FAMILY TRADITION: Lachlan, Sam, Leigh and Andrew Johnston are all excited for the three Wheatmen grand finals this weekend.
FAMILY TRADITION: Lachlan, Sam, Leigh and Andrew Johnston are all excited for the three Wheatmen grand finals this weekend. Michael Doyle

Memories of 1968 ahead of Risdon Cup final

RUGBY UNION: The Dalby Wheatmen are on the cusp of history, if they win this weekend's Risdon Cup grand final.

Victory would secure three consecutive titles, a feat not achieved by the club in 50 years.

Leigh Johnston was part of the 1966-1968 Wheatmen sides that were the first to win three-in-a-row.

He said a lot has changed in the last 50 years, but the spirit of the Dalby club has never wavered.

"The team certainly was not as serious and as well organised as this year's side,” Johnston said.

"We trained on the same oval, but we had two little lights in a corner of the pitch.

"No one lifted any weights, except when we went to Mary Barry's pub and lifted seven-ounce beers.”

He said he held special memories of the 1968 Wheatmen side, stating they were not a physically big side, but worked terrifically together.

Johnston has two sons and a grandson playing in the lower-grade grand finals this weekend, adding to his excitement.

"It is unreal. You can feel the excitement around the club,” he said.

"To have three teams in grand finals, two years after doing the same thing, makes it fantastic.”

- Make sure you purchase this Friday's Dalby Herald for special coverage of the Dalby Wheatmen's grand finals.



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