FLASHBACK: February 1989

'The Angry Ant' Ross Henrick, playing for Valleys, charges down a kick by Wests Mark Crear at Lang Park, with Norm Carr in the background.

‘The Angry Ant’ Ross Henrick, playing for Valleys, charges down a kick by Wests Mark Crear at Lang Park, with Norm Carr in the background.

Valleys coach, Ross Henrick claimed Ipswich players received preferential treatment in selection for Brisbane’s National Panasonic Cup squad for a qualifying match against Port Moresby.
Henrick said the selection of five current and former Ipswich players could not be justified.
The Brisbane coach was 1988 Ipswich coach, Tom Raudonikis, who took the Jets to the grand final only to watch them beaten by Valleys.
“Tommy’s boys have been well looked after,” Henrick said. “There is no way the selectors can justify picking blokes like Andrew Walters and Tony Waddups ahead of Richard Boys and Shane Buckley.”
The other Ipswich players in the squad were Ross Williams and Darren Wolens, while Brett Johnstone was a former Jet who switched to Souths in the off-season.
The Brisbane squad was: David Bourke; Guy Harvey, Ross Williams, Brett Johnstone, Mark McDonald; Trevor Benson, Brett Daunt; Scott McKay, Bill Holmes, Chris White, Ian McKenzie, Andrew Walters, Darren Smith. Reserves: Kevin Langer, Tony Waddups, Ziggy Strasser, Darren Wolens.
Bourke, Daunt, Holmes and Strasser were from Valleys.
Langer trialled with Sydney club, Wests in Armidale the previous weekend and was waiting word about a contract. Langer ultimately missed out on a deal and went on to star for Combined Brisbane as they beat Port Moresby away and then New South Wales Country at Tweed Heads, before losing to the Craig Young coached St George side, 14-10 at Parramatta Stadium.
Mark Coyne scored the winning try for the Dragons, but Walters was man of the match.

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