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South Townsville Football Club

The South Townsville Australian Football Club was the second club to be formed in Townsville a few days after the Hermit Park Club was founded.

Rick Southee and Chas McKenna called a meeting at Victoria Park and the new club was formed with Chas McKenna President and Rick Southee as Secretary.

In 1956 their seniors were runners up and South was to win their first Senior Premiership in 1957 beating the RAAF side.

Premiers: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1968, 1974. 1988.

Runners Up: 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1984/5, 1987/8.

Interestingly they were champion club in 1961, 1962, and 1964 none of which were Premiership years.

The TAFL W.J.Williams Medal for Best and Fairest

1956       Lionel Hall

1957       Jim Kennedy

1958       Max Craig

1965       Terry Gould

1972       Ray McGrath

1980       Mark Feldey

The club over the years had a competitive winning record against all clubs it competed against.

Team                         Played          Won        Lost                Drew

Garbutt Magpies            120              52           67                     1                    

Hermit Park                   128              66            61                    1

Currajong                        99               47           51                     1

West Townsville             52               21           32

Wulguru                          39               20           19

RAAF                             35               23           12

6 RAR                             3                  2             1

4th Field Regiment           2                                 2

Lavarack                          6                  3             2  (Game 19-8-72 not recorded)

South Townsville holds the dubious record of being held scoreless on three occasions.

The first time was against Currajong on April 18th 1964.

On July 5th 1969 against 2RAR.

On July 30th 1978 against West Townsville.

South Townsville (later changed to Townsville Swans) in Grand Finals up to 1988

Year                    Coach           Captain                            Results

1956                C.McKenna     H. Irwin                  RAAF defeated  Swans:  5-22 to 6-11

1957                L. Hall                                            Swans  defeated  RAAF:  13-8 to 9-9

1958                J. Smith                                        Garbutt defeated Swans:  8-0  to 4-17

1959                J. Smith                                        Swans defeated  Garbutt:  3-8 to 3-3

1960                J. Smith                                        Swans defeated Hermit Park: 12-11 to 3-9

1961                J. Muldoon                                   Garbutt defeated  Swans:  15-6 to 7-4

1962                J. Muldoon                                   Garbutt defeated Swans:  17-18 to 8-4

1963                J. Muldoon                                   Swans defeated Garbutt: 16-11 to 8-5

1965                J. Muldoon                                   Garbutt defeated Swans:  13-12 to 4-7

1967                B. Jolly                                         Hermit Park defeated Swans: 14-14 to 3-5

1968                C. Reynolds                                 Swans defeated Garbutt:14-8 to 9-7

1970                P. Murphy    J. Muldoon             Hermit Park defeated Swans: 15-13 to 9-12

1971                P. Murphy    J. Muldoon             Bulldogs defeated Swans: 16-18 to 7-13

1974                K. Ferres                                     Swans defeated Currajong: 13-14to 13-9

1976                P. Davis                                       Currajong defeated Swans: 13-11 to 9-8

1984/’85 (Summer Season) T.Sutton              Hermit Park d Townsville Swans 15-12 to 9-13

1988                           .                                        Townsville Swans d Hermit Park  14-20 to 7-13.

 

The Ricco Butler Award for Best Player in a Grand Final

1987/8  Tony Thomson.

1988      Phillip Barber.

 

K.J. Geddes Medal (Previously the Oldman Medal)

1972 A.McFayden

1976 D.Nogar

1980 M.Casey

The Reserves Competition started in 1971 South Townsville was runners up to Hermit Park.

All up South Townsville later Townsville Swans won Reserves Premierships in 1972, 1976 and 1983.

The Reserves were Runners Up in 1971, 1974.