Bill Kelly

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
William Martin Kelly
Born
1891
Died
Tuesday, 1st July, 1975
Place Of Birth
Westport, West Coast, New Zealand

Biography

When the ANZac Test was instituted by Super League in April 1997 it was decided to name the ‘Best and Fairest’ medal after Bill Kelly – the first (of only two to date) player to represent both NZ and Australia in rugby league (the NRL named the ANZac Test trophy after Kelly in 1998). A dual international in his native NZ, Kelly toured Australia in 1912-13 before joining Balmain in 1914. The same year he made his debut for his adopted country as a centre in the First Test against England. While this was to be his only Test appearance, Kelly played for NSW in 1915 and captain-coached the Tigers during an undefeated season that secured the club its first premiership. Injuries suffered whilst fighting in Belgium during World War One curtailed his playing career but after his retirement he was regarded as the 'Prince of Coaches', coaching University (1923-24), Newtown (1936-37), Balmain (1938-43 including a grand final win over Souths in 1939), St George (1944), C’bury (1945) and NZ against England (1933).

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1914 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1914 1 0 0   0 0 1 0 0.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wellington 1912-13 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Metropolis 1914-15 3 2 -   - 6 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW Firsts 1914-15 3 1 -   - 3 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1912-1915 8 3 0   0 9 6 2 0 75.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1914 13 7 -   - 21 6 3 4 46.15% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1915 14 9 -   - 27 12 0 2 85.71% Match list
Overall 1914-1915 27 16 0   0 48 18 3 6 66.67% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1914-15 27 16 -   - 48 18 3 6 66.67% Match list
Overall 1914-1915 27 16 0   0 48 18 3 6 66.67% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1914-15 29 16 -   - 48 18 5 6 62.07% Match list
Overall 1914-1915 29 16 0   0 48 18 5 6 62.07% Match list

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