The first fully-fledged Gold Coast based Australian Football competition commenced in 1964 and the Southport Magpies were to dominate. Labrador Tigers and the Surfers Paradise Demons took the leap from junior football to field senior teams against the established clubs of Southport Magpies and the renamed Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions. A new administration was to take the reins at
In what seemed like a major coup for the club, the first former VFL player was appointed as a coach on the Gold Coast with the announcement of the signing of Keith Ball. Ball had not played senior football with the
Australian Football and the Southport AFC were to gain a tenuous and contested hold on Owen Park after a battle with Rugby League during the preseason. Rugby League had been strong on the Gold Coast pre World War II (Click here to read article), when fierce local battles were played out for the Plunkett Cup. In 1959 the Gold Coast Rugby League boasted 5 clubs (Sea Lions, All Whites, Nerang, Beenleigh and Burleigh). But by the early 1960s the sport had disappeared from the Coast at senior level. 1964 was to mark its return with a team playing in a Northern New South Wales Group 18 competition. Rugby Union launched in 1964 with one team playing in sub-districts grade in
Owen Park, part of the Southport Showground’s complex, was the venue for a series of inter-service matches during World War II. It made a glorious return to Australian Football in 1964 and was to become an important part of the club and Gold Coast football’s history over the next 25 years. A mid season lightning premiership was held at Owen Park and the Magpies gained one of its first pieces of silverware with a 10.3.63 to 3.3.21 victory over Surfers Paradise in the final game. Owen Park also hosted its first QAFL game when Morningside and Wilston Grange (Click here to read team lists) played a home and away match in July in front of 2500 spectators (Click here to read article). A Gold Coast representative team, with
Col Hoy, former test cricket umpire,
Four years ago on the Gold Coast, land of bikini belles, Jack Evan’s Porpoise Pool, Margo Kelly’s and the Chair Lift, a lusty bawling infant by the name of “Aussie Rules” was born. I say lusty, because he does not appear to have had many of those teething troubles, which always go with youth and bawling, because he makes a very big noise down the coast area. He has ovals which clubs in
(The Football Record, July 11/12, 1964, p.2)
A mid season Gold Coast representative match against Morningside at Salk Oval drew 1200 spectators to a thrilling encounter.
The minutes seemed to fly and still Gold Coast was trailing; when a high flying mark by Harold Peacock steadied and then booted the kick of the season, a torpedo punt which probably covered 70 yards right through the centre scoring a vital goal which placed Gold Coast five points in front with half a minute to go.
(Gold Coast Bulletin June 10, 1964, p.43)
The growth of the competition was to see some of
Southport’s season opened with narrow victories over Palm Beach-Currumbin and
Harold Peacock’s early influence at the club was notable. During the season he was consistently named in the best players and his leadership was regularly acknowledged. His experience and nous were decisive during the Magpies 1964 finals campaign. With the club’s only two losses for the year coming against Palm Beach-Currumbin it was a surprise that eventual Grand Final opponents were to be the Surfers Paradise Demons. Peacock led the Magpies to victory with Dave Burns and Ken Rodger in the best players. The Gold Coast Bulletin was to report:
Southport defeated Surfers Paradise in a very even game until the third quarter when the tactics of
(Gold Coast Bulletin August 28, 1964, p.39)
A junior premiership continued to elude the club with the under 16s going down to Surfers Paradise by five goals.
The season concluded with a Best and Fairest function at the residence of President Bill Rickard. Rickhard’s leadership and hard work in revitalising the club were recognised at the following year’s Annual General Meeting where he was bestowed with the Southport AFC’s first life membership (Click here to read article).
|Date||Venue||Home||Away||Southport Goalkickers and|
|Round 1||Sunday 12 April||Salk Oval||PBC||8.9.57||Southport||8.15.63||(Best: Peacock, Nolan, Burns)|
|Round 2||Sunday 19 April||Labrador||Labrador||10.6.66||Southport||11.17.83||(Best: D.Napper, Burns, Sharp, Brown, Peacock, Hood)|
|Round 3||Sunday 26 April||Owen Park||Southport||28.18.186||Surfers||8.10.58||(Best: L.Napper, Burns, Manuel)|
|Round 4||Sunday 17 May||Owen Park||Southport||8.12.60||PBC||10.5.65||(Best: Peacock, Burns, Brown)|
|Round 5||Sunday 24 May||Labrador||Labrador||3.5.23||Southport||26.34.190||(Best: D.Napper, Peacock, Tucker, Burn) (Nolan 8)|
|Round 6||Sunday 14 June||Surfers Paradise||Surfers||11.8.74||Southport||22.13.145||(Best: Dalgrin, Peacock, Manuel, Napper, Burns)|
|Round 7||Sunday 21 June||Salk Oval||PBC||7.13.55||Southport||21.19.145||(Best: Blake, Barren, Tucker, L.Napper)|
|Round 8||Sunday 28 June||Owen Park||Southport||23.29.167||Labrador||11.7.73||(Best: Manuel, D.Napper, Ahrens, Hood)|
|Round 9||Sunday 5 July||Owen Park||Southport||13.14.92||Surfers||11.7.73||(Best: Peacock, Burns, Manuel, Napper)|
|Round 10||Sunday 19 July||Owen Park||Southport||8.8.56||PBC||8.9.57||(Best: Manuel, Ahrens, Brown, Peacock)|
|Round 11||Sunday 26 July||Labrador||Labrador||n/a||Southport||n/a|
|Round 12||Sunday 2 August||Owen Park||Southport||n/a||Surfers||n/a|
|Prelim Final||Sunday 9 August||PBC||4.8.32||Surfers||7.16.58|
|Grand Final||Sunday 23 August||Southport||n/a||Surfers||n/a||(Best: Burns, Rodger)|