FLASHBACK: July 1937

Fiery international forward, Mick Madsen missed Toowoomba’s inter-city Bulimba Cup match against Brisbane after his car broke down on the trip from Stanthorpe, where he worked, to Toowoomba.

Without Madsen, a veteran of nine Tests for Australia by that stage, Toowoomba were no match for the Norm Potter coached Brisbane, going down 18-6.

Brisbane dominated possession, thanks to hooker, Jack Little. Little, who had toured Britain with the 1933-34 Kangaroos, was considered an unlucky omission from the 1937-38 Kangaroo touring squad, which was named after an inter-state match at the Gabba in Brisbane in late June. In those days, touring sides had to travel to the UK by ship, so they would set sail before the domestic season finished.

Potter, who toured Britain with the 1921 Kangaroos, said Little’s omission was “a tragedy”

Toowoomba’s State winger, Harry Robison scored two tries, the second the best of the match. Robison beat four players in a 75 metre dash which had the crowd in a frenzy.

In the curtain raisers, a “Brisbane Team of Youths” (as the paper reported) defeated a Toowoomba Colts side 8-3, while Clifton defeated bitter rivals, Allora 9-7.

In Brisbane club football, winger, Ron Cooper scored four tries in Norths’ 27-6 win over Easts. Norths played 50 minutes with 12 men following the sending off of forward, Vic Rudd. In another lop sided match, Valleys defeated Souths 29-8 while Christian Brothers held on for a 5-3 win over Wests.

Mick Madsen

Mick Madsen

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