FRIDAY FLASHBACK – 1981 MUD BATH

Published on: Feb 16 2017 | Author: Zac Milbank |

It’s not often players in the modern era have to confront the conditions present at Unley Oval in Round 18, 1981.

Sturt and Woodville battled it out in a Mud Bath at Oxford Terrace as players slipped and slid while picking up the stationary ball at ground level.

The Double Blues – boosted by a game-breaking five-goal haul to star forward Michael Graham – won by 62 points, restricting the Peckers to just four goals for the entire match.

While Woodville stalwart Ray Huppatz kicked a classy goal after the main change, it was Graham, Neil Craig and Eddie Fry who were the best performers for the hosts amid the atrocious conditions.

And it is this sort of vision which the SANFL History Centre would be interested in obtaining if anyone from the public has any old tapes with SANFL matches/highlights on them.

Currently, the SANFL History Centre has more than 2600 rolls of film and tape to sift through and digitise in what will be a massive project overseen by Manager Chris Halbert.

”It wouldn’t matter if they were personal copies, or if they came from unusual sources, we would ask no questions, as the aim is to have a complete record of games and events,” Mrs Halbert said.

”I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there with this sort of thing in the shed, but very soon there will not be machines to play them on, and they will be lost.”

If anyone has any SANFL vision on tapes or film to donate, contact Mrs Halbert at [email protected]

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