- Jul 15, 2012
How many of you know your history? Here's a few snippets.
J. Kirwan is the grand father of Sir John Kirwan, F. Delgrosso is my great uncle. Frank was outstanding play maker and proudly carried the nickname of "Daly", named after the great Daly Messenger. The coach of this team would go on to embroiled in controversy. After the tour of Australia for which this photo was taken, the team would head to England and Wales. Mr E.H Main would find himself with a full blown revolt on his hands, partly due to Mr. Main allowing his wife to play an active part in the coaching and tactics of the team. Cutting a long story short, from memory, 9 of the tourists would receive life bans from the NZRFL (as it was known at the time), and i think my uncle was banned also but i think he was allowed back into the game late in his career.