Ipswich mourns Schultz passing

THE passing of Ipswich’s oldest Queensland rugby league representative Roy Schultz has provided a reminder of how tough they used to make them.

The former front rower died on December 22, aged 91.

He played for Tivoli in the 1940s and represented Ipswich in the Bulimba Cup against Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Schultz (pictured) was a rarity in that he was also a goal kicker and in 1946 he kicked three goals for Ipswich against the touring England team.

It looked like 1946 would be his year but he never fulfilled his dream of playing Test rugby league.

Schultz had been all but pencilled into the 1946 Australia team by the press but broke ribs in the game against NSW, which doubled as a selection trial.

“I was in so much pain I could hardly breathe but still packed scrums,” Schultz wrote to the Ipswich Rugby League Old Boys Association in 2007.

“As my pain got worse, I think I was only a passenger and useless.

“I blew all chances of Test football. I think selectors got the idea I was not up to big football.”

Schultz led an interesting life outside of football and was lucky to escape on a couple of occasions.

The former Ipswich policeman and farmer once drove a Land Rover up a bulldozer cutting on a mountain side, got caught in a heavy shower and slipped off the edge.

He was thrown from the rolling vehicle, which crushed his leg.

Schultz made a tourniquet out of a belt and crawled about a mile (1.6km) before he was rescued.

His leg required 100 stitches.

Another time, working in Central Queensland, Schultz was bitten by a king brown snake.

He tied a tourniquet and remembered being taught as a child to cut the wound and drain the poison out.

He had no knife with him at the time, just an axe.

“Yes, I chopped the axe into my shin several times and lived to tell the tale,” he said in 2007.

Schultz is survived by his son Barry, daughters Lesley, Gaylene and Julie and their families.

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