FLASHBACK: September 1956

BROTHERS lock, Barry O’Connor was named man of the match after ‘The Fighting Irish’ won the 1956 grand final with a 17-10 result over Wests at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.
For his efforts, which included several superb cover defending tackles, 19-year-old O’Connor won a canteen of cutlery donated by Red Brennan.
Brothers winger, Frank Melit scored two tries while forwards Tom Hickey, Brian Davies and Jim Duncan did an enormous amount of heavy work in the middle.
Wests captain, Duncan Hall rose to great heights as a leader and a forward and deserved to be on the winning side.
Twice Hall slammed through walls of defence to get to the fullback and leave his supports with clear runs for tries, only to see the ball put down.
Hall, Wests centre, Alex Watson and Davies from Brothers were later were chosen in the Australian team for the tour of Britain and France.
A week after the BRL grand final a Combined Brisbane side defeated Sydney premiers, St George 20-10 at Lang Park and Brothers’ youngster, O’Connor had another blinder.
Five eighth, Bobby Cook scored two tries for Brisbane. The Dragons’ best was Murwillumbah product, Bobby Bugden who started at centre before moving into his regular halfback position.

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