(Please be warned: Self harm, family separation, and pregnancy loss discussed.)
Fair point - it looked better when I originally snipped it.Anyone old enough to assist is too old to be able to read that.
Great work getting that for us GF. Darryl was one of those blokes that successful teams cannot do without. He originally came over from Tassie in the early 70s with big wraps as a full forward. Legend has it that one of our recruiters went to Tassie to check out full forwards. The one he was sent to check turned out too fat and slow, so he passed. He decided that Darryl Sutton was the man. Darryl came over but went home after one year but then returned and played in the 77 Premiership. A very versatile player. So sad that that horrible disease took him so early. We did have much success with players who went away and were enticed back a few years later and made a huge difference...Gary Farrant, Peter Chisnall, Phil 'Snake' Baker, Darryl Sutton...and Barry Cable. By the way, the fat, slow bloke from Tassie that we overlooked did come over for a few games with another club, but didn't amount to much apparently. Peter Hudson was his name I think. True story. The recruiter tells the story against himself.
Sure as hell, if BigFooty was around back then, there would've been the usual Chicken Littles carrying on about how we 'lost' the trade.
Round 6 Hawthorn
Benton came in for Redenbach, who was injured. Duthie was omitted. John Scholes and Rodney Dell, both making their first appearance for the season, were named as 19th and 20th. But in a last minute change, Kekovich was forced to withdraw and Scholes replaced him. Fincher came in as 20th man. In a game affected by the wind in the first half, North had first use of it, but their 32 point lead was not enough. Taylor hit the post with his first two shots at goal and it proved costly. When the wind dropped in the third quarter, Hawthorn matched North’s three goals for the scores to be level at three quarter time. They outscored North in the last quarter by nine points to win by that margin. Hawthorn’s star full-forward Peter Hudson was held to six goals—a modest total for him. In the second quarter he was double-teamed by Steward, who stayed close to him, and Dugdale, who played 15 yards in front of them. John Scholes, who appeared to be an unequal swap for Kekovich, being 18 cm shorter and 29 kg lighter—the smallest man on North’s list—gave a Best on Ground performance with five goals and came close to winning the match for North. Other good players were Dugdale, Steward, Dowdle, O’Brien, Pagan and Bryant.
Hawthorn 14.12-96 d North Melbourne 13.9-87
Round 7 Geelong
Kekovich and Duthie came into the team at the expense of Ray Johnston, who had been reported during the Hawthorn match and suspended, and Hopgood, who was relegated to 19th man. Tom Allison was named as 20th man in his first appearance for the season. North staged a great fightback in the final term to win by eight points. Geelong led by four goals deep in the third quarter, but during time on of that quarter, North full-forward Doug Farrant kicked three quick goals, making four for the quarter, and reducing the leeway to six points. However, Geelong had last use of the wind in the last quarter and it seemed that North’s inaccuracy (0.5 in the second quarter and 4.8 in the third) would cost them. But North came at Geelong hard in the final quarter, not allowing them an easy possession or letting them get into space. They won across the centre and half-forward, and Allison and Hopgood made a difference when they came on. Best were Dwyer, Kekovich, D.Farrant (5 goals), Bryant, Wood, Dugdale, Dowdle and G.Farrant. It was North’s first win at Kardinia Park since 1959.
North Melbourne 14.23-107 d Geelong 14.15-99
Round 8 St Kilda
Duthie, Elliott and Benton made way for Allison, Hopgood (both on the bench last week) and Fincher. Goodingham and Pretty were named on the bench. In a game that was close all day, North won by 9 points. Despite the closeness of the scores, North were the better side and played with more system. The winning centre line
was a big factor in the win. St Kilda big man Bob Pascoe, who had been let go by North at the end of 1967 along with brother Barry, was assigned to mind Kekovich, but gave away several free kicks. Indeed, during the third quarter, umpire Jolley ran back 70 yards to penalise Pascoe’s infringment on Kekovich. North supporters roared their delight when it Pascoe was replaced at three quarter time. The lead changed four times in the last quarter, but North got out to a 22 point lead. They then relaxed and almost let St Kilda back in, but the final siren saved them. Allison, named in the back pocket, played forward and kicked five goals.
North Melbourne 15.13-103 d St Kilda 13.16-94
Round 9 Collingwood
Ray Johnston returned after serving a two match suspension and Redenbach returned from injury. Hopgood and Fincher made way.
On a cold, wet day at Victoria Park, the weather matched North’s form. They were well beaten all over the ground, suffering their first heavy defeat of the season. North tried two unsuccessful tactics to loosen Collingwood’s grip. Coach Keith McKenzie kept his players in the room for four minutes after half-time to make the Collingwood players wait in the cold. Umpire Crouch was twice obliged to run up the race and call them on to the field. The club was fined $10 ($127 in today’s money) for coming out late. The other ploy was to ask the umpire to bounce the ball rather than throwing it up, as the umpire was doing due to the muddy conditions. Throwing the ball up made it easier for the taller Collingwood ruckmen to out-reach their opponents.
Collingwood 17.16-118 d North Melbourne 9.4-58
Round 10 Carlton
Steward and Kekovich were called up to represent Victoria in the AFNC tournament in Adelaide so would miss. Dwyer was ill. Benton and Goodingham came into the side and Peter Chisnall was named on the bench for his first game. Redenbach, who had been dropped, came back in as a last minute replacement for Pagan, who had the flu. Allison lined up for his 100th match.
North put up a good battle, but could not overcome Carlton, who wasted many opportunities to win by a bigger margin than they did. Best for North were Dowdle, McCarthy, Redenbach, Benton, Wood and Bryant.
Carlton 10.18-78 d North Melbourne 7.13-57
Kekovich had hurt his ankle against Victoria’s second Carnival match against Western Australia on 11 June. The North contingent in Adelaide were not keen for him to play in the final match against South Australia on the 14th, fearing he would damage the ankle further and be kept out for a long period. The State selectors questioned him closely, thinking he was being pressured by the club officials not to play. Kekovich said he was more than willing to play and was selected, but was a last minute withdrawal.