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KERRY BOUSTEAD

After playing in Foley Shield matches for Innisfail in 1977 for the first time and then being chosen in the early representative trial games the following year, Kerry Boustead played for Queensland Country in the annual clash with City. He was then selected in the Queensland team to play New South Wales for all three matches, his efforts earning him Queensland's only spot in the Australian team for the match against the touring Kiwis. Boustead's selection made him the youngest footballer to ever play in a Test match for Australia. He immediately endeared himself to the Sydney crowd with his exciting brand of wing football, scoring a try in his Test debut. Two weeks later Boustead was named in the North Queensland side along with Innisfail team mate Kevin Gardiner to take on the Kiwis at the Sports Reserve. Boustead was magnificent in the North's 27-20 win. His two tries in the space of 10 minutes in the first half inspired his team mates and had the 7,000 odd strong crowd in a frenzy. Six days later the teenager from Innisfail lined up against the Kiwis for the second Test and helped himself to two tries. Another try in the third Test ensured his place in League history. But his career had just begun.Kerry Boustead was chosen for the first of his two Kangaroo tours to England and France at the end of the season. His second Kangaroo tour came in 1982 as a member of the undefeated "Invincibles". After moving to Sydney club Eastern Suburbs in 1979 Boustead was chosen to play for New South Wales against Queensland. After playing in all five interstate games for New South Wales up to July 1980, Boustead was chosen in the historic, inaugural State of Origin match for Queensland, scoring the memorable first try. Boustead went on to play a total of six State of Origin Matches for Queensland and twenty-five Test matches for Australia. His last appearance in the big matches was in 1984 while playing for Manly, when he appeared in all three State of Origin matches and the three Tests against Great Britain. A serious leg injury hampered his career and in 1989, after playing for Hull Kingston Rovers, he moved to North Sydney to play out his career. Still a crowd favourite in 1990, "Bowie" hung up his boots at the end of the season.