Memorable Matches From The Biff Era

(m24) 1981 GRAND FINAL, PARRAMATTA -V- NEWTOWN

Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... Friday, May 04, 2012

(m24) 1981 GRAND FINAL, PARRAMATTA -V- NEWTOWN

MEMORABLE MATCHES #24

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from Quigs "As mentioned previously, I am not a rugby league historian, a rugby league expert. I am just a lover of this era of Rugby League." ... This is a recollection of some of the battles, and the trench warfare that I, and others watched over time. Some are matches that I was told about, or read about.


MATCH SUMMARY Parra first victory.....Newtown's last first grade Finals game.



Parra first victory.........Newtown's last first grade game..

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Sterlo setting up Atkins Try in 81 GF(links to www.centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au)


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Brett Kennys match sealing Try(links to www.centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au)



Parramatta finally got to step onto the winners podium in 1981 after defeating the Warren Ryan coached Newtown Jets by the tune of 20 points to 11.

It was an emotional time for the Eels fans as they had been so close on several occasions. But the legendary Supercoach Jack Gibson was at his deadpan best when his victory speech was "ding dong the witch is dead."

One of the heroes of the day for Parra was the veteran Bob the Bear O'Reilly.

Newtown were led by the ferocius Tom Raudonikas, and early in the second half it looked like Tommy's boys would be victorious and maintain Parra's poor record in Grand Finals. The game was marred (highlighted) by an old fashioned all in brawl.

With the starstudded Parramatta, led by the newcomers Kenny, Sterling, Ella blended with the old experienced hard heads of O'Reilly, Cronin and Price they slowly over powered the gallant Jets.

This was the first ever Grand Final played on a Sunday, and it also heralded the start of the brilliant coaching career of Warren Wokka Ryan. (Now an ABC Rugby League Radio broadcaster).

After the game Raudonikas was questioned about the Grand Final brawl and he said that if they could guarantee a blue like that every game then they would get another 20,000 through the gate.

FOOTNOTE. After the Grand Final victory the Parra supporters celebrated the event by burning down the old Cumberland Oval Grandstand that night.





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