Our history

The Premiership Success

Since then the Tigers have won the Hospital Cup on five occasions, in 1997, 1999, 2008, 2013 and 2020. In both 1984 and 1999 Easts won the Welsby Cup and Horsley Cup, while they have also claimed the Doughty Shield on six occasions (1987, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2020). Following their 2008 Premiership success, Easts went on to become Australian Club Champions by defeating Sydney University. They replicated this feat in 2021 with a victory over Gordon Rugby Club to claim the club’s second Australian Club Championship Title. Without a doubt 2020 was the most successful year in the nearly 75 year history of the club. Securing 6 Premierships in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, Premier Women and Colts 4, the club also won the Doughty Shield for a 6th time. In their history 13 players have received Premier Rugby player of the year honours, our most recent being Ben Mowen in 2020. A total of 29 players that have played for the Tigers have also gone on to wear the Green and Gold jersey for either the Wallabies, Australian 7s, Australian U20s, Australian U18s or the Wallaroos teams.

A new era in Women’s Rugby

On November 12, 1892, when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was paid $500 to play a game for the Allegheny Athletic Association in a match against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This is the first recorded instance of a player being paid to participate in a game of American football, although many athletic clubs in the 1880s offered indirect benefits, such as helping players attain employment, giving out trophies or watches.

In 1947 the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) started an Old Boys Competition for past students of G.P.S. schools.  One of the teams was the Brisbane State High School Old Boys.  This team became known as Colts in 1948 and finally in 1949, at the suggestion of the QRU, the club assumed the name Eastern Districts.  Today the club is known as Easts Rugby Union Inc.

75 Years Young

The Clubhouse that currently stands on the site at Bottomley park was opened in 1979.  For more information click on the Commemorative booklet 1979 booklet. (pdf 4.6MB)

In 2022 Easts will celebrate 75 Years as a club and we look forward to celebrating this important milestone with our community.

OUR CLUB PREMIERSHIP HISTORY

2020
1st Grade Premiership Men's & Women's, 2nd, 3rd, 5th Grade, Colts 4
Australian Club Champions
2020
1st Grade Premiership Men's & Women's, 2nd, 3rd, 5th Grade, Colts 4
Australian Club Champions
2019
Colts 3 Premiership
2016
6th Grade Premiership
2015
6th Grade Premiership
2014
4th Grade Premiership
2013
1st Grade Premiership
2012
1st Grade Premiership
2011
Women's Premiership
2010
Women's Premiership
2009
Colts 2 & 3 Premiership, Women's Premiership
2008
1st Grade Premiership Men's & Women's
2002
Women's Premiership
2001
Colts 1 Premiership
2000
3rd Grade Premiership
1999
1st Grade Premiership
1998
2nd Grade Premiership
1997
1st Grade Premiership
1996
Colts 3 Premiership
1991
4th Grade Premiership
1990
2nd Grade Premiership
1989
3rd Grade Premiership
1988
3rd Grade & 4th Grade Premiership
1987
4th Grade Premiership & Doughty Shield
1986
Colts 1 Premiership
1984
Welsby Cup & Hosley Cup
1982
2nd Grade Premiership
1976
4th Grade Premiership,
1972
2nd Grade Premiership
1959
3rd Grade Premiership
1956
4th Grade Premiership

THE HISTORY BOOKS ON SOCIALS

Tiger Tales by Jim Tucker

The “Hospital” Cup was a real thing for 2013 Grand Final hero Michael Stolberg

Towering lock Michael Stolberg left hospital to play a starring role in the 2013 grand final...and was back there on a drip when the celebrations fired up that night.  Not even all his teammates knew the full story when “Stolly” got himself kitted up, like normal, in the dressing room for the decider against GPS...

Mackenna Spooner: Tiger with Wallaby genes enjoying women’s rugby on a roll

Mackenna Spooner may be the daughter of a Wallaby but she’s found her rugby home amongst Tigers. Mackenna Spooner The developing winger is relishing being a part of Easts’ formidable women’s squad and the roll they find themselves on. After dropping the opening two games of the season, the premiers have won six games in...

A Shed, cold beer and playing only in socks… 94-year-old Glynn Gauld recalls Easts’ early days

At 94-years-old, Glynn Gauld still has vivid memories of playing at the old  Bottomley Park where pieces of glass and tin would rise from the landfill it was  built on.   Gauld is one of the oldest living Tigers. He started playing with Easts as an  enthusiastic young fullback in 1950 when the club’s first jersey...

Batty-Bremner-Thomas trophy honours coaching & character 

It says it all about the character of John Bremner as a devoted Easts man that he continued coaching even when undergoing intensive cancer treatment.  A cap concealed his hair loss in the jubilant premiership team photo of 1999 at Ballymore where “JB” was smiling proudly out of the spotlight in his understated way.  When...

Selena: Warrior Princess…setting the standard for women’s rugby

Women’s rugby pioneer, flanker, Tiger-tough, Wallaroo No.7, dual-code star...that’s only the start of the tags you can apply to Selena Worsley.  When the call was made to honour the first woman in the Queensland Rugby Union’s Hall of Fame this year, there was unanimous approval. How could it be anyone else when you soak in...

Before there was Jake Pappin…there was Brett Scott, the last of the great toe-pokers

Brett Scott was the last of Brisbane club rugby’s great toe-pokers, a goalkicking marvel who amassed more than 1000 points in first grade for Easts. Rugby youngsters of today look quizzically at footage of toe-poke goalkickers as if they were dinosaurs from a lost age like landline telephones and two-cent coins. When Scott entered the...

Easts greatest Wallaby honoured in naming of new shield

Champion flanker David Wilson shared rugby’s summit with John Eales as a World Cup winner yet both cherish their names being linked to a new club trophy. Easts and Brothers will play for the John Eales-David Wilson Shield for the first time at Crosby Park on Saturday with both figures in attendance. It will be contested...

Breaking The Premiership Drought…The History-Makers of 1997

Victorious Easts winger Ricky Nalatu stood at the bar in a tiger costume and watched the tears of grown men in their 60s. Of course, he was in costume. It was that sort of crazy, once-in-a-rugby-lifetime night in the clubhouse at Bottomley Park to celebrate the club’s maiden first grade premiership. Just hours early at...

Before there was Will, Eli & Munch….There was Denis Owens…The Dasher with the Devilish Streak

You never have to search too far for the definition of “Tiger For Life” because Denis Owens invariably bobs up at a match, a season launch, a club shout-out for help or the first hint of a team reunion. Now 65, he’s been doing it for most of his life after first playing for Easts...

The Paul Mooney Cup…a blood bond between Easts and Wests

There is far more history to the Paul Mooney Cup than anyone playing in the latest Easts v Wests clash will realise. The worthy symbol of contests between the two clubs is named after a rare figure who had a major influence at both.  Paul Mooney was Easts’ first Wallaby as a fast-striking booker for two...