Norths’ teenagers, Darryl Brohman, Shane Bernardin and Neville Draper were the shining lights of round 2 of the 1976 Brisbane Woolies pre-season competition.
The young trio excelled in the pouring rain at Bishop Park, Nundah with Draper scoring a spectacular, albeit dangerous try, 16 minutes into the second half to give the Devils a 13-0 lead over the Valley Diehards.
The Courier-Mail described the try this way.
“When he got the ball five metres from the tryline, Draper saw Valleys’ fullback, Rod Browne going low for the tackle, so he dived like an Olympic swimmer leaving the blocks, to score the try.”
The Courier had this to say about Brohman.
“He played a typical English second rower’s game, standing wide of the ruck and distributing the ball, or making short bullocking runs himself.”
Unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical English second rower any more, with the Poms playing to the same style book as the NRL.
Easts’ Test hooker, John Lang played with great zest in the open as the Tigers accounted for Wynnum-Manly 22-13 in the second match of a Lang Park double header. Lang had toured England, Wales and France with the Australian World Series side late in 1975, but showed no ill effects from an arduous season.
Redcliffe beat Brothers 15-14 in the early match, with Brothers showing plenty of ticker to make the Dolphins fight every step of the way after The Fighting Irish trailed 12-4 at halftime.
Newcomers who impressed for Brothers included television cameraman, Shane Dyson and school teacher, John Leyden.
Premiers Wests beat Souths 13-12 at Purtell Park, showing too much class and skill for the brave Magpies who had opened the scoring through Test back, John Grant (later to become chairman of the ARLC).
Wests’ five eighth, Geoff Richardson,a dual international was in sublime touch with the ball in hand or kicking for his supports.