Coming into a new decade with yet another group of outstanding young players and a proven coaching staff, the Club had every reason to feel optimistic about their chances of continuing the success story of the sixties. Having lost two finals by narrow margins the previous year, the Gulls were buoyed by the fact that all three sides had figured prominently in the finals and there was sufficient depth of quality players to approach the season with confidence. Of course success doesn’t completely rest on one’s own planning. Other clubs were seeking the same prize and also preparing for the coming season. Reigning premiers Seaford would certainly challenge, but the Chelsea club were confident that they could wrest back the title, having felt slightly short changed the previous season. As it turned out, the Tigers had built on their successful side, and as the season progressed, were bordering on invincible. The Seagulls, however, had pushed them in both encounters and still considered themselves a chance as they approached the finals.
2ND SEMI FINAL
SEAFORD 14.17.101 def CHELSEA 14.11.95
CHELSEA : Williams, Canavan, Main, Chubb, Caffyn, Ellis, Scott.
SEAFORD : Matthews, Kear, Beauman, Hindle, Alderson, Elphingstone, Kalkman.
CHELSEA : Main 4, Chubb 4, Ellis 2, Fitzgerald 2, Scott, Mason
SEAFORD: Elphingstone 6, Eldred 2, Pivetta 2, Beer, G. Alderson,W. Alderson.
CHELSEA 21.18.144 def MORNINGTON 15.17.107
CHELSEA : Scott, Fitzgerald, K. Canavan, Owens, Ellis.
M’TON : Louden, W. Morrison, Coyle, Shafter, Johnson, Dunlop.
CHELSEA : Owens 5, Campbell 4, Main 3, Ellis 3, Canavan, Matthews, Scott, Patterson
M’TON : Louden 4, Quanchi 3, Bowen 2, Moorcroft, Allison, Dunlop.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
CHELSEA : 2.4 4.8 5.11 10.15 75 PTS
SEAFORD: 1.4 4.11 10.19 15.21 111 PTS
CHELSEA : Fitzgerald, Caffyn, K. Canavan, T. Canavan,
SEAFORD : Beauman, Kear, O’Neill, G. Alderson, Beer.
CHELSEA : Main 2, Smith, Scott, Mason, Owens, Chubb, Webster.
SEAFORD : Jones 4, Elphingstone 3, O’Neill 2, Matthews 2, G. Alderson, Pivetta, W. Alderson, Esson.
Bill Coghlan, ‘Tiger’ Collins, R. Pratt
Bert Thompson, T. Cole, E. Cole
H. Jackson, M. Gee, F. Taylor
Alan Smith, S. Barnett, B. Clarke
Ken Knight, ‘Tich’ Brown, B. Ward
R. Peacock, ‘Wagga’ McDonald, Alec Gaskin
V. Coster, Ken Leslie, A. Wright
C. Kemp, L. Clarkson, P. Newman
CAPTAIN / COACH
Kevin ‘Curley’ Ellis
BEST & FAIREST
Alan Campbell—43 goals
‘Wagga’ McDonald, Alf Gray, Alf Hodge.