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July 24: Dragons legend hits hundred; Halligan's points spree

On this day, a Dragons legend hits a hundred, Daryl Halligan has a day out and a Maroons flyer is born.


Peter Jones was born. A foundation member of North Queensland's 1995 squad, he played 131 NRL matches for the Cowboys, mainly in the second row, before retiring at the end of 2003.


Russell Bawden was born. He started out in the top flight with two matches at the Broncos in 1994 before joining the London Broncos for a two-season stint. He signed with Melbourne for their foundation year of 1998. He came off the bench in the grand final win over St George Illawarra the following year and played all three games for Queensland in the 2000 State of Origin series. Bawden tallied 102 matches for the Storm over four seasons before returning to London before finishing his career with a season in France.


Winger Ricky Walford scores his 100th first-grade try in St George’s 18-16 win over Balmain. The former Roosters and Bears flyer finished his career in 1996 with 116.

Ricky Walford was a prolific try scorer for the Dragons.
Ricky Walford was a prolific try scorer for the Dragons. ©NRL Photos


Valentine Holmes was born in Townsville. A winger with blistering pace, he broke into the NRL ranks with Cronulla in 2014 and was a key member of their premiership-winning team two years later. After starring at fullback in 2018, he announced he would try to make it in the NFL and was signed by the New York Jets. In 2020 he returned to the NRL with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Valentine Holmes scores against the Roosters.
Valentine Holmes scores against the Roosters. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


Daryl Halligan racks up 28 points from two tries and 10 goals as Canterbury thumped Western Suburbs 56-16 at Campbelltown in what would be the Magpies' final season in the premiership as a stand-alone entity.


St George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown launches an extraordinary attack on the Melbourne Storm and their wrestling tactics following the spiteful round 19 clash at Olympic Park. Brown warns of a “bloodbath” unless the NRL polices Melbourne’s use of illegal wrestling ploys. He says winger Jason Nightingale and prop Jason Ryles, accused of head-butting and kicking, were entitled to go further in reacting to fierce Storm provocation. Brown escapes censure from the NRL over his comments.


Former NSW captain Danny Buderus suffers a broken leg playing for Leeds in the English Super League.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.