Ivan Jones (rugby league)

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Ivan Jones
Personal information
Full nameIvan William Jones
Born(1942-11-10)10 November 1942
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
DiedFebruary 22, 2015(2015-02-22) (aged 72)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Halfback
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1965–69 South Sydney 80136051
1970 Western Suburbs 10000
Total81136051
Source: [1]

Ivan Jones (10 November 1942 – 22 February 2015) was an Australian rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s. Jones was a premiership winning halfback with South Sydney.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league football club

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Playing career

Originally from Brisbane, Jones was a Souths junior who played four first grade seasons with the South Sydney Rabbitohs between 1965-1969.

He won a premiership with South Sydney Rabbitohs, playing half-back in the winning 1967 Grand Final team that defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 12-10.

The 1967 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 60th season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, Australia's first. The introduction of the Cronulla-Sutherland and Penrith clubs saw a total of twelve teams from across the Sydney area compete for the J J Giltinan Shield and WD & HO Wills Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown. This was also the first live televised broadcast of a football grand final of any code in Australia.

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Ivan Jones also played for Souths in the 1965 Grand Final loss to St. George 12-8. He lost his place in the stellar South Sydney first grade team to Bob Grant in 1968, and he finished his career at Western Suburbs Magpies in 1970. [2] [3]

The 1965 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 58th season of the rugby league competition based in Sydney. Ten clubs from across the city competed for the J J Giltinan Shield and the WD & HO Wills Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between St. George and South Sydney.

The St George Dragons are an Australian rugby league football club from the St George district in Sydney, New South Wales who played in the top level New South Wales competition and Australian Rugby League competitions from the 1921 until the 1997 ARL season, as well as the unified 1998 National Rugby League season. In 1999, they formed a joint venture with the Illawarra Steelers, creating the St George Illawarra Dragons team which continues to compete in the NRL today. As a stand-alone club, they field teams in the NSWRL underage men's and women's competitions, Harold Matthews Cup, S.G. Ball, and Tarsha Gale Cup.

Bob Grant is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s. A New South Wales interstate and Australian international representative halfback, he played most of his club football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with whom he won three premierships.

He was awarded Life Membership of Souths in 2002. [4]

Press reports in 2014 suggested that Ivan Jones was not in good health, but it was reported that he was able to watch his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs win the 2014 premiership on television in the comfort of his home. [5]

It was reported in the Sydney media that Ivan Jones died on 22 February 2015. [6]

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References

  1. "Ivan Jones - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. 1995. ( ISBN   1875169571)
  3. "Western Suburbs Magpies First Grade Players". Wests Magpies.
  4. Daily Telegragh (article) by Paul Kent 29/09/04 "South Sydney Premiership winner Ivan Jones hanging on for another Rabbitohs Title".
  5. Daily Telegraph: "Former South Sydney Rabbitohs Premiership Winning Halfback Ivan Jones puts off Death for Glory" by PAUL KENT 08/10/2014
  6. Daily Telegraph (Death & Funeral Notice) Page 61, 25/02/2015