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.