Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Vale Peter ‘Doubles’ Daley OAM

  1. #1
    Legend
    Apprentice Bookie
    Contributor .X.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    6,692
    vCash
    -14839739

    Vale Peter ‘Doubles’ Daley OAM

    Mon, Nov 27, 2023, 3:00 PM
    QU


    The Queensland Rugby community is mourning the death of beloved Rugby character Peter ‘Doubles’ Daley OAM who passed away on Sunday 26 November.

    Doubles has left an incredible mark on Queensland Rugby, despite having never played a game.

    He is the youngest Life Member of Souths Rugby club at 29-years-old, the 60th Life Member of Queensland Rugby, a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia and is one of our Union’s most loved and respected characters.

    Born in 1956, Doubles was educated at St Laurence’s where he fostered his lifelong love for sport.

    Although an eye defect prevented him from playing contact sports, Doubles ran the touchline at the school’s Rugby games, scored the cricket and played in the band during his time at St Laurence’s.

    With passion and drive aplenty, he was appointed as President of the school’s sports committee, and after being told to raise his own funds to finance the committee’s activities, an idea which would change his life was born.

    After seeing doubles tickets being sold at a Queensland match at Ballymore, the then 15-year-old Doubles printed of a sheet of paper with all 225 possible first scorer combinations and photocopied them on the school printer.

    He took his tickets to sell at St Laurence’s 1st XV matches and following several weeks of successful fundraising, his classmates provided him with a nickname which would never leave, ‘Doubles’.

    Upon finishing school in 1974, Doubles received a surprising letter from Souths Rugby Club, inviting him to join their club.

    Doubles was immediately installed on the club committee and was a made a delegate to the Queensland Rugby Union Council.

    From manager to secretary, he served in almost every possible off-field role possible at Souths, and after ten-years at the club, he became the youngest Souths’ Life Member at 29-years-old.

    All the while he continued to sell his tickets at Rugby matches. From the Ballymore hill, to Souths’ home of Chipsy Wood Oval and the corporate suites of Suncorp Stadium, he sold his doubles tickets, raising funds for a long list of charities and grassroots Rugby. He estimates that he sold over 340,000 tickets, with his charm and quick-wit ensuring Doubles raised over $1 million during his 30-years of selling tickets.

    In 1986, a week after Souths’ Grand Final win over Brothers, Peter married his beloved Karen, who stood beside him in every endeavour until she lost her own battle with cancer 10-years ago.

    Doubles' work in Rugby also saw him establish and run competitions and pathways programs, including the Australian Schoolboys Sevens, which ran successfully for 20-years under his guidance.

    To reflect his immense and unique contribution to Rugby in Queensland, Doubles was made the 60th Life Member of the QRU in 2012, the 130th year of the Union.

    In 2022, Doubles was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to Rugby Union and the community.

    Doubles will forever be synonymous with Queensland Rugby.

    His efforts in fundraising and nurturing the growth of grassroots Rugby have left our game in a far better position than he found it, while his wit, charisma and enthusiasm will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

    Peter is survived by his daughter Danielle.

    The QRU will announce funeral details in due course.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

    Exile
    Sydney


    "Pain heels. Chicks dig scars and Glory lasts forever." Shane Falco

  2. #2
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    22,507
    vCash
    286000
    Sad news for all concerned.
    Can someone clear up for me what "doubles tickets" are please?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

  3. #3
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Oct 2021
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    58
    vCash
    5016000
    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Sad news for all concerned.
    Can someone clear up for me what "doubles tickets" are please?
    I think it is a lottery based on first points scorers for each team.

    You get a ticket with two jersey numbers on it and if those players score the first points for the home and away teams, you win the prize money.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  4. #4
    Immortal Contributor shasta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Mandurah
    Posts
    15,665
    vCash
    5424000
    Quote Originally Posted by tjs10 View Post
    I think it is a lottery based on first points scorers for each team.
    Correct. It was a very common fundraiser back in the day. But the prize to cost ratio would make Ravi blush bright red IIRC. .......or maybe not. He's probably organising a printer as we speak.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday - Tom David


  5. #5
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    22,507
    vCash
    286000
    Thanks

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

Similar Threads

  1. Vale Peter O'Meara
    By wholetruth in forum Western Force
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-06-23, 07:15
  2. Vale Ian Cochrane
    By Hansie in forum Western Australian Metro Rugby
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-07-21, 08:10
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-01-17, 06:12
  4. First Scorer Doubles
    By travelling_gerry in forum Public Bar
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 22-12-13, 07:47
  5. Body doubles
    By WF1964 in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-11-10, 14:00

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •