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Western Corridor is home of league legends

MASTER COACH: Wayne Bennett started his coaching career in Ipswich.
MASTER COACH: Wayne Bennett started his coaching career in Ipswich. Rob Williams

AN IPSWICH history researcher has found that the Western Corridor NRL bid has more links to Queensland's team of the century than was previously thought.

From the team of the century, the bid's catchment area takes in Intrust Super Cup clubs Souths-Logan and Ipswich Jets along with Toowoomba and the region west to Roma.

The bid team had claimed Darren Lockyer (fullback), Tom Gorman (centre), Mal Meninga (centre), Denis Flannery (wing), Allan Langer (halfback), Duncan Hall (prop), Noel Kelly (hooker), Peter Madsen (prop), Arthur Beetson (second-row), Bob Lindner (lock), Jimmy Craig (reserve), Duncan Thompson (reserve) and Herb Steinohrt (reserve).

They all played for western corridor-based sides at some stage of their career or were produced within its boundaries.

Ipswich Rugby League (IRL) Old Boys' Association history researcher Jan Christison said two more players from the Queensland team of the century had links to the western corridor - Cecil Aynsley (wing) and Brian Davies (second-row).

Returning Broncos coach Wayne Bennett was named coach of the Queensland team of the century. He also started his coaching career in Ipswich in 1976. Aynsley played for Starlights (1926-1930) in the Ipswich competition.

He represented Ipswich from 1926 to 1930 in 17 Bulimba Cup matches and other intercity matches against visiting international teams, such as England in 1928.

Aynsley represented Queensland from 1923-1930, playing 22 games and also played four Tests.

He toured New Zealand with the 1925 Queensland team.

In her research, Ms Christison also discovered that Davies came to Ipswich for one season in 1954 and played for Booval Swifts as captain/coach.

He represented Ipswich in four Bulimba Cup matches that year.

Ms Christison is now working on her fourth book on rugby league history.

"Someone has to put it together before it is lost," she said.

Topics:  wayne bennett, western corridor nrl



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