Brothers began the 1984 season in sensational fashion, thrashing Brisbane rugby league premiers, Easts 34-0 at Corbett Park, with winger, ‘Smokin’ Joel Kilroy in magnificent form.
Kilroy and prop, Brett Ferguson, each scored two tries, with ‘The Courier-Mail’s Lawrie Kavanagh tipping Kilroy to challenge Wynnum-Manly’s Test fullback, Colin Scott for the Queensland number one jersey.
It was reminiscent of the 1980 grand final, when Kilroy beat the odds to inspire Norths to a win over hot favorites, Souths.
Penrith halfback signing, Henry Foster made an impressive debut for Brothers in what was the first round of the Woolies pre-season, which also carried premiership points. But he was overshadowed by his halves partner, Pat Shepherdson, who played with 30 stitches in the torso after coming off second best in a bout with a chain saw at his property a week earlier.
Norths’ coach, Barry Muir, one of the greatest halfbacks in the code’s history, was ordered from the field in the match against Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval.
Muir, who played 25 Tests for Australia, went on to the field to talk to his players after Cameron Kelso had scored a try for the Devils. As Alan Mills lined up the conversion shot for goal, referee, Jim Ward (brother of Test referee, Eddie) walked up to Muir, pointing him to the sidelines. Muir stood his ground, arguing for more than a minute, but finally left the field.
It was a dangerous transgression by Muir, who was lucky to be coaching at all, after he was banned for two years for spitting at referee, Dale Coogan in 1968, when he played halfback for Brisbane Wests. The crowd of 5,000 for a Saturday night clash, had Redcliffe officials beaming.
Test five eighth, Wally Lewis made his ‘competition’ debut for Wynnum-Manly, after switching from Valleys in the off-season.
Lewis was relatively quiet in a 22-14 win over Wests at Kougari Oval, but still managed a try, as well as a wonderful try saving tackle on James Sandy.
Wynnum’s best was utility back, Brian Walsh, while in the forwards, second rower, Wayne Bullock was outstanding.
Wests’ best was lock and skipper, Norm Carr, who was responsible for some big hits. Five eighth, Steven Weiss, more then held his own against Lewis.
Wynnum prop, Greg Dowling and Wests’ hooker, Tim Watson spent time in the bin following an altercation, after Wynnum winger, Terry Butler had scored a try.
In the other match of round 1, Souths belted Valleys 30-4, with centre, Bruce Astill scoring two tries. Souths’ fullback, Gary Belcher was outstanding in attack. Valleys’ best was prop, Mick ‘sponge’ Hickey.
Metropolitan Security Services were employed as gatekeepers for club football.
Lawrie Kavanagh wrote that it was an overdue measure.
“With no offence to all the voluntary gatekeepers of the past, a lot of people saw a lot of football on the cheap, either sneaking through or being put through on the blind by their mates. That sort of mateship cost many sporting clubs heaps.
Photo 1: Henry Foster
Photo 2: Cameron Kelso