freddo the youngest of the group shaking her hand …“ Sr Pan you may not remember me?“ Sr Pan, “Freddo how could I ever forget you!“ Freddo 300+ games, Tat 2ND Morrison medal…