Curra Swans Football Club
President: Milt Evans
Year Founded: 1961 Patron: C.J. Stewart
Vice President: Doug O’Keefe
Secretary: Jim Kennedy
Treasurer: Ron Moncrief
No history of Currajong Football Club would be complete without the background of the struggle by the then TAFL to obtain Ground at Keyatta Park to gain a home ground/ headquarters. Centenary Park as it would eventually be known started simply enough with a letter of application from the TAFL to the council for land at Keyatta Park with a long lease of 20 years asked for. The date of the application was March 21 1958.
The 3 parties involved in the process would be the NFL, TAFL and the Townsville Council.
The then national body of AFL, the NFL were involved because of a promise from them of funding an initial amount of 500 pounds to help with the devolpment of the area.
This was the pre computer age and the amount of letters and words that were to follow was staggering. It would be March 1964 before a lease was finally obtained after over two hundred letters,telegrams’ had crossed paths thousands of words and too many phone calls to count, the lease became a reality.
One of the main stumbling blocks was the coucils stubbonness in wanting to hold the league to an initial one year lease then after many letters back and forth to a five year lease when all along realistically a tweny year lease was asked for by the TAFL.
Towards the latter part of the battle a steering committee of reps from all clubs had been formed.
Currajong’s reps on the committee were K.Peters, M.Evans, R.Sutherland, T.Durley, D.Kennedy and J.Kennedy.
Sth Townsville’s reps were F.Boyle, M.Bowen, E.Cassidy, S.Langford, W.Wilson, R.Don, R.Stevenson, M.Fisher and C.Casey.
Once the initial lease was granted then the battle continued with the league and council still writing letters as late as 11th Nov. 1966.
Altogether 8 years had passed but persistence had payed off.
Subsequent clubrooms/ changerooms were built at an initial cost of 839 pounds 3 shillings and 8 pence.
Currajong was to become the sub leases of the grounds.
Currajong Football Club Officials
Year President Year Patron Year Life Members
1961 M.F. Evans 1961-66 R.C. Schrock 1964 C.F. Moncrieff
1962-63 C.F. Moncrieff 1967-71 W.M. Schrock 1966 D.F. O’Keeffe
1964-65 H.H. Ogg 1972-76 A.R. B. Schrock 1967 J.R. Kennedy
1966-68 H.R. Herden 1977-83 R.A. Schrock 1969 K.J. Peters
1972 H.Beaven 1984-86 C. Leishman 1972 G.C. Nicol
1972 (Vice P: A.Tunaley) 1986 G.N. Smith 1973 E.F. Johns
1973-80 E.F. Johns 1976 D.K. Grey
1981 L.S. Marr 1980 G.E. Clancy
1981-83 E.F. Johns 1983 R.E. Cooke
1984-85 F.J. Szkuta
TAFL Currajong Leading Goal Kickers
1974 R. Lees
1979 K. Ferres
WJ Williams A.Grade Best and Fairest Winners (TAFL)
1963 C. Morris
1968 J. Van Damme
1970 P. Cox
R. Oldman Reserves Best and Fairest Winners
TAFL Champion Club
Currajong Best Club Man
1989 Mrs L.Howson
Currajong in Senior Grand Finals
Year Captain Coach Result
1964 Doug Hurst Garbutt defeated Currajong: 11-12 to 8-15
1973 Ross Veitch Currajong defeated Bulldogs: 10-17 to 10-15
1974 Ross Veitch Sth. Townsville defeated Currajong: 13-14 to 13-9
1975 Ross Veitch Currajong defeated Bulldogs: 11-18 to 12-9
1976 Ross Veitch Currajong defeated Sth. Townsville: 13-11 to 9-8
1977 Ken Ferres Currajong defeated Hermit Park: 10-10 to 7-15
1978 Ken Ferres Currajong defeated Hermit Park: 18-16 to 11-16
1979 Ken Ferres Currajong defeated Hermit Park: 14-19 to 13-7
1980 Ken Ferres Bulldogs defeated Currajong: 16-8 to Currajong 9-21
1983 John Joyce Currajong defeated Hermit Park 21-14 to 15-10
1984 John Joyce Currajong 18-19 defeated Hermit Park 9-18
1985/6 Currajong 14-10 defeated Garbut 5-3.
1986/ 87 Hermit Park 16-12 defeated Currajong 7-16.