Duncan Hall

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Duncan Hall
Duncan Hall (1952, Sydney).jpg
Hall in 1952
Personal information
Born (1925-08-24)24 August 1925
Died 18 January 2011(2011-01-18) (aged 85)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–47 Brothers (Rockhampton)
1948–49 Valleys (Brisbane)
1950 Home Hill (Foley Shield)
1951–53 Newtown (Toowoomba)
1954–57 Wests (Brisbane)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–55 Queensland 24 24
1948–55 Australia 22 27

Duncan Hall (24 August 1925 – 18 January 2011) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s, singled out as having been amongst the greatest of the 20th century.[1] He played in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership for Fortitude Valley Diehards and represented Queensland and Australia. He has been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. Away from football Hall worked as a hotelier and bookmaker, and in his later years worked at the Broncos Leagues Club. His son Duncan Hall, Jr. played 15 rugby union tests for the Wallabies[2]

Playing career[edit]

Hall had a successful 1948–49 tour of England and France as a second row forward and later a front row forward. This gained him the attention of Sydney clubs, who were unable to sign him due to a ban imposed on the QRL at the time preventing interstate transfers of Queensland representatives who had played against New South Wales in the past 12 months.[3]

Representative
  • Australia: 22 Tests (1948–1955) 2 Kangaroo tours
  • Queensland: 24 Matches (1948–1955)
Clubs
  • 1945 - 47 Christian Brothers (Rockhampton)
  • 1948 – 49 Valleys (Brisbane)
  • 1950 Home Hill (North Queensland) [4]
  • 1951 – 53 Newtown (Toowoomba)
  • 1954 – 57 Wests (Brisbane)

Career highlights[edit]

Hall in 1954
  • Debuted for QLD & Australia in first year of Brisbane club football
  • Won Bulimba Cup with Brisbane (1948–49)
  • Member of QLD team to defeat Great Britain (1950)
  • Won Bulimba Cup with Toowoomba (1951–52)
  • JG Stephenson Trophy, 'Most Serviceable for QLD' (1951)
  • Kangaroo Tourist (1948/49), (1952/53)
  • Won Brisbane Rugby League premiership with Wests (1954)
  • Pike Cup winner with Wests (1954)
  • Gunner McCook Trophy, 'Brisbane RL Best & Fairest' (1954)
  • President's Cup winner with Wests (1955–56)
  • Coached Wests to President's Cup (1958)
  • Co-manager Australian World Cup team (1977)
  • Co-manager FIRST QLD State of Origin Team (1980)
  • Prop Forward – ARL Team of The Century (April 2008)

Post playing[edit]

In 2000 Hall was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. In 2006 he was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.[5] The Duncan Hall Medal, is presented in his honour to award to the best and fairest player in the Queensland Cup.[6]

In 2007 Hall was selected by a panel of experts at prop in an Australian 'Team of the 50s'.[7]

In February 2008, Hall was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[8][9] Hall went on to be named in the front-row in Australian rugby league's Team of the Century. Announced on 17 April 2008, the team is the panel's majority choice for each of the thirteen starting positions and four interchange players.[10][11] In June 2008, he was chosen in the Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century at prop-forward.[12]

In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, Hall was named at second-row forward in the Toowoomba and South West Team of the Century.[13]

Hall resided in a nursing home at Coolum, Queensland until his death at age 85 in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Century's Top 100 Players
  2. ^ Ricketts, Steve (19 January 2011). "Rugby league mourns the death of the Team of the Century prop Duncan Hall". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: Herald and Weekly Times.). Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sydney clubs ready to sign Hall". The Sunday Herald (Australia). 21 August 1949. p. 7. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  4. ^ http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/63471761?searchTerm=home%20hill%20rugby%20league%20duncan%20hall&searchLimits=l-textSearchScope=*ignore*%7C*ignore*%7C%7C%7Cl-title=62%7C%7C%7Cl-title=60%7C%7C%7Cl-title=61%7C%7C%7Cl-title=77%7C%7C%7Cl-title=79%7C%7C%7Cl-title=91%7C%7C%7Cl-title=92%7C%7C%7Cl-title=375%7C%7C%7Cl-title=186%7C%7C%7Cl-title=269%7C%7C%7Cl-title=258%7C%7C%7Cl-title=268%7C%7C%7Cl-title=97%7C%7C%7Cl-word=*ignore*%7C*ignore*
  5. ^ "Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame". NRL & ARL. 17 March 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Duncan Hall Medal unveiled". League Unlimited. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  7. ^ AAP (1 August 2007). "Team of the 50s named". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  9. ^ Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  10. ^ Todd Balym (17 April 2008). "Johns, Meninga among Immortals". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Team of the Century Announced". NRL & ARL. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  12. ^ Ricketts, Steve (10 June 2008). "Locky named No.1 but Wal's still King". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  13. ^ Leslie, Cameron (21 August 2008). "Rugby League Team of the Century named". The Chronicle. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

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