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QRU Match No. 033 - Queensland goes RED

Queenslanders are Remembering

QRU Match No. 033 - August 10, 1895

Queensland wore the red-and-black hooped jersey of Brisbane Club in the first year of representational matches, as well as sky-blue, white and even 'chocolate' over the first decade of representative Rugby, until delegates at the 1895 Annual Meeting decided on an official uniform, to reflect the robes of Queen Victoria.

"Thus the colours of the union be maroon with a monogram Q." (The Telegraph, April 4, 1895, Page 6)

The first match wearing the now iconic colour was Match No. 33 - August 10, 1895 at Brisbane's Association Ground, against New South Wales' Waratahs.

The home side, dubbed 'Bananalanders' by southern newspapers, dominated play throughout, and crossed for four tries in the first half.

Such was the supremacy of the Queensland forwards, the final twenty-minutes of the second half saw the ball leave New South Wales' twenty only once and added four more tries to the locals' score

Despite an "inexcusable" kicking display from the Reds, which managed one conversion from eight attempts, Queensland achieved an emphatic 26-16 victory.

"The Queensland colours are … maroon jersey and stockings with white knickers." (Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, August 13, 1895, Page 3)

Well over a century later, many other Queensland sporting codes have adopted maroon, and the QRU's most iconic kit remains a maroon jersey and the navy-blue shorts of the early 20th Century.

Queensland team that faced New South Wales - August 10, 1895

Jersey No. QRU No. Name
1 130 Pat Fewings
2 95 George Counsell
3 16 James "Jimmy" Anderson
4 126 Steve Welch
5 58 Charles Stewart Graham
6 127 William 'Bill' Austin
7 115 Jack Holmes
8 128 Sam Cockcroft
9 131 Austin Gralton
10 101 Dan Allman
11 132 Duncan Nelson
12 97 Jack 'Yorkie' O'Shea
13 112 Robert Herman 'Bob' McCowan
14 111 Arthur Austin
15 129 Jack Coghlan


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