John F Cox 1971
"The last regular season match of 1971 was against Gordon at Chatswood, we needed a win or a draw in 1st Grade to make the finals series."
"After the reserve Grade game it was calculated that the Club Championship points for the season were tied with Gordon and therefore the outcome of the 1st Grade game would decide the Club Championship for the season."
"The mathematics of calculating points for each grade leading to this unlikely situation could only be called extraordinary."
"The final bell rang with the score, Gordon 14 Easts 11, just as the ball was thrown into a lineout about 35yards out from the Gordon try line. The referee penalised Gordon for an infringement and awarded Easts a penalty kick."
"Our Captain, Peter Crittle, took hold of the ball, threw it straight to me without a word, and walked away! We qualified for the finals with the 14-14 draw which meant we were to play Gordon again the following Saturday. The following Saturday came and Easts defeated Gordon 22 – 0, leading some to think that Gordon could still have been dwelling on their misfortune the previous week."
"We eventually lost to Manly in the Season final in a very close game, but were still rewarded with a ground breaking World Tour. My memorable moment in over 100 1st Grade games for Easts and retirement at the end of 1972."
John F Cox