Norths mourn loss of dynamic duo

Norths Devils is mourning the loss of legends Jim Hannam and Henry Hegarty in recent weeks.

Hannam was the Norths halfback in five successive premiership sides from 1960, captaining the Devils to a 13-4 victory over Brothers in 1964, a match in which Hegarty scored a try.

Test halfback Barry Muir made it difficult for Hannam to graduate to representative teams, but he still managed to play for Brisbane in the Bulimba Cup.

Jim Hannam.
Jim Hannam.

After his playing days, Hannam coached Norths reserve grade for four years from 1968, and again in 1973.

Hegarty, a classy Indigenous three quarter, was recommended to Valleys by legendary Cherbourg footballer, Frank Fisher. At the age of 17, Hegarty arrived at Brisbane's Central Station, where there was no-one from Valleys to meet him.

"I got off the train and didn't have a clue where to go after that,'' Hegarty told QRL History Committee member Steve Haddan.

“So I just went back to Cherbourg.”

Henry Hegarty.
Henry Hegarty.

Norths heard about the mishap, and signed Hegarty, who went on to form a potent combination with winger Fonda Metassa.

Hegarty played in five winning grand final sides between 1961 and 1966, playing wing in the first match and centre in the other four.