Greyhound like centre, Paul Beauchamp caught the eye in Brothers’ 34-7 thrashing of Valleys in a round 2 Brisbane Rugby League premiership match at Lang Park.
Beauchamp, a 20-year-old state public servant, took the spotlight from his centre partner, Mark Thomas, and would go on to represent Brisbane. (Paul’s older brother, Ron had already played for Queensland from Toowoomba). But Thomas, who was replaced by Peter Garozzo in the second half of the Valleys’ match, would go on to play for Australia.
That’s another story.
Back to round 2 of the BRL in ’77.
Brothers’ win was a tribute to coach, John Lohman who had his players producing a tight pattern of defence, but also backing up superbly in attack. There were some spectacular bursts by Brothers in which big forwards, Bob Cock and Peter McNamara made initial breaks, before putting out a vital pass to support players.
At Bishop Park, premiers, Wests beat Norths 38-22 in cruel heat, which saw Wests’ coach, Ron Raper postpone his plans for a playing comeback.
Raper, a former Canterbury-Bankstown (Sydney) and Redcliffe star, had told his players he would return to football if they did not improve on their pre-season form and the 26-0 loss to Redcliffe in round 1 of the premiership.
After seeing Wests rattle up 10 tries to four against Norths, Raper said he was satisfied he could keep his boots in the cupboard, although he would keep his options open. The margin would have been far greater if Wayne Stewart was on target, but the former Test winger landed only four goals from 10 shots.
Wests’ most dangerous player was fullback, Greg ‘Slippery’ McCarthy while forwards, Henry Williamson, Rod Bradshaw and Gary Prickett were in top form.
Former Wingham Tigers’ goal kicking winger, Tom Gillogly scored 25 points in Souths 34-17 mauling of Easts at Davies Park. Gillogly scored three tries, capitalising on the power of line smashing forwards, Darryl Van de Velde and Greg Veivers, and the old combination of Graeme Artherton and John Grant in the backs.
In the Saturday Lang Park match, Redcliffe beat Wynnum-Manly 14-7.
In the Carlton Cup, Toowoomba beat Ipswich 28-20 at Athletic Oval, Toowoomba.
in Sydney, Manly took outright lead of the premiership with a 31-7 win over Penrith with speedy young centre, Russell Gartner; winger, Rod Jackson and halfback, Johnny Gibbs scoring two tries each. Gartner would go on to become a member of Australia’s World Cup squad later in the year, with Mark Thomas.