QUEENSLAND captain, Ken McCaffery inspired Toowoomba to a 23-19 win over Brisbane in Toowoomba to clinch the 1953 Bulimba Cup title. McCaffery, playing in the centres, scored two tries in the space of 90 seconds as the Downsmen capitalised on poor handling by the city slickers.
Halfback, Cyril Connell was another “grand” player for Toowoomba, to use the terminology of The Courier-Mail’s Chief League Writer of the time, Jack Reardon.
Winger, Des McGovern also starred for Toowoomba while fullback, Norm Pope was one of the few shining lights for Brisbane.
Toowoomba maintained its unbeaten record in the 1953 Bulimba Cup with a 23-18 result against Ipswich the following weekend, with five eighth, Bobby Banks leading the way, even though he was concussed just before halftime as the result of a crash tackle by Test winger, Denis Flannery.
Ipswich tackled like demons, but Toowoomba threw the ball around “like a hot brick” and almost every man handled in long, sweeping movements.
Second rower, Don Furner, father of current Raiders coach, David Furner, was the best Toowoomba forward, while lock, Athol Smith also stood out.