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1976

 
Success of 75 emulated and surpassed

The success of 1975 was always going to be difficult to eclipse. How do you improve on the perfect season? The 1976 Magpies came within one game (a round ten one-point loss to Palm Beach – Currumbin) of achieving back-to-back undefeated premierships. They dominated the GCAFL again, eventually defeating Grand Final debutants Broadbeach by 27 points (Click here to read article). As a club, 1976 did exceed the previous season’s achievements with an undefeated reserve grade premiership (Click here to read article) and inaugural colt’s success (Click here to read article).

 

Record winning streak sparks debate about entry into the QAFL

The Magpies stretched their winning streak to 33 matches when they defeated end of season Grand Final opponents Broadbeach by 14 goals in round nine. Journalist Fred “The Frog” Fraser stated that Southport’s domination was affecting interest in the code on the Coast and suggested that local authorities needed to concoct ways to bring the Magpies back to the field. Palm Beach-Currumbin defeated the Magpies by one point in round ten to put an end to the unbeatable tag that the club had rightfully earned. The winning streak did however commence more serious debate within the broader GCAFL community of a representative team to play in the QAFL. (Grand Final results)