AN extraordinary Queensland Rugby League ban on Toowoomba Souths’ participating in the local competition was finally lifted, ending the concerns of the club’s 116 registered players and 30 officials.
The ban was imposed on August 27, 1965 after Souths failed to pay to the QRL Trust fund a 1,000 pounds transfer fee Manly-Warringah had lodged for Souths’ Test forward, Mick Veivers.
The QRL proposed that the sum be divided equally between the ruling body, Souths and Manly, with Souths’ officials agreeing to the compromise, just in time for the commencement of trial matches.
Souths had already been rocked by the defection of Test five eighth, Johnny Gleeson to Brisbane club, Brothers, who also had gained the services of Toowoomba Valleys’ State forward, Dennis Manteit.
And former Queensland rugby union halfback, Adrian Hose started training with Brothers’ League at Corbett Park, Grange, in the hope of a professional contract.
Meanwhile, Brisbane Easts, who were coached by former Test fullback, Clive Churchill, set about signing new young blood after the loss of several experienced players, most notably, Ben Wall, who returned to North Queensland to play in the Burdekin competition.
Again Toowoomba was on the receiving end, with All Whites’ pair, Danny Ryan and John Doyle signed by the Tigers’ recruitment chief, Tom Drysdale. Ryan and Doyle had played Bulimba Cup for Toowoomba.
National Service in the Armed Forces also was taking its toll on several clubs, with Brisbane Brothers losing John Scougall and Graham Marshall to the ballot.
Norths had some good news with the return of State centre, Brian cook after a stint with Cairns club, Ivanhoes, and the signing of state hooker, Lloyd Little (you guessed it) – from Toowoomba, this time the Valleys club in the garden city.