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The exploits of St Peters First XV Rugby Premiers of 1962 reads like a movie script.

The two undefeated First XV teams of St Peters and St Laurence’s were vying for The Associated Schools (TAS) Rugby Premiership and they were playing for keeps. On a water-logged oval at St Laurence’s, there was nothing between them. The final hooter sounded and the teams were locked at 6–6.

What happened next would go down as one of the finest moments in the history of St Peters Rugby.

Team Hooker, Theo Helbig, still remembers the tense final moments of the game:

‘It was 6–6, the full time hooter went and we were given a penalty,’ Theo recalled.

‘We went to kick it but it didn’t go very far because the ball was so wet.’

According to Theo, St Laurence’s had a chance to score a try to win the game.

‘They went to a ruck, we won the ruck, got the ball out to the wing, and we scored our third try to win the game 9–6.’

Theo recalled the utter jubilation for the First XV Rugby team, winning the TAS Premiership for the very first time.

‘It was jubilation for us because we won the premiership and we were undefeated for the season,’ Theo explained.

In a fitting tribute to mark the 55th anniversary of the premiership, ten team mates and their coach reunited on 13 May, to watch a game against traditional rivals, Marist College Ashgrove, at Mayer Oval, St Peters.

‘Today we are celebrating the 55th anniversary of that premiership,’ Theo said.

‘Ten members of the team and their coach have come together today to celebrate the occasion. Sadly, six members of the team have passed away. Only one member of the team of 17 (the 15 plus two reserves) could not be here today,’ Theo explained.

Fullback Bart Philemon, who went on to play in the 1963 and 1964 Premiership teams, saved his best for last in the 1962 Premiership match.

‘1962 was my first year in the First XV and I scored my first try in the final game!’ Bart recalled with pride.

He credited Coach, Carson Dron, for training the team to a high standard. He recalled a time at training camp, when he had to run up and down the sand dunes.

‘The quality was always there but we needed a coach. A lot of our success was due to Carson,’ Bart said.

Team Captain, Geoff Tudor, also has fond memories of the game and recalled his delight in being able to play the second half, in spite of spending a lot of the season on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury.

‘In the last match, I went on in the second half so I at least felt I played a part in the win,’ Geoff said humbly.

‘I think I passed the ball to Reini Baer and he scored the winning try. There was great jubilation!’

Players who attended the 55th anniversary tribute:

Geoff Tudor (Captain), Five Eighth; Bart Philemon, Full Back; Juergen Raasch, Wing; Victor Tam, Half Back; Garth Dennis, Lock; Noel Stumer, Second Row; Bruce Harth, Break Away; Reg Kleidon, Front Row; Ian Dennis, Front Row; Theo Helbig, Hooker; and Carson Dron, Coach.

Players who have passed away and the positions they played were:

David Frerichs (Vice Captain), Second Row; Ken Peters, Break Away; Gavera Agalu, Inside Centre; Peter Dennis, Outside Centre; Yerr Komndi, Reserve; Dennis Harwood, Reserve.