Johnny 'Whacka' Graves

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
John Neal Graves
Nickname(s)
Whacka
Born
Tuesday, 19th January, 1926
Died
Saturday, 23rd July, 1983 (Aged 57 years and 185 days)
Place Of Birth
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

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The Ashes
1950
Interstate Series
1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL)
1950, 1951

Known Family Links

Brother
Barry Graves

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

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Comp Wins App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
The Ashes 1 3 2 6   - 36 1 2 0 33.33% List
Tour Matches Newcastle Firsts (AU) - 1 2 -   - 6 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts - 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australia - 31 30 52   - 194 17 14 0 54.84% List
Tour Matches Sydney Firsts - 1 - 4   - 8 0 0 1 0.00% List
Tour Matches Riverina - 1 - 7   - 14 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Southern NSW - 1 - 6   - 12 0 1 0 0.00% List
Tour Matches Northern New South Wales - 1 - 6   - 12 1 0 0 100.00% List
Test Series 1 7 5 14   - 25 2 5 0 28.57% List
Interstate Series 5 10 9 22   - 71 7 2 1 70.00% List
City vs Country Firsts - 3 2 4   - 14 1 2 0 33.33% List
Country Carnival - 3 4 10   - 32 1 1 1 33.33% List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 2 77 79 158   - 553 49 25 3 63.64% List
NSWRFL Finals - 8 12 10   - 56 4 4 0 50.00% List


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% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1948-1949   1 4 -   - 12 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle (AU) 1946   1 2 -   - 6 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1947-52   14 14 22   - 86 11 2 1 78.57% List
NSW Country Firsts 1947, 1954   2 - 3   - 6 0 2 0 0.00% List
Possibles (AU) 1948, 1950   2 3 -   - 9 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSW City Seconds 1948, 1950   2 2 5   - 16 2 0 0 100.00% List
Sydney Firsts 1951   1 - 4   - 8 0 0 1 0.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1951   1 2 1   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% List
Riverina 1954   2 - 11   - 22 0 1 1 0.00% List
Southern NSW 1954   1 - 6   - 12 0 1 0 0.00% List
North Coast 1955   1 1 4   - 11 0 1 0 0.00% List
Northern NSW 1955   1 - 6   - 12 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1946-1955   28 24 62   0 196 17 8 3 60.71% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1947   8 7 3   - 27 4 4 0 50.00% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1948   9 8 17   - 58 4 4 1 44.44% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1949   10 10 26   - 82 5 4 1 50.00% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1950   14 10 21   - 72 10 4 0 71.43% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1951   17 28 31   - 146 14 2 1 82.35% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1952   19 16 60   - 168 12 7 0 63.16% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1947-52   77 79 158   - 553 49 25 3 63.64% List

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Contributions: Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson, Gary Neale, Greg Fiveash, Rugby League Tables, Alan Katzmann, Paul Carter, Michael Borg, Bill Bates, AJ Lucantonio, Tim Costello