The season commenced with an ambitious Kickathon promotion by the GCAFL. Various players from each club kicked a football from Greenmount to
Southport Magpies were still smarting after letting the 1969 premiership slip through their fingers. Whilst other clubs had been proactive over the summer, the Magpies missed the boat with a host of new footballers that had arrived on the Coast. The words of Gold Coast Bulletin journalist Jack “The Rabbi” Rebbechi in April 1970 were to prove most prophetic in relation to the Magpies season.
Every club with the possible exception of the Magpies will certainly be stronger … The Magpies have evidently lost a lot of players and have not recruited too well either. True they still have champion boot artist, captain coach, Bob Burke …
(Gold Coast Bulletin April 17, 1970, p.40)
Losses included Bob Webb, Max Nowlan and Lee Saltzer (who moved to Mackay and was active in getting football started with the help of former GCAFL medalist and Grand Final umpire Leo Camm). Ken Best was to also miss most of the year with further shoulder problems.
Collingwood continued their interest in Gold Coast talent, recruiting
New Magpie recruits included Noel Pertzell (Bacchus Marsh), and two future Magpie Best and Fairest winners, Ian Rapkins and Stan Sheehan, both from Ballarat (Click here for photo of Leo Busch presenting 1970 Best and Fairest trophy to Ian Rapkins). Wayne and Kerry Reibelt established themselves as senior players. 1966 Premiership coach Terry Larkins returned to play and also coach the under 17s. Dave Burns (Photo), in his tenth season with the Magpies, took charge of the under 14s.
1970 started promisingly for the Magpies with a 14 goal drubbing of Coolangatta. Bob Burke began where he left off in 1969 with a brilliant 12-goal haul (Photo). Burke had primed the team well with practice matches against QAFL heavyweights Coorparoo and Morningside. Beach training runs were a new innovation that seemed to be paying dividends. Burke’s form continued, when he kicked 27 goals in the first four rounds.
A string of injuries and absences were to decimate the Magpies mid season. The club was then rocked with an unprecedented bombshell when Bob Burke announced he was seeking a clearance to be Captain Coach of Coolangatta. At that stage the Magpies had won two of eight matches, forfeiting their round eight fixture with Surfers Paradise. Burke departed and Des Collins was eventually appointed as his replacement.
The resilience and character of the club was being truly tested. The Southport spirit came to the fore as Ken Best returned in round 12 and the fifth placed Magpies defeated eventual premiers
Ken Best impressed more than his Australian Football peers with his cameo role late in the season. Some in Rugby league believed he could follow in the footsteps of
The highlight of the season was the club’s under 17 premiership (Click here to read article) under the guidance of 1966 Senior Premiership coach Terry Larkins with able assistance from Carl Tasker. He was instrumental in leading the young Magpies group that included names such as Mick Kelly and Dennis Fankhauser (Team photo).
Stan Sheehan, Warren Burns, Dave Burns and Ian Rapkins represented the Gold Coast in a post-season match against
|Date||Venue||Home||Away||Southport Goalkickers and|
|Round 1||19/04/1970||Owen Park||Southport||23.11.138||Coolangatta||10.7.67||(Best: Alexander, Burke, D Burns, McGrath, Slattery, Pertzel)|
|(Burke 12, Alexander 3, Thrift 2, McGrath, Sheehan, Wilkinson, Slattery, Sapwell)|
|Round 2||26/04/1970||Labrador Oval||Labrador||18.21.139||Southport||17.9.111||(Best: Sapwell, Sharpe, Wilkinson, Alexander, Austin, Briody)|
|(Burke 4, Doyle 4, Wilkinson 4, Rapkins 2, Alexander 2, Slattery, Hortz)|
|Round 3||4/05/1970||Owen Park||Southport||12.10.82||Surfers||12.18.90||(Best: Sheehan, Rapkins, Doyle, Sapwell, Austin, Whittaker, Larkins)|
|(O'Rourke 4, Austin 3, Burke, Alexander, Larkins, Doyle, Sapwell)|
|Round 4||11/05/1970||Owen Park||Southport||39.28.262||Lismore||4.4.28||(Best: Rapkins, Larkins, Burke, Slattery, Sapwell, Hortz)|
|(Burke 13, Larkins 13, Rapkins 5, Monson 3, Perzel 2, Alexander, O'Rourke, Turner)|
|Round 5||18/05/1970||Salk Oval||PBC||15.21.111||Southport||12.20.92||(Best: Sapwell, Doyle, Best, Sheehan, w Reibelt, Austin)|
|(Doyle 3, Pertzell, Alexander, Larkins, Sheehan, Burke, O'Rourke)|
|Round 6||31/05/70||Len Peak Oval||Coolangatta||15.12.102||Southport||12.9.87||(Best: W Reibelt, Rapkins, Sharpe, D Burns, Doyle, Best)|
|Round 7||7/06/1970||Owen Park||Southport||13.14.92||Labrador||21.23.149||(Best: Alexander, Rapkins, D Burns, McGrath, Thrift)|
|(Larkins 3, W Riebelt 2, Burke 2, Rapkins, Monson, Alexander, Doyle)|
|Round 8||14/06/1970||Isle of Capri||Southport||lost on forfeit||Surfers|
|Round 9||21/06/1970||Albert Park||Lismore||4.2.26||Southport||26.16.152||(Best: Larkins, Roden, McGrath)|
|Round 10||28/06/1970||Owen Park||Southport||15.13.103||PBC||18.23.131||(Best: W Burns, Sheehan, McGrath, Whittaker, Rapkins)|
|(Larkins 4, O'Rourke 3, Sapwell 3, Alexander, Sheehan, Rapkins, W Burns, Pertzel)|
|Round 11||12/07/1970||Owen Park||Southport||n/a||Coolangatta||n/a|
|Round 12||19/07/1970||Labrador Oval||Labrador||7.15.57||Southport||10.9.69|
|Round 13||26/07/1970||Owen Park||Southport||9.14.68||Surfers||20.16.136||(Best: Larkins, D Burns, Rapkins, W Reibelt, L Napper, Alexander)|
|(Alexander 4, Rapkins 2, D Burns, Pertzell, Larkins)|
|Round 14||2/08/1970||Owen Park||Southport||35.37.247||Lismore||10.3.63||(Best: Kelly, Sheehan, Larkins, Thrift, Pertzell)|
|(McGrath 8, Pertzell 7, Sapwell 5, Kelly 5, W Burns 4, Larkins 4)|
|Round 15||9/08/1970||Salk Oval||PBC||17.13.115||Southport||12.12.84|
|Second Semi||23/08/1970||Owen Park||Surfers||17.17.119||PBC||15.11.101|
|Grand Final||5/09/1970||Owen Park||Surfers||13.14.92||Labrador||15.13.103||Umpire: Max Beggs|