FLASHBACK: June 1970

‘UNKNOWN’ Beaudesert product, Ian Dauth took Brothers to a surprise 23-18 win over premiers Norths in a Brisbane competition match at Lang Park.
Dauth, playing in the centres in only his second top grade match, scored a crucial try in the second half, his trademark galloping running style bringing the fans to their feet.
Later in his career, Dauth would become of Brisbane football’s finest goal kicking wingers, but on this day winger, Barry Kenning had the kicking duties. Kenning would go on to become Brisbane Broncos’ kicking coach.
Brothers’ prop, Len Dittmar was outstanding and did a great job keeping giant Norths’ rival, Lloyd Weir (a former international) in check. Young Brothers’ lock, Greg Thomas also excelled.
Norths’ five eighth, Brian Adams was all class, scoring two tries.
Australian rules convert, Ray Smith scored two tries and kicked two field goals in Valleys’ 24-12 win over Wynnum-Manly at Kougari Oval. Field goals were worth two points in 1970.
Smith switched to league from Brisbane Aussie rules club, Western Districts. In 1971 he returned to the 18 man code, signing with VFL club, Essendon. He would become the first Queenslander to play 100 VFL games, 10 for Melbourne.
Murwillumbah Brothers’ rugby league product, Gary Dobrich scored the try of the match for Wynnum.
Easts’ Tigers knocked Souths Magpies from the top of the premiership ladder with a 27-11 win at Davies Park, with young forward, Paul Khan kicking five goals for the victors.
Co-forwards, Ron Lewis and Des Morris revelled in the hard going, while Greg Veivers was admirable in Souths’ pack and five eighth, Graeme Atherton gave excellent service to his outside men, including future ARLC chairman, John Grant, who scored a try.
In the remaining match Wests beat Redcliffe 25-7 at Oxenham Park with Wests’ centre, Rob ‘Yogi’ Thompson scoring two tries.
Keith Welsh was Redcliffe’s only try scorer, but Dolphins’ centre, Sid Pyne found plenty of gaps. Lock, Trevor Day was the pick of Redcliffe’s forwards.

Aussie rules convert, Ray Smith

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