Western Suburbs DRLFC First Grade 1965
Back: G McDougall, D Barsley, J Armstrong, K Bray, N Thornton
Seated: P Dimond, R McGuinness (Captain), D Malone, J Hayes
Front: J Cody, B Kowald, D Page, D Meaney

The loss of Kevin Smyth, who had gone to Wollongong as captain/Coach, was a major blow but Dave Barsley coming back from the North Coast was a significant pick-up. Noel Kelly started the season with knee cartilage surgery, but Noel Thornton (ex-Brisbane) made a good debut at hooker. Kelly’s injury added to another shocking season of injuries, causing reflection on training methods and style of play. New coach, Ken Kearney, undertook a rigid schedule of intensive training.

Dave Barsley was the top points-scorer but the total of 75 points indicates the leanness of the season. Barsley was also voted the club’s ‘Best and Fairest’. Lower grade ‘Best and Fairest’s’ indicated a bright future with Barry Bryant (Seconds) and Bruce Beer (Thirds) getting the votes.

There was a major end-of-season tour to North Queensland and New Guinea. Any idea it would be a holiday was dispelled with the injury list published in the Annual Report:

Denis Meaney – nose injury, probable fracture, damaged knee cartilage and bursar
Roy Ferguson – lacerated eye and lip requiring sutures.
John Hayes – injured elbow
Denis Pittard – dislocated collarbone
Noel Kelly – broken thumb
John Armstrong – back injury and poisoned leg
John Mowbray – back injury
Graham Bevan – foreign body in foot and knee injury
Noel Thornton – chipped teeth and ear injury
Ken Bray – damaged ankle and thigh
Ron Costello – nose injury and cartilage
Pat Thomas – knee and leg injury, plus ankle

Some tour!


Western Suburbs State Cup – Winners 1965
Back: J Mowbray, R Ferguson, J Cody, R Costello, N Kelly (Captain), D Meaney, J Armstrong, J Brophy, N Thornton, G McDougall, D Malone
Middle: G Bevan, P Dimond, D Pittard, R McGuinness, J Hayes, B Bryant, D Pickett, K Bray, P Thomas, R Munro (Ball Boy), D Barsley


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