“On this day in September” – 16 September

On this day 37 years ago the South Coffs club created history on that season’s Grand Final day, while Troy Mirkin and Jeff Reed both carved out their own unique place in history on this date.

Year three of the AFL North Coffs League and, for the first time, a club other than Woolgoolga Blues wins the Premiership as South Coffs claim the first of their six Senior titles.
Seniors: South Coffs 14.14 (98) def Woolgoolga Blues 13.4 (82)
Reserves: South Coffs successfully defend the title they won the previous season in the competition’s inaugural year.
Under 18: Just like Reserves, South Coffs go back to back in Under 18 making them the only club to have won this age group after it was introduced the previous season.

South Coffs become the first club to claim a clean sweep of the Premiership trophies, a feat they repeat in both 1986 and 1989.

Troy Mirkin (Grafton) wins the first of his two League Best and Fairest awards. Troy’s second medal comes 12 years later in 2001 when he’s playing for the North Coffs Kangaroos, making him the only player in League history to win the medal with two different clubs.

Jeff Reed (Coffs Swans) wins his second consecutive Best and Fairest Medal (1994 and 1995), making him the first and only other player since Brian Rava (1991 and 1992) to achieve the feat. Jeff and Brian will later be joined by Jesse Schmidt when he claims the award in 2012 and 2013.

To see more details of the AFL North Coast timeline over the past 40 seasons and beyond, please click here.