Good Old Collingwood Forever

The Story of Collingwood's 1953 Premiership

Round 1 – Collingwood Vs South Melbourne

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Bill Twomey kicked nine goals against the Swans

April 18, 1953

Collingwood played South Melbourne in the opening round of the 1953 VFL season at Victoria Park, and won convincingly by 41 points, with Bill Twomey kicking 9 of the teams’ 17 goals.

Former Magpie great Harold Rumney summed up the game for the Sun by saying the Magpie’s won through an aggressive ‘battering-ram‘ attack, supported by a tough and resilient defence. (1) He went on to say that Collingwood had splendid teamwork and outstanding defence with the teams’ fleet of rucks and rovers in command throughout the day. (2) Ron Richards caught Rumney’s eye as he singled captain Lou Richards‘ brother out as being particularly impressive with his crumbing of the ball and breaking the packs which kept the South Melbourne forwards starved of opportunities. (3) In the Argus Hugh Buggy said that Collingwood’s smooth, calculated, and relentless football totally bewildered the hapless Swans. (4)

Rumney thought that Collingwood had improved in its’ overall strength since 1952. (5) He was impressed by Bill Twomey’s tenacious and clever ball-handling in front of goal and even apologised for his previous criticism of Twomey’s perceived lack of efficiency. (6) Hugh Buggy called Twomey the ‘dashing D’Artagnan’ of league football, who could enable the Magpies to be a shattering force in 1953. (7) In fact Buggy said that everything that Twomey did was touched by an elegance and artistry that made the game a delight to watch. (8) Buggy was also impressed with Twomey’s ‘panther-like’ leads and classic marking. (9)

Collingwood’s small men were confident and aggressive (10) and baffled the opposition with their uncanny handball which continually disorganised the South defence. (11)

Buggy also praised Collingwood’s tactics, saying they were the masters of cool, high quality, ‘chessboard’ football (12) and played with a common purpose and determination that would have worn any opposition down. (13

) The Magpie ‘machine’ was fully geared up and in devastating form. (14)

 

Teams

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

Final Score

Collingwood

5.5.35

10.8.68

16.14.110

17.16.118

South Melbourne

1.1.7

5.4.34

8.6.54

11.11.77

The Magpies outnumber the Swans here 5-1

Goals

Collingwood – B. Twomey 9, L. Richards 3, R. Richards 2, B. Rose 2, Batchelor

South Melbourne – Sibun 4, McPherson 3, Lane, Gunn, Deagan, Gillett

Best

Collingwood – Hams, Mann, Hamilton, Fincke, Lucas, B Twomey, Tuck, R. Richards, Healey, P Twomey

South Melbourne – Dorgan, Clegg

In Other Magpie News

Collingwood sold 3300 memberships at the game on Saturday and is confident that they will break the 10,000 member mark for the first time in their history. (15)

In Other Games

Geelong defeated Hawthorn by 49 points, Essendon beat Fitzroy by 23 points with Coleman kicking 10 goals. Footscray scraped home over Carlton by just 5 points.

Ladder after round 1

Team

Win

Draw

Lose

Points For

Points Against

Percentage

Premiership Points

Geelong

1

0

0

87

38

228.9

4

North Melbourne

1

0

0 105

57

184.1

4

Collingwood

1

0

0 118

77

153.2

4

Essendon

1

0

0

111

88 126.1

4

Richmond

1

0

0 73 67 108.9 4

Footscray

1

0

0 65

60

108.3 4

Carlton

0

0

1

60

65

92.3 0

Melbourne

0

0

1

67

73

91.7

0

Fitzroy

0

0

1

88

111

79.2

0

South Melbourne

0

0

1

77

118

65.2

0

St Kilda

0

0

1

57

105

54.2

0

Hawthorn

0

0

1

38

87

43.6

0

1953 Leading Goal Kickers

J. Coleman (Essendon) – 10
B. Twomey (Collingwood) – 9
G. Sibun (South Melbourne) – 4
G. Goninon (Geelong) – 4
N. Trezise (Geelong) – 4
A. Aylett (North Melbourne) – 4

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Footnotes

  1. Rumney. H – The Sun, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 28
  2. Rumney. H – The Sun, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 28
  3. Rumney. H – The Sun, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 28
  4. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  5. Rumney, H – The Sun, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 28
  6. Rumney, H – The Sun, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 28
  7. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  8. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  9. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  10. The Age – Monday April 20, 1953 – page 8
  11. The Age – Monday April 20, 1953 – page 8
  12. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  13. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  14. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday April 20, 1953 – page 10
  15. The Sun – Monday April 20, 1953 – page 29
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