Inconsistency and injury see Magpies flogged by Lions


The inconsistency of the season was demonstrated by a 110-point defeat at the hands of Coolangatta in round one (Click here to read article) that was followed by convincing victories over Labrador, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. The poor form returned however and by Round 15 the club’s hold on a finals spot was tenuous. An injury ravaged Magpies received a club record mauling of 161 points by the Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions to clarify the difference between the team’s best and worst.


Busch departs and Mackenzie and Fankhauser team up


Wally Hortz and Leo Busch, great mates and business partners, who both also worked tirelessly in concert for the Magpies, departed in April for Bundaberg. A huge send off at the home of Carl and Phyl Tasker was arranged for their farewell. Their departure marked the beginning of another team of administrators that were to build on the significant foundations laid by the likes of Woods, Magin, Rickhard and Busch. Alan Mackenzie and Wally Fankhauser commenced a partnership in 1974 that was to endure for another twenty-five years and turn the Magpies into Sharks and one of the most powerful clubs in Australia. 1974 was not the most successful year but in was the beginning of an unbelievable era of prolonged success for the club.