Archive for April, 2008

Apr 24, 2008

A Centenary of Greats

A Century of Greats – Rugby League Collectible

The 100 Greatest Players of the Century are the cream of the crop of Australian Rugby League’s first 100 years. Chosen by a select group of former players, coaches, administrators and historians, the 100 Greatest are quite literally the best of the best.

Headed by the seven players who are recognised as the game’s Immortals – Clive Churchill, Johnny Raper, Reg Gasnier, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson and another 29 who hold pride of place in the game’s Hall of Fame.

The NRL has the great honour and privilege to make available this very special release of the greatest 100 players the game has ever seen.

Centenary of Greats small

Limited Edition print of only 500.

Facsimile Signature of Rugby League’s first ever superstar Dally Messenger.

$395 Framed RRP + $40P&H. Call for Unframed Price.

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‘A Centenary of Greats’ is a celebration of Rugby League’s 100 Greatest players – a tribute to the legends whose talents, vision and inspiration defined the game’s first 100 years. Chosen by a select group of former players, coaches, administrators and historians on behalf of the Australian Rugby League and the Centenary of Rugby League Committee, the ‘100 Greatest’ are, literally, the best of the best.

The list is headed by Australia’s first Rugby League superstar, Herbert ‘Dally’ Messenger, and the seven players recognised as the game’s ‘Immortals’ – Clive Churchill, John Raper, Reg Gasnier, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis and Arthur Beetson.

Included are 39 Test and World Cup captains, 27 Premiership captains, the game’s highest point scorers, champions from the city and the bush, men who captured the imaginations of countless fans over the first century of League in this country. Those whose most prominent years were served in England – Albert Rosenfeld, Vic Hey, Arthur Clues, Brian Bevan and Harry Bath – have also been recognised.

Only one 2008 NRL player, Brisbane and Australian captain Darren Lockyer, made the list, emphasising his status as today’s premier player. The selection process was designed to give appropriate weighting to all eras of the game’s first century. The 36 Hall of Fame inductees were automatic selections, meaning the selectors were left with 64 places to fill. Of those, 23 were selected from the period 1908-45 and 41 from 1946-2007 making a final count of 38 players from 1908-45 (38 seasons) and 62 from 1946-2007 (62 seasons).

The task of the judges in equating players they had seen live, or on footage in the video era, and those they had only read about was monumental. After all, no one has watched every player over the last 100 years. However, the list includes players who were, without question, champions of their respective eras.

Australia has provided Test jerseys to 749 players in its first 100 seasons of Rugby League. About 1700 players were outstanding enough to have represented New South Wales or Queensland. To be chosen as one of just 100 from those many great players is a prestigious honour in the game’s Centenary year.

Apr 20, 2008

The Spirit of Anzac

Military Memorabilia

This Limited Edition Print of ”The Spirit Of Anzac” was recently launched for 2008 Anzac Day memorials.

It is a framed print 69cm x 76cm, printed on high quality 250gsm glossy paper and is a limited edition of 1915 pieces, remembering the year this famous photo was taken.
If you need to know more please contact us on 03-52298007 and ask for Ron.

Framed piece is $595 plus $35 S&H.

Includes medallion containing actual sand from Gallipoli as well as embellished metallic Lest We Forget emblem.

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Anzac Large Photo

The 11th Battalion at the Great Pyramid of Cheops, Egypt

In 1903 the Perth Rifle Volunteers were renamed the 11th Australian Infantry Regiment. At this stage the only permanent soldiers in Australia were Engineers, Coastal Defence Gunners and a handful of Staff Officers.

On the outbreak of WWI, Australia had a militia of about 100 000 people. The Defence Act 1903 stipulated that the Australian Militia Forces were only to be employed in the Defence of Australia. Hence the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) was raised for service overseas. This is commonly referred to as the 1st AIF. The term of enlistment was for “the duration of hostilities plus 6 months”.

The 11th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF was raised at Black Boy Hill Camp on 17 August 1914 and recruited from the militia units. The now famous picture of the 11th Bn AIF at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt in 1915 is shown throughout military history displays and books the world over. The picture was taken just before the landing at Anzac Cove. Not many of the soldiers in this picture survived the 8 month campaign.

After the Campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the 11th Battalion AIF went on to serve with distinction in France and Belgium from 1916-18. They returned to Australia at the end of the war and disbanded on the 5 February 1919. The Battalion was awarded a Kings Colour for it’s service during the war which was held in the of custody the Militia 2/11th Battalion.

The 11th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. It was the first battalion recruited in Western Australia, and with the 9th, 10th and 12th Battalions it formed the 3rd Brigade.

The battalion was raised within weeks of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked for overseas after just two weeks of preliminary training. It arrived in Egypt to continue its training in early December. The 3rd Brigade was the covering force for the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915 and so was the first ashore at around 4:30 am. Ten days after the landing, a company from the 11th Battalion mounted the AIF’s first raid of the war against Turkish positions at Gaba Tepe. Subsequently, the battalion was heavily involved in defending the front line of the ANZAC beachhead. In August, it made preparatory attacks at the southern end of the ANZAC position before the battle of Lone Pine. The 11th Battalion continued to serve at ANZAC until the evacuation in December.

After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the 11th Battalion returned to Egypt. It was split to help form the 51st Battalion, and then bought up to strength with reinforcements.

In March 1916, the battalion sailed for France and the Western Front. From then until 1918, the battalion took part in bloody trench warfare. Its first major action in France was at Pozières in the Somme valley in July. After Pozières, the battalion manned trenches near Ypres in Flanders before returning to the Somme valley for winter.

In 1917 the battalion took part in the brief advance that followed the German Army’s retreat to the Hindenburg Line. During a German counterattack at Louverval, France, in April 1917 Lieutenant Charles Pope was killed performing the deed for which he would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The battalion subsequently returned to Belgium to participate in the offensive that became known as the Third Battle of Ypres.

The battalion helped to stop the German spring offensive in March and April 1918, and later that year participated in the great Allied offensive launched east of Amiens on 8 August 1918. This advance by British and empire troops was the greatest success in a single day on the Western Front, one that German General Erich Ludendorff described as “the black day of the German Army in this war”

The 11th Battalion continued operations until late September 1918. At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. This armistice was followed by a peace treaty, signed at Versailles on 28 June 1919.

In November 1918 members of the AIF began to return to Australia. In February 1919, the 11th and 12th Battalions were amalgamated due to steadily declining numbers in both battalions. They remained so linked until their last members returned home for demobilisation and discharge.

Apr 18, 2008

Richmond Tigers – Team of the Century

Artists’ proof of a spectacular artwork celebrating Richmond Tigers Football Club’s Team of the Century. Includes stars such as Francais Bourke, Kevin Bartlett, Jack Dyer, Kevin Sheedy and many more.

Apr 18, 2008

Melbourne Victory – The Sweetest Victory

Hyundai League 2007 Grand Final, 18th February 2007 at the Telstra Dome, where Melbourne Victory thrashed Adelaide United 6-0 in the Soccer national league.

Apr 18, 2008

Geelong Cats – Team of the Century

Geelong Cats “Team of the Century” titled, “the greatest team of all”. Artists proof of a beautiful artwork piece celebrating the greatest team of Cats superstars from past and present at Kardinia Park. Includes John (Sam) Newman, Graeme (Polly) Farmer, Buddha Hocking, Gary Ablett Snr and many more.

Cats Team of the Century Framed

Apr 18, 2008

Cats Back to Back 51 & 52

Geelong Cats back to back premiership teams of 1951 and 1952 with signature of the captain of both teams, Fred Flanagan. Rare collectible memorabilia.

Apr 18, 2008

Adam Goodes Signed Jumper

Sydney Swans official jersey signed by Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes.

Apr 18, 2008

Melbourne Storm WEG Poster

Herald Sun WEG poster of the 2007 ARL Premiers Melbourne Storm,

Apr 18, 2008

Glen Archer signed Jumper

North Melbourne Kangaroos jumper signed by 1996 Norm Smith Medalist and Shinboner of the Century, Glen Archer.

Apr 17, 2008

Buddy Franklin signed Hawthorn Jumper

Hawthorn Football Club jumper signed by Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin.

Apr 17, 2008

Essendon v Geelong 100 Year Reenactment Match

Collage celebrating the hostorical 100 year reenactment match between Essendon and Geelong Football Clubs. Featuring and signed by Essendon legend and brownlow medalist James Hird.

Apr 17, 2008

James Hird & Kevin Sheedy

Essendon’s James Hird and Kevin Sheedy hug during their last year, 2007, with Essendon. Signed by James Hird. Members of the Essendon Football Team look on.

Apr 17, 2008

Essendon Signed Football Jumper

Framed Essendon FC jumper signer by James Hird, Matthew Lloyd and Kevin Sheedy.

Includes collage of photographs of James Hird, Matthew Lloyd and Sheeds.

Apr 17, 2008

Essendon Flight to Glory

Essendon Football Club stars Matthew Lloyd and James Hird in this unique piece of sports memorabilia titled Flight to Glory.

Signed by Matthew Lloyd, James Heard and Kevin Sheedy.

Apr 13, 2008

Warnie

Collage of Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne, entitled WARNIE. Personally signed by Warnie himself.

 

Apr 9, 2008

Ponting

Australian Cricket team captain and legendary batsman Ricky Ponting signed collage print.

Ricky Ponting Collage

Apr 9, 2008

The Invincibles – 1948 Australian Cricket Team

The Australian cricket team in England in 1948 was captained by Don Bradman, who was making his fourth and final tour of England. The team is famous for being the first Test match side to play an entire tour without losing a match. This feat earned them the nickname of The Invincibles.

Including five Test matches, Australia played a total of 31 first-class fixtures, plus three other games. Their record in the first-class games was 23 won and 8 drawn; in all matches, they won 25 and drew 9. They won the Test series 4-0 with one match drawn.

The Invincibles

Apr 9, 2008

Collingwoods Legendary Leaders

Collingwoods last 3 Premiership captains. 1953, 1958 and 1990. Lou Richards, Murray Weideman and Tony Shaw celebrating with the Grand Final Premiership Cup.

Collingwoods Legendary Leaders

Embellished titles and premiership cup replicas. Includes team photos and match details. Foam mounted print.

Apr 9, 2008

Nathan Buckley Determination

Nathan Buckley Brownlow and Norm Smith medalist in his last season of AFL for Collingwood. This embellished collectible print captures the determination of one of the league’s greatest ever players.

Nathan Buckley Determination

Apr 9, 2008

Brendan Fevola Carlton Blues Jumper

Brendan Fevola hand signed no.25 Carlton Blues guernsey. Signed by no.5 superstar brownlow medalist Chris Judd on the front.

Bredan Fevola Carlton Blues Jumper Front

Brendan Fevola Carlton Blues Jumper Back