Reg Ellis (Australian sportsman)

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Reg Ellis
Personal information
Full name Reginald Newnham Ellis
Date of birth (1891-02-22)22 February 1891
Place of birth Randwick, New South Wales
Date of death 26 May 1959(1959-05-26) (aged 68)
Place of death Cheltenham, Victoria
Original team(s) Y.M.C.A. (Sydney)[1]
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1913–1915 St Kilda 52 (1)
1920 Melbourne 01 (0)
Total 53 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1920.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Reginald Newnham Ellis (22 February 1891 – 26 May 1959) was an Australian sportsman who played first-class cricket for Victoria and Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Ellis, a defender, played 53 games in the VFL, all but one of them for St Kilda from 1913 to 1915. He had been recruited from Sydney and participated in St Kilda's 1913 VFL Grand Final loss to Fitzroy.[2] In 1920, after not playing at all during the war, Ellis returned to the league and signed up with Melbourne. He made just one appearance for the club.

His cricket career began over seven years after he played his last VFL game and he was aged 36 when he made his first-class debut against Tasmania. The Victorian opening pair in the first innings of Fred Baring and Basil Onyons were also league footballers, as was their wicket-keeper Stuart King. Ellis came in at three and made just the one run before being dismissed. He made amends in the second innings with a century. His even hundred allowed Victoria to chase their fourth innings target of 182 with five wickets in hand.[3]

Ellis went on to represent Victoria in the 1928/29 and 1929/30 Sheffield Shield seasons. He finished with 355 runs from his seven first-class matches at an average of 29.58. His only other century came in a Shield encounter against Queensland at the MCG in 1928 when he made an unbeaten 107. Ellis also took three wickets in his career, including dismissing Test player Alan Fairfax.[4]

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  1. ^ "Paddington (48) Beat Y.M.C.A. (45)". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 1911. p. 5. Retrieved 26 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "1913 VFL Grand Final". AFL Tables.
  3. ^ "Tasmania v Victoria 1927/28". CricketArchive.
  4. ^ "Victoria v Queensland 1928/29". CricketArchive.

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