HISTORICAL RECORD: Wallaroos committee member Noel Glazier with a portrait of Abe Thacker, the father of the Maryborough Wallaroos. The club formed in 1893.
HISTORICAL RECORD: Wallaroos committee member Noel Glazier with a portrait of Abe Thacker, the father of the Maryborough Wallaroos. The club formed in 1893. Valerie Horton

A club with a proud history

NOEL Glazier knows a lot a lot about the proud history of Queensland’s longest-running rugby league club, the Maryborough Wallaroos.

But after receiving an email last week from a Brisbane rugby league historian, he now knows a lot more.

According to Michael Higgison, the club is not only the longest running club in Queensland – it is also the most successful.

TWELVE. That’s how many premierships there are between the Maryborough Wallaroos and the second-most-successful rugby league club in Queensland.

According to Brisbane rugby league historian Michael Higgison, the Wallaroos have won an average of one premiership every two-and-a-half years since their inception, bringing the club to a total of 46 premierships.

Higgison has been researching local rugby league competitions for years and he found he kept coming back to one name – Maryborough Wallaroos.

“They are far and away the most successful,” he said.

There is a little bit of debate.

Wallaroos committee member Noel Glazier reckons the club only has 45 premierships.

Higgison wryly notes that it’s not often you’ll see a club playing down the number of premierships they have won and is determined to check the facts – but one fact is undisputed as far as he is concerned.

In terms of local first grade competitions won, the Wallaroos stand alone.

The second team on the list is the Toowoomba Valleys with 33 premierships and then the Gladstone Wallabies with 30.

Glazier said that despite their superb record the Wallaroos have had their share of ups and downs, with premierships coming thick and fast in some stages of their history and some lean periods.

“In the 70s we went 10 years without winning a premiership,” he said.

The current crop of Wallaroos have carried on the proud tradition, winning two premierships in the past two years, one in the Bundaberg Rugby League and the other in their local Fraser Coast Rugby League competition.

“It is something to brag about,” Glazier said of the record.

Winning premierships was special but Glazier said the club was more concerned about keeping up the Wallaroos’ name and tradition. The club has now played first rugby union and then league for 117 years without a break.

The Wallaroos will soon decide if they will return to Bundaberg or stay in the Fraser Coast competition.



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