FLASHBACK: August 1978


State rugby league centre, Brad Kennedy, semi-paralysed after a tackle in a Fourex Cup match in Ipswich the previous month, made a remarkable recovery, and returned home to Gympie.

A product of Miami High School on the Gold Coast, Kennedy, 24, had been recuperating at his mother, Daphne’s house at Tugun.

He was semi-paralysed on the right side, suffered impaired balance and slurred speech, with doctors discovering he had a small haemorrhage at the base of the skull.

Mrs Kennedy said she was thrilled with her son’s progress. “He is back to 95 percent of what he was before,” she said.

But Kennedy was told he would not play football again. Married with a 19-month-old son, Kennedy worked for the Forestry Department at Gympie.

In Brisbane club football, Wally Lewis had a blinder for Valleys in their 18-15 win over premiers, Easts at Neumann Oval.

The Courier-Mail reported that Lewis had been playing as an amateur, and would receive a trophy as their weekly award winner, rather than the $25 bonus.

Lewis had toured Britain with the Australian Schoolboy rugby union side in 1977 and was reportedly still undecided about his future.

Redcliffe, inspired by prop, John Barber and fullback, Ian ‘Bunny’ Pearce, scored seven tries to three in a 35-17 demolition of Brothers at Redcliffe Showgrounds.

A last minute try by centre, Greg McCarthy gave Wests a 17-12 win over Souths in a scrappy match at Purtell Park, Bardon.

Wests’ state lock, Norm Carr was penalised by referee, Bill Kessells for throwing the boot of Souths’ fullback, Tony Gibson into the crowd.

Rowan Brennan, younger brother of St George (Sydney) centre, Mitch Brennan, made a magnificent first grade debut for Wests. He was given good support by Paul Vautin and Dave McKenzie.

The smallest Lang Park crowd of the season – about 200 – saw Wynnum-Manly beat a patched up Norths 26-15. Wynnum halfback, Ernie Edwards was player of the match and was strongly supported by forwards, John Dowling and Glen Hoppner.

In the Amco Cup, St George and Easts qualified for the final of the knock-out competition.

Easts, with skipper, Arthur Beetson the leading figure, defeated Manly 14-2, while Saints accounted for Cronulla 21-7 in the other semi-final. Rod Reddy was St George’s man of the match.

In the Amco Shield Schoolboy competition, Brisbane’s Padua College qualified for the final courtesy of a penalty countback, after a 8-8 draw with Gosford High from New South Wales. Paul Alroe, son of Brisbane Brothers’ president, Don Alroe, scored a try four minutes from fulltime and then converted for the 8-8 scoreline.

Photo: Brad Kennedy training for Queensland.

One response to “FLASHBACK: August 1978

  1. Great to play along side Brad. We’ve just had a reunion for that 78 Brothers team. It good to see all the boys together after so many years. 😊

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