Rugby League

Bernie Drew - A True Unsung Queensland Rugby League Hero

Bernie Drew – A True Unsung Queensland Rugby League Hero

Queensland Rugby League Team, 1951   Qld vs NSW Game 1, 1951 – Bernie Drew rises to the occasion. The state of the game of rugby league in Queensland the late 1940s was at a critical juncture. Since the end of World War II, Queensland had won only two games overall in the interstate series. […]
Test Match Battle of Brisbane 1970

Test Match Battles of Brisbane

The Australian Test Team in the Battle of Brisbane III   Battle of Brisbane I Date: June 18th, 1932 Venue: The ’Gabba Score: Australia 15 – Great Britain 6 Before the game, the Australian coach, Harry Sunderland, made an audacious visit to the visitors’ dressing room. He proceeded to give a ‘helpful’ explanation of how […]
Duncan Thompson - The Downs Fox

Duncan Thompson – The Downs Fox

‘The Downs Fox’ was born in Warwick, Queensland in 1895. At 17, he started playing for Starlights in the Ipswich competition and debuted for Queensland in 1915. Although he was shot at Dernancourt, France in the right lung in World War I, he survived to become the captain of the Queensland team. He made his […]
American All Stars Rugby League Tour - 1953

American All Stars Rugby League Tour – 1953

Organiser, manager and second-rower Mike Dimitro brought 21 players with him for the American All Stars Tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1953. Dimitro was an elite American football player who had come to Australia during World War II and developed a keen interest in rugby league while being involved in services wrestling and […]
Bobby Bax - Greatest Coach in the History of Rugby League

Bobby Bax – Greatest Coach in the History of Rugby League

Bobby Bax was a ‘player’s coach’. His success was founded on building up an exceptional team culture where he and his players grew to genuinely care about each other. The camaraderie that developed as a result was evident on the football field, game after game and year after year. If there was a blue on […]
Frank Drake - A Rebel With A Cause

Frank Drake – A Rebel With A Cause

Billy Slater is currently firmly ensconced in the position of Australia’s premier fullback, currently holding the record for the most tries scored by a fullback in the NRL. He epitomises the concept of the “running fullback” and no one currently questions the validity or the value of having a fullback that scores a lot of […]
Ross Strudwick - Halfback Extraordinaire

Ross Strudwick – Halfback Extraordinaire

At a time when many of Queensland’s best players were being poached by Sydney clubs, Ross Strudwick bucked the trend by leaving mighty St George to join Fortitude Valley in the Brisbane competition in 1973. The Valleys club had its own proud tradition, having won the first BRL competition in 1909 and a record 17 […]
Wally Lewis And The Diehards

Wally Lewis And The Diehards

2018 marked the 40th anniversary of Wally Lewis’ first grade debut for Fortitude Valleys in the Brisbane Rugby League (BRL) competition. The Valleys Diehards were a foundation club and have won 25 first grade premierships overall, more than any other football club in Australian history. Kangaroos such as Vic Armbruster and Duncan Hall, and Origin […]