Queensland Sport Hall of Fame

Mr Kerry Boustead

The younger brother of 1976 Queensland rep Ian Boustead, Kerry made a stunning debut as an 18-year-old winger for Queensland against NSW in 1978. The unheralded youngster from Innisfail startled the huge crowd with his confident display, playing over his rival winger Terry Fahey and cutting down the bigger Mark Harris with a series of bootlace tackles in the third match of the series. Boustead became Australia's youngest Test player (18 years 310 days) when chosen to take on NZ that year and later toured with the Kangaroos.

Boustead dazzled his opposition with pace and swerve but also versatility playing fullback, centre, five-eighth and halfback (Queensland Schoolboys) during his career. In 1979 Queensland tried to block his move to Sydney but Easts ultimately gained his services. Boustead broke his ankle in his first season in Sydney but recovered to play in the centres in the club's loss to C’bury in the 1980 grand final. That year, he played in Queensland's historic victory in the inaugural State of Origin match. After taking his place on the 1982 Kangaroo tour, he followed coach Bob Fulton to Manly.
Boustead's final appearance in green and gold was against Great Britain in 1984 but leg, collarbone and shoulder injuries seriously disrupted the momentum of his career in the mid-1980s. Boustead resumed his career with Norths in 1988 and despite some good performances, it was not the 'Bowie' of old. He played for Hull KR in 1985-86 and 1986-87 before retiring at the end of the1990 season.

One of the great wingers of the modern era, Boustead returned to the game as the Chief Executive of the newly promoted North Queensland North Queensland in 1995 but resigned after five competition matches when the club aligned itself with Super League. Boustead served on the NRL Judiciary Tribunal from 1997-98 and 2000.

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