Redcliffe's season in 1978

Re-live the 1978 season with this compilation of articles and results by BRL Historian Mike Higgison.

To view the whole collection visit or click on Results Archive, then 1978.

Here is something to wet your appetite.

Redcliffe 43 d Norths 19 Lang Park 19/3/78 (Woolies Pre-Season Semi-Final)

Redcliffe and Easts, last year?s grand finalists, will clash in next week?s Woolies pre-season final after both sides recorded big semi-final wins at Lang Park. A total of 23 tries scored in the 2 games did little to satisfy pundits, and cast some doubt over the defence of all 4 teams for the upcoming season. Although some brilliant tries were scored, of greater significance was the fact that the Tigers and Dolphins may have shown that the premiership is now a 2 horse race. In the early game, Redcliffe five-eighth Steve Williams starred with 4 tries in an effortless 43-19 smashing of Norths. Strongly rivalled by Bunny Pearce who was outstanding all day, professional sprinter Williams seemed to consistently be Johnny-on-the-spot with great hands and terrific timing. Pearce instigated frequent attacking raids, chiming in often to provide the overlap for tries.

Norths played a solid first half, leading 19-15 at the break, and continually came back in attack with John Payne prominent. He was ably backed up by lock Steve Calder, and some great goal-kicking by Bruce Warwick. However, it was basic defensive manoeuvres which let down the Devils, with far too many players failing to regain formation, making it a procession for the Dolphins.

Redcliffe 43 (Williams 4, Fenton 2, Leis, Tighe, Obst tries : Pearce 8 goals) Norths 19 (Calder, Heyward, Bird tries : Warwick 5 goals)