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Clovelly Crocodiles Hall of Fame

in 2008 the Clovelly Crocodiles started their own Hall of fame. Over 20 nominations were taken and a committee chose 6 players and 3 officials to be the first inductees in the the Hall of Fame.

Players

Paul Cross:

(Rugby League)       Easts (1964-65) 18 games – 9 tries

Balmain (1966 – 67 & 1969-74) 94 games – 50 tries

1971 NSWRL Leading tryscorer with 18. – Wing

Clovelly – 1957 – 1963

Flamboyant winger, an Easts junior, joined the tigers in 1966. Paul had a season with Queanbeyan in 1968 after shifting to Canberra for work, but returned to Balmain the following year. Scored a record equaling 4 tries against Canterbury in 1969. In 1971 he showed his talent as a creative finisher when he was the season’s leading tryscorer with 18. Paul later coached the Junior Kangaroos to crushing victories over Great Britain’s U19’s in 1994.

 

Bob Goodsell: (Rugby League)   Easts (1965 – 69) 5 games –

Penrith (1970-71) 2 games

Clovelly –

Great clubman, captaining many Clovelly Premiership sides. Graded in 1965 and played an enormous amount of lower grades, being promoted on occasion to the top side. Was a major player in Easts junior rep sides and excelled at Surflifesaving winning World and Australian titles.

 

Graham Mayhew:(Rugby League)Easts (1966-69) 39 games – 4 tries

Balmain (1971-72) 12 games – 1 try

Clovelly – 1958 – 1965

A strapping backrower, Graham was a bold runner and fine defender. A stylish attacking player, he was a handful for any opposition defence. A member of the “Mighty Mites” of 1958/59, and involved in many club Premiership sides.

 

Des O’Reilly: (Rugby League)     Easts (1975-82) 127 games – 17 tries

Cronulla (1984) 11 games

NSW (1981) 1 game

Clovelly – 1969 -1974 (graded mid 1974)

A strapping utility forward and fabulous defender, Des was a member of the champion Roosters side that won the 1975 Premiership. Des saw out his playing career with Cronulla. Des made 1 appearance for NSW in a non-State of Origin match in 1981.

 

Dr Bill Roney: (Rugby League)   Easts (1959-62) 56 games – 15 tries

Parramatta (1963-64) 26 games – 7 tries.

NSW – 1959  City 1st – 1961 City 2nd – 1959

(Waterpolo)           NSW – 1960

(Iron Man)              1984 Hawaiian Winner(45-49 yrs)

Clovelly – 1958 B Grade Captain (graded 1959)

Partnered Doug Ricketson in the centres 1960 Grandfinal v St George. Instrumental in introducing keyhole surgery to Australia.

Instrumental in organizing the first triathalons in Australia.

 

Phil Smith:   (Rugby Union)          Randwick Rugby 1st Grade 1964 – 1970

Wallaby 1968 – 70    played 8 Tests

(Rugby League)       South Sydney (1971-73) 20 games – 8 tries

Clovelly – late 1950s – early 1960s

Phil played in the Clovelly 1961-63 Premiership sides, going on to a stellar Union career with Randwick Rugby and representing as a Wallaby in 1968 partnering his old school mate, the legendary John Brass in the centres. He came back to league in 1971 joining South Sydney and making an immediate impact.

 

OFFICIALS

Arthur Manson

Keith Goodsell

Harry McKeown

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