Brothers staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in rugby league history, to beat Redcliffe 40-36 at Lang Park in a match that would live long in the memory of those fortunate enough to witness it.
Brothers’ coach, former Test halfback, Tom Raudonikis was in tears afterwards, such was his pride in his men, who seemed destined for a huge defeat, after having fiery forward, Glen Haggath sent off in the first minute, and then trailing 30-12 at halftime.
Raudonikis rated it the greatest game of football he had been associated with. This coming from a man who played 29 Tests for his country.
“I told the players at halftime we could go down in history, if we won the game, and they went out there and did it for me,” he said.
Redcliffe coach, John Barber was almost speechless, which is saying something.
He told his players not to feel sorry for themsleves, but to feel sorry for their fans. One Dolphins’ supporter, Neil Miller, had offered a $100 award for the best defensive effort, but the players told him to keep his money, after they conceded five tries in the second half.
Haggath lashed out with his boot, at Redcliffe prop, Mick Webb, and although there didn’t seem to be any force, he was immediataly sent from the field by Test referee, Eddie Ward.
Winger, Joe Kilroy scored two tries for Brothers, while five eighth, Pat Shepherdson kicked six goals.
The win consolidated Brothers’ hold on fourth spot on the premiership ladder, while Redcliffe were stuck at equal fifth, alongside Easts, who were held to a 22-22 draw by last placed Norths, at Langlands Park.
Valleys maintained their hold on third spot with a 24-12 win over Wests at Purtell Park, with five eighth, Grant Rix in superb touch.
“He (Rix) is a genius with the football,” said Valleys’ coach, Ross Strudwick. “Sometimes out there, he looked like Reg Gasnier, or even Steve Rogers in his heyday.”
Great Britain finished their southern hemisphere tour with a 38-20 win over Papua New Guinea at Mt Hagen, with winger, Des Drummond scoring two tries. Fullback, Mick Burke scored a try and kicked five goals.
My late mother, Lola, was spectator at the Brothers v Redcliffe match, and many years later told me it was her most memorable game of football, particularly as she was a devoted Brothers’ fan.
Photo 1: Glen Haggath
Photo 2: Des Drummond.