FLASHBACK: May 1967

MAY 1967

Queensland skipper, Peter Gallagher’s crash tackle on ‘North Zone’ dangerman, Bruce Castle gave the touring Maroons an enormous lift, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a loss at the start of a three game tour of New Zealand.

Castle, the father of noted sports administrator, Raelene Castle, had carved up the Queenslanders in the first half of the match, which was played at Auckland’s Carlaw Park, in front of a raucous crowd of 13,000.

North Zone led 9-3 at halftime, and went ahead 14-5 after prop, Robin Orchard broke through, to score near the goal posts. Lock forward, Castle had troubled Queensland in the first half with his sidestepping runs, often splitting the defence. When Castle tried to sidestep Gallagher, early in the second half, the big Brothers’ forward was ready for him, and crashed him to the ground.

“Castle was seldom dangerous again,” wrote Jack Reardon, who covered the tour for ‘The Courier-Mail’.

New Zealand Test fullback, Roger Tait scored 15 of his team’s points, with a try and six goals, while Orchard and Oscar Danielson were the pick of the local forwards.

“Queensland fullback, Peter Lobegeiger was not at home without his Lang Park mounds, and missed some fairly easy attempts at goals,” Reardon wrote. “I have never seen worse scrums than referee, Jack Percival produced. They frequently collapsed and were seldom, if ever, clean.”

Centre, Ray Cattanach had a splendid game for Queensland, scoring a try when he cleverly short-kicked and regathered to score between the posts.

Queensland produced their best football to beat South Zone 16-4 in the second match of the tour at the Addington Showgrounds in Christchurch, with Gallagher and winger, Jeff Denman scoring tries, in a match spoiled as a spectacle by referee, Jim Campbell, who blew the pea out his whistle. The crowd was 4,000.

Queensland and West Coast (South Island) played an 8-all draw at Wingham Park, Greymouth, with the lack of a competent goal kicker costing the home side victory. Their kickers, Mann and Nahu, missed five easy goals from in front of the posts. Denman and Don Jago scored tries for Queensland, with Lobegeiger landing a goal. John Hibbs scored two tries with Mann landing one goal for the locals.

Young Ipswich five eighth, John White was the outstanding Queenslander, revelling in the muddy conditions, while forwards, Jeff Marshall and Col Weiss also turned in non-stop, 80 minute performances.

Queensland coach, Ian ‘Ripper’ Doyle was happy with the way tour developed teamwork, ahead of the inter-state series against New South Wales.

The day before the West Coast match, New Zealand’s national selectors named the Kiwi squad to tour Australia, starting with a match against Newcastle on May 27. Bruce Castle was named captain.

Kiwi, Oscar Danielson arrives too late to stop Australian centre, John McDonald scoring a try at Lang Park in 1967

West Coast forward, John Hibbs makes a diving attempt at tackle on Canterbury provincial halfback, Graeme Cooksley

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