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ALAN GIL

Alan Gil has the distinction of being the first Cairns player to represent Australia. In 1956 at the age of 17, he played a handful of games in Kangaroos first grade side which went through the season undefeated. In 1957 he represented Cairns in the senior team and was a member of Hugh Kelly's Foley Shield Grand Final team. Alan Gil played in no less than six Foley Shield finals for Cairns from 1957 until 1971, winning four. It's likely this amazing record would have been extended and that he would have played in at least one more final in 1959 when Cairns again featured had he not moved to Toowoomba to further his rugby league career with All whites. Playing halfback in 1958 Gil was chosen to play for North Queensland as well as for Queensland Country. Gil left Cairns in 1959 to play with the powerful All Whites club, from where he represented Toowoomba in Bulimba Cup matches and against the touring Kiwis. Success followed Gil as All Whites won the premiership in both years and Toowoomba won the Bulimba Cup in 1959 and again in 1960, remaining undefeated. In 1960, while still with All Whites, he was chosen to play for Queensland in the tied interstate series. The next season he returned to Cairns to take on the coaching position with Kangaroos. He again was chosen in the centres for Queensland and also toured New Zealand with the Australian team. Gil's representative career continued, representing North Queensland and Queensland prolifically. In 1962 he played for Queensland in all four interstate matches and against the Great Britain side. After scoring a try in the Great Britain clash Gil, was chosen in the centres for Australia for the second and third Tests against the 'Chums'. In the second Test he was joined by fellow Cairns player Bobby Banks. In 1963 he again represented the State against the Blues as well as against the Kiwis and the South African tourists.