History is not a mystery 1965

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The Season That Was 1965

In the 1960’s the Club was known as the Henley & Grange Eagles.

In 1958 the merger of the Henley and Grange Clubs saw home games were being alternated between both respective club ovals, however in this 1965 this was ceased and all matches were played at Henley Memorial only. The Grange Oval would not see football again. 

With the coaching appointment of former Port Adelaide half back Brian Key (37 SANFL games), Henley & Grange made the 1965 A2 division season its own.

The minor rounds saw a huge improvement from the previous year, rising eight places to finish second on the ladder. 14 games were won from 20 matches and the team also contested a draw.

Coach Brian Key

The 1st Semi Final saw Henley & Grange face the minor premier of Seaton and successfully defeat them by 4 goals to gain direct entry to the Grand Final. It also gained promotion to the Division 1 for the following season as well as a week off.

  • Semi-Final, 11th September
    • Henley & Grange 11.7 (73) def. Seaton Ramblers 7.8 (50)

The Preliminary Final saw minor premier Seaton go out in straight sets with a defeat from the 4th placed Goodwood.

The A2 division Grand Final played at Norwood Oval saw Henley and Goodwood fight out a close decider. Goodwood on the day had more use of the ball and the game was played in their attacking zone for the greater part of the day. Their lack of constructive method allowed Henley’s defense to clear the ball and score easily with good continuous plays. With less scoring shots it was Henley’s greater purpose in the forward lines that eventually saw it win the close game along with its 4th SAAFL A-Grade premiership.

  • Grand Final, 25th September
    • Henley & Grange 11.9 (75) def. Goodwood 9.12 (66) at Norwood Oval
      • Henley goals
        • Webber (3), Milne (2), Rowett (2), Key, Jeffries, Phillips
      • Henley best
        • Deverson, Webber, Graham, Gluyas, Rowett, Pearce

Gerry Webber

Gerry Webber, a former West Torrens league footballer, kicked 67 goals throughout the season and also won the Division Chambers Medal; Best player in the league voted by umpires. In one game, on the 5th of June, Webber kicked 9 goals in an away game against the Seaton Rams. He also won his 1st Henley Best & Fairest trophy not only this season but the following season too.

Long serving Manager Garth Johns once again managed the A-Grade side.

Brian Key coached 2 seasons in total as Henley & Grange managed 2 seasons in Division 1 (1966 & 1967) and returned to Division 2 in 1968.

Off the field it was the first season Alf Griffiths was not Club President since beginning the role in 1951, see Club Administration history >> here <<

A2 Ladder
Team G W L D Pts
Seaton Ramblers 20 15 5 0 30
Henley & Grange 20 14 5 1 29
Prince Alfred O.C. 20 14 6 0 28
Goodwood 20 13 7 0 26
Flinders Park 20 12 8 0 24
Gaza 20 10 10 0 20
St. Dominics 20 10 10 0 20
Western Teachers 20 8 12 0 16
Kenilworth 20 7 13 0 14
Pulteney O.S. 20 6 13 1 13
Broadview 20 5 15 0 10
Alberton United 20 5 15 0 10



The Club’s B-Grade team coached by Tom Jefferee came 2nd after minor rounds with 15 wins. In the finals it went down to P.A.O.C and St. Dominics in the A2 Reserves preliminary final to finish 3rd.

The Captain & Best & Fairest are today unknown.


1965 was the birth of the Club’s first ever C-Grade side. Playing in Division 4, it missed the finals and finished 8th out of 12 teams. Its inaugural Captain/Coach was Stan Williams. Lindsay Lester captained the side and the best & fairest was unknown.

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