Peter Bradley started his rugby career at St Pats College in Goulburn and after leaving school moved to the big smoke of Canberra to study Forestry at ANU. It is here he earned his nickname “Branches” through an association between his Forestry studies at ANU and his lineout role for the University Rugby Club.
Branches (as he is known throughout ACT Rugby and beyond) debuted in First Grade in 1974 while playing mainly 2nds, then won a Colts premiership in 1975. He became a regular first grade player in 1976, chalking up 244 competition appearances until dropping down the grades in 1993. He retired from playing in 2007, after breaking one bone too many.
Branches collected the Macdougall Medal (ACT Rugby John I. Dent Cup Best &Fairest) three times, the ACT Rugby Union Anderson Trophy for Sportsmanship (an honour later shared by his dad Jim, the Club registrar), represented Australian Universities twice and the ACT nine times.
Despite being the University President aged 25, a club Colts’ and later Women’s coach, and serving on the Club Executive for 24 years, his says that his favourite club pastime off the field was sweeping the sheds after first grade finished.
Peter played an incredible 470 games for the club and on his retirement the number 5 jumper was retired and the OWLS now play a Roman V jumper in the 2nd row.
Peter untiringly works at the Barn and the club has adopted the name the Peter Bradley Breezeway for the storage area behind the change rooms.