1967

With the same President, coaches and home ground, Ian Curtis as Firsts captain and Terry Hense as Reserves captain, the Club was determined to redeem itself after two second bottom placings in the last two years.

At the half-way mark of the season the Firsts were on top of the premiership list with seven wins and one loss. The Reserves were third with seven wins and two losses.

The Firsts continued their great form to finish on top of the ladder with fourteen wins, one loss and one draw. Unfortunately the fairytale came to an end when the Firsts lost both of their finals matches.

The Reserves finished second on the ladder with fifteen wins and three losses. They appeared to be emulating the Firsts finals’ performance when they lost the second semi-final to ANZ Bank 4.8.32 to 3.3.21. However they regrouped to beat Glenhuntly in the preliminary final 6.6.42 to 2.9.21.

They then went on to win the Club’s first ever premiership by defeating ANZ Bank 14-9-93 to 7-11-53. Goal kickers were G. Peers 4, L. Joyce 3, A. Kennedy 2, P. Vine, M. Henry, T. Harley, J. Latchford, T. Hense and Best Players were J. Charge, G. Peers, J. Latchford, R. Jones, A. Kennedy, R. Moore.

Not only was the Club having its most successful season on the field, but the social side of things was really stepping up a notch. The Club had a social event every month which was well attended and the season concluded with a weekend at the Curtis Farm near Lismore.

At a presentation day at Norm Latchford’s home the following awards were made.

Awards for 1967

Fairest and Best: Richard Dart
Best 1st Year Player: Geoff Cheong
Most Improved Player: Neil Hudson
Most Consistent Senior Player: John Burnet
J.E. Cousens Trophy: Graeme Alford
Most Consistent Reserves Player: Jim Charge
Elmer Family Trophy: Rodney Jones
Leading Goal Kicker: Jamie Cox (71)
Best Clubman: Don Elmer
Jim Charge was the VAFA E Reserve Section best and fairest player.