Doug Pittard

Doug_PittardCentreman in the Queensland Team of the Century, he was a champion product of Taringa State School via Brisbane Boys College who shares with 1930s star Jim Davies the honour of being the only triple winner of the League’s senior B&F medal. And that despite the disruption of World War II service from 1942-45. A Queensland Schoolboys captain, he replicated the feat of Clem Ryan in going on to captain the state at senior level and was a quick, skilful and highly dedicated pivot.

His liking for medals surfaced early when he won the Reserves Medal as a 16-year-old in 1936 playing for Taringa despite missing almost half the season and making his senior debut along the way. In 1940 he won the De Little Medal, a forerunner to the Grogan Medal, before mid-war playing stints in Sydney and with the Footscray Reserves, where he broke his ankle. Returned home to win the newly-named Grogan Medal in 1946-47 for his newly named club Western Districts, which carried the same colours and the same players as Taringa. Was also Grogan Medal runner-up by a vote in 1950.

A trustee, foundation member and inaugural captain for the transformation from Taringa to Western Districts, he played more than 20 games for Queensland from 1940-50, and was captain from the 1949 carnival through until 1952. Was also a highly-regarded club and State coach, winning the NFC Merit Award in 1958. He retired in 1959 and was club president from 1961-64. Pioneered coach development in Queensland and was a much sought after public speaker.

He was a gentleman of the highest calibre who was revered as a mentor and leader both at his club Western Districts and in broader circles within Queensland. Was appointed the first State Director of Coaching but sadly passed away before taking up the appointment, allowing Ron Spalding to fill this role.

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