We would like to advise of the passing recently of former Northern Suburbs Bluebag (Newcastle) hooker Milton “Zonka” Kelly.
Our condolences go out to all Milton’s family and friends.
* Just a few notes on Milton’s career;
1934 – Born in Islington.
1948 – 1950 as Hooker, Captains the Under 16’s to three successive
premierships, all undefeated. Truly incredible.
1951 – 7th April, Graded straight to Reserve Grade, and debuts
against Maitland at Maitland.
1951 – 28th April, debuts in First Grade aged 17 and 3 months
against Lakes United at No 1 Sportsground, Newcastle.
* We believe Milton to be our youngest player ever to debut in First
Unfortunately for Milton at that time, we were very strong in the hooking department and he faced the unenviable task of
competing for the position with Newcastle and NSW Country Bob
Crane, Newcastle and NSW Country rep Harry Gibbs and finally
Newcastle Rep in Don “Ducky” Williams.
1951- 1954 Milton continued playing grade, whilst still eligible to play in the Under 20’s and Patrons Cup.
1955 joins the Australian Navy.