Ballarat Sports Hall of Fame

Percy Beames


Inducted : 1996


Percy will go down in history as one of Victoria's finest all-round sportsmen. The only sportsman to play over 200 games at top level cricket and football. He also was selected to represent Victoria in both sports.


Played with Melbourne from 1931 to 1944.
Played in the great Melbourne premiership sides of 1939, 1940, 1941.
Captained Victorian State team.
Selected in State sides 1932-34, 35, 37,38.
Captain and Coach of Melbourne 1942 - 44.
Played 213 games kicked 323 goals.
One of the best rovers of his era.


Played with Melbourne Cricket Club 1932-46
Captained Melbourne C.C. 1940.
Runs compiled 7072.
In 1942, in 4 games, he made 411 runs without being dismissed.
Played for Victoria in 18 matches and 27 Innings with 4 not outs.
His highest score was 226 not out.
He compiled 1186 runs at an average of 51.5.

Note: He was also Chief Sporting Editor of the Age from 1946 until 1971.






Tony Benson

Tony Benson

Inducted : 1996


Has had the distinction of being appointed National Coach of Athletics in the Philippines from 1979 until 1983 and in Australia from 1988 until 1993.

Has coached 8 Olympians including Hector Begeo and Sharon Stewart (Russell).

International Level

1969 - Pacific Conference Games 1500. Gold.
1971 - Won major races in Oslo, Koln and Stockholm in
distances from 3000m to 5000m.
1971 - Ranked No. 5 in world over 5000m.
1971 - Ran 7.50.2 for 3000m, at the time the 8th fastest ever
1972 - Selected Australian Olympic Team.
1972 - Set an Australian 5000m record which stood for 16
years until 1988.
1972 - Won major U.S.A. Invitation races in Bakersfield
Modesto and Los Angeles.