Undefeated Premiers

Southport AFC achieved the rare feat of an undefeated premiership in absolutely dominant style in 1966. Quality new recruits from Tasmania in Darrell Hodgetts (Photo) and Terry Larkins where standouts and were to tie for the Magpies Best and Fairest award. Hodgetts also won the club’s first senior league medal playing predominantly at Centre Half Back. The 1966 season started in truly awesome fashion with 12, 21, 40, 25, and 7 goal victories in the first five rounds. The Magpies finished the season with a percentage of 396 (Ladder). The Grand Final was virtually over at quarter time with Southport 7.7.49 keeping the Demons scoreless. Surfers fought back to within 4 goals at three quarter time but the Magpies ran away with it in the end 14.24.108 to 7.16.58 (Click here to read article). In a truly great day for the club, the under 16s downed the previously undefeated Surfers Paradise. Ken McDonald had returned to the club and led the under 16s to a shock victory. Tireless Magpies worker Carl Tasker was instrumental in the success of this team.

Seventeen-year-old Terry Doyle takes GCAFL by storm and kicks first 100-goal haul.

Terry Doyle (Photo) from the Ovens and Murray League took the GCAFL by storm, averaging 8 goals a game in the first 7 rounds. He went on to be the first player to kick 100 goals on the Gold Coast. He achieved this in the first quarter of the Grand Final and finished the season with a tally of 104 (Photo). He kicked 14 goals against Coolangatta in round 14 and 12 against Labrador in round 3 when Larkins kicked 11 and the Magpies amassed 38.21.249.

Southport Cheer Girls make their mark

After a mid season visit from cheer girls from Carlton and Hawthorn (Click here to read article) the Southport Magpies cheer squad was formed and another important part of the club’s history and identity had commenced. The (Photo)Gold Coast Bulletin when reporting on the end of season function at the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens said:
A great year for Southport and a credit to the committee, players, coaches and of course, the
Southport Cheer Girls.

(Gold Coast Bulletin September 30, 1966, p.44.)
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