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
Webber (3), Milne (2), Rowett (2), Key, Jeffries, Phillips
Deverson, Webber, Graham, Gluyas, Rowett, Pearce
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.
The Club’s B-Grade team captain/coached by Terry Jeffries 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.
Terry also won the Best & Fairest.
” Having just read the above article, I would like to reminisce about the 1965 season of the Football Club’s B Grade team’s perspective.
The A-Grade side was obviously a wonderful team with a host of wonderful players, and as a former playing member of the club, we are all very proud of them. My brother, Tony(A. Jeffries – see team photo) played in that side at the wonderful age of 18.
My reason for writing this article is to honour the name of SOME (Those I can remember), who were members of a very good football team. The A-Grade team as we know, was very hard to break into that year, which made our B Grade team, very competitive.
The B Grade won 15 games that season, finishing 2nd at the end of the “home & away games”. Unfortunately, we lost the 2nd semi final to P.A.O.C at the Woodville Oval & 1 week later, lost the preliminary final at the Broadview Oval to St. Dominics by 1 point. We were all “gutted”, as we were sure that we were going to win 2 premierships that year. We therefore finished 3rd for the season.
Some of the players who played that season were “the Mudge Brothers”, Ian & Robert, Gus Powell (VC), Terry Wright, Bob “Bagger” Barnes, Warren Henderson, “Coxie”, Peter “Sticky” Gluyas, Ken Ridley, Barry Parr, “Fritter” Parks, Lindsay Lester, Brian Walker, Trevor Sampson (at 17 years old), Max Couzner, Barney Hawson, Robert Carlier, Bob Skeggs , Roy Schrippa & Reg Ellis.
Sticky Gluyas, Barney Hawson & Reg Ellis (I believe) actually played in the A grade Grand Final. Trevor Sampson went on to play for West Adelaide.
My apologies to any other of the former players I have missed, it was not on purpose!! Maybe you could let the club know if you wish.
They were a great bunch of boys and some very, very, good footballers and team mates among them. I must mention our team manager the late George Anderson, who was very, very efficient, well organised and a great friend, you couldn’t have the team in better hands.
I write this article, so these boys can be remembered at the club. 1965 was a very good year.
Terry Jeffries Captain/Coach Henley & Grange Football Club “B”Grade. Season 1965.
Thanks to Terry Jeffries for sharing some enourmous insight to the club’s history and submitting the above article to the website in August 2019, still loving his Henley Football Club at 80 years of age.
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.