Pat Devery

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Career Stats & Summary

Served in World War II as a member of the Navy. He was a radio ,echanic on board the HMAS Watson. He was also a member of the Army.

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Pat Charles Devery
Born
Wednesday, 9th August, 1922
Current Age
92 years and 24 days
Place Of Birth
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

One of the all-time great five-eighths was spotted by Balmain coach 'Latchem' Robinson playing football in the Domain during the war. Pat Devery already had ‘form’ – some years earlier the Tweed Heads product scored seven tries on debut for Fortitude Valley in the Brisbane competition. World War II intervened and after serving in the navy he signed with the Tigers in 1944. Two years later he represented NSW and Australia in the three Test series against Great Britain. Devery played in Balmain's grand final wins in 1946-47, was the season's top scorer with 144pts in the latter year and also captained NSW before going to England to play for Huddersfield. There, he took the club to championship final success in 1949 and a Challenge Cup victory in 1953. Devery, who was as versatile as he was gifted, scoring over 1000pts during his English career. He returned to Australia to coach Manly in 1955-56 and also coached Lithgow in 1957. Devery later took up a teaching position in Boston before moving to a US Naval base in Puerto Rico with his family where he was the Assistant Principal of the base’s primary school.

- 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 1946 3 - -   - - 0 2 1 0.00% Match list
Overall 1946 3 0 0   0 0 2 1 0.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
British Empire 1949 1 - 2   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Other 1949-53 11 5 16   - 47 8 3 0 72.73% Match list
Overall 1949-1953 12 5 18   0 51 8 4 0 66.67% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1946-47 6 4 3   - 18 5 1 0 83.33% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1946-47 2 4 1   - 14 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1946-1947 8 8 4   0 32 7 1 0 87.50% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1944 ? 7 -   - 21  
Balmain NSWRFL 1945 ? 2 -   - 6  
Balmain NSWRFL 1946 ? 8 -   - 24  
Balmain NSWRFL 1947 ? 8 59   - 142  
Overall 1944-1947 ? 25 59   0 193 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1944-47 ? 25 59   - 193 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1944-1947 ? 25 59   0 193 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1944, 1946-47 9 25 59   - 193 9 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1944-1947 ? 25 59   0 193 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Harry says: I have a photo of this player with my Grand Father (Harry Bath) taken on the afternoon before they both caught the sea plane together to England from Rose Bay Sydney.
In the picture both men are being congratulated by friends, and Harold Mathews. If anyone would like a copy please email me. (27/12/2011)

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Last modified: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:51:09 +1000 (Sydney time)