Peter Kelly

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 7th September, 1959
Current Age
61 years and 280 days

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
1984

Biography

Tough prop, a first grader in Eden at age 17, spent seasons with Lakes United and Waratah Mayfield in Newcastle. Kelly, who spent the 1980-81 off-season playing with the Entraignes club in the south of France, joined Newtown in 1982 and continued his career under Warren Ryan at C’bury following the Jets’ exit from the NSWRL in 1983. A ruthless competitor in each of the Bulldogs' three grand final appearances in the mid-1980s, he was judged to be the best player on the field in the clubs' premiership wins in 1984-85. A ferocious defender and an underrated ball-player, Kelly was unlucky not to have played for Australia during the mid 1980s. Moving to Penrith in 1988 he was an important part of the club's transition to premiership contenders and added much-needed steel to the forward pack. Kelly represented Country Origin in 1988-89 and made his debut for NSW in 1989. A back injury ended his career before the Panthers’ 1990 grand final appearance but he later coached lower grades with the club.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country Firsts 1983 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW Country 1987-89 3 - -   - - 0 3 0 0.00% List
New South Wales 1989 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List
Overall 1983-1989 6 0 0   0 - 0 6 0 0.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown NSWRFL 1982 23 3 -   - 9 11 10 2 47.83% List
Newtown NSWRFL 1983 10 2 -   - 8 4 5 1 40.00% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1984 16 - -   - - 14 2 0 87.50% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1985 19 1 -   - 4 14 4 1 73.68% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1986 18 1 -   - 4 11 7 0 61.11% List
Canterbury NSWRL 1987 15 - -   - - 7 8 0 46.67% List
Penrith NSWRL 1988 16 - -   - - 9 7 0 56.25% List
Penrith NSWRL 1989 14 1 -   - 4 10 4 0 71.43% List
Penrith NSWRL 1990 10 - -   - - 6 3 1 60.00% List
Overall 1982-1990 141 8 0   0 29 86 50 5 60.99% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1982-83 33 5 -   - 17 15 15 3 45.45% List
Canterbury 1984-87 68 2 -   - 8 46 21 1 67.65% List
Penrith 1988-90 40 1 -   - 4 25 14 1 62.50% List
Overall 1982-1990 141 8 0   0 29 86 50 5 60.99% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1984-86 9 - -   - - 7 2 0 77.78% List
Overall 1984-1986 9 0 0   0 - 7 2 0 77.78% List

Your Say

Anonymous says: The best player i have ever had the pleasure of watching that never played for Australia. (09/04/2011)

Anonymous says: Peter Kelly got man of the match in the 1984 & 1985 grand finals. Yet the back dated clive churchill medal for 1985 was given to Steve Mortimer? I remember that Peter got players player and judged the official man of the match at the ground & by every tabloid except the S.M.H. This error needs to be rectified. Peter should have been the first player picked for the 1984 kangaroo team. (31/07/2015)

Anonymous says: A Hard Tough Player. Great Memories watching him play the great game. (04/02/2016)

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