FLASHBACK: September 1979

A Valleys’ official and an Easts’ reserve grade player were cited to appear before the Brisbane Rugby League, following an incident in the Lang Park grandstand during the major semi-final between Valleys and premiers, Easts.
The incident took place as Easts’ five eighth, Greg Holben was leaving the field injured late in the first half of a match, won 27-2 by Valleys, who scored five tries, with winger, Peter Falvey and centre, Mick Neill getting two each.
Neil, the competition’s leading points scorer, had another field day, finishing with 18 points, given he also kicked six goals.
The game started as one of the most incident packed clashes on Lang Park for some time.
“Players from both teams were flattened left, right and centre by punches and heavy tackles in a furious first 10 minutes,” wrote The Courier-Mail’s Lawrie Kavanagh. “But just as the match started to get out of hand, things settled down, with Valleys taking control with strong attacking football.”
Referee, Harry Dearness did not send anyone off. The previous week he had been accused of a ‘hair trigger reaction’ when he dismissed Brothers Kiwi forward, Al Murdoch in a reserve grade semi-final. Murdoch was found not guilty at the judiciary.
Star of the match was Valleys’ fullback, Alan Mills, who set up three tries, and produced side stepping the equal of the great Graeme Langlands.
Footnote: I don’t know what happened about the grandstand incident. I couldn’t find anything in The Courier-Mail files. Would love to know the outcome and the people involved.
Photo 1: Mick Neill.

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