[Article 7655]Vale Nev HORNERY

Vale Neville Chapman Hornery .

3rd of  May 1948 – 15th of May 2018.

Age 70

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Nev Hornery.

Neville was a very talented sportsman from an early age and played many sports well but his one great talent was playing Rugby League and playing it HARD.

With the help of his son Craig and Nevs mates I have tried to cover his years as a gifted sportsman.

Mainly Rugby League.

The Enfield Federals Years.

EF Photo1

In 1959 at the age of 11 Nev wins a Premiership with Enfield Feds.

Nev is 2nd from the left front row.

In 1960 Nev had his first taste of playing at the SSG.

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Wests 3 were beaten by Balmain 16.

1960 feds result

Enfield Feds 15 beat Penshurst Marist Bros 2.

1961 Enfield Federals F Grade (with Names)

A lot of these young men went on to play grade with Wests and other teams e.g. Tim Pickup.

Below is a bit of Feds and Nevs History.

The Enfield Federals were such a dominant side they went undefeated for seven years,and ironically lost their one and only game,the 1965 Grand Final which would be Pickup’s last ever match for the club. During the Federals reign they quickly ran out of opponents, having to play up an age group to get a game and would eventually have to shift to other Junior League’s (Balmain, Newtown) to be accommodated. The Federals were such a force that twelve out of the starting thirteen line-up represented Western Suburbs RLFC in the 1963 S.G BALL/Oatley Shield and 1965 JERSEY FLEGG and won both competition’s UNDEFEATED, with Tim Pickup as Five-eighth and Captain.

Neville Hornery 1962 Enfield Federals F Grade Team Report

Neville Hornery 1962 Enfield Federals F Grade Best & Fairest

1961 7 st SS

Meanwhile at Strathfield South school Nev is also playing footie.

1961 b ball

And something called Junior B-Ball.

I wonder what the joke was???

1962 SS high school

Nev playing at High school level.

1961 class photo

Class photo 1961.

1963 os 2

Undefeated Premiers… Oatley R.S.L Shield Competition, 1963

 Back Row  J.Addision, R.Smith, M.Mclean ,F.Tagg, W.Leet, J.McGlivray, J.Rolfe PMcCarthy ,P.Panagiris

Second Row   Jim Murphy, B.Jones, D.Cornall, A.Driver, PMcGaulley, T.Lawerance, K.Kavanagh,

R.Tooby, J.Begnall,J.Taunton.

Front Row   J.Tagg, J.Nielsen, J.Miller, Tim Pickup(Capt) F.Reardon(Coach), Nev Horney, F.Wailes.

Seated: Jim Begnell, J.Duff, N.Smith

Below is the 1964 Flegg Team.

1964 Western Suburbs Jersey Flegg Team

Nev has just turned 16.

EF 1

Photo taken at Lidcombe Oval ??

The Western Suburbs Years 1965 – 1969.

Neville Hornery card

Thanks to Neil Bennett from Wests Archives for supplying Nevs players card.

At the age of 17 Nev was graded in 1965 and played 5 games in 3rd grade that year.


Nev 1967 3rd grade GF at SCG

Rare photo of Nev running onto Pratten Park for a 3rd Grade game in 1967.

Player in front Garry ‘Gus’ Gunton.

1967 program

Wests 1967 Third Grade Premiers team pic

Nev is back-row far right.

1967 report

1967 reoport

Match report from the SMH.


Officially Nev played his first First Grade game in 1968 against Parramatta.


a few days before at Lidcombe Oval Nev played against the French team.

1968 wests v france pro

1968 wesy sv freance pro

1968 wests v france photo

Not me Sir says Nev.

1968 wests v france 10

Back to Nevs official first First Grade game at Cumberland Oval…..

Nev Hornery 1968 Cumberland Oval good pic with ball

1968 wests v parr

Wests 25  beat Parramatta 2

And it made the newspapers.

Nev Hornery story Wests v Parra 1969 no pics

1968 wests v parr photo of nev

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One week later……

Wests v Easts at the Sydney Sports Ground.

1968 nev sent off

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Nevs third First Grade game of the season.

 1968 wests v sharks

Wests 19 beat Cronulla- Sutherland 12.


Who remembers Nev playing on the wing opposing Micheal Cleary at the SCG in 1969???

souths game 1

1969 5

1969 souths game

souths game 2

 *  Thats Nev on the wing.
souths game 4
  * Nev standing behind Bruce Beer.
souths game 3
Nev played well against M. Cleary.
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Then the game everyone remembers.

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Nev was not suppose to play First grade this day but history tells us otherwise.

1969 send off 3


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That Game.

1969 send off

The aftermath.

The Canterbury – Bankstown Years 1970 – 1972.

Nev signed with the Berries and played 3 seasons with them. Nev played 50 First Grade games scoring 6 tries and 6 Field Goals.

Nev Hornery scoring try picture in Berries jumper

Nev scoring a try at the SCG in 1972.

During this time Nev played 2 Rep games in 1970.

June of 1970 playing against the touring Great Britain team.

1970 4

1970 3

1970 5

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And in September playing for Sydney against a combined Qld – NSW Country team.

This was a World Cup trial.

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1970 1

1970 2

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Ron Costello, John Greaves and Nev at a Pratten Park magpies Reunion.

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Nev tackling Gary Stevens at the SCG.

The Wynnum – Manly Years 1973 – 1976.

Nev Hornery running onto ground with son WM days

Nev and his son Craig.

Nev Hornery with Brian Davies Wynnum Manly coach

Coach Brian Davies and Nev.

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Nev Hornery playing in QLD 2 Picture

Nev Hornery playing in QLD



In 1977 Nev moved on and played for the Booval Swifts in the Ipswich Premiership.

Nev was Captain Coach and the Swifts won the 1977 comp.

1978 and 1979.

Having spoken to Nev’s son Craig, Neville played his last two season of Rugby League for the newly formed Nerang Roosters.

2014 ppm reunion

John Coates AC and Nev Hornery.

Just to finish off this Vale …..my Nev Hornery Story.

I was taking photos at the 2014 Pratten Park Magpies Reunion when to my surprise Mr John Coates came up to me and said

Would you please take a photo of myself and Nev Hornery and send it to me

Just imagine the famous people and great athletics Mr Coates has met and spoken to in his long career as President of the Australian Olympic Committee …..

RIP Neville Hornery. One of a kind.

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