Courtesy of the Twin Town Times this video pays homage to Harden’s ‘Mighty Atom’ Eric Kuhn. You will also find Maher Cup Reunion organiser, player and referee Tom Spain reminiscing, while local legends Tom ‘Bristles’ Apps, Nick Cullen, and Paul ‘Wings’ McCarthy all put in an appearance.
This is a quick edit of an article written four years ago which suggested that Jack Watson of Cootamundra may have played more Maher Cup matches than any other person.
I was wrong. The J. Watson who played Maher Cup for Coota 1922-1924 was Jim Watson, while Jack Watson played from 1925.
I will leave the rest of the article as it was. It now looks like the competition (if there ever was one) to identify the most prolific Maher Cup player is a very tight one, with five men making between 64 and 66 appearances. When I check on my latest team lists there will be some changes. Players who perhaps should be added to any top 10 are Ray Sheedy of Cootamundra and Jackie Brown of Young.
The old post continues:
With some of the Maher Cup team compositions not recorded by local newspapers it is very unlikely that we can ever be certain of how many matches some prolific players participated in. However it is clear that the following men lined up for at least 50 games, some probably a few more:
Jack Kingston (at least 50 appearances from 1925-1932). This renowned international lock forward who toured with the Kangaroos to Britain in 1929, was a Cootamundra lad. He also had a stint as captain-coach for arch-rivals Young. Outside the Maher Cup world he also played for Leeton, Nowra and Western Suburbs. 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