QRL Wide Bay Team of the Century

Wide Bay Team of the Century announced at the 47th Battalion/Toyota Centenary Trophy  at Nambour on Saturday May 10th.

Photo L to R Mick Plant, Phil Braithwaite, Col Weiss, Joan Pearce(Bunny Pearce), Lee McGlynn(Rex McGlynn), James Ward, Bryan Niebling, Gary Pearson and Noel Gallagher

Fullback:

Ian (Bunny) Pearce           

South Burnett

Blackbutt, Lower South Burnett, Wide Bay, Redcliffe, and Queensland. Captain of the South Burnett team of the Century.1978 (Redcliffe)Rothmans' Medal for the Best and Fairest player in the Brisbane Premiership.

Winger:  

Les Kiss

Bundaberg

Winger/Fullback – Brothers – Great Attacking Winger With Great Talent And Who Was Very Elusive. Played For Bundaberg And Wide Bay and Went On To Play For Valleys and Nth. Sydney. Represented QLD and Australia.

Centre:

Noel Hazzard

Bundaberg

Known As The Best Centre To Play In Bundaberg. Represented Bundaberg, Wide Bay, QLD, And Australia. Strong Hard Running Centre, Known For His Strength.  Was Believed That He Could Lift A 44 Gal Drum Of Petrol On The Back Of A Truck.

Centre:

Rex McGlynn(CC)

Bundaberg

Dynamic ball runner who could step off both feet. Could play any backline position. Played in Bundaberg for many years and represented Bundaberg and Wide Bay playing against touring sides and went on to play for QLD for a number of years. Also became a very successful coach.

Winger:            

Brad Backer

Fraser Coast

Maryborough, Wide Bay, 1979 (3) v NSW, Great Britain (1) 1980 (3) NSW 1981 (3) NSW (1) 1982 NSW (1) NZ.

Five-eighth:

Frank Fisher

South Burnett           

Cherbourg & Wide Bay. Played against the 1936 English Touring Team and rated by their Captain as the best Country footballer they had played against. Grandfather of Olympic Gold Medalist Cathy Freeman.

Halfback:  

James Ward

Sunshine Coast

Nambour, Caloundra and Kawana. He had played 21 consecutive years of first grade, winning four premierships – three with the Crushers and one with Kawana.Represented Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay over a number of years.

Lock:

Col Weiss

Bundaberg

Devastating Player, A Great Cover Defender And Attacking Player With His Side Step A Feature Of His Game. Played For Bundaberg, QLD And Represented Australia From Bundaberg. He Was A Member Of The 1966 State Champions Team. Col Was Renowned For His Physical fitness.

Second row

Bryan Niebling

South Burnett           

Represented Murgon, Wide Bay, Valleys & Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia.

Second row

Tom Duggan

South Burnett           

Wondai & Valleys, Wide Bay, Queensland

Front row:

Gary Pearson   

Fraser Coast

Maryborough & Wide Bay, QLD 1968 v NSW (2), 1969 NSW (3) 1972 v NSW (1)

Hooker:

Noel Gallagher

Bundaberg

Brothers – Played In Brothers Winning Premiership Teams Of His Era. Played For Bundaberg And Wide Bay And Played In The 1966 State Champions Team - Was Selected From Bundaberg To Play For His Country On A Kangaroo Tour, Went On To Play For Cronulla for Many Years.

Front row:

Norm Potter

Fraser Coast

Maryborough, Wide Bay & rep QLD. Legendary Maryborough Captain and Coach of the 1930’s.

Reserve:           

Phil Braithwaite

South Burnett           

Murgon, Lower South Burnett, Wide Bay & Queensland

Reserve:

Mick Plant

Sunshine Coast

Souths(Nambour), Noosa,. Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay representative. Founder of the Noosa Pirates RLFC

Reserve:           

Don Nixon

Bundaberg

Centre (Went On To Play 2nd Row) Played For a Couple Of Clubs - Was An Icon In BRL. He Played For Bundaberg and Wide Bay On Numerous Occasions Over 20 Years - A Member Of The BRL Side Who Played The Australian Team In 1967 At Salter Oval.

Reserve:

Brad Kennedy  

Gympie

Represented Gympie, Wide Bay and Queensland with distinction. V NSW(3)

Captain Coach

Rex McGlynn(CC)

Bundaberg

Rex McGlynn became a very successful coach. Coached Bundaberg and Wide Bay against touring sides. Coached the Wide Bay-Burnett 1966 State Champion side.




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