|Country pies the best in the state (1973 Tasmanian State Grand Final)|
|Written by The Licorice Gallery|
|Friday, 27 June 2008|
The three biggest celebrations across the country in 1973 were the opening of Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino, the first ever Casino built in Australia; the long awaited official opening of Sydney’s Opera House on Friday the 28th of September when Prokofiev’s spectacular epic modern opera War and Peace thrilled a first-time audience; and the following day on Tasmania’s windy north-west coast at Burnie’s West Park when the Scottsdale ‘Magpies’ knocked off home-town favourites Cooee in the state football grand final.
Of-course on that same day in
Cooee’s immediate entry came by beating Latrobe in their regions NWFU Grand Final. Each year the three main football competitions in
Cooee’s last success at state level came in 1964, ironically when they toppled
Only five Scottsdale players had graced the turf on West Park before; Terry Taylor who was a former Latrobe player, Max Hadley, Ron Hall and Ken Lette who had all played there in the 1964 State Final, and Graeme Millwood who had represented the NTFA at the ground.
Their un-familiarity with the ground could have been compensated by the loss to Cooee of the intimidating John Bonney who had been ruled out with a knee injury before the game.
The opening term was played at break-neck speed with plenty of biffo in-between. The hard-men of
At the first change the ‘Pies led by seven points after a high scoring first quarter.
In the second and third quarters Cooee got on top and began to open up a substantial lead. They had winners all over the park. The Wander Medallist (best and fairest in the NWFU), Graeme Shephard, was finding plenty of space and danger man Steven Beaumont was providing a solid option up forward. Cooee backman Richard Crawford was doing well on
At half-time Cooee held sway with a fifteen point lead which they extended to thirty-two at the final change. The game appeared to be in safe hands; But the country ‘Pies had other ideas.
Strong backman Greg Lethborg found himself in the centre midway into the match when Cooee’s midfield was on top. Lethborg, with his hardness and ability to find the ball, gave Cooee something else to think about and was soon instigating many of
Ron Hall was moved to centre-half-forward late in the third quarter and
Gillies replaced Ken Hall and had an immediate effect scoring from long range early in the term before passing to Stephen Nicholls who goaled again. Ron Hall and Ken Lette were outstanding and led the fightback brilliantly with Lette goaling twice in the quarter; his second put the ‘Pies in front.
The ‘Pies had fifteen shots to two in the final quarter and finished with six goals nine behinds to just two behinds. Twelve of their sixteen goals came in the first and last quarters, effectively book-ending their victory. On the other hand, Cooee snared ten of their fifteen goals in the second and third terms.
Cooee - 5.4 – 11.6 – 15.13 – 15.15.105
Cooee: A.Hopdgetts 3, D.French 3, G.Towns 3, S.Beaumont 3, V.Drake 2, R.Deayton 1.
Cooee: G.Shephard, G.White, K.Beswick, G.Towns, H.Dowling, T.Lee.
Replaced/Injuries: J.Williams (leg) by S.Cuthbertson in the second quarter; K.Hall (uninjured) by S.Gillies at three quarter-time.
Cooee: B.Jarvis (hand) by R.Deayton in the second quarter.
Umpire: R.Barling (TFL)
HB) Greg Lethborg – Graeme Millwood – Malcolm Crichton
C) Jim Leitch – Stephen Nichols – Ken Hall
HF) Max Hadley – Ricky Rattray – Rod Hughes
F) Terry Taylor – Ken Lette – Bill Burns
Foll) Tad Joniec – R (Bob) Wilson – Kevin Egan
Res from) Sonny Gillies – Leon Ranson – Cuthbertson – Woods – Hayes
Captain-Coach: Bob Wilson
Cooee - B) Richard Crawford – Kerry Beswick – Harold Dowling
HB) Darrel Shephard – Hugh Strahan – Kerry Button
C) Barry Jarvis – Graeme Shephard – Geoff White
HF) Steven Beaumont –
F) Dexter French – Vern Drake – Don Corkery
Foll) A (Tom) Lee – Athol Hodgetts – Peter Pettigrew
Reserves from) Stuart Tyson – Phil Bester – Robert Deayton – W.Hayes – N.McCarthy -G.McDonald – T.Wells.
Captain-Coach - Vern Drake.
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