No book before has captured the history of the rugby league in North Queensland like “MORE THAN THE FOLEY SHIELD 1908 – 2014”.
The book tells the story of more than 300 players and officials that had a hand in the 100 year rise and development of the game in the north of Australia. The stories of the great international teams that toured the North like the 1928, 1936 and 1946 Great Britain sides, the magnificent 1951 and 1955 Frenchmen, who thrilled the crowds in Townsville and Cairns.
The book is not only about the games – it captures the great players like Ola Olsen from Charters Towers, who played six games for Queensland in 1908 through to our current North Queensland super-star Johnathan Thurston. No region or town misses out with more than 400 photos, many never seen before, of teams and players from Sarina in the south, Thursday Island in the north and Mount Isa in the west.
The book written in chronological order tells about the great North Queensland team that supplied nine Queensland players in 1915 and also tells about the success of the North Queensland Cowboys, Mackay Cutters and Northern Pride.
The great games are mentioned in detail like the 110 minute marathon in 1982 when Townsville and Herbert River fought out a 22/22 draw, the 100 minute Carlton Shield final in 1938 when Cairns and Townsville drew and the great effort from the 1962 Far North Queensland team in Cairns who went down to a magnificent Great Britain team 33/31.This touring team had beaten all corners including Australia. “More than the Foley Shield” tells all. Don’t miss out on this great piece of North Queensland history.
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