Johnny Graves

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
John Neal Graves
Nickname(s)
Whacka
Born
1926
Died
Saturday, 23rd July, 1983
Place Of Birth
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Maitland winger scored a host of points with Souths. Playing for Newcastle against England in 1946 'Whacka' Graves crossed for two tries and was quickly signed by Souths the following year. While only a part-time goal-kicker, he took over the role with the Rabbitohs and landed five goals on debut for Australia against NZ in 1948. Exceedingly quick, with the confidence to kick infield if cornered, the flashy winger toured with the 1948-49 Kangaroos and top-scored with 118pts (16t, 35g). Graves played 20 matches on tour (including the First Test against Great Britain) and represented Australia against NZ, Great Britain and France in consecutive years. Graves, who was the season's leading try-scorer in 1951 with 28 tries, was an aggressive player with an overly excitable temperament. Dropped from losing Test sides in 1950 and 1951, he is better remembered for his efforts in Souths' grand final wins which netted two tries against Wests in 1950 and a record four tries in the 1951 grand final thrashing of Manly. Graves still holds two individual records with the club – most tries in a match (5t in 1949) and most points in a match (29pts - 3t, 10g in 1952).

- 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 1948-51 7 5 14   - 43 2 5 0 28.57% Match list
Overall 1948-1951 7 5 14   0 43 2 5 0 28.57% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1947-52 10 9 22   - 71 7 2 1 70.00% Match list
NSW Country Firsts 1947, 1954 2 - 3   - 6 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Sydney Firsts 1951 1 - 4   - 8 0 0 1 0.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1951 1 2 1   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1947-1954 14 11 30   0 93 8 4 2 57.14% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1947 ? 7 3   - 27  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1948 ? 8 17   - 58  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1949 ? 10 26   - 82  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1950 ? 10 21   - 72  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1951 ? 28 31   - 146  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1952 ? 16 60   - 168  
Overall 1947-1952 ? 79 158   0 553 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1947-52 ? 79 158   - 553 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1947-1952 ? 79 158   0 553 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1947-52 ? 79 158   - 553 ? ? ? ?  
South Sydney 1949, 1952 2 54 115   - 392 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1947-1952 ? 79 158   0 553 ? ? ? ?  

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