Mark Bell (rugby league)

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Mark Bell
Personal information
Born 19 March 1967
 Australia
Playing information
Position fullback, centre, wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–91 Canberra Raiders 50 15 3 0 66
1992–93 Wests Magpies 34 18 0 0 72
1994 Penrith Panthers 7 1 0 0 4
1995–97 St George Dragons 52 24 9 1 115
1998 Wigan Warriors 22 12 0 0 48
Total 165 70 12 1 305
Source: RLP

Mark Bell was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 90s.

He played for Canberra, Western Suburbs, Penrith and St. George in Australia along with a spell with English club Wigan Warriors in Super League. He played on the wing and as a centre.

Career[edit]

A Canberra junior, with Yass and Belconnen United,[1] Bell made his debut for the Raiders from the bench in 1988, but it was to be his only appearance for the club that year. The next year, he played his first game in the starting line-up, scoring a try against Manly at Brookvale Oval.[2]

Bell was named on the bench, without playing in the match, for both the 1989 and 1990 Grand Finals. However, he played centre in the 1991 Grand Final loss to Penrith[3]

Bell joined the Magpies in 1992, under coach Warren Ryan. He had an immediate impact, scoring tries in his first 4 matches.[4] He scored 16 tries throughout the year, to be the season's highest try-scorer (equal with Tim Brasher[5])

After an unsuccessful season with the Panthers in 1994, during which he played only 7 games, Bell joined the St George Dragons. He was with the club for 3 seasons, scoring 24 tries. He scored 4 tries in the 1996 semi-final series and played on the wing in the 1996 Grand Final loss to Manly [3]

Bell played a final season with Wigan in 1998's Super League III. Wigan lost only one match that year, and Bell played wing in the side which won the 1998 Super League Grand Final, beating the Leeds Rhinos 10-4.

Bell still lives and works in the Canberra region.[1] He has coached local team Queanbeyan Kangaroos and signed on to coach the Yass Magpies in 2010.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Retired Raider Mark Bell". Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mark Bell Matches played in matches for the Canberra Raiders". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen (2005). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players - Wests Tigers. Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 1-920910-61-1. 
  4. ^ "Mark Bell Matches played in matches for the Western Suburbs Magpies". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mark Bell". Yesterday's Hero. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mark Bell's simple plan for Yass Magpies". Rugby League Coaching Manuals. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 

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