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Title: ... p35 - Tom Raudonikis Souths vs Wests at Lidcombe Oval in 1976 -by Dean Gibson, Newcastle Australia

Wests absolutely hammered Souths in the first half

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Dean Gibson, Newcastle Australia

Balmain Tigers

1976

17/02/2006


Souths vs Wests at Lidcombe Oval in 1976

I remember going to the match with several schoolmates. It was a Sunday, and the crowd was so big that we spilled onto the cycle track inside the fence before first grade started.

I remember it was just a hard match. Wests absolutely hammered Souths in the first half. The game never seemed to be more than 30 metres from Souths line but they hung in. Wests had John Donnelly, Les Boyd and Geoff Foster and with Tommy Radonikus and John Dorahy were a formidable side - just watching them! I remember Bernie Lowther took an intercept and ran the length of the field to score. Souths seemed doomed simply by the weight of defence they had to produce but they just always got someone to the next tackle. It was the game that George Piggins scored a memorable try in the 2nd half, driving through the middle of the ruck to score by the posts. I remember the atmosphere and noise was amazing. I have supported Balmain all my life but I simply remember this game as being one that was the most memorable I ever saw live.

Best Regards with the site

Dean Gibson


Appears in the following pages ....P35_Tom RAUDONIKIS
Date of posting ... 07-Jun-2006
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