Test winger, Cec Aynsley kicked five goals in difficult conditions, including two from near halfway, to steer Western Suburbs to a 16-13 win over Christian Brothers in the final of the Old Buffers Cup competition, before a crowd of more than 7,000 at the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds.
Aynsley had made his Test debut against England the previous season, after winning Queensland selection in 1923.
Wests’ win, in what was essentially a pre-season competition, was seen as a major surprise, as Brothers had been the most impressive team in a competition which preceded the start of the Vic Jensen Shield Premiership.
Writing for the ‘Sports-Referee’ newspaper, international referee, Jack Roche described the last 10 minutes of the Old Buffers as the most exciting cup final that he could recall.
“The crowd stood the whole of the period, and kept up a constant roar,” Roche wrote. “When the final whistle blew, the crowd just took possession of the field.”
Brothers’ outstanding player was centre, Gerald Allman, while for Wests, five eighth, Jeff Moores gave a brilliant display, a sign of things to come, as he made his inter-state debut later in the year.
But, according to Roche, it was “Aynsley’s day out”.
“The international was in Test match kicking form, and despite the tricky westerly wind that blew across the field, piloted the ball between the uprights on five occasions, two of those being from near the halfway line,” he wrote.
Deputy Mayor, Ald. W R Crampton presented the Cup to the winners.
Cec Aynsley, who also played at Charters Towers and for Ipswich club, Starlights, was named on the wing in the Queensland Team of the Century in 2008. He played 34 matches for his State and four Tests for Australia.
Gympie born Jeff Moores played 16 matches for Queensland and also represented the ‘Dominion’ against France in Toulouse in 1936, while playing club rugby league in England in the 1930s.
1 Western Suburbs Brisbane Rugby League side 1925
2 Action from the 1925 Old Buffers Cup final at the Exhibition Grounds, Brisbane. Wests attack against Brothers.
3 Leeds Rugby League 1929-30. Jeff Moores, fourth from left, standing.