Place: Canteen, Netley, South Australia.
Activity: Fundraiser that went Arse Up.
The Coppers crashed through the entrance to the Netley Canteen at midnight wearing white overalls and swinging their sledgehammers and smashing pool tables.
They took the Chocolate Wheel and the pinball machine
The South Australian Flying Vice Squad had raided the GPO Cricket Club’s “harmless little Fundraiser”.
Evidently, someone’s wife had tipped the Police off and the coppers had been inside watching us since 8 p.m.
I was the dickhead that let them in, not noticing through an alcoholic blur that the plain clothes detectives were all dressed in suits and very tall.
That horrible night almost bankrupted the Club, what with replacing the broken equipment and defending our poor old mate Jim Fisher in Court our final Bill ran into the thousands.
But in an act of great generosity the Victorian Government Printing Office Cricket Club rescued us with a huge donation of cash and an interest free loan.
The media uproar was deafening.
However Don Woolman, Government Printer knew “nothing” and Bill Voyzey, the Permanent Head of State Supply knew “nothing”.
Anatoly Onishko (Publications Officer) didn’t have a clue where his missing cash register had gone to, until it finally turned up after some weeks.
We all blamed poor old Casino Bob Allen (very unfairly I might add) for the disaster.
I thought that I could add a little more to the story about the police raid on the Cricket Club’s Casino Night held at the Netley Canteen in the 1970s.
As far as I can remember I was contacted on the Saturday morning by the Advertiser and the Sunday Mail for comments on the raid on the Friday night at the Netley canteen.
I did not have any comment as I did not know at that stage that there was a raid by the Vice Squad.
I then received a call from Bill Voysey the Director General of the Department of Services and Supply asking for my comments on what had happened and whether I had authorised the event in the canteen.
I had no comments and I told him that I had not been asked to authorise the venue.
On the Monday I was asked to attend a meeting in Bill Voysey’s office, organised by the Minister, Don Hopgood I think.
At the meeting was the Police Commissioner, Harold Salisbury who gave his understanding of the events which had taken place on the Friday evening.
According to the Commissioner, a female stripper had contacted the Police concerning a dispute over her not being paid for her performance.
She told the Vice Squad that there were blue movies being shown, other strippers were present, gaming was taking place in a back room of the canteen.
She told the Police that it had been well advertised as there were sailors there from a ship which was in port at the time.
From the interview sheet it was suggested that the stripper in question was dreadful and had been booed off the stage.
When she demanded her payment she was told to get lost as she had not earned it. She promptly left the canteen and rang the Police from a public telephone box.
On the Sunday there was a SANFL grand Final at Footy Park between Port Adelaide Magpies and I think Sturt.
I was a guest of the Advertiser and Ron Hewitt looked after me.
There was no discussion about the football but the whole day was taken up with the raid on the Gaming Night at the Public Buildings Canteen.
Evidently there were a number of Griffin Press and Advertiser people involved who had their names taken along with many others.
Photo: It’s a great picture and obviously its the lads on a Cricket Club Weekend in 1975.
From Left to Right: Graham Braybrook (Seated), Ron Hamence and Tom McDermott (Honorary South Australian).
At the Back: Paul Korff and Alan Maynard.
Photo Courtesy of the Korff Family.