LEAGUE’S LEGACY: The Tweed All Blacks team, circa 1950.
LEAGUE’S LEGACY: The Tweed All Blacks team, circa 1950. Contributed

Tweed’s league history comes alive

WITH game two of the State of Origin fast approaching, the Tweed Museum is tracing the region’s rich rugby league history which dates back to the early 1900’s.

Long before New South Wales and Queensland were going to battle on the field, local trailblazers were flying the flag for the fledging sport, creating a rich rugby league history.

Tweed Regional Museum director Judy Kean said while some might not be aware of the proud history, past secretary of Tweed District Rugby League, Bill Carroll, will give a talk at the Museum of Murwillumbah on Wednesday, June 15 to highlight Tweed’s rugby league origins.

“In early 1914, an historic meeting held at Murwillumbah resolved that rugby league - and not union - be played on the Tweed,” Kean said.

“Bills talk is a great opportunity to learn more about the game’s history on the Tweed.”

Kean said that in 1914, Tweed clubs were unhappy with the rules of union, which lead to a decision being made to change to league from there on out.

Building on that history, the Tweed Heads All Blacks were founded in 1930 when local clubs excluded players of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage.

The All Blacks built a reputation for their exciting and spedy play, with the 1930’s side considered the best North Coast league side of their time.

The free talk will be at 6pm and will provide a last chance to view blazers worn by Tweed All Blacks’ icon Alex Itong.



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