A wild trial match at riverside Hamilton in Brisbane saw Test fullback, Norm Pope (Valleys) and Ossie Hardy (Souths) sent off by referee, Nev Kelly.
The match looked like getting out of hand, but a few cooler heads on both sides ensured things did not deteriorate after the dismissals.
Valleys won easily 33-0, with winger, Mick Beirne scoring two fine tries, one a 60 metre effort.
Lock, Peter Gallagher was the outstanding forward for Brothers in their 31-12 win over Norths at Ballymore.
Norths showed plenty of promise with big young centre, Bernie Weimers in good early season form.
Meanwhile, at the Exhibition Grounds a halfback signing from Toowoomba was impressing in his debut for Wests. It was Barry Muir, the Murwillumbah born, Tweed Heads/Coolangatta raised future Test star.
Muir impressed with his open field play and defence, but was heavily penalised for his scrum work, as Easts carved out a 43-14 win, with former Townsville centre, Keith Polkinghorn impressing for the victors. Winger, Barry Maranta, the Brisbane Broncos’ foundation chairman, was among the Easts’ try scorers.
At Kitchener Park, Wynnum, the home side defeated Ipswich club, Booval Swifts 22-9 with Marshall Barnsfield outstanding in the forwards for the victors.
Toowoomba premiers, Souths had too much class for Redcliffe, winning 46-6 at Redcliffe.
Meanwhile, the cashed up Sarina club from Central Queensland, signed Test centre, Alex Watson – in a telephone booth at the GPO in Brisbane.
Sarina secretary, Ron Vickers met Watson by appointment in the city, and after discussing terms, adjourned to the GPO to sign the contract.
“It was the quietest spot we could find, and we could hardly sign the contract up against a shop window,” Vickers said.
Watson gave an undertaking to drive his own car to Sarina in the following days, and to be available for a trial at the weekend.
Sarina advertised the job for 35 pounds a week, and the successful applicant would have to coach all three grades as well as local school sides.
Photo: Barry Maranta