Reserve grade and the GCJAFL commences
The GCAFL and Southport AFC continued their phenomenal growth in a seminal season for the code. The Gold Coast Junior Australian Football League (GCJAFL) commenced as did a reserve grade competition (Click here for a photo of the inaugural Magpies reserve grade team).
The GCJAFL initially encompassed three grades (under 11, 13, 15) and the GCAFL administered the senior, reserve, and under 17 competitions.
Dave Burns – 100 games
Club legend Dave Burns was the first Magpie to achieve the distinction of playing 100 senior games in his eleventh season with the club (Click here to read article).
Having started in the juniors in 1961 he made his senior debut in 1962. With recognition that some early seasons entailed less than 10 games the magnitude of his achievement grows in significance. During that period he also played in over 20 representative games for the GCAFL. Burns was renowned for his tenacity and in spite of his relatively small stature, his overhead marking was also a strength. He was rewarded with Life Membership in 1971.