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
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