[Article 10716]Vale Bobby Dimond.

Bobby Dimond Wests Player number 476 (1950) played with Wests in 1950 and 1951.

Playing a total of 23 First Grade game and 4 Reserve Grade games. Bob scored 12 tries in the 23 games.

Vale Bobby Dimond - NSWRL

Bobby Dimond in 1948.

Below is a small sample of the Rugby League life and times of

Bobby Dimond.

1948

An outstanding all round athlete as a young boy, Bob was a champion sprinter, footballer and cricketer while a student at Dapto Primary School.

He joined the local rugby league club in 1945 and did well with the under 17 team. 

The next year, on 14 July 1946, while still just 16, he made his First Grade debut at Wollongong Showground in Dapto’s 28-10 loss to Wollongong.

Playing mainly at outside centre, he established himself as a regular first grader in 1947 and moved up to the representative scene in 1948. After representing Illawarra seconds, he was selected for Group 7, followed by Combined Groups 6 and 7 and then for Southern Districts who were beaten 13-12 at Newcastle on 1 May.

After the Newcastle game, he was selected as a winger in the Country Seconds team to meet City Seconds but an injury saw him promoted to the Country Firsts side.

Although City won easily by 28-13, Bob impressed and was chosen for the NSW team to play Queensland at the SCG on 15 May.

In 1948, he finished with three games for NSW and also played for NSW Country against the touring New Zealanders at Wollongong on 23 May.

1948 may syd v country bob in country team

1948 country v city line up

1948 country story

1948 may nsw v qld game 2

1948 may nsw v qld game 1

Bob toured with the NSW team to Queensland and played in game 3 of the 4 game series.

1948 kanga tour story shocks in seklections

Bob was only 18 when picked from Dapto to tour with the 1948/49 Kangaroos.

1948 june souths after bob

Souths were quick off the mark to show interest in the young 18 year old flyer from Dapto.

1948 nov kanga tour third apparance in team

1948 nov kanga tour story of playing on the wing

Bob did not play in any Tests on tour but did play in 15 games.

1949

 Bob again played for Dapto in 1949 and represented Country Firsts twice that year, against City Firsts and in the 18-6 win over Queensland on 19 June at Wollongong Showground. After returning home, Bob again played for Dapto in 1949 and represented Country Firsts twice that year, against City Firsts and in the 18-6 win over Queensland on 19 June at Wollongong Showground.

1949 syd v countery team program

Bob playing for Country in 1949.

1949 aug first mention of bob and wests

Good news for Wests.

1949 nov bob signs with wests

Note the record bonus of 154 pounds. In today’s money that equals $9000.

1950

Bobby arrives in the Big Smoke.

In 1950, Bob moved to Sydney where he had two seasons with the Wests Magpies, scoring 12 tries in his 23 first grade games. He signed as captain/coach of the Picton club in Group 6 for the 1952 season but a broken leg in a motor bike accident in March resulted in him missing the entire season.

St. George offered him a contract for 1953 but after being selected in the First grade squad, he decided to accept a captain/coaching role at Kempsey

1950 feb story of bob coming to wests

1950 march cartilage injury out for 7 weeks

Injury will dog Bob through out his football career.

1950 may photo wests v norths at liddy oval state bid

There were of course some good times in 1950.

1950 may wests v norths at liddy oval 2 tries to bob

A 2 try haul at Lidcombe Oval in 1950??

 

1950 phto close up at liddy oval

Great action photo of Bob in full flight.

1950 july bob picked for nsw v poms

Bob picked to play against the Poms for NSW.

1950 nsw v england bob replace john Hawke

 

1950 photo col geelan and bob at nsw traing V poms

Bob in his Wests jumper at NSW training.

1950 wests v easts program bob scored a try

Bob scored a try in this win over Easts.

1951

1951 april photo tackling cec smalies at the scg

Bob played against the best in 1951.

1951 aug Wets v St G bob scores 2 tries

Bob scores 2 tries V Saints

1951 aug game report wests v saints

Bob scores 2 tries V St George at the SCG.

1951 semi final wests v Manly bob last game for wests

Bobs last game for Wests.

1952

Bob decided to go back to the Bush in 1952.

1952 feb story of motor bike smash.

1952 march broken leg story

Bob had signed to play with Picton.

1954

Bob tries a comeback in 1954 with the St George team. Bob played in a few trails before giving the game away.

1954 feb comeback with saints

1954 feb photo comeback with saints

1954 march return playing for saints

1954 march trial game for st george

1954 march photo of bob fending trail game with saints

In 1954 he attempted to make a comeback with St George.

But the injury had taken its toll and he retired at the age of 24.

Well almost….

1955 bob coach of bexley-kingsgrove

Bob decided to accept a captain/coaching role at Kempsey.

After four years with Kempsey, he returned to Dapto as captain/coach in 1957.

Where he played some matches with his younger brother, Peter, who went on to play 10 Tests.

1955 bob in kempsey

1955 bob playing for kempsay central

1957.

Bob was only 27 years of age so I am not sure if he was playing as well as coaching  at Dapto ??

1957 bob coach of dapto

1958 – ????

Although his football days were over Dimond enjoyed a long and decorated career as a firefighter before retiring and moving to the far north coast of NSW.

1980 photo of bob with his Bravery certificate

In 1983 Bob received a Bravery Medal from the Royal Humane Society.

Bobby Dimond with Bobby Honan.

Bobby Dimond RIP.



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