Noel Kelly receives Queens Birthday Honours

Monday 11 June 2018

Congratulations to Noel 'Ned' Kelly, a recipient of 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to Rugby League.

Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division: Mr. Noel Raymond Kelly

For service to Rugby League, which includes

  • Men of League Foundation
    • Founding Board Member, 2002-2014.
    • Welfare Committee Member/Officer, 2002-2014.
    • Life Member, since 2016.
  • National Rugby League (Australian Rugby League Commission)
    • Member/Player, international tours, 1967; 1963, and 1959; 26 matches
    • Member/Player, Queensland and NSW.
  • Western Suburbs Rugby League Club – Wests Ashfield Leagues Club
    • Player, 1961-1969; Grand Final in 1961, 1962 and 1963
    • Member, Pratten Park Magpies (past player association), current
    • Captain-Coach, Wests Premiership Team, two years
    • Life Member.
  • Player, Mentor and Coach, 1970-1980s.
  • Coach, North Sydney Bears, 1973-1976.
  • Coach, Wollongong, one season.
  • Life Member, Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Australia Day Ambassador, 10 years.
  • Past Commentator, Channel Seven, Sports Action program.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Hooker, Australian Rugby League 'Team of the Century'; and named among the '100 Greatest Players over the first century of the game', ARL, 2008
  • Captain and Hooker, Wests Magpies Team of the Century, 2004
  • Annual award for best player at Wests Tigers is named the Kelly Barnes Award (in conjunction with former Balmain player Keith Barnes)
  • Recipient, Australian Sports Medal, 2000.
Noel Kelly receives Queens Birthday Honours