Jason Bell (rugby league)

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Jason Bell
Personal information
Born (1971-08-02) 2 August 1971 (age 46)
Playing information
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79 kg (12 st 6 lb; 174 lb)
Position Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–92 Parramatta Eels 53 17 0 1 69
1993 North Sydney Bears 1 0 0 0 0
1994–96 South Sydney 58 13 0 1 53
1997–99 Parramatta Eels 53 6 0 0 24
2000 Auckland Warriors 8 0 0 0 0
Total 173 36 0 2 146
Source: [1]

Jason Bell is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s who played in the National Rugby League. His position of preference was at five-eighth.[1]

Parramatta[edit]

A Parramatta junior, Bell made his first grade debut in 1989. He played fifty three games for the Eels before transferring to North Sydney at the start of the 1993 season. However he only played one first grade game for the Bears during the 1993 season.

Souths[edit]

Bell rejuvenated his career by moving across the harbour to the Rabbitohs. Here he played 58 games in three years for the club, and was regarded as a senior player by the time he was 24. He formed a solid halves combination with Craig Field.

Return to the Eels[edit]

His strong form at the Rabbitohs gave him the opportunity to return home to the Eels, and he went on to play another fifty three games for the club. In 1997 he won the club's Jack Boyle Tackling School Award, which is awarded to the club's best tackler each season.[2]. In 1998, Bell played 22 games for Parramatta and was a member of the side which nearly made the grand final that year but suffered a heartbreaking loss to Canterbury in the preliminary final. With less than 10 minutes to go on the clock, Parramatta were winning 18-2 but lost the game 32-20 in extra time[3]. By 1999 however, he was struggling to make first grade and instead captained the Eels reserve grade team to a win in the NSWRL First Division Grand Final.[4]

Final Years[edit]

He was not re-signed by the Eels for 2000 and instead he joined the Newtown Jets in the NSWRL First Division. The Jets had a feeder relationship with the Auckland Warriors, and mid-season injuries to Stacey Jones, and John Simon saw him signed by the Warriors.[5] He played eight games to finish off the season for the Warriors.[6]

At the end of the 2000 season the Warriors were sold and the new owners did not opt to re-sign Bell.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  3. ^ https://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/matches/Custom/Ny00LTQtLS0tLS00OTMtLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0t
  4. ^ Lower grade teams for rugby league grand finals[permanent dead link] AAP Sports News, 24 September 1999
  5. ^ Injuries hurt Warriors The Press, 1 June 2000
  6. ^ Jason Bell bio rugbyleague.co.nz

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