Vale Dev Dines.
Wests player number 474.
Devitt Whitton ‘Dev’ Dines was an Australian rugby league player from the 1950s.
Dev Dines was a five-eighth for the Western Suburbs Magpies between 1950-1951, late 1952, 1953-1957. He had transferred to Mareeba, Queensland as a player in 1952 before being sensationally recalled to the Magpies, in a bid to help the club win the 1952 Grand Final as two of their best players, Keith Holman and Frank Stanmore were away on the 1952/53 Kangaroo tour.
Dines scored a try in the 1952 Grand Final side that won the premiership. Dines stayed with the Western Suburbs Magpies for a few more years before retiring.
Dev Dines was a co-founder and Life Member of the Canley Vale Junior Rugby League Football Club.
The above is from Wikipedia.
Dev played for the Magpies from 1950-54 & again in 1957. He played a prominent role in Wests last premiership victory against Souths in 1952 & was one of two surviving players from that team – the other being Col Ratcliff.
Dev being interviewed at the 2012 PPM reunion at the SCG.
Good mates. Dev and Col.
Dev Dines and Col Ratcliff in 2012.
A little bit of the Dev Dines Rugby League Story. Mostly taken from the SMH.
Dev played for North Newcastle.
Dev only played this game before Wests picked him for the Grand Final.
All of the above happened the week before the Grand Final.
Good news for Dev and Wests.
Great photo of Jack Fitzgeralds try.
Plus a try…..
Below: A story from Dev about the 1952 Grand Final.
Taken from the Western Suburbs Magpies website dated 2012.
George Bain, Bill Callinan, Col Ratcliff, Gerry Lowe, Jack Fitzgerald, Dev Dines, Leo Trevena, Kevin Hansen, Hec Farrell, Wiliam Horder, Don Schofield, Ron Watson, Peter McLean (c), Coach: Tom McMahon
Don Murdoch, John Graves, Malcolm Spencer, Frank Threlfo, Cec Smailes Norm Spillane, Ken Brogan, Denis Donoghue, Ernie Hammerton, Bryan Orrock, Ken Macreadie, Jack Rayner (captain/coach), Ray Neilson.
Dev had been living in the Tamworth area & enjoyed a visit from Carl last year.
Here is Dev’s full Wests playing record.
59 First Grade, 17 Reserve Grade = 76 games total, 30 tries, 14 goals = 118 points
(First Grade 26 tries, 10 goals = 98 points)
Thanks to Geoff Ibbett at Wests Archives for this information.