A History of Rugby in Victoria

researched & written by Ron Grainger

THE LONG HAUL

The last two of the pre-WW2 inter-state matches were the first to be played against Western Australia in Perth and only the second and third against that State. The Victorian team included a cross section of representatives from the various clubs but was without a number of those who had played against NSW in the previous month.

Due to an earlier derailment there was a five hour delay in reaching Kalgoorlie after which the Great Western Express had to make up some of the lost time in order to arrive in Perth on the morning of Monday 25 July when they were met by their hosts. After being taken to their hotel, the Victorians were escorted on a short tour and then on to the WACA ground for training before being entertained at dinner that night.

In sharp contrast to today’s tight tour schedules the next day was given over to a river trip and an informal reception and, after the first match on Wednesday, the annual Rugby Ball. Thursday included a motor tour of the Darling Ranges followed by evening entertainment of the Victorians by two local clubs. Presumably there was more training on the Friday and, in a nice parting touch, one division of the Great Western Express delayed its departure in order to allow time after the match for those Victorian players intending to board for the return journey.

1938 Victorian rugby team in WA

Back row; l-r: J.Boddington (U), I.Parkinson (StK), S.R.Birch (O). F.Turner (StK), W.Sims, W.Rogers (FC) . P.Allen (OB), J. Huston (K), J. Gordon (OB). W.Davis (FC).
Front row; l-r: W.Hammon© (StK), W.Porter (PH), F.McDermott (OB), T.Logan (FC), H.Bishop (OB), J.Burnham (FC), J.Carberry (M), T.West (PH).
Victorian clubs directory – OB : Old Boys // StK : St.Kilda // M : Melbourne // PH : Power House // U : University // FC : Footscray // K : Kiwis // O : Oakleigh [Source: West Australian, 26/7/38 page 11]

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