Wally O'Connell

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Wally Patrick O'Connell
Born
Friday, 6th April, 1923
Died
Wednesday, 28th June, 2017 (Aged 94 years and 83 days)
Place Of Birth
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

Easts pivot got his big break in rep football when Balmain’s Ken Stephen withdrew from the NSW side in 1948. An Easts’ junior, O’Connell represented Sydney in 1943-44 and played in Easts’ premiership-winning team in 1945, but his belated call to rep duty proved to be the turning point in his career. The diminutive five-eighth went on to play in the Test series against NZ and impressed with his blind-side running and resolute defence. On the 1948-49 Kangaroos tour, O’Connell appeared in all five Tests and captained Australia in the First Test against Great Britain. On his return to Australia he took on a captain-coach position in Wollongong but when he attempted to join Manly as captain-coach in 1950, Easts appealed to the NSWRL. The Residential Status Committee ruled that O’Connell had not qualified to play for the Sea Eagles and ordered him to play with Easts. In order to honour his agreement to coach Manly O’Connell sat out the 1950 season rather than play with his former club - thereby forfeiting his Test position for the Ashes series against Great Britain. Captain-coach of Manly in 1950-52, O’Connell regained his Test spot against France in 1951 but injury ruled him out of the Sea Eagles’ maiden grand final appearance that year. He retired in 1952 after suffering an eye injury but returned to coach the Sea Eagles in 1966-67. O’Connell also coached Queensland in 1973 but he tried to do too much with too little and his side failed to score a point in three interstate matches.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 121 35 7   - 119 59 60 2 48.76% List
City Cup 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
NRL Finals 5 1 -   - 3 4 1 0 80.00% List
City vs Country Firsts 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 3 2 -   - 6 1 1 1 33.33% List
Tour Matches Australia 14 2 -   - 6 8 6 0 57.14% List
Test Series 10 2 -   - 6 4 6 0 40.00% List
Interstate Matches 5 1 -   - 3 5 0 0 100.00% List
The Ashes 3 - -   - - 0 3 0 0.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1948-49, 1951 11 2 -   - 6 5 6 0 45.45% List
Overall 1948-1951 11 2 0   0 6 5 6 0 45.45% List

International Matches - By Team

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


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Rest of NSW Firsts 1942, 1944 2 1 -   - 3 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1943-44, 1952 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% List
Metropolis 1944 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Sydney Firsts 1945 2 4 -   - 12 0 2 0 0.00% List
Possibles (AU) 1946, 1948 2 2 -   - 6 2 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Seconds 1946-47 2 1 -   - 3 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSW Firsts 1947-49, 1951-52 10 3 -   - 9 8 1 1 80.00% List
NSW Country Firsts 1949 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
Probables (AU) 1951 1 1 -   - 3 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1942-1952 25 13 0   0 39 17 7 1 68.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1942 15 3 -   - 9 8 7 0 53.33% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1943 14 4 -   - 12 4 10 0 28.57% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1944 12 4 7   - 26 4 8 0 33.33% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1945 11 6 -   - 18 8 3 0 72.73% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1946 14 3 -   - 9 8 6 0 57.14% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1947 15 2 -   - 6 5 10 0 33.33% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1948 6 2 -   - 6 0 4 2 0.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1951 18 7 -   - 21 12 6 0 66.67% List
Manly NSWRFL 1952 16 4 -   - 12 10 6 0 62.50% List
Overall 1942-1952 121 35 7   0 119 59 60 2 48.76% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1942-48 87 24 7   - 86 37 48 2 42.53% List
Manly 1951-52 34 11 -   - 33 22 12 0 64.71% List
Overall 1942-1952 121 35 7   0 119 59 60 2 48.76% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1942, 1945 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Manly 1951 2 1 -   - 3 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1942-1951 5 1 0   0 3 4 1 0 80.00% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1942-48 89 28 7   - 98 38 49 2 42.70% List
Manly 1951-52 34 11 -   - 33 22 12 0 64.71% List
Overall 1942-1952 123 39 7   0 131 60 61 2 48.78% List

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