1973 - 3RD XV111 PREMIERS
3RD XV111 PREMIERS - 1973
BACK (L to R) : A. Smith (Secretary), P. Newman, K. Farrell, S. Roberts, G. Gregory, C. Jackson, P. Bascombe,
A. Cook, C. Newman, P. Newman (Committee), K. Leslie (President), R. Park (Trainer).
SECOND ROW : S. Tonks (Committee), K. Grace, L. Clifford, M. Cunningham, J. Brown (Coach), C. Tonks (Captain),
H. Jackson (Manager), C. Gale (V.C), A. Hutson, P. Dixon, S. Kourellas.
FRONT ROW : A. Leslie, L. Clarke, L. McDonald, J. Brown, R. Boyd, R. Park, K. Chitty, C. Coghlan.
Team W L D P %
Chelsea 22 0 88 317
Edi / Asp 18 4 72 175
Mt Eliza 15 7 60 138
Seaford 15 7 60 131
Mornington 14 8 56 112
Carrum 11 11 44 114
Army 9 13 36 70
F’ton Peninsula 4 18 16 60
F’ton Rovers 2 20 8 25
2ND SEMI FINAL
CHELSEA 17.5.107 def EDI / ASP 12.2.74
CHELSEA : Newman, Grace, Tonks, Gale, Bascombe.
EDI / ASP : Colliver, Senior, Lee, Rea, Parnell.
CHELSEA : Gale 5,Newman 4, McDonald 3, Parks 2, Roberts, Stevens, Newman.
EDI / ASP : Alves 3, Dunn 3, Senior 2, Beale 2, O’Shea, Rea.
CHELSEA 8.13.61 def MT ELIZA 9.6.60
CHELSEA : Tonks, Boyd, Newman, Gale, McDonald.
MT ELIZA: Harrison, Reid, Demaine, Bent, Diggle.
CHELSEA : Cifford 2, Chewman, Newman, McDonald, Gregory,
MT ELIZA: Goodman 2, Harrison 2, Diggle 2, Bowring, Watson.
M. P. F. L.
BEST & FAIREST
Glen Harrison Mt Eliza 32
T. Pope Carrum 24
P. Senior Edi/Asp 20
B. Stone F’ton Rovers 19
PREMIERSHIP TO CHELSEA
In windy overcast conditions Chelsea thirds won a thrilling match of the highest standard from a determined Mt Eliza side.
The game started at a frantic pace with both sides exhibiting great skills and courage as the match remained tightly contested. An unexpected exchange between two of the on-ground officials just before the break seemed to have been triggered by the felling of a Chelsea player in an incident off the ball.
Whilst the second half still saw great passages of play, they were interrupted by a series of ugly fights and incidents as the tenor of the game had changed dramatically. Despite this the game continued to be close but the umpires were working overtime.
With Chelsea seven points up and only minutes to play another clash occurred in the Mt Eliza goal square. Numbers were taken and the resulting goal reduced the margin to one point, an advantage that the Seagulls were able to maintain until the siren.
FOOTNOTE: Immediately after the match Mt Eliza lodged a complaint to the MPFL disputing a goal that was awarded to Chelsea in the third quarter. One of the goal umpires who had been drawn out of his position whilst breaking up a fight had forgotten to wave his flags for a goal that was scored as the melee commenced. The League supported the complaint and awarded the match to the Mounties.
However, the Chelsea club appealed the decision to a higher authority the VFL, who in turn, supported their appeal and directed the MPFL to reverse their decision—Chelsea were the legitimate Premiers.
Despite numerous applications to the MPFL, Chelsea has still received no recognition or Premiership flag.
THIS WAS A GAME THAT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED HOW QUICKLY THINGS CAN GET OUT OF HAND IN A CONTACT SPORT WHERE THE STAKES ARE HIGH AND YOUNG MEN ARE INVOLVED.
THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF ANGER ON SHOW DURING THIS GAME BUT IT APPEARS THAT MOST OF IT WAS MIS-DIRECTED AS WAS LATER DISCOVERED DURING INVESTIGATIONS.
THE MPFL, HOWEVER WAS RIGHTFULLY DISGUSTED WITH WHAT WAS ON SHOW IN ITS SHOWPIECE MATCH OF THE SEASON AND REACTED AS YOU WOULD EXPECT.
UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS THE CHELSEA PLAYERS THAT CARRIED ALL OF THE BLAME FOR THE VIOLENCE THAT STARTED FROM A CLASH BETWEEN TWO OPPOSING NON-PLAYING OFFICIALS—WORTH THINKING ABOUT.
The Mt Eliza trainer had already whacked a few of our players on the sly and behind play and I could see in his eyes that I was next in line.
That was when Stuey got involved—end of story except to say that I’ll always be grateful for what he did.