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 http://redcliffe.leagueunlimited.com/1978.asp 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)

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