Randwick Rugby was proud to present the 2016 inductees to the Randwick Rugby Hall of Fame....
Harald W Baker AM, Keith A Cross, William T Outterside, Terence W Reid, John M Weber, Lloyd J Walker, Christopher Whitaker and Owen D A Finegan.
Baker, Harald W, AM
A tough, athletic, mobile flanker who joined Randwick from Eastern Suburbs in 1914 and who, that season, represented NSW once and Australia three times, all against New Zealand. He enlisted during World War I but did not make it to the front line owing to a serious spinal injury on the way to Europe. He was in plaster from his neck to his toes for no less than two years. After he recovered he became Randwick’s first Club Coach following the readmission of the Club to First Division Rugby in 1923. Harald Baker coached the First XV from 1923 to 1930, steering the team, in 1930, to its first First Grade Premiership in the new era. Baker managed the NSW Team which toured New Zealand in 1925. Members of that Team have since been accorded Australian representative status. In 1931 he was honoured as one of Randwick’s first three Life Members. Up to his death in 1962 he was regularly seen at Randwick games.
Cross, Keith A
One of Randwick and Australia’s best back row forwards in the post World War II period. Equally at home at No 8 or flanker, he played 131 First Grade games from 1946 to 1957, scoring 52 tries. With his supreme fitness and exceptional pace he was regularly selected on the wing and occasionally in the centres in the years 1951-52. He was the leading First Grade try-scorer in 1951 (shared) and in 1954. He played 25 times for NSW and appeared in 19 Tests from 1949 to 1957. His Test record
included: The Maori Team 1949 (3 Tests), the British Isles 1950 (2), New Zealand 1951 (2) and 1952 (1), South Africa 1953 (4), Fiji 1954 (2), New Zealand 1955 (1), South Africa 1956 (2) and New Zealand 1957 (2). After his retirement in 1958 Keith Cross took up refereeing.
Outterside, William T
A holder of two of Randwick Rugby’s most prestigious awards: The Wally Meagher Memorial Trophy 1974 and Life Membership 1994, Bill Outterside also holds the Club Record for the most matches played, being 432 games, of which 205 were in First Grade. He joined the Randwick Club in 1949 in w the Colts. In 1951 he did National Service where he played for the Royal Australian Air Force. In 1952 he joined the Senior Club playing his first First Grade game in 1954. Outterside was Club and First XV Captain in 1972; was a member of eight premiership teams: Thirds (1), Reserves (2) and Firsts (5); represented South Harbour, Sydney and NSW: and was a trialist for the 1963 South African Tour. He was the only non-international selected in the 1972 Australian Barbarians Team. After 25 years as an active player he retired in 1976, however, he continued with his coaching and commitments to the Randwick Central and Coogee Juniors, Randwick Boys High and Sydney High Schools, Colts and the Fifth Grade 1977 Premiers. He served on all committees in the Football Club and on the Board of the Licensed Club. In 2006-07 Bill Outterside chaired the Life Members Association.
Reid, Terence W
Terry Reid came to the Club with solid school rugby credentials having represented NSW Combined High Schools for the two years 1951-52 while also playing for the Randwick Juniors (now known as Colts). After joining the Seniors he played 150 games from 1953-62 of which 103 were in First Grade, scoring 17 tries. In 1958 he was equal leading try-scorer in First Grade with two other players. Reid represented NSW ten times from 1959 to 1962 and appeared in five Test Matches 1961-62. He toured South Africa in 1961 with the Wallabies. He was a member of the First Grade Team which won the Grand Final by defeating Northern Suburbs 16-0, providing as it did, a watershed for the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. He made his debut for NSW against Queensland in 1959. At the time he was widely acknowledged as a speedy and devastating tackling breakaway whose brilliant displays stamped him as the best flank forward in Australia. In retirement He coached the 4th XV for 4 years for 4 Premierships, the 2nd XV for 2 years for one Premiership and the Australian Army Team for one year. He served on the Grading Committee for six years. In 2001 Terry Reid deservedly became a Life Member of the Randwick Club.
Weber, John M
A giant lock forward and a mainstay of the First Grade pack from 1960 to 1973, in which time he played 244 First Grade games surpassing the previous record of 243 and scoring 37 tries, 33 goals
and 30 penalty goals. In the Club’s long history only one other player has played more games in the Firsts. He played 288 games in that period. His ability to win lineout ball usually provided the
Randwick backs of his era with a surfeit of possession. John Weber was awarded the Wally Meagher
Trophy for the Outstanding Clubman in 1973. Weber played for NSW four times and twice for Sydney against touring teams. A highlight of his career was a long range penalty goal kicked at a crucial time in Randwick’s 1967 Grand Final win over Gordon which gave Randwick a buffer that eventually proved decisive. It was fitting that his last game for the Randwick Club was in the 1973 Grand Final win over Western Suburbs. In all John Weber played in five First Grade winning Grand Final sides in 1965-67, 1971 and 1973.
Walker, Lloyd J
One of the most creative inside backs ever to play for Randwick, Lloyd Walker was equally skilled at fly half and at inside centre. He played a meritorious 278 Club games from 1979 to 1994, scoring
58 tries. His 225 First Grade games have been exceeded by only three Randwick men. In attack he
would run straight at the defence, holding the ball in two hands fractionally longer than most and seemingly mesmerising the opposition. He had a deceptive dummy and could beat men with ease.
Mark Ella regarded him as the best inside centre with whom he played, and the best ball handler.
Randwick and Australian Coach Bob Dwyer regarded Walker as having more influence on the outcomes of the NSW Premierships than any other player of his time. He played in 10 First Grade
Grand Finals from 1981 to 1994 for only one loss in 1983. He also played in three Reserve Grade Grand Finals from 1979 to 1981. Randwick won in 1980, the same year he made the Australian Under 21 side. He represented NSW 26 times from 1985 to 1993 and Australia 8 times in 1988 and 1989.
He was the Club’s Best and Fairest player in 1988. He captained Randwick in 1994, a Premiership year and his last for Randwick. In retirement Lloyd Walker coached the Southern Districts Club and some rugby schools.
One of the latest in a long line of talented Randwick scrum halves, Chris Whitaker played with great cover defensive ability and high level skills in the handling and distribution of the ball. He played 100 Club games from 1995 to 2004 scoring 40 tries and appearing in 69 First Grade games. He played in the 2000 and 2004 winning Firsts Grand Final teams and in the 1995 and 1996 Reserve Grade Grand Finals. Randwick won in 1996. In 1995 Chris Whitaker was the Club’s Best and Fairest player, won the Ron Don Trophy for the Most Improved Player in 1996 and was awarded the Wally Meagher Trophy for the Outstanding Clubman in 2006. He was the NSW regular scrum half from 1997 to 2006,
appearing in a record 118 games. He played in 28 Tests from 1998 to 2005 and was a member of the 1999 World Cup winning squad. He captained Australia in one Test Match. He continued his career in Ireland with the Leinster Club and later in France. Chris Whitaker was a product of the Clovelly Junior Rugby Club before playing in the Colts Firsts in 1994. In 1995 he was graded in the Reserves and played several matches in the Firsts in that year. His talent was obvious to all Randwick supporters, as was his understanding of the nuances of the Randwick Brand of rugby.
Finegan, Owen D A
Originally a lock forward, Owen Finegan moved to flanker and occasionally No 8 in his 126 games for Randwick from 1992 to 2003, in which he scored 56 tries. Representative commitments restricted his Club matches in 2001-02 but he resumed in 2002-03 and brought his tally of First Grade games to 110. He captained the Firsts for part of 2003. Finegan was a tough, energetic forward, exceedingly hard to stop close to the try line, where his low body height and strength produced many tries. He played in winning Grand Finals for Reserve Grade in 1992 and the Firsts in 1994 and 1996. He was an Australian Under 21 representative in 1983. Finegan played for NSW 6 times in 1994-95 and was
then contracted to the ACT Brumbies for whom he appeared 99 times in 1996-2005 and whom he captained. He played in 55 Tests from 1996 to 2003 and was a member of the 1999 World Cup winning squad. He scored a memorable try in the World Cup Final against France, charging over in a run which began outside the opposition quarter. In retirement Owen Finegan was involved in coaching the ACT Brumbies.