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The 1989 Rugby League Grand Finalists re-unite

By johnboy - 6 August 2009 16

Was it the greatest game of Rugby League ever played?

Almost certainly if you’re in any way a Canberra fan.

The Herald Sun informs us that the veterans of that glorious 1989 Grand Final are getting back together to celebrate Benny Elias’s ability to hit the cross bar:

    In what is a truly gracious offer from the Tigers, inviting their tormentors to revisit their greatest pain, both sides will host a fundraiser open to the public at Balmain Leagues Club tomorrow.

    Those attending will include captains Wayne Pearce and Mal Meninga, as well as Paul Sironen, Laurie Daley, Steve Roach, Stuart, Elias and all the other greats that played the game that is regarded as the greatest Grand Final ever.

[Video posted on YouTube by jmoul59]

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16 Responses to
The 1989 Rugby League Grand Finalists re-unite
Bravo Wang 5:08 pm 06 Aug 09

It’s always good to remember the good times when your team is sucking arse.

Bravo Wang 5:06 pm 06 Aug 09

It’s always good to remember the good times when your time is sucking arse.

MsCheeky 5:00 pm 06 Aug 09

That was good to see again. Yes, still the best rugby league game I’ve ever watched. As it happens, it was only the second one I’d ever seen. A friend introduced me to the game during the semi-finals in 1989. I’ve loved it ever since.

I noticed the ground was a bit of a dustbowl. They wouldn’t play on a ground like that these days. And as for Ray Price, that was a bit of trivia I didn’t know. He now has lifelong brownie points from me.

Thanks for the memories, and go the Raiders!

Pelican Lini 4:03 pm 06 Aug 09

Associating the words “greatest game” with “Rugby League” is about the most perfect example of an oxymoron as ypu can get.
There’s often more empty seats than punters at the games and it’s days are numbered.

Overheard 2:27 pm 06 Aug 09

Much as I enjoyed the 1989 Grand Final for it’s game-long drama and all, I reckon a close-run second would be 1997 (?) when Newcastle over-powered Manly with that wrong-way pass to the wing at the death that saw Albert someone or someone Albert go over in the shadows of the post. I tore out one of my tonsils watching the silvertails getting their ar$es handed to them in such last gasp style.

Friska 12:45 pm 06 Aug 09

Chicka was the STAR – pretty good for one of the “older fellas” of the team.

caf 11:09 am 06 Aug 09

What about Chicka Ferguson?

George 10:44 am 06 Aug 09

Best Grand Final ever!

Holden Caulfield 10:10 am 06 Aug 09

Now that I’ve seen the YouTube clip not only am I reminded how awesome that game was, but also that I am getting old, haha.

I’m most definitely an AFL fan first and foremost, with barely a passing interest in League these days, but that game is one of the best football matches of any code I’ve ever seen.

Overheard 10:05 am 06 Aug 09

And Warren Ryan (then coach of the Balmain) still occasionally has a shot at Bill Harrigan (referee) about the non-penalty that helped swing the game. That attempt at penalty that smacks off the bar is still a heart-stopper 20 years later and in full knowledge of the result!

Overheard 10:03 am 06 Aug 09

Was watching on the north coast of PNG and getting better reception than I was usually getting at the time in Kambah.

Friska 9:19 am 06 Aug 09

I was at the 1989 Grand Final with my raiders flag hanging high. It was and will be the best grand final ever played.

johnboy 9:11 am 06 Aug 09

Thanks guys, fixed now. In future feel free to use the contact button.

Holden Caulfield 9:09 am 06 Aug 09

Surely, the cop car is a pre-emptive strike to keep the “when real men played League” types in check and out of trouble. How is “Stanley” going these days anyway?

Ceej1973 9:05 am 06 Aug 09

ACT Police cars in Balmain? Similar colours but thats about all. LOL the photo JB!

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