Bluey will be there cheering
WHEN James Waterton leads the CQU Norths Chargers out this weekend there will be no one prouder at the ground than Phillip Sear.
Affectionately known as Bluey, Sear has been involved with Norths seniors since joining the club as a 17-year-old in 1948.
Norths celebrate 90 years of Senior Rugby League this weekend when the Chargers take on Brothers at Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon.
Sear is one of a host of talented rugby league players who have donned the Norths colours since the club's inception on May 7, 1921.
On this day 90 nears ago, North Rockhampton RLFC played its first senior rugby league match in the Rockhampton competition, recording the club's first of many wins, defeating Fitzroys 10-0.
Nine decades on, the club hopes to do the same tomorrow against reigning premiers Brothers.
In 1921 Norths went on to win the minor premiership, before deciding against taking the field against Fitzroys in the grand final.
Since 1921 Norths have won 29 premierships, 25 as Norths and four as CQU Norths Chargers.
Sear is the club's leading Rockhampton Senior Rugby League premiership winner, with seven premierships. He was a staple of the dominant Norths outfit that graced Browne Park during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
During his career, Sear played for Rockhampton and Central Queensland against Great Britain, New Zealand, French and American touring teams.
He lists Bobby Kerr, Brian Cridland, and the late Cyril Connell Jnr among a host of great players to don the club's colours during his time.
“It's hard to say who the best I've played alongside was,” Sear said.
“There were so many of them. Cyril Connell was good. He taught me how to be a smarter footballer.
“He came to us as captain/coach in 1955 and I won my first premiership that year.”
Since joining the senior club in 1948 as a 17-year-old, Sear went on to win seven premierships, none greater than his last in 1964.
In a fitting finish to his playing career, he helped Norths to a historic 4-2 win over Brothers – the first RSRL grand final played where a try wasn't scored – 16 years after he began his senior career.
“In 1964 we played in the wet at Browne Park and it wasn't like it is today. It was a sea of mud,” Sear said.
A newspaper report of the time praised Sear's and Kerr's performances on that day.
“It was hard to pick out best players but lock Bob Kerr had a great day. He received great support from Phil Sear, Lou Greenhill and second-rower Carl Goltz,” the report read.
“Sear's heavy tackling and determined runs, which nearly always took at least two men to stop, did a lot to tire the opposition.”
Since that time, Sear has remained involved in Norths in various roles and is a life member of the club.
He does his best to turn out regularly to watch the club's senior teams and will, without a doubt, be there tomorrow afternoon to cheer his beloved Chargers on.
Round 5 Rugby League
Yeppoon Seagulls v Fitzroy Gracemere
Today, 4pm; Reserve grade 5.30pm; Under-20 7pm; A-grade at Webb Park, Yeppoon.
Brothers v CQU Norths Chargers
Tomorrow noon; Reserve grade 1.30pm; Under-20 3pm; A-grade at Victoria Park, Rockhampton.