FLASHBACK: August 1936

Toowoomba, captained by ironman Test forward, Herb Steinohrt, claimed the 1936 Bulimba Cup title with a thrilling 11-10 win over Ipswich  at North Ipswich Reserve.

The Downsmen were  missing international halfback, Fred Gilbert, but there was no reduction in the standard of their play, particularly in the first half when they established a 5-0 lead.

Gilbert was replaced by Les Ridgewell, who played a big part in State winger, Harry Robison’s second try.

Veteran Test star, Mick Madsen (he was 34 at the time) and fellow forward, Dick Baker were magnificent in the ruck for Toowoomba, and closed the game down in the latter stages, to frustrate Ipswich’s attacking endeavours.

Madsen was nicknamed the ‘mighty mower of men’ by one scribe.

The man who continually brought fans to their feet was Toowoomba five eighth, Vic Hey, who played with rare brilliance.

Hey had played in two of the three Tests against the touring England side. England were undefeated on the Queensland leg of their tour, but were pushed all the way by Toowoomba, before winning 10-8, in front of a crowd of 10,000.

Ipswich, who were beaten 23-3 by England, were best served by State centre, Lyn Wood in the Bulimba Cup final against Toowoomba.

Test referee, Frank Moynihan, handled a grueling game with credit, “ensuring the temper of the players was officially curbed”.

Mick Madsen

Mick Madsen

One response to “FLASHBACK: August 1936

  1. Has a list of Bulimba Cup players between 1934 to 1938 ever been made? Also my Dad played for the Devils in the 30’s, but I can’t find any player records from the club. Any ideas?

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