Mary Donavan, Miss Wynnum Manly Rugby League, gets ready to pass the ball for the Herald photographer following her selection on Saturday night. And a very nice pass it would be too.

Last Sunday was a dull overcast day but for Mary Donavan the sun shone.  On Saturday night she was selected Miss Wynnum Manly for the 1977 Rugby League season.

Kiwi, the Herald Rugby League columnist, interviewed Mary on Sunday morning.  We let Kiwi pick up the story:

When I spoke to her early Sunday morning, Mary was still trying to convince herself that she was really Miss Wynnum Manly for the 1977 season and to add to the excitement her flatmate Sue Walker, had been named runner up.

Between them they shared in more than $1,000 worth the prizes donated by local business houses.


Mary, aged 18, is a cashier/receptionist at Kennedy’s electrical street Cannon Hill and lists her hobbies as basketball, squash and singing.

Neither Mary nor Sue needed to list Rugby League among their hobbies, as they are both familiar faces at all Seagull games and even after the hectic pace of the previous night, were getting ready to go to Langlands Park for the trial games.

Judges, Mrs Joan Bennett, Judy Miley and club patron, Mr. Bill Lamond, faced a formidable task in choosing a winner from the nominees but, as compere Bill Bennett mentioned, their choice was popular.


Surrounded by an assortment of wonderful prizes, Mary admitted that her favourite was the trip to Sydney, given by the club, as she has a sister in Sydney she hasn’t seen for several years.

After speaking with Mary, I am more than happy with the judges choice and the club can rest assured when Mary, along with the girls from the other clubs and organisations face the judges for the title of Miss Brisbane Rugby League, Wynnum Manly will again be represented by a young lady who will be both a credit to her club and her district.


Story Source: The Wynnum Herald 1977

Photo Source: The Wynnum Herald 1977