Darryl Brohman was compared with some of the great English forwards, after a skilful display for Norths against Brothers in a Woolies pre-season match at Lang Park.
Brohman, 19, combined well with former New South Wales Combined High Schools representative, Steve Calder (two tries) as Norths impressed in a 17-12 win over a talented Brothers’ line-up.
The Courier-Mail’s Jack Reardon wrote that Brohman distributed the ball like an English Test veteran, and also was strong in defence.
Brothers had got away to a strong start, with second rower, Bob Cock showing surprising speed in a 40-metre burst, before linking with winger, Ian Dauth, who was stopped a metre from the line. Prop, Peter McNamara then crashed over for the opening try.
Centre, Paul Beauchmap, 18, a brother of former State centre, Ron Beauchamp, was making his debut for Brothers, who experimented with a new halves combination – John Herlihy and television cameraman, Shane Dyson.
In the late match at Lang Park, Wests had too much class for Wynnum-Manly, winning 25-8 with centre, Ian Sharry scoring two tries, while Test winger, Wayne Stewart kicked five goals. Former Toowoomba forward, Steve McCosker scored a try on debut for the Panthers.
Hooker, Gary Prickett; five eighth, Stephen Crear and lock, John Ribot were Wests’ stars. Wynnum captain and lock, Nev ‘Hornet’ Hornery scored the Seagulls’ only try, but also spent time in the sin bin for an indiscretion.
Former Cronulla and Sydney Wests’ utility, Chris Wellman impressed at five eighth for Redcliffe, in the Dolphins 36-6 thrashing of Valleys at Neumann Oval (now Allan Border Field). Wellman was equally impressive when he moved to lock in the second half.
Redcliffe’s major import, former NSW prop, John Barber ‘looked overweight’, according to The Courier-Mail’s Lawrie Kavanagh, but added punch to the Dolphins pack. Fullback, Tony Obst and centre, Ian ‘Bunny’ Pearce each scored two tries, with Pearce landing five goals.
In the other match, Easts showcased brilliant attack in their 20-13 win over Souths on a muddy Davies Park, West End.
Easts forward, John Payne and centre, Steve Farquhar had spells in the sin bin, but the Tigers hardly missed a beat.
Former Canterbury-Bankstown winger, Tom Gillogly, a product of Wingham Tigers in the Manning Valley of New South Wales, kicked five goals from eight shots, some of them from long distance.
Souths had a new coach – Englishman, Tom Berry.
1 Darryl Brohman playing for Brisbane Norths
2 Hooker, Gary Prickett with fellow Qld Country props, Marshall Colwell (left) and Rohan Hancock in 1981.