Referee, Roy Massey sent four players from the field in four minutes, late in Ipswich’s dramatic 7-2 win over Brisbane in the final of the inter-city, Bulimba Cup competition at Lang Park.
It was Ipswich’s first Bulimba Cup title since 1958, a memorable victory, which was celebrated at a reunion of both sides in 2016.
Nine minutes from full time, Massey sent off opposing forwards, Don Simpson (Brisbane) and 19-year-old Kev Stephens (Ipswich) for fighting.
Three minutes later Massey dismissed Brisbane forward, Noel Cavanagh for an illegality in a tackle. Within a minute the ref also banished Ipswich centre, Col Dwyer for another alleged offence in a tackle.
The Courier-Mail’s Jack Reardon said the sending off dramas rated as “the most animated period of the worst match of the year.”
Good old Jack. Telling it as it is, unlike some reporters in rival codes at the time.
Reardon placed some of the blame on Ipswich, saying they were experts at spoiling tactics. But he also acknowledged their tigerish defence, singling out lock, Sid Lewis and wiry prop, John Andrews.
Stephens, despite his send-off, was rated ‘another Dud Beattie’ by Reardon (Beattie was an Ipswich product who played 15 Tests for Australia), while nuggety newcomer, Syd Bichell shaped as the next Gary Parcell (Parcell was an Ipswich forward who played 8 Tests for Australia).
Alan Mclean was Brisbane’s best foward.
The crowd was a disappointing 5,129.
The final was played as a result of Brisbane’s 19-7 win over Toowoomba in Toowoomba a week earlier, a result which saw Brisbane and Ipswich draw level on the points ladder.
Ipswich’s win in the final gave them the right to play Wide Bay for the title of state champions. That match was played on August 28 in Bundaberg, with Wide Bay winning 50-8.