First Matches against QANFL clubs / Dave Burns senior debut

The administrators of the Southport club displayed great initiative in seeking matches against a variety of opponents from Brisbane. Fixtures were organised against Morningside, Mayne, University and Enoggera. Not lacking in confidence, one of the first encounters was arranged with QANFL club Morningside who were pressing for finals at that stage. A narrow loss indicated how far the club had come in twelve short months (Click here to read match report). This match was also notable for a stunning debut by club junior Dave Burns who burst into the game late after being given his chance as 20th man. The club was to soon realise however, that more work was to be done when given a football lesson by the then most powerful club in Queensland, Mayne (Click here to read match report). A good indication of where the club stood came with two competitive clashes (a home win and an away loss) with eventual QAFL reserve grade premiers University.

Representative match at the Gabba

A highlight of the season was a representative match against the newly formed Ipswich and West Moreton League played at the Gabba. The match was a curtain raiser to a Coorparoo v Morningside home and away fixture and attracted an amazing 5000 fans. The Gold Coast side was dominated by Southport representation. It was a good win for the Coast with most of the best players coming from the Magpies (Click here to read match report). Gold Coast 14.20.104 (Best: Peacock, Brown, Manuel, Dowling, McDonald, Mathers) defeated Ipswich 7.12.54

First Southport juniors

Whilst the Southport senior team performed admirably, the code at a senior level did not have a viable competition in 1962. Gold Coast junior and school football on the other hand, had a stellar inaugural season. In a stunning beginning, the code had 10 schools and 17 teams, playing in northern and southern divisions in four separate competitions. In 1962 however, not only did they establish school football, they launched the first official Gold Coast junior competition. The initial competition had four clubs, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Burleigh playing in an under 17 grade. Frank Nolan and Des Hall coached Southport. Dave Burns and Des Napper, both future senior Best and Fairest winners, played in the first Gold Coast junior Grand Final in which Surfers Paradise 5.8.38 defeated Southport 2.7.19. Other players who went on to play senior football from this team were Paul Nolan, Peter Boadle and Alan Watkins. Press reports of Hockey, Rugby League and senior Australian Football were often overshadowed by the latest developments in junior and school football. Brisbane junior clubs regularly travelled to the coast for matches (Click here for photo of the 1962 junior team).