Sutherland win the 1970 NSWPRL ‘Hanson Shield’

Thanks to Deb Rudd for supplying this photograph. Her dad Alan Rudd was a member of the victorious Sutherland Police Rugby League team in 1970. (see below)

Deb graciously provided the following infomation:

Back row: B Niven – R Davis – J Cribb – J Larkin – R Furtner – G Orchard – G Langford – M Frawly

Middle row: T Flood – A Thomson – J Manning – A Rudd – J Doyle – R Ponder – G Kemp – G Bartholomew (Pres)

Front row: G Paterson (Asst Sec PRLFA) – A Clarkson (Cron-Suth Club) – Insp P Gibb (Asst Supt No 5 Sub Dist) – G Beaumont (Capt) – Insp J Murray (OIC No 24 Div) – Insp H Pearce (Comm Rep) – B Collins (Sec PRLFA)

NSWPRL Life Member and former NSWPRL President Alex Ramsay provided the following information regarding these photographs.

“1970 was the first year the NSWPRL competition re-commenced after being disbanded due to injuries sustained by players. Fred Hanson who was a high ranking NSW Police officer and became Commissioner from 1972 – 1976 was approached to re commenced the competition. The competition re commenced in 1970 and the prize was the ‘Fred Hanson’ Shield. Alex advised that Ray Ponder was a centre and Graeme Orchard a lock who was being groomed to take over John Raper’s lock position at St. George. John Doyle and John Larkin made representative teams as prop forwards. John Doyle was a goal kicker.

Garry Beaumont was a half back and later was the lead investigator of the ‘Granny killer’ murders. The photograph shows how times have changed, Suites and ties. In 1971 Daceyville were the premiers winning against the traffic branch. Captain of Daceyville was Bob Jefferson, Captain of Traffic was Sid Walsh and the game was played at Coogee Oval. Dave Ferguson was the coach of traffic. Cheers, Alex ‘The Jet’ Ramsay””

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