Born on February 18th, 1945, from Keapara Village in Central Province, Elly was heavily involved with both POMCA and CPNG (formerly known as the Papua New Guinea Cricket Board) as a player, coach and administrator.
For POMCA, Elly played cricket for Kone Works, Hoods and Steamships Wanderers Cricket Clubs and held the positions of chairman and deputy chairman on the POMCA Board.
He is recognised by POMCA for his contribution to cricket at POMCA through becoming a POMCA Life Member as well as POMCA’s Pre-Season Cup (Tony Elly Cup) being named after him.
Elly also played a major role at CPNG, being the deputy chairman of CPNG as well as being the National Coach, National U19 Coach, National Team Manager and a National Selector throughout the years.
He is recognised by CPNG for his contribution to cricket in Papua New Guinea through becoming a CPNG Life Member as well as the annual men’s player of the year award (Tony Elly Medal) being named after him.
Elly was granted Life Membership at CPNG at the CPNG Annual General Meeting in June for his contribution to cricket in Papua New Guinea over the years.
As a sign of respect, all the players and officials taking part in the Hebou Shield Women’s Competition wore black armbands yesterday.