FLASHBACK: October 1960

Players in the decisive World Cup match between Great Britain and Australia did as they liked under French referee, Edouard Martung, according to Queensland forward, Gary Parcell on his return to Brisbane from the tournament.

Britain won the match 10-3 at Odsal Stadium, Bradford in front of a crowd of 32,773, to finish the tournament undefeated and claim the title, with no final required.

“The game was rough, but when all is said and done, not that much rougher than the three Tests against the Poms in England last year,” Parcell said.

“But the French referee allowed both sides to stand off-side all day, and the Poms did it better than us.”

Australian team co-manager, Pat Duggan said he believed the bitterness that was apparent in the match could have been averted if all four sides – Australia, Britain, New Zealand and France -had been accommodated in the same city, instead of being based at different centres in England’s north.

“They could have got to know each other, off the field,” Duggan said.

Interesting slant on things, Mr Duggan.

On his return to Brisbane, Australian forward, Elton Rasmussen was met at the airport by his fiancee, Miss June Shepperd from Toowoomba. They were to be married the following March.

Rasmussen, a Mackay product, played club football in Toowoomba in 1960. He said he would be looking for a sign-on fee in 1961, given he was about to be married.

Meanwhile, the Brisbane Rugby league set-up a new coaching panel which included former internationals Tom Gorman, Duncan Hall, Mick Crocker and Jack Reardon, as well as Eric Harris and Ted Verrenkamp, two Queenslanders who made it big in English club football.

Also in October, 1960 more than 300 University of Queensland students signed a petition asking the Sports Union for permission to form an amateur rugby league club.

Most of the students were from the bush, or products of metropolitan state high schools, which played league, as opposed to most of the private schools, which played union.

A senior University club played in the BRL from 1920 to 1933, winning premierships in 1928 and ’29. There was no rugby union in Queensland in the 1920s, the code disbanding after World War 1 because of financial difficulties and the popularity of league.

Gary Parcell

Gary Parcell at home at Harrisville near Ipswich

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