• Southport christened their new home ground at Fankhauser Sports Reserve on May 1 in style with a thumping win against Brisbane rivals Mayne.
  • After two decades based at the tiny Owen Park in Southport, the Sharks moved north to neighbouring Musgrave Hill where the club had taken over the lease of a ground that was originally earmarked as headquarters for the Gold Coast District Rugby League.
  • When the league lost interest in the venue, the Sharks jumped at the opportunity and, with a lot of work (and money) put in by Wally Fankhauser, the ground was bulldozed to make it suitable for Australian rules football.
  • Southport’s first game at Fankhauser Reserve resulted in victory over Mayne by 15.17 (107) to 7.6 (48), with the then Brisbane Bears-contracted Warwick Capper booting five goals.
  • But the forward star was teenager Matt Kennedy, who was destined to go on and play 187 AFL games for the Brisbane Bears.
  • A fortnight later, the Sharks blitzed Western Districts by 19.10 (124) to 2.8 (20) and won four on the trot at their new home ground for the first time – against arch rivals Morningside, when they scored by 11.11 (77) to 8.10 (58).
  • Southport went on to complete an outstanding debut season at Musgrave Hill, winning the seniors, reserves and colts grand finals.

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