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10 Things About Don Fox You May Not Know

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It’s been a sad week in sport hearing about the passing of Don Fox. Many may know Fox as a sports administrator, particularly the role he played in reviving the national rugby league. But even before he put his “”administration”” hat on, Don Fox was a talented sportsman and undoubtedly one of the country’s sporting icons during the pre-independence era.

Here are 10 sporting facts about the (Late) Don Fox:

  1. Don Fox was a top order batsman. For almost a decade, he was the driving force behind one of Port Moresby’s most successful cricket clubs in the 70’s – Boroko Colts Cricket Club.
  2. Post Colts Cricket Club, he moved on to United Cricket Club. Not just as a player but as their captain/coach.
  3. He was a stroke maker and a regular century maker for both Colts and United.
  4. He represented Papua in Cricket and went on to captain the side for the annual Territory challenge matches.
  5. He also played rugby league and played front-row for the mighty Magani Rugby League Club – one of two pioneer rugby league clubs in Papua.
  6. Even more interesting is that as a front-row, Fox was also a goal kicker. In one season, he became the leading point scorer in the Port Moresby rugby league competition – a rare feat for a front-rower. Many of his points came through goal kicking.
  7. Like in cricket, Fox also became the captain/coach of Magani Rugby League Club
  8. Don Fox was instrumental for the Magani Rugby League Club’s three successive premiership victories – 1969, 1970 and 1971. Don Fox last game for Magani as captain coach was in 1976
  9. He represented Papua in the inter-territory rugby league challenges against New Guinea.
  10. He also coached the Papua Rugby League side to play against New Guinea in an inter-territory match

As a bonus:

After nursing a shoulder injury in rugby league, he tried his luck in refereeing in rugby league!

Rest In Peace – Legend.

Paga Hooker Dave Burns (12) tries to stop a rampaging Don Fox during the 1969 Papua Rugby League Grand Final.

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