Wynnum Manly winger John Geraghty flies down the left flank to score one of his teams two tries

Wynnum-Manly rugby league team downed Norths 12-10 at Lang Park yesterday to win the Presidents Cup – their first trophy since entering A grade competition eight years ago.

The match was one of the best club fixtures of the season.

Wynnum-Manly forwards hammered non-stop at Norths from the kick-off, and had their opponents wilting over the closing stages.

Splendid rucking and defence by the hefty Wynnum forwards, particularly Bob Greenhill, Jim Thompson and Steele Davis, won the match.


Wynnum suffered an early setback when captain-centre Rex Fox left the field injured. They missed Fox’s drive and although his replacement Alan Peever played creditably, the backline never looked settled.

Winger Lionel Morgan, playing his first match after three weeks spell because of injury, was well watched by Norths Fonda Metassa, but managed to slip through for a try.

Morgan opened the match with a sensational flying tackle that stopped a certain try by Norths hooker G.Fowler.

Norths star was captain-coach Clive Churchill. He brought off three deadly, low tackles that stopped certain tries, and joined in backline movements in great style.


Apart from Churchill, centre Norm Hynes was the best back. He scored a good try.

Norths front rower Jack Coyne worked overtime in the heavy rucking, but did not have full support.

Towering Lloyd Weier ran well, and his positional play is fast improving. Second rower Mick Laurent ran and tackled well.


Tall, shock-haired Wynnum-Manly front rower Bob Greenhill won the Courier Mail 2-pound rugby league bonus with an outstanding display of rucking and defence against Norths at Lang Park yesterday.

Wynnum-Manly won the scrums 18-9. First scorers: L.Morgan (2-W/Manly), L.Weier (11-Norths)

Scorers: Wynnum-Manly 12 (L.Morgan J.Geraghty tries: B.Phillips 2, S.Davis goals) d Norths 10 (N.Hynes F.Metassa tries: L.Weier 2 goals).

1959 – Wynnum Manly First Grade Rugby League Presidents Cup Winners
Back Row: Lionel Morgan, John Geraghty, Ron Ellicombe, Bobby Greenhill, Steele Davis, Jim Thompson, Harry Law.
Middle Row: Brian Phillips, Keith Lewis, Rex Fox (Captain/Coach), Maurice (Neddy) Green, Keith Brown, Alan Peever, Barry Boyd.
Front Row: Norm McCullough (Manager), Russell Roff (Senior Vice President), Slim Cloherty (President), Mal Irwin (Hon Secretary), Norm Rolley (Masseur)
Sitting: Lou Greenhill, John Balderson, Fred Stevenson.



Story Source: ‘The Courier Mail’ – 6th July, 1959.

Photo Sources: Wynnum Manly Rugby League Football Club