We would like to advise everyone today of the sad passing at 1pm of former Northern Suburbs and Newcastle Representative Hooker, Club Life Member Don “Ducky” Williams after a long illness.
Don “Ducky” Williams.
Born in Wickham 3rd November 1934.
1952 Under 18’s Minor and Major Premiers.
A few notes on Donny’s senior career:
Northern Suburbs 1954 – 1965
1954 Reserve Grade debut.
1957 First Grade debut vs Waratah-Mayfield at Waratah Oval.
1959 First Grade Premiership win vs Maitland.
1962 First Grade Premiership win vs South Newcastle.
1964 Made a Life Member of the Northern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club.
1965 Retires after dislocating and fracturing his elbow in a scrum against Macquarie United at Passmore Oval.
Almost 150 First Grade games in total.
Representative Career 1958-1962
Coalfields vs Western Suburbs (Sydney) in Newcastle 1958.
North Sydney vs Newcastle at North Sydney Oval 1959.
Newcastle vs New Zealand at Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground 30th May 1959.
Newcastle vs Northern Division at Maitland Sports Ground 1st May 1960.
Riverina vs Newcastle (Final) at Wagga Wagga 8th May 1960.
Newcastle vs France at Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground 21st May 1960.
Northern Division vs Newcastle at Gunnedah 22nd April 1962.
Newcastle vs North Coast Division at Cahill Oval 29th April 1962.
Western Division vs Newcastle (Final) at Parkes 6th May 1962.
Newcastle vs Great Britain at Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground 4th June 1962.
Donny played an incredible part in the Northern Suburbs History. He was part of a golden period where the mighty Bluebags had Representative Hookers that extended almost to over 25yrs in succession. Firstly led by Bob Crane, Harry Gibb, Donny Williams, John “Wagga” Knight and finally Alan Jones.
Donny was also part of the 1962 star studded Newcastle Representative team that played Great Britain at the Newcastle No 1 Sports Ground.
After Donny’s playing days he fulfilled may roles that included Vice President and Reserve Grade Coach in 1967, 1971,1983 and a fulfilled the role of a selector from 1972 and on other occasions.
We will advise later of Funeral arrangements that will still include Covid restrictions.