FLASHBACK: September 1970

Master coach, Bob Bax described the 1970 Brisbane grand final as the best he had seen, and his team was on the wrong end of the scoreline.
Bax’s Norths Devils went down 13-11 to the Henry Holloway coached Valleys in an absolute thriller at Lang Park with Diehards’ fullback, Norm Clark kicking the winning goal in extra time.
It was the first occasion where extra time was used in a BRL grand final since 1935 when Vince Hogan kicked the winning goal to give Brothers an 11-9 win over Valleys.
The 1970 result was Valleys’ first premiership since 1957 and was a triumph for skipper, Mick Retchless whose displays in the finals were rated by The Courier-Mail’s chief league writer, Jack Reardon as the best by a centre since John McDonald moved to Sydney three years earlier.
Bax described it as ‘the biggest cliff hanger of all time’ and the best final he had seen since he moved to Brisbane from the bush in 1947.
Norths halfback, Johnny Brown was the only Queensland based player chosen in the World Cup touring side the following week.
The day after the BRL grand final a Queensland colts team played Cronulla at Lang Park, and the star for the Colts was Toowoomba fullback, Wayne Bennett who only got a start because Toowoomba’s first choice fullback, John Cowley was involved in a club grand final in the garden city.
Cronulla won 17-16 despite the dismissal of captain, Tommy Bishop mid-way through the second half. The former British Test halfback had a verbal duel with controversial referee, Henry Albert.

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