Joe Kilroy

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Joe Kilroy
Joe Kilroy - Combined Brisbane 1984.jpg
Personal information
Nickname Smokin' Joe
Born (1960-06-21) 21 June 1960 (age 57)
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Position Wing, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–83 Norths (Brisbane) 73 24 6
1984–87 Brothers (Brisbane) 77 41
1985–86 Halifax 26 7 0 0 28
1988–91 Brisbane Broncos 31 12 0 0 48
Total 207 84 6 0 76
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988 Queensland 2 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

"Smokin" Joe Kilroy (born 21 June 1960) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 90s. A Queensland State of Origin representative winger/fullback, he played club football in the BRL Premiership with Brothers and Norths and in the NSWRL Premiership with the Brisbane Broncos.[1]

He also played full-back in the Halifax team which surprised everyone in English rugby league by winning the Rugby Football League Championship in 1985–86 under player/coach Chris Anderson.

Early in his football career Joe Kilroy played for Brisbane's Northern Suburbs club, with a man-of-the-match performance in their win over Souths in the 1980 Brisbane Rugby League grand final. He later played for Brothers, playing for them in the 1987 BRL grand final and scoring two tries. His big year however was 1988, when he played in the first ever Brisbane Broncos match as well as the State of Origin. He was nicknamed 'Smokin' Joe, because of his great speed on the football field.

In 1983 Kilroy was ranked as the world's best fullback, but in 1989 he was sent to jail for three years on drug-related charges. On his release in 1991, he played one game for the Broncos.[2][3]

Joe Kilroy has since been named in the 4 BC Brisbane Rugby League's Team of the 80s. In 2008 he was named on the wing of an all-time greatest Norths Devils team. Kilroy was runner-up to Tony Obst for the Brisbane Rugby League Rothman's Medal in 1980.[2]


  1. ^ McCoy, John (December 2010). "Brisbane Rugby League Entertainers". Men of League Magazine, Edition 42. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Gould, Joel. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (9 September 2009): pgs 30–31. 
  3. ^ Petrie, Andrea; Tippet, Gary (8 July 2006). "A woman dicing with the law". The Age. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 

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