Ralph Geshcke

A Windsor junior who went on to be a member of its highly successful senior team, winning four premierships between 1947-51.

Revered as a tough and fearless but fair competitor, he represented Queensland on several occasions between 1946-54 and was captain and later coach of the Maroons.

At 28 he shifted to the suburb of Wilston and in a major coup for Wilston-Grange he opted to play locally and was appointed captian-coach.

Won his 5th QANFL flag when he led the Gorillas to a famous first premiership in 1955 after they were wooden spooners in 1954. Coached Grange again in 1956, ‘58, ‘59, ‘62, ‘63 and ’64, losing a thrilling 1959 Grand Final to Kedron in controversial circumstances.

After retirement he was part of the highly popular radio program “Leach Motors Australian Football Forum” on which he was always prepared to give frank and often-controversial opinion. 

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