Leaving Anzac Park Gundagai on a wet 7 June 1952 after defeating Young.
Gundagai Cadets Under 18 side of 1919 going to Cootamundra in Regan’s rabbit lorry with solid rubber wheels to magnify the bumps. Top row: Henry McGuire, Cyril Bruce, Charles Davis, —?— , H. Jones, Carl Deighton; Middle row: Jack Murray, Dan Young, Don McGregor, D. Field, Bob Elliott; In Cabin: Abb Hourn, Jim McInerney; Front row: Fred Barton, Tom Slater, Ern Ratcliffe and driver Ern Regan. From Gundagai Museum.
Bachelors’ Ball at Cootamundra September 1920. Source: Gil Kelly via Cootamundra Remembers on Facebook
Tumut 1920s. From cnr. of Simpson and Carey St.
Photo by Clarrie Regent. Posted on Lost Tumut Facebook page.
Panorama of Young in the 1920s Source: posted on Historic NSW Railway Stations and Infrastructure Facebook page
Cootamundra Cadets team of 1921 which included Eric Weissel; from left to right from back row: S. Drennan, T.Maher, C.Kelly, Tom Ryan, L.Deal, Glenn Evans (referee), T. McGuigan, Eric Weissel (aged 18), L.Ryan, J.Sissian, S.Whealy (secretary & treasurer), F.Smith (captain), J.Maffersoni (president), R.Cohen, P.Mills, S.O’Neill, K.Cohen (mascot), S.Chambers, M.Rooney. Source: S.G. Chambers, Cootamundra.
Ted Maher in a Tumut team on 28 August 1921. This is probably vs Mascot from Sydney. Ted Maher played in the next Maher Cup match of this game. Team: Tom O’Brien, Charlie Oddy, Fred McInerney, Ted Maher, Bland Beck, Rupe Masters, Alan Downing, Hector McDonald, ? Callaghan, Bill Sturt, Edgar Baker, Milton (King) Allatt.
Source: Tumut RSL Club collection
Gundagai Rovers 1922 ; back row -Henry Manning, Alan Rolles, Jack Brooke, Jack Webb, Les Smith, Perce Smith, Harry Hourn ; front row – George Wheatley, Roy Field, Alan Field, Claude Smith, Joe McGuire, J. McInerney
A Cootamundra team from 1922 (possibly the Bing Boys).
Tom McDevitt, Eric Weissel, Sid Chambers, Mick Rooney, Brian O’Connor, Tom Doran, Tom Ryan, Jack Sissian, Percy Mills, Dave Young, John Thomas, Tom McGuigan, Bill Kelly, Jack Deal, John Weissel. Sources: Carmel O’Rouke on Cootamundra Remembers via Facebook and the Wal Galvin collection.
The Cootamundra team of 26 Sep 1923 which won the Maher Cup outright. In 1924 they put the money spinner back into play. Back: Left-Right; M.J. (Mick) Ryan (Selector), M. Tunchon, P. J. (Patrick Joseph) Kiley (Hon Sec), Bill Lesberg, Bob Condon, Charlie Schwartzel, D.J. Rand (President), B. Kinnane, Walter Farrer (vice President), Frank Delaney, Referee (Sydney)
2nd Row: Fred Hayward, J. Watson, Phil Regan (Captain & Coach), Ray Sheedy, Leslie Thomas Quinlan
Front Row: C.H. (Charlie) Inson (Hon Treasurer), Brian O’Connor, Curtis ‘Dick’ Pellow, Eric Weissel, Tom ‘Dipper’ McDevitt
Absent players: Wal Franklin, Phil Freestone, Tom Ryan, J. Large, J. Kelly, P. Mills, Charlie Schofield. (These would have been players who didn’t play in this particular match but contributed in other games in the astonishing run this team had -although J. Large should read Reg Large). Courtesy of Olwyn Kearney via Cootamundra Remembers on Facebook
A 1923 junior Gundagai team:
Back Row : Jim Donohue, Bluey Freestone, Jim Regan, Geoff Woods, Jack Webb, J Murray and Perce Joyce.
Middle Row: Gordon Owen, Charlie Gardiner, Don McGregor, Carl Deighton.
Front Row : Charlie Davis, Guy Hawthorne, Fred Barton, Frank Woods. Source: Steve Polsen via Lost Gundagai on Facebook
Temora 1924. Back Row – Slender O’Leary, A Naylor (Referee), Tom McAlister, Ernie Green, Rex Thwaite, H. Curran, A Forbes, Ted Curran, George Jordan, D. Crowley.
Front Row – George Richards, Peter McSullea, Sid Mansted (Coach), Harold Thomas, George Elliott, Lloyd Smith, Cyril Meehan, Triffe Pryor (Ball Boy). Source: Temora Dragons Rugby League Club via Facebook.
England v Cootamundra 1924. Source: Joe Willis via Cootamundra Remembers
Train steaming over the Murrumbidgee at Gundagai.
Fisher Park Cootamundra for the England v Riverina match of 1924? Source: Cootamundra Remembers on Facebook.
Temora 1925. Back Row – Bob Aldridge, Hec Curran, Charlie Bray, Eric Curran, Jack O’Leary, Harold Harwin, Rex Thwaite.
Front Row – Jack Myers, Col Cowan, Peter McSullea, Harold Thomas, Les Starr.
Inserts – Artie McShane, Tom Goldspink, John Dawson (Captain/Coach), Robert McKinnon, Ernie Pye, George Elliott. Source: Temora Dragons Rugby League Club via Facebook.
Four Broad forwards from the West Wyalong team of 1925 – Alfred, John, Fred & George. Fred in 1938 played in the same Maher Cup team as his son Baden. Baden was still playing Maher Cup in 1957.
‘Chook’ Fraser’s Gundagai team of 1927: back from left – Gordon Owen, Tom Lindley, Jim McIntyre, Tom (T.A.) Woodbridge (vice pres.), Harold Worldon, Henry McGuire, Dick Lynch: sitting from left – Arthur Perry (trainer), George Woodbridge, Jack Miller, Charles ‘Chook’ Fraser (captain-coach), Jack Donnelly (did not play in Maher Cup), Vince Carberry, Don (D.P.) Turner (pres.). Front – Phil and ‘Bluey’ Freestone. Players absent from the photo are Joe Hill, Allan Davis and Ned ‘Kelly’ Smith. Courtesy Craig Harris via Facebook. Photo originally published here in the Gundagai Independent 25 August 1927:
The famous Hall Family of footballing brothers from Young taken in 1929. Back from Left: Bob (1899-1975); Norman (Ben) (1908-1987); Walter (1898-1981); Roy (1913-1981); Tom (1906-1956); Front: Sid (1902-1995); Jim (1896-1971); Jim Hall senior; Abe (1912-1950); Dave (1916-2012); with Clem (1919-1997) with the ball. Seven played Maher Cup: Abe, Ben, Bob, Roy, Sid & Tom for Young, and Dave for Bendick Murrell. Source: Ancestry.com
A Cootamundra Maher Cup team from 1930. Coota had the cup for eight challenges. Courtesy Wal Galvin collection.
Temora 1930, Back – Eric Curren, Charlie Bray, Norm Bland, George King, Reg Maker
Middle – Leo Curran, Horace Anthony, Eric Weissel, Norm Dundas, Alan Lynch, Bob Boyd
Front – Joe Constable, Harold Thomas, Harry Owen, Jack Stephenson. Source: Temora Dragons Rugby League Club via Facebook.
Temora 1930 – (left to right)
Eric Weissel (Captain/Coach), Eric Curran, Reg Maker, Snowy Marsh, Leo Curran, Ted Payne, Arthur McShane, Allan Lynch, Scull Turner, ??? Lewis, Joe Constable, Jack Stevenson, Frank Blundell. Source: Temora Dragons Rugby League Club via Facebook.
Young team that drew with Gundagai in 1930. Left to right: “Jockey” Kelly, Gerry Rintoul, “Curly” McWhinney, Bill Douglas, Reg Bladwell, Roy Keogh, Harold Hoban, Sep Watt, Jack O’Malley, Fred Quinlivan, Micky Flynn, “Dummy” Punt, “Curly” Joyce
William Arthur (Bill) Pinney of Temora with the Maher Cup and his grandmother Fanny Pinney (1932). He later captained the Temora team. Source: Temora Historical Museum.
Cootamundra De La Salle Old Boys 1934. Catholic high schools were great developers of football talent. At least 10 of these boys plus their coach represented in the Maher Cup: from back left to right: J. Chapman, B. Hudson, H. Kennedy, Des Ewen, Brother Xavier, D. Kennedy, Jack Ewen, R. Mangan, Herb Schofield (coach), F. Barrett, L. Lloyd, S. Roberts, Ted Faulkner (capt), Jim Quinlan, J. Walsh, Ted Mangan, F. Holder, Roy Faulkner, F. Davis, plus B. Mangan (mascot). Photo courtesy Mick Ewen.
Tumut 1935 with some cups: O’Farrell, Farrar, Maher, Southern Districts and Hospital. From back left: Bill McGowna, Col Hargreaves, Bobby Banks, Joe Wilkinson (non-playing coach), Jack Cruise, Tom Kirk, Bill Hargreaves, Clem Roddy (president). Middle: Jack Blackeney (secretary), Reg Baker, Jack Duncan, Bobby Downing (captain), Bede Madigan, Bob Silvester, Max Ibbotson (referee). Front: Jack Smart, Jim Lyall, Don Innes. Courtesy Wal Galvin collection.
Temora team of 1936: back left to right – Jim Woods, Theo Witts, Tom Stanford, Cal Lynch, Ginger Lynch, Ron Wheatley, Alan Moroney, Eric Curran (injured); front – Jim Winter, Jack Melrose, Snowy Lynch (captain), Harold Thomas, Bill Pinney, Frank Blundell
Tumut team of 1937 – A. Miller, B. McGowan, C. Davis, J. Brooks, C. Hargreaves, B. Hargreaves, B. Madigan, G. McDonnell, T. Scott, J. Lyell, R. Madigan, R. Downing(captain), L. Fields. Absent: M. Lubke, H. Fraser, H. Curran, G. O’Sullivan, J. Duncan. Source: Tumut RSL
Cowra Team of 1937. Source: Grenfell Record 9 September 1937
Niagara Cafe staff, Gundagai 1939
Radio 2LF : The History of the Maher Cup to 1940
A Young 1st grade team from 1940 (not Maher Cup): Back from left – Jack Brown, Mick O’Rourke, Jack Richens, Roy Richens, Paddy Maloney, Sid Hobson, Bob Smith, Jack O’Connor: Middle – Jack Hobson, Merv Torpy, Bill Kearney (Captain), B Wilson, Geoff Sheean: Front- Alex McDowell, Les ‘Poodle’ Rule. Photo from Wal Galvin, names from Toni O’Rourke
Harden-Murrumburrah with their first Maher Cup victory 1940: back l-r ; Bill McInerney (Pres), Les Moore, Wally Tozer, Fred Schultz, Les Faint, Paul Foley, Ray Ceeney, Bill Edwards, Frank Ough, Fred Hume (Sec.); front, l-r; Sid Patterson, Len Reid, Bill Kinnane (capt-coach), Fred Byrnes, Tom Hawkins, Herb Ceeney. Courtesy Wal Galvin.
As the war got underway rugby league was conscious to be seen as conscientious. The 2LF team played a Group 9 selection. From back left to right: Pat Ryan of Young who gave his name to a kicking competition on the day, Col Hargreaves (Gundagai & Tumut), F. Schultz (Harden), L. Faint (Harden), 2LF general manager G.M.W. Allen, Billy Edwards (Harden), Des Ewen (Coota), Bill Bray (Wyalong), Roy Faulkner (Coota), Gus Gray of Coota – sprint comp. named after him: Front row – Jack Ritchens (Young), Clem Scrivener (Coota), Jim Crowe (Coota), Bill Kearney (Young), T. Freney (Young), J. Walsh (Coota). Courtesy of Mick Ewen
Cootamundra Maher Cup 1940 – picture taken at Fisher Park prior to the game of 21 August against Temora. Back L-R: Jack Walsh, Len Owens, Lenny Rogers, Jack Ewen, Gus Briggs, Roy Faulkner, Ken Walsh; Middle L-R, John ‘Onion’ Bell, Les Klein, Des Ewen, Jim ‘Dol’ Sheehan; Front L-R, Jim Crowe, Alf Broughton, Clem Scrivener (capt.), Fred Tyrell, Arthur ‘Black’ Kelly. Photo originally taken by Mick Nicholson of the Silver Star Cafe is courtesy of Mick Ewen.
Gundagai Maher Cup team 1941. Sources: Helen Pearce from Alma Thomas’ collection – posted on Lost Gundagai Facebook page. Back Row- N. McBurney? (Selector), Claude Carters (Treas), Doug Jamieson, Wilfred Field, George Ballard, Frank Roddy, Gordon ‘Speedy’ McDonnell, Cliff ‘Doogsy’ Davis, Dal McCarthy, Jack Goodsall, Col Hargreaves, D. Hughes (coach), Len Foley (Pres). Front Row- Norm Bounader, Jack Coulton, Paddy Ryan, Leo ‘King’ Tutty (Capt), Vince Sullivan, Bill Goodsall, Harold Etherington (Secrtary). Maher Cup Team 1941 Taken 30/7/1941
Inside Nicholson’s Silver Star Cafe Cootamundra owned by the Nikolidakis family. Source: Deidre Winters on Cootamundra Remembers.
Rosette featuring Maher Cup and Cootamundra badges. Made by Maude Powell in about 1946. Thanks to Peter Simpfendorfer.
Gundagai premiership winning team of 1946.
Back: Neville Asimus, Ralph Attwood,Leo Tutty, Eric Castles, Jim Thomas, George Ballard, Dal McCarthy. Front: Jack Goodsall, Ric Nicholls, Vince Sullivan, Ron O’Connell (Captain Coach), Eric Nuttall, Paddy Ryan, Noel Goodsall.
– Source: Gundagai Library via Lost Gundagai on Facebook. Patrick Sullivan was able to assist with names.
Cootamundra 1947: Back left to right: Doug Wall, Neil McDonnell, Kevin Chuck, Harold Thackeray, Stan McAlister, P. Glanville, Jack ‘Onion’ Bell, Herb Narvo (Capt/Coach) , mascot
Front: Russell Cohen, Alf Broughton, Bob Hobbs, Jim Crowe & Geoff Rogers. Posted by Cheryl Ramsden on Cootamundra Remembers.
The Junee side that went to Young on 31 May 1947 and brought the Maher Cup home. From top left: Captain coach and Australian international player Joe Jorgenson, Enginemen Stan Larkins & B. Hackett. Larkins played on the wing and scored a try, front-rower B. McAlister, Dan Ledwidge’s daughter, centre T. Richards, G. Jackson, fullback B. Edwards; Middle row – C. Fisher, B. Smith, Alf Markham, Dan Ledwidge, B. Kesby, A. O’Donnell, Nuva Diggins, five-eighth Noel Bruce, Jack Markham, Tom Markham, Front row – L. O’Donnell, B. Stoddard, Col Alvos, lock P. Gaudry, 2nd rowers A. Fisher & V. Monaghan. The boy is Mike O’Donnell. Players not in pic are J. Lord, L. Lord & M. Armstrong. Source: From PDF uploaded to Junee Remembers by Michael Handley.
This Cootamundra photo from the Wal Galvin collection is captioned 1947 and the following people are identified, with the years they played Maher Cup added. Rear from left: Gordon Greig (1946), Harry Whitton, ‘Tiny’ Roberts, Jim Crowe (1940-52), Don Foster (1947), Pat Muffett (1930-35), Mick Howse (1948-55), Ray Ward (1927-35), Bob Hobbs (1947-48), Bob Gehrig (1946-48).
Centre: Len Strudwick, —-? , Harry Gardiner, Alex Cheshire, Neil McDonell (1945-54), Oscar Burrows, Ken Mulrooney (1947-49), Vern Taylor (1949-52). Seated: Jacky Myers, Tommy Donoghue, Russell Cohen (1945-51), Tommy Stone, Harold Fuller (secretary from 1948), Lance Penny (President), Herb Narvo (captain-coach, 1947), Ken Fox, Fred Hayward (1922-31), Doug Wall (1946-48), Fred Smith
Front: Jack Walsh (1937-41)
Harden players 1949. All played Maher Cup – Jack Phemister, Bruce Tozer, Ryan McCarthy, John Dowd, Don White. Courtesy Wal Galvin.
Young Maher Cup team at Cootamundra 14 August 1949. From left: Sid Hall (linesman) , Nev Hogan (captain-coach), Pat Maloney, Jack Murray, Jack Rule, Alan Hall, Tom Phillips, Jack Hall, Neville O’Malley, Dave McAlister, Colin Buchanan, Les Crowe, ‘Digger’ Ashton, Eric Worne, A. Blake (referee)
Tumut v Cootamundra Program 3 September 1949. Coota won 37-5.
Jack Coulton, Ray Dunn, Vince Sullivan and Gordon Hardwick share a beverage at the Royal Hotel, Gundagai. c1950 Source: Barry Luff Via Lost Gundagai on Facebook
Cootamundra 1950 Team. Source: Warwick Chuck via Cootamundra Remembers of Facebook.
Keith Turner and Steve Elphick hard at work at Stribleys department store, Gundagai. Source: Bernadette Turner via Lost Gundagai on Facebook.
Temora team of 1953 with the Maher Cup. Source: Temora Dragons Rugby League Club via Facebook
Barmedman Maher Cup winning team of 1955. Back row: Tom Kirk (referee), John Berg, Max Gordon, Lyell Mangelsdorf, Jack McNamara, (obscured)(Pres.), Les Cornwall, Col Quinlan, Leo Curran (linesman), Middle row: Vince Wells, Ken McDonald, Harry Storm, Jim Curran, Front Row: Eric Kuhn, Bill Batley, Keith Gittoes, Pat Kane, Ball boys: Jimmy Berg, Bob Berg, Brian Kirk. Source: Framed photo from the Barmedman Hotel, thanks to Maureen Gorham, Ian and Brian Kirk for name identification. This team is the same that defeated Junee with an all time Maher Cup record score of 72-3 on 9 April 1955.
Cootamundra 1955 (not Maher Cup)
Back from left: Noel Crowe, Terry Paul, Wal Galvin, Charles Sedgwick, Ted Stanton, Denis Howse,
Michael Howse. Front: Lal Louttit, Bill Bell, Don Bowtell, Max Bell, Colin Yates, Lorry Thomas, ball boy Barry Fuller. Source: Lola Bell via Cootamundra Remembers of Facebook
The West Wyalong team of 1956. It think the order is, from back left: Ron Keen, Max Norton, Col Ratcliff, Ron Crowe, Lionel Wheatley, Laurie Pettit, Ross McAlary, Kevin Ball – Front: Algie Metcalf, Baden Broad, Darrell Fazio (captain), Les Crowe and Pat Kane.
Young Jimmy Dowell holds the Maher Cup. Photograph by Ted Shai-Hee – posted on Lost Tumut Facebook site. Probably taken in 1957. Note that Tumut played in Red & Green instead of the Sky Blue.
Temora team of 1957
Gundagai coaches – Ron O’Connell, King Tutty, Nevyl Hand, Bill Edwards, Jack Plater & Peter Diversi. These six coaches all settled in Gundagai. Source: Gundagai Historical Museum
Harden 1958: Harry Melville (captain), Les Gillard, Don McKenzie, Lindsay ‘Horse’ Ellison, Gerry Robertson, John Dowd, Bob ‘Lofty’ Blundell, Les ‘Punchy’ Jennings, Eric Kuhn, Fred ‘Frog’ Woods, Peter Burns, Tom ‘Bristles’ Apps, and Larry Steele.
Waiting for the school bus, Young circa 1960.
Source: Lambing Flat Folk Museum
John Emmerton, Tumut Maher Cup player with the next generation. Source: Lost Tumut on Facebook
Gundagai Tigers 1964. Back from left: Ian Sheather, Kevin Ellis, Warwick Randall, Allan Bassett, Kevin Cotterill, Reg Hawthorn: Middle: Peter Britt, Gary Readford, Neville Turner, Ian Molineaux, Peter Reardon, Front: Keith Turner, John Verdon. Source: Bernadette Turner via Lost Gundagai on Facebook.
Instructions to Jack Livermore for the Harden Wyalong game of 23 April 1960. Livermore and Ray Ward had both been prominent players.
Barmedman 1962 team: Bruce Maitland (pres.), Mike Brennan, Max Gordon, Noel George, Toby Bacon, Col Quinlan, David George, Malcolm Hill, Keith Woods, Ron Kelly, Harry Storm, Ken Moore, Mick George, Neville Turner (captain coach), Alec George, George Lawrence, ballboy unknown. Source: Maureen Gorham.
Advertisement for the 6 June 1964 match.
The Brooke and Tranter children with the Maher Cup at Cootamundra 1965. Photo courtesy Monica Byrnes.
Match in snow Tumut v Grenfell 7 August 1965
Tumut v Grenfell 7 August 1965. Tumut won 15-0.
Cootamundra 1965: Seated Harold Fuller, Gavin Crofton (captain coach), Allan Ackland, Barry Crick, crouching: second row: Ross Warner, Jim Taber, Max Palmer, Jim Moon, ‘Honest’ Tom Spain, John Meale, Pat Wilson: back: Graham Coleman, Gary Lanham (ex Harden), Ian Graham, Brian Coleman, Toby Schofield, Peter Faulkner, Chris Roberts and Fred Tyrell who played Maher Cup 1939-41. Photo courtesy of Wal Galvin collection.
Keith Turner and Peter Harpley holding the Maher Cup of 1965 at Anzac Park, Gundagai. Source: Bernadette Turner via Lost Gundagai on Facebook
Spectators fight at Barmedman in 1966. The visitors West Wyalong won the match 3-0. Source: Temora Independent 23 May 1966.
Tom Spain (fourth from right) Cootamundra’s Maher Cup forward 1962-1966. One of the many butchers to feature in local football. Posted by Joyce Hando on Cootamundra Remembers
Nevyl Hand and Bronc Jones holding up the Maher Cup. Source: Susan Murray via Lost Gundagai on Facebook.
The Wamoon that defeated Cootamundra for the Maher Cup on 12 July 1969 after Wagga Kangaroos forfeited: back from left – Phil Reberger (sub.), David Barnhill, Neville Worner, Jim Meekin, Phil Higgins, Bob Saddler, Fred Robertson, John Bond (sub.) ; front – Graham Bollington, Billy ‘Pongo’ Myers, Ian Sills (captain), Wayne Coxon, Noel Parker, Keith Plant, Leo Plant. Courtesy: Wal Galvin collection
Ron Crowe (then at Barmedman) and John Lomax (Harden) after Barmedman’s final Maher Cup match in 1971.
Fred de Belin and Nevyl hand relaxing later in life at Cootamundra. Thanks to The Cootamundra Herald for permission to publish here.
All Maher Cup Towns had cafes run by Greek born families. They benefited from rugby league patronage and were often key promoters of local teams. The Niagara Cafe in Gundagai is still Greek run in 2014. Source: Neil Pollock
The scoreboard at Barmedman’s ghostly ground in 2014. Source: Neil Pollock