...vividly recalls his involvement in the 1956 Season...
1956 was a great year for Terrace Rugby.
Brave & Game has tracked down the members of the 1956 premiership winning team and been able to interview a number of those great players to record their memories of that year and to get their thoughts on what it means to play rugby for Terrace.
In this week’s edition, we catch up with Bill Corrigan, who vividly recalls his involvement in the 1956 Season…..
B & G: Bill, when you won the 1st XV rugby premiership in 1956 it was the first
Terrace had won since 1929, what do you remember about the school’s celebration after the win?
Bill: Nothing particularly exciting about it actually, we were just pleased that we had won. We did have a few dinners at Mama Luigi’s to celebrate.
B & G: Were you a member of the team the previous year?
Bill: I played two games the previous year, one game against Churchie and one against Brisbane State High.
B & G: How did that team go?
Bill: They were runners up that year. I think Frankie Wright was the captain.
B & G: What was the difference between the
Bill: There were a few good young players in
the team that had been in the under 15 premiership winning side the year beforehand. A few of us had also played games in the 1st XV before and had
B & G: Looking over the results, the 1st XV’s premiership win in 1956 wasn’t an easy one, after a big win against The Southport School you lost to Toowoomba Grammar 13-14, what was the team feeling after
Bill: Not too bad really. We got a pretty good write up in the Toowoomba Chronicle so that was great.
B & G: The annual describes it as a day when nothing went your way, is this accurate?
Bill: There was an incident where one Toowoomba Grammar player was running down the wing and he ran a metre into touch. We all thought the touch judge would call it but he didn’t and that player ran away to score a vital try.
B & G: It sounds like you were a fairly relaxed team, do you agree?
Bill: Well we were never really all that driven
to win the premiership. We were all good mates and we just went out there to have
a good time.
B & G: So what are you doing these days Bill?
Bill: I’m retired and living up at Lake Currumundi.
B & G: Bill, if you had the chance, what would you say to this years 1st XV before they ran out to play?
Bill: You’ve got some great names to follow but get out there and do your best.
Bill Corrigan completed senior at Terrace in 1957. After leaving Terrace, Bill worked for a period of time at the Bowen Salt Works with fellow First XV player, Lyn Crowley. Bill then worked briefly for the Australian Taxation Office before spending 20 years working for the National Australia Bank. During this time, Bill was seconded to the Decimal Currency Board, to assist in the change from imperial to decimal currency. Bill subsequently became a businessman in south east Queensland, owning a shopping centre, a sandstone mine and a turf farm. Bill continued his interest in football, having coached the Lockyer Bulldogs Under 19 team in Gatton. Bill recently retired to Caloundra and is a keen fisherman.