1969 Kangaroo Island Football League grand final revisited

1969 PREMIERS: "A Grade" 1969 premiership team Kingscote was (standing) D Lovering, B Woof, R Williams, B Murray, R Patterson, G Chapman, R Ward, B Boxall, G Walden, P Giles, M Sieber, D McArdle, W Conaghty; (front) G Nader, B Holman, V Cox, S Finch, G Lovering, J McLaren and P Turner.
1969 PREMIERS: "A Grade" 1969 premiership team Kingscote was (standing) D Lovering, B Woof, R Williams, B Murray, R Patterson, G Chapman, R Ward, B Boxall, G Walden, P Giles, M Sieber, D McArdle, W Conaghty; (front) G Nader, B Holman, V Cox, S Finch, G Lovering, J McLaren and P Turner.

In what might seem like yesterday to some, it was 50 years ago that Kingscote overcame Wisanger and won their seventh flag

Wisanger were the highly fancied favourites having beaten reigning premiers Parndana two weeks before, and were thought to have the greater experience in Grand Finals having been the "bridesmaid" in 1968.

Kingscote meanwhile beat Dudley United and Parndana to get into the final and were expected to tire after those two tough games.

"The ground conditions were quite good, but a strong gusty wind blowing across the Kingscote Oval spoilt what undoubtedly have been a very fine match".

The backlines of both sides did a fine job, but Kingscote seemed to be the more determined the longer the day went on.

The game tight at half time, but the second half was mainly Kingscote, Wisanger panicking as the time ran out in the last, ensuring Kingscote came away with a 9-point victory.

Sieber was the only multiple goal kicker for the winners with a couple, while Williams capped off a brilliant year, winning his first Mail Medal, and also the Ozone Meda, by being mentioned as the best player, and Conaghty and Turner also played their part but it was a total team effort by Kingscote.

For Wisanger, all their goal kickers were multiples - Fogarty, Chaplain and Jamieson all kicking two each while Bland, Bennett and Bates tried their hardest for the runners up.

This was Garry Lovering's third premiership as captain-coach, having previously done it with Nepean Bay in 1963, and then at Kingscote in 1966.

But it wasn't to be his last, 1974 would follow for Kingscote and then the three peat for the Western Districts side from 1976-1978. this side featuring five players who would later play for Western Districts.

REUNION: 30-year premiership reunion held in 1999 was attended by (back) W Conaghty, G Chapman, B Murray, B Boxall, G Walden, D McArdle, M Sieber; (front) J McLaren, G Lovering, B Woof, D Lovering, R Ward, R Williams and V Cox.

REUNION: 30-year premiership reunion held in 1999 was attended by (back) W Conaghty, G Chapman, B Murray, B Boxall, G Walden, D McArdle, M Sieber; (front) J McLaren, G Lovering, B Woof, D Lovering, R Ward, R Williams and V Cox.

The rivalry between these two sides would be at it's fiercest the next few years, Wisanger and Kingscote playing in every Grand Final from 1969-1975.

This game perhaps inspiring Wisanger as history goes to show that they won the next four premierships, 22 points the closest margin, to confirm what a great side they had at this time, and what a feat it was for the Kingscote side to win this flag in '69'. - Jared McArdle

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