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.

1884

Hall of Famer Edward “Tedda” Courtney was born in Townsville. If there is one word that sums up Ted Courtney, it is persistence. He never relented when on the football field, and 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.

1964

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.       

1968

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

1989

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.     

1992

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

1993

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

2008

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.