1955

Jock Herbert retired as coach and Peter Birrell became captain coach for the Club’s second season, with John Weatherson his vice captain. The involvement of Peter Birrell started another long association with a Trinity family with his brother Jim serving as honorary medical officer for several years and Peter’s sons, Andrew and David Birrell, playing with the Club in the 70’s and 80’s. Andrew was also Secretary from 1982-85. David captained the Firsts in 1982 and his son Nick is now played too.

Brian Manuel’s father was reported to have assisted during the year with “valuable instructions”.

Old Trinity started 1955 “on a roll” winning eight out of the first ten games. However after losing four of the next seven, Trinity had to win the last match of the season to make the final four. By defeating National Bank 8-9-57 to 6-9-45, Trinity secured third position, and its first finals appearance in only its second year. In the semi-final Trinity played the second placed side De La Salle. De La Salle won 13-23-101 to 9-10-64 and went on to win the premiership.

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Midway through the season Graham McColl created an early record by kicking 8 goals from the half forward flank; a feat that in the history of the Club may not have been repeated. At the end of the second season, the Club had £67/13/0 in the bank and splashed out with trophies for the best and fairest player, the runner up and the most consistent player. Trophy night was organised and Roy Smead was to be asked to present the trophies. The supper arrangements were to be “left to the ladies’ committee”. Peter Birrell was the best and fairest player, Jeff Brown was runner-up and Bruce Heard was the most consistent player. Peter’s trophy for best and fairest was an ironing board, donated and presented by Roy Smead. The ironing board was much treasured by Peter and his new wife Barbara. Other teams playing in E Section in that season included Old Geelong Grammarians, University, Melbournian Blues and Old Carey.