Who Was Ted Maher?

In April 1920 Edward John Maher stormed into Tumut from Young with his wife Ronnie and children to take over the Wynyard Hotel. Known as E.J. or simply Ted, he was a young man going places.  Within a few months he had ticked off the following: cup donated to the local Rugby Union, rules for the same cup drawn up, a local football team captained, appointed chairman of the Tumut Ramblers Football Club, refereed and ran  the line, led the change from Union to League, committee member for the agricultural show and turf clubs, office bearer at the tennis club, regular at the Tumut Rifle Club, purchaser of the local Tattersalls licence, and player of cricket. Continue reading

100 Years of Temora Rugby League 2014

Temora Rugby League is celebrating its centenary in 2014. Jim Woods in this embedded YouTube video was a key member of some very strong Temora teams in the 1930s. Temora defended the cup for ten consecutive matches in 1935-36.  Temora Rugby League

The DVD to celebrate the centenary was launched in August.   It is very professionally presented, very interesting, and costs $50. The money goes to junior football.  If you are interested in the Maher Cup it has plenty of information about the early days.

You can buy a copy from Fly In To Dan’s in Hoskins Street, Temora. They’re also available somewhere in Wagga.

Cootamundra The Dominant Team

Although Tumut is both the place of origin and place of rest for the Cup, Cootamundra was the heart of Maher Cup football. As you can see below Cootamundra was clearly the dominant side.  It was also the geographical and administrative centre of Maher Cup and Group 9 Football.

There were in my calculation 729 challenges between 1920 and 1971 for the Maher Cup. Continue reading

The First Match

On a crisp Wednesday on the 14 July 1920 amongst the poplars, at the foot of the Snowies, the people of Tumut, along with folk from Gilmore and Adelong and footballers from Gundagai, headed for the racecourse, in sulkies, on horseback, by bike, and by shanks’s pony. A few well-heeled citizens went out in their motor cars.   Some would have come in to Tumut on the train. The talk of the town was the O.Beegling vs J. Lawson scratch footrace of 120 yards, scheduled for 2pm.  Connections had placed £10  on each athlete. The winner was going home with 20 quid, at least four weeks wages for the average punter. Continue reading