NQ Team of Century
8. Front Row - Martin Bella
(Sarina, Brisbane East’s, North Sydney, Manly, Halifax UK, Canterbury, NQ Cowboys, Gold Coast, North Queensland 1982, Queensland 1987-93, Australia 1986-92, 9 tests)
Australian schoolboy player in 1981 from Sarina, Martin Bella played for NQ Marlins in 1982 before joining Brisbane East’s in 1983. After moving to North Sydney he was selected in the 1986 Kangaroos before playing State of Origin for Queensland in 1987. He was one of the cornerstones of Queensland origin sides until 1992, with 21 appearances for Qld. Martin joined Manly in 1989 and then Canterbury in 1993 before becoming an inaugural member of the North Queensland Cowboys in 1995. He finished his top grade career at the Gold Coast in 1996, and continued coaching back home in Sarina. Rumour has it he still plays the occasional game.