Ronald Biilman

Ronald Biilman
Rugby Union, Cricket - 1937

Ronald Biilman, reputed to be one of Monaro’s best sportsmen, was born at Berridale in 1908.
He spent much of his life in Cooma and for a number of years attended Monaro Grammar School in Cooma before completing his education at All Saints College, Bathurst. While at Bathurst he made his name in a variety of sports including cricket, boxing, athletics, tennis and rugby.

He was a member of the touring Australian Rugby Union Team to South Africa in 1933 being the only country player to be selected for the tour. He played five eight and became the first Australian to score points in international competition between the two countries. He was acknowledged as a brilliant player in attack and was a deadly tackler. He represented Western District against New Zealand All Blacks and also against a New Zealand university team where he made big impressions.

In cricket he played in representative teams against a New South Wales Eleven and in scoring 35 in one match hit four boundaries from the bowling of Don Bradman. In 1929 he played against an English Eleven comprising such greats as Larwood, Hobbs, Leyland, Duckworth and Tate.

He excelled in Country Week cricket and in one match hit fourteen fours in a score of 106 against Durban while in South Africa with the Wallabies.

In 1937 while back on Monaro in company with Eddie Rheinberger from Tathra, Clarrie Butler and Carl Massey from Cooma, and Jim Ingram from Bombala, Ron won the A Grade tennis title at Country Week.