Young winger, Des Hendry scored two fine tries for Brisbane in their 25-14 win over 1957 Bulimba Cup winners, Ipswich at the Exhibition Grounds, his electric speed often bringing the crowd to its feet.
Brisbane centres, Morrie Lyons and Bill Pearson gave their wingers, Hendry and Frank Melit plenty of opportunities. Brisbane five eighth, Col McCartney also finished with two tries, while fullback, Norm Pope kicked one 50 metre penalty goal, as well as four conversions. Passing rushes by Ipswich forwards, Gary Parcell, Dud Beattie and Brian Rashleigh severely tested Brisbane, but the home side was able to penetrate more deeply in the rucks, largely through the expertise of Mel Hansen, Marshall Barnfield and Graham Rogers. Future Test hooker/prop, Noel Kelly played for Ipswich after Greg Jackwitz was ruled out with a broken leg.
A new player on Easts’ Brisbane’s books was young forward, Steele Davis, a grandson of Arthur Hoey Davis, better known as Steele Rudd, author of ‘On Our Selection’. Steele Davis, a former Brisbane Boys College student, was a bank employee at the time of his signing with Easts.
At Oxenham Park, Nundah the home side Norths accounted for Tweed club, South Murwillumbah, 36-6 in a trial. Souths were one of three senior clubs at Murwillumbah, the others being Brothers (who were formed that year, with Paul Broughton as inaugural captain-coach) and Old Boys. Former rugby union lock, Mick Nugent impressed for Norths with his speed in attack, and hard, low tackling. Forward, F. Strong and winger, R. Judd were best for Souths.
In England, former Springbok rugby union winger, Tom Van Vollenhoven was being compared to former Great Britain star, Alf Ellaby, after scoring 22 tries in his first 11 matches for St Helens, including five tries in one match. He made such an impression, he was chosen for a Rugby League XIII to play France at Headingley, Leeds. He went on to score two tries as the French lost 19-8 in front of a crowd of 13,993. Australian, Brian Bevan (Warrington) was the other winger for the RL Selection and also finished with a try. Jean Rouqueirol from Avignon was France’s best, while co-forward, Georges Fages (Albi) was tireless. It was felt France needed to find bigger forwards, if they were to return to the glories of the period 1950 to ’55.
Photo: St Helens’ star, Tom Van Vollenhoven (left) tackled by Rhodesian rival, Trevor Lake from Wigan.