Rugby Sporting History up for Auction at Theodore Bruce
The single lot includes four Balmain Rugby Football League 1st Grade Premiership Medals from 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1919 plus a Leichhardt Rugby League 3rd Grade Premiership Medal, 1911, presented to John Craik Lyall Sydney Wall (1890-1967).
Lyall Wall made his first grade rugby league debut with the Balmain Tigers in 1912 and had a brief season at Annandale in 1913 before returning to the Tigers until the end of season 1919. Lyall played fullback and centre throughout his league career, and was also a prolific goal kicker.
A long-standing friendship with Herb Gilbert took him to the St. George Dragons for the club’s debut season in 1921, where he played centre, wing and fullback. Lyall Wall, George Carstairs, Herb Gilbert & Reg Fusedale were established players who all brought much needed experience to the St. George Dragons club in its foundation year. Wall also represented the New South Wales rugby league team on four occasions during 1919.
All five medals were designed and made in Sydney by Harry Young & W Kerr, a jeweller whose work included medals, trophies, cups & mounted Emu eggs.
Auction & Lot Details
Four Balmain Rugby Football League 1st Grade Premiership Medals, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919 & a Leichhardt Rugby League 3rd Grade Premiership Medal, 1911, Presented to John Craik Lyall Sydney Wall (1890-1967) (Lot 640)
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