In Maher Cup country you may have had to be a football hero to get along with a beautiful girl…as the song goes, but you didn’t need to be an International Australian representative. However 40 men on the Kangaroos Register (13 locals and 27 imports) did both represent the nation and play Maher Cup. In some 314 matches (43% of the total), at least one past, current or future international participated. On 23 September 1925 at West Wyalong four such men took to the field: Bill Brogan and Dick Vest for the home team, and Eric Weissel and Jack Kingston for the challengers. All were locals. It was indicative of the quality in the early days and a hint of why the Cup became such a phenomenon. Having phenomenal players helps. Continue reading
There is probably no-one as revered in Maher Cup football as Ron Crowe. In 1965 when he was aged just 32 the new Rugby League ground at West Wyalong was named in his honour. When in 1962 he accepted an offer to play for Souths we all became Rabbitoh fans at Toppy school. Ron and brother Les cut wood in the mallee country. My dad, a farmer, bought strainer posts from the Crowe brothers and used to point to them and say, they’re just like ‘Dookie’, a little bit bigger, and stronger and tougher than your regular posts. Off the field Ron Crowe was a most gentle man. Continue reading
No matter how tough and physically damaging Maher Cup matches were there were many warriors who just kept on battling on, long after their ears had turned to cauliflowers. A handful played for more than 20 seasons.
Below are a very select group of stoic stalwarts – men with a minimum of 18 seasons between their first and last Maher Cup matches. Continue reading