RN Archives: Disputed goal helps Wests defeat Uni in 1985 Hospital Cup decider 

WESTS GRAND FINAL skipper Julian Gardner was a relieved man when told of his team's premiership win at hospital 

Gardner, 21, managed to raise a healthy smile at St Andrew's Hospital when he discovered the Bulldogs had won a gripping 10-7 decision over University. 

Gardner was taken for X-rays following his bloodied exit after 23 minutes of last Sunday's grand final at Ballymore. 

Examinations cleared the Queensland flanker of a cheekbone fracture but his nose was broken and his left eye was a puffy mess with barely a slit for vision. 

Gardner, also suffering mild concussion, rejoined jubilant team-mates briefly at Ballymore before heading home for an early night, well away from the riotous celebrations at the Bulldogs' kennel at Toowong. 

Gardner was felled in a "get square" after an earlier fracas which erupted from a lineout. 

The grand final was a body-and-soul contest with Uni having every chance to annex the title. 

  • Universitys Darren Anderson appears to have lost the battle to halt the progress of Wests Tim Lane.

As it turned out, Wests toasted their first premiership since 1977. 

And all by the margin of a field goal which wasn't. 

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