Media interest reached an all time high with daily articles in the Gold Coast Bulletin from forthright scribes, Jack “The Rabbi” Rebbechi and Frank “Lulu” Travaglia.
Southport stalwart Don Brown was also back writing for the Gold Coast Bulletin. A mid-May article by Brown outlined the blossoming of the code on the Coast (Click here to read article). Radio personality and local umpire, Maurie Service, hosted various football shows focused on the GCAFL on 4GG. Football shows were also aired on 2MW. Tipping boards for the GCAFL and VFL were prominently displayed in all local hotels as Australian Football continued to win the public relations battle on the Gold Coast.
Eastman joins Hillis as former VFL Magpies
A steady flow of ex-VFL footballers to
Southport bolstered the credibility and capabilities of the Magpies and the GCAFL. Former
Richmond defender Wally Hillis took the senior coaching reins and Captain Ken Best had spent a heartbreaking pre season at Collingwood (see 1968). The late season arrival of former Fitzroy Utility Wayne Eastman (via Ganmain) was to prove fortuitous for the Magpies. The club now had three quality players with VFL experience and more were to follow.
The Blues get belted as Mick Kelly kicks plenty
Southport racked up some amazing score lines against a Coolangatta Blues outfit that had lost their way after solid performances in 1970, 71 and 72. The Magpies amassed scores of 36.26, 35.24, 35.22, and 31.23 as they beat the Blues by a combined total of 701 points in four matches. In the round ten match there were 17 individual goal kickers, and in round 20, Mick Kelly went within one goal of breaking Bob Burke’s 1968 league record of 24. In other matches against the Blues he kicked 10 and 12 goals (Photo). Kelly won the GCAFL goal kicking with 73 for the season. He donated his $100 prize money to the Magpies end of season trip fund. Mick Power (Photo) also kicked ten goals against the Blues in round five.