It is interesting to note some of the early links between Black Hill/Bolwarra and Northern Districts Clubs prior to their amalgamation.
On entry into first grade, Black Hill’s first match was a two day fixture against Northern Districts on 4th and 11th October, 1958. At the end of the first day’s play Black Hill appeared to be in a winning position as they were 5-94 in reply to Northern Districts 138. However, Northern Districts came back strongly on the second day to dismiss Black Hill for 118 and then went on to gain an outright win by scoring 3-107 and routing Black Hill for 50. In that first season Black Hill was to finish on the bottom of the first grade points table with 21 points while Northern Districts finished at the top with 95 points.
Two seasons later in another match against Northern Districts at Lorn on 21st January 1961 Black Hill recorded the lowest post war innings score in a first grade match in the history of the Association. The team was dismissed for the grand total of 11 runs!
The destroyers for Northern Districts were John Brown and Keith Smith, who ripped through the Black Hill batting line-up. It may have been some consolation for the Black Hill players to know that back in 1928 Morpeth first grade had recorded an even lower total of 7 runs against Robins!
Prior to the amalgamation quite a number of former Northern Districts’ players transferred over to Black Hill/Bolwarra. Among these were Keith McLeod, Trevor Holden, Paul Moore, Aub and Romney Newman, Terry Finch, Graham Thomas, John Archer, Michael and Laurie Quinn, Jason Seymour, Les Vickery, John Tobin, Jeff Crittenden and Tony Eckford.
On the reverse side some players such as Paul Mayers, Brad Nicholson, Robert Tynan and Paul Clements played in Black Hill junior teams and then went on to play in the senior competition with Northern Districts.