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All at Randwick Rugby mourn the sad passing of team mate and friend Jim Briggs. Sincere condolences go to his family and friends.
Jim was a very good player and formed a great combination with Ken Catchpole in one of our golden eras - in the mid-60s. More recently, he was the driving force behind reunions of those teams (listings below). Jim never missed a game at Coogee Oval and he will be sadly missed.
James S L Briggs was an attacking fullback, playing 151 club games from 1961 to 1969 scoring 20 tries, 146 goals and 126 penalty goals. He was the regular fullback in first grade during the early 1960s playing 67 games. Briggs held the club record for the most goals kicked in a first grade game [10 against Gordon on 15 June 1964] until 1989 when David Knox equaled his performance and then surpassed it in 1994. He was the second Randwick player [ Mick Stynes was the first] to score 500 points for the club. He was the leading goal kicker in first grade in 1962, 1963 and 1964.
Jim was one of the first Randwick players to wear contact lenses and games in which he played were sometimes interrupted when all players searched for one of his lost lenses. A gregarious and popular type he filled in periods of dull play by chatting to spectators who were standing on the sidelines.
2GB Radio gave a shout out and "hello" this morning to Randwick Rugby Wallaby Michael Cleary. Michael Arthur Cleary AO (born 30 April 1940) is an Australian former rugby union and rugby league and footballer of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and politician. In 1959 he joined the Randwick DRUFC and he played in the Club's 1960 winning first-grade premiership side. He was selected in the Australian national side for all three Tests of the 1961 series against Fiji and made further Wallaby appearances against France and against the Springboks on the 1961 tour of South Africa. Appearing in 6 Tests as a Wallaby Michael also represented Australia as a Kangaroo in 8 Tests from 1962. After leaving rugby union and during his first year of rugby league with the South Sydney Rabbitohs he maintained his amateur status to enable his selection for the Commonwealth Games later that year. He represented Australia in Athletics at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, collecting the Bronze Medal for the 100 yard sprint. His national representation in athletics makes him one of only four Australians who have represented their country at full international level in three different sports.
Sincere condolences from all at Randwick go to the family and friends of Steve Kelly who passed away recently. Steve was a great supporter of Randwick Rugby and for many seasons provided the catering for the Life Members and supporters tent at Coogee Oval.
Steve Kelly’s funeral will be held next Wednesday 16 January 2019 at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, Botany – South Chapel at 2pm followed by a function at the Clovelly Bowling Club.
On behalf of the Randwick Rugby Board, Staff and Players I would like to wish you a safe and merry Christmas.