Tom Bourke

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Career Stats & Summary

Biography

One of the great club captains progressed through Balmain's junior ranks before being graded in 1938. Bourke formed an effective centre partnership with Frank Hyde and scored two tries in the 33-4 thrashing of Souths in the 1939 final. The advent of World War II limited his representative career to just one match for NSW but there is no doubt Bourke would have been a Test player in his prime had conditions allowed. He played in Balmain's 1944 grand final win over Newtown and the loss to Easts the following year before captaining the Tigers to premierships in 1946-47. Bourke kicked two goals in the narrow 13-12 win over St George in 1946 and the following year, successfully moved to lock in the club's win over C’bury. In his last match for the club, his try and goal could not stave off an 8-5 defeat against Wests in the 1948 decider. In 1949 he took on a position as captain-coach of Griffith. After his retirement, Bourke retained his association with the club as both coach and selector. He passed away in 2001, aged 83.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City Firsts 1943-45 3 - 5   - 10 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW Firsts 1945 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1943-1945 4 0 5   0 10 4 0 0 100.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1939 ? 7 2   - 25  
Balmain NSWRFL 1940 ? 1 -   - 3  
Balmain NSWRFL 1941 ? 5 16   - 47  
Balmain NSWRFL 1942 ? 2 12   - 30  
Balmain NSWRFL 1943 ? 6 11   - 40  
Balmain NSWRFL 1944 ? 10 -   - 30  
Balmain NSWRFL 1945 ? 6 -   - 18  
Balmain NSWRFL 1946 ? 1 11   - 25  
Balmain NSWRFL 1947 ? 7 8   - 37  
Balmain NSWRFL 1948 ? 2 16   - 38  
Overall 1939-1948 ? 47 76   0 293 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1939-48 ? 47 76   - 293 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1939-1948 ? 47 76   0 293 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1939, 1941-48 19 47 76   - 293 14 5 0 73.68% Match list
Overall 1939-1948 ? 47 76   0 293 ? ? ? ?  

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Last modified: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:19:27 +1100 (Sydney time)