William Roe B.E.M
Billy Roe was born in Broome W.A in 1934 and is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest players to don the green and gold of St Mary’s.
After moving to Darwin Billy joined Wanderers Football Club in 1951/52, which had just finished runners up to Buffaloes in the league grand final. He also played two seasons with the Eagles from 1962 to 1964.
Billy famously became the first NTFL player to play in the West Australian Football League winning a Premiership with East Perth in 1956 where he was judged Best on Ground. Billy proved to have a keen eye for goal out west kicking 12 goals in 15 leagues games.
Billy started playing with St Mary’s Football Club from 1952-53 to 1961-62 and in 1964-65 he proudly became Captain Coach before his retirement after the 1970-71 Grand Final.
No stranger to grand finals Billy was a member of St Mary’s grand final runners up teams in 1960-61, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70 and 1970-71 but tasted the ultimate in success, becoming a St Mary’s premiership player a remarkable 6 times in 1954-55 , 1955-56, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1965-66 and 1966-67. He was Best on Ground in the 1954-55 grand final where he once again proved to be a match winner who relished the challenge of performing in the biggest of games!
His keen eye for goal led him to be St Mary’s Leading Goal Kicker in the 1965-66 season kicking an impressive 42 goals.
Fittingly after a superb season in 1954-55, Billy won the coveted NTFL Best and Fairest, the prestigious Nichols medal.
Proving his dedication to the code of AFL Billy coached the first Aboriginal Australian Rules Football Team to play in Papua New Guinea In 1972.
On 3rd June 1978 Bill was awarded B.E.M (British Empire Medal) in the Queens Birthday honors list for his lifetime contribution to sports and football in particular.
Billy Roe became an NTFL life member in 1972 and is a proud St Mary’s Football Club Life Member.
We welcome Billy Roe, one of the Territory’s true football greats, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.