By the third season, financial worries were starting to manifest themselves and the Treasurer was asked to produce a full statement of receipts and expenditure for the 1954 and 1955 seasons so that the Committee had a basis for determining what methods might be used to improve the position for 1956. Happily, by the middle of 1956 the Treasurer was able to report that the Club was back in a sound financial position and it started to repay the loan from the Old Trinity Grammarians’ Association.
Laurie Chynoweth was appointed captain coach.
The team made a bright start, winning the first two games. However, a horror run of injuries ensued. The large number of injured players were christened “the cripples and crocks club”, and the team could manage only two more wins for the year, finishing ninth out of ten teams with four wins and fourteen losses.
However, on a brighter note, Geoff Brown and Bruce Wardrop finished second and third respectively in the E Section Best and Fairest voting.
Awards for 1956
Best and Fairest: Geoff Brown
Runner-up: Bruce Wardrop
Most Consistent: Peter Birrell
Most Improved: Ian Wilson
Most Effective: Ian Robertson
Best First Year Player: Graham Wigg
Best Clubman: Bruce Heard