[Article 4759]Vale Brian KOWALD

 Brian was a tough front rower who played in the period 1960 until 1968.

Brian came from Queensland to play for Wests at the age of 23.

Brian’s Wests player name is 615.

17-1-1937 — 28-6-2016.

brian at the ppm 2009 reunion photo

Brian Kowald at the 2009 Pratten Park Magpies reunion.

1962 photo of brian.

Brian Kowald in 1962.

BRIAN KOWALD played prop, appearing 139 times in Grade for Western Suburbs:

14 x First Grade, 61 Reserves,  64 Thirds.

Brian Kowald played in both 1961 Reserve Grade Premiership, played at Henson Park with

Roger Buttenshaw Captain (Wests defeated Manly 9-3) and 1961 Third Grade Premiership at

the SCG, Bill Martin captain (Wests defeated Souths 13-7 in extra time).

1961 banner

1961 3rd grade photo

1961 reserve grade names

1961 reserve grade banner

1961 reserve grade photo Henson Park

The unusual reason that the Reserve Grade Grand Final was played at the Henson Park the following Saturday was told to me by Carl Ross.

 Wests finished in 1st place on the ladder. 4 teams finished 2nd on the ladder resulting in multi playoffs.

The League did not use the points For and Against system in those days.

Sat, 2nd Sept playoff for 4th place in the Top 4, Manly 12 v Balmain 8 and playoff for  2nd and 3rd places in the Top four, Saints 12 v Souths 10, there was another semi somewhere, Manly 9 v Souths 4 ,

Sat, 9th Sept,Wests 20 v Souths 0 and went into the Grand Final.

Reserve Grade. Final Manly 9 v Saints 4.    

Sat.23rd Sept. at Henson Park ,Wests 9 v Manly 3 . Simple??


1962 Reserve grade GF team photo

1962 Reserve grade GF team names.

Brian played in back to back Reserve Grade Grand Finals. 1961 and 1962.

Unfortunately in 1962 Wests were beaten by Saints (again) 19 to Nil.


Brian also played in the winning 1967 Third grade Grand Final team. (Wests defeated Balmain 7-5)

1967 3 rd grade team photo

Brian is third from the left back row.

Wests 3rd grade GF story 1

Wests 3rd grade GF story 2

1967 3rd grade GF program

Wests 7 beat Balmain 5.

Brian’s playing record is below.

1960        20 x Thirds

 1961         4 x Seconds; 14 x Thirds [1 try]

1962         5 x Seconds; 11 x Thirds

1963         8 x Seconds; 10 x Thirds

1964         1 x Firsts [plus 3 x Pre-season Comp. 13 x Seconds. 2 x Thirds

1965         4 x Firsts [plus 2 x Pre-season Comp. plus 1 x State Cup. 5 x Reserves

1966         3 x Firsts. 13 x Seconds [1 try]

1967         13 x Seconds [1 try]. 5 x Thirds

1968         2 x Thirds 

Thanks to Rick Wayde and the men at Wests Archives for the above information.

1966 photo at Lhart Oval Brian . Denis Meaney, Roy Ferguson and Bob Boland..pdf

L-R Denis Meaney, Roy Ferguson, Bob Boland with ball and Brian Kowald number 13.

Brian was a regular at the Pratten Park reunions. Where he caught up with old mates.

Noel Dolton, Brian and Barry Ferney PPm reunion.

L-R Noel Dolton, Brian and Barry Ferney.

Brian and Ned ppm reunion.

Noel Kelly and Brian.

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