- 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.