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Arthur "Pony" Halloway

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Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Balmain, NSW
Date of Birth:
17 July 1885
Nickname:
Pony
Debut Team:
New South Wales
Opposition:
New Zealand
Date:
17 August 1907
Venue:
Royal Agricultural Society Ground, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
Glebe, Balmain, Eastern Suburbs, St Paul's Ipswich

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1912-13, 1915-17, 1919-20
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1908-09, 1911-12
  • Australian captain: 3 Tests
  • Rated No. 60 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
264
Points
270
Tries
88

Biography

In a remarkable club career, Arthur ''Pony'' Halloway started with Glebe in Australian rugby league's first season, then had three years with Balmain, joined Easts for three seasons, and then returned to the Black and Golds for a further six premiership campaigns.

During this time, he won seven premierships — two with Easts and five with Balmain, the last four as captain-coach.

Halloway's representative career was equally as enduring. A 21-year-old member of the Pioneers who played against the New Zealand All Golds in 1907, he played over 100 representative matches, including 10 Tests and two Kangaroo tours (1908–09 and 1911–12).

He captained Australia to New Zealand in 1919.

Halloway was more like an earlier version of Tommy Raudonikis than a dynamic Steve Mortimer-type footballer.

At 165cm and no more than 63kg, he was the smallest of the First Kangaroos, but in his first four seasons, 1908 to 1911, he scored 24 tries in 38 first-grade games, despite not always playing in winning sides.

Tom McMahon the great referee, called him a ''tiger in defence'', and added, ''He was very game, and could take all the rough stuff that came his way''.

Halloway once turned up for a match after severing part of a finger at work that morning.

After spending his final year as a player at Ipswich, Halloway moved into coaching, with great success.

He had stints with North Sydney and Canterbury, but most famously with Eastern Suburbs, guiding them to premiership victories in 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1945.

“He was seldom associated with a team that was not right at the top of the competition tables. He shone in dazzling light.”

NSWRL Annual, 1928

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Glebe Premiership 1908 1908 89 3 - - 9
Balmain Premiership
1909
1915
1911
1920
108 46 1 - 140
Balmain City Cup 1913 1914 5 1 - - 3
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1912 1914 36 9 - - 27
Eastern Suburbs City Cup 1913 1914 3 2 - - 6

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1910
1915
1919
1912
1915
1919
9 3 - - 9
New South Wales Touring Teams
1907
1911
1919
1909
1914
1919
17 4 - - 12
New South Wales Tour matches 1912 1912 6 3 - - 9
Queensland Interstate series New South Wales 1921 1921 1 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1908
1914
1919
1909
1914
1919
10 - - - -
Australia Internationals 1909 1909 2 - - - -
Australia Tour matches
1908
1911
1919
1909
1912
1919
45 9 2 - 31

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Kangaroos Rest of New South Wales
1909
1917
1909
1917
2 - - - -
Kangaroos Wallabies 1909 1909 3 3 - - 9
Metropolis New Zealand
1909
1915
1909
1915
3 1 - - 3
Metropolis England
1910
1914
1910
1914
2 3 - - 9
Kangaroos England 1910 1910 1 - - - -
Metropolis Central West 1912 1912 1 1 - - 3
Next Best Best 1918 1918 1 - - - -
Queensland Country Metropolis 1921 1921 1 - - - -

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