Aussie rules convert, Barry Spring kicked four field goals for Norths in a 13-9 win over Valleys in the Easter Monday clash at Lang Park, one of them a 45 metre effort.
Valleys scored three tries to Norths’ one, but Valleys’ kicker, indigenous star, Norm Clarke, missed all six (place kick) attempts at goal.
Norths’ coach, Bob Bax had drilled his side to make the greatest possible use of Spring, and they did that to perfection, positioning play to suit the former Mayne Aussie rules star.
Field goals were worth two points in 1969, and everyone was having a go. In Sydney, the maestro was Souths’ indigenous fullback, Eric Simms.
An intercept try by prop, Des ‘Tractor’ Tracey two minutes from full time gave Easts a 21-17 win over premiers, Brothers at Lang Park match. Tracey latched on to a loose pass by Brothers’ State forward, Reg Cannon. Peter Lobegeiger landed five goals and kicked a field goal.
Brothers lost prop, Doug Hardgrave six minutes from halftime, for kneeing. The Fighting Irish were unlucky to lose. They scored some splendid tries, two of them by fullback, Barry Kenning (who would go on to become Broncos’ kicking coach) who chimed into the back line beautifully.
Brothers’ giant young forward, Len Dittmar had a splendid game, highlighted by a commendable work rate.
Wests’ young second rowers, Ian Robson and Richie Twist stood out in the Panthers’ 30-7 thrashing of Souths at Davies Park. Wests’ winger, Brian McDonald scored two tries and centre, Ian Kennedy, a former Murwillumbah Old Boys’ player, finished with 15 points from a try and six goals.
Lawrie Kavanagh wrote in The Courier-Mail that Souths abused their majority of scrum possession with appalling passing and handling, with second rowers, Bill Loof and Jeff Marshall two of the worst offenders. Ouch!
Referee, Rick Pollock dismissed Redcliffe halfback, Bob Lawson early in the Dolphins’ 24-19 away loss to Wynnum-Manly in the other match of the first round.
On Easter Saturday, Toowoomba had breathed new life into the Bulimba Cup inter-city competition, with a 20-19 win over Brisbane at Lang Park, with Toowoomba halfback, Dick Rose described by The Courier-Mail’s Jack Reardon as the sharpest looking halfback around the base of the scrum, that he had seen in recent years.
Centre, Peter Lawton scored both Toowoomba tries and landed a field goal, while winger, John Cowley kicked six goals from six shots, four of them penalties. Brisbane scored five tries.
The Brisbane side included two men who had represented New South Wales Country – Graham Atherton (Brisbane Souths) made Country from Lismore Marist Brothers, while Dobrich (Wynnum-Manly) played at the SCG for the bush boys, from Murwillumbah Brothers. Brisbane were captained by Test forward, Elton Rasmussen, a Mackay product, who had played for Toowoomba.
The QRL dismissed an appeal by the Blackbutt club against a $250 transfer fee imposed on forward, Bob Raaen by his former club, Kilcoy.
Photo: Gary Dobrich and his wife, Sue with photos from Gary’s Queensland and NSW Country days.