The all-time nice alphabet groups – letter Okay

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Persevering with our seek for the final word alphabet staff, we now have the Okay staff. They’ve a fearsome ahead pack, some intelligent halves and a little bit of velocity out large, so this staff could trigger some issues.

Editor’s be aware: Publishing the L article previous to the Okay one was an error on our half. The writer submitted these within the right order.

1. Harry Kadwell
Years lively: 1927–1934.
Golf equipment: South Sydney, St George.
Membership video games: 86 (22 tries, 77 objectives).
Consultant Profession: NSW: Eight.
Nickname: “Mick”.

There aren’t any Okay’s who’ve represented Australia at fullback, so the spot goes to Harry “Mick” Kadwell, who performed eight video games for New South Wales. Kadwell toured with the 1929-30 Kangaroos and performed eight tour matches however no Checks (in line with Kadwell, he was the first-choice half however was intentionally kicked within the shins at coaching by a Queensland front-rower as a result of they wished Joe ‘Chimpy’ Busch to be halfback and he was out injured for 5 weeks).

To provide you an concept of life on the time in rugby league, Kadwell practically didn’t go on the tour in any respect, as a result of it was for six months and his boss wouldn’t maintain his manufacturing unit job open. Kadwell was one in every of ten youngsters and was supporting his household. However then the locals began giving his boss a tough time, so he promised to maintain the job open for six months.

To get to England, the staff took a ship to New Zealand, Fiji, Honolulu to Vancouver, then a practice by Canada to Niagara Falls and on to New York, then one other ship throughout the Atlantic.

Kadwell was a speedy utility participant who performed fullback in Souths’ grand remaining win in 1927. The next yr he performed five-eighth within the remaining win for Souths, scoring two tries.

Kadwell performed two of his video games for NSW at fullback after which switched to halfback for his remaining six caps. After transferring from Souths, Kadwell was halfback and captain-coach for St George. He led the Dragons to the 1933 remaining, shedding to Newtown.

On the time of his dying in 1999 Kadwell was the oldest surviving Kangaroo vacationer.

2. Johnny King
Honours: ARL Corridor of Fame.
Years lively: 1960–1971.
Golf equipment: St George.
All video games: 297 (202 tries, 640 factors).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 15, NSW: 10.

When the good wingers get mentioned, Johnny King is just not talked about as usually as some others, however his document is second to none. After breaking into the good St George facet as an 18-year-old, King performed in seven consecutive grand remaining victories for the membership and scored 143 profession tries.

Enjoying outdoors Reg Gasnier in an all-star backline, King’s positional sense and velocity made him a prolific strive scorer. After scoring two tries within the 1960 grand remaining, he went on to create the distinctive document of scoring a strive in six consecutive profitable grand finals, from 1960 to 1965.

In 1960 King was the youngest participant to ever play in a grand remaining (18 years and 63 days). His most memorable and controversial second could have been within the well-known 1963 grand remaining when King was tackled twice within the mud, however was not held and continued on to attain the decisive strive in St George’s Eight-Three victory over Wests.

After representing NSW from 1962 to 1965, King lastly obtained his first Australian jersey within the 1966 dwelling Ashes, scoring a strive within the decider. He was then was chosen for the 1966-67 Kangaroo Tour the place he performed six Checks, scoring tries in each of Australia’s wins over Nice Britain. King was an everyday in Australian sides till 1970.

King’s profession virtually resulted in 1965 when he badly mauled his foot whereas mowing his mother-in-law’s garden. He was in hospital for a while and it was feared he would by no means play once more. Watch out of doing good deeds on your mother-in legislation.

After retirement, King coached the Western Division Nation facet to their well-known 1974 Amco Cup victory.

Three. Invoice Kelly
Honours: The Anzac Take a look at trophy known as the Willam Kelly Cup. Wellington Rugby League Group of the Century.
Years lively: 1912–1915.
Golf equipment: Athletic (New Zealand), Balmain.
Membership video games: 27 (Balmain) (16 tries).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 1 (Australia), 17 (New Zealand), NSW: Three.
Nickname: “The Prince of Coaches”.

Invoice Kelly was the primary participant to play worldwide rugby league for each New Zealand and Australia. Kelly first performed rugby union in New Zealand, representing Wellington in 1911. He switched codes when the Wellington Rugby League was began and performed with Athletic who made the grand remaining that yr. He toured Australia with the New Zealand staff in 1912 and 1913, enjoying in opposition to NSW and Queensland.

Kelly then moved to Australia and performed with Balmain in 1914 and 1915, scoring 16 tries in solely 27 video games. He represented Australia in opposition to England in 1914, performed for NSW in 1915 and was captain-coach of the all-conquering Balmain staff that received the 1915 competitors. Presently Kelly was thought-about the very best centre three quarter within the sport.

Kelly’s enjoying profession was abruptly ended by accidents sustained in WWI, however he went on to turn out to be a extremely profitable coach, together with teaching a weak College to runners up in 1926, New Zealand in opposition to Nice Britain in 1932, Newtown to win the Metropolis Cup in 1937 and training Balmain to the 1939 premiership.

four. Matt King
Honours: Melbourne Group of the primary 20 years 2018.
Years lively: 2003–2013.
Golf equipment: Melbourne, Warrington (UK), South Sydney.
Membership video games: 220 (129 tries, 1 aim).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 10, NSW: 9.
Nickname: “Sideshow Bob”.

The person with the very best hair within the enterprise was additionally a robust and harmful centre for Melbourne, Warrington, NSW and Australia.

King scored 129 tries in 230 video games in a stellar membership profession. However he was a late starter within the sport having walked away from Cronulla when he was 21 after turning into disillusioned with an absence of alternatives, taking over work as a rubbish collector and a barman.

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After debuting in 2003, King scored a strive in every of the 2006 and 2007 grand finals for Melbourne. After transferring to England, King performed a key half in a profitable period for Warrington, with the membership profitable the 2009 and 2010 Problem Cups and taking the minor premiership in 2011. King returned to play for South Sydney, retiring in 2013 after struggling two damaged arms in that yr.

King was first chosen for NSW in 2005, scoring a hat-trick of tries within the decider, and was named NSW’s participant of the collection. He went on to play 9 consecutive video games for his state till transferring to England. King was a prolific scorer at Origin stage, crossing for six tries in his 9 video games. Throughout that point he additionally performed ten Checks for Australia.

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First chosen for the 2005 finish of season tour of England, he was thought-about the very best winger on the planet by the tip of the tour, regardless of enjoying out of place.

In 2018, King was named in Melbourne’s finest staff of the previous 20 years. After teaching him within the 2005 State of Origin collection, Ricky Stuart mentioned of Matt King “I knew he was a great participant however I didn’t know he was that good”.

Matt King can also be the inventor of the “Crackit”, a hybrid between a tennis racket and cricket bat to permit younger youngsters to play cricket and not using a heavy picket bat.

5. Ross Kite
Years lively: 1952–1961.
Golf equipment: St George, Wagga Wagga, Canterbury.
Membership video games: 129 (excluding Wagga) (60 tries, 52 objectives).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 5, NSW: 14.

This was tight one with Les Kiss, “Smokin’” Joe Kilroy and Sean Kenny-Dowell all having claims.

Ross Kite was a goal-kicking winger for St George who performed within the first grand finals of the Dragons well-known premierships streak of the 50’s and 60’s. Kite performed two grand finals for St George, shedding in 1953 and profitable in 1956.

He performed each sport for the membership between 1951 and 1956. After lacking the 1957 finals, Kite moved to NSW Nation after which returned to complete his profession with Canterbury.

Kite was first chosen for NSW in 1954 and scored 4 tries on debut. He completed with 14 tries for NSW from solely eight appearances in opposition to Queensland and likewise performed for the Blues in opposition to New Zealand.

Kite performed three Checks in opposition to the French in 1955, scoring in his first two Checks, and one other two video games in opposition to the touring Nice Britain facet in 1958.

St George prop ahead and hardman Kevin Ryan as soon as mentioned that Kite was one of many few males who may damage him in a deal with.

6. Brett Kenny
Honours: ARL Corridor of Fame, Golden Boot Award 1985, NSW Sports activities Corridor of Fame, Lance Todd Trophy 1985.
Years lively: 1980–1993.
Golf equipment: Parramatta.
All video games: 374 (168 tries, 627 factors).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 17, NSW: 17.
Nickname: “Bert”.

If not for Wally Lewis, Brett Kenny can be universally recognised as the very best five-eighth of his era – and plenty of thought Kenny frequently received the higher of ‘The King’.

Kenny was a Parramatta legend and a part of a golden period for the membership. He performed in 5 grand finals for the membership, profitable 4. On retirement, Kenny held the document for many video games for the membership (265) and most tries (110). One document of Kenny’s that will by no means be damaged is scoring two tries in every of the 1981, 1982 and 1983 grand finals.

Within the 1986 grand remaining, Kenny once more managed to cross the road twice however couldn’t floor the ball. As such, regardless of the presence of Peter Sterling, Mick Cronin, Ray Worth, Eric Grothe and Mick Ella, Kenny could possibly be thought-about probably the most influential participant of that nice Parramatta period.

In interstate soccer, Kenny would frequently match the good Queensland No.6. His total document in opposition to ‘The King’ was eight wins and 4 losses.

However in each 1983 and 1984, he was shunted to centre for the primary video games for Alan Thompson or Terry Lamb – each of which have been misplaced – earlier than being positioned again in his ordinary spot for later video games, which have been received. Kenny was at five-eighthh for all video games in 1985 and 1986, each collection being received by the Blues.

In 1987 Kenny was once more moved to centre for the decider, this time for Cliff Lyons. Queensland duly wrapped up the collection.

Kenny was ok to displace tour vice-captain Lewis from the five-eighthh jumper on the 1982 “Invincibles” Kangaroo tour, however in later years moved to the centres, with Lewis as captain and five-eighth. Kenny’s acceleration, step, sleight of hand (the dummy!) and studying of the sport contributed to one of many nice centre combos with Gene Miles.

Australia solely misplaced one Take a look at match with Kenny within the facet (his final).

Kenny went on a second Kangaroo Tour in 1986, and in between he joined Wigan and received the 1985 Problem Cup in opposition to Hull in what many think about the best of all Problem Cup finals, scoring yet one more finals strive with a 50-metre run and profitable the person of the match in opposition to his Parramatta teammate Peter Sterling.

He was afterwards acclaimed as the best rugby league participant in historical past by the well-known Nice Britain winger Billy Boston.

The next yr, Kenny obtained the Golden Boot award as the sport’s biggest participant.

7. Brett Kimmorley (goalkicker)
Honours: Dally M Halfback of the 12 months 2000. Clive Churchill Medal 1999. Cronulla Group of the Half Century.
Years lively: 1995–2010.
Golf equipment: Newcastle, Hunter Mariners, Melbourne, Northern Eagles, Cronulla, Canterbury.
Membership video games: 307 (82 tries, 196 objectives, 11 discipline objectives).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 22, NSW: 10.
Nickname: “Noddy”.

The opposite nice half from Newcastle. Like most halves of the period, Brett Kimmorley spent his profession within the shadow of the good Andrew Johns, however his document stands in opposition to the easiest.

In reality, Kimmorley solely performed two fewer Checks than Johns over their respective careers.

Kimmorley made his debut for Newcastle in 1995, however left the membership in the course of the Tremendous League Warfare on the lookout for first grade alternatives. He was a key participant for the short-lived Hunter Mariners, highlighted by ending runners-up to Brisbane within the World Membership Problem.

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His performances have been sufficient for him to be chosen to characterize Australia in the long run of season tour, the place he performed two Checks from the bench.

After the Mariners have been disbanded, Kimmorley joined quite a few gamers in transferring south to the brand new Melbourne membership. Kimmorley was a sensation for the Storm, profitable the Clive Churchill Medal within the membership’s 1999 premiership and being named the membership’s participant of the yr.

He was once more chosen for Australia and was halfback within the 4 nations remaining win in opposition to New Zealand. He was additionally halfback as Melbourne defeated St Helens within the World Membership Problem.

In 2000, Kimmorley made his State of Origin debut, with Johns relegated to the bench. He was additionally named the Dally M Halfback of the 12 months and went on to steer the Australian staff to victory within the 2000 World Cup (with Johns enjoying hooker).

After a yr with the ill-fated Northern Eagles, Kimmorley joined Cronulla the place he performed for seven seasons. In 2003 Kimmorley was chosen for the Ashes and kicked a discipline aim to win the second Take a look at. Kimmorley was once more at halfback when Australia received the 2004 tri-series.

In State of Origin, Kimmorley’s spotlight was enjoying halfback within the NSW clear sweep collection of 2000, relegating Johns (who was coming back from harm) to the bench. Kimmorley was a sufferer of the shedding collection in 2001 and was not picked once more till 2005. He performed 5 matches between 2005 and 2010 with out cementing his spot.

Kimmorley performed 307 membership video games, scoring over 700 profession factors. He was the primary halfback to play over 300 video games.

Eight. Noel Kelly
Honours: ARL Group of the Century, QRL Group of the Century, ARL Corridor of Fame, Queensland Sports activities Corridor of Fame, Order of Australia Medal.
Years lively: 1956–1970.
Golf equipment: Railways Ipswich (Queensland) Brothers Ipswich (Queensland), Ayr (Queensland), Western Suburbs, Wollongong.
All video games: 244 (19 tries, one aim).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 25, NSW: 6, Queensland: Eight.
Nickname: “Ned”.

Noel Kelly is likely one of the few gamers to have all-time biggest claims in two positions. Kelly represented Australia at each hooker and prop and is universally considered one of many hardest gamers to have ever performed the sport.

Kelly made three consecutive grand finals with Wests from 1961 to 1963 however bumped into the St George juggernaut and got here away empty handed. Famend as a tough man, Kelly was despatched off 17 instances throughout his profession. He was even despatched off twice in a single match in a tour sport in France after having refused to go away.

After representing Ipswich in 1958 and 1959, Kelly was chosen for Queensland who received the 1959 interstate collection, with Kelly dominating the scrums within the three profitable video games he performed. Consequently, he was named for the 1959-60 Kangaroo Tour.

Kelly was chosen at hooker for the 1960 World Cup, together with the ultimate received by Australia over England. Ian Walsh held Kelly out of the nationwide facet in 1961 and 1962, so Kelly switched to prop and was chosen once more. From that time on Kelly was a fixture within the nationwide staff, switching between the 2 positions as required.

In 1967-68 Kelly turned the primary ahead to make three Kangaroo Excursions, two as hooker and one as prop. Kelly’s worldwide profession included 20 wins from 28 appearances. He was equally as profitable at state stage, Queensland profitable 5 from six with Kelly at hooker, and NSW profitable three from 5 with Kelly within the entrance row.

Kelly was named at hooker for each the QRL and ARL Groups of the Century. Based on John Sattler “If there was a bloke you’ll need beside you within the trenches, it was ‘Ned’ Kelly.”

Some quotes from Kelly embody; “I performed the sport arduous, and I performed for retains”, “Retaliate first. That’s what I informed my younger Magpies”, “I’ve been despatched off that many instances, when I’m within the entrance yard doing the gardening and the postie goes by and blows his whistle, I simply stand up and go and have a bathe.”

Queensland nice ahead Gary Parcell on Noel Kelly getting his begin: The present hooker was injured, “A draught horse stepped on his leg or one thing and Jack Morgan (president of the Ipswich Rugby League) rang me and mentioned ‘what about that dangerous bugger from Goodna, isn’t he at all times getting chased by the cops?’ I mentioned ‘don’t fear about that, he’s received loads of potential and might struggle, simply put him within the facet’.”

And once more from Parcell: “Dud Beattie and I had a hell of a time (holding up the scrum). As a result of Ned (Kelly) was normally combating everybody.”

9. Ken Kearney (captain)
Honours: ARL Corridor of Fame. NSWRL Participant of the yr 1956.
Years lively: 1948–1961.
Golf equipment: Leeds (UK), St George.
All video games: 355 (35 tries, Three objectives).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 31, NSW: 17.
Nickname: “Killer”.

Ken Kearney was captain of the good St George facet of the late 1950’s that began their celebrated eleven-season premiership dynasty. He’s credited as having extra affect than every other over establishing the ruthless professionalism that made such a run attainable.

Kearney was already a rugby union star (having performed seven Checks) when he was enticed to Leeds in England to change codes and play rugby league. He returned to Australia in 1952 and was chosen for the 1952 Kangaroo Tour. Kearney took over as captain-coach of Australia in 1956 and whitewashed New Zealand to regain the Trans-Tasman Trophy for the primary time in over 20 years.

Kearney stayed within the position for the 1956 Kangaroo Tour and captained Australia in 9 Checks in complete.

Kearney captained St George to their first grand remaining win in 1956 and was named the competitors’s participant of the yr. Taking on as captain-coach in 1957 Kearney would take the membership to a different 4 premierships in a row earlier than retiring. He’s nonetheless the oldest participant to have appeared in a grand remaining, at over 36.

Colin Love (ARL Chairman): “Maybe no different participant within the sport’s historical past has ever had such a profound affect on a single membership as him. He possessed a superb tactical understanding of the sport and it was Kearney who devised, as captain-coach, the blueprint that made Saints nearly unbeatable.”

10. David Klemmer
Years lively: 2013–
Golf equipment: Canterbury, Newcastle.
Membership video games (to 2018): 113 (four tries).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 17, NSW: 12.
Nickname: “Klem”.

It’s a tribute to David Klemmer that he makes the staff when his profession is barely half over. Klemmer solely debuted in 2013 and actually solely hit his stride in 2014 however by 2018 he had already performed 17 Take a look at matches and 12 straight origin matches for NSW.

David Klemmer Australia Kangaroos Rugby League Anzac Test 2017

David Klemmer. (Picture: NRL)

After enjoying on the bench within the Bulldogs’ 2014 grand remaining loss, Klemmer was chosen for Australia for the 4 Nations and performed on the bench within the remaining, received by New Zealand. He received his revenge when chosen for the 2016 4 Nations, which Australia received.

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He made the beginning line up for the 2017 Anzac Take a look at and retained his spot for the World Cup, together with the ultimate win in opposition to England.

In State of Origin, Klemmer began primarily from the bench, together with in 2017 when he was named NSW’s participant of the collection. Klemmer graduated to the beginning line up in 2018 when NSW received the collection for under the second time since 2005.

11. Ben Kennedy
Honours: Dally M Lock of the 12 months 2005 and 2006. Manly Greatest Ever Group.
Years lively: 1996–2006.
Golf equipment: Canberra, Newcastle, Manly.
Membership video games: 195 (70 tries).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 16, NSW: 13.
Roy and HG nicknames: “The President” “Lifeless Kennedy”.

Ben Kennedy was so good that he’s thought-about a favorite son and all-time nice at two golf equipment. At Manly this comes after solely enjoying two seasons for the membership – such was his impression.

I simply liked the way in which this man performed – most depth.

After 4 years in Canberra, the place he received rookie of the yr and was picked for NSW in 1999, Kennedy moved to Newcastle and was a key a part of the facet that received the 2001 grand remaining, scoring a strive within the decider and being arguably finest on floor.

Kennedy was first picked for Australia in 2000 and went on the 2001 Kangaroo Tour. He performed all three Checks on tour even after breaking his hand within the second Take a look at.

Kennedy joined Manly in 2005 and, as membership captain, took his sport to a brand new stage, profitable the Dally M Award for finest lock in each 2005 and 2006 and taking the membership to their first finals in six seasons. His impression was such over simply two seasons that he was named in Manly’s finest ever staff.

In State of Origin, whereas usually out injured, when Kennedy performed NSW largely received. He performed all three matches within the 2000 and 2005 collection wins in addition to two profitable matches in 2003. NSW solely ever misplaced two Origin matches with Kennedy within the facet.

Danny Buderus: “He simply liked to win and would do something to win.”

12. Stephen Kearney
Honours: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Advantage, New ZealandRL Legends of League 2012, Melbourne Group of the primary 20 years 2018.
Years lively: 1991–2005.
Golf equipment: Randwick Kingfishers (New Zealand), Western Suburbs, Auckland, Melbourne, Hull FC (UK).
Membership video games: 288 (excludes Randwick) (42 tries).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 45 (New Zealand).

Stephen Kearney was a harmful ball-playing second rower who received a premiership with Melbourne, a Problem Cup with Hull FC, captained his nation and likewise coached his nation to a World Cup title.

After transferring from New Zealand, Kearney joined Wests in 1992 and the next yr was named because the youngest ever captain of New Zealand – at 21 years outdated. When Auckland have been admitted to the NRL Kearney joined them for his or her debut season. He then joined Melbourne for his or her preliminary season in 1998 and performed of their grand remaining win the next yr.

Stephen Kearney, head coach of the Warriors after the Round 5 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, April 2, 2017. (AAP Image/David Rowland)

Stephen Kearney. (AAP Picture/David Rowland)

Kearney captained the membership in 2004 earlier than transferring to England the place he joined Hull FC and performed of their Problem Cup victory.

Kearney was the primary participant from New Zealand to play 250 NRL video games.

13. Nik Kosef
Years lively: 1992–2002.
Golf equipment: Manly, Northern Eagles.
Membership video games: 158 (17 tries).
Consultant Profession: Checks: 10, NSW Eight.

It appears odd for a person who performed over 150 membership video games and represented Australia ten instances, however Nik Kosef is a narrative of what might need been. Kosef was a wonderfully gifted ball enjoying lock however was stricken by 4 knee reconstructions from 1998 which prevented him from reaching even better heights.

Kosef performed for the Sea-Eagles’ in three grand finals between 1995 and 1997, profitable in 1996. He confirmed his ball enjoying expertise by enjoying five-eighth for the membership in all finals throughout their run to the 1996 premiership.

Kosef represented Australia from 1995 to 1999 however critical knee accidents in 2000 and 2001 restricted him to simply ten membership appearances over two years, earlier than he retired in 2002 at simply 28 years outdated.

At State of Origin stage, Kosef received his probability in 1997 in the course of the Tremendous League cut up and performed in eight out of a attainable 9 video games from 1997 to 1999. For Australia Kosef was first chosen for the 1995 World Cup, enjoying three matches.

He performed within the Anzac Checks in 1998 and 1999 and was a member of the 1999 tri-nations staff, enjoying second row within the remaining.

Kosef was Manly by and thru: “There was no larger thrill for me than strolling on the market when everybody was booing you.”


14. Max Krilich
(Manly) – 1970–1983. Checks: 13, NSW: 7. Nickname: “Thrower”.

Hooker. Captain of the Invincibles in 1982. 334 video games for Manly and two-time premiership winner.

15. Robbie Kearns
(Cronulla, Western Reds, Melbourne) – 1992–2005. Checks: 23, NSW: Eight.

Prop. Melbourne 1999 premiership winner and Take a look at common. Suffered a damaged collarbone when thrown from a horse throughout a New South Wales staff bonding session.

16. Brent Kite
(St George, Manly, Penrith) – 2002-2015. Checks: 14 (plus 6 for Tonga), NSW: 10.

Prop. Underrated metre eater who performed in 4 grand finals for Manly and over 300 first grade video games.

17. Luke Keary
(Souths, Sydney Roosters) – 2013-. Checks 2.

5-eighth, 2018 Clive Churchill Medal winner. At present tearing it up for the Roosters.

Honourable mentions
Jack Kingston (Lock – three Checks), Les Kiss (Wing – 4 Checks), Reg Kay (Second row – three Checks), Stephen Knight (Wing/Centre – two Checks), Viliame Kikau (present Penrith gun second rower – eight Checks for Fiji), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Centre/Wing – 21 Checks for New Zealand).

And there you have got the Okay Group. Stable throughout the park and a few actual strike within the halves.

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