FLASHBACK: March 1988

Referee, Kerry Crimmin needed a police escort after sending off Seagulls Diehards’ players, brothers, Stephen and Richard Boys in the first half of a wild Brisbane Winfield Cup rugby league match at North Ipswich Reserve.

Crimmins and his two touch judges were confronted by two spectators in the players’ race. Brisbane Referees Association president, Geoff Mines received a report about the incident, in which a spectator is believed to have been knocked to the ground.

Diehards’ coach, Ross Henrick described the 30-20 win as a tribute to the sheers guts of his players. The Diehards led 16-2 at halftime, but Ipswich fought back to trail 14-20 at one stage.

Ipswich were down to 12 men, 10 minutes into the second half after prop, Cameron Wallace was sent off following an incident which left Diehards’ five eighth, Peter Coyne with a broken nose.

Diehards’ forward, Richard Boys was the first of the brothers to go, sent off in the 30th minute, charged with dangerously lifting his knee during a melee.

Centre, Stephen Boys was sent off on half time. He fielded a chip kick and was in possession when he got his marching orders.

The Diehards had won the Woolies pre-season competition, beating Logan City 38-4 in the final at Lang Park a week earlier, with the Boys’ brothers in devastating form.

Former Diehards prop, Bob Knight, a policeman, was sent off playing for Logan City against Norths at Meakin Park, Kingston. Norths won 26-0.

At Corbett Park, Grange, Brothers’ defeated Wynnum-Manly 12-4 in a poor quality match, punctuated by 30 penalties from referee, David Manson. Brothers’ defence was exceptional, with forwards, Michael Moore, Steve Davis and Bill Lindwall leading the way. Wynnum coach, John Dowling promised team changes.

Easts, wooden spooners in 1987, humiliated Souths 40-6 at Davies Park, with former Australian Schoolboys’ winger, Darryl Harrison (originally from Murgon) turning in an eye catching display which yielded two tries.

Second rower, David Paterson, a Mackay product, also scored two tries, with The Courier-Mail’s Jack Craig tipping a bright future for a player who had been cut by the Canberra Raiders.

Crafty halfback, Kevin Langer steered Wests to a well earned 14-6 win over Redcliffe at Purtell Park, Bardon and there was speculation he would join younger brother, Allan at the Brisbane Broncos, where depth in the halves had taken a hit with an injury to Scott Lewis, the younger brother of skipper, Wally Lewis.

Footnote: Bob Knight, a fellow member with me on the Brisbane Men of League committee, told me he enjoyed immensely, playing under John Barber at Logan. Knight also recalled that he was one of the first players put on report in the BRL back in the early 1980s. He hit Souths’ halfback, Brad Sully with a stiff arm and got sent to the bin. “I fronted the judiciary a few nights later and they said they didn’t know anything about the reporting system,” Knight said. “They told me the time in the bin was sufficient punishment.”

Photo: Richard Boys hits hard in defence.

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