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August 29: Bert, Wally bow out as winners; Pamela drops by

On this day, Hall of Famer Tedda Courtney was born, Newcastle's amateurs upset Sydney's city slickers and Wally Lewis and Brett Kenny hang up their boots.


Hall of Famer Edward "Tedda" Courtney was born in Townsville. His first-class rugby league career extended from 1908 to 1924, culminating in him playing alongside his son at Western Suburbs in his final season.

Already having made two Kangaroo tours to Great Britain, had the World War I not intervened there is no doubt his representative career would have extended towards a decade.

A hard and resolute front-rower with Newtown, Norths and Wests, Courtney had a propensity to tackle opponents by launching his body in ferocious dives at their legs.

Perhaps the greatest indication of his rightful standing in the annals of the game comes from Dally Messenger, who in 1940 nominated Courtney alongside Frank Burge as two of the forwards he would most want to play alongside. He died in 1957.


Newcastle score one of the city's most famous victories when they defeat Parramatta 14-7 in the final of the State Cup. Earlier in the month they accounted for St George 5-3 in a semi-final at the Newcastle Sports Ground.  


Harvey Howard was born in England. The skilful prop played for three Australian clubs, the Roosters in 1993, Wests from 1996-99 and Brisbane the following year, coming off the bench in the grand final win over the Tricolours. He also played for Widnes, Leeds and Bradford in his homeland while also representing England and Great Britain in the international arena.

Harvey Howard takes on the Roosters in the 2000 grand final.
Harvey Howard takes on the Roosters in the 2000 grand final. ©NRL Photos


Cronulla produce a monumental second-half display to send Wally Lewis and the Broncos crashing from the semi-finals in a play-off for fifth spot at Parramatta Stadium, winning 38-14 to advance to a clash with Canberra.  


Wally Lewis plays his last premiership game. His Gold Coast Seagulls send him out a winner when they beat Penrith 12-8.


Parramatta champion Brett Kenny bows out a winner after the Eels' 22-16 defeat of Balmain at Parramatta Stadium.  


Hollywood celebrity Pamela Anderson is an interested onlooker at Sydney Football Stadium as a South Sydney comeback bid falls agonisingly short against the Sydney Roosters. The Roosters win 22-20 after nearly blowing a 20-0 lead.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.