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Title: ... p53 - Tommy Bishop Sharks -v- Manly a torrid encounter. Bishop Marched (inc p51 Reilly)

rival forwards tore into each other with enthusiasm to hand out physical harm


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From the great Sharks ForEver website
Article from Trevor Harvey re the 1971 clash - Sharks v Manly


Sports Ground 1971


Despite being sent from the field for fighting Cronulla-Sutherland captain-coach Tommy Bishop was all smiles yesterday after his team's sensational clash with Manly-Warringah.

"At last we've managed to win one of these bloody photo finish matches," was Bishop's initial reaction.

He was referring to a string of defeats by Souths, Newtown, Easts and St George - Souths and Newtown each beat Cronulla by one solitary point, Easts by five points, and St George by four.

Five minutes from the end of the game Cronulla grabbed the only try of the game to seal their well-earned win.

Although the clash did not produce many scores, it certainly was not short on incidents as spite on both sides flared into open warfare as time progressed.

From the outset the rival forwards tore into each other with enthusiasm to hand out physical harm.

There was viciousness from both sides which went unnoticed until 10 minutes before half time when the violence flared into the open.

In a mass caution, Bob Batty, Rod Urquhart, Tommy Bishop and Malcolm Reilly were all spoken to by referee Keith Page.

This was only the forerunner of what was obviously coming to the brave crowd of 7491, which turned out despite the miserable weather.

Suddenly Bishop and Thomson came to grips in a tackle and the pair lay struggling and punching on the ground for some time.

Finally, players from both sides rushed in and dragged the brawling pair apart, and Keith Page ordered both off without any hesitation.

Appears in the following pages ....P51_Malcolm REILLY, P53_Tommy BISHOP
Date of posting ... 03-May-2006
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