By Sydney jewellers Angus & Coote and inscribed on back "First Grade / Premiership Medals / 1911 Eastern Suburbs District / Winners / C Lees"

  • 47.5x34mm
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  • Memorabilia
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  • Sports, Medals
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  • Lees was a member of Eastern Suburbs' first premiership winning side in 1911. Lees scored his side's only try in the Grand Final when Eastern Suburbs defeated Glebe 11-8. A summary of the game on Wikipedia reports "After Glebe won the toss, Dally Messenger kicked off at 3:31pm on what was a very windy Saturday afternoon.Glebe winger Cubitt scored early and Easts were only able to post a penalty goal in the first half and trailed 5-2 at the break. The referee was Tom McMahon (the elder of the two Sydney top-grade referees of that name) who in the first half sent off Glebe's Sid Pert and Rooster Larry O'Malley, the former Australian Kangaroo captain. Early in the second half, Cubitt scored again for Glebe to take an 8-4 lead. However, in the final ten minutes, Eastern Suburbs were able to score a try after a high kick was misjudged by the Glebe fullback, and Charlie Lees took the loose ball to score a try. Dally Messenger converted to take the lead 9-8 with only minutes to play, and consolidated the win with another penalty kick to win the game 11-8 for the Roosters and allowing them to take their first premiership in front of 20,000 people."

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