Drummoyne District Rugby Football Club


Life Members

Year Appointed

H (Harry) GROSE*


Captain Balmain DRFC 1911-13, fullback and centre. Secretary Balmain DRFC 1914-1919. Instrumental, with Dr.H.Moran , in merging the Glebe and Balmain Clubs in 1919.

Appointed Life Member of NSWRU in 1940. President DDRFC 1940-1951. Patron 1953-1975.



Captain Balmain DRFC 1903-1908, loose forward. First Rugby player in Australia to play 100 first grade games. President Drummoyne Juniors 1933-1950.

Appointed Life Member of the NSWRU 1940. Patron DDRFC 1938-1951.

S.J (Syd) GROSE*


The earliest photo we have of Syd is in a match played by a Drummoyne touring team against Duntroon Military College in Canberra, dated 1922. The last is one taken with Syd, in full Vintage Reds gear, kicking off in the 1983 Golden Oldies ....aged 83.

All those intervening years he was a committed Red, first grade player, first grade referee, selector, coach & NSWRU delegate. You name it....Syd did it.



First grade player in the mid twenties, went on to become an international referee. 4 Tests 1932-4. President of Drummoyne 1929-1937 . An outstanding administrator, was Town Clerk of Drummoyne City Council for forty years.



Product of Fivedock Juniors, became an outstanding Waratah and Wallaby winger playing 13 Tests 1920 to 1923, scoring 10 tries. Rhodes scholar to Oxford in 1924. Chosen to play for England in 3 Tests.

Came back to play 55 first grade matches for the Club. Club Coach 1948-1951. Club President 1952. Patron 1953-1963.

A.J. (Arnold) TANCRED*


Strong back rower in the Club’s Premiership team of 1925, became a Waratah and Wallaby in 1927/8. Highly respected in the administration of the NSWRU.

Was the Manager of the very successful 1947/8 Wallabies to the UK, France and USA. Largely responsible for the formation of the Drummoyne Ruby (Licensed) Club. Life Member of the NSWRU in 1950



The loss of an eye curtailed Ted’s playing career which began in several outstanding DDRFC junior premiership teams of the thirties. Became the Hon Secretary during WW11, a difficult time when players, officials and referees were in short supply.

For 10 years he was the Club delegate to the NSWRU, member of the important Schools’ Committee of the NSWRU. Referee, and for many years the Club’s touch judge. His other posts were Social Secretary and selector. Maintains a strong interest in the Club and in the players, particularly the Drummoyne Juniors.

Dr.L.(Les) HIATT*


The Club’s long serving medical officer 1946-1959. Many of his stitches are still in place.



Began his long career with the Club as the first grade team manager, then became our outstanding Secretary 1950 –58. He was a highly popular Club President from 1963-67, always there with calm counsel and a personal interest in the well being of all players in every team.

See later notes on the great partnership he formed with his wife Betty, now also a Life Member.

W.G.(Graham) FIRTH


Became involved with the Club for the very best of reasons …. his sons Bernard and David and son-in-law David Dyer were all keen players. A superb organizer, he was a splendid Club Secretary from 1961-1970 and then President 1971-2.

He was a well respected member of the Committee of the Sydney Rugby Union.

V.A.(“Bunky”) AULAND*


One of Drummoyne’s great players, member of the 1936 First Grade Premiership team. A rugged, uncompromising tight head breakaway, he was to chosen to play for NSW against the All Blacks and from all accounts, gave them plenty.

Club President from 1968-1970, then again 1973-5, he was our Patron 1976 – 1994. His great loves were running the weekly raffle and organizing the car park.



A player in the strong 1930’s era, Alan was on outstanding RAAF bomber pilot during WW11, completing 55 bombing missions over Germany. Mentioned in despatches 3 times for getting his burning plane home and being awarded the DFC.

Returned home in 1945 to work hard for his old club over many years in many capacities: selector, coach. Secretary in 1971, then back in 1983/ 1984. Every Monday night for the seasons 1947-1985 he attended as our delegate to the meetings of the NSWRU Grades Committee.



Captain of the Red’s State junior undefeated Premiership teams of 1947-8 and the Combined State U21 team. Played in the First Grade team 1949-52 and then became a first grade referee.

President of the Club 1982-87. Elected President of the Sydney Rugby Union in 1989 and Chairman and Senior Vice President of the NSWRU in 1990. Club Patron 2001 to present.

D.(David) DYER*


A fine player for Drummoyne Juniors and then in the senior grades, David extended his playing career after retirement in the Fifties by being available at call whenever a player went missing, no matter which team. He would then back up by running the line for first grade. What a clubman!

With his financial expertise and wise counsel, he was an outstanding Club Treasurer from 1982 to 1991. Together with his wife Robin, now a Vice President of the Club, he kept the Club afloat through tough times.




Fine first grade centre, Captain/Coach and lock forward in the Fifties, he was the backbone of the Club’s on field efforts and was very unlucky not to have been selected for higher honours.

He was the Club’s Honorary Solicitor for many years and gave distinguished service in that role also to the NSWRU and the Australian Rugby Union. A true Rugby man.

A.T.(Arthur) TIERNEY*


Our first grade hooker and front rower of the early forties, Arthur became one of Australian Rugby's most respected and loved characters. He refereed 140 first grade games and topped his career with the whistle by being appointed to referee the Test between Australia and the British Lions in 1959.

Following his retirement, he became the Club’s long serving timekeeper. He overcame a speech impediment with some classical one-liners which are still quoted by Wallabies and Reds around Australia.

R.(Bob) DAY


Long-time mate of Arthur Tierney, uncompromising eighty minute player from the forties and Assistant Commissioner of NSW Police, Bob dedicated many years to his old Club as Secretary from 1989 to 1996, as a selector and delegate. He fought hard for the Club’s return to First Division.

A great swimmer in the World’s Master Games, Bob encouraged the game of Rugby within the Police Force and tours, both outbound and inbound around the world.

E.(Betty) LANGDON*


Who could ever forget those 26 years Betty and her ladies ran just the best Rugby Kiosk in Sydney! Initially with quite primitive facilities, Betty’s cups of tea revived many a flagging player, as did her spirited words of encouragement.

A great collaborator with husband Sep as Secretary and then President, their home was the heart of Drummoyne Rugby for nearly 3 decades.



A great Club stalwart, whose 3 sons, Barry, David and Michael have themselves given great service to the Club. He spent his young days growing up in Cometrowe Street, adjacent to the Oval.

Always a strong debater on issues vital to the club, perhaps Roy’s most notable contribution was the organizing of that superb Testimonial for the Club’s great Australian Captain Greg Davis, whose death at a relatively young age left a young family in need of support. Roy mobilized the support of the whole Australian Rugby community and raised a large sum for a Foundation which provided for Greg’s young family and educated the children.



Fred's playing days concluded in 1980. In 1982 he became involved in the Management Committee when John Mulford became President. In 1983 he took over Colts, coaching in what became known as the Golden Age of Drummoyne Colts.

Fred moved up to the senior grades in 1987 and took over 1st Grade in 1989. His team won ten of their last 11 matches including a memorable victory over Minor Premiers, Norths.

Fred then formed a close coaching alliance with former First Grade and Club Captain Peter McSullea, which took the club into the nineties and eventually back into First Division. In more recent years, Fred has been the cornerstone of the re-birth of the club in the NSWSRU as both as a Grade Coach and Club Coach.

* Deceased