FLASHBACK: March 1964

Brilliant Test halfback, Barry Muir

Brilliant Test halfback, Barry Muir

Wynnum-Manly’s international five eighth, Johnny Gleeson and Redcliffe hooker, Bob Lawson were sent off following a wild brawl in the final minute of a BRL round 1 fixture at Redcliffe Showground.
Gleeson, who had only returned from the Kangaroo tour of England and France a few weeks earlier, was noted as an even tempered footballer.
But he was heavily spotted by the Dolphins and his flare-up came after a fair amount of provocation, according to The Courier-Mail’s Lawrie Kavanagh.
Gleeson and Lawson were each suspended for one match.
Col Weier and Des Webb (Redcliffe); Trevor Niebling, Alan Monaghan (Wynnum) were the best forwards on the field while Redcliffe centre, Mick Cox was the most dangerous back.
Halfback, Jim Hannam landed six goals from seven shots in Norths’ 20-13 win over Brothers at Neumann Oval (now Allan Border Field).
Referee, Don Lancashire awarded 21 penalties to Valleys and nine to Brothers.
Former Wallaby rugby union five eighth, Harry Roberts had a brilliant first 40 minutes for Norths, but faded after the break.
The star of the match was Brothers halfback, Peter Hanna.
If I can be self indulgent here – I played against Peter in the early 1970s when he was at the end of his career at Mullumbimby, and despite a fiery tussle he went out of his way after the match to give me some genuine words of advice about how to play the game.
Valleys backed up brilliantly in attack to score six tries in their 28-24 win over Souths at Davies Park. The Magpies scored four tries, three to winger, Denis Farrell.
In the other match Easts beat Wests 17-11 at Langlands Park with hooker, Brian Blowes outstanding for the victors.
The big talking point from the first Brisbane Bulimba Cup squad of the year was the inclusion of 19-year-old Wests’ winger, Arch Brown, who scored four tries in a mid-week selection trial.
The 19 man squad included six current or future internationals.
It was (A signifies Test men):  Kevin Lingard, Arch Brown, Fonda Metassa, Dick Pickett, Bob Hagan (A), Des Smith, Johnny Gleeson (A), Eric Gelling, Barry Muir (A), Peter Hanna, Ian Massie, Johnny Bates, Ken Day (A), Alan McLean, Peter Gallagher (A), Don Simpson, Brian Davies (A), Brian Blowes, Noel Thornton.

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