Tom Bourke

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Thomas Matthew Bourke
Born
Thursday, 4th April, 1918
Died
Saturday, 29th December, 2001 (Aged 83 years and 269 days)
Place Of Birth
Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia

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

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Sydney Seconds 1941 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1943-45 3 - 5   - 10 3 0 0 100.00% List
Metropolis 1944 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Rest of NSW Firsts 1944 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1945 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1941-1945 7 1 5   0 13 7 0 0 100.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1939 7 7 2   - 25 6 0 1 85.71% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1940 14 1 -   - 3 7 6 1 50.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1941 10 5 16   - 47 7 3 0 70.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1942 13 2 12   - 30 9 4 0 69.23% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1943 13 6 11   - 40 8 4 1 61.54% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1944 17 10 -   - 30 13 3 1 76.47% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1945 16 6 -   - 18 8 5 3 50.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1946 16 1 11   - 25 12 4 0 75.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1947 21 7 8   - 37 15 6 0 71.43% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1948 20 2 16   - 38 13 5 2 65.00% List
Overall 1939-1948 147 47 76   0 293 98 40 9 66.67% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1939-48 147 47 76   - 293 98 40 9 66.67% List
Overall 1939-1948 147 47 76   0 293 98 40 9 66.67% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1939, 1941-48 19 4 14   - 40 14 5 0 73.68% List
Overall 1939-1948 19 4 14   0 40 14 5 0 73.68% List

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