Ron Willey

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Player No. 146
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Position Fullback
Contract 1953
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Origin
Debut Vs Newtown - 12th Jun 1948
Dog Years (6) 1948 , 1949 , 1950 , 1951 , 1952 , 1953
Captain Years (2) 1951 , 1953
Captain Record 5 games, 2 won(40%), 3 lost(60%), 0 drew(0%)
Rep Caps Australia(No Official Tests)
Other Clubs Manly, Parramatta
Junior Club

Biography Ron Willey joined Canterbury in 1948 as a fullback.

Ron progressed through the grades quickly to become the regular first grade fullback for the next six seasons.

A player of immense talent, Ron played in an era where Clive Churchill was the best fullback in the game and therefore, denying Ron many representative opportunities.

In 1951, Ron was appointed captain for four games at the age of 21. The only younger captain for the club has been Braith Anasta in 2002. Ron captained a total of five games for the club.

Ron became the first Canterbury local to become an international when he was selected on the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour.
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Career Stats
Grade Year Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
1 1948 8 0 2 0 4
1 1949 18 2 5 0 16
1 1950 17 3 47 0 103
1 1951 15 0 45 0 90
1 1952 10 0 24 0 48
1 1953 3 0 11 0 22
Total: 71 5 134 0 283
Average (per year): 11.8 0.8 22.3 0 47.2
Average (per game): 0.1 1.9 0 4

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Total - All Grades
  Years Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
Total: 6 78 5 136 0 287
Average (per year): 13 0.8 22.7 0 47.8
Average (per game): 0.1 1.7 0 3.7

Data provided by Clint Crofts