Arthur Justice

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Snowy Justice
Snowy Justice.jpg
Personal information
Full nameArthur James Justice
Born(1902-10-14)14 October 1902
Hurstville, New South Wales
Died16 December 1977(1977-12-16) (aged 75)
Kogarah, New South Wales
Playing information
PositionHooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1922–32 St George 111 12 0 0 36
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1925–30 New South Wales 25 0 0 0 0
1928–30 Australia 5 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1936 St George 6 2 0 4 33
1947 St George 9 7 0 2 78
Total 15 9 0 6 60

Arthur "Snowy" Justice (1902–1977) was an Australian rugby league footballer, coach and administrator. He was a rugged hooker for the St George Dragons who made state and national representative appearances in the late 1920s. Later he was a club administrator, national selector and league judiciary Chairman.

Club career[edit]

Justice seated 2nd row centre in Saints' 1930 side

A pioneer player with the St George Dragons, he made his first grade debut in the club's second season in the NSWRFL. He captained the club in their maiden (and unsuccessful) Grand final appearance in season 1930 against the Western Suburbs Magpies. This was the first ever Grand Final played to determine the premiership winner. In season 1932 when his Kangaroo tourist partner Harry Kadwell was captain-coach at St George, Justice took over the captaincy when Kadwell's season was ended with a broken leg.

Representative career[edit]

An uncompromising player and relentless fighter [1] Justice first represented for New South Wales in 1925 and went on to make a total of 25 appearances for his state.

Justice made his Test debut for Australia in the first match of Ashes series against England in 1928 and played in all three Tests of that series. He made further Test appearances on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain - the scoreless draw in the third test and the subsequent fourth test, as well as appearing in a tour match against Wales.[1] Arthur Justice is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 139.[2]

Post playing[edit]

Justice coached the St. George Dragons in two seasons 1936 and 1947. He was an Australian representative selector for the 1952-53 Kangaroos and was chairman of the NSWRFL judiciary.

He then enjoyed a long career as Secretary-Manager of the St George Leagues Club initially at the club's first premises at the head of Rocky Point Road, Kogarah and then from 1963 when the current Leagues Club was opened on the Princes Highway at Carlton up until his death.

He was awarded Life Membership of the St. George Dragons club in 1944.

Together with the Balmain administrator Latchem Robinson, Justice's former representative playing peer, he was one of the seminal forces behind the establishment of the Club Managers' Association of Australia at its foundation in 1964. Justice was awarded a Life Membership of that organisation for outstanding service to the club industry.[3]

Death[edit]

Arthur Justice died on 16 December 1977 aged 75. [4]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whiticker/Hudson p 276
  2. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 52
  3. ^ http://www.cmaa.asn.au/default.aspx?id=11 CMAA Life Members
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald - Death Notice - 20 December 1977

Published sources[edit]

  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Albert Johnston
1933-1935
Coach
St George Dragons

1936
Succeeded by
Frank Burge
1937
Preceded by
Herb Narvo
Coach
St George Dragons

1947
Succeeded by
Jim Duckworth
1948 - 50